Tchaikovsky, Curators, Aurora miracle, libraries of famous authors, and the music of KB

Well, here are some links I'm rolling out on this Tuesday. I'm dragging my feet a bit, but I've got to run before I lose motivation. Check these things out, friends, and let me know what you think.

  • When I was growing up, I would pull out classical bundles of music from the shelves in the piano room and ask my mom to play. She would always say, "Oh, honey... it's been so long. I don't even know if I can play this anymore..." but I could always tell she'd give in to my request and let dinner or the dishes or the laundry wait a few minutes so we could revel in the classics. This piece from BrainPickings,  "Tchaikovsky on Work Ethic vs. Inspiration" brings me back to those moments in the music room, but not just because my mom worked hard at being a musician. Also because she worked hard at being a mom - inspiration came in both cases as a result of her work. This post is about a letter Tchaikovsky wrote to his benefactress and the whole thing is beautiful - please go read it!
  • Sometimes I don't understand art, I'll admit. But, maybe it's the philosopher in me that loves what art says about who we are as a culture. Artists (and curators) kind of get to play the music that contemporary culture writes as it defines itself through values and norms. So, this piece in the NYT, "The Fine Art of Being a Curatorstruck me because of what it means for the music. Ahem.. So, if culture decides what is important right now, artists translate those things to canvas, buildings, statues, etc., then curators get to decide what does the best job of playing the music. Maybe this is another post in the making. The article is really very straightforward - talks about how curators are becoming more established as a field. I just can't help but ask, "Who sets the standards for good art?" But that's probably because I'm not, "in the know" about these kinds of things.
  • What would you say if a doctor told you that you had a brain defect that saved your life? That's nearly what happened for a young Aurora woman after she was shot at the theatre during the Dark Knight premiere. Read the story here, "A Smiling Providence in Aurora, Colorado" from Denny Burk.
  • I love books and I love libraries - this post takes us inside the libraries of famous writers and I have to stop myself from drooling. Each nook looks so dreamy!
  • I like rap. This new album from KB "Weight of Glory" is pretty spectacular. I wanted to post a video that wasn't all lyric, so check out this "behind the scenes" look at a young man who's got serious talent and serious opportunity to bring the message of hope through his gift. Worth a listen, for real. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMVPyd3hLhk] Here's the video he talks about to the song, "Open Letter" [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-2G5-deabE]

That's all for now. I'm going to go pound the pavement on a night run.

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