We Found Love

I love this video. When you watch it, you’ll see why. I love the African people and culture, the cross-cultural connection, and of course the nature photography! It’s one of the most inspiring videos I have seen, in a long, long time. This is Lindsey Stirling visiting Kenya, without the special effects. I also love the music!

Seeing this, reminds me of a verse. It’s an old one, but rings so true. “Love your neighbor, as yourself”. Who is my neighbor? Everyone is. Yes even someone as far away as Africa. Love is the most powerful force on the planet. All we need to do is reach out, to each other. Powerful.

Peace.

 

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Blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Traditional Chinese Music II

Traditional Chinese music is so beautiful, I wanted to share this with you. A couple of months ago I shared a piece featuring the erhu, which is played in a similar way to the cello. It looks like the erhu has two strings, and makes a wonderful, and very distinctive sound. This piece features four different instruments, including the erhu. The other instruments are a harp type of instrument called the guzheng, a flute called the dizi, and a guitar looking instrument (which is not played like the guitar at all) called the pipa. The setting on this video is also stunning.

Enjoy and have a great middle of the week!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

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Traditional Chinese Music

The erhu is a stringed instrument from China, that makes a beautiful sound, which often sounds sad to me. It is played in a similar manner as the cello. I’m still trying to figure out how the small round piece at the bottom can make such a beautiful sound. The song is a beautiful instrumental, highlighting the erhu.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

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The People of Nepal

This is a beautiful piece of film! It is incredibly positive. When I saw the beautiful people and culture of Nepal in this piece, I wanted to share it with you. This was taken years ago, and shows the people smiling and playing music. I also love this because it shows musicians coming from the west, to find a commonality in their music and cultures. You will hear Appalachian music, and you will see the sharing of culture. Awesome! This a trailer for a music project for mountain music. Check it out when you have a chance.

Some quick facts about Nepal: It is the 93rd largest country, in the way of land mass, in the world. It has the 47th largest population in the world, and has more than 27 million people. I had no idea! More than 81% of the people are Hindu, and about 9% are Buddhist. This means that Nepal has the largest percentage of Hindus of any country in the world. However many of the people consider themselves both Hindu and Buddhist. Nepal also has smaller numbers of Muslims, Christians, and other religions.

Please remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in Nepal. They truly are a beautiful people.

 Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

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Traditional Irish Music

Happy Saturday! I’m in a mellow mood tonight. When I think of being mellow, I often think of Irish music. If you are worn out and in need of some rest, may today and tomorrow give you the rest you need!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

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Asian Strings

These guys really know how to play the stringed instrument, called the shamisen. It reminds me somewhat of the banjo in the US, but it is smaller. It appears to have only two strings, so the sounds it makes are amazing. This is also an ancient instrument but the style they  play here seems to be a blend of traditional and modern. They play better than many rock stars I have seen! Go Yoshida Brothers!

Have a great weekend!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

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Manao

So what happens when you blend Chinese drums, with martial arts, smoke, people flying, an orchestra, and a huge amount of intensity? You get this video! These women are serious about playing the drums!

Have a great rest of the week!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

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Japanese Drums

I like drums from anywhere but this group is amazing. Their strength and energy playing these drums is spectacular. Notice their precision, and their joy. I love Japanese drums! There are men and women drummers here. When they get to the big drums watch your ears! Be careful with the volume. I love this video.

Time to wake up everyone!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

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Images of Mongolia

This is a beautiful piece of film! There is plenty of traditional music and culture, and a lot of smiling faces. I love the clothing here, combined with the music and dance. There is wonderful scenic photography as well. To top it off they have horses! Mongolia is one of my favorite places to dream about, and I hope to see it one day, along with India, Ireland and a host of others. Maybe someday!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

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Images of Africa

I love this video for a number of reasons. First there are the images of the people, that are happy and smiling. Joy and smiling in any culture are wonderful! They seemed to be filled with such a love of life. There is also beautiful nature photography. I also love the music of Samite, a musician from Uganda. I am mainly familiar with his flute playing, but there is a wonderful blend of instruments, and vocals here. All of this and the cultural element of the video, truly make it wonderful. I hope you enjoy it! Maybe I should have been an anthropologist.

I also want to share a quote with you: “I write to discover what I know.” Flannery O’Connor

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

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