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I chose you…


I chose you...

I chose you because you are the person who makes me happy. You are the one who’s always on my mind. Because for you I risked everything by telling you all that I felt and I didn’t care. You are the one who leaves me thinking all day; always asking myself “where are you? What are you doing?” You are the one for who I die, filled with jealousy, when somebody looks at you or tells you something. You are the one I would follow even though you are you. I don’t care about anything and anyone. I wouldn’t change you for anything and anyone. -Author Unknown

Effortless


It’s easy for you to promise
and not commit
just throw a bone
and exclaim “get over it”

It’s child’s play in saying yes
just to excuse yourself
abandon all thought
and exile yourself from a life

It’s simple in stating that you’re busy
never worry
not looking sideways
just yourself

It’s effortless in not talking
but the truth is
I need you, your voice, your soul, eyes
I need your fleeting kiss
just so I can withstand time

Adieu

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The First Cup Award!


I am still in shock, but crissybwell nominated me to The First Cup award!!!  Ok. After actually (and very manly I should say) do a my own little happy dance. I will follow tradition (if there is one) and post my nominees for le Cup Award.

But first here are the *drumroll*

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The First Cup Award is the simplest award to roll over, as it is not governed by the Internal Revenue Service’s Tax CodeThe Ultimate Handbook of CensorshipThe Rich and Powerful’s Rules for Dummies or any other source feigning authority over others except its own supreme yet admittedly unenforceable edicts to follow:

1. Copy these rules and this image to your award post,

2. Choose three (3) bloggers’ artistic works that could make you stop and ponder even if you’ve only finished your first cup of coffee, tea, juicer, alcohol or other beverage you normally partake of first thing in the morn,

3. Include links to these works in the award post and

4. Inform the artist of his or her wonderful award and supreme compliment to his/her artistic abilities…

 

And now the nominees:

 

  1. crissybwell – Not because she nominated me, but because she’s truly truly talented. I’ve reblogged her poems here on various occasions. You have such a way with words and you can write poetry about topics that I don’t even know how to compose myself.
  2. Writing of a Mrs – Her “storetries” (half poem half story) are amazing! Everytime I read one of her posts I feel renewed.
  3. Charlotte Hoather – Soprano. Beautiful voice and even though I just followed her recently, I love how she writes. Musicians unite!

50 thousand reasons to sing and conduct


In the past few posts (these to be exact: Nobody said it would be this hard, One Winged Angel, and  Caught in the Storm)I have shared my Goals Statement, what I want to do with my carer, some of the people who have inspired me & the obstacles that I’ve had in this past year. While I had this whole post defending why I want to do what I want to do, I’ve realized that… they will continue to put me down, try to shut me out or appear as if they are going to help. I realized that people will continue, no matter what you do, try to make you unhappy. Life sucks. Life throws a lot of obstacles to “test you on how strong you are”. One thing is certain I won’t back down. I will continue to fight for myself, and for the person I love.

A family member asked me a while back… “you do realize that if you want to do this you will have a debt of $50,000 in your ribs, right?” I simply replied: YES. I don’t need to defend my lifestyle, my carer choice to anybody. I have one life, and I’m going to live it the way I want to. I have 50 thousand reasons to sing & conduct. Some of those reasons are:

  1. Laugh.
  2. Love.
  3. Smile.
  4. Make high quality music.
  5. New experiences
  6. New places, people, and things.
  7. Your smile.
  8. The way you when your proud.
  9. The way I feel when I do a good job.
  10. To be brave in all aspects in my life.

Start being happy. Truly happy.

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Nobody said it would be this hard


In the music world, everything is simple and complex at the same time. When you start to think about grad school, well… it’s just plain complex. You need to take  the GRE & TOFEL (for those of us who English is not our first language) pre-audition, then submit the graduate admission essay (or Goals Statement as some universities call it), submit a thousand letter of recommendations, then the audition (if the pre-audition doesn’t cut it), then do everything everybody else does. In short: one big crazy roller coaster and by osmosis a big crazy me.In all this craziness, people transform in two categories. cheerleaders or nagging-antagonists-who-try-to-sunk-you-into-depression (a bit dramatic, but it’s the truth!). Generally the people who fall into the first category are friends, co-workers, and professors. The latter? Family and some of the people who call themselves “friends”.

I won’t post the pre-audition video I submitted to three universities (Florida State University, Westminister Choir College & Western Illinois University), but I will share my graduate admission essay. Why? Just like River Song says in Doctor Who: “Spoilers, sweetie.” Just sit back and use this as a pre-screening for my next post!

Without further ado, my Goals Statement!

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Goals Statement

When I was 12 years old, my parents took me to a recital of the Ponce Municipal Band where I saw Ruben Colón Tarrats, conductor of the Ponce Municipal Band and the Concert Choir and Chamber Choir from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, for the first time. From that day on, I have made it my life’s goal to become a choral conductor.  Since this experience, I have devoted all of my time and energy into studying music. After seven years of studying in the Juan Morel Campos Music Institute, I started my bachelor’s in music education where professors such as Prof. Rubén Colón, Prof. María Ondarra and Mons. Abel Di Marco helped me polish my abilities in choral conducting, voice, harmony, and counterpoint, respectively. It was there that I discovered a new, profound passion for choral conducting. In the past five years, I have learned that a choral conductor is far more than just that. Choral conductors, along with their choirs, recreate and celebrate moments from history in order to captivate and mesmerize their audiences.

 To study my master’s in such an important institution would give me the opportunity to focus my energy into my life-long dream. The Puerto Rican government perceives the arts in general as insignificant in comparison with the core subjects, as well as unnecessary for the integral development of the island’s students. Currently, the Department of Education of Puerto Rico has enacted a policy that authorizes school principals (of both elementary and secondary level schools) to decide whether or not they wish to offer music, visual arts, and even physical education classes to their students based on two criteria: first, if the principals deem the classes necessary to the integral development of their students, and secondly, if the school’s budget allows space for teachers specialized in fine arts and/or physical education. We are living in times in which the idea of “education” here in Puerto Rico is, in my opinion, not extensive enough to produce truly well-rounded individuals who can then contribute their talents to the improvement of the island’s conditions, in every aspect. After completing my master’s degree in choral conducting, I plan to come back to the island and work to repair the damage done to the fine arts programs in the schools here.

This is why finishing a post-graduate degree in Choral Conducting would give me the chance to effect change in Puerto Rico’s Music Education programs in secondary and post-secondary institutions. The opportunity to study in an acclaimed institution would allow me to share my cultural background, as well as my knowledge from my bachelor’s and embrace the latest methodology, assessment, and vocal coaching techniques. It would also give me the chance to work with a project entitled “The Art of Musical Poetry”. This project is a book in progress, a personal endeavor of mine, the aim of which is to marry the processes of musical composition and creative writing into a single form of art.

My vocation in life is that of a teacher, but I fear for the future of the fine arts programs here in Puerto Rico. To better the programs is to better both my students and myself, and in doing so, I will help to build a culture of peace here on the island.

As the song states… Nobody said it was easy!!

A wall of sound.


When you listen to classical music, whether it be instrumental (orchestra, band) or vocal (Opera, Choir, Zarzuela), what do you see? What do you feel? Different composers evoke different emotions, it’s natural, but ultimately what composers what to do is transcend. What transcends in you? Can you feel what the composer wants you to feel or experience? Share your experiences here.

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