Monthly Archives: June 2013

Quotation: George Eliot on “Later Love”

How is it that the poets have said so many fine things about our first love, so few about our later love? Are their first poems their best? Or are not those the best which come from their fuller thought, their larger experience, their deeper-rooted affections?

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: GEORGE SAND (1804) and Reverie from Collections: “Tales of the Cities”

George Sand (1804)

Born Amandine Dupin, Sand was raised in a strict household but began to rebel after spending time in a convent. She wore men’s clothes and urged women to live as men did. In 1836, she divorced her aristocratic husband and moved to Paris with their two children, supporting them by writing some 80 novels. Under her pseudonym, she became a star of the French literary scene, drawing admiration from Gustave Flaubert and vitriol from Charles Baudelaire. What famous composer was Sand’s longtime lover? More… Discuss

Collection: Tales of the Cities
by Various

This is a collection of city stories, fiction or non-fiction, in English and published before 1923. Contributions have been chosen by the reader himself. Summary by BellonaTimes.


International Geophysical Year Begins (1957)

Undertaken during a period of maximum sunspot activity, the International Geophysical Year (IGY) was an 18-month period of cooperation among the scientists of 67 nations for concentrated and coordinated geophysical study, primarily of the solar and terrestrial atmospheres. It produced scientific cooperation unimpeded by the Cold War and was the largest and most important international scientific effort to that date. What are some of the dozens of advances and discoveries achieved during the IGY? More… Discuss


Feast Your Eyes on This

Food tastes different depending on the utensils used to serve and eat it. Previous research has shown that crockery can influence our perceptions of foods, and new evidence suggests that cutlery plays a role as well. Cutlery’s size, weight, shape, and color were all found to affect flavor perceptions. Food was rated as sweeter when it was eaten with a small spoon traditionally reserved for desserts, and cheese was perceived as saltier when served on a knife as opposed to a spoon, fork, or toothpick. In addition, the mere weight of a spoon was enough to influence the perceived density and sweetness of yogurt, as was the color contrast between the yogurt and the utensil. More… Discuss


Schubert / Emil Gilels / Amadeus Quartet, 1976: Piano Quintet in A major (“Trout”)

In this 1976 recording, the late Russian pianist Emil Gilels (1916-1985) is joined by members of the Amadeus Quartet (Norbert Brainin, violin; Peter Schidlof, viola; Martin Lovett, cello; and Rainer Zepperitz, double bass) in a performance of Schubert‘s Trout quintet (“Forellenquintett”).
This recording is from a cassette I purchased in the mid-70s, issued on the Deutsche Grammophon label, serial number 3300 646. In order to strengthen viewer confidence that the recording they are listening to is in fact the one it is claimed to be, I have created this video exclusively with images of the cassette and cassette cover and notes. 

1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante (13:34)
3. Scherzo. Presto (20:50)
4. Thema. Andantino (24:49)
5. Finale. Allegro giusto (32:43)
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Paganini-Liszt La Campanella

Live from Seoul. Encore #1. Liszt “La Campanella”
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Dinu Lipatti – Franz Liszt “La Leggierezza”, (Rare!)

Rare recording: La leggierezza, étude de concert of Franz Liszt by Dinu Lipatti. BBC Recording (London, september 25, 1947) This copy of “La Leggierezza” is not complete (missing the first two bars). 
Bad sound quality but the performance is a miracle.


Liszt: Piano Concerto n. 2- Enrica Ciccarelli Piano-Playlist

From Wikipedia:  Franz Liszt wrote drafts for his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in A major, S.125, during his virtuoso period, in 1839 to 1840. He then put away the manuscript for a decade. When he returned to the concerto, he revised and scrutinized it repeatedly. The fourth and final period of revision ended in 1861. Liszt dedicated the work to his student Hans von Bronsart, who gave the first performance, with Liszt conducting, in Weimar on January 7, 1857. Continue reading

Horowitz in Vienna Schumann Kinderszenen

‘Inspired’ – Pencil and ink Sketch (My Art Collection)

 'Inspired' - Pencil and ink Sketch #1  (My Art Collection)

‘Inspired’ – Pencil and ink Sketch #1 (My Art Collection)

Schumann – Des Abends – Enrica Ciccarelli

Schumann – Fantasiestücken op. 12 – Des Abends – Enrica Ciccarelli




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This song was performed live as an encore.

Un trist loc trei la obezitate infantila in Europa

No ca si pe-aici e la fel…De vina-i CODEX si mancarurile ne-naturale (Adica artificiale) si amestecul de duce si gras, si benzoati si sare cat cuprinde, in acelasi “dish” menu

European diplomats spied on by US NSA

Everybody should be put to the question! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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This video says about itself:

Spying on guests allegations embarrassing UK

From weekly Der Spiegel in Germany:

‘Out of Control’: Europe Furious over NSA Spying on EU Facilities

By Claus Hecking and Stefan Schultz

Senior European Union officials are outraged by revelations that the US spied on EU representations in Washington and New York. Some have called for a suspension of talks on the trans-Atlantic free trade agreement.

June 30, 2013 – 02:46 PM

Europeans are furious. Revelations that the US intelligence service National Security Agency (NSA) targeted the European Union and several European countries with its far-reaching spying activities have led to angry reactions from several senior EU and German politicians.

“We need more precise information,” said European Parliament President Martin Schulz. “But if it is true, it is a huge scandal. That would mean a huge burden for relations between the EU and the US. We now demand…

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Long past memories, poetic thought by George-B

Long past memories, poetic thought by George-B

Furtively, long past memories
Complete their waltzing and, as if flakes of snow,
Come to rest, noticed only by the faintest burn of moist cold,
On the sensitive skin of the forehead – You know the feeling

If you know snow…

These flakes of snow – They don’t belong just to a particular winter,
They come in no order, they don’t even belong to a winter season, 
but lately
They could be of any season.

Most of them are pleasant,
very few are painfully real,

and even more so bringing back with them
misunderstandings of people
I have shared more than I should’ve ever had –

Live long enough…You’ll understand what I mean…
Unless you are an expert at life…already,
In which case…

Thanks for your time, reading this nonsense… 🙂 🙂 🙂 

 (Written while listening to Dmitri Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite #2: Twice)

Simply Breathtaking: Shostakovich Jazz Suite No.2

The Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2 is a Suite by Dmitri Shostakovich. It was written in 1938 for the newly-founded State Jazz Orchestra of Victor Knushevitsky, and was premiered on 28 November 1938 in Moscow (Moscow Radio) by the State Jazz Orchestra. The score was lost during World War II, but a piano score of the work was rediscovered in 1999 by Manashir Yakubov. Three movements of the suite were reconstructed and orchestrated by Gerard McBurney, and were premiered at a London Promenade Concert in 2000.

The Suite, in its reconstructed form, consists of the following movements:

  1. Scherzo
  2. Lullaby
  3. Serenade

Until recently, another eight-movement Suite by Shostakovich had been misidentified and recorded as the second Jazz Suite. This work is now correctly known as the Suite for Variety Orchestra (post-1956), from which the “Waltz No. 2” was made famous by the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick‘s Eyes Wide Shut, and which now seems irrevocably erroneously associated with the Jazz Suite No. 2.[1][2

“Simply Breathtaking”: Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischutz – Overture

Title : Carl Maria von Weber , Der Freischutz – Overture
From Wikipedia: 

Der Freischütz
, Op. 77, J. 277, (usually translated as The Marksman[1] or The Freeshooter[2]) is a German opera with spoken dialogue in three acts by Carl Maria von Weber with a libretto by Friedrich Kind. It premiered on 18 June 1821 at the Schauspielhaus Berlin. It is considered the first important German Romantic opera,[3] especially in its national identity and stark emotionality.[4] The plot is based on the German folk legend of the Freischütz and many of its tunes were inspired by German folk music. Its unearthly portrayal of the supernatural in the famous Wolf’s Glen scene has been described as “the most expressive rendering of the gruesome that is to be found in a musical score”.[5] Continue reading

J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in sol-major (G major) BWV 1049

1. Allegro.   00:00 
2. Andante  07:17
3. Presto     12:42

Johann Sebastian Bach (Eisenach, Thuringia, March 21. / March 31, 1685 – Leipzig, 28 July 1750) fue an organist, harpsichordist and composer of German Baroque music of it, one of the Member them families of musicians of the more extraordinary history, with more than 35 famous composers and performers featured muchos. Su reputation as organist and harpsichordist was legendary, with fame throughout Europe. Other than him and it organ harpsichord, también he played the violin and viola da gamba, in addition to being great improviser el primer to the music of renown. His fruitful work are considered the summit of the baroque music. He has  distinguished himself by intellectual depth, technical perfection, beautiful artistic compositions, and in addition to the synthesis of various styles  of his time at an unparalleled extent. Bach is considered the last great master of Art of counterpoint, focal point of inspiration and influence on later composers and musicians from Mozart through Schoenberg to our  days. If you liked it, please visit my blog at THANK YOU, HAVE A NICE DAY! .

Note: I undertook the task of translating this text from Spanish, with the help of the Google translator. Its approximate version made me realise that there still were things to address…So I hope I got right the few grammatical ordinations…If not, feel free to comment!

Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59

Ingryd Thorson & Julian Thurber, piano

Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59

1. Allegretto non troppo, quasi andantino [D minor] 3’03
2. Molto moderato [G major] 4’08
3. Allegro giusto [G minor] 4’11
4. Molto maestoso [C major] 5’30
5. Allegro giusto [A flat major] 4’16
6. Allegro con moto [C sharp minor] 4’21
7. Allegretto grazioso [A major] 2’14
8. Un poco allegretto e grazioso, quasi andantino [F major] 3’16
9. Andante con moto [D major] 2’27
10. Andante [B flat minor] 3’14


Mozart Piano Concerto 16 (1/3) Allegro Assai

The Piano Concerto No. 16 in D Major, KV. 451 is a concertante work for piano, or pianoforte, and orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart composed the concerto for performance at a series of concerts at the Vienna venues of the Trattnerhof and the Burgtheater in the first quarter of 1784, where he was himself the soloist.[1] Mozart noted this concerto as complete on 22 March 1784 in his catalog, and performed the work later that month. Cliff Eisen has postulated that this performance was on 31 March 1784

The work is orchestrated for solo piano, flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani and strings. The concerto is in three movements: 1. Allegro assai
2. Andante in G major
3. Allegro di molto

Simon Keefe has noted contemporary comments from Mozart’s era on how the woodwind writing in this concerto showed a “newly intricate and sophisticated” character compared to Mozart’s prior keyboard concerti.[1] M.S. Cole has noted Mozart’s use of meter changes in the coda of the finale, starting at measure 315, from 2/4 to 3/8, and subsequent thematic transformations.[3] Joel Galand has noted that the finale, in rondo/ritornello form, avoids use of a new re-entry theme


Charles Aznavour – A ma fille

A ma fille, Charles Aznavour

Je sais qu’un jour viendra car la vie le commande
Ce jour que j’appréhende où tu nous quitteras
Je sais qu’un jour viendra où triste et solitaire
En soutenant ta mère et en traînant mes pas
Je rentrerai chez nous dans un “chez nous” désert
Je rentrerai chez nous où tu ne seras pas.

Toi tu ne verras rien des choses de mon cœur
Tes yeux seront crevés de joie et de bonheur
Et j’aurai un rictus que tu ne connais pas
Qui semble être un sourire ému mais ne l’est pas
En taisant ma douleur à ton bras fièrement
Je guiderai tes pas quoique j’en pense ou dise
Dans le recueillement d’une paisible église
Pour aller te donner à l’homme de ton choix
Qui te dévêtira du nom qui est le nôtre
Pour t’en donner un autre que je ne connais pas.

Je sais qu’un jour viendra tu atteindras cet âge
Où l’on force les cages ayant trouvé sa voie
Je sais qu’un jour viendra, l’âge t’aura fleurie
Et l’aube de ta vie ailleurs se lèvera
Et seul avec ta mère le jour comme la nuit
L’été comme l’hiver nous aurons un peu froid.

Et lui qui ne sait rien du mal qu’on s’est donné
Lui qui n’aura rien fait pour mûrir tes années
Lui qui viendra voler ce dont j’ai le plus peur
Notre part de passé, notre part de bonheur
Cet étranger sans nom, sans visage
Oh! combien je le hais
Et pourtant s’il doit te rendre heureuse
Je n’aurai envers lui nulle pensée haineuse
Mais je lui offrirai mon cœur avec ta main
Je ferai tout cela en sachant que tu l’aimes
Simplement car je t’aime
Le jour, où il viendra.

La Bohème Charles Aznavour (‘…et nous avions tous un génie…’)

Sights of Montmartre (Paris) to a french popular classic.
Pardonnez la faute d’orthographe.
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In answer to many requests, here go the full lyrics:

“Je vous parle d’un temps
Que les moins de vingt ans
Ne peuvent pas connaître
Montmartre en ce temps-là
Accrochait ses lilas
Jusque sous nos fenêtres
Et si l’humble garni
Qui nous servait de nid
Ne payait pas de mine
C’est là qu’on s’est connu
Moi qui criait famine
Et toi qui posais nue

La bohème, la bohème
Ça voulait dire on est heureux
La bohème, la bohème
Nous ne mangions qu’un jour sur deux

Dans les cafés voisins
Nous étions quelques-uns
Qui attendions la gloire
Et bien que miséreux
Avec le ventre creux
Nous ne cessions d’y croire
Et quand quelque bistrô
Contre un bon repas chaud
Nous prenait une toile
Nous récitions des vers
Groupés autour du poêle
En oubliant l’hiver

La bohème, la bohème
Ça voulait dire tu es jolie
La bohème, la bohème
Et nous avions tous du génie

Souvent il m’arrivait
Devant mon chevalet
De passer des nuits blanches
Retouchant le dessin
De la ligne d’un sein
Du galbe d’une hanche
Et ce n’est qu’au matin
Qu’on s’assayait enfin
Devant un café-crème
Epuisés, mais ravis
Fallait-il que l’on s’aime
Et qu’on aime la vie!

La bohème, la bohème
Ça voulait dire on a vingt ans
La bohème, la bohème
Et nous vivions de l’air du temps

Quand au hasard des jours
Je m’en vais faire un tour
A mon ancienne adresse
Je ne reconnais plus
Ni les murs, ni les rues
Qui ont vu ma jeunesse
En haut d’un escalier
Je cherche l’atelier
Dont plus rien ne subsiste
Dans son nouveau décor
Montmartre semble triste
Et les lilas sont morts

La bohème, la bohème
On était jeunes, on était fous
La bohème, la bohème
Ça ne veut plus rien dire du tout…!”


Dalida – Mama and… Cher – Mama

Una vecchia canzone della cantante italo-francesce cover di una nota canzone di Cher.Una drammatica interpretazione come solo la voce della Gigliotti poteva rendere questa canzone.

ADAMO ,Tombe la neige (“to ne viendras pas ce soir”…)

Salvatore Adamo
Tombe La Neige 

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Tombe la neige
Tu ne viendras pas ce soir
Tombe la neige
Et mon coeur s’habille de noir
Ce soyeux cortege
Tout en larmes blanches
L’oiseau sur la branche
Pleure le sortilege

Tu ne viendras pas ce soir
Me crie mon désespoir
Mais tombe la neige
Impassible manege

Tombe la neige
Tu ne viendras pas ce soir
Tombe la neige
Tout est blanc de désespoir
Triste certitude
Le froid et l’absence
Cet odieux silence
Blanche solitude

Tu ne viendras pas ce soir
Me crie mon désespoir
Mais tombe la neige
Impassible manege

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Tous les garcons et les filles – Francoise Hardy

From her first EP, recorded in 1962.

Quotation: Alexander Hamilton on the duty of elected officials (“Duty, ha? What a forgotten concept!…or is it with whom their duty rests?”)

When occasions present themselves, in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Discuss
Hamilton performs a response to Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s poem about him from Aaron Burr’s perspective. Thomas Jefferson accompanies him on piano.

Today’s Birthday: FLORENCE BALLARD (1943) and “You can’t hurry love”

Florence Ballard (1943)

A founding member of The Supremes, Ballard sang on 16 Top 40 hit singles. She was first recruited by future members of The Temptations for a sister group they were forming. Ballard in turn recruited Mary Wilson, whom she had met at a talent show, and Wilson brought in Diana Ross. Disputes over Ballard’s role in the trio led Motown Records to release her from the group in 1967, reportedly for “exhaustion.” Her solo career failed, and she died in 1976 at age 32 as a result of what? More… Discuss


Mysterious Beast of Gévaudan Kills Its First Victim (1764)

From 1764 to 1767, the people of Gévaudan, France, reported dozens of sightings of a man-eating, wolf-like creature now known as the Beast of From 1764 to 1767, the people of Gévaudan, France, reported dozens of sightings of a man-eating, wolf-like creature now known as the Beast of Gévaudan. According to many accounts, the beast—consistently described as having large teeth and an immense tail—killed some 100 people, prompting King Louis XV to send hunters to slay it. Some stories say a local hunter shot the beast, possibly with silver bullets. According to one theory, what exotic-but-real creature may have been behind the attacks? More… Discuss



In Hinduism, a sadhu is a wandering holy man dedicated to achieving the fourth and final Hindu goal of life, moksha—liberation from the cycle of death and reincarnation—through meditation and the contemplation of Brahman, the ultimate reality of the universe. They are typically mystics, ascetics, yogis, or itinerant monks who have renounced life in society to focus instead on spirituality. In Sanskrit, sadhu means “good,” “right,” or “holy.” How many sadhus are there in IndiaMore… Discuss

A tale about the daily life of Gajender Gipi Mharai, a naga sadhu, at Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, India.

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Syrian war refugees ill-treated in Greece

Greeks…are badly treated in Greece!

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This video is called Greece urged to stop mass round-up of ‘illegal immigrants’.

From I Can’t Relax in Greece blog:

War refugees treated as garbage

Posted on 29/06/2013 by icantrelaxingreece

Two stories with people who wanted to escape the conflicts in Syria and were treated like garbage in Greece.

By Anta Psarra

World Refugee Day today, which sounds like a short joke in the context of Greece. A four-year-old girl, and 18 Syrian soldiers who are chased by dogs in the Pedion tou Areos park every day, became witnesses of the culture and philoxenia [TN: hospitality] for the refugees of war. Another ‘small’ example of ‘Xenios [TN: hospitable] Zeus’.


One year ago in Kamisli, a Syrian city near the border with Turkey (Kurds, Christians and Arabs live there together), the gun fighting began. Faik’s family – he himself, his wife and their four-year-old daughter Delavin who was…

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Herbert von Karajan conducts The Blue Danube Waltz

Herbert von Karajan conducts The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr.

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Just a Thought: “Commercialism takes away Both Content and form Qualities….”

Just a Thought: “Commercialism takes away Both Content and form Qualities of everything it touches!”


The Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 6, by Niccolò Paganini

  • Orchestra da Camera di Santa Cecilia, 
  • Uto Ughi, conductor

    The concerto is in three movements, as follows:
  1. Allegro maestoso – Tempo giusto (Cadenza by Emil Sauret)
  2. Adagio
  3. Rondo. Allegro spirituoso – Un poco più presto


One of six children born to Teresa and Antonio Paganini. He was an Italian violinist and a composer, considered by many as the greatest of all time. He received music lessons from his father before he was 6 years old and later from the best instructors in Genoa. He began to perform in public and composed his first sonata in 1790. In 1795 he went to Parma, Italy to study but the teachers there told him they could do nothing more for him. He then commenced on a course of self-training so rigorous that he often played 15 hours a day. Continue reading

Paganini -Cantabile for Violin & Piano in D major, MS.109 Op.17 – Violin – Gidon Kremer

Paganini -Cantabile for Violin & Piano in D major, MS.109 Op.17

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Beethoven / 12 Variations on “Se vuol ballare” from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro, Wo0.40: Gidon Kremer : violin Elena Bashkirova : piano Recorded in 1980, Switzerland

Beethoven / 12 Variations on “Se vuol ballare” from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro, Wo0.40:

Gidon Kremer : violin
Elena Bashkirova : piano
Recorded in 1980, Switzerland

Stravinsky Le baiser de la fée Divertimento 1 & 2 – London Sinfonietta / Riccardo Chailly

Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss) is a ballet in one act and four scenes composed by Igor Stravinsky in 1928 and revised in 1950 for George Balanchine and New York City Ballet. Based on Hans Christian Andersen‘s short story, Iisjomfruen (English: The Ice-Maiden), it is an homage to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, making use of several melodies from his early works. Stravinsky elaborated melodies from early piano pieces and songs by Tchaikovsky

The Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée is a concert suite for orchestra of music from the ballet in 4 movements that Stravinsky arranged in 1934 and revised in 1949; the 4 movements are:

  1. I. Sinfonia 
  2. II. Danses Suisses
  3. III. Scherzo (Au Moulin)
  4. IV. Pas de deux


Simply…Unforgettables: Valentina Lisitsa – Schubert Impromptu Op. 142, No.3 B, flat major (“The impromptu ended, but its atmosphere will linger for a while in the air”)

Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa
Valentina Lisitsa is a Ukrainian-born and trained classical pianist who resides in North Carolina.

Born: 1973 · Kiev
Education: Kiev Conservatory


Franz Schubert‘s Impromptus are a series of eight pieces for solo piano composed in 1827. They were published in two sets of four impromptus each: the first set was published in the composer’s lifetime as Op. 90, and the second set was published posthumously as Op. posth. 142. They are now catalogued as D. 899 and D. 935 respectively. They are considered to be among the most important examples of this popular early 19th – century genre.[1]

Three other unnamed piano compositions (D. 946), written in May 1828, a few months before the composer’s death, are alternatively indicated as Impromptus or Klavierstücke (“piano pieces”).

The Impromptus are often considered companion pieces to the Six moments musicaux, and they are often recorded and published together.

It has been said that Schubert was deeply influenced in writing these pieces by the Impromptus, Op. 7 (1822) of Jan Václav Voříšek and by the music of Voříšek’s teacher Václav Tomášek.[2][3] >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>MORE 

Simply…Unforgettables: “Vacanze romane (Roman Holiday) “-1953

Roman Holiday is a 1953 romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome on her own. Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance; the screenplay and costume design also won…

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 — 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Hepburn was ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and a place in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She was active during the Hollywood‘s Golden Age. Continue reading

Simply…Unforgettables: Roman Holiday (2/10) Movie CLIP – The Mouth of Truth (1953)

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Joe (Gregory Peck) tricks a frightened Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) into believing his hand was eaten off by a statue called “The Mouth of Truth.”

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Director: William Wyler
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Producer: Robert Wyler, William Wyler, Lester Koenig
Screenwriter: Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton, Dalton Trumbo

Bocca della Verita

Bocca della Verita

Film Description: Audrey Hepburn became a star with this film, in which she played Princess Anne, weary of protocol and anxious to have some fun before she is mummified by “affairs of state.” On a diplomatic visit to Rome, Anne escapes her royal retainers and scampers incognito through the Eternal City. Continue reading

Simply… Unforgettables: My Fair Lady: With A Little Bit Of Luck

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On The Street Where You Live – My Fair Lad

Song from the Broadway musicalMy Fair Lady” sung by the character Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Presented in its theatrical form from a video clip from the 1964 movie version and its popular standard sung by Vic Damone.

The character Freddy Eynsford-Hill was portrayed by the British actor Jeremy Brett. Although a singer in his own right, his singing voice for the film was dubbed by Bill Shirley, an American singer-actor.


Quotation: Eleanor H. Porter on encouragement

What men and women need is encouragement … Instead of always harping on a man’s faults, tell him of his virtues … The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town.

Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: LUDWIG AUGUST THEODOR BECK (1880)

Ludwig August Theodor Beck (1880)

A German general, Beck saw the Nazis‘ rise to power as “the first ray of hope since 1918.” However, he soon feared that Germany was not militarily prepared for an attack on Czechoslovakia. He voiced concern to Adolf Hitler directly, and, in 1938, he resigned in protest against the planned attack but was largely ignored. Beck then became a key member of the conspiracy to overthrow Hitler. What happened to Beck after his plan failed to kill Hitler with a bomb on July 20, 1944? More… Discuss


This Day in the Yesteryear: SAMPOONG DEPARTMENT STORE COLLAPSE (1995)

Sampoong Department Store Collapse (1995)

During the construction of what was to be an office building in Seoul, South Korea, owner Lee Joon decided to change course and make it a department store. Contractors who would not comply with his design modifications, which included removing some support columns in favor of escalators, were replaced. By April 1995, cracks were visible in the five-story structure. Two months later, in a span of only 20 seconds, the building collapsed with more than 1,500 people inside. How many of them died? More… Discuss


Honey Can Be Hazardous to Health

Doctors in Turkey recently treated a father and son suffering from vomiting, dizziness, and cardiac arrhythmia brought on by their consumption of “mad honey,” honey derived from the pollens of certain neurotoxin-containing plants. The honey the men had eaten came from the Black Sea region, where bees are known to feed on rhododendrons, some species of which produce grayanotoxins. These toxins bind to sodium channels in cell membranes, causing potentially dangerous heart rhythm disturbances. Though this sort of poisoning is rare, experts advise people to exercise caution when consuming honey produced in regions where grayanotoxin-containing plants are found. More… Discuss


The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

In the Bible, Judean ruler Herod Antipas imprisoned the prophet John the Baptist for denouncing his decision to divorce his wife and marry—unlawfully, under Jewish law—his brother’s wife, Herodias, while his brother was still alive. On Herod’s birthday, Herodias’s daughter, Salome, danced for Herod. In return, he promised her anything, up to half his kingdom. She demanded John’s head on a platter, and Herod obliged. Where was John the Baptist’s head said to have been found centuries later?More… Discuss


Leonard Cohen on Mt. Baldy

Video of Leonard on Mount Baldy. This was filmed in 1996 and it documents Leonard’s experiences and routine while at Mt. Baldy. I believe this “film” was shot by a French artist named Armelle Brusq.


Mount Baldy Zen Center


Mount Baldy Zen Center is a Rinzai Zen monastery of the
Nyorai-nyokyo sect, located in the San Gabriel Mountain…

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Leonard Cohen in Royal Albert Hall & 02 Arena, London, England

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Leonard Cohen Live – A Thousand Kisses Deep

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A thousand Kisses Deep, Leonard Cohen

You came to me this morning
And you handled me like meat
You’d have to be a man to know
How good that feels, how sweetMy mirror twin, my next of kin
I’d know you in my sleep
And who but you would take me in
A thousand kisses deep

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat
You see I’m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet

Who loved you with his frozen love
His secondhand physique
With all he is and all he was
A thousand kisses deep

I know you had to lie to me
I know you had to cheat
To pose all hot and high
Behind the veils of sheer deceit

Our perfect porn aristocrat
So elegant and cheap
I’m old but I’m still into that
A thousand kisses deep

I’m good at love, I’m good at hate
It’s in between I freeze
Been working out but it’s too late
(It’s been too late for years)

But you look good, you really do
They love you on the street
If you were here I’d kneel for you

A thousand kisses deep

The autumn moved across your skin
Got something in my eye
A light that doesn’t need to live
And doesn’t need to die

A riddle in the book of love
Obscure and obsolete
And witnessed here in time and blood
A thousand kisses deep

But I’m still working with the wine
Still dancing cheek to cheek
The band is playing Auld Lang Syne
But the heart will not retreat

I ran with Diz, I sang with Ray
I never had their sweet
But once or twice they let me play
A thousand kisses deep

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat
You see I’m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet

Who loved you with his frozen love
His secondhand physique
With all he is and all he was
A thousand kisses deep

But you don’t need to hear me now
And every word I speak
It counts against me anyhow
A thousand kisses deep

Songwriter(s): Leonard Cohen

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Max Reger Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 132

Max Reger Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 132

*1: Thema: Andante Grazisoso
2: Var I: L’istesso Tempo
3: Var II: Poco Agitato
4: Var III: Con Moto
5: Var IV: Vivace
6: Var V: Quasi Presto
7: Var VI: Sostenuto
8: Var VII: Andante Grazioso
9: Var VIII: Molto Sostenuto
10: Fuge: Allegretto Grazioso

Staatskapelle Dresden Karl Böhm, conductor Recorded, 1938 *The theme is drawn from the first movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s Piano Sonata in A, K. 331, and is first presented by the oboe and two clarinets before being repeated by strings. Its second part appears again in the oboe and clarinet supported by high strings, and then is again repeated by the string section. Eight variations follow; the ninth is a fugue, in which the subject appears first in first violins before being answered after eight bars by the second violins. The piece concludes with a final, forceful statement of the theme by trumpets.