Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Birth of the Moon

It's been a busy morning.  We are getting ready for a trip, and there are so many things to think about and remember that The Voices have been pretty quiet, but they really liked this video.  Apparently, when not chiding me on my many short comings,  The Voices are interested somewhat in astronomy.

Here is the link to the whole article, which isn't too long or difficult, and below is the video.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as my Friends and I did. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Am I More Like Chandler Bing, or Joey (the Case of the Missing Circuit)

Last night we attended the CASU Fall Concert. It was in the First Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake, which is an absolutely beautiful building.

The Choir performed under the baton of Sonja Sperling, a doctoral music student at the University of Utah.  Annie asked me if I would video the concert, which I did with only one screw-up.  It was a nice concert, I'm not going to list the program, but suffice it to say that it was classical, religious,  and German - none of which things I have a problem with per se.

Annie has been in the choir now for about 10 years.  I know that she loves the music, loves the singing, and gets buoyed up by sharing it with others.  She practices on Tuesdays, and after a late night two hour solo drive, she is still almost always wound up from the experience.  I know that a lot of hard work goes into perfecting a song, and even more into a concert, and way, way more into some of the super concerts that the  Choral Arts Society of Utah has participated in.

This spring the Choir sang in a super choir in Helena, Montana.  They sang Mahler's 8th in German and in Latin.  Of course the choir loved it, and what was interesting was the music deeply moved so many people in the audience.  Well, except for me.

Its not that I don't like the music, because I do, but it doesn't have the same effect on me as it does on so many other people, and I have wondered at this many times.  I can appreciate the difficulty of playing, or singing the music, I know that I have almost no talent in that area.   But it doesn't move me to tears..... so I wonder.

Like so many things in life, 'Friends' seems to have a situation or a line that applies to almost every situation in life....and so here are a couple that come to mind, but I can't make up which one applies most to me....or maybe both.  (p.s.  I don't even listen to Country anymore.....don't know why).  I actually think that we are all wired a little differently, and I just don't have much of a music circuit.  Music Lovers, don't mourn for me.  It is probably a lot like being color blind....oh, yeah....

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

News and More Voices

It is going to be a loooonnnng day. You knew that yesterday when you left for Salt LakeTell them something that they don't know.  OK, I will:  It looks like we will get our financing and be able to buy the property in Oregon. Oh, you mean the Elk Snout property?  No, I mean the Riddle property.  That wasn't so hard, was it?  No, it wasn't, but there are a lot of people to tell.  Yes, well that is the problem with having friends and family isn't it - so many of them.  Good grief, if you had a house full of gold you would complain about having to move it so that you could dust.  I'm not's just telling the story again.  Yeah, that is so hard.  You have been letting out the news over the last couple of months, I don't think people will be too surprised.  Why not, I was kind of surprised myself, and I'm right in the middle of it.  You aren't worried that people will be surprised, you are worried that they will yawn and look across the conversation and say 'hey, how about them Utes'.  I am not either worried.  It is fine with me if they do that.  I'm actually going to miss a lot of people at work.  Oh, and what about your kids here in Utah?  Not going to miss them?  Of course I'm going to miss them.  I miss them now, and I can run up and see them when ever I want too.  Yeah, but you don't....  No, I don't, and they don't come down much - what are you getting at. We have lives,  Nothing, just that now that when you move, the possibility of popping up for a quick visit will be gone.  Wow, Sherlock - you are good.  Something that we agree on finally.  Seriously, do we have to talk about this now?  We have been over this ground 50 times.  No we don't have to talk about it, I just like to see you wince a little.  *Silence*  Yeah, actually that I can believe - that is about your style.  I think I'm going to turn the Nano on and listen to something else for a while.  Coward.  I tell you the truth, and you can't face it.  You tell me your opinion and hope that it hurts a little.  Bloody good thing you were never a nurse.  You would be putting lemon juice in paper cuts and telling them that it kills germs.  And you are saying that it doesn't?  I'm not saying anything. I'm just starting the day, I have a lot to do, and I'd like to get organized.  I'd just as soon you went to sleep in the distractions of the day.  Thank Heavens we have group meeting this morning.  I know you can't last past that.  You are lucky to have my advice and counsel at all.  Advice and counsel?  Really?  More like sarcastic comment and abuse.  Why do you come around in the morning?  Because you at your weakest, and because I can.  Sort of like a lion - I choose the weak and the diseased as my prey.  Weak and diseased?  Your are ME.  Yes, don't remind me, this isn't pleasant for me either. OK, fine, keep yammering away, I'm going to put the Nano in and listen to someone who isn't so spiteful.  I'm not spiteful, someone has to keep you on task and out of trouble.....I'm not listening........