Daily Archives: June 28, 2013

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.

Mozart Piano Sonata No 11 K 331 A major ‘Turkish March’ Aldo Ciccolini

From Wikipedia:
“Alla Turca” redirects here. For the general Turkish-inspired trend in European Music so called, see Turkish music (style).
The Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331 (300i), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a piano sonata in three movements. It is uncertain where and when Mozart composed the sonata; however, Vienna or Salzburg around 1783 is currently thought to be most likely (Paris and dates as far back as 1778 have also been suggested).

All of the movements are in the key of A major or A minor; therefore, the work is homotonal. A typical performance of this entire sonata takes about 20 minutes[1]

  1. Andante grazioso – a theme with six variations
  2. Menuetto – a minuet and trio
  3. Alla Turca – Allegretto

The last movement, “Alla Turca”, popularly known as the “Turkish Rondo”, is often heard on its own and is one of Mozart’s best-known piano pieces; it was Mozart himself who titled the rondo “Alla Turca”.[2] It imitates the sound ofTurkish Janissary bands, the music of which was much in vogue at that time. Various other works of the time imitate this Turkish style, including Mozart’s own opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail. In Mozart’s time, the last movement was sometimes performed on pianos built with a “Turkish stop“, allowing it to be embellished with extra percussion effects.

The theme of the first movement was used by Max Reger in one of his best known works, the Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart (1914) for orchestra.

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If I was any cuter . . .

So what if it rains….After all I’m already in water!

A p r o n h e a d -- Lilly

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If I was any cuter, I think your eyes would fall out!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable #2

So lovely…. And what personality!

A p r o n h e a d -- Lilly

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Lipscani de Bucuresti


Rock garden, poetic thought by George-B

Rock garden, poetic thought by George-B

Where the sands ripples circles end
pointing rocks,
remind of harmony between
lose and compact,

fluid and solid,

framed in a live still nature,
all artificial, all maintained…
all remembered and all  forgotten.



Brahms – 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118 (Murray Perahia)

00:00 – No. 1, Intermezzo in A minor
01:50 – No. 2, Intermezzo in A major
07:00 – No. 3, Ballade in G minor
10:30 – No. 4, Intermezzo in F minor
13:05 – No. 5, Romance in F major
17:00 – No. 6, Intermezzo in E flat minor

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No.24 in B flat major, K. 182

Álbum: Mozart, Complete Works Vol. 1: Symphonies Complete
Interprete del álbum: Jaap Ter Linden & Mozart Akademie Amsterdam
Compositor:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Gioacchino Rossini – La scala di seta – Overture

La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder or Die seidene Leiter) is an operatic farsa comica in one act by Gioachino Rossini to a libretto by Giuseppe Maria Foppa. It was first performed in Venice, Italy at the Teatro San Moisè on May 9, 1812.

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Ludwig van Beethoven : Quatuor n° 2 en Sol majeur (G major)Op. 18/2

Quatuor Szymanowski :
Andrej Bielow, violon
Grzegorz Kotow, violon
Vladimir Mykytka, alto
Marcin Sieniawski, violoncelle

Adagio cantabile
Scherzo : Allegro
Allegro molto, quasi Presto

Concert du 1er septembre 2012

Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488

The Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (K. 488) is a musical composition for piano and orchestra written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It was finished, according to Mozart’s own catalogue, on March 2, 1786, around the time of the premiere of his opera, The Marriage of Figaro. It was one of three subscription concerts given that spring and was probably played by Mozart himself at one of these. The concerto is scored for piano solo and an orchestra consisting of one flute, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns and strings. In Mozart’s later works the wind instruments are equal to the stringed instruments, and this is also the case in this concerto. It has three movements:
1. Allegro in A major and common time.
2. Adagio in F-sharp minor and 6/8 time (in later editions, the tempo is listed as Andante).
3. Allegro assai in A and alla breve (in later editions, the tempo is listed as Presto). In Rondo form.
The first movement is mostly sunny and positive with the occasional melancholic touches typical of Mozart pieces in A major and is in sonata form. The piece begins with a double exposition, the first played by the orchestra, and the second when the piano joins in. Continue reading

Haiku: contemplation, poetic thought by George-B

Haiku: contemplation, poetic thought by George-B

In tune with all creation
I contemplate voids

Haiku: Our hopes, poetic thought by George-B

Haiku:   Our hopes, poetic thought by George-B

Our hopes hang loose

Half way between the clouds

And the deep blue sky.