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For every boy who dreamed of pointe shoes

Here’s a non-traditional version of the Nutcracker choreographed by Mark Morris called The Hard Nut.

I love the whipped topping headdress and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. 

Hallelujah 

Can we all agree that we don’t have to necessarily buy into the whole nativity narrative to appreciate this version of Hallelujah? This kid has an amazing voice. My choir teacher would say great tonal memory. She didn’t miss a single note. And there’s something about her delivery that feels very authentic. 

You don’t have to have a mature vibrato to sing like an angel. 

Kayla Rodgers is a student at Killard House School in Northern Ireland. This school meets the needs of autistic children and those with moderate learning disabilities. 

Favorite Carols. 

This is my favorite version of Good King Wenceslas by The Roches. 

Apparitions 

It’s been awhile since I posted a ballet video. Normally, a good Nutcracker Waltz of the Flowers would go here. But today, I wanted to post this pas de deux from Giselle with Alina Cojacaru and fiancé Johann Kobberg. 

I’m not a fan of story ballets as I’ve said before. Too much 19th century melodrama. But the second act of Giselle is breathtaking. Backstory, Albrecht pretending he’s another peasant, falls in love with Giselle without telling her he’s betrothed to a noblewoman. When Giselle finds out the truth, she dies of a broken heart. Late one night, Albrect goes looking for her. She’s become a wylly, the spirit of a betrayed woman. The  wyllies are commanded by their queen Myrta to dance their former suitors to death. Giselle intervenes for Albrect and saves him then as the sun rises, she fades away. 

This pas is beautiful between this couple. She floats, he sets her down so gently. One night and she’s gone. Lovely. 

Enjoy. 

Easing into the Christmas Spirit

Maybe I should be more concerned that Trump wants to restart the arms race, Kellyanne doesn’t know what the f%{* she’s talking about in her Rachel Maddow show interview, and the final vote counts show that Hillary solidly beat “Trump by almost 2.9 million votes, with 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his 62,979,879 (46.1%)”.  Ouch, that’s going to leave marks. He’s outnumbered everywhere there are more people than antelope. 

But I digress. 

Let’s do Christmas. Winter and Christmas music this am at The Confluence. Use this thread to comment on current events and wrap presents. 

Here’s my favorite rendition of Baby, It’s Cold Outside from Glee. Get your flirt on. 


Take that, North Carolina. 

Morning Stress Relief

Hahaha! I know what some of you are thinking. Um, why not?

Today is the first day of my Christmas vacation. I have a week off.  2016 has been very rough on all of us. I need a break.

In keeping with the downtime and the natural winter world, I am going to try to spend some time outdoors, walking and destressing and playing Pokemon Go. I’m just kidding about the Pokemon Go. (Or *am* I?) I’m wondering if there are any pokemon near the abandoned country club not too far away…

I listen to this song when I need to destress. The phrasing is intentional. It is just long enough for deep breathing. The song is by Snatum Kaur, a Sikh singer. Sikhism doesn’t get enough attention. Very enlightened.

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo as interpreted in this song mean:

Oh my Beloved
Kindness of the Heart
Breath of Life
I bow to You

Divine Teacher
Beloved Friend
I bow to You
again and again

Sounds lovely. Bow to the divine spirit in the people you live with.

 

 

 

 

Happy Solstice

In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

                                                                                                      – (not necessarily all 😉) Albert Camus