I’ve taken a “leave of absence” to take a little better care of me.
You see, I’m disabled due to injuries suffered in 1977, when I was in the U.S. Marine Corps and a few years ago, those injuries decided to haunt me. I won’t get into the details, but there were a few times that I was close to death. I didn’t die! That just means I’ve been given more time to haunt my friends. What else are they good for anyways, right?
But this past Polar Vortex winter was really tough on me and I was a complete shut-in for most of it and that’s not a good thing. In any case, I’m back to … “normal”, whatever that would be. And, I’m nothing but trouble to those who actually love me. Of course, I love them, too!
So, this is a really great video of the moon, a really nice full moon, rising and people in the distance being the silhouette. So, watch it and enjoy it. It’s about 3 1/2 minutes long and there’s some music with it.
There is so much that is beautiful in this world.
And this video of this little girl with her best friend would be among the most beautiful I’ve seen.
This is so adorable that I don’t think I could ever describe it adequately with words.
The first time I saw this picture I was amazed – even mesmerized. It’s incredible!
I wondered, “What happened next?” and “Was anyone hurt?”.
So, I was fairly pleased to come across this YouTube video that is part of NASA’s “Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)“, showing how a cloud like this is actually formed.
All I can say is “Wow!”
This is Ellona Santiago singing “Titanium” by Guetta and Sia.
And, this is a powerful message for our young people and older people as well.
Billy Cobham is an extraordinarily gifted jazz drummer and this is a fine example that showcases his talent.
The tune is “Mozaik” from his “Warning” album that came out in 1985.
One of America’s great musical composers was George Gershwin.
And, his “Rhapsody In Blue” may be his greatest and most recognizable piece of music.
Most people in America would recognize at least parts of this masterpiece.
So, without further ado, I present “Rhapsody In Blue” for your listening pleasure!
I have several friends who are Filipinos. And, you may recall that last fall the Philippines suffered two major natural disasters. First was a major earthquake on October 15th and then Typhoon Yolanda, the strongest storm to ever make landfall (in recorded history) plowed through the Philippines on November 8th.
Not long after that terrible storm, one of my friends forwarded to me this video of these beautiful children singing like angels. Other famous singers decided to participate and add their voices as well. It was, of course, created to help motivate more people to come to their aid financially. But, it was so beautifully done that the first time I saw it I couldn’t help but feel emotional. I think, if you haven’t seen it, you’ll also feel emotional. These children just sing so beautifully!
That may sound like a strange combination, but this A Capella group, Dartmouth Aires, not only pulls it off, but they do an amazing performance of three Queen songs.
And since I just posted about one of the A Capella groups from The Sing Off, I might as well mention another with a very different flavor.
Calle Sol singing “La Vida Loca”.
And, this is what I mean when I talk about “spice” in life!
If you’re a happy person, it’s likely that you’re doing things that make you happy.
Or, you’re bringing things into your life that make you happy.
I love all sorts of music. One of the bands that I like, Spyro Gyra, plays some really great smooth jazz. And, they have a way to make me feel happy. This particular tune, Catching The Sun, may be one of the most upbeat and happy tunes ever.
Remember, you create your own world by the things you bring into your life and your happiness depends on it.
Sometimes inspiration comes in something that is big and beautiful and amazing.
And, sometimes it comes from the smallest packages.
Like these! Cheers!
But, when it comes to energy, especially high, fun energy, I’m addicted.
And, when it comes to high energy that’s fun energy, that’s Paramore and Hayley Williams.
I know that I could name a couple of their tunes and none of the lyrics and I don’t care.
If they’re playing, I want to bounce off the walls with them.
And laugh the whole time, too!
That’s how many notes that Joshua Bell played in the 36 1/2 minutes of this Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D-Major, Opus 35.
And you’re probably wondering, “Did he really play that many?” Yes, some notes were two and three at a time.
Of course, that’s not true at all. Not even close! But, after watching this 36 minutes and 28 seconds of Joshua Bell, you could only wonder at how many notes he played. Not to mention, of course, just how well he played them all.
This particular performance was in London, at something called “The Proms”. It’s the National Youth Orchestra of the Unites States backing him up on this.
Something else that I found particularly interesting is who the Conductor is: Mr. Valery Gergiev. It’s interesting to me because I had previously posted a video of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” performed by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, with, as you may have guessed, Valery Gergiev conducting.
Growing up as a child, I played classical viola and have always had a special love for classical music.
I recall, in fourth grade when I was 10 and many other kids our age were bused to New York City to see an orchestra play music for “Oliver Twist” and I’ll never forget how that music filled the hall and my imagination. What would you expect from a 10-year-old anyways?
So, as I grew older and played better, I was fortunate to have played in the Rhode Island orchestras. These were experiences that will always be with me.
And, while I also loved so much of the music as it was coming out new in the 60’s and 70’s, I still was solidly based in classical music. It’s because it can do so much without lyrics and loud noise.
And so I present one of my favorites, Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, played by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Though I had never watched it previously, I had the good fortune to watch all of last season’s series of
The Sing Off on NBC
Ten A Capella groups would compete for the top honors and receive a recording contract.
One of the groups, Vocal Rush, is a group of high school kids from the Oakland School for the Arts, who finished third in this competition.
This video is a “sing-off” against another group, Ten. If you pay attention, you’ll understand just how good Vocal Rush really is.