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Newsletter 14

Hello all! 

Some things that interested me this week, and I hope will be of interest to you too.

Here are my five items, links or suggestions that should get you some inspiration and information.

Newsletter 14

  1. Tokyo 2020 Olympics, do you have your ticket? My friend Scott has his. He said “Karate in the Olympics may only happen once, I might as well see it.” Here is a basic one minute guide to karate in the Olympics https://youtu.be/2aHn7AjEgQs. For Scott and any other interested parties, nearly 8 million spectators are expected, running 17 days from July 24 – August 9 and followed by Paralympics from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6. Some 5000 medals will be awarded and all made using recycled metal from electronics donated by people across Japan. There will be 42 venues in and around Tokyo. It’s been 56 years since the last Games, held in 1964. There will be 6 types of robots to be introduced for the Games and they have been designed to do everything from directing spectators, to retrieving javelins during the track and field competition. For more facts and to get your tickets, visit 2020 Summer games
  2. Self publishing a book, my book, “Samba on a Snowy Day”, is getting closer to a launch date. This week I was working with Kim McDougall, a fantastic book designer at “Castelane For The Prose” she has been guiding me in the requirements for a successful publication. This is a children’s book with illustrations by Josh Miller. Formatting the text and the illustrations can be challenging, sometimes there just isn’t enough room and things can get crowded. A good design finds ways to make the text blend or to have it seamlessly integrate with the illustrations. 
  3. This week I started reading “The Book of Tea” by Kakuzo Okakura written in 1906. I mentioned in a previous newsletter the wonderful book site project gutenberg and the library of books available for free download, this is one of the books available. You may also get a glimpse of the beauty of this fascinating book on the Japanese tea ceremony here, at books.google. I was also interested in another Japanese author of children’s books Miyazawa Kenji. I follow C.W. Nichol, author of “Moving Zen”, one of my favourite books and I recently became aware of one his projects to translate to English, a series of books by Kenji Miyazawa. This book is on my wish list, I’m currently hunting it down.
  4. “A Silent Tragedy”, written by Victoria Prooday, is a great article that I read this week about how some parents are failing their children. Pay particular attention to the – what we can do part. I am a strong advocate on getting outside, explore the great outdoors and take in the wonder and beauty that surrounds us. Check out Victoria’s Blog for more insightful information on parenting.
  5. Musical folks that have entertained me this week, Christian McBride,  another Grammy nominated artist. I mentioned a couple of others in last weeks newsletter. McBride is fantastic, a bassist, composer, educator, masterful musician and a band leader. A cool youtube clip of Mr. McBride and Mr. Owens in conversation, bass and drums. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_XrQhI4FHE

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Newsletter 13

1. Children’s forest school, what a terrific idea and one that I wish had been available when I was in school. I came across this interesting school as I looked into methods that would allow me to get off the grid. I was intrigued with an article I read in the Toronto Star newspaper about tiny houses. I had this ambitious idea to find some property up northern Ontario ways and build or rebuild a stone house.

Stone House at the Tree Museum

2. I spent this week working with a designer developing a promotional video for my upcoming book. It’s a 30 second video and I posted it to vimeo. Check it out when you get a chance. The featured photo in this newsletter is of the protagonist of my upcoming book, “Samba on a Snowy Day”, getting ready for a photo shoot or a haircut.

Samba at the beauty parlour.

3. Many of my favourite books are the ones that I consider to be reference books. “Karate-Do Kyohan” is  such a book, I keep coming back to it for inspiration and motivation. Written by Gichin Funakoshi and translated to English by Tsutomu Oshima, it is a fascinating read for Shotokan enthusiasts or anyone interested in the true spirit of karate, as a way of life.  Last week I mentioned another of my reference books,  Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo, one of my students was inquiring about the terminology of the basic techniques.

 

4.  I have been checking out some of the Grammy nominees as they were recently announced. A vocalist I really like and have been a fan of since I first head her on pianist Josh Nelson’s 2006 album, Let It Go, Sara Gazarek, she performed  vocals on one of the songs “Leaving Here” and I loved her voice.  And now she has been nominated for a Grammy in the jazz vocal category. For a list of all the Grammy nominees on this the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards which is scheduled for January 26, 2020, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

5. Yesterday I succumbed to my craving for Vietnamese noodle soup. Unfortunately most restaurants use Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG) in their soup. This is something I would like to avoid. However once in a while I partake in a grilled chicken noodle soup.

Pho – Chicken Noodle Soup

The one I had from Purple Bubble in Ajax, Ontario was really tasty. Which likely means it had lots of MSG.

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Newsletter 12

Paul Yanuziello

Hello all!

Some things that interested me this week, and I hope will be of interest to you too.

Here are my five items, links or suggestions that should get you some inspiration and information.

1. I started my week dealing with a major snowfall. Not since November 1951 has Southern Ontario received this much snow, I mean it’s still fall, the leaves are still on the trees, I saw a flower blooming the other day. Monday’s I teach karate at Shingikan dojo, I checked in with Yahya sensei, the owner of the dojo, he texted: “Yes classes are in session”. I gave myself plenty of extra time and set my GPS app – Waze, to the destination, what normally takes 25 minutes, took me over 45 minutes and had me traverse every backstreet imaginable. It does look pretty, but I would rather just look at photos such as the one above, which I took on one of my morning hikes.

2. Sesame Street turns 50, how I loved Sesame Street in my youth. The folks who guest starred on that show were awesome. Savion Glover, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Winton and Branford Marsalis, and so many more. “Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration,” airing on HBO on Saturday, honours the moments that taught generations of children the building blocks of learning through song, stories and silliness.

3. What I’m reading this week, Richard Kim’s, The Classical Man. I have an idea for another children’s book. It is based on my sensei, his style of teaching and the retelling of motivational stories. Well, after searching, Toronto, Richmond Hill & Markham library’s to no avail. I located it at a martial arts dojo in Brampton, a town about an hour away from me. I found it online and I could have ordered it and paid online.Right! I called the dojo to confirm and sure enough the gentleman who answered confirmed they had 3 in stock. I drove out the next day and I am now the proud owner of a new copy of The Classical Man by Richard Kim sensei.

4. Kindness day happened this week – November 13th to be exact. I made sure to focus on acts of kindness. Making breakfast for the family, driving the wife to the subway station, being extra nice to the server at the café. I recommended a couple of artists to someone who wanted to know about some good jazz acts. I recommended Jazzmeia Horn, a great vocalist as well as drummers Mark Kelso and Larnell Lewis they both have relatively knew CD’s out.. These last two artists I rate as two of the best  drummers around.

5. This week I focused on revitalizing my old drums. During the summer I found a rim for my bass drum, the rim and skin on the resonant side of the drum was missing. I think I actually got them from the pawn shop like that.   While doing a good deed for my wife, driving her to the subway, I stopped in at a drum store not too far from the Toronto subway station.  Mike at Just Drums welcomed me to the store and was very helpful. I explained that I needed the hardware for my old Ludwig set. He asked me how long I had these drums for?  I had to think about it, “about 40 years”, fond memories came rushing back to me.

I had a big rock kit, a Gretsch drum set that I used during my professional music career. During one practice session way back then, Wayne Wilson of Whiskey Howl  dropped by, he needed cash to get to Vancouver. He had pawned his drums at McTamney’s, a downtown Toronto landmark – pawn shop. I bought the pawn shop ticket for $100.00 cash and I went downtown to pick up the drum a gorgeous, gold sparkle, WFL (Ludwig) drum kit, made in 1959.

1950’s WFL (Ludwig) Drums

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