“Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.” - David Ackert, LA Times
Inspiration and my DIY :)
Finished a project today! Knitted wrist warmers with crocheted boarder on bottom. LOVE all the cabling.
The third frame is priceless XD
I love this recording of An American in Paris by Gershwin very much. This man is the reason why. What an inspiration. (p.s. Thanks so much Daniel Hartley for posting this amazing quote! I happened to be listening to this recording right as I saw it!)
“The conductor must not only make his orchestra play, he must make them want to play. He must exalt them, lift them, start their adrenaline pouring, either through cajoling or demanding or raging. But however he does it, he must make the orchestra love the music as he loves it. It is not so much imposing his will on them like a dictator; it is more like projecting his feelings around him/her so that they reach the last man/woman in the second violin section. And when this happens—when one hundred men/women share their feelings, exactly, simultaneously, responding as one to each rise and fall of the music, to each point of arrival and departure, to each little inner pulse—then there is a human identity of feeling that has no equal elsewhere. It is the closest thing I know to love itself. On this current of love the conductor can communicate at the deepest levels with his players and ultimately with his audience.”
While completing a late homework assignment for orchestra (yes, written homework for an ensemble) at 1 am, I had a nice little epiphany I thought I would share. This is what I wrote to myself while listening to three different versions of An American in Paris by Gershwin.
“ The wonderful thing about listening to so many different recordings of a piece is all of the different interpretations you get to experience! One version is not enough. I am grabbed by a different section of this piece in every individual recording I listen too! It’s like I’m listening to this piece for the first time over and over again. How awesome is that!?”
Just a little 1 am excitement about the wonderful music I get to listen to. :)
Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker, Waltz of the Flowers
Performed Tchaikovsky’s 5th symphony today with the University of Oregon Symphony, now studying parts for the Nutcracker ballet for audition. Such beautiful music!
Bugzy in his new winter jacket
So cute. I hope this works with my hair!