Monday, April 7, 2008

of awardies and a meme...

It's been a busy week.
Daisymae Maus and Dr Tweety both gave me awardies,
and Jeter Hawwis tagged me for a meme!

I gotted the totawwy pawesome awardie fwom Daisymae Maus and I was one of the first 5 to get this awardie! I'm so honoured!

Thank you Daisymae Maus, for understanding that it wequired a wot fwom even a gentleMANcat wike me to handle the awwival of That Thing!
Now to pass this award on.
Actuawwy I weawwy hate choosing who to pass awardies on, because usuawwy I think ALL the kitties in the cat bwogosphere deserve to get evewy award!
But oh, well, if I have to choose,
I shall pass this award to Maggy and Zoey at Zoowatwy, because they do amazing pictors all the time!

The next award I gotted was fwom Dr Tweety and guys who thought I was wike oh, so totawwy HIP!
Isn't it wonderful to have understanding fwiends? Because BOTH Dr Tweety and gang, and Daisymae Maus understood that That Thing is simpwy dwiving me nuts.
For me, I shall pass this award to Storm, whom I weawwy admire so, for her fighting spiwit.

Ok, now for the meme that Jeter Hawwis tagged me.
Here are the wules according to him.
1. pick up da neerest book.
2. open to page 123
3. find da fifth sentence.
4. post the next three sentencez.
5. tag sum peeple (or catz) and post a comment to empress once u hav posted it.

Ok. I stwetched out mine paw and the book neawest the compoooter is this erhu graded examinations book that mine Mummy uses for teaching her students who are pwepawing for the examinations.

For those who don't know, mine Mummy is a musician, and she pways the erhu, which is a Chinese bowed stwing instwument.

Ok, so I opened the book to page 123 and this is what you see.
I thought, since it is a book of music scores, perhaps I shall have to count the fifth phwase on page 123 instead of the fifth sentence since a musical phwase is wike a sentence anyway.
You can cwicky the pictor to biggify. I've dwawn out the first 5 phwases and the next 3 phwases after that.
In erhu scores, you get these numerical notation as well as the usual stave notation, so don't be awarmed at this page and think that it's a book on some weird mathematical arguments.Anyway, it's ok if you cannot wead these weird numbers. I can't too. I weave all these weird things for mine Mummy.

But I've gotten the music of the 3 phwases after phwase number 5 and you can wisten to how it sounds wike.

Here it is!

In case anyone is intewested, this piece is called "Kong Shan Niao Yu" or Birds Singing in a Desowate Mountain.
It was composed by this super important guy in the histowy of the devewopment of the erhu. Duwing his time, the erhu was an instwument which was wooked down upon by many people because it was usuawwy the stweet musicians or opewa musicians who pway the erhu. But this guy was educated, and he wearnt many Western instwuments and he thought, hey, Chinese instwuments can become as good as Western instwuments one day, as wong as people put in the effort to devewop them.
He started composing pieces for the erhu and until now, his erhu music are still among one of the must-wearn wepertoire among erhu pwayers.
If it were not for people wike him, Chinese music would still be stuff you can hear on the stweets, but never good enough to be bwought up on to the stage, never good enough to be performed in a concert hall.
Chinese music has an awfuwwy wong histowy, but it was onwy in the wast hundwed years or so that things have started changing and devewoping.
And mine Mummy says that it weawwy is wike a huge tweasure chest that is waiting to be unwocked, with so much potential waiting to be unwavelled.

And I say, enough of the music teacher in you Mummy!
Once she gets started, it's weawwy hard to get her to stop talking about music!!

I think this meme has been awound quite some time. I wonder who haven't done it?
Perhaps I shall tag Faz and Twipper! I hope you guys haven't done this meme yet!


Cecil the Cougar: said...

Wow that music sounds really pretty! Your Mommie is very talented and her students are very lucky! You are lucky too, I bet you get to hear music all the time! Mine Mommie makes me listen to Justin Timberlake! MOL.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a fascinating post, Boy!! I began playing the cello a year ago and still struggle with the notes and fingerings..I can't imagine trying to read the music for the ehru. You're mummy is very talented!

PB 'n J said...

You are Pawesome and Hip Boy!

We loved your meme too - that was beautiful!

Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

Concatulations, Boy! You are furry deserving of all of your accolades ... An' your momma is furry talented.

The Furry Kids said...

That is pretty music. Thank you for teaching us about the erhu. That was really interesting.

And congratulations on your award!

Rosemary B❤️ said...

You mom has a cool book.
I am enthralled by that beautiful music!
Congratulations on those awardies!!!
You are a wonderful boy and I really like having you as a friendie

Gemini and Ichiro said...

congratulations on your award!



Moki The Wobbly Cat said...

Wow that was beautiful music! Your bean is really talented.

Dr Tweety of da Fab Five said...


You momeez muzik iz beeotyfull!!! Da momee here iz all eggsited & ravin' dat your momee playz da bestee muzik dat she haz heard in a long time. Iz dat Chineze classical music? Well, it iz nuttin' less den awesome!
Now I forgots what I waz gonna say! Oh..uh...Congratyounationz on yer award!!!! You really do dezerve dis Boy...& I know whats you mean abouts choosin' fur anudder cat to gets it.
Your meme waz quite enlightenin' all tanks!
Hang in dere wit dat Ting...
Dr Tweety

Kitikata-san said...

I KNEW you were Pawsome from the 1st day I saw you on your blog! (and Thingy is kind of awesome too, shhh don't tell the Thingy).

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

Congratulations on your awards. Hang in there with the Thing!

My SS learnt to play the zheng when she was working in Asia some years ago. I go out of the room when she starts playing.

Mickey's Musings said...

Boy, you are pawsome for sure ! :) Congrats on your awards!!!!!!!
The music was superb!!!! We loved it and wish your selection were longer :) Thank you for telling us what instrument was used also,and that your Mom plays it!!!!
Purrs Mickey

meemsnyc said...

Congrats on the award!

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Congratulations on your awards! They are very well deserved. :) That's the most unique book we've seen in this meme! :) Beautiful music!

Karen Jo said...

Congratulations on your awards, Boy. You deserve them. I love your book meme. The picture of the page is very interesting and the music is wonderful. Thank you for telling us about the erhu and Chinese music.

zevo hussein calamari said...

congrats on all your awards!

Ivan and Izzy from WMD said...

Congratulations on all your awards! And what a beautiful instrument your mummy plays. She must be very talented!

Mr. Hendrix said...

wow, i would like to hear that. maybe i can find a sample online.

congrats on all your awards. you certainly deserve them both!!!

Beau Beau & Angie Over the Bridge said...

What a wonderful twist on the book meme. Beau Beau came running to listen to the music. It's so lovely sounding. I'd love to listen to that at work to help me get through the day.
Brenda - BB&A's mom

The Furry Fighter said...

fank you for my awardie Boy! i am so pleased that you found me deserving of this award - you certainly deserve all of the awards you got, especially cos of the Thing and stuff! :)

Lux said...

That's really a cool & unusual book! Congrats on your awards, Boy!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your awards.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that music is gorgeous! And congratulations on your awards. They are very well-deserved!

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn!