Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Weekly Music Nugget 64

     I'm not a big opera fan, but a few months ago I discovered the German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann, and I have been periodically listening to him via YouTube.  I think his singing is marvelous, in every way.  Here is a link to one of my favorite scenes from Puccini's Madame Butterfly.  It's a rehearsal, and the video isn't very good...but just listen!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Op7RmV7S3c&feature=kp

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pride

    It seems I am slowing coming to an understanding of what pride is.  I'm not referring to the good feeling that accompanies worthy, hard won accomplishments, such as the pride of a parent for a child who has worked hard to achieve something good and then gets it.  I'm talking about the kind of pride that is full of  "I'm right" and You're wrong", the pride that lifts us up above other people.  It can be very subtle. 
     For lack of time, I'm not going into more detail.  I'm posting a link a good Meridian Magazine article instead.  It explains pride in the context of the Mormon excommunication which has been in the news.
http://ldsmag.com/article/1/14554

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In addition to being a violist, I am a wife and mother (three sons). I dabble in writing, handwork, sewing and photography.