I’m really enjoying this art appreciation series and trust you are, too. I’ve got a great selection for April and hope you’ll explore these with me. Set aside some time throughout the month to experience the arts. You’ll be richer for it.
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April is National Poetry Month. It’s also the month of Shakespeare’s birthday (probably April 23, 1564) so who better to choose for this month’s poet?
It’s easy to find his sonnets online. Here are a couple of links:
Or, if you’d like to add to your own library, here is the book I’ve chosen:
John James Audubon
I chose this artist from a list of artists with April birthdays. And then I read this:
I considered selecting a different artist but decided that this was an opportunity to share what I had just learned. I think it’s better to know the truth and be honest about the fact many famous and talented people had some very unsavory beliefs and actions.
Rather than a book about Audubon as a person, I have chosen to focus on his art via this coloring book. I want to spend a lot less time online and one of the things I’d like to replace that time with is coloring.
Sergei Rachmaninoff was born April 1, 1873 so this is his 150th birthday!
My mom is a pianist and as a child I used to ask her to play Rachmaninoff’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” for me every so often. I didn’t know who the composer was back then, though.
He said, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.”
Rachmaninoff vinyl records are a bit of a challenge to find at a reasonable price. When I first started working on this post there weren’t any on Amazon unless I was willing to pay $1oo or more (and I’m not) or purchase used. So I found this CD:
But I looked again just now and found this:
Here is the playlist I created and will be enjoying this month:
I love Doris Day movies but I don’t think I’ve seen this one. I’m definitely going to rectify that this month!
As of the time I’m writing this, I don’t see it streaming free anywhere. It’s available to rent on Amazon, Apple TV, YouTube and elsewhere. Or if you’d like to own the DVD, here is the link:
I hope you’ll enjoy adding a bit of the arts to your life this month. I know I will!
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