THOUGHTS ON THURSDAY – TRANSFORMING LIFE THROUGH ART

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“After learning Chilkat, I gained the art of patience, the way of gratitude, and the act of compassion. The universe opened its doors with a flood of information; the kind of information not definable, yet powerfully written in our Native art, in the ways of our people, and in our commune with nature.”

This is a quote from Clarissa Rizal who is a 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow.  More about Clarissa tomorrow.

A Visit To The Beach – Microfiction challenge #15: Freedom

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WHAT FREEDOM

ILYA REPIN

Ah, this man is dangerously attractive.  “Come to the beach with me my love”, he said.  “We will take a picnic and revel in the salt air and sunshine.”  And so we did.

The day grew grey and gloomy.  “Why the glum face darling”, he laughed.  “This is the best weather for dancing in the water.”  He grabbed my hand and I found myself in the crashing waves clutching my hat.  He laughed with such joy that I almost forgot I couldn’t swim.

THIS IS WRITTEN IN RESPONSE TO THE MICROFICTION CHALLENGE SPONSORED BY JANE DOUGHTY AT JANE DOUGHTY WRITES, JANEDOUGHERTY.WORDPRESS.COM

SENIOR SALON#41

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                        Revealing the beauty and truth of life through the eyes of our elders.

Welcome back to the Senior Salon. I am so excited about the huge amount of talent that has come together to share their artistic vision. It is my pleasure to invite you once again to link your blog to mine today and reveal your artistic creations in any field: fiction writing, nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, pottery, cooking.

We have had many new bloggers join our Salon.  Please pick out some new blogs to read and introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.  If you post early in the day, consider coming back later or the next day to read more posts.

After linking to this blog, in the true spirit of a salon, please take the time to read someone else’s blog and comment and offer encouragement on their artistic endeavors.

We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

Below you will find the button to link your blog. Just tap on this button to link your blog. After tapping you will be led to a page with a few things to fill out and then a snapshot of your blog will appear on this page for anyone to tap onto and read. THIS LINK WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY.

TAP ON THE FROG TO PARTICIPATE AND POST YOUR BLOG.

TAP ON THE FROG TO READ OTHER BLOGS POSTED TODAY.

52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 14

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

At the end of the post you will find a link up frog and I hope you will join me on this venture and once a week write a post and link up to others and share what you are thankful for this week.

During my walk on Sunday my mind turned to the political debate tonight.  I experienced a feeling of sadness because I knew that the debate would only add to the negative energy that has plagued our country for months.  But as I walked along I started to notice these simple things:

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A HONORS BOOKCASE TO BENEFIT THE ANIMAL ASSOCIATION.

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A SIGN IN THE WINDOW OF THE LOCAL GROCERY WISHING TEACHERS AND STUDENTS WELL.

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A PLUMBER WHO DECORATED HIS WINDOW JUST TO MAKE THE PASSER BYES SMILE.

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A RED TAILED HAWK WAITING TO GREET ME ON THE SIDEWALK.

I give thanks for all these reminders that “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy (or rhetoric).”  apologies to William Shakespeare.

I hope that by writing these posts that we will move together beyond thankfulness into appreciation. Because appreciation for the moments and things for which we give thanks requires us to be mindful of our lives. “Tis a gift to be simple, tis a gift to be free.” Shaker Song by Joseph Brackett.

Thank you for joining me today,
bernadette

PLEASE ADD YOUR POST AND TOGETHER WE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

FEMINIST FRIDAY

The role of women composers in the evolution of classical music is often underappreciated. The reason is obvious: classical music spanned a period in history when women did not possess many rights and freedoms.  This fall the Metropolitan Opera is hosting its first opera by a woman since 1903.  Kaia Saariaho is cracking that glass ceiling.

Here is her story:

Saariaho was born in Helsinki. She studied at the Sibelius Academy under Paavo Heininen. After attending the Darmstadt Summer Courses she moved to Germany to study at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg under Brian Ferneyhough and Klaus Huber. She found her teachers’ emphasis on strict serialism and mathematical structures stifling, saying in an interview, “You were not allowed to have pulse, or tonally oriented harmonies, or melodies. I don’t want to write music through negations. Everything is permissible as long as it’s done in good taste.”

In 1980 Saariaho went to the Darmstadt Summer Courses and attended a concert of the French spectralists Tristan Murail and Gerard Grisey. Hearing spectral music for the first time marked a profound shift in Saariaho’s artistic direction and these experiences guided her decision to attend courses in computer-music that were being given by IRCAM the computer music research institute in Paris. In 1982 she began work at IRCAM researching computer analyses of the sound-spectrum of individual notes produced by different instruments. She developed techniques for computer-assisted composition, experimented with musique concrète, and wrote her first pieces combining live performance with electronics. She also composed new works using IRCAM’s CHANT synthesiser.[5] Three of her pieces are grouped under the same title because they were each developed with CHANT: Jardin secret I (1985), Jardin secret II (1986) and Nymphea (Jardin secret III) (1987). Her works with electronics were developed in collaboration with Jean-Baptiste Barrière, a composer, multimedia artist and computer scientist who directed the IRCAM’s department of musical research from 1984-1987.

In Paris Saariaho developed an emphasis on slow transformations of dense masses of sound. Her first tape piece, Vers Le Blanc from 1982, and her orchestral and tape work, Verblendungen, are both constructed from a single transition: in Ver Le Blanc the transition is from one pitch cluster to another, and in Verblendungen, it is from loud to quiet. Verblendungen also uses a pair of visual ideas as its basis: a brush stroke which starts as a dense mark on the page and thins out into individual strands, and the word Verblendungen itself, which means “dazzlement”.

Her work in the 1980s and 1990s was marked by an emphasis on timbre and the use of electronics alongside traditional instruments. Nymphéa (Jardin secret III) (1987), for example, is for string quartet and live electronics and contains an additional vocal element: the musicians whisper the words of an Arseny Tarkovsky poem, Now Summer is Gone. In writing Nymphea, Saariaho used a fractal generator to create material. Writing about the compositional process, Saariaho wrote, “In preparing the musical material of the piece, I have used the computer in several ways. The basis of the entire harmonic structure is provided by complex cello sounds that I have analysed with the computer. The basic material for the rhythmic and melodic transformations are computer-calculated in which the musical motifs gradually convert, recurring again and again.”

She has often talked about having a kind of synaesthesia, which is a neurological phenomenon in which the stimulation of one sense triggers other senses. Saariaho’s synaesthesia involves all of the senses, and she has said, “…the visual and the musical world are one to me… Different senses, shades of colour, or textures and tones of light, even fragrances and sounds blend in my mind. They form a complete world in itself.”

Saariaho has been married to French composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière since 1982.

Kaia’s opera L’Amour de Loin, a story of a Christian and a Muslim swept up in idealized assumptions about each other will be performed this fall at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.  It will be conducted by Susanna Maliki.

Kaija Saariaho, Paris, den 12.05.09 Copyright: Priska Ketterer Luzern

KAIJA SAARIAHO YOU ROCK!

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THOUGHT ON THURSDAY – MUSICAL CREATIVITY

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TOMORROW IT WILL BE MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO KAIJA SAARIAHO.  KAIJA IS THE COMPOSER OF THE FIRST WOMEN’S OPERA TO BE PERFORMED AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA SINCE 1903.

Kaija Saariaho, Paris, den 12.05.09 Copyright: Priska Ketterer Luzern

KAIJA SAARIAHO COMPOSER

THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ,

bernadette

WORLD GRATITUDE DAY 2016

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WORLD GRATITUDE DAY

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

 

Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on the 21st September. The celebration of Gratitude Day allows both individual citizens and organisations within wider society to celebrate the broad meaning of gratitude in a variety of ways.

The celebration started in 1965 in Hawaii when an international gathering decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. Following the meeting in Hawaii, many attendees marked Gratitude Day on 21st September 1966 when back in their own countries. Ever since then, the number of people celebrating Gratitude Day across the world has grown and grown.

A Day For Gratitude

The awareness of the benefits of having time in one’s life for gratitude, appreciation and positive reflection have become increasingly apparent. The hope of the founders of Gratitude Day is that by taking time, one day a year, to reflect on the many amazing things we have in our lives, it would positively impact our well-being and make us happier, more contented people.

CELEBRATE YOUR GRATITUDE THIS DAY AND ALWAYS,

bernadette

Thanks goes to:https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-gratitude-day/# for this article.

SENIOR SALON#40

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                        Revealing the beauty and truth of life through the eyes of our elders.

Welcome back to the Senior Salon. Wow, can you believe this will be the 40th week we are coming together to share our artistic vision.  You all have so much talent and have been so generous in sharing your talents and comments.  Thank you.

It is my pleasure to invite you once again to link your blog to mine today and reveal your artistic creations in any field: fiction writing, nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, pottery, cooking.

We have had many new bloggers join our Salon.  Please pick out some new blogs to read and introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.  If you post early in the day, consider coming back later or the next day to read more posts.

After linking to this blog, in the true spirit of a salon, please take the time to read someone else’s blog and comment and offer encouragement on their artistic endeavors.

We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

Below you will find the button to link your blog. Just tap on this button to link your blog. After tapping you will be led to a page with a few things to fill out and then a snapshot of your blog will appear on this page for anyone to tap onto and read. THIS LINK WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY.

TAP ON THE FROG TO PARTICIPATE AND POST YOUR BLOG.

TAP ON THE FROG TO READ OTHER BLOGS POSTED TODAY.

52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 13

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

At the end of the post you will find a link up frog and I hope you will join me on this venture and once a week write a post and link up to others and share what you are thankful for this week.

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This week I went to a wedding and saw two enchanting young people pledge to join their lives together and embark in their tiny boat of marriage to sail the seas of life.  Their hands are young and strong and perhaps together they will create a new tiny set of hands and bring more love into life.

This week I went to a funeral of a kind and generous man.  A man who was taken from the loving arms of his family and friends too early.  His hands were old but still strong.  He has left his wife alone to sail the sea of life and she will miss him.  They brought into life two new sets of hands and so his sons have added more love to the world.

“The more we love the more we lose. The more we lose the more we learn. The more we learn the more we love. It comes full circle. Life is the school, love is the lesson. We cannot lose.”
― Kate McGahan

I am thankful to be a part of this heartbreakingly beautiful circle of life.

I hope that by writing these posts that we will move together beyond thankfulness into appreciation. Because appreciation for the moments and things for which we give thanks requires us to be mindful of our lives. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes

Thank you for joining me today,
bernadette

PLEASE ADD YOUR POST AND TOGETHER WE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

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