Monthly Archives: November 2013

Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer

Music video by Bon Jovi performing Livin’ On A Prayer. (C) 1986 The Island Def Jam Music Group


“Livin’ On A Prayer”

Once upon a time 
Not so long ago 

Tommy used to work on the docks 
Union’s been on strike 
He’s down on his luck…it’s tough, so tough 
Gina works the diner all day 
Working for her man, she brings home her pay 
For love – for love 

She says we’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got 
‘Cause it doesn’t make a difference 
If we make it or not 
We’ve got each other and that’s a lot 
For love – we’ll give it a shot 

Whooah, we’re half way there 
Livin’ on a prayer 
Take my hand and we’ll make it – I swear 
Livin’ on a prayer 

Tommy’s got his six string in hock 
Now he’s holding in what he used 
To make it talk – so tough, it’s tough 
Gina dreams of running away 
When she cries in the night 
Tommy whispers baby it’s okay, someday 

We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got 
‘Cause it doesn’t make a difference 
If we make it or not 
We’ve got each other and that’s a lot 
For love – we’ll give it a shot 


We’ve got to hold on ready or not 
You live for the fight when it’s all that you’ve got 




100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s: Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It (Official Video)

Watch the official video for Twisted Sister‘s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, from their 1984 album ‘Stay Hungry.’ The single reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making it Twisted Sister’s only Top 40 single. The song was ranked number 47 on 100 Greatest 80’s Songs and number 21 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. 

The song is the theme song of the American reality comedy television series Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.

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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Angela Gheorghiu – O, mio babbino caro – Concert in Vienna, 23.11.2013

Angela Gheorghiu
Gianni Schicchi: O, mio babbino caro
Concert in Vienna, 23.11.2013

Calls for Safer Chemicals Dominate Listening Session on Chemical Security | Center for Effective Government


Calls for Safer Chemicals Dominate Listening Session on Chemical Security | Center for Effective Government.

Nicolo Paganini – Capriccio n º 24 en la menor

Fabulous Interpretations ; Zimerman Beethoven piano concerto no 2

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat op.19
Perform by Wiener Philharmoniker
Soloist & Conductor – Krystian Zimerman

Quotation: Ambrose Bierce

The Past is the region of sobs, the Future is the realm of song. In the one crouches Memory, clad in sackcloth and ashes, mumbling penitential prayer; in the sunshine of the other Hope flies with a free wing, beckoning to temples of success and bowers of ease.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: JOAN GANZ COONEY (1929)

Joan Ganz Cooney (1929)

Cooney worked as a newspaper reporter and television publicist before becoming a producer for a public television station in New York City. There, she developed the concepts for children’s programming that led to the incorporation of the Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) in 1968. Through innovative programs like Sesame Street and 3, 2, 1 Contact, CTW transformed children’s television and learning. What Emmy award-winning adult educational program did she help produce? More… Discuss



Meteorite Strikes Ann Elizabeth Hodges (1954)

Thousands of people are struck by lightning every year, but in 1954, Ann Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama, became the first person in modern history to be hit by a meteorite. Hodges was napping on her couch when she was rudely awakened by a grapefruit-sized meteorite crashing through her roof, bouncing off her radio, and striking her on the hip. The incident left her badly bruised. Who prevailed in the dispute between Hodges and her landlord over ownership of the meteorite? More… Discuss



Effervescent Medicines Linked to Heart Attack and Stroke

In recent years, there has been a push to get food producers to cut the salt content of their products and to get individuals to cut their sodium intake, but the pharmaceutical industry could be unintentionally sabotaging these efforts and in fact putting millions of people at risk. Effervescent, dispersible, and soluble medicines contain high levels of salt and have been linked to a 16 percent increased risk of a heart attackstroke, or vascular death compared with patients taking lower-sodium versions of the same medications. Some of these drugs contain so much sodium that a person taking the maximum daily dose would exceed the daily recommended sodium limit without any other sodium sourceMore… Discuss

The James Ossuary

Dating to the 1st century CE, the James Ossuary is a limestone box containing human bones. There is little doubt the ossuary is authentic, but there has been great controversy over its Aramaic inscription: “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.” Its owner, Israeli antiquities dealer Oded Golan, was prosecuted by Israeli authorities who charge that the inscription, or at least the last part of it, is a forgery—a stance also held by many, but not all, scholars. Where was the ossuary discovered? More…Discuss


KJazz 88.1 FM | America’s Jazz and Blues Station


KJazz 88.1 FM | America’s Jazz and Blues Station.

Sriracha Sauce Production to Continue Despite Judge’s Shutdown


Sriracha Sauce Production to Continue Despite Judge’s Shutdown.

Walmart Targeted With Black Friday Protests in L.A. Area


Walmart Targeted With Black Friday Protests in L.A. Area.

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497. Aspartame (WHO Food Additives Series 16)

497. Aspartame (WHO Food Additives Series 16).

The Shocking Story of How Aspartame Became Legal | Collective-Evolution


The Shocking Story of How Aspartame Became Legal | Collective-Evolution.

New Tax Return Shows Karl Rove’s Group Spent Even More On Politics Than It Said – ProPublica


New Tax Return Shows Karl Rove’s Group Spent Even More On Politics Than It Said – ProPublica.

Children-Consumers in training: Britannica Classic Videos: Choosing What to Buy (1978)

Spending money wisely is the theme of this basic economics film, which follows a puppet as he decides what to buy with the quarter that he found.…

The IRS Moves to Limit Dark Money – But Enforcement Still a Question – ProPublica


The IRS Moves to Limit Dark Money – But Enforcement Still a Question – ProPublica.

▶ Sam Waterston on ProPublica & the Importance of Investigative Journalism – YouTube

▶ Sam Waterston on ProPublica & the Importance of Investigative Journalism – YouTube.

Rossini – L’assedio di Corinto: Ouverture [NBC Simphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini]

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)
NBC Simphony Orchestra
Direttore: Arturo Toscanini
Registrazione: 14 giugno 1945 (New York, Carnegie Hall)
Picture: Edwin Lord Weeks (1849-1903) – Arrival of Prince Humbert

Fabulous Compositions/Great Performances: Horowitz plays Schumann Toccata in C Major, Op.7

Robert Schumann 
Toccata in C Major, Op.7 
Vladimir Horowitz: piano

Quotation: Nathaniel Hawthorne

It contributes greatly towards a man’s moral and intellectual health to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: MILDRED GILLARS, AKA AXIS SALLY (1900)

Mildred Gillars, AKA Axis Sally (1900)

Mildred Sisk was born in Portland, Maine, but went to Europe in the 1920s, changed her name, and by 1934 was an English-language radio broadcaster in Berlin. During World War II, she broadcast Nazi propaganda aimed to demoralize American troops, who nicknamed her “Axis Sally.” On the radio, Gillars emphasized the infidelity of soldiers’ wives and sweethearts while they were overseas. She was convicted of treason in 1949 and spent 12 years in prison. What did she do after she was released?More… Discuss


This Day in the Yesteryear: THE NOVEMBER UPRISING BEGINS (1830)

The November Uprising Begins (1830)

An attempt to overthrow Russian rule in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine, the November Uprising was the result of long-simmering resentments that came to a head when news broke of a Russian plan to use the Polish Army to suppress revolutions in France and Belgium. It began when a group of Warsaw-based Polish Imperial Russian Army cadets took up arms against the Russians and drove the Russian troops from the city. The rebellion soon grew and spread. How long did the fighting continue? More… Discuss



Cute Cats Key to Language Learning?

Cat memes spread across the Internet like wildfire, but they could be more than just a fun way to pass the time. Researchers studying the Japanese concept ofkawaii have linked cuteness with improved cognitive function, and at least one app developer believes this could be a powerful tool when it comes to learning a new language. The company has developed an app that aims to teach users Spanish by combining images of cute cats in humorous poses with related Spanish phrases. Time will tell if the method is effective. More… Discuss



Thousand-Yard Stare

The phrases “thousand-yard stare” and “two-thousand-yard stare” were first used to describe the unfocused, dazed gaze of the battle-weary soldier. Because such a look is characteristic of posttraumatic stress disorder, it is not limited to combat veterans. The thousand-yard stare can be displayed by anyone coping with the stress of trauma by dissociating from it rather than consciously acknowledging it. During World War II, what artist captured the thousand-yard stare for Life magazineMore…Discuss


Happy Thanksgiving: Johnny Cash – Pickin’ Time

Star Route USA 1962
Happy Thanksgiving:  Johnny Cash – Pickin’ Time

Awaiting Cornucopia: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Summertime

Happy Thanksgiving: Aaron Copland – Themes from Our Town and The Red Pony

Grover’s Corners (from Our Town)
EMI Studios, London England; Producer: Paul Myers – June 1974

Grandfather’s Story (from The Red Pony)
The Phoenix Symphony – conducted by James Sedares – May 1991……


Great Performances: Johannes Brahms 4 Pieces for Piano Op.119, Radu Lupu

Johannes Brahms 4 Pieces for Piano Op.119, Radu Lupu
Johannes Brahms 4 Pieces for Piano Op.119

I. Intermezzo in B minor –3:16
II. Intermezzo in E minor 3:168:36
III. Intermezzo in C major 8:3610:17
IV. Rhapsody in E flat major. 10:17

Radu Lupu Piano

Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Rimsky-Korsakov – Christmas Eve: Orchestral Suite (1895)

Christmas Eve (Suite)

I. Christmas Night
II. Ballet of the Stars
III. Witches’ Sabbath and Ride on the Devil’s Back
IV. Polonaise
V. Vakula and the Slippers

A thrilling orchestral suite by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), based on music from the 1895 opera of the same name. The plot of the opera follows the short story “Christmas Eve” from Nikolai Gogol‘s “Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka“. The same story also formed the basis of Tchaikovsky’s operas “Vakula the Smith” and “Cherevichki“.

A synopsis of Gogol’s short story is available on Wikipedia:…


Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Rimsky-Korsakov – Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Also known as The Great Russian Easter Overture, is a concert overture written by the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov between August 1887 and April 1888, and dedicated to the memories of Modest Mussorgsky and Alexander Borodin, two members of the legendary “Mighty Handful“.

It is subtitled “Overture on Liturgical Themes”. It is the last of the composer’s series of three exceptionally brilliant orchestral works, preceded by Capriccio Espagnol and Scheherazade. The work received its premiere in St. Petersburg in late December 1888.

Conductor: Zubin Mehta 
Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Picture: Il’ja Efimovič Repin, Easter Procession in the region of Kursk (1880-1883)


Fabulous Compositions/Composers: Franz Schubert – 6 Moment Musicaux, D 780

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Six moments musicauxD 780 (Op. 94) is a collection of six short pieces for solo piano composed by Franz Schubert. The movements are as follows:

  1. Moderato in C major
  2. Andantino in A-flat major
  3. Allegro moderato in F minor
  4. Moderato in C-sharp minor
  5. Allegro vivace in F minor
  6. Allegretto in A-flat major

Along with the Impromptus, they are among the most frequently played of all Schubert’s piano music, and have been recorded many times. No. 3 in F minor has been arranged by Leopold Godowsky and others.

It has been said that Schubert was deeply influenced in writing these pieces by the Impromptus, Op. 7, of Jan Václav Voříšek (1822).[1][2]

They were published by Leidersorf in Vienna in 1828, under the title “Six Momens [sic] musicals [sic]”. The correct French forms are now usually used – moments(instead of momens), and musicaux (instead of musicals). The sixth number was published in 1824 in a Christmas album under the title Les plaintes d’un troubadour.[2]


Quotation: William Shakespeare about adversity

Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616):  As You Like It: Act 2, Scene 1

Today’s Birthday: ALEXANDER GODUNOV (1949)

Alexander Godunov (1949)

Godunov was a Russian ballet dancer and film actor whose defection caused a diplomatic incident between the US and USSR. On August 21, 1979, while on tour with the Bolshoi Ballet in New York City, Godunov requested political asylum. Days later, the KGB put his wife, a soloist with the company, on a plane to Moscow, but the State Department grounded it until officials determined that she was leaving voluntarily. The couple later divorced. In what blockbuster did Godunov play a German terrorist?More… Discuss


This Day in the Yesteryear: THE COCOANUT GROVE NIGHTCLUB FIRE (1942)

The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire (1942)

The deadliest nightclub fire in US history, the Cocoanut Grove fire claimed 492 lives. When the fire broke out, the Boston, Massachusetts, club was packed well beyond capacity. About 1,000 people were inside, with limited avenues of escape. Side doors had been locked to prevent patrons from skipping out on tabs, and the main entrance, a revolving door, was rendered useless by the crush of the crowd, as were other unlocked doors that opened inward. What is one theory as to what sparked the fire? More…Discuss


King Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz in 2002

King Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz in 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saudi Arabia Arrests Men over Free Hugs

For nearly a decade, people around the globe have been setting up shop in public spaces to offer a single ware—hugs—gratis. The Free Hugs campaign is a movement aimed at promoting random act of kindness, but not everyone approves of the movement or its methods. Two men were recently arrested in Saudi Arabia for offering free hugs to passers-by, charged with indulging in exotic practices and offending public order. They were reportedly made to sign a pledge stating that they would not engage in the practice again. More… Discuss


South African Taxi Wars

In 1987, South Africa’s lucrative taxi industry—serving over 60 percent of commuters—was deregulated. Since then, it has been dominated by turf wars among rival associations of taxi operators that use mafia-like tactics, including hired killings. The wars intensified with the end of apartheid in 1994. In addition to the violence, the industry is also plagued by the inherent danger created by outdated vehicles and reckless drivers. How many taxi-related deaths occurred annually in the 1990s? More… Discuss

Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) – Symphonie fantastique (1830) – DRSO – Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) – Symphonie fantastique (1830) – DRSymfoniOrkestret – Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos – DOWNLOAD HISTORIEN: Link nederst!
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The symphony is in 5 movements:
The score calls for a total of over 90 instrumentalists, the most of any symphony written to that time. 
Specificially: 2 flutes (one doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (one doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets (one doubling E? clarinet), 4 bassoons 4 horns, 2 cornets, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 2 tubas/ophicleides 2 pairs of timpani, cymbals, suspended cymbal, tenor drum, bass drum, bells (sounding C and G) 4 harps, Strings (Berlioz specified at least 15 1st violins, 15 2nd violins, 10 violas, 11 celli and 9 basses on the score) Source:Wikipedia)
The movements: 
Rêveries — Passions (Daydreams — Passions) 
Un bal (A ball) 
Scène aux champs (Scene in the Country) 
Marche au supplice (March to the Scaffold) 
Songe d’une nuit de sabbat (Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath)
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
“Berlioz” redirects here. For other uses, see Berlioz (disambiguation).

Crop of a carte de visite photo of Hector Berlioz by Franck, Paris, c. 1855

Hector Berlioz[1] (French: [ɛktɔʁ bɛʁljoːz]; 11 December 1803 – 8 March 1869) was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem). Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his Treatise on Instrumentation. He specified huge orchestral forces for some of his works, and conducted several concerts with more than 1,000 musicians.[2] He also composed around 50 songs. His influence was critical for the further development of Romanticism, especially in composers like Richard WagnerNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovFranz LisztRichard StraussGustav Mahler and many others.[3]

Symphony Fantastique: Épisode de la vie d’un Artiste … en cinq parties (Fantastic Symphony: An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts) Op. 14 is aprogram symphony written by the French composer Hector Berlioz in 1830. It is an important piece of the early Romantic period, and is popular with concert audiences worldwide. The first performance was at the Paris Conservatoire in December 1830. The work was repeatedly revived between 1831 and 1845 and subsequently became a favourite in Paris.

The symphony is a piece of program music that tells the story of “an artist gifted with a lively imagination” who has “poisoned himself with opium” in the “depths of despair” because of “hopeless love.” Berlioz provided his own program notes for each movement of the work (see below). He prefaces his notes with the following instructions:[1]

The composer’s intention has been to develop various episodes in the life of an artist, in so far as they lend themselves to musical treatment. As the work cannot rely on the assistance of speech, the plan of the instrumental drama needs to be set out in advance. The following programme must therefore be considered as the spoken text of an opera, which serves to introduce musical movements and to motivate their character and expression.

Fabulous Compositions/Composers: Paul Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Moscow City Symphony “Russian Philharmonic”
Conductor — Michail Jurowski
Moscow International House of Music, Svetlanov Hall
June 20, 2012
P.Dukas. The Sorcerer‘s Apprentice

Симфонический оркестр Москвы «Русская филармония»
Дирижер — Михаил Юровский
Московский Международный Дом Музыки, Светлановский зал
П.Дюка. «Ученик чародея»

The Fall and Rise of Joe Firstman

The Fall and Rise of Joe Firstman.

Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly


Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly.

Happy Thanksgiving!/Arlo Guthrie/Alice’s Restaurant *

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This one was really fun to put together with clips from the movie & Arlo performing “Alice” in the same Church 40 years later. 
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Sergei Rachmaninov – Scherzo in D minor

Title of Composition: Scherzo in D minor
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Valery Polyansky
Orchestra: Russian State Symphony Orchestra

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The Schubert Ensemble of London:
William Howard : Piano .
Simon Blendis : Violin.
Douglas Paterson : Viola.
Jane Salmon : Cello.
Recording 1998, St,George”s Brandon Hill, Bristol.

Memorable Performances :John Williams : Hector Villa-Lobos – Prelude no.5

John Williams : Hector Villa-Lobos – Prelude no.5

Nocturne #4 in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1 Fryderyk Chopin Sandor Falvay, piano

Nocturne #4 in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1
Fryderyk Chopin
Sandor Falvay, piano


Quotation: W. Somerset Maugham

I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul’s good to do each day two things they disliked: it was a wise man, and it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss