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Toți Pentru Muzică

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La Iași a fost seară de muzică. Cvartetul Ad libitum ne-a încântat inimile și urechile deopotrivă cu cîteva piese joviale, dar și un pic de dramă, piese din repertoriul lui Schubert, Mozart și Dvorak, de inspirație divină parcă și în stare să te scoată din haosul și dezordinea umanului din zilele noastre.Pentru o oră și jumătate, m-am simțit ”atemporală” :)

Dintre toate, cea mai placută inimii mele a fost Cvartetul nr.12 a lui antonin Dvorak :

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Let the music begin!

Why a musical? Why not a movie, just as it is?
Well, because, you see, a musical is not just a boring show where you see people singing some songs, a musical is so much more than this.
Seeing someone pour their hearts out when singing can be quite extraordinary.They can transmit so many things, they can share everything that they feel with you and make you feel with them.
And to prove it, here are a few excerpts from some of my favorites. In no particular order, of course!

1. My Fair Lady

The beautiful, talented Audrey Hepburn, plays the role of a flower girl, earning her keep every day but aspiring to more than that. She meets professor Henry Higgins who will help her obtain her aim, but not as she thought she would.

2.The Sound of Music

It’s the story of a young woman ( Julie Andrews ) leaving a convent and becoming a governess for the seven children of a widower, an officer of the Navy (Christopher Plummer)

3.Les Misérables, which I think needs no introduction.

4.Sweeney Todd is a dark musical of Tim Burton that depicts the infamous story of Benjamin Barker . If you don’t like gloomy, dark movies, then I recommend you don’t watch it.Johnny Depp plays beautifully, by the way. ^_^

5. Then there is the absolute classic The Phantom of the Opera which belongs to Andrew Lloyd Webber and the story revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius.

5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory belongs to Tim Burton who is famous for film making. This is a children’s story of a poor little boy winning a tour on the famous Chocolate Factory in town alongside with other colorful personalities. It’s quite funny especially the oompa loompa song !

6. Grease
If you haven’t watched it already, well, shame on you! :-)

7.Hairspray is a teens musical that keeps you up on your feet (or,if you prefer, just continuously tapping your feet under the table) because its colorful, joy filled and entertaining.
[ P.S. Travolta’s still got some moves left, if you ask me! ]

8. Mamma Mia!
Meryl Streep is considered to be one of the greatest actresses of our times. She gives life to this musical, along side Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried

9. And last, but not least, Notre – Dame de Paris which I think is the greatest musical ever! :)

the full version :

Of course, the list doesn’t end here, but for now, I will conclude here!

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Hello December

Pentru că este 1 Decembrie, lumea spune că oficial, putem asculta colinde!Și pentru că este undă verde la ascultat colinde, lista ar trebui să conțină -pe lângă cele clasice Englezești și acele colinde tradiționale, Românești. Lista este destul de lungă, dar vreau să recomand doar doi autori. Madrigalul și Ștefan Hruscă.Personal, găsesc un farmec aparte în aceștia doi. Mă aduc cu inima ”acasă” de fiecare dată.

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Newest Christmas Album Collection

First of all, we get Trace Adkins new Christmas album,”Kings gift” which is a collection of celtic songs.
To get an ideea about it, here’s a preview of We three kings

Next, we have Susan Boyle with her Album “Home for Christmas” and her Miracle Hymn

Unto the next one, Mary J. Blige, has a new Christmas Album, called “A Mary Christmas”
My Favourite Things

And lastly, something more… charismatic >_< it's Kelly Clarkson with "Wrapped in Red"
Run Run Rudolph

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Shadowlands

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 Having been to a celebratory symposium on C.S. Lewis that marked 50 years from his death and  was  held a week ago in my town, a symposium that talked about his work as an apologetic writer as well as a Romantic Rationalist,  I took the time to finally watch Shadowlands ,which was on my to-do-list for a while now . The film appeared on the screen for the first time in 1993 and it stars the famous Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins.

I was aware of the fact that it was wrong to watch the film before reading the book on his life – Surprised by Joy, which, to my defence, I must say that I started reading but lent it to a friend of mine who asked very nicely and I could not refuse.

Being told that it’s not a great film and that Anthony Hopkins doesn’t really fit on Jack’s character, I got more eager to see it.  And taking into consideration that its interpretation was more of a secular love story than a life story of a Christian that had to deal with a lot of pain and still chose to believe in a true relationship with a True God, I’d say it was pretty good.

If you haven’t watched it, there’s a link for you :


There’s also a few quotes I personally liked :

“C.S.L :Garden, enclosed by a high wall. Inside the garden, a fountain.
In the fountain, two crystal stones.
In the crystals, in reflection, a rose garden.
In the midst of the roses, one perfect rosebud.
Guillaume de Lorris is using the rosebud, of course…as an image.But an image of what?

Student: Love?
C.S.L :What kind of love?

 Student:Untouched?
Student:Unopened, like a bud?
C.S.L :Yes. More?
Student: Perfect love.
C.S.L : What makes it perfect? Come on, wake up.
Student: Is it the courtly ideal of love?

C.S.L :What is that?What is its one essential quality?
Student:Un…
C.S.L : Unattainability.The most intense joy lies not in the having. .but in the desiring.Delight that never fades, bliss that is eternal…is only yours when what you most desire is just out of reach.”

 

” John: I have a complaint about the wardrobe.
Harry:Complaint? Our children love it.
Christopher:I will not have another conversation about Jack’s blasted nursery.
John:No. Listen. In the book you describe the house as belonging to an old professor. who has no wife,and yet…you say that when the little girl enters the magic wardrobe, she finds it full of fur coats.
C.S.L:Oh, very good, Eddie. It’s simple.It belonged to the professor’s old mother. Simple.
John:Aha. So, to reach the magic world the child must push through the mother’s fur.
C.S.L : I won’t have that, John. There’s none of your hand-me-down Freudianism.
Harry: But the imagery is Christian, surely.
C.S.L :No, Harry. It’s what it is.Just itself. It…It’s …It’s just magic.Magic. Look. Let me show you.The child steps into the wardrobe.The coats are thick and heavy.
John:What about the fur?
C.S.L :Fur’s not important.The child must push through.They’re pressing close,almost suffocating.And suddenly,there’s white light…crisp, cold air…trees, snow.Total contrast, you see.It’s the gateway to a magical world.

 

C.S.L”Yesterday, I received a letter…that referred to an event that took place…almost a year ago now, December 4, 1951.My correspondent hadn’t forgotten.I doubt if any of us have.That was the night….a Number 1 bus drove into a column of young Royal Marine cadets in Chatham. ..and killed 24 of them.You remember?The letter asks…some simple but fundamental questions.Where was God on that December night?Why didn’t He stop it?Isn’t God supposed to be good?Isn’t He supposed to love us?Does God want us to suffer?What if the answer to that question is yes?See, I’m not sure that God particularly wants us to be happy. I think He wants us to be able to love and be loved. He wants us to grow up. I suggest to you that it is because God loves us…that He makes us the gift of suffering.To put it another way,pain is God’s megaphone   to rouse a deaf world.You see, we are like blocks of stone…out of which the sculptor carves the forms of men.The blows of His chisel,which hurt us so much….are what make us perfect. ” 

“Christopher: Jack, what news?
C.S.L: Good news, I think. Yes, good news.
Christopher: I’m very glad.
C.S.L: Thank you, Christopher.
Reverend:Christopher can scoff, but I know how hard you’ve been praying. And now God is answering your prayer.
C.S.L: That’s not why I pray.I pray because I can’t help myself.I pray because I’m helpless.I pray beca…I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping.It doesn’t change God.It changes me.”

” C.S.L. :You know, I don’t want to be somewhere else anymore. I’m not waiting for anything new to happen…not looking around the next corner and over the next hill.I’m here now. That’s enough.
Joy: That’s your kind of happy, isn’t it?
C.S.L: Yes. Yes, it is.
Joy: It’s not going to last, Jack.
C.S.L: We shouldn’t think about that now.
Let’s not spoil the time we have.
Joy: It doesn’t spoil it.It makes it real.Let me just say it  before this rain stops and we go back.
C.S.L What is there to say?
Joy: That I’m going to die. And I want to be with you then too.The only way I can do that is if I’m able to talk to you about it now.
C.S.L: I’ll manage somehow. Don’t worry about me.
Joy: I think it can be better than that.I think it can be better than just managing.What I … What I’m trying to say is… the pain then is part of the happiness now. That’s the deal. “

 

“C.S.L: Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore, only the life I have lived.Twice in that life…I’ve been given the choice:As a boy…and as a man.The boy chose safety. The man chooses suffering.The pain now is part of the happiness then.That’s the deal.”