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David Bowie’s Changes

“Time may change me
But I can’t trace time”

                                     David Bowie, ‘Changes’

Changes (1971)

I still don’t know what I was waiting for
And my time was running wild
A million dead-end streets
Every time I thought I’d got it made
It seemed the taste
was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I’ve never caught a glimpse
Of how the others must see the faker
I’m much too fast to take that test

(Turn and face the stranger)
Don’t want to be a richer man
(Turn and face the stranger)
Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

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TED 2008 Talk by Benjamin Zander on Music and Passion

TED is one of my favourite platforms / sites out there. I always try to be updated with its events and event uploads and most of the times I am amazed by the people, ideas and material there is! Creative minds from all sorts of walks of life and fields communicate their creative thinking, they get attention and hopefully further their funding options, while we get to have “shining eyes” out of excitement and wonder. TED has become super trendy and popular these days, but there are older talks that might get ‘lost’ on TED’s always expanding video bank. So I thought of sharing today a talk I love from Benjamin Zander, an orchestra conductor, that gave a presentatiom at TED 2008, on music and passion.

Zander uses this talk to communicate his sense of fulfillment when he shares his love of classical music and of empowering people.

At some point during his talk he says:

‘The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound, he depends of his power on his ability to make other people powerful…. I realised that my job is to awaken possibility to other people”

You know if you are doing it “if other people’s eyes are shining.”

Because the question is, “Who am I being that my players’ eyes are not shining?”

A fun and beautiful talk. Enjoy it!

TED 2008 talk: Benjamin Zander on music and passion

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“The Known Universe” by the American Museum of Natural History

A couple of years ago I bumped into this film about the universe that was created by the AMNH Museum, as part of an exhibition titled ‘Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe‘, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan in 2010.

The film, titled ‘The Known Universe’, is based on precise scientific observations and research and that is what makes it so beautiful and almost incredible. I have watched it many times trying to make myself understand the size and scale of our universe. It is absolutely wonder(ful) that this is real and we are part of it! And to this day, hard as I may try I can hardly grasp the immensity of the known objects, space, events and territories we call cosmos.

As the Hayden planetary people say on the webpage they made a year after they first showed this film:

‘For scientists, those areas that appear blank, where we have yet to point our telescopes, offer more curiosity.’

Imagine that…

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Paco de Lucia’s amazing interpretation of the Concierto de Aranjuez

Paco de Lucia, this amazing Spanish flamenco guitarist plays the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, another spaniard. De Lucia cannot read music, so he interprets this piece following his unique sense of rhythm. Apparently Rodrigo thought that this was the best interpretation of his work.

This video (via youtube) includes all three movements, but my favorite ones are the second and third and they begin at 6:20mins into the video.

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Richard Feynman – No Ordinary Genius (full version BBC doc)

This is a BBC Horizon documentary on Richard Feynman, this beautiful man full of curiosity. I love how in pictures of him shown on this doc he looks younger as he grows older.

Horizon: Richard Feynman – No Ordinary Genius (full version)  (via YouTube).

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Jorge Luis Borges, The mirror – documentary on Vimeo

Jorge Luis Borges, the mirror

A documentary on Borges. At the very beginning it sounds a bit too “proud” for the man about to portray, but very quickly it becomes interesting, informative and engaging.

Here is a Borges quote from an interview of him featured in this doc:

“Reality is a combination of perceptions, emotions, feelings, distractions, dreams and surprises. That is reality” 

(via Jorge Luis Borges, the mirror on Vimeo.)

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