Felicitations Joannie Rochette!

What a beautiful performance that was last night!  Watching via a live feed on ctvolympics.ca, I soon found myself enthralled in her poise, grace, and the raw emotion of the evening. All of Canada seemed to have been pulling for young Joannie.  Hailing from the small island, Ile Dupas, this young girl proved even in the smallest of communities can come the truest of champions. Especially in light of tragedy.

Her courage, and inner strength to continue with the competition, after the sudden death of her mother is a true testament in itself. The breathtakingly beautiful skating, both in the long and short programs, was captivating. Joannie, you now hold a bronze medal in your hands. To Canada, you are a true gold star. You make Canada proud.

Interview with Michael McGlynn of Anúna

First I would like to extend my profound thanks to Mr. McGlynn for granting my interview request, amidst a very busy schedule. Anúna is a chamber choral group, founded by McGlynn. Surpassing twenty years now, the group continues their unique style of performing. As a fan myself, I found myself pondering questions about Anúna’s background story.

1.What inspired you, to create Anúna?

I started singing in choir at the age of 19, and I couldn’t believe how beautiful, the sound of the music, I was singing, was. So I felt it might be something worth doing to set up my own group, and pursue some of the ideas I had come across over the years I had sung in a choir. I wanted to create a voice for Irish choral music, and create a voice that could perform my own music too.

2.Anúna was once involved in Riverdance. What made you decide to leave Riverdance?

It was decided to pull Anúna out of Riverdance, to keep the integrity and focus of the direction I wanted to take the group.

3. Are you happy with the success of Anúna? Would you change anything,, ie.. decisions you have made or not made?

I don’t think anyone should regret decisions they make. I’ve been very lucky that I have always been aware of my motivations and my reasons for doing things.

4.Having seen one of the DVDs Anúna has made, has the group always been laid back and personable with their audiences?

In one word, yes. That’s part of what we do. What you see is what you get, how we sing is who we are.

5. What is a typical performance like?

I think people come along with preconceptions of choral music and choirs, and then they see Anúna. Then all their preconceptions are thrown out the window The thing that most fulfils me, is the amount of choirs that adapt parts of what Anúna does to what they do.

6.Where do you envision Anúna being in ten years?

I don’t envision it changing that much. Probably I will change more than Anúna. Ten years at any job, might be nine years too long, so who knows I may not be involved in ten years.

7. You’re a composer as well. Where do you find inspiration, for the music compositions you write?

I’m primarily a composer. As Director of Anúna, that’s actually a minor part of what I do. I suppose the inspirations are from just living life. I don’t think any composer can exist outside the reality of life. I do think being a composer is a job, and many composers forget that. That said, I do know some of the music I write has had a profound effect on people, and I am grateful that is the case.

8. What do you do, during any spare time?

I have lots of spare time, sometimes, and other times none at all.  I have two small children, so we’re always doing things.  I ride horses, a lot, and I really enjoy that. I walk a lot, and like rugby.  Reading, and I like watching rubbish on TV. It has to be rubbish.

Born to be a Journalist

Why be a journalist? Isn’t the journalism world slowly dying; disintegrating and shrinking till there will soon be nothing left? True some might think this is the future of journalism, yet I however do not.

I still remember my childhood around the television set.  Then it was primarily my parents who watched the news on TV. As an impressionable child I did not have any real understanding of the news. What I focused on then, was the meteorologist’s funny jokes, stories and antics. Bill Matheson was, and is still, a legend.  Growing up though, I began to take different meaning from watching news on TV, reading a newspaper, or listening to news blurbs on radio. I now can understand the various news stories.  Well most of them; sports is still a foreign subject for me.

It is my firm belief; everyone has a story to tell.  I’d like to someday tell some of those stories. As I prepare myself for applying to a university Journalism program, I feel the hunger and passion in me ready to come forth. I am ready to share with the world, the news of each day. The woes, the triumphs; the challenges and exultations, I want to share it all.

Un-olympic Blog Entry

The Olympics officially are underway. You’re now thinking I’m going to drone on and on about the opening ceremonies. Instead I’d like to bring to people’s attention, an organization I’ve just begun to learn about. Chinookwinds Greyhound Rescue. Their aim is the promotion of greyhounds and why they make great pets. Also they help facilitate adoption of retired racing greyhounds. To date, they have found homes for over 900 greyhounds.

For owners, they can provide assistance in leash training, safety caring for their greyhounds, and advice with a myriad of problems that could arise. This is accomplished through home visits, which take about an hour or longer if needed.  Also, they have a 24/7 lost dog phone number should your greyhound become lost.

Chinookwinds Greyhound Rescue participates in parades three to four times a year, and mall events as well. They arrange media events meet and greets and Fun runs. The fun runs being a way for greyhound owners to meet and talk about their pets, and the breed in general. Most recently the CGR participated in PetSmart’s annual Adoptathon on February 13, 2010.

They have representatives in Red Deer, Edmonton, Calgary, Manitoba, and Vancouver.

For more information, please visit http://www.chinookwindsgreyhounds.org/index.htm