December 20, 2011

A musical holiday greeting

And now, the explanation.
As promised in the video, here’s why I chose to play this song this year.
First off, the piece is called Prelude (Preludio) in C Minor, and it was written by the superb Paraguayan guitarist and composer Augustin Barrios Mangoré.

But, why this song?
Well here’s why…
Toward the end of my book, there’s a chapter that see Charles wandering aimlessly through the park. He’s devastated–events at the office took a cruel turn–and and he’s feeling sorry for himself. Really sorry for himself.
Waiting with increasing impatience for Fay to arrive, Charles has his iPod with him, and there’s  one song—one soulful, wistful lament—that his iPod is playing, in and endless loop, over and over again.

Yes, you guessed it, Barrios’ Prelude in C Minor is that song.
It’s a gorgeous piece of music, and it’s one I’ll never grow tired of.
And just like Charles who listens to it over and over, I don’t think I’ll ever stop practicing it, over and over, in the hopes of, one day, perfecting it.

And so, there you go. That’s why I chose the song, I hope you enjoyed it, my 2011 Musical Holiday Greeting.
Now, before I go, let me, once more, wish each of you a wonderful holiday season and a super 2012!

So you wanna be a musician?
Oh, one more thing! I’d like to take a quick moment to put in a plug for my guitar teacher, Chris McCourt.
Seven or eight years ago, Chris introduced me to classical guitar music and, for the last seven or eight years, Chris has demonstrated the patience of Job as I work at coaxing (I hope!) ever less painful sounds from this wonderful instrument called the nylon-string guitar.
And so…
If you’d like to learn music, and if you’re in Ottawa, get in touch with the McCourts—Chris for guitar lessons and Janet for piano and voice. Just click here to visit their website.

Thank you and talk soon!


Comments (13)

  1. December 20, 2011
    Gwen McCauley said...

    Hey Mike – Wow, what a difference a year makes! Fantastic selection. Also, I love your new website.

  2. December 20, 2011
    Peter Lawrence said...

    H Mike,
    Well done.
    Very peaceful and haunting.
    Best to you and yours.

  3. December 20, 2011
    Patti Pokorchak said...

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family Mike!

    Hope all is well with you. Lovely music, it is a quite haunting melody and you play it well as it looks quite complicated.

  4. December 21, 2011

    Thank you all for your kind comments. Hmmm, maybe from now on I’ll stick to classical pieces!

  5. December 21, 2011
    Diane Forrester said...

    Hi Mike:

    That was beautiful. I’m a piano lover so I’d love to hear or even play that on the piano.

    Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2012 to you and your family.

  6. December 21, 2011
    Laurie Hogan said...

    Really, really pretty. Well done! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. December 21, 2011

    Thanks Laurie, appreciate it.

  8. December 21, 2011

    I’m sure it would sound great on the piano.

  9. December 22, 2011
    Michael Garvin said...

    Doreen sent your wonderful greeting to me. Great job,nice explanation and your playing is fantastic. I am envious. Merry Christmas Mike, Cheers.

  10. December 23, 2011

    Thanks Michael,much appreciated!
    And listen, no need to be envious. It’s amazing what a lessons and steady practice will accomplish.

    All the best!

  11. December 23, 2011
    sunny said...

    it’s great…didn’t know how talent you are….merry christmas and have a awesome new year.

  12. December 28, 2011
    Nic Di Lauro said...

    Hey Mike, Nice playing. Thanks for the holiday wishes
    and Happy Holidays to you.

  13. December 30, 2011

    Thanks Nic. Hope to see you soon.

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