Beautiful Blogger Award

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I was recently awarded the Beautiful Blogger Award by The Healthy Warrior. I am honoured and shocked, frankly, as I don’t generally think of myself as beautiful 😉 A big thank you to Carolyn the healthy warrior, whose blog and story are inspiring.

The rules state I’m to copy the blog award above into my post, thank the awarder and link back, and then pass it on to seven beautiful bloggers. It’s my pleasure to comply.

Now, to keep the ball rolling, I must pass the honour along to seven beautiful bloggers:

Sarah takes pictures – for taking such beautiful photographs

Rubicorno – for being such a talented iPhonographer

Veggiewitch – for telling such amusing stories

The Adventures of Vegan Charlie – for being such a kind person

An Unrefined Vegan – for sharing such delicious healthy recipes

Joe’s Shitty Ideas – for such an original, entertaining site

Blog, I am your father – for such artistic snippets of life

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Chuck Norris Facts, the musical

Anyone growing up watching all those Vietnam movies with Chuck Norris defeating several armed opponents with his fists and feet alone can relate to these:

I kind of like that Hampster song… Sort of goes along with the silliness of the facts. The rest, not so cool, but the facts are always a hoot! (Except that ridiculous one about racism and Mr T that insists on being on the cover of the video.)

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Lightning Music !

I shall say nothing. See for yourself:

Darth Vader:

Mario Brothers:

and featuring on Bass – lightning itself:

Who woulda thunk it? Amazing! And we still haven’t (at least openly) even touched on the potential legacy that is Tesla’s work.

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A Real First!

I’m downright jealous of all the new features included in the new Sibelius First that aren’t included in even the full version… I certainly hope they herald improvements in the next full version of Sibelius!

See what I’m talking about.

Way to go Sib team!

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Spring Music

Spring is here. Hooray. We didn’t really have winter here in NYC this year, so not much of a celebratory feeling here, but it’s still always nice to acknowledge Spring, one of the nicer seasons (unless you’re an allergy sufferer).

Some upcoming events:

  • The One World Symphony is performing Gluck in their final concert of the season this May.  If you’re in town, check them out!
  • Kevin Riley is holding a Competition to compose a work for Tenor Trombone and Piano. The results should be interesting. I don’t think I’ll have time to participate, but I’ll definitely be looking to hear the winning piece.
  • I’m not particularly religious, but then again, supposedly neither was N. Rimsky-Korsakov. Here’s his Russian Easter Overture. I listen to it every spring. (Unfortunately, in two parts here, but worth it – a great performance. I suggest watching in YouTube.):
  • Another spring favorite of mine (although with no real connection to spring) is Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony (Again, in two parts):

Where’s the Rite of Spring, you ask. Well, you can’t have everything, now can you? Maybe next time! Have a great spring and Happy Earth Day!

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Jonathan Coulton is the Man!

Listening to something a little different tonight:

I discovered this musical genius quite by accident a few years ago on an internet comedy rock station. Never knew before discovering Mr. Coulton’s wacky songs that music could be so pleasing and funny at the same time. So, whilst a little off kilter from the norm here, I can’t help but think that good music is good music and deserves recognition – and these songs are great!

[Ok, maybe he’s a little twisted somehow… but aren’t all creative genii crazy one way or another?]

Some of my favorite songs of his:

And last, but not least, the song that introduced me to the Legend [WARNING: The following video contains disturbing images (yes, more disturbing than the previous videos!) and should not be viewed sensitive viewers or children]:

Sleep tight (if you can…. !)

 

 

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What time is it folks?

You know what time it is!

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