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#1492155 - 08/09/10 10:26 PM Happiness
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Because I like being happy, and piano makes me happy. Plus, I get to practice Rondo Capriccioso, and I might get to play in a masterclass soon laugh. What makes other piano people out there happy?

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#1492162 - 08/09/10 10:32 PM Re: Happiness [Re: WinsomeAllegretto]
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The laughter of children, a freshly cut lawn beneath my toes, puppy dogs, oh, wait...
those are what make other people happy! They actually give me migraines.

I'm happy when my piano responds to my touch in new and interesting ways!
Sometimes that involves using puppy dogs with a prepared piano. frown

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#1492165 - 08/09/10 10:36 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Mattardo]
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Is it weird that I've been staring the screen and nothing comes to mind at the moment? I'll get back to you..
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#1492181 - 08/09/10 10:49 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Pogorelich.]
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Originally Posted By: Pogorelich.
Is it weird that I've been staring the screen and nothing comes to mind at the moment? I'll get back to you..


Aw, doesn't the fact that you get to play Rachmaninoff concerto 4 (or is it 1?) make you at least a tiny bit happy? Heck, look on the bright side, at least your hands aren't broken or something smile

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#1492206 - 08/09/10 11:21 PM Re: Happiness [Re: WinsomeAllegretto]
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Hearing a great performance of a masterpiece.

Doing what I love.

Doing what I was made to do. smile

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#1492211 - 08/09/10 11:27 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Orange Soda King]
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Right now some sun would make me happy. It is so dark and rainy and I have such a headache. I love the sun.
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#1492224 - 08/09/10 11:36 PM Re: Happiness [Re: ChopinAddict]
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It makes me laugh when my hands get sweaty enough to do the octave gliss perfectly by the time I reach the coda of the Waldstein's third movement. It doesn't normally work on my piano at home.
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#1492253 - 08/10/10 12:14 AM Re: Happiness [Re: WinsomeAllegretto]
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"Let the Happiness In" - the last song on David Sylvian's first solo album, after he left the amazing band, "Japan"
This album (Brilliant Trees) was released way back in 1984, and I still have it as an LP.

One of my favorite songs of his. If you have a few moments to relax and listen to this, it may or may not make you happy, but it's a wonderful composition.



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#1492323 - 08/10/10 02:41 AM Re: Happiness [Re: Dara]
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Sitting down and playing a perfect rendition of any piece. Several pieces are good enough to bring a smile to my face on their own, though.
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#1492336 - 08/10/10 03:31 AM Re: Happiness [Re: Zindaras]
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This video makes me happy. Seriously. It will make you happy too.

(After 30 seconds you'll think I'm being sarcastic, but after 60 seconds you'll see I'm not. smile )

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Chopin: first Ballade; Mozart: D minor concerto;

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#1492452 - 08/10/10 07:58 AM Re: Happiness [Re: beet31425]
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That was disturbing.
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#1492461 - 08/10/10 08:23 AM Re: Happiness [Re: Damon]
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I send it to all my friends, best video ever!
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Currently working on: Perfecting the Op 2/1, studying the 27/2 last movement. Chopin Nocturne 32/2 and Posth. C#m, 'Raindrop' prelude and Etude 10/9
Repetoire: Beethoven op 2/1, 10/1(1st, 2nd), 13, 14/1, 27/1(1st, 2nd), 27/2, 28(1st, 2nd), 31/2(1st, 3rd), 49/1, 49/2, 78(1st), 79, 90, 101(1st)

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#1492521 - 08/10/10 10:07 AM Re: Happiness [Re: WinsomeAllegretto]
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Originally Posted By: WinsomeAllegretto
Originally Posted By: Pogorelich.
Is it weird that I've been staring the screen and nothing comes to mind at the moment? I'll get back to you..


Aw, doesn't the fact that you get to play Rachmaninoff concerto 4 (or is it 1?) make you at least a tiny bit happy? Heck, look on the bright side, at least your hands aren't broken or something smile


Yes that is very true.. I think I'm doing 1 for now, and I'll do 4 in my DMA.

Ok I'm happy because today I'm booking my flight for September to see my boyfriend. Yay! Just in time for our anniversary.
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#1492585 - 08/10/10 11:58 AM Re: Happiness [Re: Pogorelich.]
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Playing well a piece that I love. The first time I played the Bach E minor Sinfonia without any major mishaps, I actually had tears in my eyes. (And I'm man enough to admit it.)

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#1492788 - 08/10/10 05:03 PM Re: Happiness [Re: moscheles001]
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Mmm... Sitting in the sun. Playing beautiful chords... Hearing a good rendition (of anything) Seeing others being happy. Finishing a hard problem. Working out an idea to solve that hard problem. Taste of black berry jam

"The laughter of children, a freshly cut lawn beneath my toes, puppy dogs, oh, wait..."

Yes these too except the oh wait :-)

"After 30 seconds you'll think I'm being sarcastic"
I thought that after just 5 seconds ;-)


Edited by wouter79 (08/10/10 05:05 PM)
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#1492802 - 08/10/10 05:14 PM Re: Happiness [Re: wouter79]
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some things that make me happy shouldn't be discussed here, but as to piano: hear a recording of one's efforts and think: hey, that comes close to what I meant.
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Longtemps, je me suis couch de bonne heure, but not anymore!

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#1492804 - 08/10/10 05:15 PM Re: Happiness [Re: dolce sfogato]
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No need to be shy, everybody likes to make a nr.2 once in a while.
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Currently working on: Perfecting the Op 2/1, studying the 27/2 last movement. Chopin Nocturne 32/2 and Posth. C#m, 'Raindrop' prelude and Etude 10/9
Repetoire: Beethoven op 2/1, 10/1(1st, 2nd), 13, 14/1, 27/1(1st, 2nd), 27/2, 28(1st, 2nd), 31/2(1st, 3rd), 49/1, 49/2, 78(1st), 79, 90, 101(1st)

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#1492809 - 08/10/10 05:18 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Victor25]
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smile
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Mussorgski tableaux d'une exposition/Ravel miroirs

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#1492812 - 08/10/10 05:20 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Victor25]
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sitting by gentle streams or walking through autumn woods, whilst reciting Keats to myself (or uninterested friends). and lots of LOVE. haha. oh and a certain part of Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto (which is more relevant)
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#1492815 - 08/10/10 05:23 PM Re: Happiness [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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Originally Posted By: TheCannibalHaddock
sitting by gentle streams or walking through autumn woods, whilst reciting Keats to myself


Me too! blush

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#1492819 - 08/10/10 05:24 PM Re: Happiness [Re: WinsomeAllegretto]
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smile life is so wonderful!
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#1492820 - 08/10/10 05:25 PM Re: Happiness [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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Not if you live in Sierra Leone its not.
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Currently working on: Perfecting the Op 2/1, studying the 27/2 last movement. Chopin Nocturne 32/2 and Posth. C#m, 'Raindrop' prelude and Etude 10/9
Repetoire: Beethoven op 2/1, 10/1(1st, 2nd), 13, 14/1, 27/1(1st, 2nd), 27/2, 28(1st, 2nd), 31/2(1st, 3rd), 49/1, 49/2, 78(1st), 79, 90, 101(1st)

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#1492824 - 08/10/10 05:28 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Victor25]
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I thought you lived in the Netherlands? Anyways, I'm sure you'd rather be alive than not, no matter where you are. I mean, there's always youtube :P

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#1492825 - 08/10/10 05:29 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Victor25]
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i don't live in sierra leone!
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#1492826 - 08/10/10 05:30 PM Re: Happiness [Re: WinsomeAllegretto]
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but there are supposed to be really big diamonds, mmm
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#1492827 - 08/10/10 05:30 PM Re: Happiness [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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I was just making clear that the 'life is so wonderful' statement sure doesn't apply to everyone. As soon as you leave your safe protected country, you get to see alot of things.
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Currently working on: Perfecting the Op 2/1, studying the 27/2 last movement. Chopin Nocturne 32/2 and Posth. C#m, 'Raindrop' prelude and Etude 10/9
Repetoire: Beethoven op 2/1, 10/1(1st, 2nd), 13, 14/1, 27/1(1st, 2nd), 27/2, 28(1st, 2nd), 31/2(1st, 3rd), 49/1, 49/2, 78(1st), 79, 90, 101(1st)

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#1492830 - 08/10/10 05:32 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Victor25]
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that depends on your outlook in life.
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#1492833 - 08/10/10 05:33 PM Re: Happiness [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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Bach.
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"It's ok if you disagree with me. I can't force you to be right."

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#1492865 - 08/10/10 06:00 PM Re: Happiness [Re: stores]
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Originally Posted By: stores
Bach.


P.D.Q? laugh

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#1492873 - 08/10/10 06:13 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Orange Soda King]
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Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
Originally Posted By: stores
Bach.


P.D.Q? laugh


You're pdq, but no. =p
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#1492936 - 08/10/10 07:25 PM Re: Happiness [Re: stores]
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This is a nice thread with interesting insights. A pity it was not started 2-3 weeks ago when I was looking for some thoughts on happiness and the deadline was the end of July...
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#1492937 - 08/10/10 07:26 PM Re: Happiness [Re: ChopinAddict]
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a deadline?? what happened???
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#1492941 - 08/10/10 07:28 PM Re: Happiness [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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Oh, I did send my thoughts... But for a few days I was blank, like Angelina when she was staring at the screen. I just stared at the screen too and couldn't think of anything.
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#1492958 - 08/10/10 07:38 PM Re: Happiness [Re: ChopinAddict]
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for some reason music by Strauss always seems to get me happy (probably due to the fact that all he ever seemed to compose was waltzes). especially the acceleration waltz!
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#1493188 - 08/11/10 03:24 AM Re: Happiness [Re: stores]
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C.P.E.
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Currently working on: Perfecting the Op 2/1, studying the 27/2 last movement. Chopin Nocturne 32/2 and Posth. C#m, 'Raindrop' prelude and Etude 10/9
Repetoire: Beethoven op 2/1, 10/1(1st, 2nd), 13, 14/1, 27/1(1st, 2nd), 27/2, 28(1st, 2nd), 31/2(1st, 3rd), 49/1, 49/2, 78(1st), 79, 90, 101(1st)

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#1493204 - 08/11/10 04:06 AM Re: Happiness [Re: Victor25]
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J.S.
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♪ ≠ $


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#1493235 - 08/11/10 06:57 AM Re: Happiness [Re: stores]
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A.M.


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#1493242 - 08/11/10 07:17 AM Re: Happiness [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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Originally Posted By: TheCannibalHaddock
that depends on your outlook in life.


And outlook on life is determined by life experience.

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#1493248 - 08/11/10 07:29 AM Re: Happiness [Re: WinsomeAllegretto]
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Originally Posted By: WinsomeAllegretto
Anyways, I'm sure you'd rather be alive than not, no matter where you are.


Actually, given the suicide rates, I think you are not on very firm ground saying that (and of course, the suicide rates are only a tiny fraction of the total number of people who are not really all that thrilled to be alive).

I remember a comment from a wise old person a long time ago (possibly a Zen master, but I don't really remember for sure) who said people had it backwards when they celebrated births and mourned deaths; the grief should be because of the birth and the joy should be over the death.

But then, as another possibly wise person said, living well is the best revenge...

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#1493287 - 08/11/10 08:39 AM Re: Happiness [Re: wr]
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so are you saying people should live out of spite? a very selfish thing to do in my opinion considering the amount of people that have life snatched from them.
and in respect to zen masters, that statement sounds more ambiguous to its meaning as most of them make whimsical statements not to be taken too seriously. And anyway, taoism teaches the three great virtues of humanity: compassion, moderation and most important, humilty.
why not read up on Albert Schweitzer's "reverence of life".


Edited by TheCannibalHaddock (08/11/10 08:52 AM)
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#1493610 - 08/11/10 04:17 PM Re: Happiness [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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"the grief should be because of the birth and the joy should be over the death."

Let me put a bold opposite thesis: this life is exactly what we want.
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#1493613 - 08/11/10 04:26 PM Re: Happiness [Re: wouter79]
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Ok now I'm just confused.
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Currently working on: Perfecting the Op 2/1, studying the 27/2 last movement. Chopin Nocturne 32/2 and Posth. C#m, 'Raindrop' prelude and Etude 10/9
Repetoire: Beethoven op 2/1, 10/1(1st, 2nd), 13, 14/1, 27/1(1st, 2nd), 27/2, 28(1st, 2nd), 31/2(1st, 3rd), 49/1, 49/2, 78(1st), 79, 90, 101(1st)

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#1493617 - 08/11/10 04:31 PM Re: Happiness [Re: wouter79]
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Originally Posted By: wouter79
Let me put a bold opposite thesis: this life is exactly what we want.


Does this imply that life is whatever you want to make it?
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#1493635 - 08/11/10 04:47 PM Re: Happiness [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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I'm always happy and thankful during those final few minutes before I walk out to perform. Even if I was a nervous wreck in the hours leading up to that.
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#1493653 - 08/11/10 04:57 PM Re: Happiness [Re: wouter79]
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Originally Posted By: wouter79
"the grief should be because of the birth and the joy should be over the death."

Let me put a bold opposite thesis: this life is exactly what we want.
Speak for yourself : /

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#1493702 - 08/11/10 05:59 PM Re: Happiness [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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Originally Posted By: TheCannibalHaddock
so are you saying people should live out of spite? a very selfish thing to do in my opinion considering the amount of people that have life snatched from them.


By its very nature, being alive is being selfish. And of course, that business about having "life snatched from them" is just one way of seeing things.

Quote:


and in respect to zen masters, that statement sounds more ambiguous to its meaning as most of them make whimsical statements not to be taken too seriously.



Ha!

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And anyway, taoism teaches the three great virtues of humanity: compassion, moderation and most important, humilty.



And what does that have to do with anything I wrote?

Quote:

why not read up on Albert Schweitzer's "reverence of life".


Because it doesn't interest me.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't say that I was not happy to be alive, personally, or that I don't have reverence for life - I just want to point out that having generalized expectations about how everyone is "supposed" to understand life is probably a mistake.

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#1493715 - 08/11/10 06:16 PM Re: Happiness [Re: wr]
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taoism and zen is a very closely related subject as they share many of the same philosophies.
I don't see what's funny about the other quote.
How is being alive selfish?
And as with Albert Schweitzer: if it doesn't interest you then very well, it was merely a suggestion
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#1493716 - 08/11/10 06:18 PM Re: Happiness [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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oh, and the whole idea of the taoism was to point out that people who show appreciation for being alive tend live much more fulfilling lives. and thus life is a state of mind
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#1493964 - 08/12/10 02:35 AM Re: Happiness [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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Seeing how I just told folks who are tired of being "Unhappy..... " current marathon thread on the 'piano forum'
and might find some "Happiness" on this thread, smile
thought I might as well bring it up to the top of the page again so folks can find it...

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#1494026 - 08/12/10 06:17 AM Re: Happiness [Re: Dara]
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"Speak for yourself : /"

LOL my thesis says I can't :-)
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#1494029 - 08/12/10 06:25 AM Re: Happiness [Re: wouter79]
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"Does this imply that life is whatever you want to make it?"

Ummm I just post some thesis, not the consequences... but let me guess some answers for you

I suppose so. Note that "life" in the common use of the word seems to be a mental construct anyway.

Furthermore most people are confused about "what they want" to start with.
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#1494032 - 08/12/10 06:34 AM Re: Happiness [Re: wouter79]
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very true
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#1494043 - 08/12/10 06:50 AM Re: Happiness [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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#1494257 - 08/12/10 01:04 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Mattardo]
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Aw shucks...I would love to discuss the meaning of life, but not on a piano forum...however, here's my 2 cents (stolen from another thread)



Speaking of happiness though, another thing that makes me happy is when I hear pieces I can play on the radio (yay, I can actually play stuff that "real" pianists play!)

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#1494302 - 08/12/10 01:44 PM Re: Happiness [Re: WinsomeAllegretto]
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Ah, you measure your achievements against specialists?
That can also bring depression if you're not careful. When the view is that a certain level of repetoire is the sign of a 'real' pianist, it can quickly make one feel their playing is inadequate - when it is actually quite skilled and pianistic. I'd hate to feel that I'm not a real pianist, because I cannot play the complete Iberia Suite - using an example from recent threads.

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#1494366 - 08/12/10 03:15 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Mattardo]
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Ah I see what you mean there. But I don't think I really "measure" myself...I don't even think about it usually. I enjoy playing piano no matter how hard the piece is I'm playing. Harder doesn't necessarily mean better. smile I just feel connected to other people who play/listen to the music that I play when I hear it on the radio I guess.

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#1494381 - 08/12/10 03:28 PM Re: Happiness [Re: WinsomeAllegretto]
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I know what you mean though Mattardo. Was watching Barenboim's masterclass with the weird kid David Kadouch, and he is 22, same age as me. It was depressing, and I'm not just talking about his facial expressions.
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#1494406 - 08/12/10 03:59 PM Re: Happiness [Re: stores]
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When I open my iTunes and listen to my "Classical" play list on shuffle. smile JOY!
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#1494436 - 08/12/10 04:39 PM Re: Happiness [Re: RaindropPrelude]
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Me too! Except it's my "Ultimate Piano Favorites." Or my "Favorites" playlist, which has stuff from a whole bunch of music styles in it, like Bach, Skillet, Enya, Smetana, and even Taylor Swift!

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#1494441 - 08/12/10 04:43 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Victor25]
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Originally Posted By: Victor25
I know what you mean though Mattardo. Was watching Barenboim's masterclass with the weird kid David Kadouch, and he is 22, same age as me. It was depressing, and I'm not just talking about his facial expressions.


Oh goodness...that kind of stuff depresses me too. But I think by now I'm used to it. I know I'm not that good at piano and that I don't know much about it, but I accept it and just try to learn. Most of the time. eek


Edited by WinsomeAllegretto (08/12/10 04:44 PM)

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#1494445 - 08/12/10 04:48 PM Re: Happiness [Re: WinsomeAllegretto]
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Edited by pianoloverus (08/12/10 04:54 PM)

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#1494451 - 08/12/10 04:54 PM Re: Happiness [Re: pianoloverus]
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Edited by Victor25 (08/12/10 04:59 PM)
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#1496787 - 08/15/10 09:49 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Victor25]
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I have the answer to happiness. Many have it.

Interests. Strong interests.

I can be happy with YouTube and it's many outstanding offerings, with guns, with musicical instruments, with an old farm tractor I partially restored, with picking blackberries and mosquitoes all around (with repellent), with listening to music via very good equipment, with a good cigar, with books, etc.

I have experienced a time when nothing interested me. I expect others here have also experienced this. This is typical of people with serious problems. You conquer those problems and you're a better, wiser person and then you begin to live and nothing can harm you, deeply.

I am rich with interests. The greatest wealth of all.

Bech
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#1497469 - 08/16/10 09:23 PM Re: Happiness [Re: Bech]
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Speaking of happiness (compositionally-based or otherwise), here's a video that should make everyone happy. Penguins chasing a butterfly. Think of it as a test of your humanity. smile

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Chopin: first Ballade; Mozart: D minor concerto;

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