Serenade for Animals !

Music has many uses in our lives – a music box or a lullaby can calm a restless baby, and eventually put it to sleep; a fast, steady techno music playing on your headphones can motivate you to sweat more at the treadmill. Music in the movies can arouse a whole spectrum of emotions in us – from fear and suspense in “Jaws” and “Psycho,”  to tenderness and sentimentality in “On Golden Pond” and “Somewhere in Time.”

I myself cannot cross the portal to Dreamland if I do not have soothing music playing on my MP3 player. Funny but it’s also true that many students cannot study well or concentrate on their reading if there is no music playing in their earphones, or at least in their room.

Music is so commonplace in our everyday lives that most of the time, we just take it for granted. But we know its importance that’s why poets and sages have praised it for ages. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  wrote “Music is the universal language of mankind – poetry their pastime and delight.”  William Congreve wrote “Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” But some people think “Music can sooth a savage beast” as well. Let’s take a look how music soothes a walrus, a leopard seal, and a herd of cattle,


[source: Walrus enjoys relaxing flute performance by alizbarharp on Rumble]

At the Dolphinarium Aquatoria in Crimea, Alzibar plays the flute for Samson, the walrus. It seems he is enjoying the free performance.


 

Steve jazzes it up with his saxophone to entertain Casey, a leopard seal at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.


 

Peabody, Kansas farmer Derek Klingenberg knows his cattle very well, as much as his cattle know his trombone.


 

Some animals aren’t as appreciative to music, as we can see here:  Derek’s brother playing “Home on The Range” on his trumpet to his chicken. He probably should have played “Reveille” instead.


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Meet Nick Vujicic, a real-life “Superman”

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Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic (pronounced “vooy-chich’) is the real-life Superman. He can swim, play golf and has 2 college degrees at age 21 (accountancy and financial planning). He has starred in a short film “The Butterfly Circus” which won him a Best Actor Award in a Film Festival, has helped thousands of people, and has inspired perhaps a million more. Not an ordinary feat for an ordinary man. But Nick is no ordinary man – he was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a very rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and legs. At age 29, he must have accomplished more than a “complete” man even twice his age.

Born on December 4, 1982 in Brisbane, Australia, Nick’s childhood was quite expectedly not a bed of roses. Simple and basic personal chores like brushing one’s teeth, or dressing oneself up which we take for granted are almost impossible tasks for Nick. But these were nothing compared to not being accepted and feel wanted, especially by your peers in school. Depression and loneliness were his usual companions. But God’s love for this man would turn his life around, and God would even make him His instrument to spread His words of hope, charity, and love.

After constant struggles, God would transform Nick from a nobody to a SOMEBODY. At age 17, Nick founded Life Without Limbs, a non-profit organization where he is President and CEO. Its mission is “to cross boundaries and break down barriers, to build bridges that bring people to the love and hope found in Jesus Christ.” Next year, it would embark on a massive World Outreach, with an itinerary of 27 countries, including Japan, North and South Korea, Hong Kong, Paraguay, Venezuela, the Philippines, and 20 other countries.

 

 

Here is the link where you can help in this endeavor:

http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/worldoutreach/donation-map/

Nick is now based in California since 2007 where he is an Evangelist and a motivational speaker. In 2010, He has written an autobiography “Life Without Limits” (Random House). He married his fiancee Kanae Miyahara in February 12, 2012, and they are expecting their first child, a baby boy.

[Update –  May 10, 2013] – Their first-born, baby boy Kiyoshi James Vujicic was born on Feb. 13, 2013, weighing 8 pounds 10 ounces.    (from http://africanspotlight.com/blog/2013/02/23/popular-limbless-evangelist-nick-vujicic-welcomes-baby-son-photo/