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This year’s 30dc theme song

1 Aug

You’re gonna love the new theme song from Phil Mason. If you thought last years song was awesome, you’re in for a treat with this years.

Check it out and give it some lovin’ on digg, stumbleupon and all the rest. And I’ll be back later with my 2nd half of yesterday’s post about this years cool tools.

~ Annie (lsandrsn on the 30dc forum)

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Luciano Pavarotti 1935-2007

6 Sep

No matter what kind of music you listen to, you’ve likely heard of Luciano Pavarotti who passed away today after a long battle with cancer.

Here is coverage from Yahoo News –

Luciano Pavarotti: A tenor like no other

By RONALD BLUM, Associated Press Writer Thu Sep 6, 4:48 PM ET

Luciano Pavarotti was bigger than life — the oversized belly, huge handkerchief, grandiose lifestyle and ever-present grin that shone like a beacon. He backed it up with a voice of intense focus and immense carrying power, which rang to the rafters on stages throughout the world.

He broke out of classical music’s insular world in an era when television became dominant, singing alongside Stevie Wonder and Sting as naturally as he did opposite Joan Sutherland and Mirella Freni. He was beloved by opera patrons in gowns and tailcoats, and by the masses who came in T-shirts and jeans to hear him sing in Central and Hyde parks.

“He had the most perfect technique in the history of recorded music,” soprano Renee Fleming said after Pavarotti died Thursday at age 71. “He also captured the hearts of the larger public in a way which rivaled only Enrico Caruso in the 20th century.”

A lyric tenor, Pavarotti owned some of opera’s classic roles: Rodolfo in Puccini’s “La Boheme.” Riccardo in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” and Nemorino in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” He first gained great fame as Tonio in Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment,” tossing off the famous nine high Cs of “Ah, mes amis” with startling ease.

His inclusion in a cast meant an instant sellout from San Francisco to Sydney, Mexico to Milan. Listening to recordings or watching DVDs, it’s easy to understand why. His voice is immediately recognizable, a warm Italian diction like no other, with beauty of tone, color and heft.

“His voice was unique,” said former Metropolitan Opera general manager Joe Volpe, who planned to attend Saturday’s funeral in Modena. “If you put a CD on today and it’s Luciano singing, you know it.”

When the orchestra swelled and Pavarotti sang “O soave fanciulla” in the first act of “Boheme,” hearts melted and tears welled in audience’s eyes. When he sang a triumphal “Vincero!” and held the final note to end “Nessun dorma” in Puccini’s “Turandot,” shivers went up and down spines.

In the annals of music, he joined Caruso, Beniamino Gigli, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Mario Del Monaco and Franco Corelli as Italian tenors of the highest rank.

He pushed with mixed success into spinto and dramatic parts such as Canio in Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci,” Radames in Verdi’s “Aida” and the title role in Verdi’s “Otello.” It’s hard to forget the array of sprays and potions he kept using to sing through a cold in a 1991 concert performance of “Otello” at Carnegie Hall with Sir Georg Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

And later in his career he could be shockingly unprepared: There was a Verdi Requiem at Carnegie Hall in 1996 when he appeared to be forgetting the words, stadium concerts where he was accused of lip-syncing. When he returned to the Met in 1995 for “La Fille,” the aria was transposed down and he struggled with his high Bs.

Some of his repertoire choices, especially at Three Tenors concerts, were unfortunate. There was “Moon River” and “My Way” — with Frank Sinatra in the audience — at Dodger Stadium in 1994 and a laughable rendition of “Yesterday” at Yokohama, Japan, in 2002.

Pavarotti was banned from the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1989 after one cancellation too many. His acting was perfunctory even before hip and knee problems brought on by his enormous weight limited movement. His opera portrayals can’t be compared to Placido Domingo’s studied and nuanced performances.

Pavarotti didn’t act parts — the part became him and the rest of the performance rotated around him. Soprano Deborah Voigt was shocked when he disappeared in the middle of a “Ballo” performance to go off stage. Somehow, the rest of the cast adapted.

“If he needed a drink of water, so be it! Because his voice was what had drawn everyone to that theater,” she said. “It was a voice given by God. A sound uniquely his.”

All he had to do was smile, furrow those bushy eyebrows or bat an eyelash. Volpe was convinced Pavarotti won the audience over before he sang.

“His singing spoke right to the hearts of listeners whether they knew anything about opera or not,” Met music director James Levine said.

Yet, Pavarotti almost always suffered from stage fright, wondering when he walked on stage whether his voice would be with him that night. He said his reward came during curtain calls when he heard shouts of “Bravo!”

“They love me,” he said in his New York apartment overlooking Central Park three years ago, a day before his farewell to opera. “I love them. It’s a mutual affair.”

Intermission – Kelly Clarkson

5 Sep

So, if you’ve read my blogs at all, you likely know I like Kelly Clarkson. And just for you, here’s a live version of one of my favorites – (just because it’s good to take a break now and then)

Because of You by Kelly Clarkson

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The New iPod Touch

5 Sep

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Very sleek and stylish!

Features:

Revolutionary multi-touch interface. iPod touch features the same multi-touch screen technology as iPhone. Pinch to zoom in on a photo. Scroll through your songs and videos with a flick. Flip through your library by album artwork with Cover Flow.

Surf the web with Wi-Fi. Browse the web using Safari and watch YouTube videos on the first iPod with Wi-Fi built in.

Gorgeous 3.5-inch widescreen display. Watch your movies, TV shows, and photos come alive with bright, vivid color on the 320-by-480-pixel display

Music downloads straight from iTunes. Shop the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store from anywhere with Wi-Fi.1 Browse or search to find the music you’re looking for, preview it, and buy it with just a tap.

The 8GB is $299 and the 16GB is $399. Not bad. Only drawback – not shipping from the Apple Store until September 28.

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Apple News

5 Sep

Apple officially announced a new iPod today. The iPod Touch. From what I read/watched on Gizmodo, it looks really cool. Basically, it’s like an iPhone without the phone part. Even has Wi-Fi, iTunes and the iPhone’s Safari browser.

Steve Jobs also announced a price drop of $200 to iPhone! That’s huge! But . . .

I do not have an iPhone and I don’t plan on buying one (although if I did get a new phone, it would be the one) – I’m not really a phone type of gal. I have a pre-paid cell phone because I just don’t use it that much and can’t see spending a bazillion dollars a month on something I rarely use. But this new iPod Touch – now THAT I could use! It’s now on my must have wish list.

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Magic happens when . . .

21 Aug

Magic happens when all the pieces come together. And that’s what I think has happened in today’s training. Everything Ed and Dan have been teaching step-by-step have all culminated today into a big picture.

I like big pictures. Details are great too. But big pictures show me how the whole, the sum of those parts. And that way, I can follow the trail. It’s like looking at the whole map before embarking on the trip. That works for me. Honestly, I wish Ed had given us the map at the beginning so we could follow along at each bend. For me, that would have made much better sense instead of just blindly going along.

But I realize that’s just me. 😉 And many others will not see it the same way. That’s ok.

Embarking on this journey was interesting for me. I’m not usually one to just follow along blindly. So this has been an education in several things in addition to the marketing and business materials we’re learning.

So, today’s training has been great. I can now go back, look at all the steps we’ve been through, put them into my mindmap and see what’s been happening as we’ve traveled this road. I can assess where I’ve been and see if I’m still on track to get to the destination. That’s worth a lot and is more valuable than anything else. Well, except maybe the research.

In any case, I’ve enjoyed todays podcast and PDF. Gotta go get my new copies of iLife and iWork – I know, I’m behind here. But I’ve been following the 30 Day Challenge so closely, I haven’t had a whole lot of time for much else, though I have taken time out to spend with my family and take care of normal daily things. Just had no time for extras like shopping at Apple. 😉

Anyway, thanks Ed for another great lesson!

~ Annie

Oh – and for the record, I really like Kelly Clarkson.

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