Daily Archives: April 22, 2014

QUOTATION: Thomas Hardy


Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) Discuss

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: ST. GEORGE’S DAY


St. George’s Day

Nothing much is known for certain about St. George, but the patron saint of England is popularly known in medieval legend for slaying a vicious dragon that was besieging a town in Cappadocia. When the people saw what had happened, they were converted to Christianity. To this day, St. George is often depicted with a dragon. St. George’s Day, sometimes referred to as Georgemas, has been observed as a religious feast as well as a holiday since the 13th century. More… Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564)


William Shakespeare (1564)

Though his true date of birth remains unknown, the birthday of famed playwright and poet William Shakespeare is traditionally observed on April 23, the same day on which he died 52 years later. Since his death, his plays, such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, have been performed and studied all over the world. Some scholars have speculated that Shakespeare did not write all of the works attributed to him. Who do they suggest was responsible for authoring the Shakespearean canon? More…Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: “NEW COKE” INTRODUCED (1985)


“New Coke” Introduced (1985)

“New” Coke was the sweeter drink introduced in 1985 by The Coca-Cola Company to replace its flagship soda, Coca-Cola. The move was intended to cater to an apparent public preference for a sweeter soft drink and to combat Pepsi’s growing popularity. Public reaction was devastating, with thousands voicing disapproval, and the new cola quickly entered the pantheon of major marketing flops. What happened when Coke’s original formula, renamed “Coca-Cola Classic,” was reintroduced? More… Discuss

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Stem Cells Created from Adults’ Cells

For the first time, researchers have successfullycreated stem cells from the skin cells of adults. This is considered the first step in developing patient-specific cells lines to treat diseases like heart failure, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and vision loss, but it is also the first step inhuman reproductive cloning, an issue fraught with ethical dilemmas. To create the stem cells, researchers fused a grown skin cell with an ovum whose DNA had been removed. The resulting embryo contains an inner lining of pluripotent stem cells. Of 39 attempts to create stem cells from adult cells, the researchers succeeded only once for each of their two skin cell donors. More… Discuss

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THE FIRST RED SCARE


The First Red Scare

After World War I, the US was gripped by fears of communist and anarchist infiltration. Pressured by Congress, the Justice Department launched massive raids—led by Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer—targeting communists, anarchists, and foreigners. More than 10,000 people were arrested and hundreds were deported, some for membership in Communist or left-wing groups, others on no greater pretext than that they looked or sounded foreign. What non-event effectively ended the Scare in 1920? More… Discuss

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Sain of the Day Feastday April 23: St. George: Patron of England & Catalonia


Image of St. George

Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness. The lady stands for God‘s holy truth. St. George was a brave martyr who was victorious over the devil.

He was a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and he was one of the Emperor’s favorite soldiers. Now Diocletian was a pagan and a bitter enemy to the Christians. He put to death every Christian he could find. George was a brave Christian, a real soldier of Christ. Without fear, he went to the Emperor and sternly scolded him for being so cruel. Then he gave up his position in the Roman army. For this he was tortured in many terrible ways and finally beheaded.

So boldly daring and so cheerful was St. George in declaring his Faith and in dying for it that Christians felt courage when they heard about it. Many songs and poems were written about this martyr. Soldiers, especially, have always been devoted to him.

We all have some “dragon” we have to conquer. It might be pride, or anger, or laziness, or greediness, or something else. Let us make sure we fight against these “dragons”, with God’s help. Then we can call ourselves real soldiers of Christ. 

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SAINT OF THE DAY April 22: ST. ABDIESUS April 22


SAINT OF THE DAY

April 22 Saint of the Day

ST. ABDIESUS
April 22: Also called Hebed Jesus, a deacon in the Christian community of … Read More

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Vatican discovers 6th century fresco of St. Paul


The restoration of a tomb in the catacombs of St. Gennaro in Naples, revealed a new discovery. The image of St. Paul…

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: THE MOODY BLUES — Live at the Isle Of Wight Festival — 1970



THE MOODY BLUESLive at the Isle Of Wight Festival — 1970

01. Threshold Of A Dream
0 2. Return To The Island
03. Isle Of Wight Pop Festival 1970
04. Tear Down The Fences
05. Early Beginnings: Bo Diddley
06. The Mellotron
07. Psychedelia And Change
08. Introduction To The Concert
09. Gypsy
10. Tuesday Afternoon
11. Never Comes The Day
12. Tortoise And The Hare
13. Question
14. The Sunset
15. Melancholy Man
16. Nights In White Satin
17. Legend Of A Mind
18. Encore: Ride My See-Saw
19. Reflections
20. Late Lament

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Taj Mahal – January 16,1971 – Fillmore East – Late Show (Blues)



Taj Mahal
Fillmore East,NYC Jan.16,1971 Late Show

1-I’m So Tired (?)
2-Banjo Instrumental
3-Good Morning Miss Brown
4-Ain’t Gwine To Whistle Dixie Any Mo’
5-Sweet Mama Janisse
6-Going Up To The Country And Paint My Mailbox Blue
7-Farther On Down The Road You Will Accompany Me
8-You Ain’t No Street Walker Mama Honey But I Do Love The Way You Strut Your Stuff
9-Diving Duck Blues
10-Corinna

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
 
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal (musician).jpg

Taj Mahal in 2005
Background information
Birth name Henry Saint Clair Fredericks
Also known as Taj Mahal
Born May 17, 1942 (age 71)
HarlemNew YorkUnited States
Genres BluesWorld musicrhythm and bluesblues rocksoul blues,jazz bluescountry bluesdelta blueselectric bluesreggae,reggae fusion
Occupations Musician
Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Banjo
Harmonica
Piano
Ukulele
Years active 1964–present
Labels Ruf, Columbia Records
Warner Bros. Records
Gramavision
Hannibal Records
Private MusicRCA Victor
Associated acts The Rising Sons
The Phantom Blues Band
The Hula Blues Band
The Taj Mahal Trio
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Ry Cooder
Website tajblues.com
Notable instruments
National Steel[1]
Dobro[1]

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (born May 17, 1942), who uses the stage name Taj Mahal, is an AmericanGrammy Award-winning blues musician. He often incorporates elements of world music into his works. A self-taught singer-songwriter and film composer who plays the guitarpianobanjo and harmonica (among many other instruments),[2] Mahal has done much to reshape the definition and scope of blues music over the course of his almost 50-year career by fusing it with nontraditional forms, including sounds from the CaribbeanAfrica and theSouth Pacific.[3]

Born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr. on May 17, 1942 in Harlem, New York, Mahal grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. Raised in a musical environment, his mother was the member of a local gospel choir and his father was a West Indian jazz arranger and piano player. His family owned a shortwave radio which received music broadcasts from around the world, exposing him at an early age to world music.[4] Early in childhood he recognized the stark differences between the popular music of his day and the music that was played in his home. He also became interested in jazz, enjoying the works of musicians such as Charles MingusThelonious Monk and Milt Jackson.[5] His parents came of age during the Harlem Renaissance, instilling in their son a sense of pride in his West Indian and African ancestry through their stories.[6]

Taj Mahal at the Museumsquartier in Vienna (Jazz-Fest Wien) in 2007

Because his father was a musician, his house was frequently the host of other musicians from the CaribbeanAfrica, and the United States. His father, Henry Saint Clair Fredericks Sr., was called “The Genius” by Ella Fitzgerald before starting his family.[7] Early on, Henry Jr. developed an interest in African music, which he studied assiduously as a young man. His parents also encouraged him to pursue music, starting him out withclassical piano lessons. He also studied the clarinettrombone andharmonica.[8] When Mahal was eleven his father was killed in an accident at his own construction company, crushed by a tractor when it flipped over. This was an extremely traumatic experience for the boy.[7]

Mahal’s mother later remarried. His stepfather owned a guitar which Taj began using at age 13 or 14, receiving his first lessons from a new neighbor from North Carolina of his own age that played acoustic blues guitar.[8] His name was Lynwood Perry, the nephew of the famous bluesman Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup. In high school Mahal sang in a doo-wop group.[7]

For some time Mahal thought of pursuing farming over music. He had developed a passion for farming that nearly rivaled his love of music—coming to work on a farm first at age 16. It was a dairy farm in Palmer, Massachusetts, not far from Springfield. By age nineteen he had become farmforeman, getting up a bit after 4:00 a.m. and running the place. “I milked anywhere between thirty-five and seventy cows a day. I clipped udders. I grew corn. I grew Tennessee redtop clover. Alfalfa.”[9] Mahal believes in growing one’s own food, saying, “You have a whole generation of kids who think everything comes out of a box and a can, and they don’t know you can grow most of your food.” Because of his personal support of the family farm, Mahal regularly performs at Farm Aid concerts.[9]

Taj Mahal, his stage name, came to him in dreams about GandhiIndia, and social tolerance. He started using it in 1959[10] or 1961[7]—around the same time he began attending the University of Massachusetts. Despite having attended a vocational agriculture school, becoming a member of the National FFA Organization, and majoring in animal husbandry and minoring in veterinary science and agronomy, Mahal decided to take the route of music instead of farming. In college he led arhythm and blues band called Taj Mahal & The Elektras and, before heading for the West Coast, he was also part of a duo with Jessie Lee Kincaid.[7]

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Taj Mahal + James Cotton – Honky Tonk Women And The Rolling Stones tooooo!



44 years after their first performance at Hyde Park, Rolling Stones are back in London this summer. To recollect that historic gig of 1969 you can watch Stones performing “Honky Tonk Women

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Edvard Grieg – Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 – III. Allegro moderato alla marcia



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