Friday, November 18, 2011
Cheer Gear - Shopping Trip #1
Cheer: something that gives joy or gladness; encouragement; comfort: words of cheer.
As we've already discussed - this is the year to turn your holiday season into an all out joy-fest for yourselves. I challenge you this season to change the way you think: focus on the joy of giving - giving of your time, your energy and of course giving gifts.
To make things a little easier on you, here are a few favorite CDs, DVDs, books, gadgets and what-nots to help you with your to-buy list. Oprah may have her "Favorite Things" - but Ladies and Gents, I have my Cheer Gear ... you know what I mean - the kind of stuff that could bring absolute joy and a feeling of all-around good cheer.
The first item is something that I have been carrying for quite some time. It is probably one of my favorite bags ever ... and that's saying something. Part of the RUGBY Ralph Lauren line - this roomy, rugged and now ON SALE bag is perfect for day-to-day and for traveling. Carry books, scores and pretty much everything else - including the kitchen sink.
The next little wonder is something I desperately need on a daily basis. You see, I'm that guy who has to write everything down. Even in this age of BlackBerry and Google Calendar, I have to ... I mean *have to* ... write everything down. What better way to remember something than to use this 21st Century version of the tied piece of string on your finger? Now, don't be caught off guard - you might need a pocket translator to order the little gems.... see what I mean?
For the history and classical music buff on your to-buy-for list, this next item is sure to please. Featuring the National Symphony Orchestra, excerpts from the original Inaugural Concert conducted by Howard Mitchell, and Richard Dreyfuss narrating Remembering JFK (An American Elegy) with Christoph Eschenbach conducting, Remembering JFK - 50th Anniversary Concert is a two disc set of bliss. If that's not enough to send you over the edge, there are excerpts of the original commentary from the radio broadcast on January 19, 1961. Beyond amazing.
For today's book selection, I give you Robert Levine's Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera. Weep, Shudder, Die is an insightful and accessible guide to the grand art of opera for both new and longtime fans. Robert Levine has written this enlightening guide for opera's ever younger and growing audiences. With his signature wit, he examines the most famous composers and operas, from Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen to Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, giving a sense of each opera's history and celebrating its enduring greatness.
Now, go forth and shop ... don't forget to check back next week to see what other Cheer Gear I've got to share.