Saturday, December 05, 2020

Maria Callas

An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house.
Maria Callas

I am not an angel and do not pretend to be. That is not one of my roles. But I am not the devil either. I am a woman and a serious artist, and I would like so to be judged.
Maria Callas

Don't talk to me about rules, dear. Wherever I stay I make the goddam rules.
Maria Callas

I don't need the money, dear. I work for art.
Maria Callas

I prepare myself for rehearsals like I would for marriage.
Maria Callas

I don't know what happens to me on stage. Something else seems to take over.
Maria Callas

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Saturday

 It's raining and I am listening to La Traviata and Maria Callas while making a vat of lentil soup.

Luciano Pavarotti

Am I afraid of high notes? Of course I am afraid. What sane man is not?
Luciano Pavarotti

The rivalry is with ourself. I try to be better than is possible. I fight against myself, not against the other.
Luciano Pavarotti 

If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them.
Luciano Pavarotti


Opera is one of the most important art forms. It should be listened to and appreciated by everyone.
Luciano Pavarotti

It is so important for people at a young age to be invited to embrace classical music and opera.
Luciano Pavarotti

For me, music making is the most joyful activity possible, the most perfect expression of any emotion.
Luciano Pavarotti

Why should be elite, music? Excuse me. Music must be for everybody.
Luciano Pavarotti

The music itself could never take the place of my own passion in life.
Luciano Pavarotti

I want to reach as many people as possible with the message of music, of wonderful opera.
Luciano Pavarotti

Opera is a beautiful and important diversion for me.
Luciano Pavarotti

I am open to everything.
Luciano Pavarotti

Dream

 I dreamed that I ate a meal and then I began eating the glass plate.

Friday, December 04, 2020

Exercise is an all-natural treatment to fight depression

Exercising starts a biological cascade of events that results in many health benefits, such as protecting against heart disease and diabetes, improving sleep, and lowering blood pressure. High-intensity exercise releases the body's feel-good chemicals called endorphins, resulting in the "runner's high" that joggers report. But for most of us, the real value is in low-intensity exercise sustained over time. That kind of activity spurs the release of proteins called neurotrophic or growth factors, which cause nerve cells to grow and make new connections. The improvement in brain function makes you feel better. "In people who are depressed, neuroscientists have noticed that the hippocampus in the brain—the region that helps regulate mood—is smaller. Exercise supports nerve cell growth in the hippocampus, improving nerve cell connections, which helps relieve depression," explains Dr. Miller.

Marcus Aurelius

“Concentrate every minute like a Roman— like a man— on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. Yes, you can— if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered , irritable. You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life? If you can manage this, that’s all even the gods can ask of you.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Pavarotti Sings Verdi's La Traviata

 Pavarotti sings the complete version of La Traviata

VIOLETTA                          MARGHERITA RINALDI
ALFREDO GERMONT      LUCIANO PAVAROTTI
GIORGIO GERMONT        CESARE BARDELLI.
FLORA BERVOIX              MARY SHERIDEN
ANNINA                              MONICA CONDRON
GASTONE                            BRENDAN CAVANAGH
BARONE DOUPHOL          ALBERTO ORO
MARCHESE D'OBIGNY     ERNESTO VEZZOSI
DOTTORE GRENVIL          LORIS GAMBELLI

CONDUCTOR                       FERDINANDO GUARNIERI

DUBLIN GRAND OPERA SOCIETY
RADIO EIREANN SIMPHONY ORCHESTRA
D.G.O.S. CHORUS
1964

Metaphor

“People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But I don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life—and for me, for writing as well. I believe many runners would agree.”
Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Haruki Murakami

 “I’m the kind of person who likes to be by himself. To put a finer point on it, I’m the type of person who doesn’t find it painful to be alone. I find spending an hour or two every day running alone, not speaking to anyone, as well as four or five hours alone at my desk, to be neither difficult nor boring. I’ve had this tendency ever since I was young, when, given a choice, I much preferred reading books on my own or concentrating on listening to music over being with someone else. I could always think of things to do by myself.”

Row Zone

 The rowing machine goes back a long way, in fact approximately 2,500 years ago where the ancient Greeks used it to prepare for war. And in 1871, when men wore top hats and ladies wore bustiers, William (Bill) Curtis patented the very first indoor type.

We know exercising releases endorphins, those feel-good hormones, which helps relieve stress but rowing does it even more. Because it requires a rhythmic movement rowing is relaxing, almost like dancing, and if you pop your headphones on you’ll find yourself in “the zone”. source

The Question

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”

Henry David Thoreau

Direction of his Dreams

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Solitude

  “I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

You must live in the present

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”

Henry David Thoreau

Foundations

 “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Books

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Good for Something

“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”

Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.”

Henry David Thoreau

Influence

 “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

To Be Received

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

Henry David Thoreau

The Setting Sun

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man's abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Spacious

“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”
Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Verdi's Rigoletto

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Crackers!

Olive oil + millet crackers

Whole wheat olive oil crackers

Confronted & Relieved

“Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties -- all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name's Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion -- these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”
David Foster Wallace