“Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”

The Inspiration

Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

One of my friends from high school was inspired to start Picture Peace! His thought was the same through photography.  Here is the link. Please check it out. Bill would like people to share photos of what peace means to them.

(H/T Bill Ganoe)

Top Secret Drum Corps At Edinburgh Military Tattoo

These men sacrifice all of their free time to be accepted into the Drum Corps, and they practice every single day.  As you will see in this video — not only is their performance brilliant, it is breathtakingly flawless.   There are no words to describe their talent, I guess magnificent will have to do.

The Top Secret Drum Corps is based in Basel, Switzerland.  It consists of 25 drummers and flag twirlers, the precision drum corps became an international sensation after performing a challenging six-minute routine  at the Edinburgh Tattoo in 2003.

Since its success in 2003, Top Secret was invited to return to Edinburgh in 2006 with a new and improved routine. Under the leadership of Erik Julliard, the band is also responsible for the founding of the Basel Tattoo, a military tattoo show similar to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, now held annually in Basel.

Top Secret has its roots in the rich drumming traditions of the band’s home city, Basel, Switzerland, which is known for its annual carnival called Fasnacht. The city is said to have over 3,000 active drummers at any one time.

Basel drumming style is militaristic, derived from the military drumming drills of Swiss soldiers dating back the Middle Ages. Top Secret in many ways adheres to the military nature of Basel drumming, but differs in many respects. Its drummers play at a much faster rate. Also, while traditional Basel drumming is somber and favors traditional marching tunes (accompanied by fifes during the Fasnacht), Top Secret’s drumming style is upbeat and playful. Segments of their routines feature a “rhumba”, a drummer’s duel, drumstick juggling, exploding flagpoles, and other humorous details. Perhaps because of their 18th Century uniforms and precision work, the band is often referred to a military band or a part of the Swiss Army, but it is not affiliated with any military unit.

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What is the best concert you ever went to?

Madonna?   Video by edieters.

Or was it a group?

This was the best concert I went to while I was in high school, my senior year!  I had great seats for that concert.  Video by sharrralou.

Don Henley?  A piece of trivia – Don Henley performed “Dirty Laundry” for Mr. & Mrs. Clinton in 1993, for Bill Clinton’s MTV’s Rock ’n’ Roll Inaugural Ball.   This is the video from that event.  Video by TalkLeft.

What is your favorite motorcycle?

This video is by theookie.  It is the 2006 Trackday at Pacific Raceways, the Camera Bike is a 2004 Suzuki GSXR600.  The other motorcycle in this video is a Honda RC51.

The reason I picked this particular video is that it reminds me of the very first time I was ever on a motorcycle.  I was 4 or 5 years-old and my father had a Honda in those days.  He had me seated in front of him – the road ahead  had many  twists and turns.  I remember yelling over the noise of the wind for my father to go faster.  It was that day, with the sun beating down on us, the heat of the asphalt radiating up, and the wind whipping my hair in my face underneath the helmet, I became completely hooked on motorcycles.  The fever was in my blood.

We have three vintage motorcycles.  I bought the first one for my husband on our 6th anniversary, it was a 1979 Kawasaki.  The next one, my husband built from three boxes of parts he bought from a guy that needed money bad.  Our 1980 Kawasaki, took my husband about a year to build.  Finding vintage parts is not always easy.  The last one is a Kawasaki also and needs alot of work, it currently is not running.  We have to replace some parts on it.   I’m partial to Japanese motorcycles, Kawasaki, Suzuki & Hondas.

I’m thinking of buying a Ducati motorcycle, I love the looks of them.  But, I have to check out how they perform.