an inspiration

“Life is beautiful, extremely beautiful. And when you are old you appreciate it more. When you are older you think, you remember, you care and you appreciate. You are thankful for everything. For everything.”-Alice Herz-Sommer

 

Alice Herz-Sommer died yesterday.She was was thought to be the world’s oldest survivor of the Nazi Holocaust.

listen to her: http://youtu.be/LrXHcQyixTE

and

http://youtu.be/Sp1TiDCEK4k

 

The Beatitudes (song)

HYMN

Amen! Truly I say to you:
Gather in my name, I am with you.

Amen! Truly I say to you:
Gather in my name, I am with you.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Blessed are the gentle,
they shall inherit the land.
 

Amen! Truly I say to you:
Gather in my name, I am with you.

Blessed are those who mourn,
they shall be consoled.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice,
the justice of God shall be theirs.

Amen! Truly I say to you:
Gather in my name, I am with you.

Blessed are the merciful,
mercy shall be shown to them.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
they shall behold their God.

Amen! Truly I say to you:
Gather in my name, I am with you.

 

Blessed are those who bring peace,
they shall be children of God.

Blessed are those who suffer in the cause of right,
the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

 

Amen! Truly I say to you:
Gather in my name, I am with you.
Gather in my name, I am with you.

 

The Beatitudes performed by The Monks Of Glenstal Abbey; Text: adapted from Matthew 5:3-11.

 
text & lyrics from: http://divineoffice.org
 
 
 
 
 

vocabulary of a cello

of divergent views, differences

the curious and the future

meeting, expands the world.

 

rehearsing the cello for minutes or hours

self-aware,  imagination 

creates quality and play.

 

a child hears a dream

flight of an ensemble

ascending bird.

 

a child reads an article on Yo Yo Ma in New York Times. link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/10/booming/yo-yo-ma-and-the-mind-game-of-music.html?_r=0

 

why create art, and create again

Aaron Copland, composer, asks himself:

“Why is it so important that I compose music?

What makes it seems so absolutely necessary so that every other daily activity, by comparison, is of lesser significance?” 

“And why is the creative impulse never satisfied; why must one always begin anew?”

He writes: “to the first question-the answer is always the same-self-expression; the basic need to make evident one’s deepest feelings about life.”Image

“Why must one always begin again?” “…each added work brings with it an element of self-discovery. I must create in order to know myself, and since self-discovery is a never- ending search,each new work is only a part-answer to the question, ‘Who am I?’”

 Copland adds: “…each new and significant work is a unique formulation of experience; an experience that would be utterly lost if it were not captured and set down by the artists.”

 

from Music and Imagination (Charles Eliot Norton Lectures 2951-1952) by Aaron Copland