Random Ramblings

Just a few of my thoughts on the world around me

TT- Claire de Lune (Fauré)

Your soul is a chosen landscape
Where charming masqueraders and bergamasquers go
Playing the lute and dancing and almost
Sad beneath their fantastic disguises.

They all sing in a minor key
About triumphant love and fortunate life,
They do not seem to believe in their fortune
And their song blends with the light of the moon,

In the calm moonlight, sad and beautiful,
Which has the birds dreaming in the trees
And the fountains sobbing in ecstasy,
The tall fountains, slender amid marble statues.

~jojo

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TT/FF!- Variations on “O Fortuna” 4/26/13

Well, this post took WAY longer than I planned. It’s combined “Tuesday Tunes” and “Friday Fun!” this week, folks!

 

This is a pretty well-known song, or is it?

Classic:

Misheard lyrics (WARNING! some questionable picture, though animated):

Elementary kids write what they think it means*:

“Thunder strikes, lightening striks, rain is falling, you are sleeping.” – Cooper

“War is going on,

I feel like I will die soon,

War is sad and devastating,

Lord, help these people fighting.” – Alyssa

“Once I see the men fight.

It was very close to midnight.

The world was coming to an end.

But then the light came.

The darkness flew

And the battle was flew.” – Clark

“Poeple singing really loud it sounds creepy it goes from loud to soft it is getting louder it is really loud it sounds like there singing it it going to supprise me I hear symbols it is creeping me out i can not hear what there singing I hear the bass drum” – Jack

“Once upon a time there lived goldylocks in forest jail because she trespassed into the bears home 😦 but she’ll be let out someday.” – Logan

“DEATH

We are marching to our death. The enemy has the dragons they stole from us. They also have orcs. Our eagles are no match for the dragons. They are shooting torched arrows at us. I saw friends getting eaten by drags and burning from the arroes. The orcs are marching towards us we are getting ready to die. Ahh the dragon ate my arms.” – Anna

And the actually meaning:

O Fortuna                                             O Fortune,
velut luna                                             like the moon
statu variabilis,                                 you are changeable,
semper crescis                                  always increasing
aut decrescis;                                    or decreasing;
vita detestabilis                                hateful life
nunc obdurat                                     first oppresses
et tunc curat                                      and then soothes
ludo mentis aciem,                         as game takes it;
egestatem,                                          poverty
potestatem                                         and power
dissolvit ut glaciem.                       it melts them like ice.

Sors immanis                                    Fate – monstrous
et inanis,                                             and empty,
rota tu volubilis,                             you whirling wheel,
status malus,                                    you are malevolent,
vana salus                                         well-being is vain
semper dissolubilis,                     and always fades to nothing,
obumbrata                                       shadowed
et velata                                            and veiled
michi quoque niteris;                  you plague me too;
nunc per ludum                             now through the game
dorsum nudum                              I bring my bare back
fero tui sceleris.                             to your villainy.

Sors salutis                                       In health
et virtutis                                          and virtue,
michi nunc contraria,                  fate is against me.
est affectus                                       driven on
et defectus                                        and weighted down,
semper in angaria.                        always enslaved.
Hac in hora                                      So at this hour
sine mora                                         without delay
corde pulsum tangite;                 pluck the vibrating strings;
quod per sortem                            since Fate
sternit fortem,                                strikes down the strong man,
mecum omnes plangite!             everyone weep with me!

Bonus!! PianoGuys version:

~jojo

*These are taken from several Elementary classes at our school. Obviously, this was not my idea. The Elementary music teacher often plays a classical piece and has the children listen and draw pictures or write stories. It is not my intent to take away credit from her in any way (especially since she’s pretty awesome!).

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Tuesday Tunes

So I started on today’s special post a few days ago and it turns out it took a lot longer than I thought it would. I have also been very busy lately, so it probably won’t be posted until tomorrow afternoon, again, sorry. 😦 That probably means it’ll have to be called Wednesday… uhm, I can’t think of a musical word that begins with W right now! Anyways, sorry guys, but it should be here tomorrow!

~jojo

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Whovian Alert!

Whovian Alert!

Impossible Astronaut Day is tomorrow, April 23rd!

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God Brings Us Through

bring me through

 

Yes, I know it’s small, sorry.

This was basically our Sunday School lesson this morning. We talked about prayer and our teacher (the awesome Mrs. O!) said something that really stuck with me. God makes us needy, so that we realize we need Him. All we have to do is ask and God will see us through any task or trial He may place in our lives.

Have a blessed week everyone. 🙂

~jojo

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FF- 4/19/13

•I need me one of these!

•He’s still my favorite, even if he is a cat.

•But if it was, I would win!

•This is me!

•We watched Wil E. Coyote and Road Runner in Physics and formulated cartoon laws of physics.

•This is why I prefer museums to zoos!

•Hahaha… I know the answer!

•I must find this place and fix that sign!!!

•Martin Freeman with facial hair…

•Turns out, Calculus isn’t that bad, until you start copying random parts from different problems. Not that I’ve ever done that…

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•This is a pretty picture I made online recently. It’s called thisissand and it takes time, but is relaxing too.

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That’s all for this week. Have a great weekend, everyone!

~jojo

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TT- The Mountain Whippoorwill, BJ Wind Band

Yes I know it’s long. Yes I know I’ve posted the BJ Symphonic Wind Band before. But this song is awesome so there!

And yes, I might be partial to this group, so what? 😉

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What is your happiness dependent on?

Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose, only upon the Beloved who will never pass away- C. S. Lewis

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I’m Back!!

I’m back and a special thanks to Ninja for taking the reins of RR this week! I kinda threw it on her without really warning her and she did great. I think we even gained several new followers (Welcome!). Maybe I should encourage her to post more often…

Well, today is normally a weekly-post day (Friday Fun!), but since I’ve been out of town all week, that’s not happening. Surprisingly, a week without internet is very relaxing.

Anyway, as you probably know, I spent a week in SC at BJU competing in a National Fine Arts competition. I went for 7 events (Band/Orchestra, Handbell Choir, Choral Group, Large Vocal Ensemble, Bible Quizzing, Woodwind Solo, and Algebra/Geometry Test) and only placed in two. To top that off, the campus is full of pollen-laden trees, which means I can’t breath. I know, bummer.

Well after my Choral Group was supposed to perform Wednesday, I had to head to my solo. I was slightly late and had to run to get my flute and get there in time to warm up. Unfortunately, the person before me never showed and they wanted me to go right away. So there I was, hyperventilating, sweaty and freaking out. I thrust my flute into my accompanist’s hands to get the music for the judges and blew some warm air in my flute as I entered the performance room.

There sat three judges and one friend (Jecka, actually). They let me catch my breath and I tuned and introduced my self. As I began to play, nothing came out. I looked at my flute and one key was glued down! I pried it open apologizing as I did and started over again. This malfunction really psyched me out and then it did it again several times as I pressed through and finished the song. I couldn’t believe it: here I was, my senior year, my final chance at Nationals and after all my hard work and good care of my flute  it malfunctioned at the most inopportune time possible!

I was the last performance before chapel and since there was no one there anyway, I went to leave when the judges asked to see my flute and asked what had happened. I told them and handed it to one of the judges, Mr. Feilds. He inspected it and told me he could find out what the trouble was if he could get it under his microscope and take it apart. I knew that could never happen since I was already delaying getting my flute checked up because I didn’t have the money for it and said nothing.

He passed it to another judge while the third, Mrs. Barrett asked where I lived and whether I knew any flute repair specialists in my area. The man who usually repaired my flute had just moved up to Maranatha in Wisconsin so I said I hadn’t found a new one yet. She gave me her e-mail and told me she would send me some names to look up here in Kansas City. Then Mr. Feilds asked me if I had any other performances I would need my flute for that week and I told him I still had band. He then told me he would fix my flute for free. It was a blur as we traded phone numbers and he told me to leave it with him and he would have it done in a few hours.

The next thing I knew I was walking into the campus amphitorium for chapel with tears streaming down my face. We found our group and stood and opened the hymnals to sing “O Rejoice in the Lord.” I struggled through the first two verses and barely finished with the last verse. Later, I realized just how much the Lord worked for me. I needed my flute fixed and I couldn’t get it done myself, so He took me into a hard situation to give me the blessing of having it fixed for free as well as getting a hand in finding a new repair shop.

Even though this song refers to long hard trials, in the short time between my solo and the help after, I felt like the lowest of the low and a complete failure. I’ve put it in here anyways because it was an enormous encouragement to me this week.

God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man.
Give thanks to the LORD though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.

I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead.
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came and tears fled away.

Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit I will bear.

O Rejoice in the LORD
He makes no mistake,
He knoweth the end of each path that I take,
For when I am tried
And purified,
I shall come forth as gold.

So, sorry to deprive you of your weekly humor, but this just had to be shared.

Congratulations to Jecka for taking 1st place in the Home Economics test!

Prayers would be appreciated as I take the ACT  tomorrow from 8-12 CST. I am running on very little sleep and have trouble thinking straight from my allergy medications.

Have a blessed weekend!

~jojo

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“Another Murder on Music Row”

This is a link to the  blog of a friend of mine. He writes daily devotionals on a variety of topics. All of his posts are great, but this one was excellent! The topic of music is very controversial even among Christians. This is definitely worth a read.

http://glorytogodabove.blogspot.com/2013/04/another-murder-on-music-row.html

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