11. August 2007 · Comments Off on Music In Venezuela · Categories: Quotes, Ramble, Read!

Just some snippets for you:

“Music has not just opened doors for me professionally,” says Felix, “it has opened my mind to a whole world of possibilities.”

Under programmes run by the Foundation for the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela (Fesnojiv), Venezuela’s pioneering music education network commonly known as “El Sistema”, all children in Guarenas have access to a free education in classical music. Demand for the scheme from the local people seems insatiable; there are currently 700 students, and another 600 are on the waiting list.

“I practise for three or four hours when I get home every day, between finishing school and coming here,” he says. “At first, my friends didn’t understand, but now lots of them have started coming, too.”


I have read about this before, but I’ve not blogged about it. So here you go.

11. August 2007 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Ramble

At the age of 60, I am here to report that music is about feeling as much as it is about meaning.

-John Adams

11. August 2007 · 1 comment · Categories: Ramble

I’ve been puzzling over a few thing for quite some time. They are goofy little things, and they aren’t really important, but whatever. I’ve heard various people say the following, and I’m here to help translate for you. I’m nice that way.

“Is it just me or ….” : It is not just me. It is nearly everyone. Except you.

“I shouldn’t really say this ….”: I’m going to say this and no one is going to stop me.

“Don’t take this personally ….”: Take this very, very personally. Just don’t act like it hurts.

“With all due respect ….”: No respect is due.

“Contrary to popular opinion ….”: Neener neener, I’m smarter than the majority of you.

And, finally, not a quote but, well, what is it with bloggers who use “we” when they mean “I”? That “royal we” thing … well … it only makes them look silly if you ask us … um … I mean me.

Changing the Subject … I think it’s time to go over my blogrolls again. Some of you aren’t posting any more, or at least so infrequently I’m not sure what’s up. if I remove you … well … don’t take it personally.

No. Really. Don’t. 😉