I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. Roger Ebert
I've scoured Soundcloud (for literally hours) to find the best Christmas music I could find and my playlist is finally complete. It's chock full of Christmas favourites (and a few new ones) that are guaranteed to:
1) Bring Christmas cheer
2) Not suck1
30 tracks from the likes of Ivy Levan, Swing Republic, Pomplamoose, and Owen Pye. Who are these people you ask? Well, they're all great musicians and they each have a unique sound to bring to your Christmas celebrations. Including favourites like Away in a Manger, Carol of the Bells, and even the Theme from Home Alone.
Over an hour of music, all completely free (although Soundcloud lets you buy tracks if you so desire)!
About a year ago I began writing a story for my daughter Amelynne, using her toys as characters.
by Brittany Lowe
It took me about 3 months to write and 9 months to type it up, and I’ve finally got something to show for it. Right now it’s still a work in progress, as I need to read it through a few times with Amelynne and make sure she’s happy with it. I also need to add some illustrations.
Amelynne: (muttering something uninteligable) Does it Mama? Camilla: Does what? Amelynne: Mama. Camilla: What does what? Amelynne: Does it? Camilla: Does what? Amelynne: Mama. Camilla: What does what do? Amelynne: Does it mama? Camilla: What does what do? Amelynne: Yes! Camilla: What? Amelynne: Does it? Camilla: Does what? Amelynne: MAMA.
Ashamed to say that I only recently learned about Victor Borge who from only a few YouTube clips I can tell was a genius - a brilliant musician and comedian. I found him watching old Muppet Show clips, and it's clear to me now that his style of comedy inspired a lot of the most well loved Muppet Show routines.
I'm sad that I'd never heard of him until I turned 30 (although I suspect my Dad may have told me some of his jokes). A man who was an entertainer for about 70 years and still doing shows until he died at 91.
It just goes to show that fame is fleeting. No matter how well known or popular you may be, your fame will be lost in the noise of the next generation. To think that one day our generation will forget that girl who yelled "Leave Britney alone!!"1. We'll forget even MJ, Gaga and Hannah Montanna.
I think the only way to truly be remembered is to be so famous that great works of art or literature are created about you. Take Julius Ceasar. His name is still well known thanks alone to the work of that fine English writer, Rene Goscinny2. Of course the only problem with this plan is you have to know which painters/writers/playwright are going to be good enough that their works are going to be held as an example of magnificent art for the next century or so.