Struggling with your Teen

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Stop struggling!  I say this to you only because I am saying it to myself.  I feel that I have made the shift from trying to control and letting go.

Last night, my 18 year old wanted to go to a college party on a school night and final night.

Naturally I said “No”.  He pleaded, begged and did a great job of arguing until my husband caved.  The deal was struck.  He could go but if he wasn’t ready to go to school in the morning on his own – grounded for a month.  The stakes were set high!

Guess what happened.  He got up, showered and ready to go before me.

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100 Trumpets and the Genius of Maksa

My friend, Maksut Maksutovic-Maksa is a musical genius, retired professor of Music, from the University of Nis, and teacher of music and many trubaci bands. I met him a few years back in Serbia when I was visiting Danijela Vesalinovic’s family in Arilija. Danijela is a sublime trumpet player and leader of the Danijelin Orkestar. Maksa is their teacher.

Recently, the Russian Prime Minister Dimitrij Medvedev came to Belgrade on October 19, 2009.  On this same day 65 years ago, at the end of World War II, the Russians liberated Belgrade from the Nazis.  It was a great reason to put on show. Maksa got 100 trumpeters, and 40 drummers and other various brass musicians to fill out the orchestra, together and during a week’s time he was able to get all the musicians to play together, beautifully. B92 produced the concert that took place in the main Belgrade square “Trg Republica” also called the Konj or Horse referring to the statue of Knez Mihajlo riding a horse.

Maksa specifically chose 50 “white” Serbians and 50 Romi Serbians.  Half were from Uzica a nearby town known for its penchant of turning out amazing Trubaci bands and the other half were from Southern Serbia.  He wanted to showcase the fact that music transcends racial identities.  We are working on telling his story of the bringing these two peoples, two cultures together to this extraordinary event.  As Maksa puts it, see how hard it is to try to get three people to clap together and then think about  40 drummers and 100 trumpeters playing together.  It boggles the mind.

One person, lucky to be at the concert, described the sound rolling like thunder.

Below are the Youtube videos of this “never been done before” new world record.

COCEK ZA 100 trubaca

PETRIJIN VENAC

SVILEN KONAC

Kaljinka

Rjabinuška

KOLO RUMENKA I GOCINO KOLO

Volga Volga

Kada padne prvi sneg Da zna zora

Za Beograd