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1  General Discussion / The Best Music Ever Written / Re: I dont think that there is such thing as "the best music." on: November 24, 2009, 10:30:54 pm
I just realized that the last word on the fourth line was a typo ...I meant to type "think of Disney ..." LOL sorry  Tongue
2  The Lectern / MUL 2380 Q&A / Re: Regarding Perez Prado on: November 24, 2009, 10:26:48 pm
Professor, regarding my message from 11/17, do you know the answer? I'm just very curious about that particular detail.  Shocked
3  General Discussion / The Best Music Ever Written / Re: I dont think that there is such thing as "the best music." on: November 24, 2009, 10:14:18 pm
I enjoy just about any genre, and like my friend up there, it depends greatly on my mood. I have noticed that when it comes to music, the language does not matter (to me!!) I have listended to and enjoyed a nice variety of music styles, from spanish balads to brazilian zamba, Indu, Country, Jazz, in short a lot of different types and found that if you have the right company and ambiance, the language used for the lyrics or the style doesn't really matter. Thisk of Disney, specifically Epcot, you go from one country to the next and while there you are surrounded by everything regarding the particular country or region ...we go and love it so much we go back despite the expense and the unpredictable weather conditions. So yeah, it's more about the mood than anything else. And about 2pac, I do not like the music itself, but his lyrics have influenced a great number of artists and are definitely something to experience, again if one can block out the boom boom in the back ground.  Undecided
4  In-Class Critiques / Jazz Concert Critiques / Re: Miami Dade Faculty Recital 10/6 on: November 24, 2009, 09:59:00 pm
I attended the Faculty Jazz Concert and was completely amazed by both, the performance and the amount of people present. Jazz is the type of music I heard of just a decade ago and have enjoyed since. My memory isn’t that great, so I can’t really memorize artists and pieces like other people do, but I love it because it is the kind of music that transports me to a beautiful place.  To me is a simple way to make a person get into a mellow and loving, yet energetic and happy mind set with just one song.
This particular concert was fascinating as I had never experienced live music so up close …lower level tickets are expensive, you know! The performance was overall outstanding in my opinion, but the musicians who really captivated my attention the most were the trumpet and saxophone players, Jim Broderick and Tom McCormick. I mean, they stole the show! The way I have experienced it, the wind instruments are the focus of attention for the most part, but these two were a great team from beginning to end. My favorite piece was “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You”, it had so much feeling it game me the chills. Another number I really enjoyed was “Ako”, this was a trumpet solo. While I was listening it took me away from the auditorium. I guess the best way I could describe it is by comparing it to a love story being told under the moon; sad, but passionate and persistent at the same time. My least favorite was the piano solo. Probably because up until that very moment everything the band had played felt alive, as if it was moving every single inch of my body resting helplessly from the narrow seat at the auditorium. The piece was modern classical in nature, deeply sentimental, kind of sad but playful at the same time.
On the other hand, the electric guitar player, who made his appearance bout half way into the show, made held an incredible performance, first accompanying and later in a solo. The latest to me was not as remarkable as the trumpet or saxophone players, but I must admit it captivated much of the audience’s attention. The show was totally worth my time and missing dinner with my family for one night. My only regret is not having kept up with the schedule to bring my son in so we could enjoy it together. In short, I loved the event and lived every piece played by the artists. I ‘m glad these kind of activities are made available to the public free of charge, or in my case and that of many attendees, for a small voluntary donation. I plan on keeping myself informed of future events like this which I look forward to experience again.
5  The Lectern / MUL 2380 Q&A / Re: Regarding Perez Prado on: November 17, 2009, 07:11:26 pm
I was watching a special program called "Raices y Recuerdos" on spanish TV about two weeks ago. The theme was "Great Cuban Musicians", including (of course) Perez Prado and the expert giving all the explanations and history lessons during the session gave him credit only for saying the word "Mambo" and reinventing the Danzon with inovative moves which later became a separate type of music named Mambo after the afton repeated work during the musical numbers. What I stayed curious about was that during one of the songs, Perez Prado kept saying "Mambo BeBop" ...is there a connection between these two genres?
6  General Discussion / Pearls Before Breakfast / Re: Pearls Before Breakfast on: November 03, 2009, 04:53:11 pm
I think it's completely normal to miss a celebrity or someone famous who passes by us, even when we've seen this person on TV or the movies our whole life and even more so in the case of a classical music virtuoso who we probably have enjoyed listening to, but have no clue what he/she might look like. I remember a few years ago I was at a United Way Kickoff event remodeling a school and the person who I was placed to work with was the region director for my area. I didn't find out until lunch time when some other big wigs came to say hello. This person worked with me shoulder to shoulder like anyone else would have, didn't mention his position, or try to take advantage of the rest of the team by pulling rank or anything... I was so embarassed to find out who he was and that I didn't recognize him that I wanted to open a hole in the ground and drop dead right there.
When you come to think of it, it's easy for these people blend into a crowd without being recognized. We are so used to seeing them dressed nicely, with make up, lighting, media effects ...when you take all that away and place this person in a regular setting, wearing jeans and a tshirt and sweating like anyone else, they become real people and loose the wow effect of the TV or movie set. So, let's allow for this things to happen every once in a while, in reality is the only hope the famous can have to enjoy a moment of that peaceful and ordinary life they all say to miss so much.    Wink
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