Merry Christmas!

23 December, 2014 at 06:12 | Posted in classical, Culture, Music, Spirituality, thoughts of the day | Leave a comment
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The opening of this cantata is really Bach, I think. Swinging and beautiful 🙂 It also suits well at Christmas time, translated it means Wake up, the voices calling us“.

I’m then thinking of that Christmas is a time of message, that Jesus was the messenger of that time bringing a message of love, peace and serenity. A message that still this very day applies, considering everything bad that happens in the world.

If only humanity could wake up and see the reality of love and kindness that the higher spiritual world of enlightened beings convey, if humanity just could take it to heart and incarnate this higher reality into itself

Fortunately, we have spiritual messengers continually coming to Earth to remind us of how we should actually live and be: True good people who do good deeds. They come to remind us of the love, peace and serenity that a higher self-realization leads to; in ourselves and in our surroundings.

We can choose out of free will how we want to create our reality. By choosing good thoughts and good deeds, for ourselves and for all life on this planet, our reality will become a much more positive one.

Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance are important and good guidelines on the path of life. By following these three principles in everyday life, a lot of positive things can come about.

I’m wishing you all a Happy and a Merry Christmas! 🙂

Bach – Cantata 140: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 (1731)


Sparkling Tones of Bach

14 March, 2012 at 07:23 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Musical Therapy for Children –

30 March, 2010 at 07:13 | Posted in Body & Mind, classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Today, young patients at the orthopedic hospital near St. Petersburg receive remedy from music rather than pills. The string band “Yakut Virtuosos” show them the real mastery of playing violins.

[Dmitriy Ilkovskiy, Organizer of the Concert]:
“I think this is all about positive emotions. They uplift your mood and therefore speed up recovery.”

The Turner Orthopedic Institute is Russia’s largest national clinic specializing in orthopedics and traumatology. It is based in Pushkin near St.Petersburg. “Yakut Virtuosos” are now performing in the hospital for the fourth time. They are a group of 12 students from the Higher Musical School of the Republic of Sakha, in the far North of Russia. Children were playing compositions by Bach, Vivaldi, Tschaikovsky and Piazzolla.

The musicians say that performing for sick children brings them joy too.

[Stanislav Afanasenko, Leader of “Yakut Virtuosos”]:
“It is impossible to have any other attitude when you see those children who are rather unhappy because of their health condition. We feel an inner need to give our mastery to small children.”

Organizers think that instrumental music can not only perk up mood but also cure illnesses. For the children it is especially important because some of them are confined to a hospital bed for months.

[Dasha Koroleva, Patient]:
“I liked “Summer” by Vivaldi. Not everyone is lucky to hear such a concert.”

[Efrem Farkhiev, Patient]:
“For example the compositions of Vivaldi are amazing. I would like to visit such a concert again.”

The founder of the Hospital, Henry Turner, always wanted for charity and culture to forever remain within the walls of his Institute. And it seems that his wish is coming true.

NTD, St. Petersburg, Russia

Link to news feature: Musical Therapy for Children –

Do we notice the beauty around us?

12 March, 2010 at 16:34 | Posted in classical, Culture, Funny things :-), Music, Science | 4 Comments
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Got this thought-provoking story sent to me via e-mail by a friend.

Washington DC, a subway station a cold January morning 2007. A man with a violin is playing Bach during one hour.
During that hour passes about 2,000 people.

After 3 min:
A middle-aged man give attention to  the musician and slows down the pace of his steps. He stops a few seconds and then continues on.

After 4 min:
The violinist get his first dollar, a woman throws the coin in his hat, without stopping.

After about 6 min:
A young man leans against the fence and listens for a while but soon look at the clock and move on.

After 10 minutes:
A child of 3 years old stay but the mother draws him further. (Several children stopped, but was immediately dragged away by their parents).

After 45 minutes:
The violinist has been playing continuously, but only 6 people have stopped to listen for a short time.

Some 20 people have put money in his hat, but most of them without slowing down their pace. The violinist got a total of $ 32! (Pretty good though, I think, in 1 hour :-))

After 1 hour:
The musician stops playing and it gets quiet. No one is noticing that he stops, nobody applauds.

The truth:
The musicians who played is Joshua Bell, one of the world’s foremost living violinists and musicians. He played some of Bach’s most challenging pieces on a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days earlier, Joshua Bell played for sold-out houses in Boston, the tickets cost an average of $ 100.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell incognito performance on the subway station was organized by the Washington Post, as a part of a sociological experiment on perception, taste and people’s priorities.

It asked: “Are we actually noticing the beauty of an everyday environment at an inappropriate time? Do we stop to appreciate the beauty? Do we recognize a talent in an unexpected context? How many of us go to great concerts, and pay good money for something we do not have the sense to appreciate? ”

A conclusion of many:
If we do not choose to stop when one of the world’s best musicians is playing some of the best pieces on one of the world’s finest instruments…

What and how much more will be lost if we do not even notice?

Would you have stopped and really listened?

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