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  1. Happy Birthday to Alon Tsin

    A very, very happy birthday. May all your wishes, hopes and ambitions come to fruition. Be safe, healthy... I'm trying to translate that Israeli greeting "Osher, yosher, briut ve kosher" (Happiness, pleasure, health, and fitness?) And most importantly, may you fill the Biblical commandment of "Be fruitful and multiply" (lol) From your oldest (I'm pretty sure) friend, the forum's other Alon.
  2. Here is my photograph collection. I thought I'd share it with fellow history buffs. The focus of my collection is twofold, one is the early 20th century and the other dedicated solely to Winston Churchill. Only the former is presently online. Hope you enjoy it.
  3. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Tell me not in mournful numbers, "Life is but an empty dream!" For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; "Dust thou art, to dust returnest," Was not spoken of the soul. Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each to-morrow Find us further than to-day. Art is long, and Time is fleeting, And our hearts, though stout and brave, Still, like muffled drums, are beating Funeral marches to the grave. In the world's broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life, Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife! Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant! Let the dead Past bury its dead! Act -- act in the living Present! Heart within, and God o'erhead! Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time; Footprints, that perhaps another, Sailing o'er life's solemn main, A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, Seeing, shall take heart again. Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labour and to wait.
  4. To give context to my question, I have been singing opera (not professionally) for a number of years and am looking to explore what potential and career opportunities I may have. I also recently took up the violin and have been an avid classical music listener all my life. Do the same general principles of aesthetics of art apply equally to music? Is there such a thing as objectivity in music as there is in art? I am certain that there is a connection between the the two: for example, the philosophy of the age of the Enlightenment and the giants of music who lived during the period, perhaps the greatest composers that ever lived. Also, if anyone can offer a recommendation, I am looking for a good text on the philosophy of music.