Daily Archives: December 27, 2013

The Byrds – Turn! & Rhymney & Mr.Tambourine Man – 10/29/65

COMPLETELY LIVE performance from “The Big…”, including David McCallum‘s intro!!

A very rare treat; as this is one of only TWO COMPLETELY LIVE performances that the “Original 5” ever did on TV.

On the Ed Sullivan show “Turn!” was live, but “Mr. Tambourine Man” was lip synched.

The original Byrds in all their glory, and their weaknessess, are on good display here.

Exciting because it’s all live, and also quite “Jagged” & “Stiff” sounding, as the “Original 5” was never known for their “Tight Live Act”, the primitive sound systems of the day notwithstanding.

Rough rythym section, Michael Clarke is playing the songs slow, Gene Clark is playing the tambourine without much sense of metre or time, etc.

In Gene’s defense, I would say that he resented the Tambourine, after getting “Stuck” with it when Crosby took the guitar out of hands.

EQUALLY wonderful are the AMAZING audience shots; capturing the fun, exuberance, and exhileration of a mid ’60’s rock concert.

That’s what I’m talkin’ about, baby.

This show was filmed on October 19, 1965, and was shown on TV in early 1966.

A VERY HUMOUROUS scene comes at 5:09. As the camera pans past all the girls faces, not knowing quite how to react to this song about a Welsh coal mining disaster, and ends on the face of a jealous boyfriend!

Capturing The Byrds at the peak of their affluence, this is a wonderful, live look at pop history.


Janis Joplin – Piece of My Heart

From album “Cheap Thrills” released in September 1968

Leonard Cohen Chelsea Hotel #2 Live


Chelsea Hotel #2″

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, 
you were talking so brave and so sweet, 
giving me head on the unmade bed, 
while the limousines wait in the street. 
Those were the reasons and that was New York
we were running for the money and the flesh. 
And that was called love for the workers in song 
probably still is for those of them left. 
Ah but you got away, didn’t you babe, 
you just turned your back on the crowd, 
you got away, I never once heard you say, 
I need you, I don’t need you, 
I need you, I don’t need you 
and all of that jiving around. I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel 
you were famous, your heart was a legend. 
You told me again you preferred handsome men 
but for me you would make an exception. 
And clenching your fist for the ones like us 
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty, 
you fixed yourself, you said, “Well never mind, 
we are ugly but we have the music.” 

And then you got away, didn’t you babe… 

I don’t mean to suggest that I loved you the best, 
I can’t keep track of each fallen robin. 
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, 
that’s all, I don’t even think of you that often.

The Doors “People Are Strange”

Video de The Doors “People Are Strange” del Album “Strange Days“. Con subtitulos en inglés.

People are strange when you’re a stranger
Faces look ugly when you’re alone
Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted
Streets are uneven when you’re down

When you’re strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you’re strange
No one remembers your name
When you’re strange

People are strange when you’re a stranger
Faces look ugly when you’re alone
Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted
Streets are uneven when you’re down

When you’re strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you’re strange
No one remembers your name
When you’re strange

When you’re strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you’re strange
No one remembers your name
When you’re strange


Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night


Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good

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Amy Winehouse – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow


QUOTATION: Harriet Beecher Stowe

So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don’t somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) Discuss



Pío Baroja y Nessi (1872)

Considered the foremost Spanish novelist of his time, Baroja was part of the Generation of ’98, a group of writers who, in the face of defeat in the Spanish-American War, proclaimed a moral and cultural rebirth for Spain. He wrote almost 100 novels, including 11 trilogies and, perhaps his most ambitious project, a 22-volume cycle about a 19th-century insurgent. Baroja’s writings largely concern the intellectual and political climate of his homeland. What career did he give up to be a writer? More…Discuss



The Messina Earthquake (1908)

Messina is a busy seaport and commercial center in northeastern Sicily, Italy, opposite the Italian mainland. On the morning of December 28, 1908, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Messina, followed by a 40-foot (12-meter) tsunami. About 80,000 people were killed, and at least 90 percent of Messina’s buildings, including its churches and palaces, were destroyed. Afterward, the city was completely rebuilt under standards for quake-resistant construction. What happened to the survivors? More…Discuss



Multivitamins May Not Provide Major Health Benefit

Multivitamins are a multibillion dollar industry, but data suggest people may be better off saving their money. Several studies found that multivitamin use does not protect against age-related cognitive decline in men, nor does it reduce the risk of heart disease. Multivitamins’ protective effects against cancer and cataracts have also been found to be very slight. Experts say there is no “magic pill” that will compensate for poor lifestyle habits; the best way to protect one’s health is by being active and eating rightMore… Discuss




Kamadeva is the Hindu deity of human love—similar to Eros and Cupid in the Greek and Roman traditions. Kama is celebrated in the colorful and boisterous spring festival called Holi. In the Vedic age, Kama personified cosmic desire or the creative impulse. He was later depicted as a handsome youth attended by heavenly nymphs, who shot love-producing flower arrows from a sugarcane bow. Despite his harmless appearance, Kama once so enraged Shiva that the great god incinerated him. What had he done? More… Discuss


Fabulous Performers: VICTOR MERZHANOV Plays – Beethoven’s Sonata no. 10 in G Major, op. 14, no. 2


Ludwig van Beethoven. Piano Sonata no. 10 in G Major, op. 14, no. 2
1. Allegro 
2. Andante variations 06:21
3. Scherzo: Allegro assai 11:09
Recorded in 1954.

 The Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2, composed in 1798–1799, is an early-period work by Ludwig van Beethoven, dedicated to Baroness Josefa von Braun. A typical performance lasts 15 minutes. While it is not as well known as some of the more original sonatas of Beethoven’s youth, such as the ‘Pathetique’ or ‘Moonlight’ sonatas, Tovey[1] described it as an ‘exquisite little work.’

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Victor Merzhanov

Victor Merzhanov at Moscow Conservatory (2010)
Background information
Birth name Victor Karpovich Merzhanov
Born August 15, 1919
Died December 20, 2012 (aged 93)
Genres Classical
Occupations PianistPedagogue
Instruments Piano

Victor Karpovich Merzhanov (Russian: Ви́ктор Ка́рпович Мержа́нов) (August 15, 1919 – December 20, 2012) was a Russian pianist

Merzhanov was born in Tambov and studied at Tambov Musical College with Solomon Starikov and Alexander Poltoratsky. Between 1936-1941 he studied at the Moscow Conservatory in the classes ofSamuil Feinberg (piano) and Alexander Goedicke (organ), graduating with distinction.


He achieved international recognition as a pianist in 1945 when he won the first prize (shared withSviatoslav Richter) at the Third All-Soviet-Union Piano Competition. In 1949, he was placed tenth at theInternational Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Merzhanov became a Moscow Philharmony soloist in 1946.


Merzhanov was a Professor at the Moscow Conservatory from 1947 until his death. Among his students are prize-winners of international competitions: Vladimir Bunin, Oleg Volkov, Igor Girfanov, Yuri DidenkoMikhail OlenevHideyo HaradaNazzareno CarusiTatiana ShebanovaRuslan SviridovIrina KhovanskayaAnna YarovayaAnahit NersesyanElena Ulyanova and many others. His name is inscribed on the Moscow Conservatory’s marble wall along with those of Alexander Scriabin andSergei Rachmaninoff. He was also a professor at the Tambov Rachmaninov Institute.


During his 60-year stage career, Merzhanov gave more than 2,000 recitals and concerts in Russia, Europe, the United States, China, and other countries, with such conductors as Lorin MaazelKurt SanderlingKirill Kondrashin, Nikolai Anosov, Aleksandr GaukGennady RozhdestvenskyYuri Temirkanov and Yevgeny Svetlanov.


His recordings (on major labels in the United States, Italy, Japan and the USSR) show his repertoire, including works from the Baroque period to contemporary music, from works by Bach and Beethoven to those by Prokofiev and Shostakovich.



Fabulous Performers: Roggiero Ricci plays Antonín Dvořák’s – Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53, B. 108

Ruggiero Ricci, violin. Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Walter Susskind (1977)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 (B.108) is a concerto for violin and orchestra composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1879. The concerto was premiered in 1883 by František Ondříček in Prague. He also gave the premieres in Vienna and London. Today it remains an important work in the violin repertoire.

The concerto’s structure is the classical three movements of fast-slow-fast.

  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Adagio ma non troppo
  3. Finale: Allegro giocoso ma non troppo

Antonín Dvořák was inspired to write his concerto after having met Joseph Joachim in 1878 and composed the work with the intention of dedicating it him. However, when he finished the concerto in 1879, Joachim became skeptical about it. Joachim was a strict classicist and objected to Dvořák’sinter alia, or his abrupt truncation of the first movement’s orchestral tutti. Joachim also didn’t like the fact that the recapitulation was cut short and that it led directly to the slow second movement. It is also assumed that he was upset with the persistent repetition found in the third movement. However, Joachim never said anything outright and instead claimed to be editing the solo part. He never actually performed the piece.

Notable recordings of the concerto include:



On This Day – Famous Birthdays, Deaths and Events – Biography.com

On This Day – Famous Birthdays, Deaths and Events – Biography.com.

Fabulous Performers: Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No.6, Martha Argerich 1966

A turbulent interpretation of one of Liszt’s many rhapsodies. Interesting to note her getting carried away in the final (and maniacal!) octaves nearing the end. Looks like even Martha can get the better of Martha…

Filmed in Munich, 1966.


Great Performances: Brahms, Symphony Nr 3 F Dur op 90 Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker


World’s Third Oldest Bible Displayed at Smithsonian

World’s Third Oldest Bible Displayed at Smithsonian.

The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia.

2013: The Year in Pictures – The New York Times


2013: The Year in Pictures – The New York Times.

Egyptian police crack down on Brotherhood supporters

Egyptian police crack down on Brotherhood supporters.

Christmas comes to the Gaza Strip, despite storm damage and flooding – #Focus

The snow storm that hit the Middle East two weeks ago has affected people from Beirut to Cairo. In the Gaza Strip, thousands have been left unable to return to their homes, as torrential rains and melting snow flooded the streets. Christmas is coming too to some parts of the enclave; of the 1.7 million Gazans, there are 176 Roman Catholics and 1200 Orthodox Christians – fewer than 1% of the population. Our correspondent found out what kind of Christmas they’ll be having this year.
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Petition | Staples: Don’t Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare! | Change.org

Staples: Don't Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare!Petition | Staples: Don’t Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare! | Change.org.

Produce inspectors keep farmers markets honest – latimes.com

Farmers marketsProduce inspectors keep farmers markets honest – latimes.com.

The Masters of Avalon Guitars

Avalon Guitars, finishThe Masters of Avalon Guitars.

QUOTATION: Bram Stoker about SCIENCE [Or: to be is to be explainable]

It is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all, and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912) Discuss



Manuela Sáenz (1797)

Until recently, Sáenz’s contributions to the South American independence movement were largely overlooked. For eight years, she dedicated herself to the cause—and to her lover, revolutionary leader Simón Bolívar, whom she once saved from an assassination attempt. For that, he nicknamed her Libertadora del Libertador, or Liberator of the Liberator. Bolívar’s death in 1830 left Sáenz vulnerable to his opponents, and she was exiled and left destitute. What honor was she accorded in 2010? More…Discuss



The Rome and Vienna Airport Attacks (1985)

Nearly three months after Israel’s bombing of Palestine Liberation Organization headquarters in Tunisia, terrorists retaliated in two nearly simultaneous attacks at European airports. At Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome, Italy, gunmen opened fire and threw grenades at the Israeli airline’s ticket counter, while at an airport in Vienna, Austria, terrorists threw grenades into a crowd awaiting a flight to Tel Aviv. In all, 19 people were killed and more than 100 hurt. Who claimed responsibility? More… Discuss



Adding an Apple a Day Could Prevent Thousands of Deaths

Researchers say people should pay heed to the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Ninety percent of adults eat at least one portion of fruit every day, but less than a third actually get the recommendedfive servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Adding just one apple, or a serving of any fruit or vegetable, to one’s daily diet could have significant health implications. According to the researchers’ calculations, if every adult in the UK increased his or her daily consumption of fruits and vegetables by one serving, 11,000 deaths due to vascular issues could be avoided each year. More… Discuss