Today I wanted to listen some music that fills the soul with happiness. When that need hits, it seems like I always head over to the Internet for a little John Denver. I searched YouTube for John Denver and found John Denver performing of The Wildlife concert.
I always thought he had the most soothing voice and I am a sucker for ballads and no one is better than John Denver.
One thing I have never understood is how performers, like him, are able to remember all the words to their songs. This YouTube put all the words for the song on the screen. If inclined, you can sing along.
You just can’t help but feel better when you listen to him. I went to see him live in concert and will always remember it.
Gone all to soon, but still providing enjoyment years after his death.
I mentioned in a previous post, that I would write more about Escuela Municipal De Bellas Artes De David. This is a wonderful project created by the Mayor of David.
I had noticed this building before, but on yesterday’s drive around, I decided I would go in and learn more about its purpose. As the front of the building says, this is the municipal school of fine arts in David.
I think it has been open for less than a year.
When I walked in, the main area was being set up for a meeting and microphones were being tested.
I went to the reception desk, introduced myself and gave the receptionist my card. I told her I had noticed the new building and would like to learn more for a possible post on Chiriquí Chatter.
She took me to visit with the person in charge and I want to tell you about this fantastic city project.
There are currently 85 to 95 students, between the ages of 4 and 14, that are being taught the musical arts. This includes typical Panamanian dance, and musical instruments. Classes are based on a trimester timeframe. Students progress based on their ability.
There are two music professors that are providing the musical instrument training. One provides training in the stringed instruments, violin, cello, etc. The second teaches piano, brass and woodwind instruments.
All of this training is FREE. The requirement is an honest desire to learn and an instrument. There are some modest charges for materials, which amount to approximately $10 a trimester.
Today Apple rolled out the update to their Apple TV software matching some of the new features of IOS 7. The new 6.0 firmware added support for iTunes Radio and purchases from the iTunes Music Store. In addition it added podcast syncing, viewing of shared photo streams and AirPlay from iCloud.
For me, the addition of iRadio is really nice. Now I can listen to the music I like on larger speakers. Today, I have been listing to Paul Simon, Guy Clark, Fleetwood Mac and other of my favorites.
I think the update was originally scheduled for the same day as IOS 7, but the demand caused by everyone downloading IOS 7 postponed it until today.
Now my toughest decision for the day is deciding to have some sangria or a margarita to go along with the music. I hope the neighbors can stand some non-Latino music for a while.
I may have to put on some Selena. That’s it, I will go with sangria.
Music is like medicine for me. Sometimes I forget to get my required dose and I forget what an uplifting experience it is. I have recently gotten my surround sound going and I have a MacMini hooked up to my receiver.
While I usually use the MacMini for watching movies from Amazon, this morning I signed on to Spotify. Sometimes I like Spotify better than Pandora because I can put on a complete album and listen to it from beginning to end.
This morning’s selection was “The Spanish Guitar – 60 Favorite Songs”. Absolutely beautiful!
I was immersed in music that I know and love, but all of the selections had been arranged for the Spanish guitar. It is strictly an instrumental album and while it was playing I was absolutely lost in music.
If you want to get a taste of the music that captured me this morning, you can go HERE and sample some of the selections.
I am having a great day and hope you are too. If your day is not quite up to par, then maybe you are missing some music too. If you have Spotify, listen along with me.