Monday, November 24, 2014

Mary Behind Christmas

Soon Christmas will be here. The signs are already present in most hyper-marts.

Christmas decors are being lavishly prepared to harvest the end of year sales.

Christmas has always been a time of abundance.

The real abundance of Christmas lies much deeper beyond the trading and owning of stuff.

The Pentatonics offers a sampling of this feast of abundance.



And a titbit that is sumptious.


Behind the spectacular sounds, is a pattern of movements. Take a look!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Old Is Good When You Can Get To It

Here is an unusual man.

After the intro by the chairman of the Aging Conference in Pasadena, there begins an unlease of laughter energy from....Fritz Colman, NBC 4's weathercaster, a broadcasting icon.

Enjoy his razor-sharp wit commenting on Aging.



Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Multi-dimensional BOLERO Of Maurice Ravel

Bolero was originally composed by Maurice Ravel for a ballet for the Russian ballerina Ida Rubenstein.

It was premiered in 1928 and took on a life of its own to become a universal favourite.

I first heard this piece in Penang Hill at a retreat conducted by the DeLaSalle Brothers in 1963.
Just touching eighteen, it opened my feelings and my world view to the delight of music as therapy and meditation.

The DeLasalle Brothers were my teachers and mentors. From them I discovered the awesome world of continuous learning.

As the music builds, so has my own growth as a person.

To this band of amazing educators is BOLERO with love from a very appreciative student.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How To Get Up When Injured From falling

Timely tips for getting up for seniors who fall.

Wonderful common sense to ease pain and get help for the inevitable days when falling accidents will not be an exceptional experience.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Behind The Great Victor Borge.

There is more to Victor Borge than his talent.

Victor Borge is unique.

Pianist. Composer. Conductor. Songwriter. Entertainer. Actor. Comedian.

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on 3 January, 1909, he became an American citizen during World War II.

His nicknames:
The Great Dane.
The Clown Prince Of Denmark.

Here are some of his striking pre-occupations:

He personally dismantles his piano part by part to have them re-assembled part by part in his attic.

Reason?

He couldn't practice his music with his family in the living room.

His voice advertises Heineken beer in the 1970s.

His classic line: "Heineken does this because it refreshes the parts that other beers cannot reach".

He raised Rock Cornish hens in a very large farm.

There is acknowledgement that he developed the Rock Cornish  game hen industry in America almost single-handedly.

His Comedy In Music one-man show on Broadway had 849 performances, the longest solo run in Broadway history.

He was the recipent of the 22nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to arts and culture by Bill Clinton in Washington, DC, December 1999.

Memorable quotes:
Laughter is  the shortest distance between two people.

A woman complimenting me on my act one night told me she hadn't laughed so much since her husband died.


And I wish to remind you that the smile is the shortest distance between people. And the more we smile, the less we fight. Because to my knowledge, no one ever fought smilingly... and won. So not goodbye. Never goodbye. Just ...so long.

Once more the man:

Victor Borge Plays Clair De Lune


Victor Borge conducts Dance Of The Comedian

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Victor Borge!

I just found a good one. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Victor Borge plays it the way some of the great composers would have written it!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Victor Borge: His life And Works



Here is reviewing the  development of this highly gifted man.