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A notable birthday today, October 7. Yo Yo Ma.


Ma plays the cello during the "Presentation of the Crystal Award" at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2008.


Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris on October 7, 1955, to Chinese parents. His mother, Marina Lu, was a singer, and his father, Hiao-Tsiun Ma, was a violinist and professor of music. His family moved to New York when he was five years old. Ma began his musical career on the violin and viola before mastering the cello. He studied music at Julliard School in New York, and later completed his studies at Harvard University.

So many wonderful recordings. Just go to YouTube and enter Yo Yo Ma. You won’t run out of choices for a very long time.

This is still my favorite though.

Somebody out there likes my poem.

A little bragging today. 🙂 A fellow blogger thought enough of something I sent to post it on her blog.


I am too klutzy I am sure to ever actually successfully maneuver a real Tango, but I can at least listen and write about it. The poem came from an Al Young(California Poet Laureate May 2005)  poetry workshop. He put on a CD of Yo Yo Ma playing tango (Soul of the Tango) and asked us to write down whatever the music elicited from us.

My poem, Tango, was the result.

Cafe girl’s blog is a great read. All kinds of things from the sights and sounds (musicians) of Montreal, memories of friends and family, to advice on what not to believe even if you hear it in several languages, to … yes, learning the Tango.

Here’s another tango link if you are interested in the history of the dance.