it's bigger in Nebraska!
I have lived 2 years in Houston, TX but let me tell ya'll, Nebraska tops it! I have never seen such big portions of food (no complains, I actually enjoy take away boxes). I have already explored one coffee shop here, in Nebraska City, which I visit often, they have great cappuccino! The owner now knows me and knows that I would like a special "Florie" size cappuccino in a 12oz cap. Yes, 12oz is a special size here, the regulars are 16 oz or 20 oz. Just to describe how big it is: a Tall size cup of coffee at Starbucks is 12oz!
This morning I felt like having an American breakfast, I went to Johnny's. It was just what I needed- a pancake and a hot chocolate. The pancake was ENORMOUS and pretty good, too. My face filled with a smile! I think I got my yearly craving fix of pancakes ;) I love Nebraska! I was also impressed by the clock collection they have on the wall! (pictures to come).
As for composing- it was a very productive day with 16 measures written and a full plan for the first movement (I am aiming for 3 movements in total for this piece). I used sketches I have been writing in the past couple of days. I hope my loop playing on the piano didn't annoy my next door neighbors...
I have decided to name on piece of music- classical or a song, that I recommend for you guys. I'll try to make it on a daily basis. So, here is the first one:
THE MUSIC INSPIRATION OF THE DAY: French composer- Erik Satie, piece title: Gymnopédie No.1 (/3), written in 1888. Calm and relaxing. Enjoy!
In my cyber journey to find good music for reed quintet I found a piece I liked a lot which is titled "Motet" by Ron Ford. It sounds to me like a modern transcription of an earlier music... Hope to find more about it.
After a while, I got a bit tired listening to the same ensemble and needed a change to refresh my ear. So, I started juggling between genres on YouTube, starting with my all time favorites Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf. YouTube, as various websites, gives you suggestions of other music you might like. That's how I came across with Birdy, a 15 years old (!) British singer, pianist and songwriter like myself, only younger and located on the other side of the world. "I'll never forget you" is my favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta4BizhGx8g&feature=related.
Then, just for fun I started typing my own name in the search bar and found out this beautiful looking musician that carries a similar name: Florrie. Another British artist, a bit older- 24 years of age (so many young talents), singer-songwriter, drummer and guitarist who is signing these days at a major record company. This one, I think, is one of my favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z_lxO14xcs&feature=relmfu ."Call of the Wild" reminds me a bit of Tricky's track "Black Steel" :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so8Rcm9BcII&list=PL09E5DB8B582A0E82&feature=plpp.
I salute these girls for having the courage to follow their dream and for doing it big time!
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