Tuesday, April 22, 2008
(note: this used to be my sparkpage text...am backing it up as a blog, since I've changed over my sparkpage - Don)
Music has played an essential role in my efforts to reclaim my health and my life.
I could have never stuck to my diet and daily treadmill workout without my mp3 player and headphones!
I'm a guitarist who loves music that is melodic, distinctive, rhythmic and heartfelt. My preferences range from classic rock / pop, folk, jazz, brasilian and other world influences. I enjoy some of the new age styles which are acoustic and creative (Paul Winter, for example, who also draws from many ethnic influences), but avoid new age which is electronic, dull and repetitive to my ears. Early recordings from ECM records are among my very favorite. These include artists such as Ralph Towner, Oregon, Jan Garbarek, Edberhard Weber, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and some of the lesser known ECM artists such as Art Lande, Egberto Gismonti, Steve Kuhn, Ketil Bjornstad, David Darling, and Barre Phillips. They stretch the boundaries of music, but not too far into the avante, free music which generally doesn't suit me.
I also enjoy guitar jazz from Wes Montgomery, Earl Klugh, George Benson, Acoustic Alchemy, Joe Pass, Gene Bertoncini, Jim Hall and many others.
What goes better with guitar than the music of Brasil? I began with the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim which soon led me to so many other wonderful artists such as Joao Gilberto, Laurindo Almeida, Sergio Mendes, and more contemporary artists such as Trio Da Paz & Romero Lubambo, Celso Fonseca and Marcio Faraco.
I prefer most of my music to be fairly small in ensemble, solo, duets, trios, quartets, perhaps quintets, depending. Big band jazz rarely appeals to me...but there are exceptions.
Even folk-bluegrass-quasi-country finds its way into my mix at times, especially female vocalists such as Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin-Carpenter and Nanci Griffith.
Popular music by Santana (such SPIRITED guitar playing!), Steely Dan, The Who, Talking Heads, Blues Traveler and many others have enjoyed a renaissance as I've been hungry for pumped up music for my 'millwork! :-)
Most of all I like variety to my music and prefer to listen to a shuffle of all of the above, which is why I put them all together whenever I listen to music.
You can listen to my music at Pandora Radio: www.pandora.com/?sc=sh5937613187078
or at Slacker Radio:
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Hey, lost THREE more pounds this week TOO!
Woo Hoo! So nice to see pay-offs after several weeks of a plateau! It really DOES work, folks, to stick with what you know works for you, even during plateaus...sooner or later the rewards will become obvious!
One thing I think that helped was, after getting my feet recovered and returning to the treadmill I revved up my workouts by kicking up my baseline speed to 4.2 mph instead of 4.0. Then when a great song comes along I kick it up to 5.0.
Now: off to the Big Apple tomorrow to have a great time and walk away some MORE pounds... :-)
Spring is SPRINGING around here and I'm REVVED and PSYCHED for action!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
I've recently finished reading The Kite Runner and was blown away by the courage shown by Amir, the protagonist, as an adult he faced the demons of the past and redeemed himself from terrible choices he once made as a child.
Similarly, Jimmy Santiago Baca displayed courage and tremendous self-confidence as he placed himself in harm's way, risking detention by the INS as he describes in his "Parting Words" available for streaming or download at this website: www.poetrypoetry.com/Features/JSBaca
These incidences have moved me to tears at times. I realize that they resonate so soundly with me because I'm increasingly aware of the kind of courage I need to break through old patterns of denying myself the freedom to express my true voice, my true actions.
One song which captures this spirit for me is "My Song" by Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek. It's available at Amazon for download for 89 cents...such a deal! You can also listen to a sample of the song: www.amazon.com/My-Song-Keith-Jarrett
TF8&s=music&qid=1204213962&sr=1-1 There is a childlike music box quality at times during this song, which swells with passion and pride at others. Highly recommended!
One area I've been neglecting over the years has been a serious lack of socializing with friends. My life has been primarily going to work and coming home and any socializing I've been doing has been within that context. Of course there's been the added wonderful outlet of SparkPeople!
So, I had cancellations last Sat. freeing me up. This was the opening I needed to call an old friend and invite him out for lunch/brunch. We had a great time catching up and during our conversation he mentioned that he had to go to New York City this upcoming week for a small business transaction and invited me to come along and spend the day walking about the city taking in the sites. I knew this was an opportunity that wouldn't come along often so I sprung for it and we are set to hop on the bus to Port Authority this Thursday!
Woo hoo! I'm psyched to blow the cobwebs! Weather should be mid-60's and sunny...made to order! :-)
Breaking out of old patterns can sometimes be painful, however this time? A glorious thing!
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