Daily Archives: July 21, 2013

Quotation: Emily Bronte on treachery and violence


Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.

Emily Bronte (1818-1848) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: HENRYK GOLDSZMIT, AKA JANUSZ KORCZAK (1878)


Henryk Goldszmit, AKA Janusz Korczak (1878)

Goldszmit was a Jewish doctor and author of children’s literature who wrote under the pen name Janusz Korczak. In 1912, he established an orphanage in Warsaw. When World War II broke out, he refused to flee the Nazis and continued to care for the children even after his orphanage was forced to move into the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940. In August 1942, Nazi soldiers came with orders to take all the children and workers in the orphanage to the Treblinka concentration camp. What happened to Korczak? More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: LONDON POLICE KILL COMMUTER, SPARKING FUROR (2005)


London Police Kill Commuter, Sparking Furor (2005)

The day before this controversial police shooting, four suicide bombing attempts on London’s transport system failed, sparking a massive manhunt for the escaped bombers. With the perpetrators still at large, commuters returned to the tube. On July 22, police at the Stockwell tube station shot and killed 27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes, whom they mistook for suspected bomber Hussain Osman. What police protocol for dealing with suspected suicide bombers was criticized after the tragic mistake? More… Discuss

 

SNAIL FACIALS, COMING TO A SPA NEAR YOU?


Snail Facials, Coming to a Spa near You?

If the idea of touching a snail makes your skin crawl, then the newest trend in beauty is not for you. At least one spa in Tokyo, Japan, is offering patrons the opportunity to have live snails crawl all over their faces—for a price, of course. Proponents of the snail facial claim that the slime the slow-moving mollusks secrete contains compounds that help regenerate skin cells and promote healing. Would you shell out for a snail facial? More… Discuss

 

HA-HA


Ha-Ha

In garden design, a ha-ha is a trench that forms a physical barrier, usually to keep out livestock, without interrupting the view or aesthetics of the garden. Before the advent of mechanical lawnmowers, the ha-ha—also called a sunk fence—ensured that grazing sheep trimmed outside grasses without destroying the lawn. In 2005, the Washington Monument was surrounded by a ha-ha for security purposes. How, according to English writer Horace Walpole, did the ha-ha supposedly get its name? More… Discuss

 

PRX » Piece » Moyers & Company show 228: Fighting for Farmworkers


PRX » Piece » Moyers & Company show 228: Fighting for Farmworkers.

PRX » Piece » Moyers & Company show 228: Fighting for Farmworkers


 

PRX » Piece » Moyers & Company show 228: Fighting for Farmworkers.

Netanyahu, dogged by hardliners, to put Kerry peace ideas to cabinet | Reuters


 

Netanyahu, dogged by hardliners, to put Kerry peace ideas to cabinet | Reuters.

“Harvest of Shame” (1960) (Edward R. Murrow exposed the plight of America’s farm workers.)



Watch the entire original broadcast of one of the most celebrated documentaries of all time, 1960’s “Harvest of Shame,” in which Edward R. Murrow exposed the plight of America’s farm workers.

Grandpa Elliott / Nothing you can do.



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War/No More Trouble | Playing for Change | Song Around The World



http://playingforchange.com – As we made our way around the world we encountered love, hate, rich and poor, black and white, and many different religious groups and ideologies. It became very clear that as a human race we need to transcend from the darkness to the light and music is our weapon of the future. This song around the world features musicians who have seen and overcome conflict and hatred with love and perseverance. We dont need more trouble, what we need is love. The spirit of Bob Marley always lives on.

This is the fourth Song Around The World video released from the CD/DVD Playing For Change: Songs Around The World and the follow up to the classics “Stand By Me,” “One Love” and “Don’t Worry.” This unforgetable track was performed by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it traveled the globe. 

Order the CD/DVD Playing For Change Songs Around The World” now at http://playingforchange.spinshop.com/

Order the “War/No More Trouble,” “Stand By Me,” “Don’t Worry,” and “One Love” videos and the new Songs Around The World album now at itunes!
http://tinyurl.com/pfcitunes

Sign up at http://playingforchange.com for updates and exclusive content. You can also buy cool stuff in our new online store!

Join the movement to help inspire people from around the world to come together through music.

 

One Love | Playing For Change | Song Around the World



http://playingforchange.com – From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music“, comes an incredible rendition of the legendary Bob Marley song “One Love” with Keb’ Mo’ and Manu Chao. This is the third video from the documentary and a follow up to the classic “Stand By Me” and the incredible “Don’t Worry.” Released in celebration of Bob Marley’s birthday on February 6th, this tribute to the legend is performed by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it traveled the globe. 

Order the CD/DVD Playing For Change Songs Around The World” now at http://playingforchange.spinshop.com/

Order the “One Love,” “War/No More Trouble, “Stand By Me,” and “Don’t Worry,” videos and the new Songs Around The World album now at itunes!
http://tinyurl.com/pfcitunes

Sign up at http://playingforchange.com for updates and exclusive content. You can also buy cool stuff in our new online store!

Join the Playing for Change Online Street Team at:
http://ufanz.com/teams/playingforchange

Join the movement to help inspire people from around the world to come together through music.

 

Mind Games – John Lennon (Peace on Earth!)


Uploaded on Oct 9, 2006

Happy 71th Birthday John ! 

We’re playing those mind games together, 

Pushing barriers, planting seeds, 
Playing the mind guerilla, 
Chanting the Mantra peace on earth, 

We all been playing mind games forever, 

Some kinda druid dudes lifting the veil. 
Doing the mind guerilla, 
Some call it the search for the grail, 
Love is the answer and you know that for sure, 
Love is flower you got to let it, you got to let it grow, 

So keep on playing those mind games together, 

Faith in the future outta the now, 
You just can’t beat on those mind guerillas, 
Absolute elsewhere in the stones of your mind, 

Yeah we’re playing those mind games forever, 

Projecting our images in space and in time, 
Yes is the answer and you know that for sure, 
Yes is the surrender you got to let it, you got to let it go, 

So keep on playing those mind games together, 

Doing the ritual dance inn the sun, 
Millions of mind guerrillas, 
Putting their soul power to the karmic wheel, 

Keep on playing those mind games forever, 

Raising the spirit of peace and love, not war, 
(I want you to make love, not war, I know you’ve heard it before)

Redemption Song | Playing For Change (if you want to create enemies build a wall around them and you!)


Uploaded on Feb 7, 2011

http://playingforchange.com/episodes/40/ – Hello everyone, today we are honored to share with you all the first video from our new CD/DVD titled, “PFC2: Songs Around the World“. This video is a version of “Redemption Song” performed around the world in honor of Bob Marley’s birthday. We have reunited Bob with his son Stephen and the support of the entire planet. In this song there is a felling of rising above the past and moving forward with love in our hearts and hope in our eyes. 

Follow the link below to pre-order the album and support Playing For Change by telling all your friends and family to join the movement. 

Order “PFC2: Songs Around The World” now at: 
http://playingforchange.spinshop.com/

Just a thought: “If you want to create enemies build a wall around them and you!)…If you want to create friendship, sing together!”


 

As Negotiations Begin, Advocates Decry Secrecy and Substance of U.S.-EU Trade Agreement | Center for Effective Government


 

As Negotiations Begin, Advocates Decry Secrecy and Substance of U.S.-EU Trade Agreement | Center for Effective Government.

EU weighs sanctions against military wing of Hezbollah | Reuters


 

EU weighs sanctions against military wing of Hezbollah | Reuters.

 

John Lennon stand by me (to whom does the Earth belong? No, to “him”, not to “her”, not to “them”….IT BELONG TO US, ALL OF US!)


John Lennon stand by me (to whom does the Earth belong? No it doesn’t belong to “him”, nor to “her”, nor to “them”….IT BELONGS TO US ALL, ALL OF US!)

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around the World (A Must See: But don’t take my word for it, Check it out for yourselves!)


Uploaded on Nov 6, 2008

http://playingforchange.com – From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes the first of many “songs around the world” being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe. 

Order the CD/DVD Playing For Change “Songs Around The World” now at http://playingforchange.spinshop.com/

Order the “Stand By Me,” “Don’t Worry,” “One Love,” and “War/No More Trouble” videos and the new Songs Around The World album now at http://playingforchange.spinshop.com/

Sign up at http://playingforchange.com for updates and exclusive content. You can also buy cool stuff in our new online store!

Join the movement to help inspire people from around the world to come together through music.

KCET Airs Playing for Change, A Feature Documentary About How the Universal Language of Music Can Bring Harmony to the World | Press Releases | Press Room | KCET


 

KCET Airs Playing for Change, A Feature Documentary About How the Universal Language of Music Can Bring Harmony to the World | Press Releases | Press Room | KCET.

 

A must See!

Mozart Divertimento in F major K 253, Afflatus Quintet



Mozart Divertimento in F major K 253

1. Thema con variationi. Andante
2. Minuetto. Allegro
3. Allegro assai

Afflatus Quintet

Roman Novotny Flute
Jana Brožková Oboe
Vojtech Nydl Clarinet
Radek Baborak French Horn
Ondrej Roskovec Bassoon

Rec.: 2002 in Prague

Gustav Holst, Brook Green Suite



Gustav Holst (1874-1934): Brook Green Suite, per archi (H.
190) (1933) – English Sinfonia diretta da Howard Griffiths

Magnitude 6.9 quake rattles New Zealand


 

Magnitude 6.9 quake rattles New Zealand.

College females turn to egg donations to fund school


 

College females turn to egg donations to fund school.

Petition | Buffalo Wild Wings: Start giving breaks to employees who work shifts of 8 hours or more | Change.org


Petition | Buffalo Wild Wings: Start giving breaks to employees who work shifts of 8 hours or more | Change.org.Buffalo Wild Wings: Start giving breaks to employees who work shifts of 8 hours or more

Leaks from Edward Snowden focus attention on NSA director Keith Alexander – The Washington Post


 

Leaks from Edward Snowden focus attention on NSA director Keith Alexander – The Washington Post.

U.S. military drone surveillance is expanding to hot spots beyond declared combat zones – The Washington Post


 

U.S. military drone surveillance is expanding to hot spots beyond declared combat zones – The Washington Post.

Syria army guns down 13 family members: NGO – FRANCE 24


 

Syria army guns down 13 family members: NGO – FRANCE 24.

Spain’s scandal-hit PM urged to explain himself: poll – FRANCE 24


 

Spain’s scandal-hit PM urged to explain himself: poll – FRANCE 24.

Poverty, health struggles in scenic Mendocino – San Francisco Chronicle


 

Poverty, health struggles in scenic Mendocino – San Francisco Chronicle.

Arago: 1989 Literary Arts Series: Ernest Hemingway Issue


Arago: 1989 Literary Arts Series: Ernest Hemingway Issue.25c Hemingway single

N.C. unemployment fight being watched across the U.S.


 

N.C. unemployment fight being watched across the U.S..

hubert’s Symphony #4 (“Tragic”) – conducted by DEAN DIXON



with the Royal Philharmonic. (Recorded 1953.)
Dean Dixon (1915-1976) was an African-American conductor who, recognizing the lack of opportunity for non-white/non-European maestros, left the US in 1948 to further his career, becoming music director of such orchestras as the Gothenburg Symphony (Sweden), the Frankfurt Radio & TV Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony. He only returned to America in the last decade of his life, and died in Switzerland during heart surgery.

 

Claude Debussy – La Mer



La Mer” L.109, (The Sea), is an orchestral composition by Claude Debussy. It was started in 1903 in France and completed in 1905 on the English Channel coast in Eastbourne. The premiere was given by the Lamoureux Orchestra under the direction of Camille Chevillard on 15 October 1905 in Paris. “La Mer” is a composition of huge suggestion and subtlety in its rich depiction of the ocean, which combines unusual orchestration with daring impressionistic harmonies. Continue reading

Joseph Szigeti plays Berlioz Rêverie et caprice op.8


Joseph Szigeti

Joseph Szigeti (Photo credit: Wikipedia

Joseph Szigeti (Hungarian: Szigeti József, [ˈjoːʒɛf ˈsiɡɛti]; 5 September 1892 – 19 February 1973) was a Hungarian violinist. Born into a musical family, he spent his early childhood in a small town in Transylvania. He quickly proved himself to be a child prodigy on the violin, and moved to Budapest with his father to study with the renowned pedagogue Jenő Hubay. After completing his studies with Hubay in his early teens, Szigeti began his international concert career. His performances at that time were primarily limited to salon-style recitals and the more overtly virtuosic repertoire; however, after making the acquaintance of pianist Ferruccio Busoni, he began to develop a much more thoughtful and intellectual approach to music that eventually earned him the nickname “The Scholarly Virtuoso”.

Following a bout of tuberculosis that required a stay in a sanatorium in Switzerland, Szigeti settled in Geneva, where he became Professor of Violin at the local conservatory in 1917. It was in Geneva that he met his future wife, Wanda Ostrowska, and at roughly the same time he became friends with the composer Béla Bartók. Both relationships were to be lifelong.

From the 1920s until 1960, Szigeti performed regularly around the world and recorded extensively. He also distinguished himself as a strong advocate of new music, and was the dedicatee of many new works by contemporary composers. Among the more notable pieces written for him are Ernest Bloch‘s Violin Concerto, Bartók’s Rhapsody No. 1, and Eugène Ysaÿe‘s Solo Sonata No. 1. After retiring from the concert stage in 1960, he worked at teaching and writing until his death in 1973, at the age of 80.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN.- 1770-1827- Quinteto in E-flat major Op. 16



LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN.- 1770-1827- 
Quinteto in E-flat major Op. 16  (1796)

Pianoforte: Jos Van Immerseel
Oboe: Paul Dombrecht
Clarinete: Elmar Schmid
Corno: Piet Dombrecht
Fagot: Danny Bond

From Wikipedia:    

Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16, was written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1796. 
The quintet is scored for pianooboeclarinethorn, and bassoon. It was inspired by Mozart‘s Quintet, K. 452 (1784), which has the same scoring and is also in E-flat.
It is in three movements:

Beethoven subsequently transcribed the Op. 16 quintet as a quartet for piano and string trio (violinviola, and cello), using the same opus number, tempo markings, and overall timing.

 

Emmanuel Chabrier: Le Roi malgré lui – Morceau d’ensemble et chanson française (Acte II)



From the comic opera “Le Roi malgré lui” (King in spite of himself) by French composer Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894).

The libretto of this opera is a real mess, as it was written by in collaboration by two mediocre playwrights Emile de Najac and Paul Burani, partially revised by the poet Jean Richepin and later by Chabrier himself after Richepin gave up the work, disgusted. Chabrier called the libretto a “a bouillabaisse of Najac and Burani, cooked by Richepin, into which I throw the spices.” A synopsis of this convoluted opera can be found here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_roi_m…

Nonetheless, the music of “Le roi malgré lui” is truly wonderful. Maurice Ravel wrote that when the opening bars of the Prelude were first played, harmony in French music completely changed course. In this series of videos, I will present selections from the opera. The famous Fête polonaise from the beginning of Act II was already posted on this channel and can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbNhug…

You can follow along with a vocal score here:
http://imslp.org/wiki/Le_Roi_malgr%C3…

Minka: Barbara Hendricks
Alexina: Isabel Garcisanz
Henri: Gino Quilico
Comte de Nangis: Peter Jeffes
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Chœurs de Radio France

 

Robert Schumann, Blumenstück – Sviatoslav Richter



Robert Schumann
Blumenstück op.19 (1839)
Sviatoslav Richter