Published on Nov 12, 2012
Leonard Cohen performed a tour debut of “Joan of Arc” featuring an exquisite duet with Hattie Webb of the Webb Sisters backing singers. (Portland, OR at the Rose Garden Arena, Non 11.12). Leonard Cohen and the band all wore Poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day (Armistice Day)
Well, I’m glad to hear you talk this way,
You know I’ve watched you riding every day
And something in me yearns to win
Such a cold and lonesome heroine.
“and who are you? ” she sternly spoke
To the one beneath the smoke.
“why, I’m fire,” he replied,
“and I love your solitude, I love your pride.”
“then fire, make your body cold,
I’m going to give you mine to hold,”
Saying this she climbed inside
To be his one, to be his only bride.
And deep into his fiery heart
He took the dust of joan of arc,
And high above the wedding guests
He hung the ashes of her wedding dress.
It was deep into his fiery heart
He took the dust of joan of arc,
And then she clearly understood
If he was fire, oh then she must be wood.
I saw her wince, I saw her cry,
I saw the glory in her eye.
Myself I long for love and light,
But must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?
St. Gudula (or Gudule) is the patron saint of Brussels, Belgium. According to legend, Satan was so envious of her piety and influence among the people that he often tried to extinguish her lantern as she returned from midnight mass. But as she prayed for help, an angel would re-light the candle. Her relics were moved to Brussels in 978. Since 1047 they have remained in the church of St. Michael, thereafter called the Cathedral of St. Gudula. Her feast day is observed with great solemnity in Brussels, particularly at the cathedral that bears her name. More… Discuss
I don’t think, sir, you have a right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.
Doubleday was an American publisher best known for founding the Doubleday & McClure Company. Doubleday was so fascinated with printing as a boy that he saved up and bought his own printing press, and he began working at famed publishing house Charles Scribner’s Sons at age 14. In 1897, he formed his own company with Samuel S. McClure, publisher of McClure’s Magazine, and their firm became a prominent publishing house. What strange nickname did Rudyard Kipling give Doubleday? More… Discuss
The African National Congress (ANC) is a South African political party and black nationalist organization. Founded as the South African Native National Congress in 1912, the ANC began as a nonviolent civil rights group. After government massacres of demonstrators, however, the ANC began carrying out acts of sabotage and guerrilla warfare. As a result, its leaders were exiled, but in 1994, the ANC swept the country’s first elections based on universal suffrage. Who was the ANC’s famous leader? More… Discuss
Proponents of meditation say that it can have a measurable benefit on the psyche, and the data seem to support this. A meta-analysis of 47 studies finds moderate evidence that mindfulness meditation can help treat anxiety, depression, and pain and low evidence of stress reduction and improvement to overall mental health. In fact, when it comes to depression, mindfulness meditation appears to be as effective as antidepressants. More… Discuss
Though often associated with skydivers, a free fall in physics is any motion of a body upon which gravity is the only force acting—such as a ball thrown up in the air. Though free falls from great heights are incredibly dangerous for humans, they can be survivable, especially if one lands on a surface of high deformity, like snow or water. In 1972, a flight attendant miraculously survived—despite 27 days in a coma—after the plane she was on exploded, hurtling her how many feet to the ground? More…Discuss
Published on Sep 23, 2012
Ingryd Thorson & Julian Thurber, piano
Antonín Dvořák – From the Bohemian Forest, Op. 68
Alexandr Glazunov – Oriental Rhapsody for Orchestra in G major, Op. 29, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra – Antonio de Almeida
The highly-skilled Glazunov had as his primary weakness that he did not fully synthesize his many influences – Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Wagner, and Brahms – and hence remained a derivative rather than original composer. Here, he is in Rimsky-Korakov territory, reveling in the opportunities for exoticism afforded by Russia’s 19th Century expansion into neighboring Turkic and Mongol territories. At the time he wrote this piece, the genre was still fresh, and the result is a sparkling and piece fit to be a companion to the more famous such pieces of the time. The music is in the same exciting vein as that of Rimsky and Borodin. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi
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Double: Radiation counts per minute (CPM) taken in the snow this week in St Louis, Missouri, show levels double the normal numbers
A beach in San Francisco contains five times the safe levels of radiation fueling concerns that Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant’s crisis is impacting areas across the country.
It comes just days after radiation readings were found to be double the normal amount…
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Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
Albumblätter op. 124 Nr. 16 “Schlummerlied”
This recording is part of the ongoing Schumann-Project:
ROBERT SCHUMANN / COMPLETE PIANO WORKS / WOLFGANG WELLER
Claudio Arrau León (February 6, 1903 – June 9, 1991) was a Chilean pianist known for his interpretations of a vast repertoire spanning from the baroque to 20th-century composers, especiallyBeethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century.
SERGEI RACHMANINOV – Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19
In this 1994 recording, Michael Grebanier plays the cello while Janet Guggenheim plays the piano. Naxos is the official owner of this recording.
|John the Baptist|
John the Baptist by Bartolomeo Veneto, 16th century
|Prophet, Martyr, Saint|
|Born||Late 1st century BCE
|Died||CE 31 – 36
|Honored in||Aglipayan Church, Anglicanism,Assyrian Church of the East,Bahá’í Faith, Eastern Orthodox Church, Islam, Lutheranism,Mandeanism, Oriental Orthodox Churches, Roman Catholic Churches|
|Majorshrine||Church of St John the Baptist,Jerusalem|
|Feast||June 24 (Nativity),
August 29 (Beheading),
January 7 (Synaxis,
Thout 2 (Coptic Orthodox Church)
|Attributes||Camel-skin robe, cross, lamb, scroll with words “Ecce Agnus Dei“, platter with own head, pouring water from hands orscallop shell|
|Patronage||Patron saint of Jordan, Puerto Rico, Knights Hospitaller of Jerusalem, French Canada,Newfoundland, Cesena, Florence,Genoa, Monza, Porto, San Juan,Turin, Xewkija, and many other places.|
John the Baptist (Hebrew: יוחנן המטביל, Yoḥanan ha-mmaṭbil, Arabic: يوحنا المعمدان Yuhanna Al-Ma’madan, Aramaic: ܝܘܚܢܢ Ioḥanan, Classical Armenian: Յովհաննէս Մկրտիչ Yovhannēs Mkrtičʿ,Greek: Ὁ Ἅγιος/Τίμιος Ἐνδοξος Προφήτης, Πρόδρομος καὶ Βαπτιστής Ἰωάννης Ho Hágios/Tímios Endoxos, Prophḗtēs, Pródromos, kaì Baptistḗs Ioánnes) was an itinerant preacher and a major religious figure in Christianity, Islam, the Bahá’í Faith, and Mandaeism.
John is described as having the unique practice of baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Most scholars agree that John baptized Jesus. Scholars generally believe Jesus was a follower or disciple of John and several New Testament accounts report that some of Jesus’s early followers had previously been followers of John. John the Baptist is also mentioned by Jewish historianJosephus. Some scholars maintain that John was influenced by the semi-ascetic Essenes, who expected an apocalypse and practiced rituals corresponding strongly with baptism, although no direct evidence substantiates this.
According to the New Testament, John anticipated a messianic figure greater than himself, and Jesus was the one whose coming John foretold. Christians commonly refer to John as the precursor or forerunner of Jesus, since John announces Jesus’ coming. John is also identified with the prophetElijah.
The Christmas celebration in Ethiopia (observing theCoptic Orthodox calendar), which is officially called Leddat, is more popularly known as Ganna, after the game that is traditionally played on this day by boys, young men, and occasionally elders. According to legend, the shepherds were so happy when they heard about the birth of Jesus that they used their hooked staffs to play ganna—a game similar to field hockey. Pilgrims gather in the spectacular medieval churches in Lalibela for services, music, and food. More… Discuss
Ludwig III, the last king of Bavaria, took an unusual path to the crown. His father Luitpold had ruled Bavaria for his insane nephews Ludwig II—a brilliant eccentric who was ultimately confined to a château—and Otto I. Ludwig III succeeded Luitpold as regent and reigned as king from 1913 to 1918. Ludwig’s brief rule was tumultuous, coinciding with World War I and the German Revolution. He was the first monarch to be deposed in the revolution and fled Munich in November 1918. Where did he die?More… Discuss
“CQD” was one of the first Morse code distress signals adopted for radio use. The Marconi Marine Communication Company began using it in 1904, but by 1908, “CQD” had largely been supplanted by “SOS,” a simpler code. Contrary to popular belief, “CQD” does not stand for “Come Quick, Danger” or “Come Quickly: Distress.” Rather, it combines the call “CQ“—a general call to all stations stemming from the French word sécurité—with “D” for “distress.” What was its most famous use? More… Discuss
The maypole is the center of activity during the celebration of May Day. The tall wooden pole is often decorated with flowers, greenery, and streamers. Dancers hold the loose ends of the streamers and weave intricate patterns as they encircle the pole and pass each other in dance. May Day festivities also include a May king and queen and people carrying garlands. The maypole probably originated in ancient fertility rites, but its symbolism has long been debated. What are some interpretations? More…Discuss