Daily Archives: May 10, 2011

Facebook Leaks: Via France24

Mississippi Floods hit Menphys, head toward New Orleans

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Cheek to cheek: Fred and Ginger (1935)

San Franciscan Nights Eric Burdon & The Animals

“San Franciscan Nights” is a 1967 song performed by Eric Burdon and The Animals, with words and music by the group’s members, Eric Burdon, Vic Briggs, John Weider, Barry Jenkins, and Danny McCulloch. A paean to San Francisco, it was the biggest hit that the new band — as opposed to the first-incarnation Animals of the mid-1960s — would have, reaching a peak position of number 1 on the Canadian RPM charts, number 9 on the U.S. pop singles chart and number 7 on the UK pop singles chart. Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Franciscan_Nights
WHo can tell why did so many people loved this song, why it did so well: I think that above all might have had to do with the song itself, the way it stretches like The Bridge, and like the it, the way it made people feel alike, move alike, sing alike, be alike…Or may be is the guitar, or even the words…Yes the words…Words have a quality to be powerful, to be meaningful, to create ideas as strong as the rocks on which The Bridge touches the land, after flying high into the air, hanging in the winds and fogs. We have built cities, dams, aqueducts, bridges, sky scrapers, railroads, freeways: What’s next to be built? We sculpted mountains and included that in motion features, now what is next? Is there anything else that we did not yet build? is anything worth building?
We have built outwardly, around us, everlasting structures. What about building inwardly, in our hearts and minds, everlasting friendships, love never ending, trust, happiness? Is there time to start building there…inwardly, towards the core, towards humanity?
One can only be hopeful!

Today’s Birthday: Fres Astaire (MAy 10, 1899)

Fred Astaire (1899)

Born Frederick Austerlitz, Astaire was an American dancer, actor, and singer who began his career as a child on a successful Broadway vaudeville team with his sister Adele. After his sister retired, Astaire became a film actor and developed a reputation as a debonair song-and-dance man, particularly in the films he made with Ginger Rogers, which elevated tap dance to an elegant, disciplined art and revolutionized popular-dance performance. What were some of Astaire’s most popular films? More… Discuss

This Day In History: Nelson Mandela Elected President of South Africa

Nelson Mandela Inaugurated as South Africa’s First Black President (1994)

Mandela served as the first democratically elected President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. His political activism began after 1948 with an initial commitment to non-violent mass struggle. Later, his anti-apartheid activities led to his imprisonment for nearly 30 years. Released in 1990, he was elected president of the African National Congress and represented it in the turbulent negotiations that led to the establishment of majority rule. With whom did he share the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize? More… Discuss

Today’s Quotation: Mark Twain

There is an old-time toast which is golden for its beauty. “When you ascend the hill of prosperity may you not meet a friend.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss