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Arun Pal / Blog

Fourteen Not Forgotten

In memory of

Geneviève Bergeron, 21, was a second year scholarship student in civil engineering. Hélène Colgan, 23, was in her final year of mechanical engineering and planned to take her Master’s degree. Nathalie Croteau, 23, was in her final year of mechanical engineering. Barbara Daigneault, 22, was in her final year of mechanical engineering and held a teaching assistantship. Anne-Marie Edward, 21, was a first year student in chemical engineering. Maud Haviernick, 29, was a second year student in engineering materials, a branch of metallurgy, and a graduate in environmental design. Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31, was a second year engineering student specializing in engineering materials. Maryse Laganière, 25, worked in the budget department of the Polytechnique. Maryse Leclair, 23, was a fourth year student in engineering materials. Anne-Marie Lemay, 27, was a fourth year student in mechanical engineering. Sonia Pelletier, 28, was to graduate the next day in mechanical engineering. She was awarded a degree posthumously. Michèle Richard, 21, was a second year student in engineering materials. Annie St-Arneault, 23, was a mechanical engineering student. Annie Turcotte, 21, was a materials engineering student.

Excited about new video!!

Recently a new video from a band I produced was posted online. The band is called Arrows Into Oceans and I also play drums for them. This video was captured at our CD release in Waterloo Ontario with members of the KW Symphony. I'm a big fan of this band and love this new song and I'm grateful to have a live version to share with everyone! https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FyPIupPcVUM Enjoy and hope to see at a show someday soon. All the best Arun

What's on The Horizon

Hey everyone Thinking I don't write many blogs so I'm going to start making it a habit to post a new one every week! Looking back over the past few years I have been focusing on being an engineer/producer a bit more and working on my piano/drum/singing material. It seems like the finished product and the process on these recent endeavours has given me some new motivation to make a new album. More importantly the focus is on capturing video and having the opportunity to share music in it's performance mode. It really is true that this mode carries the energy of the song and the chemistry of the players in a more natural way. I'm extremely excited to be able to share this music in video format over the coming months. Be well and keep growing

Arun

Matt Osborne's 8th year anniversary

Just wanted to mention that after all these years how blessed I feel to have known Matt. His music and his life have been a gift to me and so many others. In summary all you need to hear is Matt's song 'War Trilogy' to understand his greatness. it can be found on itunes. Peace and blessings, Arun

5th Year Anniversary of Matt Osborne's Passing

To start I must mention the significance of Thursday April 23. This date marks the 5th year anniversary of the passing of Matthew John Osborne. You can go to www.mattosborne.com to learn more about him and the trust fund efforts that have been running since his death. It is with a constant respect for Matt and what he became as an artist and human being that I wish all those who knew him (especially close friends and family), deep and meaningful peace on this Thursday April 23. It has been said before that we are all richer for having had Matt’s music, passion, incredible talent, mentorship, sense of humour and endearing generousity embedded in our beings. This is equally true 5 years later. For those who have only met Matt posthumously, through his music and recordings, it has been a life changing experience to witness his impact on you. An impact I could never have imagined to be so strong when you had never met the man. It is in fact a testament to why art, why music is at the heart of us all. When it’s created and performed by a human being who embraced every facet of life and who took the full potential of his talent to everyone without judgment, it is indeed a gift to us all. Matt did this with grace and sincerity. I wanted to share this quote with you from one such person impacted by his music who I hope doesn’t mind seeing her words out for everyone else to read!

“When I first listened to it myself, I started to cry....SERIOUSLY!! I felt so saddened that this amazingly gifted musician was no longer here, and that I wouldn't be able to hear him live. WOW! What a gift to music he was. That CD makes me laugh out loud and cry. I've listened to it a half dozen times and am moved every time. And I just spent the better part of an hour on his website reading about the guy.... cried again. I feel like a ‘baby’, but I think it's pretty cool that his spirit can live on as it surely does for anyone who knew him and anyone who hears his music.”

I pay tribute to Matt without fail but for one reason and only one reason, I owe Matt more than anyone could ever know. He gave and continues to give me gifts in life and I’m forever indebted to him. Please take some time to listen his music, words and spirit by hearing samples at http://www.puretracks.com/catalog/details.aspx?pid=ioda_829982081797 and at my Myspace www.myspace.com/arunpal

Peace Arun Pal, April 23, 2009 1:54 AM

CD NAMING CONTEST

Howdi OK, this is it. Go to www.myspace.com/arunpal and listen to early samples of 4 tracks from the new CD. Then you can submit up to 3 ideas for an album name. If one of your ideas is chosen you win concert tickets worth over $300.00! The winner will be announced at my next band performance on Friday June 20 at the Boathouse in Kitchener. I'll be joined by the Montreal based band Self Cynic. Have fun and hope to see you soon!

Music....Matt's memories-April23

Things look good in terms of finishing new CD and video by late May to early June! Really enjoyed the process for this new album as well as the great gigs! Opening for Amanda Martinez and her band was a treat. Very good players, great music and most of all great people. Just a note about tomorrow (April 23). It marks the 4th year anniversary of Matt Osborne's passing. I know it's an important day for lots of people especially close friends and his family. Just wanted to say he is still greatly missed and not forgotten. To my amazement there are still a number of events, recordings and countless references dedicated to his memory. It's been hard and continues to be a struggle at times coming to terms with his loss but it still feels like he is enriching our lives to this day. This year a blues CD of Matt's previously unreleased tracks as we as live rarities will be pressed and distributed. It's exciting and gratifying to know others will be able to hear these tracks. I know everyone deals with life in their own way and collectively we all may vary about how we remember those we lose. In Matt's case that couldn't be more true. I would want to respect all the differences we have. I only hope this latest anniversary helps us reflect on how fortunate we are to be alive and even more so because we have rich memories of Matt and his life. I want to thank Matt's family (especially Gloria and Don) as well as the trust fund board members and my friends for teaching me more about Matt and what he has done for us all. In earnest I truly believe Matt was one of those rare beings who found generousity and respect for others despite all the imperfections of those around him and in himself. He taught us that it is good to live life outside of ourselves by putting energy into others even though that goes against the grain of what our society usually preaches.

2007

Hi! well to be brief I would love it if the following happened by Dec 31/07 -My music video for my single "Each Time" is completed. It will feature the band and I, choreography by acclaimed choreographer David Earle and animation by Montreal based animator Achim Schulmacher -My 3rd solo (full band arranged) album is also completed. -My DVD footage of my live performances (me playing piano/drums/singing at same time) makes it's way across the cyberspace universe -I take up knitting and kung fu -I complete a classical CD containing my contemporary compositions featuring new 3 movement work "Only Two". This piece debuted in Toronto/Guelph and made it's way to France and back. Here's a press sample ("ONLY TWO" HAD EVOLVED MELODIC CONTENT-- SUPPORTS EARLE'S INTENT. IT ALSO LENDS EMOTIONAL TEXTURE TO ITS MOST LYRICAL MOMENT -National Post) -I book my 2008 tour (must include Newfoundland) -I finish the Sophisticats album (3 years in making!!)-I'm ashamed and apologetic -I finish the Tory's album (3 years in making!!)!!)-I'm ashamed and apologetic -I finish my brother's album (4.5 years in making!!)-!!)-I'm even more ashamed and apologetic -I reflect on finishing the other 3 projects currently in my studio and can finally find time to paint and hang new photos (5 years new) to create nicer ambience -I sleep in atleast 3 days in a row without thinking I'm late when I wake up