Benjamin Zander: The Transformative Power of Classical Music

As someone who loves orchestras and playing music, albeit not super well, this is eye-opening, beautiful and moving. I don’t consider myself a huge classical music fan, which in some way demonstrates how powerful this is. Alongside the fact that it has completely changed the way I understand and view classical music, I love the passion behind this, and the belief that it can be for everyone.

Revisiting ‘I Was Me’, Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons released ‘I Was Me’ in 2015 for the One4 project, with all proceeds going to the UN Refugee Agency. Lead singer of Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds, also wrote an op-ed for Medium about his experience visiting a refugee camp in Germany. This song came out of that trip. I bought the single when it came out, but hadn’t listened to it in a couple of years. Today it came up randomly on my playlist while I was out on a walk, and I promise you the song just broke my heart.

See also: Welcome to the New World, in the New York Times.

“Well, aren’t I the lucky one…”

I’ve been very fortunate… I seem to have a kind of blinkers. I just do not allow too many negatives to soil me. I’m very blessed. I have looked quite strange in most of the places I have lived in my life, the stages, spaces I’ve moved through. I of course grew up with my grandmother: my grandmother’s people and my brother are very very black, very lovely. And my mother’s people were very very fair. I was always sort of in between. I was too tall. My voice was too heavy. My attitude was too arrogant – or tenderhearted. So if I had accepted what people told me I looked like as a negative, yes, then I would be dead. But I accepted it and I thought, well, aren’t I the lucky one.

Maya Angelou’s thoughts on identity made me think about all my insecurities and wonder if maybe I, too, could take on that attitude of, “Well, aren’t I the lucky one.” May this amazing, inspiring woman rest in peace.

Priscilla Chan talks education and her famous husband Mark Zuckerberg

Education is an incredibly personal issue for me. If you’re the first generation to go to college, sometimes you don’t realise your potential until others point it out.

Dr. Priscilla Chan, a.k.a. Mark Zuckerberg’s wife, gave her first TV interview recently, and that last sentence really resonated with something I’ve been thinking about – that more often than not, children can only dream as big as their parents (or other grownups) encourage them to.