Working on Andrew York’s “Quiccan”

Christopher Hopper: My Life in Music

For the past several weeks I’ve been working on the fourth guitar part of Andrew York’s quartet “Quiccan.”  I am working on it for the purpose of performing it with three other guitarists, two recent graduates of a music school and the third is currently pursuing his degree.  All three are good players and I am very happy to be working with them. “Quiccan” is one of those pieces that doesn’t really have an easy part to play, unlike some quartets or ensemble pieces where there are distinct differences between the parts’ degrees of difficulty.  In this case all four parts are decidedly challenging because many of the motifs circulate through all four parts at one point or another.  That being said, there are a few in there that don’t come through my part that I must say I’m relieved that I don’t have to pull off at this point!

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the cherry now

radical rumblings

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Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough,

And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,

Twenty will not come again,

And take from seventy springs a score,

It only leaves me fifty more.

                      –

And since to look at things in bloom

Fifty springs are little room,

About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.

A. E.Housman

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Earth Day……..all year long.

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Ok, I missed writing a post on Earth Day. I fully meant to…but I was out in my Iris garden. So love when my Irises bloom. They are one of my favorite flowers.

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Living in the Mountains of Arizona I have to contend with two things when gardening. The scarcity of rain, we are a desert state you know, and Javelina.  If you have never seen one they are wild pig like creatures that roam the state.  Javelina will eat almost any tubular plant but Iris; so I have a lot of Iris. Rain that’s another story. The drought in the Southwest has been long and hard.

Which brings me to global warming and Earth Day…. We are slowly killing our mother Earth. Have you seen California this year? I just got back from a trip there and it has…

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Contemplation of Nature’s Offerings

Living Contemplatively

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef.

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A quiet space, a walk in the fields.
Sounds muted, muffled.
A bird calls in the distance. Another responds.
Butterflies conspire quietly
between the greenery.
Contemplation of nature’s offerings.

Contemplation doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it’s incredibly simple. When I tell myself I’m entering into a contemplative space, it’s as if everything else sort of blurs around me, and the center focuses more sharply.

My physical surroundings become secondary to my inner state of mind and heart. Beatrice Bruteau confirms that “what interferes with our living a contemplative life is not the busy, noisy, confused, demanding, harassing world in which we must earn our living and care for our families. We like to blame this environment, but that is not really the source of the disquiet. Even if we could go to the country, have nothing much to do and no threats to our…

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Recording Studio – Inspiring Spaces

Tremendous spot for music and recording! Nice acoustics, I’m sure.

Music Well - Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Recording StudioBeautiful space at the Echo Moountain Recording Studios in Asheville where I recently worked on Endless Immersion. We didn’t master in this exact room, but I like to peek in there whenever I am around. Exciting announcements are forthcoming! http://www.dosiamckay.com/endlessimmersion.shtml

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Solar Eclipse and Spring Equinox

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I had a great weekend here at Haremoon Cottage in County Mayo, all my lot came home as it was my birthday. Apart from lovely birthday cards, presents and cake I was given lessons in astronomy photography by my son.

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First lesson began Friday morning, and we were lucky there was some cloud breaks which revealed the partial eclipse of the Sun. The partial eclipse is caused by a shadow created by the Moon as it passes between the Earth and the Sun which began about 8.30am. The next solar eclipse is not due until 2026 so I have loads of time to learn how to take some decent Sun photography.

New Moon

This weekend we also had a new moon and the Spring Equinox where the sun crosses the celestial equator, and day and night are of equal length. The sun will now continue north of the equator until the summer…

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Sunday seclusion

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

Sun was shining
Trees singing hymns
Blue and white mating
creating, perfecting whims
greens dew slurping
birds whispered chirpings
river oozing, burping
life’s secret gems
day’s beauty missed
seclusion loudly hissed
the morning is gone
you are still all alone
slowly sans realisation
the seed has sown
a beautiful day passed
another Sunday lost
to what could have been
Let reality hard bite
raw imagination light
commencing life fight
to what should be
Could, and would be
Need that nod, agree
let that mind be free
Time is really short
Need that big heart
Past, rum under bridge
Climb optimism ridge
Let Monday be the day
When future has her say
Keep present accomplice
there is lot to accomplish

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