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Symphonic Sunday

Le Jour ni l’Heure 8643 : L’Été — vue prise d'...Today’s Some Thing 4 Sunday comes to you courtesy of the Albany Symphony Orchestra led by David A. Miller, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest led by Edward Gardner, and … the Letter R.  Well, not exactly…  R is for Maurice Ravel, one of my favorite composers.

ImpressionismSome rave about the Impressionists (such as Claude Monet, whose works are featured to the left) after a trip to a museum, completely forgetting (or worse being totally unaware) that Impressionism encompassed more than painting.  The French movement inspired musical compositions and even literary works through the Dutch Tachtigers.

Last night, my husband and I were treated to a double dose of Ravel’s works as the Albany Symphony performed both the famous Boléro and the sublime “Mother Goose Suite”.  As recording is forbidden in the theatre (and even were it not, the meager 4 minutes my camera can record could do no justice to the piece), let me offer this link to the Radio Philharmonic performing the work.  It’s a wonderful orchestration…  it just can’t compete with being there.

I hope you enjoy the piece as much as I did.  If you are interested, two of our local radio stations (both with have internet broadcasting setup) will be playing the concert for listeners later in the month:

And if you’d like to read some interesting pre-concert notes by a musician that performs with the Symphony on occasion, please check out this post by Dana Huyge.  Yes, the piece by Crouse was as intense as it looks.

ROW80 Check-In

Some progress.  Some inspiration.  Just some….  joy:

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences everyday, although not always fiction
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song  no progress since Wednesday
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) on a consistent schedule check
  • maintain active sponsor participation some progress on the sponsor post; the rest on track
  • energize myself with more physical activity a full workout on Thursday and Friday, some exercise with husband and Boodle while the Boodle practiced his fencing and karate
  • reclaim my writing space I’ve forgotten where my desk is…  
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) nada
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more… good stuff here; lots of good stuff here
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each)  one #row80 sprint;  I also made the last 10 minutes of the #StoryDam chat before the #k8chat (about Street Teams) came on; good stuff, but I had to leave the #k8chat early.  Fortunately Kate Tilton posts a chat transcript on her website


Thank you, Letter R!

Photo credits:

  • Le Jour ni l’Heure 8643 : L’Été — vue prise d’une fenêtre de la maison de Maurice Ravel à Montfort-l’Amaury, pentes du château de Montfort, Yvelines, Île-de-France, samedi 18 août 2012, 16:24:22 (Photo credit: Renaud Camus)
  • Impressionism (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • (Photo credit: duncan)
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Some Words Sunday — Joy

Three Sisters

I’m late posting today, but it’s been one amazing day.  Long too…

Today got spent on joy.  Perhaps not so much my joy, but I certainly got plenty too.  Today was volunteer clean-up day at Vale Park Cemetery in Schenectady.   It was also my son’s other Asperger’s Group meeting.

And coincidentally, it was also the day I took some amazing photos of tree flowers and the Nott Memorial at Union College.  The Wikimedia image is pretty awesome for that, but I think mine is pretty cool too.

The volunteer time was work, but the improvement of the grounds where we worked was easy to see.  (It’s almost sad to say how easy it is to tell where we did the clean up.)  I’ve done Highway Clean-ups with our local atheist group, this project was part of the Capital Region Pagan Alliance, and the point isn’t the group–it’s the gift of one’s self to something or someone else.

Whenever I am feeling stressed out because of all the things I have to do, I need a day like this.  As much as I find my days home alone getting stuff done, I find myself replenished far more by the gift of myself.

In this, there is joy.

ROW80 Check-In

It’s that time of the week.  I didn’t do as much writing as I’d have liked.  Actually I spent far too much of the week editing photos.

I’m still editing photos.  As much joy as I find in creating art with my camera, I’m finding that the learning curve is pretty steep.  I never took photography in school, and when my dad was inspired to teach me, I rebelled against anything that might involve him “lecturing at me”.  So I’m learning…. slowly and often painfully.

My ROW80 sponsor duties are doing well.  And I did manage some #teamsprinty time (again, mostly editing photos, but also some writing).  It was mostly on blog-stuff.  I need to remember August McLaughlin’s Blogging Commandments.  The story(/stories) should be taking precedence.

I did make it to a StoryDam chat this Thursday (yay!), and that was a hoot as usual.  I enjoy chats with other writers; I enjoy chats with most any creative person.  Except maybe cooks…  Cooks intimidate me.  I mean, I like cooks all well and fine, but cooks generally scare the heck out of me.  Always have…  I turn into a babbling idiot and want to run out the door in tears when I have to talk to a cook.

Instead of mourning the fact I didn’t get much writing done (I did finish two books on my To Be Read pile out of need to escape my computer), I have today’s joy to savor and the knowledge that it’s all growth.  I’ve learned a lot this past week.   I had a lot of fun.

And I took a lot of great pictures.

A bunch of awesome people, and me too.  ;-)

A bunch of awesome people, and me too. 😉

This isn’t one of them, but then I was across the road holding the remote in my hand as my camera sat in the gravel.  The impressive part is the amount of garbage we collected in three hours…

It’s the start of a new week and new ROW80 linky.  Here it is.  Why not go visit some of the other awesome people on it?