Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is one of my favourite pieces of music. It is a very demanding piece to play on a piano. To see Tina S play it on a guitar as she does is just totally amazing. She has played a guitar since she was a child and it shows, but to see how skilled she is, how relaxed she is and how beautiful she can make this sound is a tribute to her dedication to playing her kind of music. It also shows just how modern Beethoven’s music can be ; that it is in fact timeless. I love the classical version but am happy to find such a skilled electronic performance of it. I can’t believe how fast and accurate Tina s’s fingers are. This really is impressive.
Sister Madonna Buder is Nike’s new Unlimited Youth face and this is the ad. She started running in her 40s and has now become the Iron Nun because she can succeed in the Iron Man challenges. There are other videos of her on You Tube. She works hard, she is very clear that making the effort is what gets you there. She learned you cannot always succeed but just making the effort would get her to go where she wanted. As an 86 year old she is a great role model for anyone. She is showing that older people can be just as impressive and inspiring as younger people. She is rewriting the belief that old people need to limit themselves. Nike has taken it one step further to show that youth, in fact, is a state of mind and a lifestyle choice. Being active works. Putting yourself out there works. Looking after your mind, body and spirit works.
This is a well constructed, well thought out, powerful video. It almost had me in tears. Not because it was soppy. Not because it was tugging on heartstrings but because you could see and feel the impact of human kindness. People are homeless for all sorts of reasons. In my lifetime what were a couple of so called vagrants about the place now and again has become a regular encounter with people who are homeless. There are children going to school from cars. There are people sleeping in doorways and anywhere else just to get shelter. Not just here. Not just there . It is a global problem and some are doing it worse than others. There is no easy answer but the video points out quite clearly the value of a hug, a smile, a bit of a break. Someone who will reach out to the homeless and treat them as a human beings who need recognition and nurturing. We cannot solve everyone’s problems. Some are there as a philosphical choice. Some are there because of lifestyle choices. Some are there because they are mentally ill and there was a decision to let them fend for themselves. All sorts of reasons. You can see most of them have lost teeth and that is the same everywhere. You can see most of them are thin. Worldwide they have the same look. We have made a difference by looking at ways and means of ensuring they have food and drink, warm clothes and blankets and sometimes a safe place to sleep. On one French news programme I watched a couple of years ago they had a place where they took people in for the night to get them out of excessive heat or cold. They could not take everyone but it was a start. One man just was so angry. The person in charge was very good at trying to de-escalate his anger and to get him to be calm. He succeeded but then the man became very aggressive again. In the end he was given a blanket and asked to leave so the others could rest and have some respite. It is a difficult thing to live and a difficult thing to be a helper. The video shows us not to give up on ourselves or them. Just to do simple human things which will make a difference. To be kind. Just be kind. In the two years since this video has been made the world has been kinder. We just need to keep reminding ourselves.
This is a short German film with a simple message which is developed thoughtfully. You need no German to understand it. It is developed without words and that is where the power of it lies. I got the film via Craig Maatta’s blogpost. He followed me on Twitter this morning. I looked him up , found his Facebook page and then the link to his blog. Within 5 minutes I was feeling a whole lot better. I have bookmarked the Craig Maatta blog because it is very positive and gives you practical ideas for making yourself and others feel better. Smiling is one of them!
This is so beautiful. Just enjoy it. It is such a celebration of the colour in our lives.