Welcome to the Second Day of Christmas with some guests, music, and not to forget food… My guests today are children’s author and travel writer Darlene Foster, and poet Miriam Hurdle…sharing their most favourite Christmas gift ever…
Before we find out more about the second day of Christmas and meet the guests I would like to get you in the mood with music, and one of my favourite groups has always been Status Quo -‘It’s Christmas Time’ was recorded in 2008. You can buy Status Quo Music Amazon
I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how other countries celebrate their Christmas festivities. In China for example, only about 1% of the population is Christian and Christmas is really only celebrated in the big cities for its commercial value. But there are grottos set up in the shops and Santa Claus is called…
Amy’s theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week is Celebration.
December is a month of celebration for me and my family. We observe the advent which is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for Christmas–the birth of Christ. It begins four weeks and Sundays before Christmas and continues until Christmas. The preparation includes lighting an Advent wreath, setting up a Christmas tree and decorations.
Last week, December 8th and 9th, 2018 – the second weekend of December, Our Community Choir represents George Frideric Handel’s (1685 – 1759) Messiah. Messiah is a sacred oratorio. An oratorio is a musical composition for choir, orchestra and soloists. It differs from opera because it is a concert piece and not staged with sets, costumes and props. Handel composed the music Messiah in 24 days. The text was a selection from the King James version of the Bible compiled by Charles Jennens, a musician/poet. Messiah is a majestic musical edifice and a popular favorite around the world.
My favorite piece is “For unto Us a Child is Born.” 4.12 minutes.
The third weeks, we get together with different groups of friends for celebration.
The week of Christmas we go to church and spend time with our immediate and extended family.
I am learning how to use the new editor. In my Lens-Artists Photo Challenge post, I tried to upload a video, even though it looked fine in the editing but didn’t play when I published it. The following video is from YouTube. I just wanted to see if it works to post YouTube video and chose this touching story about Martin Hurkens.
Martin Hurkens always had a dream of being an opera singer, but he did not have the money to stay in music school. Instead, became a baker to make a living and for 32 years he baked, and his singing was mostly reserved for when he was home with his family.
When he lost his job, the Dutch baker’s daughters wanted to help him realize his lifelong dream and entered him in the reality TV talent show “Holland Got Talent” back in 2010. The 58-year-old “Pavarotti” won legions of fans and the competition!
In the video below, Martin takes to the streets of Holland like a simple busker would, places down his hat, and sings “You Raise Me Up”. Soon a crowd gathers round to listen to the humble baker with the incredible voice!
Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge this week, the prompt words are sad & write, # SynonymsOnly.
blood dripping of a torn heart
Carved in memory
gift of the angelic child
terra firma she departs
When I first listened to this music, I felt hearing someone crying. Studying the background confirmed that the sounds were the composer’s cry.
The Concierto de Aranjuez composed by Joaquin Rodrigo was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez. The composer attempts to transport the listeners to another place and time through the sounds of nature.
Rodrigo and his wife Victoria stayed silent about the real inspiration of the music. Victoria eventually revealed it was a response to Rodrigo’s devastation and grief at the miscarriage of their first child. The music was composed in 1939 in Paris.
As soon as I saw the words for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge this week, the image of Waltz showed up in an instance. My sister was a Ballroom Dance instructor before she retired. She regularly posts her own dance or other dance demonstration videos on her social media. When she and her dance friends have birthdays, with no exception, they have dance parties.