“Sunday Thoughts”

“Peace is mine today, and no person or situation can confound me. Recognizing peace as my normal environment, I give peace to others. My presence in any group is calming. My speech reflects my inner peace. The healing peace of God radiates from me, and I am a blessing to my world. This day I am peaceful, loving and wise.”

–Ernest Holmes

And So It Is.


Photo from “Living Your Truth”

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Take Five Twice For Saturday

dave-brubeckI have had a song stuck in my head all week. If you are a fan of Jazz, then you know who the Dave Brubeck Quartet is, and you most certainly have heard the composition, “Take Five”.

If you are not a fan of Jazz, but watch a lot of TV, you may have heard the song, “Take Five” as background music in a television show or movie.

To refresh your memory, here’s the first part of your “Saturday Diversion”




Now, here’s where the real diversion comes in. This week I spotted a video on Facebook, by Indian musician and vocalist Chandana Bala Kalyani.

Kalyani released a video through her Facebook page and it’s making the rounds.  I’m not sure it has hit viral status yet, but at over 2 Million views; it is well on its way.

Kalyani sings in the classical music genre of India known as Carnatic music.  She specializes in a form of Indian classical improvisation known as Raga.

You could write several books about what I don’t know about music, but I do know improvisation drives Jazz to be what it is.

So you take the improvisation of Jazz and the improvisation of Raga and you get Chandana Bala Kalyan’s cover version of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”, and of course, tonight’s “Saturday Diversion”

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“Sunday Thoughts”

“Do all the good you can,doing-good
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can.”

misattributed to John Wesley (but it is great advice, even though we don’t truly know who said it)



Carson Kelso, 10, gives lunches and blankets to Corrina Eastman, left, and Merris Wallulatun on West Burnside Street in Portland on December 19, 2009. Andrea J. Wright / for The Columbian

Carson Kelso, 10, gives lunches and blankets to Corrina Eastman, left, and Merris Wallulatun on West Burnside Street in Portland on December 19, 2009. Andrea J. Wright / for The Columbian

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“This Is Me”

the-greatest-showmanI like “musicals”. I’m talking about Broadway musicals-movie musicals-TV musicals. I have quite an extensive collection of Broadway musicals soundtracks on vinyl. “Hair”, “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off”, “They’re Playing Our Song” are among my favorites. “All That Jazz” is one of my favorite movies, and I own it on DVD. And oddly enough, I love when a television series experiments with a musical episode. Don’t tell anyone, but I was sad when they cancelled “Cop Rock”.

So, tonight I want to introduce you to a musical movie. The movie did not start as a Broadway play; but was created strictly for film. However: the director, Michael Gracey,  did take the film on; as a production much like a Broadway play and “workshopped” many of the scenes just like a play. The movie, I am talking about is loosely based on the early life of The Greatest Showman, P.T. Barnum. First, take a look at the trailer.

The Greatest Showman is available on Blu-Ray and DVD and you can have it delivered to your door currently through NetFlix.   The song, “This is Me”, featured in the movie was nominated for “Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)” and was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. These two lyricists and composers also won the 89th Academy of Motion Picture Sciences’ Oscar® in the same category for “City of Stars” for the movie, La-La-Land.

This is Me is sad, inspirational, and rousing all at the same time.  I find it uplifting and motivational.(Of course, I would)

This is Me.

This Is Your “Saturday Diversion”

Buy The Movie Here.

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