Sunday, August 8, 2010


Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog!

As you may have read in some of my other posts, I have been snowed under with assignments. At one point, I had eleven due in the same week! I thought this was rather silly, so I took a photo of all my homework and assignments to share for the latest Kids Click theme 'Silly'.

A Silly Amount of Schoolwork
Image taken by me, Maddy, aged 13.

Thank you for having me, Simoney!

I had Science, English, Chinese, German, Christian Education (CE), Music, Health and Physical Education (HPE) and Art homework and assessment, and cello and piano practice. That's a LOT, don't you think!? At least I had a 350g block of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate to get me through my assessment!

Well, this hectic assessment period is basically over for a while (thankfully!) and I am in a very good mood. In fact, I am in a somewhat silly mood! And what better way to celebrate a silly mood than a silly song!

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is the world-famous song from the Disney musical film Mary Poppins

The song was written by the Sherman Brothers and sung by Julie Andrews and Dick Van DykeAccording to Richard Sherman, co-writer of the song with his brother, Robert, the word 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' was created by them in two weeks, mostly out of double-talk. The roots of the word have been defined as: super- 'above', cali- 'beauty', fragilistic- 'delicate', expiali- 'to atone', and docious- 'educable', roughly equaling 'atoning for educability through delicate beauty'. It has been defined more simply in the movie, with 'something to say when you have nothing to say'. 

I hope you enjoy this super-silly classic!

Participating in my Mum's Sunday Song linky party.

Thank you for having me, Mum!

Well, I am off to relax after my stressful assessment period. I hope you have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day!

I hope your day is sweet,

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Another Sunday Song

Hello! I am sorry I haven't posted in a while - I have been very busy with school work and assignments.

As you may already know, I play the cello and I love classical music. The string ensemble I belong to at school has recently started rehearsing an amazing piece by Karl Jenkins called Palladio. Both Mum and I love Karl Jenkins and Mum has even done a Sunday Song with his song Adiemus.

Karl Jenkins is a Welsh musician and composer, born and raised in Gower village of Penclawdd in Wales. He was giving initial music lessons by his father, who was a local schoolteacher, organist and choirmaster, and began his music career as an oboist in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He later studied music at University College, Cardiff, and went on to post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Alun Hoddinott and met his wife and musical collaborator Carol Barratt.

Jenkins has gone on to compose multiple songs, the most popular being Adiemus. My favourite, though, would have to be Palladio. I just love this piece, especially the cello accompaniment... listen out for it in the background! I have put in a clip of the original version and also one played by one of my favourite string groups Bond.

This is the original version of Palladio. I absolutely love the image used in this clip - it goes perfectly with the song!

This is Bond's version of Palladio, only it is called Allegretto.

I would love to know which version you like best. I would have to say I like the original version, but the Bond one is fantastic as well.

Linking with Sunday Song.

Thank you for having me, Mum!

Well, I am off to do some more homework. Thank you for visiting my blog!

I hope your day is sweet,