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May Day!

If, like me, you find yourself feverishly bursting from the cocoon of your winter/rain season with renewed vigour and a true passion for life, you may want to keep reading. My experience of the beginning of spring is that of energy, creation. I find myself baking an entire batch of cookies just to appease a craving for one. My journals fill themselves in with ideas, deadlines, new concepts. This is the time that I reach out to friends and family for real one-on-one time. I want nothing more than to foster creativity in those I love, hear their dreams, and brainstorm with them on how to bring those dreams to fruition.  With a head full of projects on the horizon...

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This Beauty

Some would call beauty an intangible element, a certain "je ne sais quoi" that exists in auditory and visual experiences. Some would say that beauty is a program or a design, a specific strategic placement of colour or lines, light and shade. Beauty could be a mathematical formula when we look at the composition of music, certain tones paired together can create an angelic major, or mysterious minor sound. The beauty that we hear is as much in the ear of the listener as it is in the eye of the beholder. Staunch traditionalists of classical music may find the prospect of a classical quartet pairing with a banjo player completely out of their realm of beauty. But perhaps, after hearing the strings...

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Welcome to Spring!

Do you see the patches of brown grass, curled up and waiting for its chance? Have you noticed a bounce in the steps of people on the street? Can you close your eyes, then open them only to be surprised at the slightly white landscape?  Well then my friends, let's just call it "spring." It's been a tough winter and an unkind couple of weeks, but we've almost made it to the 21st, so instead of trying to create something that's not quite there, I'm going to try to focus on the second "official" day that has been bestowed upon the 20th of this lovely month. This is the international "Day of Happiness."  Although some of us may feel like...

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Resolution

Did you make a New Year's resolution this year? As we try to struggle through our winter blues, doesn't it just seem that much more difficult to hold true to those ideals we wrote painstakingly on pieces of paper or journals at the end of the festive holiday season? Most of the resolutions made by Counterpoint this year involved reaching out to you, the listeners, and remaining truer than true to the mission of delivering a variety of classical/art music pieces straight to your current location. Another resolution was to attempt to showcase the diversity of talent that exists in the contemporary music scene. Something that has begun to be achieved through the recent showcases of both all-female and Muslim composers...

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Two by Two

Tonight's show will feature more music by Mohammed Fairouz - this time inspired by Art Spiegelman's "In the Shadow of No Towers," a graphic novel written as a response to 9/11 so many years ago. This work is still relevant today, however, as we look at the division of politics, belief systems, and the growing gap between the differing moral values we see in the world.  To take a look at Fairouz's inspiration and what the piece is based on, you can look at the link on his website here. The show tonight, though featuring a politicized work, won't be a political statement. Instead, I hope to treat you to a little bit of calm in this storm we've called...

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