Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I was in a car driving to a piano lesson. The traffic slowed and we were no longer moving at a normal pace. Trapped between a couple cars with no way of getting out of the slog, we inched along at a snail's pace. We drove for about ten minutes, going no faster than 10 kph. As we came around a bend, we discovered the cause of the slow moving. It was a young man standing beside his truck. By the looks of the oil tank beside him, he had ran out of gas. There is the lesson, right there.
One person affected about fifty people, just like that.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Did you know that when he first wrote it, it was very strongly disliked? One critic even went as far as to say:
"To hell with this futurist music! What is he doing, making fun of us? The cats on the roof make better music!"
Each to his own, I guess. I think that its a masterpiece. It was pretty futuristic for his time though, so I guess that man can be excused.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Gosh, there are so many things I want to do! I'll just list a few.
1. Learn all 4 Rachmaninov Piano Concertos and play them with an orchestra.
2. Read War and Peace (by Leo Tolstoy)
3. Play in an orchestra
4. Learn to speak, read and write Italian, French, Spanish, German, Latin, Hebrew, Mandarin and Greek fluently.
5. Have my one book published.
6. Have some of my compositions published or played by an orchestra.
I might just keep adding to the list. Those are just a couple things.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
-Daniel (still humming the them from the first movement)
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
1. I loooove classical music.
2. I was born in Vancouver, BC and I love the ocean. I want to live on a small island a couple kilometers out to sea when I am older.
3. I own two Oriental Fire-Bellied Toads. I love frogs.
4. I'm a composer. Not a very good one, mind you, but I do love it.
5. I love reading. I like history and some fiction.
6. I am considered a nerd by some of my friends. It could be because I love learning and studying thing that they consider boring, like parlimentary procedures. I am reading Roberts Rules of Order right now.
7. I love to geocache.
8. I love making lists and have every thing organized neatly, but fail to do so in my own room!
The simulation--well, I could write a whole post on the simulation. The "story" was about a water dispute between two African tribes. Because of this dispute, smaller disputes were happening: cattle were being killed, people were being killed, the other tribe was hunting on our land etc. We were split into two larger groups-the tribes and one smaller group-mediators from a peace organization. I was a delegate from one the tribes. We had come together at this meeting to come to an agreement. We argued and debated and finally, with about 3o seconds remaining on the clock, we came to an agreement! With only 3 hours, it was really quite a feat! Have you read The Anatomy of Peace? For me, this was a great example of always seeing other people as people. At first, I was seeing the other tribe as "them" but when I started to look at them as "us", I was able to see the situation in a clearer light, and think about solutions that would make us all happy.
Phew, so much to write about, and I have really just touched the surface. I wish I could show you the photos that I took, but, to protect people's privacy, I will not post them on the internet.
I can't wait 'till next year!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
- Piano Concerto No. 2-Rachmaninoff
- Piano Concerto in A Minor-Grieg
- Piano Concerto in G Minor-Dvorak
- Piano Concerto No. 1-Tchaikovsky
- Piano Concerto No. 3-Prokofiev
- Piano Concerto No.1-Prokofiev
- Piano Concerto No. 1- Saint-Saens
Please share YOUR favourites! Or other favourite classical music pieces, for that matter...
Monday, August 27, 2007
P.S. For those of you who are still waiting for a post on the Liber Youth Retreat, it is still coming! I hope to have it done in the the next day of two. Maybe even tonight, but thats assuming I stop composing and playing with Sibelius long enough to write it!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
We did so much that I won't possibly be able to write as much about our trip as I would like to, but here goes! The first two days of our trip were mainly just driving. From where I live, to where we were going (Cedar City, UT) is about a 24 hr. drive so it can get loooong and boring. However, I was in the USA, a place I had never been before. How cool is that!
We passed through:↑Observe the snow in the background...This is June, remember!
The first night, we stayed in Helena, Montana and drove past their State Capitol building, which was really neat. Here is a photo:↓
We arrived in Cedar City, and poked around there. It is a really neat city with lots of character. It is quite small, around 10,000 people.
My YFA began the next day. We had three book discussions, three excellent speakers and two simulations. Besides that, we had a formal dance (ball room dancing, not that random bobbing up and down that you find at most dances) and lots of quiet conversations. What was really awesome is that everybody there is really, really, really nice and is really trying to make a difference in the world, which is cool.
My YFA was just a tiny bit of what we did while we were in the States. The evening that I came back, we went to Kolob Canyon, which is quite close to CC. In the evening, the red rock there is very beautiful.↓
We went to Grand Canyon. Its HUGE!!!
↑We saw lots of these lizards at the Grand Canyon. I have to admit, I sort got obsessed with them, and my sister would groan when I zoomed off in search of them...
The next day we went to Bryce Canyon. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I am going to post lots of them.
Kathleen had her YFA then we went headed home! We stayed overnight in Salt Lake City. I am not Mormon, but is was really neat spending time there and learning more about LDS. Sunday morning we poked around on Temple Square and went to the dress rehearsal of "Music and the Spoken Word" and heard the Mormon Tabernacle Choir live!↓
↑This is on the roof of the LDS conference center. In the background, dead center, is the Salt Lake Temple, of which there is photo (5 photos up) of it at night.
All in all, it was a great trip, and I learned loads.
Anyway, thanks for reading!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I am in Cedar City, Utah (using the library computer)! So far, our trip has been amazing. I have met some many wonderful people, made new friends and got to know other friends even better. Yesterday, we went into Arizona and went to the Grand Canyon! Its...really...BIG!!! The size of it, completely took my breath away. In the visitor center, they had a small scale model of it, which showed where we were in it. What we saw was a tiny part of the canyon. It made me feel very, very, small! In Utah and Arizona, they have all these cute little lizards. I am a avid nature person, so I spent a lot of my day trying to find lizards!
I would like to write about my conference, but to do that would take days. Suffice it to say that it was incredible and tons of fun. I made some really great friends and learned so much. My counselor was someone who I already knew, so I was thrilled to have him as a counselor. I plan to write a much longer entry when I get back to Canada, but until then, this will have to do.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Some excellent resources:
Free the Children- Craig Kielburger(book)
Wikipedia's article on Child Labour
Sunday, May 13, 2007
On the second, I saw a beautiful Boreal Toad. The picture quality is a bit poor, as I had to zoom in a bunch and it pixelated a bit.
And also this flower:
Happy Mother's Day!
Monday, May 7, 2007
I'm terribly sorry that I have not posted in almost a month. I have still to write a longer and more interesting post, but I would like to share something with you that I think is the coolest thing ever. Observe: THE BUTTON!
I am learning HTML right now and have learned how to make cool, professional-looking buttons!
I am sorry if I have bored you terribly..:)
Friday, April 13, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."~Napoleon Hill
Thursday, April 5, 2007
- Just write freely about what inspires you and what sort of standards you want to set for yourself. Dont worry about editing, just write.
- Make a collection of your favorite qoutes, songs and poems and use them.
- Jot down in point form the most important elements of your life.
- An assortment of all of the above.
Remember, it can be as long or as short as you want it to be and you can always change it later. It's YOUR Mission Statment, so make it yours!
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Well, no stroke of inspiration coming towards me... :(
I could just write about writer's block. When does writer's block come about? Is it when our lives are at their most uneventful peak? I don't think so. Nobody's life is all that boring that there should be nothing to write about! What is it then? Is it a lack of having something profound happen in our days? Not enough that seems important enough to share with others? Then I think we must find things important enough to share. When we have done that, we will perhaps be finding the good in tiny things, rejoicing in the little subtleties of life.
Thanks for reading,
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I am sorry that I have not posted for quite awhile. *sheepish grin* I am an Irish Dancer, so during the St. Patrick's Day "season" I am quite busy dancing with my troupe's performance routine at schools, seniors homes and various other functions. I do have a longer blog entry in the writing at the moment, so I should have that up soon.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Sunday, March 4, 2007
This entry is not really a "musing" but more of a thank you, a thank you to not only to fallen fire fighters, but a thank-you to all fire fighters, police and paramedics both past and present. What ever would we do with out you all? Thank you!
This week I re-read one of my favorite books of all-time; Little Britches, by Ralph Moody. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend reading it.
This time, when I read it, what really stuck out at me was gratitude. Let me share with you this quote from the book:
"He didn't answer me for a few minutes, then he told me we hadn't stopped to realize how well off we were to have enough to eat every day, and to have a good home and clothes enough to keep us warm, when people were actually starving."
You, my reader, by reading this are showing that you own(or at least have access to) a computer. What a marvelous tool! How fortunate we are to live in an age where technology is so easy to access. However, I am positive that you agree with me when I say that gratitude is poorly measured by being thankful about having access to a computer! We are lucky to be alive. What a great thing it is to live in such a wonderful world. No matter what happens in life, we need to be grateful. If your ever feeling down, look around you and say I am lucky to be alive. Things could be so much worse. I can't possibly say what I want to say as well as Bob Thiele and David Weiss said it in their song What a wonderful world. So, I am just going to post the song and you can enjoy!
I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you.
I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Just some "musings"... :)
The other day I was taking the elevator up to our local library. There was one other person on it, an elderly lady. When we got to the top, I stepped back to let her off first. As we were walking toward the library door, she turned to me and said "I can see that you have been brought up to be a gentleman, there are not many of them around these days".
"...there are not many of them around these days.."
It really made me think. Are there not many gentlemen around these days? I'm not sure that I think that is true, but is it something that people really think about? People are getting to be so obsessed with careers, looks and fitting in with culture, they forget what really matters, which is to become a better person, whichever way that is, to you.
Another thing that I was thinking about... In TJEd, of the main themes is to build statesmen, "Men and women of virtue, wisdom, diplomacy, and courage who inspire greatness in others and move the cause of liberty." How does a statesman compare to a gentleman? Certainly I think all statesman should be gentlemen, but is this always the case?
Just something for you to ponder...