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The Diva Dance

Talented Opera Singer Masters the Impossible “Diva Dance” Song

The Fifth Element is one of my  favorite movies. I was thrilled when I discovered that My Modern Met had an interesting article about The Diva Dance, an otherworldly song performed in the movie by an alien opera singer called Diva Plavalaguna. 

It seems that the composer Eric Serra had written the song so that it wouldn’t be possible for a singer to hit some of the high notes so quickly after another. The original song was performed in the movie by the Albanian opera singer Inva Mula-Tchako, and she had to sing those high notes individually; then they were arranged digitally.

Jane Zhang, a Chinese opera singer, took on the challenge and hit all notes without computer help. Listen to her amazing performance, it’ll give you goosebumps!

And here’s the (digitally enhanced) original.

Haiku Tuesday: Moon-Viewing At My Hut

The Moon

Oh, glorious moon! I strolled

Around the pond all night long.

by Basho

Translation by Asataro Miyamori

Acquainted With The Night

Acquainted with the Night

I have been one acquainted with the night.

I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.

I have outwalked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.

I have passed by the watchman on his beat

And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet

When far away an interrupted cry

Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;

And further still at an unearthly height,

One luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right. 

I have been one acquainted with the night.

Robert Frost, Acquainted With The Night

Fire and Ice

Plateau Rosa Glacier

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

Robert Frost, Fire and Ice

How To Be An Artist

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A few weeks ago I’ve stumbled over an interesting article about art and artists, How to Be an Artist, by Jerry Saltz, the New York Magazine art critic. The whole article lists thirty-three points and is worth reading in full. I have inserted below a few points that resonated with me. Especially the last one. LOL.

  • Tell your own story and you will be interesting.
  • Your skill will be whatever it is you’re doing differently.
  • Writers need editors.* No exceptions.
  • Life is your syllabus: gather from everywhere.
  • The best definition of success is time - the time to do your work.
  • Be delusional: I have one solution to turn away these demons: After beting yourself up for half an hour or so, stop and say out ljud, ”Yeah, but I’m a fucking genius”.

* My comment: definitely; it’s sufficient to compare Andy Weir’s ”The Martian” (self-published) and ”Artemis”. QED.

I love Science-Fiction and I did read the whole  ”Martian”. But I wished all the time for an editor. I almost grabbed a pen and started editing myself.

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