No matter how damaged or sordid a past we might have, some things like friends, family, (old pianos), and loved ones can find a new life this Christmas season. It’s the season of hope, of light rising despite the darkness, and of new life and renewed relationships.
“Look at the stars, look how they shine for you…” – “Yellow” from Parachutes, Coldplay It’s no secret I’m a Coldplay fan. Well, maybe not even a fan — their songs and albums form a large part of the soundtrack of my life. I blame it on “Clocks.” It’s genius, I think — played onContinue reading “5 Reasons Coldplay’s Concerts Are the Best”
“The violin family appeared in essentially its modern form in northern Italy, specifically in Brescia and Cremona, about 1550. Andrea Amati (ca. 1511–1580) of Cremona was among the first generation of makers to add a fourth string to the violin and to create the standard sizes of cello, viola, and violin in their classic modernContinue reading “The Amati Viola: a Cincinnati Art Museum Treasure”
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” -Pablo Picasso If there were ever a time we need to wash the dust of life off, it is now. I am so saddened by what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday. A tragedy of that magnitude makes usContinue reading “Prague’s National Theater: Astounding Beauty”
“See the arrow they shot Trying to tear us apart Take the fire from my belly and the beat from my heart Still I won’t let go Still I won’t let go” -Coldplay, Hurts Like Heaven, Mylo Xyloto Almost a year ago, I remember seeing a headline about Coldplay, a band I love, openingContinue reading “Coldplay Lights, Music, and Prague”
“We’re waking up … And right on time.” -OneRepublic, Waking Up On Monday, the King five drove the windy Czech roads and ventured down in Austria. This wasn’t just any trip. Our destination was Vienna, the legendary city of music of the ranks of Mozart, to a concert we bought tickets for almost exactly oneContinue reading “Vienna, U2, and OneRepublic”
In a handful of weeks, our family of five will be taking the giant leap across the Atlantic to settle into a new life in Prague, Czech Republic. We are all very excited about the adventure that is sure to come with life in a new country and a new continent. In addition to theContinue reading “The Wealth of Czech Culture”