Daily Archives: March 30, 2013

Chris Botti (trumpet) “Easter Parade”

Christopher Stephen Botti or Chris Botti [BOH-tee] (born October 12, 1962) is an American trumpeter and composer. Born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Corvallis, Oregon, he spent two years of his childhood growing up in Italy. His earliest musical influence was his mother, a classically trained pianist and part-time piano teacher.
He plays a Martin Committee Handcraft trumpet made in 1940, and uses a 3 silver plated mouthpiece from Bach made in 1926, having recently retired his 1920 3C Bach mouthpiece. He counts Miles Davis among his most significant influences.
Botti attended Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon where he studied under Larry McVey whose renowned jazz program had come to be a regular stop for Stan Kenton and Mel Tormé when they were looking for new players. It was here he played alongside his friend, trombonist and future Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Todd Field.
After leaving Mount Hood, Botti studied under David Baker and Bill Adam at Indiana University.

Clifton Webb with Leo Reisman and His Orchestra – Easter Parade (1933)

Charted at #5 in 1933. From the revue, “As Thousands Cheer“. Webb and Marilyn Miller sang it in the Broadway revue. Peformed by Bing Crosby in the 1942 movie, “Holiday Inn“. Performed by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in the 1948 movie, “Easter Parade”. Much of the melody of this song was earlier used by Berlin in the 1917 song, “Smile and Show Your Dimple” which I have also posted. 

A #11 hit for Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians in 1939, #16 for Harry James and His Orchestra in April 1942 and #7 for Freddie Mitchell and His Orchestra on the R&B chart in 1950.

Written by Irving Berlin.

B-side is “How’s Chances?


Hristos a inviat – Erzbistum Bucuresti (Arhidieceza Romano-Catolică de Bucureşti, St. Josef)

Arhidieceza Romano-Catolică de Bucureşti, St. Josef

Hristos a Inviat din Morti!

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J.S. Bach – Easter Oratorio, BWV 249


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The Amsterdam Baroque Choir
The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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The Easter Oratorio (in German: Oster-Oratorium), BWV 249, is an oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, Kommt, eilet und laufet (Come, hasten and run). Bach composed it in Leipzig and first performed it on 1 April 1725.

BWV 249
Composition byJohann Sebastian Bach
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Thomaskirche, Leipzig
Title Easter Oratorio
Original Kommt, eilet und laufet
BWV 249
Related based on BWV 249a
Genre oratorio
Occasion Easter
Performed 1 April 1725 – Leipzig
Movements 11
Text poet Picander?
Solo voices S A T B
Choir SATB
Instruments 3Tr Ti 2Fl Ft 2

The first version of the work was completed as a cantata for Easter Sunday in Leipzig on 1 April 1725, then under the titleKommt, gehet und eilet.[1] It was named “oratorio” and given the new title only in a version revised in 1735. In a later version in the 1740s the third movement was expanded from a duet to a four-part chorus.[1] The work is based on a secular cantata, the so-called Shepherd Cantata Entfliehet, verschwindet, entweichet, ihr Sorgen, BWV 249a which is now lost, although thelibretto survives. Its author is Picander who is also likely the author of the oratorio’s text. The work is opened by two instrumental movements that are probably taken from a concerto of the Köthen period. It seems possible that the third movement is based on the concerto’s finale.[1]

o.     First line
1 Sinfonia    
2 Adagio    
3 Aria tenor, bass Kommt, eilet und laufet
4 Recitativo soprano, alto, tenor, bass O kalter Männer Sinn
5 Aria soprano Seele, deine Spezereien
6 Recitativo alto, tenor, bass Hier ist die Gruft
7 Aria tenor Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer
8 Recitativo soprano, alto Indessen seufzen wir
9 Aria alto Saget, saget mir geschwinde
10 Recitativo bass Wir sind erfreut
11 Chorus SATB Preis und Dank

Noam Chomsky – How the World Works: The Media

De ce nu se pedepseste injustitia?




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The Myth of Black Freedom in the U.S.

It’s more like the myth of equality between rich and poor…really, that is today’s reality:
No money no equal!


Submitted by: Mike Spindell, guest blogger

417px-Frederick_Douglass_portraitTo some of us the transition from slave to citizenship by those Africans brought in chains to these shores for economic exploitation and horrific abuse ended with the “Emancipation Proclamation”. To others its’ end might have been marked by “Brown v. Board of Education”, or by the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Those of somewhat more insightful bent may have said that the true emancipation occurred when Barack Obama was elected President in 2008. In my view, as much of an impact as all those milestones (and more such as Jackie Robinson i.e.) made to American consciousness, Black people in the United States clearly still lack the benefits and rewards of citizenship. I would go further and say that in the United States, at this time; most Black people still suffer the degradation and challenges brought about by both institutional and emotional racism. This is…

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British Summer Time begins tonight! Lets hope it brings the summer too :)

We started it about a month ago!

Day One


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Flag Counter: 174 Countries @ euzicasa Newest Country – Swaziland

Flag Counter: 174 Countries @ euzicasa

Flag Counter: 174 Countries @ euzicasa newest COuntry_ Swaziland

A book from another century: Robert Sabatier- Allumetes suedoises (my photo Collection)

Robert Sabatier-Allumettes Suedoises

Robert Sabatier-Allumettes Suedoises

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porcupine tree in March: Drop those cotton balls! (my photo collection)

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Ducks Floating on a Frozen Pond 1-8 (my photo collection)

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LEONARD COHEN – WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE (Send “Waiting For The Miracle” Ringtone to your Cell)

Leonard Cohen - The Future 
Baby, I’ve been waiting, 
I’ve been waiting night and day. 
I didn’t see the time, 
I waited half my life away. 
There were lots of invitations 
and I know you sent me some, 
but I was waiting 
for the miracle, for the miracle to come. 
I know you really loved me. 
but, you see, my hands were tied. 
I know it must have hurt you, 
it must have hurt your pride 
to have to stand beneath my window 
with your bugle and your drum, 
and me I’m up there waiting 
for the miracle, for the miracle to come. Ah I don’t believe you’d like it, 
You wouldn’t like it here. 
There ain’t no entertainment 
and the judgements are severe. 
The Maestro says it’s Mozart 
but it sounds like bubble gum 
when you’re waiting 
for the miracle, for the miracle to come. 

Waiting for the miracle 
There’s nothing left to do. 
I haven’t been this happy 
since the end of World War II. 

Nothing left to do 
when you know that you’ve been taken. 
Nothing left to do 
when you’re begging for a crumb
[ From: http://www.elyrics.net ]

Nothing left to do 
when you’ve got to go on waiting 
waiting for the miracle to come. 

I dreamed about you, baby. 
It was just the other night. 
Most of you was naked 
Ah but some of you was light. 
The sands of time were falling 
from your fingers and your thumb, 
and you were waiting 
for the miracle, for the miracle to come 

Ah baby, let’s get married, 
we’ve been alone too long. 
Let’s be alone together. 
Let’s see if we’re that strong. 
Yeah let’s do something crazy, 
something absolutely wrong 
while we’re waiting 
for the miracle, for the miracle to come. 

Nothing left to do … 

When you’ve fallen on the highway 
and you’re lying in the rain, 
and they ask you how you’re doing 
of course you’ll say you can’t complain — 
If you’re squeezed for information, 
that’s when you’ve got to play it dumb: 
You just say you’re out there waiting 
for the miracle, for the miracle to come.

Handel: Hallelujah from Messiah / Sir Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

“Hallelujah” from Messiah
George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759)
Sir Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Mozart: Cecilia Bartoli – Exsultate Jubilate – Alleluja

Cecilia Bartoli sings the final section of Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate.

2006. Conductor: Riccardo Muti

Luciano Pavarotti, Pietà, Signore Montreal, 1978

Michelangelo Pietà Palestri

Michelangelo Pietà Palestri

Michelangelo Pietà Palestri

The Palestrina Pietà is a marble sculpture by the Italian High Renaissance, dating from c. 1555 and housed in the Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy. It was formerly attributed to Michelangelo, but now it is mostly considered to have been completed by someone else. The sculpture depicts three figures, one of them the body of Jesus Christ.

Michelangelo: Rondanini Pieta

La Pieta:Michelangelo_rondanini

La Pieta:Michelangelo_rondanini

The Rondanini Pietà is a marble sculpture that Michelangelo worked on from the 1550s until the last days of his life, in 1564. It is housed in the Museum of Ancient Art of Sforza Castle in Milan. His final sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà revisited the theme of the Virgin Mary mourning over the body of the dead Christ, which he had first explored in his Pietà of 1499. Like his late series of drawings of the Crucifixion and the sculpture of the Deposition of Christ intended for his own tomb, it was produced at a time when Michelangelo’s sense of his own mortality (and with it his spirituality) was growing.

The Rondanini Pietà was begun before the Deposition, although in his dying days Michelangelo hacked at the marble block until only the dismembered right arm of Christ survived from the sculpture as originally conceived. The spectral, waif-like Virgin and Christ are a departure from the idealised figures that exemplified the sculptor’s earlier style, and have been said to bear more of a resemblance to the attenuated figures of Gothic sculpture than those of the Renaissance.

When viewing the sculpture from certain rear angles, it looks as if Jesus is holding Mary up with his back, instead of Mary cradling Jesus. It is said that Michelangelo carefully crafted it this way to represent how Jesus’s spirit might actually have been comforting Mary in her loss.


Then The Wind Changed – Official Trailer

When the Black Saturday Bushfires swept through Victoria Australia, the community of Strathewen was decimated. Local resident and filmmaker Celeste Geer recorded what happened as the surviving residents attempted to rebuild their lives and their shattered community.

Then the Wind Changed is a intimate portrait of a community razed to its very foundations.

“Closer to an inferno than you’ll ever want to be, so close to a community’s heart and soul that you’ll forget you aren’t a local.” Adrian Hyland (Author of Kinglake 350)


Michelangelo: La Pieta: Holy-Saturday-Global

Michelangelo_La Pieta: Basilica San Pietro - Vatican

Michelangelo_La Pieta: Basilica San Pietro – Vatican

The Pietà (1498–1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It is the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned for the French cardinal Jean de Billheres, who was a representative in Rome. The sculpture, inCarrara marble, was made for the cardinal’s funeral monument, but was moved to its current location, the first chapel on the right as one enters the basilica, in the 18th century. It is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed. This great piece of artwork is the first ever of Mary and Jesus after he was crucified, that shows Mary with a solemn face instead of a depressed sad face.

This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. The theme is of Northern origin, popular by that time in France but not yet in Italy. Michelangelo’s interpretation of the Pietà is unique to the precedents. It is an important work as it balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism. The statue is one of the most highly finished works by Michelangelo.

“Holy Saturday commemorates the day that Jesus Christ lay in the tomb after his death, according to the Christian bible. It is the day after Good Friday and the day before Easter Sunday. It is also known as Easter Eve, Easter Even, Black Saturday, or the Saturday before Easter.”

Leonard Cohen: Show me the place, (where you want your slave to go…)

Amazing Cohen!!!

Show me the place, where you want your slave to go 
Show me the place, I’ve forgotten I don’t know 
Show me the place where my head is bend and low 
Show me the place, where you want your slave to go 

Show me the place, help me roll away the stone 
Show me the place, I can’t move this thing alone 
Show me the place where the word became a man 
Show me the place where the suffering began 

The troubles came I saved what I could save 
A thread of light, a particle a wave
But there were chains so I hastended to behave
There were chains, so I loved you 
Like a slave

Show me the place, where you want your slave to go 
Show me the place, I’ve forgotten I don’t know 
Show me the place where my head is bend and low 
Show me the place, where you want your slave to go 

The troubles came I saved what I could save 
A thread of light, a particle a wave
But there were chains so I hastened to behave
There were chains so I loved you like a slave 

Show me the place 
Show me the place 
Show me the place 

Show me the place, help me roll away the stone 
Show me the place, I can’t move this thing alone 
Show me the place where the word became a man 
Show me the place where the suffering began

I do not own the copyright to this song. I have done this as a tribute to Leonard Cohen. Leonard, if you want it taken down please have it taken down.

Quotation: James Madison on Government as reflection of human nature

But what is Government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?

James Madison (1751-1836) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: NAOMI SIMS (1948) a supermodel

Naomi Sims (1948)

Often considered the first black supermodel, Sims was teased as an adolescent for her unusual height. While attending college, she attempted to earn money by securing modeling work but was frustrated by the racism of established agencies. Instead, she forged her own connections, achieving wide success and recognition in the 1960s and 70s before retiring to found a beauty-product empire. What film role did she turn down in 1972 due to the film’s exploitative portrayal of African Americans? More… Discuss


This Day in the Yesteryear: THE SICILIAN VESPERS REBELLION (1282)

The Sicilian Vespers Rebellion (1282)

By 1282, the French Angevin dynasty had controlled of the island of Sicily for decades. However, at the start of the traditional vespers service on Easter Monday, an uprising spontaneously broke out following a seemingly isolated altercation in which local residents sparred with French soldiers. The revolt spread like wildfire, and soon the Sicilians had massacred almost every French person on the island. What reportedly started the confrontation between the Sicilians and the soldiers? More… Discuss



The Shadow

According to the founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, the shadow is the part of the unconscious mind that consists of forbidden feelings, primitive instincts, and repressed desires. Supposedly, a person can interact with his or her own shadow in a variety of ways—including falling victim to it—and the shadow can appear to a person as a figure in his or her dreams. Jung wrote that the less aware a person is of the shadow, the darker it is. What is the Freudian equivalent of Jung’s shadow? More…Discuss