Saturday, August 19, 2017

Barenboim's Master Classes On Beethoven With 'Passion'

I ran across some amazing videos on You-Tube of a series of masterclasses on the Beethoven piano sonatas given by virtuoso pianist and conductor, Maestro Daniel Barenboim.  From Maestro Barenboim's web site:  The 75 year old Daniel Barenboim was "born [1942] in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Jewish Russia immigrant parents." 

Maestro Daniel Barenboim - conductor - pianist - teacher 
To watch and listen to this brilliant dialogue and instruction of the Beethoven sonatas between great virtuoso pianists is mesmerizing to me.  It's like listening to one genius interact with another, in my eyes. 

To show you what I mean, here is the Daniel Barenboim masterclass with virtuoso pianist, Lang Lang, on the Beethoven Piano Sonata #23 in F-minor known as "Appasionata" [with passion, deeply emotional]. 

It takes 4 videos to show the entire masterclass  The first video is more of an introduction of the series, and videos 2-4 are the instruction by Barenboim.  I promise you, after you watch video 2, you will be mesmerized like me and must watch #'s 3 and 4, to see how it ends.  

So, please turn up the volume and play in full screen the Daniel Barenboim Masterclasses on the Beethoven "Appasionata" piano sonata [1st movement] with Lang Lang; and then watch on another video Maestro Barenboim's performance of the complete Appasionata Sonata that has 3 movements: 1. Allegro Assai; 2. Andante con moto; and 3. Allegro ma non troppo - presto.

Daniel Barenboim Masterclass on Beethoven Piano Sonata #23 with Lang Lang [#1]:

Daniel Barenboim Masterclass on Beethoven Piano Sonata #23 with Lang Lang [#2]:

Daniel Barenboim Masterclass on Beethoven Piano Sonata #23 with Lang Lang [#3]:

Daniel Barenboim Masterclass on Beethoven Piano Sonata #23 with Lang Lang [#4]:

L.Van Beethoven: Piano Sonata #23 in F-minor, "Appasionata":

Friday, August 18, 2017

Heather Heyer's Mom Won't Speak To Trump After What He Said

Hat/Tip: John Berman, CNN.

On Friday morning, August 18, 2017, Robin Roberts of ABC's Good Morning America had an interview with Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed by the neo-Nazi terrorist in Charlottesville, VA. 

As you can imagine it was a very emotional interview and Heather's Mom spoke from the heart.  She gives the reason she will not speak with the president and she also gives a recommendation to the president going forward: "Think before you speak."  

Clip of Robin Roberts interview with Susan Bro - August 18, 2017:

The only thing I may quibble with is when Heather's Mom told the president to think before he speaks. The scary thing is, I think he [the president] actually is thinking [in his mind] before he speaks, but this stuff still comes out of his mouth.

R.I.P.  Heather Heyer
God Bless Susan Bro and may Heather Heyer rest in peace.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This First Pitch Gives New Definition To Throwing Junk

John Berman - CNN morning host
Hat/Tip: Hugh Hewitt who mentioned this video on his morning radio show; and to CNN Host John Berman who I must give credit to the quip I used in the title of this post that the following video should be called "throwing junk".

I love baseball, and just one of the reasons is for its many long held traditions.  One of those traditions is having some different citizen/fan/celebrity, etc. throw out "the first pitch", before the game starts.   

I've seen many funny things happen during that first pitch ceremony, but what happened last night [Wed.-Aug. 16, 2017] in Fenway Park in Boston in a game between the Red Sox and Cardinals tops them all.  I am certainly not making fun of the fan of the Red Sox who threw out the first pitch, Jordan Leandre, who is a 17 year old courageous cancer survivor, just at the results of the pitch,  just a little bit outside.

Thanks to John Berman who I first heard say this, 
This First Pitch Gives New Definition To "Throwing Junk":

Jordan, I don't care if you can pitch or not, you are still a hero of mine for what you went through surviving cancer as a young child.  Bless You! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

President Trump's Approval Hits A New Low

I predicted, in this post, during the 2016 presidential election, that because Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were the two most disapproved and disliked candidates running for president in history, whoever won would become the most disapproved [in poll numbers] president [during their four year term] overall since polling began. 

While we are only into the 7th month of this presidents first term in office, I believe the Real Clear Politics polling averages are starting to support my hypothesis. The President's highest approval average in these 7 months was on Feb. 4, 2017 at 46%.  On that day he also enjoyed the lowest negative spread of approval at -2.3%.  It has been downhill ever since, where today, August 15, 2017, Donald Trump has reached a new low approval rating of a dangerous 37.3%.

Real Clear Politics: August 15, 2017; President's approval rating average numbers:

At the same time the president's approval has reached a new low, his disapproval has reached a new high of 57.7%, nearly 6 in 10 Americans.  

The low in approval and high in disapproval number translates to a new low spread of -20.4%

Real Clear Politics: August 15, 2017 graph of spread between approval vs disapproval:
The red line is disapproval for President Trump and the black line is approval
I know when I report these numbers many of the Trump supporters will immediately say, 'fake news; these are the same polls that were so wrong in the 2016 presidential election.' But as I have pointed out in this post, "The Myth of the Bogus National Polls", that is a myth that the average of "national polls" were so far off. The final Real Clear Politics average of the national polls predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the national vote by 3 % and she ended up winning by 2%. 

So, while some of the individual state polls were off and most of the pundit predictions of the election results were off, the average of the national polls was amazingly close once again as displayed in Real Clear Politics.

That is why the low poll approval rating of the president, which has reached an even new low, should be disturbing to the Republican Party.