Daily Archives: May 9, 2014

The Old City, poetic thought by George -B

The Old City, poetic thought by George -B

The window is opened toward a city,
A city that’s built for millennia,
layers of generations,
as dust of time settled upon itself…
The city’s old,
and so are most of its buildings,
kept alive by people who care, by fires,
and wars and bullets,
by rain, snow and heat waves –
The city only grew stronger,
Surviving survival…
And yet something’s missing, lost to the ages
The laughter of children, the play of the squirrels
The thrills of the singing of birds…
The silent past conquered the noise
and reigns now, in absolute power…

A dove on the windowsill is mourning his lover.


English: Street in Jerusalem Old City

English: Street in Jerusalem Old City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Bobby Womack – “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”


Bobby Womack – “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”

Bobby Womack – “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”
Album: The Poet
Released: 1981

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Bobby Womack – A change is gonna come


Bobby Womack – A change is gonna come

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Bobby Womack – California Dreaming


Bobby Womack – California Dreaming

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Joan Baez-Famous Blue Raincoat


Joan Baez-Famous Blue Raincoat

Famous Blue Raincoat

It’s four in the morning, the end of December
I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better
New York is cold, but I like where I’m living
There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening.
I hear that you’re building your little house deep in the desert
You’re living for nothing now, I hope you’re keeping some kind of record. Yes, and Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear
Did you ever go clear? Ah, the last time we saw you you looked so much older
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
You’d been to the station to meet every train
And you came home without Lili Marlene

And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
And when she came back she was nobody’s wife.

Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth
One more thin gypsy thief
Well I see Jane’s awake —

She sends her regards.

And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
I’m glad you stood in my way.

If you ever come by here, for Jane or for me
Your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free.

Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes
I thought it was there for good so I never tried.

And Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear —

Sincerely, L. Cohen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia“Famous Blue Raincoat” is a song by Leonard Cohen. It is the sixth track on his third album, Songs of Love and Hate, released in 1971. The song is written in the form of a letter (although many of the lines are written in amphibrachs). The lyric tells the story of a love triangle between the speaker, a woman named Jane, and the male addressee, who is identified only briefly as “my brother, my killer.”
The lyrics contain references to the German love song “Lili Marlene,” to Scientology, and to Clinton Street. Cohen lived on Clinton Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 1970s when it was a lively Latino area.[1]In the 1999 book, The Complete Guide to the Music of Leonard Cohen, the authors comment that Cohen’s question, “Did you ever go clear?”, in the song, is a reference to the Scientology state of “Clear“.[2] Cohen was very briefly a member of the Church of Scientology, which he had heard was a “good place to meet women.” [3][4]

In the liner notes to 1975’s The Best of Leonard Cohen, which includes the song, he mentions that the famous blue raincoat to which he refers actually belonged to him, and not someone else:

I had a good raincoat then, a Burberry I got in London in 1959. Elizabeth thought I looked like a spider in it. That was probably why she wouldn’t go to Greece with me. It hung more heroically when I took out the lining, and achieved glory when the frayed sleeves were repaired with a little leather. Things were clear. I knew how to dress in those days. It was stolen from Marianne’s loft in New York sometime during the early seventies. I wasn’t wearing it very much toward the end.

Ron Cornelius played guitar on Songs of Love and Hate and was Cohen’s band leader for several years. He told Songfacts: “We played that song a lot before it ever went to tape. We knew it was going to be big. We could see what the crowd did – you play the Royal Albert Hall, the crowd goes crazy, and you’re really saying something there. If I had to pick a favorite from the album, it would probably be ‘Famous Blue Raincoat.'” [5]

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Leonard Cohen: I Can’t Forget (…but I don’t remember what!…)


I stumbled out of bed
I got ready for the struggle
I smoked a cigarette
And I tightened up my gut
I said this can’t be me
Must be my double
And I can’t forget, I can’t forget
I can’t forget but I don’t remember what
I’m burning up the road
I’m heading down to Phoenix
I got this old address
Of someone that I knew
It was high and fine and free
Ah, you should have seen us
And I can’t forget, I can’t forget
I can’t forget but I don’t remember who

I’ll be there today
With a big bouquet of cactus
I got this rig that runs on memories
And I promise, cross my heart,
They’ll never catch us
But if they do, just tell them it was me

Yeah I loved you all my life
And that’s how I want to end it
The summer’s almost gone
The winter’s tuning up
Yeah, the summer’s gone
But a lot goes on forever
And I can’t forget, I can’t forget
I can’t forget but I don’t remember what


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David Guetta – Shot Me Down ft. Skylar Grey (Lyric Video)


David Guetta – Shot Me Down ft. Skylar Grey (Lyric Video)

New electro track from David Guetta feat. Skylar Grey
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Make Music Part of our Life Series: Dvořák: Symphony No.8 – Harnoncourt/WPh(2004Live) A great playlist

Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904)
Symphony No.8 in G major, op.88
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Wiener Philharmoniker
Musikverein, Vienna, 26 9/2004

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Symphony No. 8
by Antonín Dvořák
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Title page of the autograph score
Key G major
  • Op. 88
  • B. 163
Style Romantic
Composed 26 August 1889 – 8 November 1889 – Vysoká u Příbramě
Dedication Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts
Published 1890
Movements 4
Date 2 February 1890
Location Prague
Conductor Antonín Dvořák
Performers Orchestra of the National Theatre

The Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163, is a symphony by Antonín Dvořák, composed in 1889 at Vysoká u Příbramě, Bohemia, on the occasion of his election to the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts. Dvořák conducted the premiere in Prague on 2 February 1890. In contrast to other symphonies of both the composer and the period, the music is cheerful and optimistic

The symphony is in four movements:

  1. Allegro con brio (G major)
  2. Adagio (C minor)
  3. Allegretto grazioso – Molto vivace (G minor)
  4. Allegro ma non troppo (G major)

The work is scored for 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo)*, 2 oboes (1st doubling english horn)*, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, and strings.[1]

The orchestration of piccolo and English Horn is unusual in this symphony. The piccolo only sustains a long note in unison with the flute at the exposition of the 1st movement and the English Horn only plays a short, but exposed phrase during the second recapitulation of the main “bird call” theme, also in the 1st movement. In some editions the 2nd oboe doubles on English horn rather than the 1st oboe as indicated in most scores.


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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Mozart: Symphony No.29 – André Previn Wiener Philharmoniker(2000Live)


Mozart: Symphony No.29André Previn Wiener Philharmoniker (2000Live)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Symphony No.29 in A major, K.201
André Previn
Wiener Philharmoniker
Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 28 1/2000

The Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201/186a, was completed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on 6 April 1774.[1] It is, along with Symphony No. 25, one of his better known early symphonies. Stanley Sadie characterizes it as “a landmark … personal in tone, indeed perhaps more individual in its combination of an intimate, chamber music style with a still fiery and impulsive manner.”[2]


The symphony is scored for 2 oboes, 2 horns and strings, as was typical of early-period Mozart symphonies.

There are four movements:

  1. Allegro moderato, 2/2
  2. Andante, 2/4
  3. Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio, 3/4
  4. Allegro con spirito, 6/8

The first movement is in sonata form, with a graceful principal theme characterized by an octave drop and ambitious horn passages. The second movement is scored for muted strings with limited use of the winds, and is also in sonata form. The third movement, a minuet, is characterized by nervous dotted rhythms and staccato phrases; the trio provides a more graceful contrast. The energetic last movement, another sonata-form movement in 6/8 time, connects back to the first movement with its octave drop in the main theme.

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Debussy, Printemps: Suite Symphonique. Pierre Boulez


Debussy, Printemps: Suite Symphonique. Pierre Boulez

Printemps: Suite Symphonique
1. Tres Modere
2. Modere
Pierre Boulez


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quotation: Those whom the gods love grow young. Oscar Wilde

Those whom the gods love grow young.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

today’s birthday: J. M. Barrie (1860)

J. M. Barrie (1860)

Barrie was a Scottish novelist and dramatist best known for his play Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Emotionally immature—likely due to his domineering mother—Barrie was prone to sentimentality in his writing. Yet his best works reveal a profound understanding of human nature and a capacity for irony and wit. His 1917 tragicomedy Dear Brutus is widely considered his best work. Why was Barrie disappointed with the statue of Peter Pan erected in Kensington Gardens, London? More… Discuss

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This Day in History: Thomas Blood Attempts to Steal Crown Jewels of England (1671)

Thomas Blood Attempts to Steal Crown Jewels of England (1671)

Blood was an Irish-born adventurer who served under Oliver Cromwell during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. After Charles II returned to the throne, Blood fled to Ireland. He later attempted to kidnap the Duke of Ormonde but failed. In 1671, Blood and his accomplices made an infamous attempt to steal the Crown Jewels of England. Having befriended the jewel keeper, Blood arranged a private viewing, during which time the men made off with the treasures. Why did Charles II pardon Blood? More… Discuss

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Antibiotic Resistance Is Global Threat

Antibiotic Resistance Is Global Threat

The “post-antibiotic era” is bearing down on us, and if we do not make some changes soon, it will only be a matter of time before antibiotics are powerless to protect us from diseases that have been treatable for decades. World Health Organization (WHO) data reveal that antibiotic-resistan t bacteria are now apparent in “every region of the world,” posing a major threat to public health. The WHO is urging governments around the globe to prioritize the development of new lines of antibiotics while at the same time taking steps to slow the progression of resistance. More… Discuss

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In 1995, computer programmer Pierre Omidyar founded AuctionWeb in San Jose, California. One of its first sales was a broken laser pointer. However, what began humbly as a hobby for Omidyar grew rapidly. In 1997, Omidyar changed the site’s name to eBay—a contraction of Echo Bay Technology Group—and it has since become the premier online auction site, with millions of items listed, bought, and sold daily. Essentially unregulated at first, eBay now prohibits the sale of what items on its site? More… Discuss

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