July 8th, 2009
|08:03 pm - My newest hat: Celtic Arts & Culture Examiner!|
I am now the official National Celtic Arts & Culture Examiner on Examiner.com! Come visit my site and find out what's happening in the world of Celtic entertainment:
Celtic Arts & Culture on Examiner.com
June 5th, 2009
|08:13 am - "Home"|
Please watch this tonight. It's the only home we have, and we need to know what we're doing to it:
For more information, click HERE.
March 21st, 2009
March 7th, 2009
|10:17 pm - Asking trees their names|
Found this last night in a book I'm currently reading, Vanishing Voices: the Extinction of the World's Languages by Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine. The concept of a language that's designed to grow with the ecosystem in which it is spoken just blew my mind. Made me think of something Tolkien's elves would have done:
"In the Native American language, Micmac, trees are named for the sound the wind makes when it blows through them during the autumn, about an hour after sunset when the wind always comes from a certain direction. Moreover, these names are not fixed but change as the sound changes. If an elder remembers, for example, that a certain stand of trees used to be called by a particular name 75 years ago but is now called by another, these terms can be seen as scientific markers for the effects of acid rain over that time period."
March 2nd, 2009
|04:19 pm - Youtube Symphony update-- GREAT news!!! :)|
I want to sincerely thank everyone who voted, sent words of encouragement, or even just watched my entry videos. Today, I am thrilled to announce that......
I WON A SPOT IN THE YOUTUBE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND AM GOING TO CARNEGIE HALL IN APRIL!!!! YAY!!
You can see the various winners here: http://www.youtube.com/user/symphony?blend=1&ob=0
and learn more about this brilliant and innovative project here: http://in.sys-con.com/node/860361
Anybody who lives in the general east-coast area and is interested in seeing the live performance, tickets are available via the Carnegie Hall box office at:
I really wish I could get you guys comp tickets, but this being Carnegie, it seems they are pretty strict about that sort of thing. :(
Anyway, thanks again!! I'm incredibly excited about this, and I couldn't have done it without YOU!
All the best,
Current Mood: excited
February 14th, 2009
|11:56 am - Youtube Symphony contest- please vote for me!|
Dear LJ friends,
I hope you are all enjoying your Valentine's Day, and the lovely 3-day weekend ahead of us! I'm writing to ask a small favor which I hope you will also find interesting:
Youtube has come up with an amazing new project, called the Youtube Symphony Orchestra. Tan Dun, the composer who scored the film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", has written a new symphony called (surprise!) "Youtube Symphony No. 1". The contest has encouraged musicians from all over the world to submit videos of themselves playing their own instrument's part of the symphony, as well as videos of other classical repertoire to show off their skills. Ultimately, the winners will be featured in an electronic "mash-up" video, which will fit all the parts together forming the world's first international online collaborative orchestra! BUT, even cooler, about 80 to 100 winners from across the globe will be selected to meet each other in person at Carnegie Hall to give a live performance of the symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas!!!! A judging panel from the London Symphony has been reviewing the entries so far, and I've made it to the second round! That's where YOU come in.... I need you to please take a moment to vote for me. :)
You will only be able to vote if you are a registered user of Youtube. (If you are not registered, I do not want you to feel obligated to register just for this if you aren't comfortable doing so. But if you do want to register, it's quite easy: http://www.youtube.com/signup
Here's how to vote for me:
1. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/symphony?blend=1
2. Click the "Vote" tab at the top of the page.
3. Type my name as SamanthaGillogly (all one word) in the "search" box just above all the little thumbnail videos, and hit "Go" to find me.
4. You will see a video thumbnail with my picture, entitled "Youtube Symphony: Mozart & Beethoven Excerpts". Click on that and it should start playing.
5. Please vote for me by clicking on the green "thumbs-up" symbol. Remember, you can only vote for me once per day! More votes than that will be disqualified. Youtube defines a day as "a series of 24-hour periods beginning on February 14, 2009 at 12:00:01 AM ET and ending at 11:59:59 PM ET on February 22, 2009".
The public voting part is very important, and after this week, Michael Tilson Thomas himself is supposed to do a final review of the top-voted videos to select who will make the final cut. I would sooo appreciate your support in this!!
Many many thanks,
Current Mood: hopeful
January 20th, 2009
|05:34 pm - "Our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness."|
Students and faculty crowd around the television at the Berklee College of Music student union to witness President Obama's inauguration:
Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero, and Anthony McGill perform a John Williams arrangement of "Air and Simple Gifts". I cried as I watched this:
Just to reiterate a comment I posted elsewhere, which I later realized best sums up what this day meant to me:
Today I got to stand in a room full of artists of every imaginable ethnicity and nationality, as we watched poetry and music being used to celebrate the ideals that regard all citizens of the earth with fairness and compassion. This gave me tremendous hope that it's still not too late for us to create a more beautiful world.
Current Mood: hopeful
January 11th, 2009
|10:00 pm - Taking the airwaves by storm! (part IV)|
Most recent web radio network to add me to their playlist:
You can hear my music on their "Celtic Moon" station.
January 9th, 2009
|07:07 pm - "New" Tolkien book to be published this spring|
YES!!! (*manic glint of nerdiness*)
HarperCollins is to publish a new book by the late Lord of the Rings author J R R Tolkien. The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, edited and introduced by Tolkien’s son Christopher, will be published in hardback in May 2009.
The previously unpublished work was written while Tolkien was professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University during the 1920s and '30s, before he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The publication will make available for the first time Tolkien’s extensive retelling in English narrative verse of the epic Norse tales of Sigurd the Völsung and the Fall of the Niflungs.
Christopher Tolkien edited Tolkien's most recent title The Children of Húrin in 2007.
Further details about the contents of the book will be revealed closer to publication.
Current Mood: giddy
January 5th, 2009
|06:01 pm - At long last... TOUR PHOTOS ARE ALL UP!!|
Told you I'd get around to it eventually!
You can see them all here: viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm