View Comments Idina Menzel Here’s a quick roundup of album-themed stories you may have missed today. Idina Menzel Channels Patti LaBelleTony Winner Idina Menzel will release her eagerly-anticipated new album idina. on September 23. For her latest single, “Queen Of Swords,” the Broadway supernova explains how she channeled Patti LaBelle. “I just went for it! I didn’t even know if I could hit that note.” Naturally, since Menzel’s the Queen, she nailed it. Check out the video below. See who influenced #QueenOfSwords. p.s. Did my best @MsPattiPatti w/ big note! https://t.co/ivQ5cT2mnphttps://t.co/C63h8JaP0X— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) August 25, 2016 Enjoy Paramour at HomeRoll up! Roll up! The Broadway cast album for Cirque du Soleil-Paramour will be available digitally on August 26; physical copies are set to drop on September 16 via Amazon. The previously reported record of 18 original tracks, features Main Stem stars Jeremy Kushnier, Ruby Lewis and Ryan Vona.Watch Chris Pine Get Accustomed to Babs’ FaceAnother day, another starry music video preview of Barbra Streisand’s upcoming album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. Check out below as the legend partners up with Chris Pine for “I’ll Be Seeing You / I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” The wait will finally be over when the album joins Paramour and drops on August 26.
Breathe in.I’ve been climbing this hill — more like a mountain, actually — for ten minutes now. My legs and lungs are burning and I find my mind drifting to the moment when I’ll crest. Only a few more seconds and I can relax. But wait, my goal for today’s run is to stay in the present. Refocus. Forget about the top of that hill, where I’ll be soon. Back to this minute.Breathe out. Be here now.Recently I’ve been practicing mindful running, or as Sakyong Mipham would put it, Running with the Mind of Meditation. A friend recently sent me this book, and I think it has the power to alter my running dramatically.Sakyong Mipham is the leader of Shambhala, a community of meditation retreat centers. As well as being a spiritual leader and Tibetan lama, he is an experienced marathoner. This book is the result of his effort to blend the two, as he believes that spiritual well-being is enhanced by physical activity. The Sakyong talks about how both meditation and running are opportunities to engage our minds, to be fully present in our lives. He warns, however, that if we participate in these activities half-heartedly, simply trying to keep ourselves distracted, we’ve lost out on a valuable lesson. Practicing mindful running has the result of changing running from “simple exercise to a journey of discovery and growth”.Reading this, I realize how emotionally absent I tend to be on many of my runs. On my long runs, I’m counting the hours and miles until I’m finished, and during interval workouts, I’m just trying to ignore the pain. Lunchtime runs are spent focusing on work issues, and many a time I’ve finished a run feeling like I’ve just spent the past hour with several of my most challenging students. Where is the peace and joy in that? Something tells me that I’m not really getting the most out of my runs if I finish feeling just as stressed as when I began.The Sakyong says that by staying present in the here-and-now, we are able to leave our daily stressors behind. During our run, we should focus on our run, not the millions of other things going on in other areas of our lives. The most basic way to accomplish this is to focus on one’s breathing. He calls this following the breath. Sounds simple — just take your mind away from its current thought or worry and pay attention to your breathing instead.Easy enough. I take off down the trail, determined to empty my mind of all concerns. I make it for a couple of minutes. Maybe. It might have been only thirty seconds before my thoughts drifted off to such random topics as what I’d have for dinner, how I needed to transplant those perennials, and the topic of my next blog. Enough! Back to the breath. I breathe in and out. What’s that twinge in my Achilles? Focus — the breath. Wait — how’s my pace? Didn’t I run this stretch of trail faster last week? FOCUS — it’s the breath, stupid. The thoughts just keep coming and I start to recognize just how busy my brain is with superficial concerns and how easy it is to allow myself to chase each of these fleeting thoughts.Eventually I finish my run. This mindful running stuff is trickier than it appears. Over the next few weeks I make several more attempts, and am pleased to find myself making progress. The Sakyong emphasizes the importance of not evaluating oneself, not focusing on improvement but simply on where one is in the moment. Still, the practice does get easier, and even though I’m still only able to stay fully present for a few minutes at a time, something is changing. The experience of running is different, and I finish feeling both relaxed and refreshed. There just might be something to this mindfulness thing.Check out another one of Anne’s posts about running in a dress!
Ian Wright and Michael Owen criticise ‘criminal’ Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s lack of service
The striker only touched the ball 22 times in a peripheral display (Pictures: Premier League / Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright has defended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sub-par performance against Manchester City, while Michael Owen described the striker’s lack of service as ‘criminal’.The Gunners failed to register a single shot on target in their 3-0 defeat at the Etihad on Wednesday night, with star man Aubameyang touching the ball just 22 times – the only starters to record fewer were Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari, who picked up injuries in the first few minutes.But far from being distracted by the speculation over his future, Wright says Aubameyang’s peripheral display was down to his runs being ignored by his teammates. Advertisement Ian Wright and Michael Owen criticise ‘criminal’ Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s lack of service Aubameyang threw up his arms in frustration after being ignored again (Premier League / Optus)Asked if he could empathise with Aubameyang’s frustration, fellow pundit Owen added: ‘Well I think me and Wrighty can both do that because we’re both players that played on the shoulder. We liked the ball into space, liked running onto it.‘And if you’re going to play Manchester City, think of the teams that have come to the Etihad and beaten them: Wolves who are great at counter-attacking, Leicester counter-attacked them to death as well.‘I think that’s what you’ve got to do. Defend in numbers and blast forward with pace. And they’ve got all the attributes to do that, but then they’re not setting their main weapon free. It’s criminal really when you’ve got pace like that up front.’MORE: David Luiz accepts blame after his nightmare performance in Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester CityMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father holding up talks over new Arsenal contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Nketiah could have slipped Aubameyang in but turned back inside (Premier League / Optus)Both Eddie Nketiah and Kieran Tierney missed opportunities to slide Arsenal’s top scorer in behind City’s high defence and Wright could see how frustrated Aubameyang was becoming.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking during the Premier League’s coverage, he said: ‘If you’re going to have Aubameyang, the thing with Aubameyang is he’s not somebody who’s going to get involved in the play too much, but there’s opportunities like this: now that is him perfect. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 8:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link918Shares Tierney tried a long switch to Saka rather than slip in Aubameyang (Premier League / Optus)‘Put that in there because that’s what he does, he gets in that situation and he’s going to punish you. Loads of space to run into but they don’t give it to him.‘And then we see another one where you think, “Okay this is what you want”. Arsenal break up the move and then you give it to Kieran Tierney and you’re thinking, on his left foot – his very good left foot – just bend it in round there and look at that space in there.‘City are absolutely petrified of that. And you see his [Aubameyang’s] reaction there, he knows.’
Facebook Twitter Google+ C.J. Fair had already taken seven shots from the field through 10-plus minutes.He hit one of them.The Syracuse forward, who has been SU’s go-to option all season, never got into a rhythm against Boston College. After hitting two crucial shots against Pittsburgh and the game-winner to beat N.C. State last week, Fair was ineffective when SU needed him most on Wednesday night.“C.J. goes 7-of-23,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “it’s surprising we’re in the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFair finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, but took 23 shots — which is as many as Jerami Grant, Trevor Cooney and Rakeem Christmas took combined. His poor performance magnified No. 1 Syracuse’s (25-1, 12-1 Atlantic Coast) offensive futility in a 62-59 overtime loss to Boston College (7-19, 3-10) in the Carrier Dome, its first of the season.Syracuse shot just 32.3 percent overall. Though Fair kept the Orange in the game to some degree, he also shot SU out of it, as some of the shots he usually makes clanged off the backboard and didn’t draw iron. Early on, Fair was extremely aggressive. He bricked a shot from the left side that he usually makes. He shanked a step-back jumper, too. After the missed shot, Boeheim furrowed his brow and pursed his lips, looking up toward the roof of the Carrier Dome.To make up for it, Fair hit four free throws in the half and added four layups. He propelled Syracuse to a 25-17 lead at the half. In a game where Fair had nowhere near his typical mojo, he was still Syracuse’s most potent offensive player.Considering how poorly his team played offensively for the fourth straight game, Boeheim wasn’t surprised it came out on the losing end.“We’re not going to win games shooting 32 percent, 16 percent from the 3,” Boeheim said. “It’s really simple. This isn’t complicated. We’ve got to be better on offense. That’s all.”Fair continued to carry Syracuse in the second half, when SU’s lead ballooned to as much as 13. But then disappeared as BC climbed back. The Orange needed a spark, but Fair couldn’t provide it. He didn’t score a point in the final 12:57 of regulation. He wasn’t missing, he just simply wasn’t shooting anymore.He took 18 shots through the game’s first 29 minutes, but just one in the final 10 minutes of regulation.“My touch was a little off and my shot was going a little too hard,” Fair said.In overtime, he missed a makeable shot from just outside the paint, but again didn’t connect. Though some of his shots weren’t even close, Fair didn’t regret any he took. “Nah, I don’t think I took bad shots,” he said.Then he paused for five seconds, rubbing his head with one hand and twiddling a piece of plastic from the ice bags on his knees with the other. “They just weren’t falling.”Rakeem Christmas said Fair and the rest of Syracuse’s players were taking the shots they usually take, and that it wasn’t a matter of poor shot selection. And for the first time this year, Syracuse was outplayed for the entire final six or seven minutes. SU shot just 6-of-19 in the final seven minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime.It wasn’t Fair’s fault. He was the only player putting the ball in the basket early in the game, but when Boston College swarmed him, he couldn’t make contested shots. “They packed it in on him tonight,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said, “and they forced him to take tougher shots. But C.J.’s one of the best offensive guys in the country and you’re not going to have one of your best games every night.“He’s just got to continue to attack and he’ll be fine.” Comments Published on February 20, 2014 at 1:02 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass