How to play it ask world leaders in their power plays, while on a smaller scale, I too ask the same question. Do it like Pablo Casals, Yo Yo Ma, Janos Starker, Jacqueline du Pre? Harmon Steiner teaches me Bach and his Unaccompanied Cello Suite NO 2 in D Major and I realize “unaccompanied” doesn’t mean simple as I struggle to play with power. (a 420 character 9-liner in my Cello Notes and Memoir series)

“How to play it, this regional power struggle of ours?”

ask the Iranians & the Saudis,

as they squint at flashpoints from Yemen to Syria,

rifts with Mid-East-rending potential.

On a smaller scale,

I struggle with Bach’s Unaccompanied Suite No. 2 in D Minor, the Prelude.

Every Monday Harmon teaches me the next thing I need to know.

I listen to YouTubes. Practice. I squint, but don’t rend; just roil on

how to play it.

PATTY

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* The YouTubes of famous cellists playing this piece are Very Different:

First Pablo Casals: https://youtu.be/dxMSoEeOOOU

Next: Janos Starker:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Cello-Suites-Baroque-Masterpiece/dp/0802145248

AND Jacqueline du Pre!!

and, finally, Yo Yo Ma:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/irans-middle-east-power-play/article23845609/

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: MOTION

WP Blogger Jen H. says share a photograph that captures Motion.

I love the street entertainers in Barcelona. Buskers ~ a word that comes from buscar in Spanish meaning to seek or wander ~ are a colorful lot of musicians who add a vibrant touch to the city.

These talented artists are as much a part of Barcelona’s culture as Gaudí and the Catalan artwork that covers the walls of the city’s museums.

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This group was a standing-ovation getter ~ in the seaside neighborhood of Barceloneta during the day and on Las Ramblas, the city’s most famous avenue, at night.  Excelente! 

Toni 4/25/15

Arab Wars and US arms industry: 18 billion and counting. Fuel for the wars for fuel. And, well, when is enough enough? A Pileated Woodpecker chimes in. (A 420 character 9-liner born of delight in the latter and disgust with the former.)


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He’s hard to see, but look for that stylish red fob on his head in the center of the tree. Pileated Woodpecker lunching on the best carpenter ants in Northwest CT. Pounding away.

Pounding.

The Pileated is at our favorite carpenter ant tree,

arming himself for mating season & child-rearing.

Positive efforts, unlike the those of the US weapons industry.

A 2008 law requiring arms sales not to effect Israel’s qualitative military edge

figures into increased sales to some Arab nations.

Civilian populations have been hit with “our” arms

& the whole Middle East wants the F-35.: Incessant.

Pounding.

PATTY

AND ONE OF DYLAN’S MOST ENDURING SONGS FOR ONE OF OUR MOST ENDURING ENDEAVORS:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/19/world/middleeast/sale-of-us-arms-fuels-the-wars-of-arab-states.html