Good news news

For some time now, I’ve been really fed up with hearing about (mostly) bad news via the media, so typed ‘good news’ into my browser a few weeks back,

I came across this website, The Good News Network.

I like the following news stories:

1. Five Things We Need To Teach Our Girls About Female Friendships

2. Retiring Teacher Steals the Show With Hip-Hop Dance Moves, Teens Go Wild

3 . Although my roman catholic days ended with secondary education (I have BIG problems with the church’s views on homosexuality, abortion etc.), I found this news story quite moving. Watching the pope pull up in a rather humble blue ford focus, to bless a disabled woman tweaked the old heart strings. There was no media, no agenda to him stopping the car, I just saw a man using his position to genuinely care for people. That moved me.

Study Scores

Love that it’s easy to follow scores and listen to audio on youtube. It has been an amazing educational resource for my post-grad studies.

Here’s some of today’s listening:

Wojtek Blecharz — Small Talks

Claude Vivier – Zipangu

I like the use of texture and how there is also strong melodic content. I don’t get bars 39-39, they don’t sit right for me, but I find the piece interesting nontheless.

Mbongwana Star

“Mbongwana Star (‘Mbongwana’ meaning ‘change’) are a newly formed band from Kinshasa, Congo. Tired of the pre-conceptions around African music, they’re creating their own identity, fusing traditional Congolese rhythms with post punk and electronics. Full of energy and utterly original, here’s a brand new track from their forthcoming album.”

Liking the trippy psychedelic grooves. On the wish list.

It’s great to learn that Congolese musicians are fighting against ‘pre-conceptions’ about African music.

And what, with all the heinous activity happening out it’s great to hear such well crafted music. Enjoy!