Category Archives: music

Ballerina dances in the empty streets of Amsterdam – YouTube


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(79) Hildegard von Bingen – Hortus Deliciarum – YouTube

This is a wonderful piece of music: Relaxing, interesting and calm. Humans at our cooperative best.

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Some days I am in awe of creative adults. This is aSongScout responding to the Fibonacci sequence and Pie on the piano. I love it. Thanks to my daughter for showing me this. A science arts cross over; music and … Continue reading

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Antarctica: The First Dance

When I was a youngster I was fascinated by Antarctica, that was a remote magical place on the far edges of everywhere. My uncle Paul who lectured Geology at Victoria studied in the Wright Dry Valley in Antarctica. He came … Continue reading

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Writers unblocked? Happy music boosts imaginative thinking, say researchers | Science | The Guardian

When I was a lab worker, there was always a question, “Do we have a lab radio?” Do we work more effectively with a background of music or not? Personally, my answer changed over time: I don’t like lab radios, … Continue reading

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Through our critics’ eyes – The Washington Post

I’ve been reading from the Washington Post an article titled, “Through our critics eyes: music, movies, dance and theatre: comments from Washington Post critics”. I’m fascinated by the question, “How can I pay attention”, as I seek a deeper experience. … Continue reading

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How to Hack Willpower

How to Hack Willpower. I enjoyed a recent piano competition but my daughter was the only European face there. Why is this? Do New, New Zealanders have more willpower than others? Maybe they do. A recent New Scientist article ‘Yes … Continue reading

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In The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Teens Speak Up By Singing Out : Deceptive Cadence : NPR

A wonderful example of young adults learning and finding their voices. And a lesson in the power of the arts to transcend the usual barriers to connection: wealth, colour, location… And a story of vision and passion. But, of course, … Continue reading

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300 Years Of Handel’s ‘Water Music,’ With A Splash Of Politics : Deceptive Cadence : NPR

This is a wonderful article, with links to a Water Music performance. Please take time to enjoy this. Notice, even with the political competition, this is a wonderful example of creative and innovative cooperation. Three hundred years ago, England’s embattled … Continue reading

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Creative country: 98% of Australians engage with the arts

This is an encouraging piece of research: Almost all Australians “engage”with the arts. (I expect, similar figures would hold for New Zealanders) When I first read the heading I was a little sceptical: OK so pretty much every one listens … Continue reading

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