Daily Archives: July 24, 2012

Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) Debut Album Full

Leonard CohenSongs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
Track Listing

Songs of Leonard Cohen

Songs of Leonard Cohen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

01 00:00 “Suzanne
02 03:49 “Master Song”

03 09:44 “Winter Lady”
04 12:00 “The Stranger Song”
05 17:06 “Sisters of Mercy”
06 20:41 “So Long, Marianne
07 26:19 “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”
08 29:15 “Stories of the Street”
09 33:49 “Teachers”
10 36:50 “One of Us Cannot Be Wrong”
Bonus Tracks on 2007 Reissue
11 41:17 “Store Room”
12 46:20 “Blessed Is the Memory”

Girl On a Bridge (La Fille sur le Pont) Trailer Leonard Cohen’s With A Thousand Kisses Deep

Girl on the Bridge (La Fille sur le Pont)Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil, Patrice Leconte

A Thousand Kisses Deep lyrics

The ponies run, the girls are young,
The odds are there to beat.
You win a while, and then it’s done –
Your little winning streak.
And summoned now to deal
With your invincible defeat,
You live your life as if it’s real,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

I’m turning tricks, I’m getting fixed,
I’m back on Boogie Street.
You lose your grip, and then you slip
Into the Masterpiece.
And maybe I had miles to drive,
And promises to keep:
You ditch it all to stay alive,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

And sometimes when the night is slow,
The wretched and the meek,
We gather up our hearts and go,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

Confined to sex, we pressed against
The limits of the sea:
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me.
I made it to the forward deck.
I blessed our remnant fleet –
And then consented to be wrecked,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

I’m turning tricks, I’m getting fixed,
I’m back on Boogie Street.
I guess they won’t exchange the gifts
That you were meant to keep.
And quiet is the thought of you,
The file on you complete,
Except what we forgot to do,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

And sometimes when the night is slow,
The wretched and the meek,
We gather up our hearts and go,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

The ponies run, the girls are young,
The odds are there to beat . . .

Cover of

Cover of Girl on the Bridge

Leonard Cohen – Why Don’t You Try (1974 – New skin for the old Ceremony)


1974 – New skin for the old Ceremony

Why don’t you try to do without him? 
Why don’t you try to live alone? 
Do you really need his hands for your passion? 
Do you really need his heart for your throne? 
Do you need his labour for your baby? 
Do you need his beast for the bone? 
Do you need to hold a leash to be a lady? 
I know you’re going to make, make it on your own. 
Why don’t your try to forget him? 
Just open up your dainty little hand. 
You know this life is filled with many sweet companions, 
many satisfying one-night stands
Do you want to be the ditch around a tower? 
Do you want to be the moonlight in his cave? 
Do you want to give your blessing to his power 
as he goes whistling past his daddy, past his daddy’s grave. 

I’d like to take you take you to the ceremony, 
well, that is if I remember the way. 
You see Jack and Jill they’re going to join their misery, 
I’m afraid it’s time for everyone to pray. 
You can see they’ve finally taken cover, 
they’re willing, yeah they’re willing to obey. 
Their vows are difficult, they’re for each other, 
so let nobody put a loophole, a loophole in their way.


Erik Satie “Trois Gymnopédies”

 For the Ancient Greek festival and dance, see Gymnopaedia.

The Gymnopédies, published in Paris starting in 1888, are three piano compositions written by French composer and pianist Erik Satie.

These short, atmospheric pieces are written in 3/4 time, with each sharing a common theme and structure. Collectively, the Gymnopédies are regarded as an important precursor to modernambient music[1] — gentle yet somewhat eccentric pieces which, when composed, defied the classical tradition.[citation needed] For instance, the first few bars of Gymnopédie No. 1 consist of an alternating progression of two major seventh chords, the first on the subdominant, G, and the second on the tonic, D.

The melodies of the pieces use deliberate, but mild, dissonances against the harmony, producing a piquant, melancholy effect that matches the performance instructions, which are to play each piece “slowly”, “dolorously” or “gravely”.[2]

From the second half of the 20th century on, the Gymnopédies were often erroneously described as part of Satie’s body of furniture music, perhaps because of John Cage‘s interpretation of them.[3]       More…

Erik Satie ~ Gnossiennes (piano- Aki Takahashi)

 “Gnossienne” is the name given to several piano pieces by the French composer Erik Satie in the late 19th century.Characteristics

Satie’s coining of the word “gnossienne” was one of the rare occasions when a composer used a new term to indicate a new “type” of composition. Satie had and would use many novel names for his compositions (“vexations“, “croquis et agaceries” and so on). “Ogive,” for example, had been the name of an architectural element until Satie used it as the name for a composition, the Ogives. “Gnossienne,” however, was a word that did not exist before Satie used it as a title for a composition. The word appears to be derived from “gnosis“; Satie was involved in gnostic sects and movements at the time that he began to compose the Gnossiennes.[1] However, some published versions claim[1] that the word derives from Cretan “knossos” or “gnossus” and link the Gnossiennes to TheseusAriadne and the Minotaur myth. Several archeological sites relating to that theme were famously excavated around the time that Satie composed the Gnossiennes.        More…

Erik Satie – Je te veux


J’ai compris ta détresse
Cher amoureux
Et je cède à tes vœux
Fais de moi ta maîtresse
Loin de nous la sagesse
Plus de tristesse
J’aspire à l’instant précieux
Où nous serons heureux
Je te veux

Je n’ai pas de regrets
Et je n’ai qu’une envie
Près de toi là tout près
Vivre toute ma vie
Que ton corps soit le mien
Que ma lèvre soit tienne
Que ton coeur soit le mien

Yin Yang Times of Day


H. Wieniawski – Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22 (Kobayashi)

Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22

Miki Kobayashi, violin
Orkiestra Kameralna Polskiego Radia Amadeus
Agnieszka Duczmal, conductor

Recorded at Auditorium Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan, 2011


Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22, by the Polish violin virtuosoHenryk Wieniawski, may have been started in 1856, but the first performance did not take place until November 27, 1862, when he played it in St. Petersburg with Anton Rubinstein conducting. It was published in 1879, inscribed to his dear friend Pablo de Sarasate. The work is in three movements:

  1. Allegro moderato in D minor
  2. Romance: Andante non troppo in B flat major
  3. Allegro con fuoco – Allegro moderato (à la Zingara) in D minor/D major

Both main elements of the first movement, its sombre, restless first subject, and its lyrical pendant (begun by a solo horn) are discussed freely and subject to dazzling embellishments by the solo violin. This movement includes a demanding variety of technique, including chromatic glissandi, double stops, arpeggios, sixths, octaves, thirds, chromatic scales, and artificial harmonics, not to mention a myriad of bowing techniques. The beat is based on a 4/4 or common time.

The slow movement, a Romance, follows without a break. It is based on a lilting tune in 12/8 time and rises to an impassioned central climax.

A rhapsodic passage marked Allegro con fuoco and mainly a solo cadenza, leads to the finale, a dashing rondo in the gypsy style, which quotes the first movement’s subsidiary theme in the course of its second and third episodes. The final movement implements a 2/4 time, which allows the violinists to emphasize certain notes in the beginning of some measures.

Wieniawski’s second Violin Concerto remains one of the greatest violin concertos of the Romantic era, memorable for its lush and moving melodies and harmonies.        More…

Max Bruch – Violin Concerto No.1 G minor Op.26 (Menuhin, 1961)


  1. VorspielAllegro moderato
  2. Adagio
  3. Finale: Allegro energico

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Max Bruch‘s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, is one of the most popular violin concertos in the repertory. It continues to be performed and recorded by many violinists and is arguably Bruch’s most famous composition.[1]

The concerto was first completed in 1866 and the first performance was given on 24 April 1866 by Otto von Königslow with Bruch himself conducting. The concerto was then considerably revised with help from celebrated violinist Joseph Joachim and completed in its present form in 1867. The premiere of the revised concerto was given by Joachim in Bremen on 5 January 1868 with Karl Martin Rheinthaler conducting.[2]       More…


A pebble’s memories (by George-b) (from my poetic thoughts)

A pebble’s memories (by George-b)

In dreams we’re  loved and cared for
while  daylight is for returning
The love and care our dream
gathered for us
while innocently  dreaming –

For instance:  take this fragment
of a larger pebble, almost a stone,
still dreaming of the mountain around it once ,
while under ice being forsaken for Eons;
will it remember of  the mountain it once were,
the way it felt, the way it…rocked?
The way the solid water worked onto the crevice,
breaking more ,

While the time had flowed Eons…

Pebbles on Findhorn Beach

Pebbles on Findhorn Beach (Photo credit: Assaulted Peanut)

Laila Biali performs her original song, A la poursuite des marées

Canadian pianist & singer Laila Biali performs her original song, A la poursuite des marées (“Chasing Tides”). Filmed on tour in Canada at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on February 10, 2012.

Laila Biali: piano, vocals. Phil Dwyer: sax. George Koller: bass. Larnell Lewis: drums. Ben Wittman: percussion.

Video by One Punch Productions. Mix by Ben Wittman. Hair & Makeup by Annastasia Cucullo. Dress by Fashion Crimes.

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On a ray of light, the Earth is still suspended! Great photo, great post!

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Ralph Nader: Where is Obama’s promised minimum-wage hike? (from Reuter)

Ralph Nader:  Where is Obama’s promised minimum-wage hike?(from Reuter)

Ralph Nader: Where is Obama’s promised minimum-wage hike?(from Reuter)     (click to access report)

During the 2008 campaign, presidential candidate Barack Obama made a pledge to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour by 2011. Promises like this one inspired a generation of young voters, excited long-neglected progressive voters and gave hope to millions of his supporters across the country  More

Today’s Quotation: Henry James (1843-1916) on “judging”

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.

Henry James (1843-1916) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: AMELIA MARY EARHART (1897)


Amelia Mary Earhart (1897)

After attending an air show in 1920, Earhart, who had previously worked as a military nurse and a social worker, decided she wanted to become a pilot. She bought her first plane the following year. In 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger, and four years later, she became the first female pilot to make the trip solo. In 1937, her plane mysteriously vanished over the Pacific as she and a copilot attempted to circumnavigate the globe. What happened to them? More… Discuss




First Ascent of the Eiger’s North Face (1938)

Switzerland’s Eiger mountain was first summited in 1858, but the sheer north face of the 13,025-foot (3,970-m) Alpine peak was not successfully climbed until 1938, when two independent pairs of climbers met on the face, joined forces, and reached the summit as a team. It has been climbed many times since, sadly with many fatalities, which, due to the cliff’s high visibility, occur in full view of nearby villages. Since 1935, how many people have died climbing the Eiger’s so-called Murder Wall? More… Discuss



China Broadens Online Video Censorship Rules

China already blocks many overseas video sites, including YouTube, but its State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) is of the opinion that more must be done to safeguard the mental health of young people. To that end, it is now requiring video website administrators to prescreen and block “vulgar” material, specified as that containing violence, pornography, and some swearing. It has been suggested that the vague nature of the guidelines was an intentional move on the part of the government censors, as it leaves them with the final say in what does or does not pass muster.More… Discuss


En Pointe

En pointe is the classical ballet technique of dancing on the tips of the toes. Primarily the domain of female dancers, it conveys an appearance of fairy-like weightlessness. Pointe work is accomplished with the aid of specialized ballet shoes that have a flat, stiff front that supports the toes and a shank that supports the arch. Still, dancing en pointe puts tremendous stress on dancers’ feet and requires extensive training. Why should dancers be at least 12 before starting to dance en pointe? More… Discuss