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October 2 . Issue #58

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” President Lyndon B. Johnson – September 29, 1965

In this weeks newsletter, Arts Organizations, Orange Shirts, Culture Days and more…

My Weekly Journal

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

1. The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) turns 55 this week. The stimulus for the arts needed now more than ever.

The Marguerite Yanuziello Art Memorial Scholarship (MYAMS) of which I am a director, is a registered not for profit dedicated to supporting the performing arts; especially here in Ontario, Canada. MYAMS is only 8 years old yet we aspire to the same goals as the aforementioned (NEA) organization.

2. September 30th in Canada is Orange Shirt Day the day to reflect on reconciliation, residential school and Every Child Matters.

I watched the documentary, Wawahte: Stories of Residential School Survivors, an educational documentary based on the book of the same title by Robert P. Wells, first published in 2012. It tells the story of Indian Residential Schools from the perspective of three of its survivors.

Another video to watch, “Stolen Children”.

3. Culture Days 2020 continues through to October 25th. There is some great talent featured, both live and in virtual performances. Take an online dance class, listen to a digital performance or take in a live performance.

I’m registered for a couple of on-line events including one with the accomplished pianist – Hilario Duran.

4. The 2nd wave of COVID19 is officially here in Canada, not in every province and territory. Just the most populated. My research this week has me delving into what will happen in 2021. Will we be able to travel to other countries safely? Will there be an effective and safe vaccine against COVID19 by September as some people are predicting? I think not, have a listen to The Race to Develop A COVID19 Vaccine.

5. My basic outline for an on-line, kids creative writing workshop is complete. Nine sessions, each session dealing with a major component of the creative writing process. All the sessions will be free. At the end of the workshop, the participants will have completed an 800 – 1000 word children’s story.

Send me an e-mail if you have children that would like to attend, scheduled to start October 19th.

 

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Please consider a contribution to our next book project that we have scheduled for February of 2021. You can contribute by buying me a coffee, just swing by Ko-fi.com.  You know I appreciate my coffee and in these crazy times every coffee really helps out.

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Entertainment Reading Writing

September 11 . Issue # 55

September 11 . Issue #55

In this weeks newsletter: reminiscing on a day of infamy, listening to trio music, preparing a creative writing course and more…

A Week In My Life

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

1. This week like every week around this time I reminisce about a day of infamy. Something I will never forget; that day that will live on — 9/11, September 11, 2001, the attack on the USA. Other dates which will live in infamy; December 7, 1941; the date very quickly became shorthand for the Pearl Harbor attack, in much the same way that November 22, 1963, became associated with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

2. My children’s book is now available at a leading Canadian bookstore; Indigo/ Chapters has my book, Samba on a Snowy Day, available for you to order in paperback and hardcover versions. I hope to have some physical copies available in the stores in the very near future.

3. My listening pleasure this week: good music that runs the gamut; from blues to classical, with everything in between. I played in a power rock trio once, Snowaxe. I love trio music, the heavy rock trios, like Hendrix and Cream and the heavy jazz trios like Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette and Bill Evans Trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian. The great bassist Gary Peacock passed away September 4, 2020; age 85; Rest in Power maestro.   

4. My eye candy this week is all about TIFF – the Toronto International Film Festival and some of the best bets for awards and feature films. I have always wanted to attend and this year it’s so easy, less crowded and no mask required if I watch from home.

5. I am working on developing a program for children to help fire the creative juices. Kindle Creativity: a workshop for children authors; a chance to develop stories, to have fun and to create wonderful fiction.

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 what Readers’ Favorites reviewers say about 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 helps out during these challenging times.

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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.

 

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 (in a ceramic mug), swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee helps out during these challenging times.

Check out my blog, follow the link, sign in. Get the weekly newsletter in your inbox, no spam I promise.

Copyright © 2020 Paul Yanuziello, All rights reserved.