Thursday, December 11, 2008

I am famous and people do care

So in my RSS feed yesterday I got an email from Obama's transition website. It said the following:

"With so many Americans involved in the political process for the first time, there's a great deal of interest in what's happening inside the Transition right now -- and what happens next.

Today, we're rolling out a new feature that lets you ask the Transition team any questions you have about the issues that are important to you.

You can also browse through questions other folks have and check off the ones you think are the most interesting.

The Change.gov community has jumped into a true two-way dialogue with our Transition team members. So far, we've asked you questions about major issues in our discussion forums, and you've flooded this site with your comments.

Check out our new "Open for Questions" feature, and keep the conversation going."

So I logged on and asked the question: "What do you plan to do to our food industry to make it more sustainable? Will there be changes to our farming policies?"

So far out of 5038 questions, mine is 6th in popularity with 1572 people "checking that they think it is interesting". I feel very famous and expect a call from Obama at any second wanting my personal input!

You can check out my famous-ness here and submit your own question to President-Elect Obama.

Monday, December 08, 2008

If I were famous and people cared

On NPR Music they interview famous musicians and ask them what their favorite recordings are and then let the rest of us listen to them. So I decided to do the same sort of thing, and recomend that you post yours as well, it brings back all sorts of memories.

First is a really odd sort of song. Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. It is so strange on first hearing. We played it for a concerto concert at USU and it became a serious favorite. Listen to it at least two times, if not more. The six eight time is just addictive.

Second is Phil Collins' cover of You Can't Hurry Love. I think of all the covers of this great song, his is my very favorite, can't tell you why, just love it the most. Maybe it's the fun video.

The Third was introduced to me on a car ride with Nick Maughan my freshman year in Logan. He had a fabu CD of Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax playing cello sonatas. He played for me the third movement of the Rachmaniov Cello Sonata Op. 19 and my life was never the same. I later got to play the third movement with Aram Arakelyan on the viola and it is still one of my most favorite pieces.

I forget who burned me a copy of Eva Cassidy's music, but it is a lasting favorite. Her version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow makes you yearn for Oz. She died young of cancer and really didn't become famous until after her death. Also check out her Fields of Gold. Also another NPR goldmine is when commentator Rob Kapilow talks with Performance Today's Fred Child about how Somewhere Over the Rainbow is musically put together. Amazing.

And the last would have to be Tucka Tucka Stop Stop. It is the very first full lenghth piece Suzuki violinists learn. People ask me all the time if I get sick of it, but I really don't. It makes me smile everytime I see a group of young violinists perform this piece for their parents. You know how many hours of work has gone into that one 20 second piece and I usually end up beaming with pride. You Suzuki teachers know what I'm talking about. I don't have a video or a recording of it, but just imagine a bunch of little kids looking really cute, or check out these cute kids playing another fun piece last year.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Our new toy

Scott got me an aerogarden for my birthday and we finally got it in the mail. I am growing herbs in mine right now because that's what it came with. But next I'm hoping to grow cherry tomatoes. It has lights that turn on automatically and a light that shows up when I need to add water. It grows with no dirt and has water constantly pumped over the roots. It's dang cool and it will be nice to produce my own food since this summer's "balcony garden" was a bust.

Thank you all for your very nice comments about the race. We did well, I was very slow, but I'm proud that I trained and accomplished my goal. Now we need to figure out what to do next.