因为家里有两个"Cars"super fans,我也一起听这首歌。Nice song, cute movie!!

Life's like a road that you travel on
there's one day here and the next day gone
Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand
Sometimes you turn your back to the wind

There's a world outside every darkened door
Where blues won't haunt you anymore
Where the brave are free and lovers soar
Come ride with me to the distant shore

......

Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I wanna drive it all night long


琵琶,二胡,笛子 6/06/2007 23:47
很美的曲子。虽然以前也觉得琵琶好听,但是真的好象年龄越大越能欣赏琵琶的妙处乐牛





虽然事情已经过去几天了,还是感到震撼。或者更确切地说,就是因为过了几天,才真正sink in乐。今天一整天即使很忙,还是情不自禁地想,想起他们的样子,他们说的话。自己试图给自己一些distraction:apparently...that didn't work。第一次这样近距离接触,面对面听他们的生活,讲他们的故事,比以前所有电视上或者书上看来的都要powerful得多。那么真实地感觉到,他们是和每个人一样的人。他们只有deal with it, from one day to the next. 公平吗?肯定不公平。Nobody deserves this. 其中那个约翰的话,乍一听像是in total denial, 回过头去想,他其实,是个强者。这就是所谓refuse to be victimized吧!

也许和天气有关。这讨厌的雨。
好友 6/02/2007 23:06
这次出差最高兴的就是去看了玲一家,见到了她的老二,还不到四个月的胖乎乎的小家伙,长得更像她,而四岁的老大仍旧是他爸爸的翻版,连那两颗虎牙都如出一辙。玲看上去满脸疲惫,眼睛都挣不开:她也太忙了,全职上班,每天开车来回两个钟头,晚上要起来两三次喂孩子,最近又忙着租房换房,怎么能不累呢。大学那会儿我们三个最要好,我和玲又因为同一个小班,几乎上所有的课都一块儿,还常常一块儿迟到,因此笑称“是一条绳上的蚱蚂”(宿舍里另一个女孩把蚂蚱说成蚱蚂,我们都跟着将错就错啦)。难得有机会去看她,希望她早日从这种忙碌中解放出来,苦尽甘来。

“Rose-lipped maiden, lightfoot lad.” -- 祝福我的朋友。

My Heart Belongs to You 6/01/2007 23:38


















Through the window of my soul
All the secrets that I hold
Will be yours to share for always, always

Like a whisper in the wind
The gentle breeze touches my skin
And I know you re with me always, always

I can feel it in the air
The fire that we share
Can only come from deep within
It s a light that burns so bright
It guides you through the night
And leads you to me
So find your way back

And hold me, touch me
Let the love come rushing through me
I m yours with every breath I take
forever and ever

hold on , to love
cause deep down
That s what we re made of
Never let go for my heart s sake
cause my heart belongs to you

I lie awake to hear you breathe
Only you can feel the need
That builds and burns so deep inside me, inside me

As the moon lights up the sky
There s a thousand reasons why
My heart will only beat for you
You re the reason that I live
So now all I ve got to give
I give it to you
Just don t fight the feeling

Hold me, touch me
Let the love come rushing through me
I m yours with every breath I take
Forever and ever

Hold on, to love
cause deep down
That s what we re made of
Never let go for my heart s sake
cause my heart belongs to you

Don t give up, but just give in
I will always be here waiting for you
Love will see us through

Hold me, touch me
Let the love come rushing through me
I m yours with every breath I take
Forever and ever

Hold on, to love
Cause deep down
That s what we re made of
Never let go for my heart s sake
Cause my heart belongs to you
Summer Snow 5/29/2007 17:24


Breeze (music) 5/28/2007 18:35
老大的中文再有两星期就期末考了,今天和以前一样,每次复习考试最能看出学后面忘前面的现象多严重,让人又气又急。忍不住想提高嗓门,又一想唉早就知道这是必然的,小孩子学中文不易,除了耐心帮他一遍遍地过,没别的办法。好容易告一段落,小家伙是迫不及待地吃snack玩去了,大人也长吐口气,听个歌放松放松。

微风徐徐的夏日午后,正适合听这首《Breeze》, 让人想到带白色栏干的小房子,天花板上缓缓旋转的吊扇,舒适宁静的午后小憩,和一杯清凉的柠檬冰茶。



Heartbeat (music) 5/24/2007 21:38
今天偶然在网上看到这个戒指,好漂亮,简单大方,名字叫做Heartbeat.smile 唉当年结婚的时候有这样的戒指买就好乐。。。现在再去买个婚戒,似乎不大对亚 Laughing Anyway, 这名字让我想起了那首Beat of Your Heart, 还是听歌吧。smile





Carry me away from
this dark and lonely room
Light me in your arms
all I want to know is you
Chase away the darkness
with everything you are
I will find my strengh
in the beat of your heart
Picture book of memories
how we used to be
Some people spend a lifetime
waiting for their dreams
But I won't find the answers
by looking at the stars
I can find my strengh
in the beat of your heart
Time held in our hands
will change into years
gone by
If I can hold on to you
I'll leave all my fears behind
Holding on we drift
like two flowers on the sea
Riding on the waves
letting go of what will be
I won't find the answers
by staring at the stars
I've found all my dreams
in the beat of your heart
I've found all my dreams
in the beat beat of your heart
Sundial Dreams (music) 5/23/2007 01:07
加班到半夜,真是good employee呀. frustrated

睡前来首曲子放松一下,Kevin Kern 的 Sundial Dreams. 尽管题目说的是暖阳,可我怎么每次听都想到冬日阳光下流动的小河. smile 差得也真远。



蝶舞娉婷 [audio] 5/18/2007 11:55
嗯,还要继续加油,报告还没写完. 先来首好听的曲子,真喜欢这小提琴。





竖琴和长笛的版本,又是不同的味道.

Taking A Break 5/16/2007 15:33
好累呀! 昨天一定是那两大杯浓咖啡的功劳,昨晚快一点才睡着,今早不到六点半就醒了。就知道今天上班会打瞌睡。从早上到现在忙个没停,现在该赶快写那个报告了,但是。。。效率极低, 脑子不转。-- 碰巧的是,我写的这部分还正好是关于工作效率的 Laughing

先take a break, 正好试试看怎么在日记里贴video。 Here it goes:

Starry Starry Night 5/14/2007 22:54
A song about Vicent Van Gogh and his famous "Starry Night" painting, of the starry sky over a sleeping village. Beautiful song -- sung by a great voice.



王菲的《乘客》,原唱版本就是Sophie Zelmani的这首“Going Home", Sophie的嗓音和风格都更适合唱country music。 其实最好的乡村音乐就是简单优美的旋律加简单普遍的主题(爱,乡愁,思念亲人), 往往最美最能打动人.



Mummers' Dance 5/08/2007 22:25
Loreena McKennitt,有人称她为Canadian Enya。这首The Mummers' Dance是她作品里我最喜欢的--每次听到它脑子里就联想到一幅月夜的森林/精灵/起舞的画面.






儿歌 5/07/2007 22:55
四岁的老二,最近有天早晨醒来给我唱了一首儿歌 -- 偶听了大笑不止。 Laughing

Ten little worms sitting in a can,
Till one day along came a man.
He placed one in the water on a little bitty hook,
Boy you should’ve seen that squirmy worm shook.
Along came a fish with a great big smile,
He said “I haven’t had a dish like that in a while!”
So he took a big bite, and the string pulled tight,
And off they went -- a-ring-er-ding-ding!

(下一段,九条虫子。一直倒数到一。)

China Roses 5/02/2007 23:24
一直喜欢恩雅的音乐--尤其在长长的一天后,晚上睡觉前静静地unwinding一下,喜欢她的歌quiet,peaceful, the "out of this world" quality. 今晚好奇,专门到网上搜了一下china rose,原来是这个样子--很美,很特别.



Who can tell me if we have heaven,
Who can say the way it should be;
Moonlight holly, the Sappho Comet,
Angel's tears below a tree.

You talk of the break of morning
As you view the new aurora,
Cloud in crimson, the key of heaven,
One love carved in acajou.

One told me of China Roses,
One a thousand nights and one night,
Earth's last picture, the end of evening
Hue of indigo and blue.

A new moon leads me to
Woods of dreams and I follow.
A new world waits for me;
My dream, my way.

I know that if I have heaven
There is nothing to desire.
Rain and river, a world of wonder
May be paradise to me.

大概真的是阴雨绵绵的春天容易想家。那天晚上耳朵里听着滴滴答答的雨声入睡,然后很久违地梦到了高中时代每天上学走的那条路。

印象最深的还是路边的木棉树和凤凰树。每年这个时候正是木棉花开的季节,高大笔直的树干,树叶这时候还不长,先开花。花是橙红色的,很大,一朵一朵碗大的木棉花高高点缀在没有树叶遮拦的枝条中间,给人孤傲坚强的感觉。花开过几天后开始往下掉。那段时间很有意思的,人走在路上,时不时会“啪哒”一声,一朵木棉花就掉在身边不远的地方,厚重的着地的声音。我还是幸运(或者是不够幸运?smile)的,在那条路上来来回回走了三年,也从来没有给木棉花砸到头上过。 然后是我更喜欢的那部分:等到木棉果实裂开的时候,一绺绺棉絮带着黑色的木棉籽从高处飘落而下,每一阵风吹过,满街棉絮纷纷扬扬,现在想起来很怀念那种感觉。



凤凰花就是另一种景象了。一年四季都枝繁叶茂的,密密麻麻的锯齿形树叶总是葱葱绿绿的样子。凤凰花开的时候真可以用‘如火’来形容,满街烧成一片一片。如果下一场比较大的雨,那些燃烧的红就从树冠上转移到路面上。湿漉漉的街面有积成小潭的雨水,有被打落的凤凰花簇,有街灯店铺的倒影,最多的是行色匆匆急于回家的下班族。那时候听费玉清的《毕业生》:蝉声中那南风吹来,校园里凤凰花又开。那首歌里的凤凰花和夏季和毕业连在了一起,不过在我印象里凤凰花总是和春末夏初的雨,和湿漉漉的街道分不开。



一转眼快二十年(!)了。这些年我和北方更有缘,一直生活在寒冷干燥型的地方,回家看父母不是夏天就是冬天,再没见过那种满街飞扬木棉絮的情景。上次回去,整个城市变得更认不出来了,只坐在车上从中学母校旁边过过一次,发现那些木棉树居然。。。所剩无几! 唉 ― 看起来只能在梦里再去体会一把了!(还有 ― 自己信手写几个字纪念纪念。)
water is the healthiest 4/15/2007 10:02
和朋友闲聊中,朋友提到她5岁的女儿参加小朋友的birthday party, 趁机多喝两杯coke, 因为平常在家里是不让喝的。然后朋友语气中不无羡慕的提到,party上一个7岁小女孩,非常自觉懂事,birthday cake没有吃,只喝水,还坚定地‘教育’其他小朋友--"Water is the healthiest!". smile

觉得这个小姑娘很cute的同时,不免有点感慨起来。 现在的小孩子从小就被灌输eating healthy/lose weight的观念,尤其是女孩子,妈妈们容易更紧张一些,我不止一次听到‘吃了那个就发胖了,就不漂亮了!’之类的话. 唉做女人不容易啊 wink 从小到大一辈子面临weight和eating的压力, at the risk of losing some simple childhood pleasure.
The Midlife Happiness Crisis
But don't worry―when you get old, the sun comes out again.
By Joel Waldfogel

Volumes of academic research measure the determinants of individual economic well-being―wages, income, and wealth. That is because money is supposed to buy not only necessities but also happiness, in the form of iPhones and TiVos.

Except that the relationship between money and happiness turns out to be complex. People with higher incomes today report higher levels of happiness than their poorer contemporaries. At the same time, people today are far richer than earlier generations, but they're not happier than those who came before them. In light of such wrinkles, a growing cadre of economists has cut out the money middleman and moved to studying happiness directly. The latest installment in this genre is a new study by economists David Blanchflower of Dartmouth and Andrew Oswald of Warwick. They document how happiness evolves as people age. While income and wealth tend to rise steadily over the life cycle, peaking around retirement, happiness follows a U-shaped age pattern.

The authors' data come from large-scale surveys. The General Social Survey asks Americans to rate their happiness level on a three-point scale, with "very happy" a three, "pretty happy" a two, and "not too happy" a one. The average happiness score in the United States is 2.2. The data, covering people older than 16, come from the years 1974 through 2004 and include about 20,000 men and 25,000 women. Across the Atlantic, the Eurobarometer offers a similar four-point scale (very satisfied, fairly satisfied, not very satisfied, not at all satisfied). The average happiness score in Europe is three. The data include about 400,000 men and women in 11 European countries, from 1975 to 1998.

Analyzing data from these surveys, Blanchflower and Oswald found that for both men and women in the United States and throughout Europe, happiness starts off relatively high in early adulthood, then falls, bottoming out on average around age 45, and then rises after that year and on into old age.

In this study (as in others), people are happier than their poorer counterparts if they have more income. How does the effect of income on happiness compare with the age effect? In the United States, the steady decline in happiness from age 16 to age 45 has an effect that's larger than a 50 percent reduction in income―that is, happiness varies more as people get older than it does if you compare significantly richer people to poorer ones. And, equivalently, the 15-year upswing in happiness that follows age 45 is stronger than the upswing that tracks doubling of income. For Europeans, the age-based happiness rise that's equivalent to the effect of doubling income occurs between ages 35 and 70.

The U-shaped happiness pattern is not a completely new finding. But past researchers couldn't tell whether 55-year-olds were happier than 45-year-olds in a given year because they'd aged or because they were born to a sunnier generation. This study gets around this problem by combining data on people of different ages at different points in time over a quarter-century. The authors can compare not only 55- and 45-year-olds today, but also 55-year-olds today to people who were 45 a decade ago. And when they account for when people were born, the U-shaped happiness pattern remains.

The authors also find that over the last century, Americans, both men and women, have gotten steadily―and hugely―less happy. The difference in happiness of men between men of my generation, born in the 1960s, and my father's generation, born in the 1920s, is the same as the effect of a tenfold difference in income. In other words, if my father had little money compared to his contemporaries and I have lots of money compared to mine, I can still expect to be less happy. Here, curiously, the European pattern diverges. Happiness falls for the birth years from 1900 to about 1950, and generations born on the continent since World War II have gotten successively happier.

So, why does happiness start strong, dip with middle age, and then revive among the elderly? The authors―they're economists, after all―can do little more than speculate about the causes of the midlife happiness crisis. They propose that people come to understand their strengths and weaknesses and "in mid-life quell the infeasible aspirations of their youth." Whatever the cause, even if middle-aged Americans are less happy than their parents and grandparents, they have something to look forward to. Besides senility and death, that is.
Bressanone 3/19/2007 11:45
最近不知为什么很在music mood里, 有空余时间很多花在听歌上,还翻出自己不同时期喜欢过的音乐,晚上安静的时候听,很自得其乐。

Matthew Lien的这首Bressanone(意大利北部一个安静优美的小镇)讲的爱情故事,现在听起来好像更有味道。舒缓,娓娓道来的风格,听出来留恋不舍还有一点伤感无奈,开头的教堂钟声和结尾的火车声配的很好。

http://www.sc.xinhuanet.com/content/2004-08/02/content_2608174.htm

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