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Autumn Music Reading

September 25 . Issue #57

September 25 . Issue #57

In this weeks newsletter, the autumnal equinox, new book releases, new music and more…

A Week In My Life

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

1. The first day of fall arrived on Tuesday, September 22, the autumnal equinox. The changes in the seasons are just another way to enjoy nature. Speaking of nature, here is a new book I just snapped up; it’s a free e-book for a limited time, What Wonders Await Outside by Justine Avery, Illustrations by Liuba Syrotiuk. The watercolour illustrations are magnificent.

2. New book releases, ready for the new season including some by my favourite authors. Alexander McCall Smith, Joanne Harris, Emma Donoghue and Aislin Hunter are all celebrating new book releases. If none of those authors is for you, I found a few more; here’s a long list of books coming out this fall.

3. Not only authors work through worldwide pandemics, but musicians also have to keep busy and quite a few have been. New CD releases by some of my favourite musicians, including, Alicia Keys’ Alicia, Raul Midón The Mirror, Harold López-Nussa, Te Lo Dije, Christian Sands, Be Water and Laila Biali, Out of Dust.

4. The seasons, the moon and equinoxes too… Ancient sites alligned with the solstice and equinox.

I have visited one of the 6 ancient sites, Chichen Itza, my memory of that trip includes the Maya calendar (photo below). I have this souvenir mounted in my office; travel memories.

5. Culture Days starts this week, September 25 and runs through to October 25. I am one of the artists in residence for Newmarket Culture Days. Learn more about the Seven Authors from the Writers Community of York Region and check out the presentations. Happy Culture Days 2020 and happy autumn.

 

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Learning Music Writing

September 4 . Issue #54

A Week In My Life

September 4 . Issue #54

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

This week I look at methods for coping with a pandemic, listen to Jazz Icon Charlie Parker “Bird”, study owls and more…

Here are the five things I found interesting this week and I want to share with you all.

1. Legendary jazz musician Charlie Parker, nicknamed “Bird” or “Yardbird”, was born Charles Christopher Parker Jr. on August 29, 1920, in Kansas City, Kansas. This week I celebrated the birth of one of the greatest originators. And my favorite recording, perhaps the greatest jazz concert of all time, Jazz at Massey Hall featuring “The Quintet” made up of five of the superstars of Bebop: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. Recorded Live, May 15, 1953. Some reviews from the evening care of Massey Hall.

2. Have you found some methods to effectively cope with the pandemic? I have tried Ikebana the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The featured image is one of my creations. My reference book for inspiration, Ikebana with Living Plants by Ichiba Ashida.

3. Walking through the forest this week during dusk, I heard the strangest of sounds. A bag of kittens abandoned in the woods? That thought crossed my mind as I aimed my iPhones powerful camera light into the bush. A creature flew up out of the noise and perched above me in a tree. Still making this, awesome, screechy, purring, crying kind of noise. According to Nature Canada the sound I heard, the short-eared owl.

4. One of my favorite instruments is the guitar. My cousin Joe Yanuziello happens to be a luthier, a master guitar maker.  I don’t play the guitar, but I would love to own one of these guitars. It has my name on it for goodness sakes. In this Ted Talks video, watch and listen to contemporary master Bill Frisell, performing on his custom Yanuziello guitar

5. Do schools kill creativity? Check out the most viewed Ted talk ever presented by Sir Ken Robinson. I am reading a book by  Sir Ken Robinson, and he certainly thinks so and I fully agree. 

I’m also reading a fun mob book, Disorganized Crime by Alex A King.

 

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Museums Music Nature

Newsletter 44

Newsletter 44

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvellous.”

(Aristotle 385-323 BC)

Hello all. Wishing you a warm welcome. This week I celebrate my Italian heritage. I contemplate Norse gods and think about giving back to the community. I share with you 5 things that I found of interest and I hope will be of interest to you too.

1. June is Italian Heritage Month and I took in some of the virtual events that celebrate my Italian Heritage. The first event that completely captivated my attention, Wishing You Were Here. Followed by  Enchanted Museums and then My Secret Venice. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura hosted a series of virtual concerts entitled, “So Long Toronto,” I really enjoyed the one with Claudio Jr. de Rosa (Sax.) and Vivienne ChuLiao (Piano). 

Italy

With all these virtual events celebrating Italian culture it brought back memories of my visits to Italy. A very special Valentine’s celebration was spent in Taormina, Sicily. I wrote about it and share with you that special weekend.

2. I have started studying the Scandinavian  gods, The Heroes of Asgard, Tales From Scandinavian Mythology by A.Keary and E. Keary.  And in my curiosity as to how you incorporate Norse legends into modern storytelling I delve into Joanne M. Harris’s book, The Gospel of Loki.

3. This week I have been listening to everything Nina Simone, The Diva Series, a CD that I keep coming back to. What a story, what an amazing musician, what a life. 

An organization that I support and appreciate JPEC, recently released a quarantine concert featuring some great musicians, Eddie Bullen with Joaquin Hidalgo and Andrew Stewart. 

4. Listening to a podcast while working on my writing, Broken Record with Esperanza Spalding, a multi Grammy winning artist, bassist, singer and composer. Inspirational! There is one for every day of the week if you’re so inclined. Some are even hosted by Malcolm Gladwell.

5. Poetry, prose and lyrics; many years ago I was encouraged to write lyrics; I tried. Names like, The Shining Star, Making Make Believe and Big City. Some of the material written by me or co-written with my friend Ed McDonald

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. If you’re looking for a great children’s book, check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day

Please consider a contribution to our next book project by  buying me a coffee, swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee really helps out during these social distancing times.

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