Music and Software on Canada Day

On this Canada Day, after visiting two locations to take part in the festivities, I wrapped up this BF day with music. I attended a performance by Michelle Mares, with her Chopin Etudes, Opus 25 by Frédéric Chopin, at the University of Victoria. Michelle introduced each of the twelve pieces, explained each one, then performed it. Her performance and interpretations reinforced that music is so subjective, like computer programming and software creation.

A composer writes a piece, and will annotate how it is to be played. A musician interprets and plays the piece with a personal style. A programmer will write a program, or snippets of code. Another programmer, or a coder or designer, will interpret that code to create something new, often in a way not intended by or conceived by, the creator.

Amy Lee or Katherine Jenkins – Which Singer Do You Prefer, and Why?

I am a big fan of Amy Lee of Evanescence – such a passionate and intense singer! What a powerful voice! I often lip sync or sing to her music before I do public speaking.

Two of my favourites are Going Under and Bring Me To Life. Today while viewing Bring Me To Life on Youtube I came upon that same song performed by Katherine Jenkins. What a coincidence! I was introduced to Katherine Jenkins a week before while watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special: A Christmas Carol. What an incredible voice Katherine Jenkins has! Such melody and soothing sounds in Abigails Song!

Let’s compare these two powerful singers and their beautiful voices side by side on the same song:

Amy Lee:

Katherine Jenkins:

Though Katherine Jenkins has a smoother and nicer voice than Amy Lee, she lacks the emotion, the feeling, the intensity. I prefer the raw emotion of Amy Lee.

Psy’s Gangnam Style and the end of the World on Friday December 21, 2012.

No, it isn’t happening, the supposed prediction from Nostradamus that when Psy’s video reaches one billion viewers, the world will end. It was all invented, as reported at GMA News: admits to ‘inventing’ end of the world prophecy involving Gangnam style. It isn’t even a hoax, because there was no intent to deceive. It will be great if the video reaches one billion views on Friday, December 21st, 2012, the day some talkaloti conspiracy theorists say that because the Mayan calendar ends, the world would end. You would have to be living in a cave not to know that – it is all over the media. Or maybe you are living in a cave because you are stocked up with food and supplies for whatever cataclysm overtakes us.

I was about ten years old when I first heard of that date on the Mayan calendar, and thought it would be fascinating to spend the day at an ancient Mayan Temple, perhaps waiting for the aliens to return – that is one interpretation, that the Mayan gods will return. That means: the aliens are coming! That would be fun.

Instead, I will help Psy get to 1,000,000,000 views. I showed his video at my Toastmasters group today, and sent the YouTube link to my BNI group. I am doing my part. Nice catchy song, interesting video. Shallow but sure is entertaining. For your enjoyment, and to make it easier for me to find the video, here is a link to Psy’s Gangnam Style on YouTube, and embedded here. As of this embedding, the count is 971,518,818: