Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
First surprise was the discovery of a beautiful concert place under the clear sky: the garden of a recently renovated high-school dorm which I have walked by so many times in my life but never had a chance to glimpse into and see the museum-like interior and its hidden treasure - the garden. It was a romantic, almost unreal, setting. Rows of chairs, a small stage, dimmed lights, greenery around and stars above. A gentle summer evening in which beautiful music lures the senses and makes you forget everything - that was the promise I felt in the air.
Perhaps, everyone in the garden had gotten that overly-romantic notion, so the Reality had to bring us all back to Earth - sending swarms of mosquitoes on us was naturally the first choice for the hot summer evening. It was unpleasant, no doubt, but also kind of funny - everyone was swaying and moving and protesting. And it got us in the right mood, and by this I mean less romantic mood in positive sense, for what we were about to listen.
It was a concert of a string quartet, Ana was right about that. But who said that string quartets have to play classical music? This particular quartet plays adaptations of modern rock and pop music! After first few sounds, I've hurried to look into program that I was using and a weapon against mosquito armies attacking me from everywhere. Reading that program was like reading my computer play list - verbatim. Song after song it was everything familiar and loved and I got more and more excited at the prospect of hearing them in this new interpretation. I was definitely caught by surprise and it was a really pleasant one. I love to listen to adaptations of modern music for classical instruments and orchestras: Apocalyptica and their interpretations of Metallica, Royal philharmonic orchestra playing Oasis, just to name a few.
When I read the program I knew I was in for a musical treat, and so it was. I loved "Seven nation army" with help of a percussionist, "Bring me to life" and Moloko's "The time is now" sung by Teodora Bojovic. This was the first time I think that I had a chance to hear her preform live and I must say that I wasn't disappointed at all. That's the kind of voice I could listen over and over again.
All in all, it was a night of surprises - pleasant surprises (if we disregard the fact that we were fed like a feast to starved mosquitoes), let me not forget the one when one of my favourite high school teachers sat in the empty seat next to me which gave us a chance to chat a bit and catch up on old (and recent) times.
I was only disappointed because I didn't bring my camera to record some of the concert, but obviously someone did that since I was able to find this video online:
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Obviously, I'm not the only one who misses and cherishes those good times. I used to sing in Sonja's choir for over seven years and had a pleasure to spend my time singing wonderful pieces of choral music with fantastic people and a great conductor. In those seven years the choir had traveled to Budapest (Hungary), to Choir Olympics in Bremen (Germany), to Riva del Garda (Italy), to Varna (Bulgaria) and to many places within our own country, including one unforgettable working summer vacation in Igalo (Montenegro). Times I've spent with the choir, on and off the rehearsals were one of the greatest time in my life, and I positively know that I am not the only one who feels this way.
So here is what we've found on YouTube:
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
And so this holiday season, that's nearly come to its end, has been a difficult one - for my stomach, that is. And that is why I sorely needed a break. So today, I decided to eat lightly.
These were my instructions: I want vegetables, just boiled with some salt, no add-ones, no meat, just veggies. Carrots - OK, peas - jummy, cauliflower - perfect! And a soup - just mix all the cooking waters and it will be great. And here's what I got:
Soup without anything inside it? Inadmissible! So I got a soup full of overcooked noodles, mushy and partly disintegrated.
Vegetables boiled with only some salt? Too plain, too boring. So the vegetables were boiled with added allspice.
Myself: "They are almost done, cold you please remove them from the stove in 2 minutes?"
... half an hour later ...
Mom: "Do you think that they are done? Should I remove them from the stove already?"
The peas were too soft, cauliflower molten.
Mom: "Well, if you insist, here are your boiled vegetables, but I really think you should eat something solid with it. Do you like the flavor? Hope you do because I just poured some grease over it and fried them a bit..."
Sunday, January 04, 2009
In this video the choir is singing a beautiful holiday tune.
Aren't they simply adorable?
Thursday, January 01, 2009
This is the list f books I have read in 2008
(removing it from the right side of the blog to make room for the list of 2009):
- "The Amber Spyglass" - Philip Pullman (in English)
- "The Zahir" - Paolo Coelho (Serbian translation)
- "Artemis Fowl The Opal Deception" - Eoin Colfer (Serbian translation)
- "The Family" - Mario Puzo, Carol Gino (Serbian translation)
- "Time Gifts" - Zoran Zivkovic (in Serbian)
- "Crimenes Imperceptibles" aka "Oxford Murders" - Guillermo Martinez (Serbian translation)
- "Grabljivica" - Simonida Stankovic (in Serbian)
- "Impossible Encounters" - Zoran Zivkovic (in Serbian)
- "Seven Touches of Music" - Zoran Zivkovic (in Serbian)
- "A Darkness at Sethanon" - Raymond E. Feist (Serbian translation)
- "The Library" - Zoran Zivkovic (in Serbian)
- "Sex and the City" - Candace Bushnell (Serbian translation)
- "Steps Through the Mist" - Zoran Zivkovic (in Serbian)
- "The Knight" - Gene Wolfe (Serbian translation)