1 Oct 2007
Hope you are all enjoying the beginning of fall. I love seeing our trees changing their wardrobe - putting on some beautiful colourful "clothes", but then, they become naked. Poor trees. I don't know why they have to be without clothes in winter. I wonder why only certain trees have to go through it and not others. It doesn't seem fair. I wonder if they know what their purpose is in losing their leaves.
One of my friends from work is going to Africa to help Sudanese refugees in camps. Our office have donated a number of items for adults and kids - clothing, toys, and other necessities. I think it takes someone with lots of love in them to have the courage to get out of their comfort zone to help those in need. We are fortunate, we are blessed. We have clothes on our backs and a good roof over our heads. Why do certain people have to flee their homeland? And, if they cross into another country/state, they could be shot and killed. That is not a comfortable situation for anyone to see. But, my friend has a strong faith in God, believing that this is what she is meant to do. I admire her for taking a risk because a calling and true passion will inspire that in a person. May God protect her and others on the team as they journey overseas and bring that home safely.
I've been wondering how people feel a passion to work in a particular field, make a contribution to society and do the things they do because it's as though something is driving them onwards, as though this was their purpose in life. How have they come to achieve things that may be beyond the norm of their family, religion or culture?
Akio Morita's family was in the business of producing sake (Japanese beer), miso and soy since 1665. But, Akio decided to break away from the family business. After the Second World War, Akio (who was 25 at the time) and his partner, Masaru Ibuka, started the Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K.K (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Coporation). Without Akio, I would not be typing this newsletter on my Sony Vaio laptop. Akio co-founded what became the Sony Corporation. I have worked for Sony at its head office in Toronto, which, incidentally is now located on my street! I was really fascinated with the story of Akio Morita when I started working at Sony and saw a video of him being interviewed. He left an almost 400 year old family business to start his own electronics company. I cannot imagine how difficult that must have been for him. Akio's family did not seem to object and in fact supported his company in the early years and was the largest shareholder. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akio_Morita)
I wonder what would have happened if Bill Gates became a lawyer like his father.1 What if Howard Schultz didn't leave the subsidized public housing project in Brooklyn, New York?2 What if John Lennon did not pursue a career in music?3
There are many "what ifs" I have often considered. For myself, I have decided to turn over some stones and check out what's underneath because I once heard a phrase (and have since heard it a few more times) that sometimes, the regrets we have in life concerns things we didn't do, rather than those things we did do.
Your calling and passion could be anything. You may have a strong desire to be a stay-at-home mom, lawyer, doctor, entrepreneur, singer/songwriter, musician, actor, IT professional, engineer, photographer, legal assistant, secretary, nurse, author, artist, security guard, police officer, seaman, pastor, teacher/professor, missionary...(I'm running out of breath!)...athlete, politician, Starbucks barista (sip...sip)....streetcar driver, firefighter, paramedic, sales clerk, "head hunter" (hunts for jobs, not heads, although I'd still be careful..lol)...and I'm sorry if I've left some professions out. I know people in all the above professions (friends and acquaintances).
I believe it is worthwhile to see what we can do. We can all be happy if we feel a calling/purpose and have the passion to pursue something we love.
Songwriters Expo - September 23, 2007
As usual, I had a great time at the Songwriters Expo. After a summer break, it was great to see and hear Monique Barry perform again with two other fine musicians, Marc Nadjiwan (on guitar) and Dave Buland (on bass)!
Bela Ray was amazing! He seems like a seasoned musician. I enjoyed the blues/folk guitar playing and some catchy songs. In fact, due to the upcoming election in Ontario, he sang a song about politics and voting which had a catchy chorus. I wish it was on his MySpace website. After the show, I met with him and chatted for a bit. He is, of course, my new MySpace friend.
Two Roads Home which consists of two very talented musicians, Bryan Williston and Abby Zotz, sang songs close to my heart -- English/Celtic! I would call them the dynamic duo with strong voices and harmony that was right on! They are also my new MySpace friends. It is definitely worth seeing them perform live.
The "show stopper" was Alyssa Wright. I did not expect her to use a cello as accompaniment. It almost seems not quite as interesting as keyboard and guitar, which is the usual instruments which one might use, however, Alyssa totally knocked me off my feet with her amazing voice and her clever lyrics. I bought her debut CD, "Dark Waters" which was released a few months ago, which she signed for me. So, I would say, never pre-judge people/performers. You may be quite surprised! Alyssa is my new Facebook friend and hopefully, she will also add me as her MySpace friend.
The Toronto Independent Music Awards - October 4, 2007
The Toronto Independent Music Awards will take place at the Phoenix Music Theatre this coming week. I will not be attending, however, I would like to wish my friend, Daphne Darling, lots of luck as she has been nominated for three awards in the categories, best pop, best live acoustic and best song "Eight" (which is now playing on my MySpace page at www.myspace.com/katszone). No doubt, if Daphne shoots for the moon, she will hit it! I think she's an extremely bright, talented singer/songwriter and when she 'networks', I can definitely learn from her! She's a fabulous person and I do thank her for her support and encouragement!
Songwriters Expo - October 21, 2007 - Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen St. W., Toronto) - 4-7 p.m.
The next Songwriters Expo will feature Sue & Dwight, Linda M, and Aaron Wrixon. I have heard Linda M perform before (at the Free Times Cafe back in March, 2007) and it would be great to see her again. If you would like more information and have a listen to those three performers, do visit http://www.songwritersexpo.com/this_month.htm and perhaps, I will see you there next month!
Van Halen - October 7, 2007 - Air Canada Centre
I know I've mentioned this last month, but, I had to mention it again. ONLY ONE MORE WEEK AWAY! WOOHOO!!! I didn't know what to expect when my friend and I got tickets for the show, but, I just read the review of their first reunion performance in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, September 27th. It seems, they still ROCK!!! After David Lee Roth split from the group about twenty-two years ago due to supposed animosity, it did not seem possible for Van Halen to ever get together again, with David Lee Roth as lead singer. Toronto is their sixth stop on this tour. Let's hope they be on good terms for the entire tour which is currently scheduled for North American performances only until the end of the year, so far. I will let you know either in next month's edition of KaTsZoNe, or sooner, about the show!
As I have already mentioned, I bought one CD this month, which was Alyssa Wright's, "Dark Waters". I have to save myself for Christmas, right? LOL.
I wish you and your families a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving (on October 8th)!
Peace and blessings,
1 Bill Gates - American entrepreneur, co-founder and currently Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, philanthropist (co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation); on Forbes' list as richest person in the world from 1995-2007 [For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_gates, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft]
2 Howard Schultz - American businessman/entrepreneur, Chairman and Chief Global Strategist of Starbucks Corporation. Grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. in a subsidized public housing project. First in his family to attend college and majored in communication. He co-authored the book, Pour Your Heart Into It, which is about his life journey with Starbucks. [For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Schultz]
3 John Lennon - English songwriter, singer, musician, graphic artist, author and peace activist, who gained fame and world recognition as one of the founders of The Beatles. Lennon and Paul McCartney formed a very successful partnership writing songs for The Beatles and other artists. Both his parents played the banjo and sang but never pursued music professionally. [For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_lennon]
Websites of Artists Mentioned Above:
Monique Barry - www.myspace.com/moniquebarry; www.moniquebarry.com
Marc Nadjiwan - www.myspace.com/nadjiwan; www.nadjiwan.com
Dave Buland - www.myspace.com/davidbuland
Bela Ray - www.myspace.com/belaray
Two Roads Home - www.myspace.com/tworoadshome; www.tworoadshome.com
Alyssa Wright - www.myspace.com/alyssawrightcellist; www.alyssawright.com
Daphne Darling - www.myspace.com/daphnedarling
Sue & Dwight - www.myspace.com/sueanddwight; www.sueanddwight.com
Linda M - www.myspace.com/lindamsongs; www.lindam.org
Aaron Wrixon - www.myspace.com/aaronwrixon; www.aaronwrixon.com
Van Halen - http://www.vanhalen.net/news.html