What Would Your 2015 in Preview Look Like?

Happy New Year, everyone!

Facebook recently did their annual year in review summary for people to post and/or customize if they wished to, which gave me an idea for a thought and/or writing exercise.

If you were to do a review of your 2015 a year from now, what would it look like?

What do you have coming up that you are planning? What are you hoping for in 2015, whether you do it or it happening to you? Long shot or slam dunk?

Take a little time to think about it all and I hope you’ll like what you come up with!

Best wishes for a joyous and prosperous 2015, everybody! Thanks for coming by my blog!

Simple, Sensible and Effective Suggestions for Improving Facebook

Facebook is a great utility with lots of great features, but there are also quite a few not so great features which aren’t hard to fix, and some features not present which shouldn’t be hard to add. This is my list, in no particular order. I’d love to hear from you for your ideas, or which ideas listed here that you’d like to see the most. Who knows? Maybe Facebook staff may actually listen to user feedback! ­čÖé

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The Van Cliburn Piano Competition Over the Years

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Every 4 years, Fort Worth, Texas, becomes the centre of the classical music world with its Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Documentaries have also been made of a lot of them. I found the Van Cliburn Foundation had posted a lot of preview clips of these videos so here are a bunch. It might be a bit more time than you have right now, but perhaps bookmark the post and come back to gradually digest it all?

I have only seen one of these videos fully (2005), but I absolutely LOVED it, and I know I would love all the others because I love watching this sort of stuff. There are few things that stirs my heart more than to watch more than classical pianists playing their hearts and souls out, with some insight they give about their thoughts, feelings, lives, loves for the music and so on. These videos are full of this stuff!

I MUST put it on my long-term plans to attend Van Cliburn 2013 before I missed it again like I did just this year! I couldn’t have made it anyway, as it turned out, but still. I dread the thought of having to wait 4 more years!

On with the clips, though. Before all these preview clips is a short video of 23 year old Van Cliburn winning the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia during April 1958, which made him the ambassadorial legend between the two countries through the Cold War and to this day.

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Then a clip of what the competition is about in 3 minutes…

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And here are the clips from various years…

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Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.0