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Jess Gillam, saxophonist, 19

Le 11 août 2017, 05:36 dans Humeurs 0

I didn’t grow up around classical music. Mum and Dad own a tea room in Ulverston and used to play Classic FM and Smooth Classics for Babies – to keep the customers calm, Dad would joke, but I’d always ask him to turn it off.


When I was 11 I went on a saxophone course and was exposed to a variety of classical music and started to love it, the sheer power, the emotion, and from that moment on it became what I wanted to do. Dad is a drummer and used to play in an indie band and I worried about “coming out” to him: “I want to play soprano [the sax that most classical music is written for] and I’m going to go into classical music.” I remember his face just dropped. 


My mum says when she was a kid watching the Proms or BBC Young Musician on TV she felt it was for a select group of people, not her. When I was part of the competition – a category winner in 2014 and the runner-up in 2016 - my friends all watched and many of them said to me, with surprise, how much they enjoyed it. Sometimes my life must seem a bit alien to them – they can’t really relate to how much practice I need to do and how disciplined I need to be.


It’s a challenge we all face today, getting younger audiences interested. People have preconceptions about what a concert is, that they won’t be welcome, or worry that they won’t know the etiquette. Provision for music education in schools is nowhere near enough. Music is part of how we’ve expressed ourselves for centuries. Why isn’t it a core subject like history or maths? It’s part of who we are.


The sax is a chameleon instrument, and I play soul music and jazz as well. I don’t think barriers between genres are helpful. I’d like to keep as many doors open as possible – top of my wishlist of collaborators is Peter Gabriel: his New Blood orchestral album is incredible. So long as something emotionally connects or moves you then it’s music and worth engaging with.


We’re lucky that the internet makes music so accessible today. You don’t have to buy CDs or go to concerts to hear it, and I love how I can collaborate with other musicians wherever they are, watch a rehearsal via Skype, work on and share MP3s; My social media presence is an important part of my identity as a musician. In fact it’s vital – you need to appeal to people offstage and on.


But the most important thing is to be yourself and play music that you love. If you don’t love it it’s likely the audience won’t either. I feel I’ve been most successful when I’ve moved an audience. I would hate to live in a digital-only world. There’s something about live music and the excitement and wonder of being in a room where it is being created that you can never capture on camera.

The solar-powered Tertill robot keeps weeds in check

Le 24 juillet 2017, 06:40 dans Humeurs 0

Like a weed whacker, the Tertill is more about keeping weeds under control, rather than uprooting them — that would require a lot more sophistication that a $200 robot can provide. Though one of upshot to the product’s slated wheels is that they both till the social and damage smaller weeds while they’re still young reenex.

The Tertill is scheduled to start shipping in May. The company is also planning to extend the device’s functionality, similar to what iRobot has been working on with the Roomba. “There are some additional options we’re looking at for Tertill,” reenex.

MacKean explained, “connecting to in-ground sensors and adding more capabilities to the robot itself to provide greater insight to the gardener about the microclimate in their garden, connectivity to automated sprinkler systems to provide greater control, and additional methods of defining the robot’s boundary.” reenex.

I will persist. I will win.

Le 19 juillet 2017, 05:55 dans Humeurs 0

In the Orient young bulls are tested for the fight arena in a certain manner. Each is brought to the ring and allowed to attack a picador who pricks them with a lance. The bravery of each bull is then rated with care according to the number of times he demonstrates his willingness to charge in spite of the sting of the blade. Henceforth will I recognize that each day I am tested by life in like manner. If I persist, if I continue to try, if I continue to charge forward, I will succeed you beauty hard sell

I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny you beauty hard sell

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner you beauty hard sell

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