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Happy Friday the 13th. Unlike most people, I always think something wonderful will happen on what others consider an unlucky day. This time I'm going for the great composers paired with more than a little nonsense:
In presenting his $12.5 billion budget proposal for fiscal 1999 to the Georgia state legislature on January 13, 1998, Democratic Governor Zell Miller covered all of the expected basics, such as schools, roads, hospitals and the like. And then he got to an interesting and unexpected item: a request for $105,000 of taxpayer money to provide Classical music CDs to every child born in the state of Georgia. At this point, the governor hit "Play" on a tape recorder he had brought with him and he treated the gathered lawmakers to an excerpt from the "Ode to Joy" section of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. "Now don't you feel smarter already?" asked Miller. "Smart enough to vote for this budget item, I hope."
On this Friday the 13th, here is your chance to feel smarter with some very, very familiar classical pieces.
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On Wednesday morning, Roseanne Cash tweeted the following: "Listening to Joe Henry's new record 'Reverie' all morning. Like listening to Gabriel Garcia Marquez with a backbeat."
If you mention one of my favorite authors, you get my attention. Based on this tweet, I went hunting for another musician I had never heard and discovered songs with lyrics in which you could drown. I don't have a clue what he will say to you, but he will make you hear it.
Prowling around the tubes of the internet is a favorite pastime and coincidences have this strange habit of popping up and fate seems to come calling. This past weekend had such a day when in five different places I found quotes by Anais Nin. Now let's face it, she may have been unusual, scandalous, talented, and beautiful enough to inspire a perfume, but five places on the same day quoting a woman that is almost ignored except by devoted readers of frequently banned books? Can't imagine what brought her out of hiding from her usual location at Brainy Quotes.
If you aren't familiar with her writing, take a look. If you are, it may be time for another visit. Fate does not like to be ignored.
“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”
“From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.”