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李子恒和小虎队 2010-03-01 21:26:04

最近小虎队又大热, 让我想起他们的音乐制作人李子恒. 年轻的时候一直喜欢他制作的歌曲. 他文学底子厚实, 作词优美, 古典意境自然流露, 不象方文山给周杰伦作词

比如<<青花>>, 总有刻意堆砌之感. 李子恒和许多大牌歌手合作过, 作品有<<牵手>>, 《红尘有你》, 《驿动的心》等等.... 我觉得他是应该和李宗盛齐名的, 只不过他低调得多. 我第一次听说此人的名字是在校园里听到<<秋蝉>>, 再也忘不掉.

既然提到小虎队, 就多说几句.下面他们和红孩儿一起唱<<故事>>, 陈志朋的音色是最好的, 而苏有朋的低音和声不错. 他们的成功不是偶然的. 三人是万中选三, 大牌音乐人为他们量身定做. 更重要的是经记公司确定的健康, 阳光, 励志的发展方向. 公司也很爱护他们三个, 并不为了公司的赢利而误人子弟. 相比现在的一些娱乐公司, 为博出位乱炒作, 毫无道德标准和行为准则, 已经不是用世风日下四个字可以形容的了.

 

 

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过把星妈瘾 2008-06-19 14:56:39

侄女因从中部飞来本地参加一个国际钢琴比赛,让我当了一回星妈.

 

上次见她还是二十年前, 我暑假回家,堂兄一家三口来杭州玩. 因四五岁光景,白净可爱, 刚开始学琴.见她有空就拿出一长白纸条,上面画满了黑白键盘. 她胖呼呼的小手指在纸条上跳来跳去,练习弹钢琴.以后的二十年里,我随大流地完成了从女学生到中年妇女的转变, 不时听到关于因的消息; 因考上上音附小了, 出国比赛了,进了音乐学院了….拿到奖学金来美国了.

 

终于见到因了. 接下来的一个多星期,我喜孜孜地开车送她去抽签, 去练琴,去比赛. 第一轮的比赛她抽在第二天. 我陪她去看了第一天的比赛. 我外行一个地坐在那儿,只觉得个个都弹得不错. 因笑嘻嘻地说怎么都弹得比我好? 我紧张起来,马上说那我们不看了, 回家吧. 因第二天比赛的时候,我什么忙也帮不上.在后台的门口等她, 见她出来了,也不知该说什么,缺乏做星妈的经验啊! 因反而安慰我说弹完了,没弹错.

 

第一轮的比赛还有第三天,可我要上班去了. 中午吃饭时,因来电话,说她进了第二轮,37人有11人进二轮. 隔天送因去州立大学的琴房练了整一天. 比赛那天,我提前下班,匆匆赶去, 一进门就看见电视屏上因在弹琴,原来正好轮到她. 我看不出好坏,就径直去后台门口等,不一会儿她出来了,笑笑说又完成任务乐. 但中间有弹错. 我心一沉, 连忙说没事, 周末和妹妹们去海边玩吧. 后面还有两位选手,等他们弹完, 我们就开始等评委会讨论,然后宣布进决赛的名单. 等待的时候,不时有听众来和因说多么喜欢她的演奏,有位小年轻跑来说我觉得你弹得最好,应该进前三. 我听了满心欢喜, 但一想到老美的甜嘴,我又警惕地看着小年轻的背影,看他有没有又去和别的选手套近乎.不一会儿又过来俩水暖工模样的人, 夸奖因的弹奏, 说很独特(unique). 我听了又高兴起来, 而后我百无聊赖,翻翻手中的比赛手册,发现水暖工之一原来还是比赛的董事会主席.心如过山车般上下了几回,评委终于露面了.  首先宣布的是鼓励奖,二人中选,没有因. 而后宣布进决赛的三人, 有因和两位帅哥.

 

决赛是和交响乐团合作的. 因最后得第三. 评委主席告诉说因在决赛中弹得最好,但名次是看三轮比赛的总成绩. 我没有去看决赛现场, 这里转贴我们当地报纸的评论吧,显然记者是偏爱因的

 

First up was Tomer Gewirtzman, 18, from Haifa, Israel, currently studying at the Buchman-Mehta Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He\'s tall and skinny, and, just by walking onstage, shyly charismatic, gave a sense of the way he plays: with power, but also a dreamy side, holding something in reserve.

He played Rachmaninoff\'s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, a torrential finger-buster. He is a huge talent: long fingers plying liquid interludes, with a chiming cadenza driving down to leather-punched bass notes, then shimmery trills in the treble. Yet, he seemed a couple of years away from storming the world; his emotional and technical palette needs more shades of color.

For me, the goose-bumps began when Chaoyin Cai, 24, from China and now studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, peeled the opening chords to Rachmaninoff\'s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor: power and beauty! This was conversational playing, at home with the music, and extraordinarily accomplished: many colors and shades, with every phrase beautifully shaped.

She played satin textures or shifted from a whisper to a shout, singing Rachmaninoff\'s big songs. It was electric: She controlled the performance\'s temperature, partnering with the orchestra, which sounded lush and inspired - and, at times, carried away, too loud, drowning out some of Cai\'s passages. Still, I couldn\'t imagine the night getting much better.

For me, as it turns out, it had reached its pinnacle. Not that the final performer, 22-year-old Christopher Falzone, a Philadelphian studying at the Curtis Institute of Music, is some kind of slouch.

He was technically brilliant, mowing down Tchaikovsky\'s billion-noted Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor: those crashing, opening chords, bounding up across six-plus octaves; those flying double-octaves in the cadenza. He nailed all of it, but nailing it seemed the objective: The performance felt too screwed-down.

As he moved toward the finish, I thought, \"This is a no-brainer. Cai takes the gold, followed by Gewirtzman, then Falzone.\"

Then Falzone brought Tchaikovsky to a thundering finish and the audience burst into the night\'s biggest ovation.

Clearly, I was in the minority - and, half an hour later, on a ledge.

Out marched the judges, led by jury president Antonio Pompa-Baldi of the Cleveland Institute, who explained that their decisions were based on the night\'s performances as well as two earlier rounds of solo performances. It had been unanimous, he said,

 

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偷来的鸡丝色拉 2008-06-05 10:42:34

  喝完鸡汤, 碗里总剩着大半的鸡肉没人吃. 几天前看Martin Yan的菜谱, 觉得可以偷一个来加以改造利用.

 

  剔除骨头和鸡皮,鸡脯肉撕成丝,越细越好,不过下班后没什么做饭时间就不要讲究,象个样子就行了. 波斯黄瓜切丝, 波斯黄瓜皮薄,不用去皮,用其他可生吃的蔬菜也行. Mayonnaise 半杯, 加柠檬汁(或白醋), , , 麻油各1 teaspoon , 搅和搅和,倒在鸡丝和黄瓜上, 再搅拌几下就好了.

 

  结果很受欢迎. 意想不到的是痛恨洋饭的婆婆也很爱吃,当然她没看我用什么材料.

这道菜拿来做三明治的陷也不错. 特别推荐给上班妈妈.

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18 Tips for Killer Presentations (ZT) 2008-05-29 10:26:14

Jerry Seinfeld has a skit where he points out that studies show public speaking is a bigger fear than death. That means, he claims, that if you are going to a funeral you are better off in the casket than doing the eulogy. While there isn’t a lot you can do to melt away your anxiety, a the best start is simply to make a better presentation.

Becoming a competent, rather than just confident, speaker requires a lot of practice. But here are a few things you can consider to start sharpening your presentation skills:

  1. 10-20-30 Rule - This is a slideshow rule offered by Guy Kawasaki. This rule states that a powerpoint slide should have no more than 10 slides, last no longer than 20 minutes and have no text less than 30 point font. He says it doesn’t matter whether your idea will revolutionize the world, you need to spell out the important nuggets in a few minutes minutes, a couple slides and a several words a slide.
  2. Be Entertaining - Speeches should be entertaining and informative. I’m not saying you should act like a dancing monkey when giving a serious presentation. But unlike an e-mail or article, people expect some appeal to there emotions. Simply reciting dry facts without any passion or humor will make people less likely to pay attention.
  3. Slow Down - Nervous and inexperienced speakers tend to talk way to fast. Consciously slow your speech down and add pauses for emphasis.
  4. Eye Contact - Match eye contact with everyone in the room. I’ve also heard from salespeople that you shouldn’t focus all your attention on the decision maker since secretaries and assistants in the room may hold persuasive sway over their boss.
  5. 15 Word Summary - Can you summarize your idea in fifteen words? If not, rewrite it and try again. Speaking is an inefficient medium for communicating information, so know what the important fifteen words are so they can be repeated.
  6. 20-20 Rule - Another suggestion for slideshows. This one says that you should have twenty slides each lasting exactly twenty seconds. The 20-20 Rule forces you to be concise and to keep from boring people.
  7. Don’t Read - This one is a no brainer, but somehow Powerpoint makes people think they can get away with it. If you don’t know your speech without cues, that doesn’t just make you more distracting. It shows you don’t really understand your message, a huge blow to any confidence the audience has in you.
  8. Speeches are About Stories - If your presentation is going to be a longer one, explain your points through short stories, quips and anecdotes. Great speakers know how to use a story to create an emotional connection between ideas for the audience.
  9. Project Your Voice - Nothing is worse than a speaker you can’t hear. Even in the high-tech world of microphones and amplifiers, you need to be heard. Projecting your voice doesn’t mean yelling, rather standing up straight and letting your voice resonate on the air in your lungs rather than in the throat to produce a clearer sound.
  10. Don’t Plan Gestures - Any gestures you use need to be an extension of your message and any emotions that message conveys. Planned gestures look false because they don’t match your other involuntary body cues. You are better off keeping your hands to your side.
  11. “That’s a Good Question” - You can use statements like, “that’s a really good question,” or “I’m glad you asked me that,” to buy yourself a few moments to organize your response. Will the other people in the audience know you are using these filler sentences to reorder your thoughts? Probably not. And even if they do, it still makes the presentation more smooth than um’s and ah’s littering your answer.
  12. Breathe In Not Out - Feeling the urge to use presentation killers like ‘um,’ ‘ah,’ or ‘you know’? Replace those with a pause taking a short breath in. The pause may seem a bit awkward, but the audience will barely notice it.
  13. Come Early, Really Early - Don’t fumble with powerpoint or hooking up a projector when people are waiting for you to speak. Come early, scope out the room, run through your slideshow and make sure there won’t be any glitches. Preparation can do a lot to remove your speaking anxiety.
  14. Get Practice - Join Toastmasters and practice your speaking skills regularly in front of an audience. Not only is it a fun time, but it will make you more competent and confident when you need to approach the podium.
  15. Don’t Apologize - Apologies are only useful if you’ve done something wrong. Don’t use them to excuse incompetence or humble yourself in front of an audience. Don’t apologize for your nervousness or a lack of preparation time. Most audience members can’t detect your anxiety, so don’t draw attention to it.
  16. Do Apologize if You’re Wrong - One caveat to the above rule is that you should apologize if you are late or shown to be incorrect. You want to seem confident, but don’t be a jerk about it.
  17. Put Yourself in the Audience - When writing a speech, see it from the audiences perspective. What might they not understand? What might seem boring? Use WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) to guide you.
  18. Have Fun - Sounds impossible? With a little practice you can inject your passion for a subject into your presentations. Enthusiasm is contagious.
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女儿拱猪 2008-04-29 15:15:20

 

昨天吃完晚饭,照例弹完钢琴, 大女儿阿呆缠着老爸说要打牌.问打什么牌, 她回答说拱猪. 我一愣, 想她在哪儿学的呀. 阿呆回答说是在中文学校同学教的. 怪不得呢,我想起来了. 今天下班去中文学校接阿呆阿淘, 阿呆平时此时都是满脸沙土地在沙坑里刨地, 今天却和几个年龄相仿的女生坐在阴凉地嘴里吆喝什么, 女孩们见了我还扫兴地大叫:让我们玩完这一盘! 敢情那时正拱猪拱得欢呢.

 

老公一听女儿要拱猪, 笑嘻嘻立马拿牌开打, 我问阿呆学校里谁打得最好,她回答阿灵最棒,因为她回家天天打”.  老公开心地说,这可好了,以后开Party,大人一桌,小孩一桌,多热闹. 我每月掏银子送女儿学中文, 字没认几个, 却学会拱猪了. 中国文化竟是这样传承的阿,也不错
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