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Why Mozart Is My Favorite July 27, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance, Travel & Leisure.
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This performance by members of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra  illustrates why Mozart is my favorite classical composer:

Mozart: Serenata notturna, K.239

Oh, did I mention that my nephew is 3rd from the right playing viola?

Yup, that’s him!

Aah . . . that’s awesome!

Spreading Christmas Cheer December 19, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance.
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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”  Will Farrell, ELF

Some ideas:

“Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”

“Frosty the Snowman”

“Rudolph”

“Silent Night”

“The First Noel”

“We Three Kings”

“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”

What’s your favorite Christmas Song?

Sing it ~ loud & proud!

Aah . . . that’s cheery!

It’s The, The, The, The . . . GRINCH! December 9, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Music & Dance, Travel & Leisure.
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Filmed in London, airing tonight on NBC ~ it’s The Grinch!

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Aah . . . that’s GRINCHY!

Christmas Quotes December 9, 2020

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People act like the North Pole and the South Pole are exactly the same, but there’s a whole world of difference between them.

“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”  Harlan Miller

“Fresh cut Christmas trees smell of stars and snow and pine resin—inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.”  John Geddes

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”  Peg Bracken

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”  Norman Vincent Peale

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Baby! September 6, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.
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We got a wink from the Universe today . . .

This morning around ten, while we were swimming, BFF wanted to know if YouTube would have In A Gadda Da Vida available for a listen.

I assured him it would.

We went about our day.

As dinner approached, I found myself in the kitchen chopping potatoes, onions, cabbage, and peppers for Scalloped Potatoes.  BFF asked if I wanted some chopping music.

“Sure.”

He turned on the TV, clicked to the Music Channels, and selected Classic Rock.

I said, “Hey, maybe they’ll play In A Gadda Da Vida for you.”

BFF scoffed at the idea.  “They’ll never play it.  It’s too long.”

After getting the potatoes in the oven, I returned to my office to handle some paperwork.

Fifteen minutes later, BFF said, “You are NOT going to believe this . . . Classic Rock just started playing In A Gadda Da Vida!

I laughed at the synchronicity and mystery.

We have never heard it played before when we tuned in to Classic Rock.

So, why today?

Was it already in the works, causing the Universe to whisper in my ear what was coming down the pike?

Did I manifest the song by suggesting it might be played this afternoon (when we have NEVER heard it before on the Classic Rock channel)?

Did the Universe hear BFF’s inquiry this morning and “suggest” to the station that they play In A Gadda Da Vida this afternoon?

Who knows?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Let There Be Music July 27, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Music & Dance.
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Listening to music is good for your mood . . . and your health!

“Studies have shown that music can buoy your mood and fend off depression. It can also improve blood flow in ways similar to statins, lower your levels of stress-related hormones like cortisol and ease pain.

“Listening to music before an operation can even improve post-surgery outcomes.”

To learn more:  Is Listening to Music Good For Your Health? (TIME)

Music is especially good for your health if you ZUMBA while listening!

“The workout-in-disguise has unique physical and mental health benefits. [One] study linked Zumba’s hip-swinging, stomach-gyrating movements to increased core and trunk strength and better balance in older overweight women. After just eight weeks, the women’s quality-of-life scores jumped 9% and their self-esteem increased 16%.

“A related study on Zumba’s psychological benefits found that people who practice it feel more independent and said that their lives seemed more purposeful.”

To learn more:  Why Zumba is Insanely Good Exercise (TIME)

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

The Sky’s The Limit . . . May 22, 2020

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Check this out:

Aah . . . that’s inspiring!

Utopia January 31, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, Music & Dance, People, Spirit & Ego.
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I would love to live in a world where everyone gets along.
I would love to live in a world where everyone is color blind.
I would love to live in a world where everyone respects everyone.

I would love to live in a world free of greed & corruption.
I would love to live in a world with a level playing field.
I would love to live in a world where the powerful didn’t prey on the weak.

I would love to live in a world of cooperation, not competition.
I would love to live in a world where people engage in dialogue.
Sans judgment.

I would love to live in the world Alanis describes in Utopia . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun October 16, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Music & Dance.
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Last night, at midnight, ethereal music coming from another room woke us up.

Spooked, we got up to investigate with BFF leading the way.  As we walked through the living room, we expected with every step to come face-to-face with a friendly spectre (or, worse, an unfriendly intruder).

When we reached the guest room, we heard music floating aloft from the bedside clock radio.

But who had turned it on?!

Since we hadn’t encountered any spectral beings on our midnight ramble, BFF decided he must have set the music alarm that afternoon while dusting.

(Yup, he dusts.  And, yup, he’s taken.)

Even after we turned off the alarm, the music stayed with me.  I heard it playing as I drifted off to sleep . . .

After spending the morning at the farmer’s market, I decided we needed to discover the composer and title of the piece.  As soon as we stashed our produce buys, we checked the clock radio, found the station (WSMR, 89.1), and kept our fingers crossed that the station’s playlist would share last night’s midnight movement.

It did!

12:00 AM Claude Debussy Prelude to The Afternoon of A Faun Paavo Jarvi; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Telarc, 80617

Here it is:

Aah . . . that’s beautiful!

Ya, Mon May 18, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.
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We’ve been watching musical “documentaries” lately ~ Bohemian Rhapsody, Joan Jett, Muscle Shoals, and Marley.  What they have in common is a desire to elevate the musicians to the highest possible pedestal.

We didn’t buy into the hype.

That said, there’s something to be said for Jammin’ on a Saturday morning.

And sometimes it pays to Stir it Up.

Other times we have to accept the “what is.”

Cos every little thing gonna be all right.

Especially if we have One Love.

Aah . . . that’s better!