Let The Music Live

Good Music Speaks

The death of Prince seems to have affected me hard.  I took a detour into building picnic tables.  The joy of building something in wood is that you have something tangible at the end of your project.  If it is straight and square and strong, everyone can see it.  No one can take that away from you.  It has been nice to have a tangible, physical representation of the effort you have put in building something.  Some of the things I have built can be seen at Soulcraft Woodworking.

c57884cb5c5a54feacef131bc731c6c4 Einojuhani Rautavaara

Ironically, another death of a great musician has motivated me to write about music again.  Einojuhani Rautavaara died on 27 July, 2016.  I had never heard of Mr. Rautavaara until I saw the announcement of his passing on the NPR app on my phone.  Maybe I have been living under a rock, but I consider myself a person…

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H διακήρυξη των εξεγερμένων Ισπανών

Ιορδάνης Π

Αυτή είναι η διακήρυξη των εξεγερμένων Ισπανών οι οποίοι ξεσηκώθηκαν χωρίς να υποκινούνται από κόμματα, συνδικαλιστές, συμφέροντα κ.ά.


Είμαστε συνηθισμένοι άνθρωποι. Είμαστε σαν εσάς: άνθρωποι, που σηκώνονται κάθε πρωί για να σπουδάσουν, να εργαστούν ή να βρουν δουλειά, άνθρωποι που έχουν οικογένεια και φίλους. Οι άνθρωποι, που δουλεύουν σκληρά κάθε ημέρα για να προσφέρουν ένα καλύτερο μέλλον για τους ανθρώπους γύρω μας.

Άλλοι από εμάς θεωρούν τους εαυτούς τους προοδευτικούς, άλλοι συντηρητικούς. Άλλοι από εμάς πιστεύουν στο Θεό, άλλοι όχι. Άλλοι από εμάς έχουν σαφώς καθορισμένες ιδεολογίες, άλλοι είναι απολιτικοί, αλλά όλοι είμαστε ανήσυχοι και θυμωμένοι για τις πολιτικές, οικονομικές και κοινωνικές προοπτικές που βλέπουμε γύρω μας: τη διαφθορά μεταξύ πολιτικών, επιχειρηματιών, τραπεζιτών, αφήνοντας μας αβοήθητους, χωρίς φωνή.

Αυτή η κατάσταση έχει γίνει συνήθειο, μια καθημερινή ταλαιπωρία, χωρίς ελπίδα. Αλλά αν ενώσουμε τις δυνάμεις μας, μπορούμε να την αλλάξουμε. Είναι ώρα να αλλάξουμε τα πράγματα, ώρα να χτίσουμε μια…

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Dr Writer & Mr Editor: A guest post by Dmetri Kakmi

To Koskino


By Lee Kofman

As a writer who is also an editor, I’m often asked how it feels to be edited. In other words, how does it feel to be on the receiving end of criticism and someone else’s red pen, instead of being the one that dishes out the dirt?

The short answer is it’s discombobulating. The long answer is more complicated.

I edit for a living and when I have time I write; and that writing, should it be deemed publishable, is inevitably intensely scrutinised by other editors. As intensely, I hope, as I scrutinise other writers’ work before it is ready to be published.

When I gave the question serious consideration, I realised several things.

The first is that I love to be edited. The second is that I hate to be edited.

Following on from that, I saw that I am a split personality.

There are two…

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Interesting Facts about Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’

Interesting Literature

A short summary of the origins and significance of The Prophet, the 1923 book by Kahlil Gibran

Here’s a question for you. Can you name the three biggest-selling poets in the world? Shakespeare has to be in there (and he is – at number one in most accounts), but what about the other two? William Wordsworth? Homer? Alfred, Lord Tennyson? John Betjeman, maybe? His poetry sold a lot of copies in the twentieth century. No, the other two names to make the trio of bestseller-poets are ancient Chinese poet-philosopher Lao-Tzu, and Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), author of the 1923 book The Prophet. (Gibran is usually placed third on the list; Lao-Tzu is at number two.)

The Prophet is Gibran’s most popular work and is largely the reason he is one of the three biggest-sellers in world poetry. Accurate worldwide sales figures for the book are…

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A Short Analysis of Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella 31: ‘With how sad steps, O moon’

Interesting Literature

A reading of a classic Sidney poem

Sonnet 31 from Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella (sometimes Astrophel and Stella), which begins with the line ‘With how sad steps, O moon, thou climb’st the skies’, is one of the most famous poems in the entire sonnet sequence. Astrophil and Stella was the first substantial sonnet sequence composed in English, in the early 1580s. Sidney (1554-86) was inspired by his unrequited love for Penelope Rich (nee Devereux), who was offered to him as a potential wife a few years before. Sidney turned her down, she married Lord Robert Rich, and Sidney promptly realised he was in love with her. What follows is a brief analysis of Sonnet 31, which sees Sidney addressing the moon as a potential fellow-sufferer from Cupid’s cruel arrows.

With how sad steps, O moon, thou climb’st the skies;
How silently, and with how wan…

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Ένας υπερχρεωμένος πλανήτης έτοιμος να εκραγεί μέσα σε μια παγκόσμια σύρραξη


Περλ Χάρμπορ, 7 Δεκεμβρίου 1941


Ένας υπερχρεωμένος πλανήτης όπου όλοι χρωστάνε σε όλους και όλοι μαζί άγνωστο που, είναι έτοιμος να «εκραγεί» μέσα σε ένα «σύννεφο» πολέμων, φωτιάς και φτώχειας καθώς το παγκόσμιο χρέος έχει εξελιχθεί σε παγκόσμιο «γόρδιο δεσμό» κάτι που δεν λύνεται αλλά κόβεται.

Ο μόνος τρόπος για να εξαφανισθεί όλο αυτό το «αεροχρέος» μέσα σε ένα «παφ» επαναφοράς του πλανήτη σε μια κατάσταση όπου κανείς δεν θα χρωστάει πουθενά και ειδικότερα οι άμεσα ενδιαφερόμενες που είναι οι ΗΠΑ, είναι δυστυχώς ένας γενικός πόλεμος.

Πολλοί στα κέντρα εξουσίας του πλανήτη απεργάζονται τα σχέδια ενός σύντομου παγκόμιου πολέμου με την προοπτική ότι θα λήξει σύντομα χωρίς μεγάλες καταστροφές αλλά έχοντας πετύχει την διαγραφή των ομολόγων που ως γνωστόν δεν είναι πληρωτέα κατόπιν πολεμικών συγκρούσεων.

Ας δούμε τι γράφει στην ανάλυσή του το περιοδικό PRONEWS στο τεύχος Ιουλίου-Αυγούστου:

Ο πλανήτης μοιάζει και πάλι, 26 χρόνια…

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Tales of the City

Ephemeral to Stay

flaxThings about old Nicosia I’ll never get tired of? I love how there’s pockets of ever-surprising histories under our noses. In between the tavernas and winebars, UN barricades, parking atrocities and brunch-prodigies-of-the-month there are hidden gems, secret gardens, incongruously mounted coats of arms or intriguing district appellations.

The dainty church -more an agglutination of chapels, really- of Panaghia Chrysaliniotissa (or Our Lady of the Golden Flax) is the oldest extant orthodox church within Nicosia’s Venetian walls. Built in the 1450’s, during the reign of the Frankish king John II, by his wife, Byzantine princess Helena Palaiologina, to serve the religious needs of gentlefolk in the walled city, who -like herself- happened to not adhere to the catholic creed of her husband’s ruling  Lusignan family. A tranquil oasis today, with its modest courtyard in a densely-built quarter, it once stood as a symbol of growing Greek influence against bitter Frankish resentment. 

There’s the question of the name: miraculous byzantine icon found in the…

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Thursday’s quote from Robinson

Wish for 30s

“I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed, rather than what I wanted: and this gave me sometimes such secret comforts, that I cannot express them; and which I take notice of here, to put those discontented people in mind of it, who cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them, because they see and covet something that he has not given them. All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.”

-Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

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