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Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips…

“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” Confucius

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips... 2013 Year of the Snake

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips… 2013 Year of the Snake

Wishing You 歲歲平安 Suìsuì-píng’ān – everylasting peace, year after year!

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips... Good luck character

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips… Good luck character Zhāocáijìnbǎo

2013 is the  Year of the Snake; the Black Water Snake. “Water Snakes are lucky with finances, they always seem to have money flowing their way. They are adventurous spirits and love to take risks. They are also very intelligent and often a wellspring of creative ideas. Water Snakes love to socialize and meet new friends.They are proud of their achievements, and also very thoughtful and considerate of others.
The colour of the 2013 year of Snake is Black. Black color is the Space, Arctic night, darkness on the Abyss, this is a color of deep waters. The Black Snake will bring people unexpected changes, instability, and changeability. That is why it is important in the year of Snake to plan everything beforehand.” via Hanban.com

新年快樂  Xīnniánkuàilè – Happy New Year of the Black Water Snake! Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái. Gōng hè xīn xǐ! Happy celebrating to everyone!  Each New Year brings its own set of blessings, reminding us to remember our gifts and dreams for the year, Last year, my Happy Chinese New Year blog post shared ten auspicious, good luck blessings that people shower on each other during the Chinese New Year celebrations. This year, I’m adding twelve good luck blessings and twelve important celebration tips to help us pay attention to details around us and make steady progress towards our goals.

To achieve our goals in the Year of the Snake, which runs from February 10, 2013 to January 30 2014, we must be Focused and Disciplined.  The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, and is considered the “enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs.” Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen.” Enjoy the twelve blessings and important tips/facts on this special day.  Kung Hei Fat Choi!

“When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.” Confucius

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips... Red Lanterns

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips… Red Lanterns

恭喜發財; pinyin: Gōngxǐfācái – Congratulations and be prosperous

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips... Nian cake

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips… Sweet New Year Nian cake

 Twelve Blessings/Sayings to Help You Celebrate Chinese New Year
金玉滿堂Jīnyùmǎntáng – “May your wealth [gold and jade] come to fill a hall”
大展鴻圖Dàzhǎnhóngtú – “May you realize your ambitions”
迎春接福Yíngchúnjiēfú – “Greet the New Year and encounter happiness
萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”
吉慶有餘Jíqìngyǒuyú – “May your happiness be without limit”
竹報平安Zhúbàopíng’ān – “May you hear [in a letter] that all is well”
一本萬利Yīběnwànlì – “May a small investment bring ten-thousandfold profits”
福壽雙全Fúshòushuāngquán – “May your happiness and longevity be complete”
招財進寶Zhāocáijìnbǎo – “When wealth is acquired, precious objects follow”
歲歲平安  Suìsuì-píng’ān – “everlasting peace year after year”
新年快樂  Xīnniánkuàile – “Happy new year
恭喜發財  Gōngxǐfācái – “Congratulations and be prosperous”.

The Chinese New Year is the most important celebration to start off a year of good deeds and fortune.  The snake brings lucky qualities in the form of Colors: Yellow, Red; Day: Monday;  Directions: Southwest, Northeast; and Numbers: 2, 4, 7, and 9. In addition to honoring the lucky qualities of the designated animal for each year, people look for popular and auspicious blessings/sayings to share. Above are twelve of the most popular auspicious greetings and sayings. They consist of four Chinese characters and special blessings. Below are twelve celebration tips to make your year a phenomenal one. More below!

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Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum

“Give this important question 10 minutes of your time today: ‘If I were to make fun my daily spiritual practice, what would I do more of, less of, or differently?’” Robert Holden

Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum – LMFAO is Redfoo (left huge afro) and SkyBlu (right)

Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum

Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum

Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum

Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum

Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum -The Quest Crew via Mirth and Motivation


LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock


LMFAO – Sorry For Party Rocking

Music: Hanging With LMFAO & More At Nassau Coliseum

If you ever want to invite your inner child out to play, I’d suggest attending an LMFAO concert. Huge colorful sets, lots of humor, childlike fun and games with some heavy dance music thrown in … and you get the idea. On Tuesday evening, I was at the Nassau Coliseum having a great time and enjoying the music of LMFAO, Far East Movement, Sidney Samson, and Matthew Koma. For good measure, the show included amazing dance routines from dance contest winners, The Quest Crew. LMFAO is Redfoo (left huge afro) and SkyBlu (right), an electro-rap/hiphop duo from Los Angeles, CA. LMFAO made their major-label debut in 2008 with the single “I’m in Miami Bitch,” followed by their full-length album debut, Party Rock, which was released in July 2009.

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Music: Hanging With LMFAO,  Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum

Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum

Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum

Music: Hanging With LMFAO,  Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum

Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement   & More At Nassau Coliseum

Music: Hanging With LMFAO,  Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum


LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It


LMFAO – Champagne Showers ft. Natalia Kills

The show started on schedule at 7pm with Matthew Koma as the opening act. He performed some of his popular songs and received a warm welcome from the crowd who were really hardcore LMFAO and Far East Movement fans… Yes, I say that because they were the two performances that rocked the house and got us all on our feet dancing… Sidney Samuel came close too, but I’m ahead of myself.  By the time LMFAO stepped on stage with their psychedelic colors, electronica sounds, garish clothing, and over the top everything, the crowd was ready and willing to tear the house down… I have to say, those guys are certified fun crazy… There were kids everywhere too. Yeah, don’t ask me, ask their mamas.  But jokes aside, there is a playful appeal that LMFAO has and it attracts kids.  I loved it. :lol:

“Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.” Henry Ward Beecher

Music: Hanging With LMFAO & More At Nassau Coliseum – Matthew Koma

Music: Hanging With LMFAO & More At Nassau Coliseum – Matthew Koma

Music: Hanging With LMFAO & More At Nassau Coliseum – Sidney Samuel

Music: Hanging With LMFAO & More At Nassau Coliseum -Sidney Samuel

Music: Hanging With LMFAO & More At Nassau Coliseum – The fan crowd


Matthew Koma – One (Live At The Cherrytree House)


Sidney Samson – Get Low (Original Mix) [FULL]

The show moved quickly, and as soon as Matthew was done performing his great songs, I loved Parachute, Dj Sidney Samuel stepped up and rocked it with his sounds… A lot of the kids in the crowd were jumping up and down and the noise level was unbelievable… but the music off Sidney’s equipment was phenomenal… Sidney, you impressed me too… Just saying.

“There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.” George Eliot

Music: Hanging With LMFAO & More At Nassau Coliseum – Far East Movement

Music: Hanging With LMFAO & More At Nassau Coliseum – Far East Movement

Music: Hanging With LMFAO & More At Nassau Coliseum – Far East Movement

Music: Hanging With LMFAO & More At Nassau Coliseum – Far East Movement

Music: Hanging With LMFAO & More At Nassau Coliseum – Far East Movement


Far East Movement – Like A G6 ft. The Cataracs, DEV


Far East Movement – Dirty Bass Boombox Sessions / Dirty Bass

I don’t know about you, but I love that Far East Movement group and sound… When high-school friends Kev Nish (born Kevin Nishimura), Prohgress (James Roh), and J-Splif, all of whom had grown up in downtown Los Angeles, formed the group in 2003, they didn’t expect to become this huge. DJ Virman joined the lineup a few years later.They had some early buzz with the ir sound and even got to tour overseas as the opening act of Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour. Their hugest hit that finally put them over the top was Like A G6 in 2010 and they haven’t looked back. Frankly, I wanted to see them perform and they didn’t disappoint. Come back for more photos later! :-)

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Soulful Sounds: The Greatest Ladies Of Jazz – Part 2

“You can do anything you want to do, if you know what to do.” Betty Carter

Soulful Sounds: The Greatest Ladies Of Jazz – Part 2. Betty Carter sings


Ray Charles & Betty CarterBaby it’s Cold Outside


Max Roach 5tet wt/ Abbey LincolnTriptych (Prayer/Protest/ Peace) includes”Freedom Now Suite” [1964]

Because jazz doesn’t make money quickly, a lot of people in power are not encouraging young people to really use the word `jazz.’ For a person who’s been out here as long as I have, they’re pretty much sick of me because I just won’t go away. I’m not going away, see,that’s what probably bothers a lot of people. Betty Carter

Lat week, I introduced The Greatest Ladies of Jazz series and promised that, over the next several Saturdays, I’ll share songs from some of the best female jazz voices we have enjoyed over  the years. As I mentioned last week, women have contributed an impressive and diverse body of work to the soulful sounds of Jazz music, and their sounds have influenced many other popular artists. Each week, I’ll share between 8-10 of the greatest female jazz vocalists with you. You may read more on on them on Wikipedia. Today, we meet 10 more jazz divas.

Affectionately called The Grandmother of Jazz, Betty Carter, has thrilled and entertained many with her unique brand of jazz for years. Born Lillie Mae Jones, she worked with the Lionel Hampton Band, created her own record label Bet-Car Records, in 1969, when she couldn’t find a mainstream outlet, and performed all over the world. She won numerous awards including the National Medal of Arts. President Bill Clinton once said, “Hearing her sing ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside‘ makes you want to curl up in front of the fire, even in summertime.”

Abbey Lincoln, was born Anna Marie Wooldridge and was a jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress who was active in the Civil Rights movement through her music. A famous song was “We Insist! — Freedom Now Suite” (1960) with drummer Max Roach, whom Lincoln married from 1962 to 1970. She was also known as Aminata Moseka.

“Don’t be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it’s just death.” Lena Horne

Soulful Sounds: The Greatest Ladies Of Jazz – Part 2. Lena Horne…


Lena HorneStormy Weather/If You Believe

Ray Charles & Diane SchuurIt Had To Be You (Live) HD

Lena Horne started her career at the legendary Cotton Club at 16, and soon moved to Hollywood to pursue acting. Her political activities got her blacklisted and made her return to singing. Over time, her nightclub act grew and so did her fans. She won a Tony for her one woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,  and a Grammy at age 79.

Nicknamed “Deedles”, and blinded at birth due to retinopathy of prematurity, Diane Schuur began performing as a child in suburban Seattle, Washington and had her first public show at age 10. She got a break when Stan Getz heard her sing Amazing Grace and invited her to join his band. Over the years, she recorded many albums and won two Grammys. With about 20 albums under her belt, she continues to perform in venues around the country.

“I’ll keep working as long as I live because singing has taken on the feeling of joy that I had when I started, when my only responsibility was to sing well.” Rosemary Clooney

Soulful Sounds: The Greatest Ladies Of Jazz – Part 2. Rosemary Clooney…


Rosemary Clooney 1981 – Come On-A My House


Peggy LeeWhy don’t you do right

Rosemary Clooney was a singer and actress who began her career singing duets on the radio and in big bands with her sister, Betty. She became a solo star and performed with many of the great singers from the 1950s.  Rosemary also starred in TV and films and married Jose Ferrer with whom she had five children. Because of depression and drug abuse,  she struggled with her career and personal life in the 1960s.  In 1977,  Bing Crosby invited her to join his 50th anniversary celebrations and her singing career picked up again.  Rosemary Clooney wrote two autobiographies chronicling her life and struggles; they remain popular reading today.

Peggy Lee was born Norma Deloris Egstrom and grew up in poverty in North Dakota. She had her first hit “Why Don’t You Do Right?” with Benny Goodman, and built a successful  solo career in jazz and pop music. In a 60-year-long career; acting, singing and songwriting, Peggy received numerous awards.  Come back later for more below!

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