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A Pianist with a Purpose 撫慰象心的鋼琴家

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A Pianist with a Purpose 撫慰象心的鋼琴家
This musician brings Bach and Beethoven to some very big listeners.
這位音樂家將巴哈及貝多芬等音樂帶給一些重量級的聽眾。

 

 

   Many people start to love elephants from the time that they first learn the letter “E.” Unfortunately, these gentle giants are an endangered species and have been abused by humans for hundreds of years. Fortunately, Paul Barton, an artist and musician from the UK who has been living in Thailand for several years, is taking matters into his own two hands.
  Over the last seven years, Barton has spent his time performing classical piano for the residents at Elephants World, a sanctuary a few hours’ drive from Bangkok. These elephants spent most of their lives working for humans in the logging and tourism industries, and they are now retired here. Some of them are blind. When Barton performs for them, every animal responds to the music in some way. They might sway to the beat, hold their trunks inside their mouths, or even walk up to the piano and put their trunks on it.
  Elephants have excellent powers of memory, and many of the elephants Barton plays piano for even have a favorite piece of music. Over the years, Barton has developed a special connection with this herd of elephants, and they will certainly never forget him and his beautiful music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. unfortunately adv. 不幸的是,令人遺憾地
Unfortunately, the cancer cells have already spread to other parts of the little boy’s body.
不幸的是,癌細胞已經轉移到小男孩身體的其他部位。

2. abuse vt. 虐待;辱罵;濫用
abuse n. 虐待;濫用
Most Asian-American teenagers have the experience of being verbally abused at school.
大部分的亞裔美國青年在學校都曾有遭到言語辱罵的經驗。
* verbally adv. 用言辭地;口頭上地
The organization is trying its best to increase public awareness about animal abuse.
該組織正極力提升大眾對虐待動物的關注。

3. take matters into sb’s own hands  (某人)親自處理問題∕採取行動
When the police failed to catch the thief, the robbery victim took matters into her own hands.
當警方未能逮住小偷,這樁搶案的受害者就親自採取行動。

4. perform vt. & vi. 演奏,演出
The singer received lots of requests to perform live.
那位歌手接獲大量要他現場演出的要求。

5. classical a.(音樂)古典的
Claudia thinks that she is a woman with good taste since she only listens to classical music.
克勞蒂亞自認是個有品味的人,因為她只聽古典樂。

6. tourism n. 觀光旅遊業
Many countries depend on tourism for much of their economic growth.
許多國家大部分的經濟成長都仰賴觀光業。

7. retired a. 已退休∕役的
Now that my mom is retired, she has a lot of time on her hands.
由於我媽退休了,因此她有很多時間。
* have time on sb’s hands  (某人)有充裕的時間;(某人)無事可做

8. sway vi. 搖擺∕晃 & vt. 影響(某人)
The branches of the trees swayed in the breeze.
樹上的枝枒在微風中搖擺。
David tried to sway my opinion in favor of the new law.
大衛企圖左右我的意見,要我支持新法。

 

◆  pianist n. 鋼琴家,鋼琴演奏者
◆  sanctuary
n. 動物保護區;庇護所
◆  trunk
n. 象鼻;(汽車後面的)行李廂

 

大象根本什麼都記得!
本文中 elephant(大象) 這個主角,很多有趣的俚語牠都身處其中,像是 white elephant,指的就是「累贅;昂貴而無用的東西」。由於大象對於方向這種記憶力是代代相傳的,牠們不會忘記自己的遷徙路線,而意識到接近死亡時也會回到屬於同種象群的墳場,因此出現了 have a memory like an elephant 這個俚語來表示「(某人)記憶力非常好」,而 Elephants never forget. 也是相當類似的表示法。讓我們來看看怎麼用:

Jake bought the boat hoping it would help him relax, but it soon became a white elephant.
(杰克買了艘船,希望能幫他放鬆一下,但卻很快就變成了累贅。)
Don’t make any loose promises to Doris. She has a memory like an elephant.
= Don’t make any loose promises to Doris. Like an elephant, she never forgets.
(別隨便對朵莉絲承諾什麼喔。她可是什麼都記得。)

 

   很多人從他們剛開始學到字母 E 時就愛上大象了。不幸的是這些性格溫馴的大型生物是瀕臨滅絕的物種,還被人類凌虐了數百年之久。幸好,一位旅居泰國多年的英國藝術家兼音樂家保羅‧巴頓正親手來處理這些問題。
  巴頓在過去七年以來利用自己的時間為大象世界裡的成員演奏古典鋼琴曲目,大象世界是一個距離曼谷幾個小時車程的象隻收容所。這些象一生大多都在為人類的伐木業及觀光業賣命,而現在就在這裡退休了。有些大象已失明。在巴頓為牠們演奏時,每一隻都以某種方式對這些音樂作出反應。牠們會將自己的鼻子放進嘴裡而隨著節奏搖擺,甚至走向鋼琴,把象鼻放在上面。
  大象擁有絕佳的記憶力,許多聽巴頓為牠們彈奏鋼琴的大象甚至有自己特別喜愛的曲子。巴頓這些年來與這群大象建立起一種特殊的連繫,而牠們也絕對不會忘記巴頓這個人及其演奏的美妙音樂。

 


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