Sunday, October 15, 2017

#31for21 #mentalhealthweek Symphonies Slowly down the Ganges and into Hokkaido/Kyoto with Dvorak; Kats-Chernin; Mendelssohn; Beethoven; Tom Petty

Elena Kats-Chernin made Macquarie's Castle: Saxophone Concerto. She has also done a lot of work for cellos and horns and especially clarinets.

There was Dvorak and Mendelssohn as well as the Eighth Symphony of Beethoven.

The performance of the Dvorak op. 44 Serenade in D Minor for Wind Instruments is from the Romanian Federation for Excellence in Music. I read a very interesting PowerPoint presentation from the Lancaster Disability Studies Conference - am not a hundred percent sure whether it was from 2006 or 2010 - the conference is biennial and the very first one was in 2003. People like Larry Arnold and Sara Ryan have presented at it. The presentation was about the last 10 years in Romania and disability thinking in that country.

This is the piece Ornamental Air which Kats-Chernin had to compose for Michael Collins who plays the basset clarinet. I know that this clarinet is lower than the other clarinets in its keys and tones. He says: "There is a softer edge".

It is a big bravura performance for the clarinets too.

Someone who plays the basset horn is Lloyd van't Hoff. He has a series of videos from Booroondara.

Here is a German orchestra playing Mendelssohn's Konzertstuck opus 113.

And the Proms are always wonderful to try to listen to and be among.

Have loved Daniel Barenboim for quite a while now! And the drums and percussion are wild!

The energy and the dynamic involved was really something - the ensemble work was great.

In other musical lives and news, there was a Tom Petty tribute on the 8th October 2017 edition of RageAgain - I think it was the beginning of the first session.

And it does feel like the Ides of October around here.

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step" - Lao Tzu.

And Longfellow said something very poetic about sleep - no matter how it comes it is to be welcomed.

There was a good piece with Stevie Nicks and the Heartbreakers and the other one called You Wreck Me.

And was it, Petty, really, who sang MAKE IT BETTER? It is the last chapter in Falk's Stripping the gurus and it's intended to help people who have been through cults like Geoffrey had been with Yogadanda.

I am reading a thesis at the moment from the Open University which is about parental construction of attention deficit and hyperactivity from 2014.

The historical construction of a controversial category and other July 2014 highlights

And there was some good writing about AS and A2 levels of World Development as well, seeing what the students processed about it was interesting. The same author wrote about Finland and how people construct themselves.

There is that famous Petty song - I won't back down.

Thinking of this interesting Hokkaido town called Urakata which had Bethel House and these people who made an enterprise.

DownsTownMall - self-advocates do everything from gourmet pop corn to novelty sunglasses to modelling

There are at least 2 cardmaking businesses {Inspires2Aspire; Hailey's Card COmpany; Allie Art Designs} and a food truck which sells snow cones.

Partners [awareness + support] can fill in forms for the DownsTownMall, which require 25$ US for an ad or something similar.

It was good catching up with Kirsten Kirton's Mum and Cindy Anderson and finding out about Merryn's big Chip and JoJo party where the six-year-olds made their very own birdhouse out of papier-mache and joined in. I even saw the behaviour chart EN had made for the two younger sisters.

The Ethan Saylor Memorial Film Festival took place at the beginning of January 2017. And if you are in the film festivalling spirit and you are or have an actor with Trisomy 21 or someone in the crew or creating space...

And I was able to read the extracts from A special kind of hero by Chris Burke and JoBeth Williams, who had updated the book by 2001 and Burke's niece put in something special as an afterword which referred to all of Burke's travels. And somewhere there in 1981 he had been to Gdansk to see his sister Ellen - that is what I was given to understand by the illustrations.

That wasn't in my Reader's Digest article about Life goes on. Shortly after - this date 25 years ago - he made a film called Jonathan: the boy nobody wanted because Jonathan needed an organ transplant and his guardian who was played by JoBeth Williams went over sun, stars, moon and earth to get it.

There is a good advocacy kit about organ transplants.

Of course Burke was mentioned in Neurodiversity in the classroom which is by Thomas Armstrong in the chapter about Strengths of people with intellectual disability where there are poor niches and enriched niches. You have the same person in a different environment. And it's all linked to curriculum standards.

Might mention some other quick books I found while looking at the sponsors associated with A special kind of hero. [I think you can tell it was written in the 1990s for a religious press - Doubleday - which did lots of populist biographies].

Hour histories contain lots of US Presidents and I tried a President's quiz about Eisenhower on Homeschooling High School.

One fascinating Hour History was about Brunel. And he came up in the LDSC.

And there are quotes for various jobs like artist and scientist and writer and entrepreneur. You can buy the whole set of 6 on Amazon.

History in an Hour seems to be good for people who don't like to read 400~ pages in a sitting.

History in an hour - everything from the First World War to the Afghan Wars

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