Friday, December 5, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
YES... i do hate to say good bye....but in a way I don't. But I wish I could say goodbye to everything like this, its a littl cute, a little corny, and yet too classy.
And another reason why I love this song so much because, I remember when my parents use to put me and my brothers to bed early when they had their parties and socail gatherings. We would try to stick around and act is if we were entertaiment and the life of the party when we were just bad azz little kids. I use to crack out my violin and my little brother d jean would "try" to by my accompanist on the piano, it was cute though, because it did not sound bad...but a little unrehearsed.
This jazzy christmas tune from charlie brown's christmas special iz indeed one of my favorite peices. My younger brother who is currently 17 years, and a senior in highscool is trying to prepare to play this song on his bass with the other seniors within his music class, and I know it will sound like this, or maybe even better.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
And to be gifted... I truly do believe everyone has a gift, it is really up to that individual to take their gifts and use to their advntage in a positive way. You do no have to be a drug dealer or con artist to be a businees man. Ladies, we should not have to use our sexuallity as a way to get what we "think" we want. Sometimes having a certain gift does not ensure the things that may appear right to us, sometimes our purpose is not always for us, it could be for someone else.
But to be black...what an honor. Black people are indeed one of the strongest people on this earth. We suffered (as well as in the suffering process) of genocide, being stripped and raped from our true heritage, being conformed into what others think is right, and experiencing self hatred. However, despite all the negative, I beleive blacks still find the way, even though it sometimes it may seem hard to be true to one self, but still have to cater to what others think should be acceptable. But as a black woman, I feel as though nothing can stop me.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Another reason why I decided to mention this song is because how people sometimes neglect the importance of the civil rights movement, it was not that long ago when many whites did not see the significance of black person's life, and now we have a black president. If it was not for the struggles of african american societies, the pain, the blood shed, tears, and lets not forget the music that got my people through these hard times, Obama would not be the president today.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Whenever i hear this song by ella fitzgerald, I think of my grandpa and how he plays all these old jazz albums when I was small child. This song really brings me back to a time of peace and innocence that i can never go back to. In the begginig of this school semester a young man in my class mentioned, where did our innocence go? It was a rhetroical question, however I feel as though our innocence left with the music that our generation in take. Almost everything that our generation listens to is about sex, drugs and money. Music is not about music anymore, its not about REAL life, or the love we have for one another. Lullaby a birdland, and other music of this genre brings me to that place where my innocences is still in existance, and to a place where negativity is not praised.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This cello concerto is one of the most played cello concerto written byt Antonin Dvorak, and it his last solo concerto. One of his colleges begged him to compose a cello concerto because he loved the medium tone of the instrument, it was not to high too bassic. And he wrote this piece in New York in the late 1800s.
Monday, October 27, 2008
niccolo paganini was like a rockstar of the 19th century romance period of classical composition. He created many of the hardest compostions of music for the violin, and other string instruments. But the main reason why I am mentioning this artist because he was far from the traditional classical music player. He was known to be a womanizer and a gambler, even though he made a lot of money from concerts and the peices that he wrote, he was down on his luck and gambled away his violin. My violin instructor told me when I was 14 years old, that paganini also composed one of his songs in jail, and he was also known for a lot music tricks with his hands.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Antonio Vivaldi is one of the greatest venetian boroque composers, and personally my favorite. He was a well gifted violinist who was beleived to have asthma, so he was not an active child, but he continued to play the violin. When he became an ordain preist he was sent to an orphanage that was owned by the church, and he was titled maestro de violino or the master of the violin, and taught the girls at the orphanage. Most of his peices that he put together were for the young women at the orphanage.
The main reason why I fell in love with Vivaldi besides from his artisitic nature of composing music is because of his life story. How he basically gave his life to help the less fortunate through music. And when ever I pick up my instrument I always wanted to know what is the good of me playing this. How can I help others with this craft, and when I was a small child I did not know. Most musicians I know, who are classically trained musicians rather become teachers then work for music companies or play in big orchestras. I use to think that these music teachers that work at these piblic schools were just the failures, and could not audition in to the right progtrams, but it is not like that. When a person becomes a music teacher, they are bassically sharing their life and skills to a person who does not have these fine skills and techniques, they are bassically teaching their passion. And when I looked up Vivaldi's bio in highschool, I started to feel the same passion of sharing my art through the form of teaching. I began to give private lessons to my little cousins and neighbors... and soon I started teaching children who were less fortunate and gave them free lessons. And they were like a couple of sessions each before concerts and recitals and I was able to give my advice to these young people.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I was 11 years old when i fist heard this violin concerto at a orchestral convention that my performing arts middle school took me and my class mates. This peice is beautifully composed by saint saens, and it makes me think about how much I missed going to classical concerts as a child, and I wish I had the means to continue to listen to professional musicians more than what I do now.
Monday, October 6, 2008
over the weekend i was at my granparents house and i was talkin about this blogger project with them, and told them how i was going to write about classical music and ballet and what not... so my family are originally from haiti...(cant speak french nor creole... i am in total ingorance of my heritage...) and my grandfather always emphasizes the thought that i dont know anything about my culture, and then he told me about a crazy story that haitians compose classical music, and i really dont know if he was telling the truth because he always tells us something crazy about what haitians did, and me being ignorant i was jus laughing at this old man, and was like ok grandpa...
then i deciced to go home and actually google black afrcian american violinists, and the first thing that came up was a creole native violinist who family originated from the french west indies...haiti to my beleif and he was a known prodigy and composer, his name was Edmond Dede. He actually learned his skill from a free black man, Constanin Debergue who conducted free creoles in the south. He began studying music with an italiam native Gabici, but it angered a lot of whites in the south that a black man was participating in the classical arts...so many haters...
Dede was a typicial starving artist, working low income jobs just to keep his funds steady to participate in the art of violin such as making cigars, and playing an instrument is not a cheap thing to participate...from personal experience. During his cigar making time he composed a melody called "mon pauvre couer" (nope cant pernounce it...still very sad), and this is the oldest known sheet music composed from a black person. he later went to france and married a french woman and son, who also became a composer like his father.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
when i fist saw charlli east on you tube i was like amazed how a young black artist, one of my friends who does a lot of spoken word poetry told me about her, and I had to look her up myself. I love her work, and she is like a big inspiration in my life, and it makes me want to pick up my violin again, and restart my music career. and i you tubed black violin, and they remade a bradenburg concerto, i believe its the first movement, and I am currently not sure what key its in, but i posted it up because it was a dreaded composition that i played in highschool because I lost my principle chair to a sophomore within my section. I was a little disapointed, but I got my chair back before the concert, but the remake of this concerto makes me laugh because I whish I could have payed around with a lot music, and made it fun in highschool.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
when i was a small child i realized there were not a lot of black ballet dancers, and it was not like they did not exist, its just i have never met one. Being a black ballet dancer and to continue this art is something way harder then what people may think. In my situation, I took ballet classes in predominantly white dance schools, where it was important to have this particular body size. My school emphasized that you had to have a long torso, long legs, the arch in the foot, small boobs, no BUTT...NO HIPS....the looks that i did not have.
But I knew other professional black dancers had it worst, and they had the body type. Raven Wilkinson was the first black american dancer hired in the 1950s by a major ballet company in america. The obstacles that she faced was ridiculous. She was kicked out of a hotel because someone realized that she was black, and hunted down by a mob of Ku Klux Klan because they did not want a black female dancing in the performance hall. But one thing that Raven received from her colleges, that I never received as a dancer, was support. The dancers that she worked with were always by her side, and tried to snitch on her because she was a passing negro. But if I had half of her talent, maybe my fellow dancing classmates would not give me a hard time.