Buddy Rich

Known as the best top 20 drummers of all times , Buddy Rich was by far in my humble opinion the best of them all.  My son bought his first drum set from  musicians friend drums  after watching Buddy Rich in a concert played to him when he was younger.

Even at the age of one, he could drum with the spoon and it had rhythm.  And at 18 mths, he started playing the drums for real.  He was said to be the youngest child to get paid that high for his performance.  He is super talented because he had no training in how to play the drums and could not read any music but could play the drums perfectly well.

That is pretty amazing to anyone listening to him and he was pretty incredible as far as I can tell.   My son was in awe and I cannot help envy how talented Buddy Rich was.

Jorge Ramos

buddyTimes named Jorge Ramos as one of the 100 most influential people around the world.  Well known for speaking up and for the immigrants , you can count on Jorge Ramos to right the wrong.  Born in Mexico but is an American now , Jorge Ramos is a journalist and author.

One very notable interview he had was with President Obama about immigration.  He confronted him on his broken promises and in the meantime, letting him know because of him, many latino families were put out and broken.

Telling the President that a promise is a promise and that he broke his promise was definitely a very brave thing to do ?  But Jorge Ramos claims that he is not afraid to confront and find out the truth for the people.  My Hero !

Bruno Mars

catsBruno Mars is also known as Peter Hernandez and with a name like Hernandez, you have to know that he must be good at singing and entertainment is in his blood. Being half Puerto Rican and half Filipino from his mother side, he is destined to do well in the music industry.   So everyone knows him by his stage name Bruno Mars and his songs are all very catchy and all easy to remember and to dance to.

It is said that during his earlier career, that his parents met during a performance, her mom being a hula dancer and his father played the percussion and even without recording aids like the  ableton live lite 9  Bruno Mars was all gung -ho to get his music out there.

Bruno Mars was into reggae , hip hop and R&B music and his entire family, even his uncle was a Elvis impersonator.  I guess, you can see where Bruno , the #6 in the family was heading toward even though he was very young then.

Bruno has a third studio album that he is working on right now but what’s most commendable about him is , only 29 years of age, Bruno Mars has already established a scholarship fund to help fund music maker of the next generation.  He also donated $100K to the kids in Bantay Bata, who were victims of Typhoon Haivan, to help them and their families who’ve lost everything in the Typhoon.   And he is very much into anything that says fight poverty in USA.  I truly love artistes like Bruno, who is willing to give back to society when they can afford it, makes me feel like these rich artistes has a heart too.

Jorge Ramos

catsWhen I saw an interview that Jorge Ramos did with times, I wished that our journalist back home and here in Canada would be more like him.  Instead of just reporting what they are fed, I wished they would go out and question/s the information given to them.

Our journalist here in Canada and back home in Singapore are not journalist, yes, they are reporters but no journalist.  A true journalist finds out the true, a true journalist brings the truth to its people and not just report the information that were given to them.  For all those reporters who are doing just that, I say shame on you.  Take a page from Jorge Ramos.

Misty Copeland

catsMisty Copeland represents the very saying that “Dreams are possible in America”  , she is an author, entertainer, and American ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre, one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States.  She is the fourth African-American soloist, and the first in two decades with ABT, where she has endured the cultural pressure associated with this role.  That cannot be an easy ride for Misty Copeland and for that I applaud her for her bravery, strength and her determination.

 Misty was not like the other ballerina and had only started practicing /learning the art of ballet at the age of 13 years old .  And by 15 yrs old, she was already dancing professionally and winning many awards.  It is also said that Misty and her mother had a fierce fight with regards to her guardianship in which both parties ended up letting go of the case.

catsI’m currently reading her book and will talk more about it when I’m done.  Thus far loving her story.

Kanye West

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A man / a famous man who doesn’t care about his legacy nor is he in competition with anyone, so he said , during a recent interview.  Kanye does create quite a stir each time he opens his mouth or goes on the internet, he admitted himself.  But he wished that people would not care about race, religion or color but instead remove their pride and make the world a better one.  He doesn’t believed in glorifying himself but is more interested in doing good to others or for others.

George Harrison

 catsWhen I saw this  Tribute on sale  it reminded me of George Harrison and why my son started playing the guitar.  Yes, he was inspired after seeing George Harrison’s concert in a DVD that he had gotten from a friend for his birthday.  Funny how we get inspired so easily by different people in our lives and want to be like them.  But that was exactly what happened to my kid and from that day on, he was either playing his guitars or buying them or collecting different kind of instruments.

George Harrison may have passed away since 2001 but his legacy still lives on for many generations to come.   Not only was he a musician but also a singer, song writer and a producer for many film before he died.  Best known for his role played as a band member with the Beatles, “Here comes the Sun” that was composed by Harrison is still played a lot today and hummed by many around the world.

Chet Atkins

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My first classical guitar tape that I listened to was from Chet Aktins and that was like 35 yrs ago.  Yes, it was that long and I remembered that he was using a  Gretsch  to play on tv one year during Christmas.  I was so obsessed with him, I went out to buy a tape to listen to every day.  And it was probably because of Chet Akins , that I took up guitar lessons from a church friend and wanted to play the guitar too.

 Died at the age of 77, Chet Atkins received numerous awards, from Grammies to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame and Musician Hall of Fame.  Born in Tennessee , started out with a ukelele and traded his brother for a guitar and some chore’s money. Playing the guitar was a comfort to him at first because of his illness, he had asthma.  At that time, having asthma was a big deal and many a times, he was found fast asleep in his chair and his guitar on top of him.

Chet Atkins did not become famous immediately, in fact it was because he played in his school charity concerts that got people talking about him and his talent.  When Atkins dropped out of high school, he landed himself a job at the radio station.  He played the guitar as well as fiddle for Bill Carlisle and became a member with a  swing instrumental combo. Chet Akins later not only became a musician but was a producer as well.  He made his own records in his own home studio and would retune the recording till he thinks they are perfect.  While he didn’t have any particular style when he started playing the guitar, other musician gradually came to admire him for  his unique ideas.

Aligi Voltan

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We watched Aligi Voltan played in a concert in Italy many years ago and our kids were interested in learning all about  oboes & basoons   after being so inspired by Aligi Voltan.   He was playing the Mozart :  Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major.   My kids were definitely in awe after the concert because he played the bassoon so well.  Actually, it was our first time being introduced to the bassoon and now whenever we go to the symphony, we look out for people who plays the bassoon.

P.D. James

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Born in 1920, P.D. James was a famous crime novelist.  I read her first novel The Private Patient and thought that P.D. James was a man .  Born in UK, England, P.D. James was actually Phyllis Dorothy James and some of her novels were turned into tv shows in the early 2000.

P.D James was very famous when she died but she had a really hard life when she was young.  Having to leave school early to support her family and then got married and had 2 children but had to return to work when her husband died in 1964.  James began writing in the mid 50s but worked in the civil service till she retired.  I haven’t read all her novels but now I intend to read all of them slowly.