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Thread: How Viewing Aranjuez was an Antidote to the Sadness of Virginia Tech

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    Default How Viewing Aranjuez was an Antidote to the Sadness of Virginia Tech

    I've never posted on this forum and even though I'm a fan of Michelle, I'm not generally one to seek out this kind of thing. BUT--after watching news about the horrors that happened at Virginia Tech, I knew I needed to change my frame of mind. I was reading a post by Ben Currie over on the Skatefans board. He was talking about Michelle's Araunjuez program, and I thought, "Ah, that's just the sort of thing I need right now."

    So I quickly went to YouTube and watched it. Ah!.....just what I needed. To remember the soaring beauty that is the human experience, the grace of true artistry. We always need to tap into the beauty of life when horrible things happen, and this was a wonderful way to do that.

    Check it out, everybody! And stop watching the coverage about the madman. It won't help you, it'll just bring you down. Get out of that loop and tap into beauty instead.

    Pamela Tanton

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    Pamela,

    Welcome to MKF. I hope you post more often.

    I too read that eloquent post by Ben on Skatefans and was immediately transported back to that performance.

    Funny how her Worlds performance of Aranjuez helped us forget for a moment the 'war' in Iraq and once again her Aranjuez performance (this time at Nationals) helps us forget this new pain.

    She is beyond remarkable and amazing.

    I miss her and yet am so thankful we have this huge body of work she has given us to enjoy again and again. If she never steps foot on the ice in public again, Michelle and her skating will always be with me.


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    I remain totally in AWE of Michelle Kwan.

    This season just hasn't been the same without her.


    I miss seeing her on the ice.
    I think I always will...
    IF...she steps onto it again
    Oh...my heart stand still....

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    Ben's post is worth a read by fans of skating. He is referencing Michelle's performance at Nationals not Worlds.
    http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group...message/179322

    Michelle is transitioning into a set-up for a triple toe/double
    combination and the music soars, and she soars into the Triple toe
    with this mindboggling ease.

    At that moment the program ceased to be a matter of strain and
    tension for the audience ... at that moment Michelle's freedom
    overpowered the fears of her admirers...If Aranjuez is uncomplicated in its construction, it can be forgiven for, however paradoxically, providing a pyschologically complex experience --- the triumph of the music and the moment.
    Deetlebug: Funny how her Worlds performance of Aranjuez helped us forget for a moment the 'war' in Iraq
    It's true that Michelle's performance at Worlds took our minds away from the war but ironically it was often called - Shock and Awe - a term used for the initial assault on Iraq.
    Last edited by belladella; April 19th, 2007 at 04:18 PM.
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    Pamela, try Tosca at Nationals too. These are 2 of my fave performances...!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac8Gw0ZyEl0

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    Welcome Pamela to the Forum. Watching Michelle skate is like a breath of fresh air on a warm summer afternoon . I have so many favorites. I just watched her 2000 Nationals performance of the Red Violin on you-tube. Going into the LP Michelle was in 3rd place. I know that Sasha was in 1st but for the life of me I can't remember who was in second. Anyone?

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    Sarah Hughes was in 2nd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKandNYYfan View Post
    Sarah Hughes was in 2nd.
    Thank you.

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    I think at the end of the Worlds performance of Aranjuez, Peggy said, "Well, she certainly took everyone's mind off all the world problems for the moment," and I remember being very jarred when she said that, because it was true! And although I remember that comment very well, I still forget about the world problems whenever I watch Aranjuez, and get surprised all over again when Peggy speaks up. A really special performance and a great example of the power of sport and artistry to help us.

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    Good advice--Aranjuez is a great antidote to the blues, frustration, pretty much anything negative.

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    Here's a hauntingly beautiful brass version of Aranjuez from the movie Brassed Off. I loved the movie, possibly because of this piece.
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=aNwNbYW71...elated&search=
    Last edited by belladella; April 20th, 2007 at 07:42 PM. Reason: change link
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    Quote Originally Posted by kittyjake5 View Post
    Welcome Pamela to the Forum. Watching Michelle skate is like a breath of fresh air on a warm summer afternoon . I have so many favorites. I just watched her 2000 Nationals performance of the Red Violin on you-tube. Going into the LP Michelle was in 3rd place. I know that Sasha was in 1st but for the life of me I can't remember who was in second. Anyone?
    I just recently watched this performance after getting a new compilation from Cassie and they said Sarah Hughes had been in second place.
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    Michelle has a gift for selecting wonderful music for all her programs. Aranjuez is such a great piece of music, I think it would inspire me and lift my spirits even if there was nobody skating to it!

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