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  • New Piano Music for August(Romantic Era): Wachs

  • Etienne Victor Paul Wachs, born in Paris on September 19 1851 and died in Saint-Mandé on July 6 1915, is an organist, pianist and type-setter French. His father, Frederic Wachs (v. 1825-1899), is a type-setter considered and choirmaster in Saint-Merri. Paul studies the organ with the Academy of Paris with François Benoist, then, in 1871, with his successor César Franck; he obtains its First Price in 1872. In parallel, he studies the composition with Victor Massé and the piano with Antoine-François Marmontel. In 1874, he becomes organist at the Saint-Merri church, station which he occupies until 1896. His music is typical carefree environment of “the Beautiful Time”. Many parts known as of living room, of which:

    • Capricante (Walk in concert), Paris, Enoch Brothers and Costallat, s.d. (v. 1885)
    • The Myrtles (Waltz of living room), Paris, Alphonse Leduc, s.d. (v. 1889)
    • A wedding with the village (Pastoral), Paris, A. Durand, s.d. (v. 1889)
    • Baliverne, Paris, Hamelle, s.d. (v. 1893)
    • Madrileña (Fantasia espanhola), New York, Schirmer, 1898
    • The stopped Waltz, Paris, Heugel & Co., s.d. (v. 1900)
    • Carillonnettes (To remember Bruges), Paris, Durand, 1904
    • The Step of Bouquetières (March off the Flower Girls), New York, Century Music Publishing Co., 1908
    • IMSLP Parts for piano and organ.
    • YouTube Phillip Sear plays piano 7 parts of Paul Wachs: Balancelle (mazurka of living room), Small Finch (Bluette), Mystery (Waltz Whim), Midday with the Fields (Small pastoral), Parisian Waltz, Barcarolle in the major one, Soizantaine, piece of kind.

  • Valentina Lisitsa
    ‎"ran across" this pianist while i was surfing today...all i can say is, "Wow...I want to be like her when I grow up"...

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     The Happiness Project
    The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
    The Happiness Project is one of the most thoughtful works on happiness to have emerged from the recent explosion of interest in the subject. Rubin weaves together philosophy, scientific research, history, analysis, and real-life experiences as she explains what worked for her—and what didn’t. Filled with practical advice, sharp insight, charm, and humor, The Happiness Project manages to be illuminating yet entertaining, profound yet compulsively readable. Gretchen has a wide, enthusiastic following, and her idea for a “happiness project” no longer describes just a book or a blog; it’s a movement. Happiness Project groups have sprung up from Los Angeles to Enid, Oklahoma to Boston, where people meet to discuss their own happiness projects. More than a dozen blogs have been launched by people who are following Gretchen’s example. On her companion website, the Happiness Project Toolbox, enthusiastic readers track and share their own happiness projects.

    (Currently reading Heaven  by Randy Alcorn) 
    Eternity (Contemplate the Heavens)
    Invitation to Solitude and Silence
    Books (Pursue a Passion)
    Mindfulness (Pay Attention)
    Battlefield of the Mind (Joyce Meyers)
    Attitude (Keep a Contented Heart)
    The Princess Within (Serita Jakes)
    Happiness (Boot Camp Perfect)
    AWoman of Contentment
    The Joyful Christian
    Vitality (Boost Energy)
    The Gift Of Being Yourself
    Marriage (Remember Love)
    Love Busters
    His Needs, Her Needs
    Work(Aim Higher)
    Minister to Others
    Reaching Out
    Parenthood (Lighten Up)
    The Family God Uses
    Leisure (Be Serious About Play)
    The Confident Woman (Joyce Meyers)
    Friendship (Make Time for Friends)
     The Power of a Woman's Words
    Money/Gratitude (Buy Some Happiness)

    Minister to Others
    ---It's okay to do what you want to do, but there comes a time to do what you were meant to do.
    The Family God Uses
    ---The journey is just as important as the destination.
    ---Responsibilities at home should take priority over those at church or work.
    ---Children learn far more from watching you than listening to you.
    ---When we can identify what God has done in our past, we can better understand what He may be up to in the future.
    ---Children are just as much a part of the church in the present as they will be as adults.

    The Power of a Woman's Words
    ---There are two types of people: those who brighten a room when they enter and those who brighten a room when they leave.
    ---The key to writing a beautiful life is to have a pencil with a good eraser.
    ---Those of great minds discuss ideas. Those of mediocre minds discuss events. Those of small minds discuss other people. (God's Psychiatry, Charles Allen)
    ---The difference between a smart man and a wise man is that a smart man knows what to say, and a wise man knows whether to say it or not.
    ---I seldom feel sorry for the things I did not say.
    ---The wise speak because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

    Battlefield of the Mind
    ----You cannot have a negative mind and a positive life.
    ---Right thinking is just as vital to spiritual life as heartbean and blood pressure are to physical life.
    ---You will spend your time doing something, so it may as well be going forward and not staying in the same mess for the rest of your life.
    ---Watching a baby's attempts to walk can teach us that no matter how many times we fall, we must get up, dust ourselves off, and start again.
    ---God wants me to obey Him---whether or not I feel like it, want to, or think it is a good idea.
    ---A person who worries still thinks that he in some way can solve his own problems
    ---There's no such thing as peace without opposition because peace without opposition would be stagnation.
    ---We often look at ourselves through rose-colored glasses and everyone else through a magnifying glass.
    ---If you desire victory over your problems and truly want to live the resurrection life, you must have backbone as well as wish bone.
    ---You can be pitiful or powerful, but you cannot be both.
    ---Don't only look at how far you have to go, but also look at how far you have come.
    ---God wants to give us grace.Satan wants to give us disgrace.

    The Princess Within
    ...forgot that she was the rightful heir to her father's fortune
    ...believed that everyone in the entire kingdom was entitled to go to the ball except her.
    ...looked at the circumstances and believed that she was not worthy to receive what everyone else enjoyed.
    ...realized that she actually could go to the bal
    ...had to be willing to leave her own little corner in her own little chair
    ...knew that she could not "fix" herself...only the fairy godmother...
    ...knew that if she wanted to dance with a prince, she must dance like a princess
    ...willingly traded her rags for the beautiful gown that had been made for her (garments of praise)...
    ...would have never arrived at the ball and married the prince if she simply gave up
    ...never expected a knock at her door the morning after the ball
    ...would have never known how much the prince loved her if she had continued to hide who she really was
    ...was not too eager to leave the ball, fearing she would miss seeing what the Prince would do next

    God always gives us a...
    ---way of escape from the evil plotted against us
    ---freedom to do the rght thing
    ---permission to forget our past
    ---understanding to live the present

    A Woman of Contentment
    ---A woman of contentment knows what is important and what is not.
    ---Contentmnt is not based on circumstances, but on perspective.
    ---Just because we don't understand God's mysterious ways doesn't mean that He has lost control or does not care.
    ---Salvation is both an event and a process.
    ---Sometimes losing what we cannot keep helps us to be more interested in finding what we cannot lose.
    ---When we truly catch a glimpse of God in all His holiness, we do not approach Him casually.

    August Book List
    Currently Reading:
    Clean Food (Walters)
    Woman in White (Collins)

    Movie Night Friday

    Academy Award Winners
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    Man Playings Burning Piano
    Here’s to the Heroes: A Military Tribute
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    Marine Corps Receiving Vs Army Reception

    SNL: I'm 50 Years Old