Time flies, or just being lazy. いつの間にか、又は怠け者の自分


December passed quickly without giving me a chance to update this blog.
No. Actually, I did have several opportunities and things to write.
I just didn't feel like writing, and let it pass.
Now, as 2018 is nearing its close, I should put down a summary of the past month, at least.

I've given a lot of of time --to my standard-- to practicing violin for our concert next month.  Our sessions have been quite inspiring and interesting thanks to our conductor.  I still struggle with the music, but, the most difficult part is concentration.  Hopefully, I'll make enough preparations so I can keep myself focused on the music for the duration of the concert.

I saw 3 movies related to Argentina this month---two of them on tango.
The first one was "Milongueros-- El Compas de Buenos Aires-- produced and directed by dancers Rika Fukuda and Jose Luis Ferraro.  It records testimonies of milongueros who know the golden era of tango first hand.  Rika and Jose Luis made this movie out of sense of crisis that legendary maetros are passing quickly, and we'll never be able to learn from their experience soon.  They had no background in film making, but their passion for the theme and sense of mission led to a very find result.  I really appreciate their efforts in making this movie come true.  It was shown only for a limited period of time in Tokyo and Kansai, but I'm sure it will be cherished and viewed widely for a long time into the future.

The second movie was "Piazzolla--- the Years of the Shark."  It told the life of Astor Piazzolla from the viewpoint of his son.  It sheds light on private aspect of the great composer-bandoneonista through testimonies of his son and the late daughter.  The movie is given a Japanese title which means "Libertango Forever."  It's probably because Libertango is the most popular piece by Piazzolla in Japan.  But I don't think it was a good choice for the movie of this title. 

The third movie was ”El Ultimo Traje." It's about a Jewish man who escaped the Holocaust to live in Buenos Aires travels to Poland after 70 years to visit his best friend.  The Holocaust, how it affects survivors today, how their families live today... those scenes make your heart ache, but at the same time, the movie depicts how people can reconcile through reaching out to each other. 

I celebrated Christmas Eve at one of the churches in the city that gave a candle light service. (My church no longer does that.)
It was a good service with lots of scripture reading and music, ending with Handel's Hallelujah chorus.  Surprisingly, I could hit high A quite easily, which made me feel really good.

New Year's is one of the biggest day of celebration in Japan, but customarily families that lost someone in the past year refrain from celebrating. 
So, I'll be spending the New Year holidays quietly, doing some chores that I have kept procrastinating.






作詞と歌 林部智史 作曲 マシコタツロウ 「あの頃のままに」

 哀しみは時間(とき)を経て すべて癒えはしないけど
 耐えてゆけ 生きてゆけ 潰されそうな日も

 悔しさは時間を経て すべて消えはしないけど
 耐えてゆけ 生きてゆけ 涙を拭きながら

 思い出は時間を経て 決して消えはしないから
 春を越え 冬を越え 哀しみも越えてゆけ