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You’ve said this album is your last recording of Bach.  Is this tour a victory lap?
I don’t have any plans for immediate demise.  I’m not suffering from an illness that is fatal, other than being alive.  I’m committed to thinking about cultural and social impact because that’s what I feel we need in the world at this time: to make sure that culture has an equal seat at the table as politics and economics.  I don’t think there’s anything more important I can do, and I will devote the rest of my life to thinking in this way.
  —  Yo-Yo Ma
Quoted in an interview by: Raisa Bruner
The interview: “7 Questions
Time Magazine
Dated: 24 September 2018
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On This Day In:
2017 More Pictures From My (Family) Retirement Party
A Fondness For Sins
2016 Are You Waiting?
2015 The Future Myth
2014 Hands
2013 Because You Have Lived
2012 47%
2011 Conservative Values: Low And Lax
2010 A Non-Zero Sum Game
What If “c” Isn’t A Constant?
2009 Pictures from UCLA trip…

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After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
   ―  Aldous Huxley
From:  “Music at Night and Other Essays
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On This Day In:
2017 Are You Looking Forward To A Trump Presidency?
2016 Three Errors From Eureka
2015 Limiting Choices
2014 Praise The Lord And Pass The Hypocrisy
That Sound
2013 Still Waiting For Answers
2012 Informal Leadership
2011 A Little More Progress
2010 Bec’s Gone Again…

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Running On Empty
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On This Day In:
2016 Next Tuesday
2015 Wanna Trade?
2014 Brothers And Friends
2013 So Suddenly
2012 At The Center
2011 Live Long And Thinner
Got Health?
2010 SF Giants – 2010 World Series Champions!!!
52 – 54 – 56 – 58
2009 Diet Update
Pictures from Chicago Trip…

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Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You

[Happy Birthday, Hil !!  Here’s lookin’ at you, kid…
All my love,
— ALWAYS —
Your Kev
(XXX – OOO – XXX) ]
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On This Day In:
2016 She Is Still Singing
2015 Don’t Complain
2014 Nothing Is The Same
Orange October (XII) – Giants Win Game 7 (3 To 2) And World Series (4 To 3)
2013 Hours, Days, And Years
2012 In Kev Are In Hil
2011 No Game, Didn’t Really Happen
A Good Post

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We never know the quality of someone else’s life, though we seldom resist the temptation to assume and pass judgement.
   —  Tami Hoag
Most musicians remain poor.  But the music that they make, even if it does not bring them millions, gives millions of people happiness.
   ―  Langston Hughes
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On This Day In:
2016 Two Weeks To Go…
2015 Remembering
2014 The Creeping Death Of Civilization
Orange October (X) – A Blue Morning Turns Into An Orange Evening
2013 License Problem
2012 Giants Win Game 2 Of The 2012 World Series 2 To 0!!!
Adage, n.
Questions Women Should Ask Before Voting…
2011 What Are You Looking At?

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To Leave Something Behind

Written and performed by: Sean Rowe
I should mention this is the ending song to the film:  “The Accountant” which I mentioned in my review of the movie.  If you’d like to read my review, click on the following link:  https://kmabarrett.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/ive-got-a-pocket-protector/ — KMAB
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On This Day In:
2016 Self-Restraint
2015 In The Midst
2014 Match Book
2013 Disservice And Disingenuous
2012 Giants Win Game 1 Of The World Series 8 to 3!!!
On Death
2011 The Spirit Of Universal Connectivity
2010 SF Giants Pitchers Witness Protection Program
Orange Outside (Too) & Fear The Beard
Non-Taxing Read

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On This Day In:
2016 Rare Competition
2015 Now Where Did I Put That Thing?
2014 Reckoning
Orange October (VIII) – Giants Win Game 1 Of 2014 World Series!!
2013 Trying To Capture Serenity
2012 Above The Vaulted Sky
2011 Active Learning

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On This Day In:
2016 Once Eccentric
2015 Trusted Desperation
2014 Orange October (V) – Giants Win Game 3
Who Am I To Teach?
2013 Deliver Us Something Larger
2012 Bore, n.
2011 Attaining High Office

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Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
   —  Lao Tzu
[Found at one of the blogs I follow:  https://ididnthavemyglasseson.com/
The specific post is at:  https://ididnthavemyglasseson.com/2017/09/24/heard-by-the-universe/
Well worth a visit if you have a free minute…
This quote reminds me of another by the famous musician, John Coltrane:   “One thought can create a million vibrations.”
Just saying…  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Not Rivals
2015 Dead Sure
2014 Are You Educated?
2013 For Myself
2012 And When I’m Gone…
2011 Complete Conviction

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They say that even if I live, it’s not living.
Because the sky, without you,
seems like a windowless prison.
They say that even if I laugh, it’s not laughing.
They say I look shabby and it looks like I’m crying.
Even if I loved you, I couldn’t say it.
I couldn’t even show any sign of emotion.
I missed you even when I slept.
As you live, as you live, as you live
when you’re having a hard time blame me for
your sadness until you feel refreshed.
As you cry, as you cry, as you cry and you’re worn out.
If it’s really hard for you then just once could
you remember me, as you live?
They say that even if I laugh, it’s not laughing.
They say I look shabby
and it looks like I’m crying.
Even if I loved you, I couldn’t say it.
I couldn’t even show any sign of emotion.
I missed you even when I slept.
Against our will we’ll laugh.
Against our will we’ll live.
Because even if you’re by my side,
even if you’re by my side, you cry.
As you live, as you live, as you live
when you’re having a hard time blame me for
your sadness until you feel refreshed.
Even if you burn, even if you burn, even if you burn me,
you can burn everything so nothing’s left until
you feel refreshed.  As I’ve lived.
As I’ve lived.
Written by: Ryu Jae Hyun
Performed by: Joseph Butso
Original performed by: SG Wannabe  (original version below)
[This is the second of two videos offered showing the talents of Joseph Butso.  There is a TV show in Korea called “I Can See Your Voice“.  The premise of the show is that a current “Pop” star can see if you have vocal talent just by looking at you.  The contestants are not allowed to speak until the final, when they sing a duet with the Pop star.  You may be great.  You may be horrible.  Supposedly, no one knows until you start to sing.  (Hence, the crowd reactions!)
In the first round, the contestants simply stand there.  In round two, they get to lip-sync to a song so the Pop star can see if they have performance talent.  (Still, no speaking or singing.)  In the final round, the Pop star kicks off the duet and then the contestant jumps in.  In my last post, I showed the duet.  Joseph did so well, they had him do an encore.   This song is apparently a famous love song from 2005(ish).   This, in itself is interesting, because it means when this song was first a big it, most of the audience were either pre-teens or early teens, and yet you can see how much the song (and the performance) move them.   Thanks again to George Beierly for turning me on to this.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 A Terrifying Cycle
2014 Rights
2013 Do Bold Things
2012 Seven Causes
2011 I Feel A Tingle Coming On

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When I open my eyes
In the morning I thought of you
I look out the window I thought of you
Blankly another passes by again
Would you sometimes think about me I thought of you
Everything around me
Gets colored by you with familiar scent
A flower blooms and I thought of you
Whenever I see pretty things I thought of you
It’ not my type but I hum the
The lyrics that you liked, I thought of you
Love has found me
Everything around me Blooms in my heart in colors
I’ve never seen before
The blue sky has colors of rainbows
The split allies are like drawings of Monet
Looking at me changed so much
It’s kind of funny
I can’t do anything about it I thought of you all day like a fool
Blankly another passes by again
When I open my eyes
In the morning I thought of you
I brush my teeth I thought of you
Blankly another passes by again
Would you sometimes think about me I thought of you
A flower blooms and I thought of you
I drink coffee I thought of you
Looking at me changed so much
It’s kind of funny
I can’t do anything about it I thought of you all day like a fool
I thought of you
I thought of you
Written and performed by: John Park  (original video immediately below)
[A few nights ago, and old friend (George Beierly) emailed me and said, “You have to check this out!”.  I did and he was 100% correct!  Thanks, Bro!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 A Terrifying Cycle
2014 Rights
2013 Do Bold Things
2012 Seven Causes
2011 I Feel A Tingle Coming On

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Remembering Raymond In My Prayers

Remembering Raymond In My Prayers

 

A year ago, on New Year’s Day, a lifetime friend (over 50 years) passed away suddenly.  I miss him and think of him frequently – particularly at this time of year.  He was always happiest when playing his guitar.  In his memory…
Addendum: I’ve been advised my original posting is slightly inaccurate.  Raymond actually passed away on the 2nd of January around 4am.  He had been ill for most of the week with flu like symptoms, but his passing was unexpected.
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On This Day In:
2015 Happy New Year — 2015!
2014 Happy New Year – 2014!
2013 Another New Year’s Thought (In Case It Rains)
Happy New Year – 2013!
2012 Best Wishes For 2012!
Where Did You Spend New Year’s Eve?
2011 Happy New Year (2011)!!

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Cinderella 2015 as performed at the African-American Shakespeare Company

Cinderella 2015 as performed at the African-American Shakespeare Company

Earlier this month – December 19th, to be precise – I took Hil to see a play.  It was a musical production of Cinderella presented by the African-American Shakespeare Company.  The play has been running each Christmas season for over a decade and it is (was) easy to see why it has remained so popular.  It is magical!
I have a friend from work (Todd Risby) who performs in theater around the Bay Area and he’s been after me for a number of years to come see him in one of his productions.  Now, normally I just say no (politely, but firmly)…  I don’t like crowds.  I don’t like travelling in lots of traffic.  And most of all, I hate fighting for parking.  But lately, I’ve been trying to find things for Hil and me to go to so we can share more experiences.  Mainly, this is because although we both have a lot of stuff, we are not really “things” persons.  So, this was to be an early Christmas present.
Todd played two roles in this production (the Duke and Cinderella’s childhood father) and he was very good in both!  It’s funny how we can draw a sense of joy from someone else being up on stage, but I did.  As I watched him all I could think of was how happy I was for him to be living his dream and doing it well!
If you’ve seen the Disney film, you’ve got the gist of the story – pretty young girl, evil step-mother and two step-sisters, prince,  ball, slipper, and all.  Todd told me in advance it would be a musical and that it would be funny (it was).  What he didn’t say was ALL the rest.  This was not just a love story of a princess getting rescued by her prince charming.  It was a story of self-empowerment and self-belief.  And more importantly, it wasn’t only about Cinderella, it was also about the prince.
Now, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve probably come to realize I’m a big softy – and I unapologetically admit it – I am.  There is a point in the play where the prince and Cinderella stand at opposite ends of the stage and sing (to the audience and facing away from each other) about despairing of ever finding true love and then feeling that now, just maybe……  And I teared up.  I have heard it said that “true” art (music, dance, sculpture, painting or theater) touches you.  Sitting next to my wife of thirty years and remembering back to my own doubts of finding my true love, the performance “touched” me.
I have no idea how many of my readers are in the San Francisco Bay Area, but if you are around in the Christmas season, I highly recommend taking in one of these performances.  As I said above, this is an annual production and well worth taking your daughters or nieces to.  As I’ve stated many times in the past, support your local arts, particularly live performances.  Art makes us feel human.
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On This Day In:
2014 It Lies Ahead…
2013 At Least One Difference
2012 Are We, Are We?
On Not Playing The Game
Scale
2011 Nutcracker And Nooks
Seeing Differences

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Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
  —  Frank Zappa
[And love has nothing to dance to…  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 The Beatitudes
2011 Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
2010 Back On The Asphalt
No Sweep – Rangers Win Game 3 by 4 to 2
Greek Myths For Kids

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Accepting ones inner child has its problems as most people are afraid of how people will react to such childish behavior from an adult.  However I don’t regard the ones that cast such opinions to be worthy of my upset, I see these types on a daily basis, most regard me a fool or a clown, yet it is I that pities them, for what is the point in living, if you cant feel alive?
  —  From a blog I follow at: http://tearmatt.com
The specific blog was: http://tearmatt.com/2012/12/06/the-beautifully-brief-moment/
[For me, this is reminiscent of the Garth Brooks song, “Standing Outside the Fire“.  Particularly the line that goes:
Life is not tried, it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire
Click the song title above to read the full lyrics, then go check out the song on YouTube or your favorite music source.  —  KMAB]
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