Everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions … or least they try. How often do we keep them? My guess is about ten percent of us do. Whoops! Last Fall I attended my high school reunion. My #50thHighSchool reunion! #CamelbackHigh #Reunion
I took The DM Zone to the reunion and a few brave attendees took the challenge that I posed. #TheDMZone
I asked two questions of each that I interviewed. The questions were simple but really hard if you think about it.
What one word or phrase would you say described you during high school?
What one word or phrase would you say describes the past 50 years since high school?
High School Reunion Questions – Watch the video by clicking the link here!
The video of my former classmates was meant to be fun, and I like to think it was. Please watch and let me know your thoughts. Twitter: @DMCollins Facebook: Dianemarie Collins or respond directly to this blog! Thanks!
The reunion also made me think about resolutions, the theme of today’s blog. I love my life and the many twists that my road has taken. Some of the time it was a result of a resolution I made to myself. Lucky me that it turned out that way.
Today I am making a resolution with my self to blog more in 2019. It feels good to reflect or plan on what you want. And if that plan or resolution comes to be because of your hard work or luck, who’s to say that isn’t good too!
Happy New Year and may all of your resolutions come true for 2019!
I am all for shortcuts and simplified directions when it comes to new apps and other new technology for videos that keeps coming our direction. On The DM Zone, I get to interview celebrities, business leaders and other interesting folks like authors, artists and musicians.
But I have an entire crew that produce my videos … from the camera work to the editing. And they do an amazing job! Fortunately for me, I don’t have to handle any of the technical side of The DM Zone.
Those of you that don’t have a production crew to follow you and your life now have a way to create videos “Live.” Facebook has come up with an app, that using your smart phone allows you to video and stream “Live” on to your Facebook page. How cool is that? VERY!
Not being the techie that I would like to be, I was really impressed with Kim Komando’s recent post on this topic. Her article, “Facebook Live: How to broadcast like a pro” is perfect … from how to get started to how to avoid problems. She even has added a video (of course she has!) that makes the process even easier to learn.
So hat’s off to Kim and don’t forget to follow and tweet her that you like what your saw!
Good thoughts form Keith Garrett. I normally do not Reblog, but this post has merit. Thanks.
I thought i’d call to you and talk awhile,
I’m sitting here alone, I’ve been thinking.
What can i do to make this world a better place,
Let go of anger and sometimes terrible thoughts.
Do not waste this time that I’ve been given,
Smile and say hello to a passerby.
Lend a hand to a less fortunate soul,
Put a little trust in man, this I’ve been told.
Do not take a life, be there for a friend,
Teach a child right from wrong.
Love as much as you can, hate is not a gift in hand,
Do not steal or act in violence,
I’ve been thinking god, I just needed you to listen.
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Ignacio Nachito Herrera and I visited on The DM Zone before his most recent Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) performance. It was a lively discussion ranging from music to politics. And, it includes a private sampling and explanation of his newest project. The unique MIM concert was only Nachito Herrera, the piano … and simply wonderful.
Herrera stunned Cuban audiences at the age of twelve when he performed Rachmaninoff’s Concerto no. 2 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. Widely considered a child prodigy, at 15, Rubén González (of Buena Vista Social Club and Afro-Cuban All Stars fame) took Herrera under his wing to teach him traditional Cuban styles.
When I asked Nachito Herrera about his Rachmaninoff performance, he explained that in Cuba, the government programs always began musical teaching with the classics. Learning the classics before moving on to other styles was a point we both agreed upon, as my dancing background began with ballet and my singing career with opera.
When asked about the news of Cuba, Herrera enthusiastically agrees with the decision to ‘normalize’ relations with the United States. But mostly, we discussed his latest project. It is a new CD taking the classics say a piece by Bach or Beethoven and moving it through his stylized use of the rhythms and beat of Cuban music.
Watch the video as he played for The DM Zone, a sample of this melding of classics and “Nachito” Cuban Magic!
Later that evening, listening to Nachito Herrera’s performance for the MIM audience, I had to agree with Tom Surrowicz, Star-Tribune (Minneapolis), whom I quoted during the interview. Nachito Herrera is “Explosive. Crowd pleasing. Rhythmically intense. Romantic. Dynamic. Jaw-droppingly good.” See if you don’t agree too!