Daily Archives: April 21, 2019

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Horoscope ♉: 04/21/2019


Horoscope ♉:
04/21/2019

Although you may pride yourself on your patience, Taurus, this quality could be hard to come by today. It’s possible that you’ve bent as far as you can and reached the breaking point. The final straw is about to be placed on the camel’s back. Let loose the explosion of emotion called for by events. There’s no use trying to maintain a saintly demeanor today.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Paasmaandag


Today’s Holiday:
Paasmaandag

Easter Monday, or Paasmaandag, is celebrated in the Netherlands with games played with Easter eggs. Eierrapen, or hunting for eggs, is a favorite pastime among younger children. Eiertikken, or hitting hard-boiled eggs together, is a sport for children of all ages. In rural areas, the eggs are packed in baskets and carried to an open field for the eiertikken contest. At a given signal, the children line up and try to break the shell of an opposing team member’s egg by knocking them together. The winner keeps the opponent’s egg, and the child who collects the most eggs wins. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Henry Fielding (1707)


Today’s Birthday:
Henry Fielding (1707)

Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his humor and satire. He settled in London in 1729 and began writing comedies, farces, and burlesques, including Tom Thumb. Two of his satires attacked the Walpole government and provoked the Licensing Act of 1737, which initiated censorship of the stage and ended his career as a playwright. He thereupon turned to writing novels, publishing his most popular work, Tom Jones, in 1749. Why did he travel to Portugal in 1754? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: First Earth Day Celebrated (1970)


This Day in History:
First Earth Day Celebrated (1970)

The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote ecological ideas, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in more than 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs that focus on environmental issues. In 1990, Earth Day was marked by an “International Peace Climb,” in which climbers from the US, Soviet Union, and China scaled what peak together? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: W. Somerset Maugham


Quote of the Day:
W. Somerset Maugham

I’ll give you my opinion of the human race in a nutshell…their heart’s in the right place, but their head is a thoroughly inefficient organ. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Nickelodeons


Article of the Day:
Nickelodeons

In the early days of motion pictures, screenings were part of vaudeville shows and arcades. However, in 1902, a California shop that showed only moving pictures had great success. Soon, “movie houses” were springing up nationwide. The first movie theater, complete with luxurious accessories and a piano, was built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1905. A nickel was charged for admission, and the theater was called the nickelodeon. In general, how long were the films screened at nickelodeons? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: come thick and fast


Idiom of the Day:
come thick and fast

To come rapidly and in large quantities (as in an attack). Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: silver-tongued


Word of the Day:
silver-tongued

Definition: (adjective) Having or exhibiting the power of fluent and persuasive speech.

Synonyms: eloquent, smooth-spoken, fluent, facile

Usage: The silver-tongued politician trounced his opponent in the debate and earned enthusiastic applause from his supporters.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

5 Things You Might Not Know About The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’ – ABC News


On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night.
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself
‘This could be heaven or this could be Hell’
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say
Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face.
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (any time of year) you can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget
So I called up the Captain,
‘Please bring me my wine’
He said, ‘we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty-nine’
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say”
Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face.
They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise), bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said, ‘we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast
Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
‘Relax’ said the night man,
‘We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave!’

Songwriters: Don Felder / Don Henley / Glenn Frey

Hotel California lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/things-eagles-hotel-california/story?id=36375155

5 Things You Might Not Know About The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’The Eagles hit song won the 1977 Grammy for Record of the Year.

“Hotel California” is arguably the Eagles’ most iconic song. The hit tune was a billboard chart-topper; it sold over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone and was on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 19 weeks, peaking at No. 1. In 1978, the song won a Grammy awardfor Record of the Year.

Here are five facts that you might not know about The Eagles’ “Hotel California.”

  1. Glenn Frey was the mastermind behind the song’s lyrics

The late Glenn Frey penned the lyrics for the hit song along with band members Don Henley and Don Felder.

  1. The song is about “excess in America”

While there have been many theories that contemplate what the song represents, the Eagles’ band members have revealed in multiple interviews that the true meaning behind “Hotel California” is a commentary on the hedonism and self-indulgence of America.

“It’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about,” Henley said in a 2002 interview with “60 Minutes.”

In 2005, Henley further explained the meaning of the song to Rolling Stone magazine, which placed “Hotel California” at no. 49 on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

“We were all middle class kids from the Midwest,” Henley said. “‘Hotel California’ was our interpretation of the high life in L.A.”

  1. “Hotel California” originally had a different name

According to journalist-turned-director Cameron Crowe, “Hotel California” was almost named something entirely different.

In 2003, Crowe revealed in “Conversations with Don Henley and Glenn Frey,” which was part of the liner notes for the Eagles’ compilation album “The Very Best Of,” that “Hotel California” was originally going to be titled “Mexican Reggae.”

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  1. “Hotel California” was declared a song that shaped rock and roll

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, named “Hotel California” as one of the songs that shaped rock and roll.

The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and all seven former and present members of the group performed “Hotel California” together on stage.

  1. There is a playful nod to the band Steely Dan in the song

The line “They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can’t kill the beast,” is a playful jab to rock band Steely Dan.

Frey revealed in the liner notes of “The Very Best Of” that they alluded to the “Do it Again” rock band in “Hotel California” after Steely Dan made an Eagles reference in their song “Everything You Did.”

  • daffyb
  • General Comment:

    I have a very interesting little story for all of you in regards to this song and it’s meaning. About 15 years ago, I was taking an English class in University, and the and the professor of the class had an assignment for us. He handed out a sheet of paper face down to everyone. When we turned it over, we were told to write what we thought the song was about. He added, however, that the song was NOT about a cult so don’t even write that. So, basically almost every member of the class then proceeded along the next route….the drugs/addiction metaphors. When we were done, he proceeded to tell us what the song, and the corresponding album were ACTUALLY about. It seems our prof had, at one time, lived in the California area and was very good friends with a certain drummer named Don Henley. Don explained the story behind the song to him, and said he was amused at the wide varieties of interpretations the song had developed over time. According to the source, The “Hotel California” is actually, L.A. itself. The song and album take you on a trip though the music industry in L.A. in the late sixties early seventies, when agents and studios controlled artists like puppets. Back in the late sixties, 1969 to be exact, there was a major onslaught of artists being signed left, right and center, and artisit at the time were often known to basically “sell their soul” to a record company executive in order to get a recording contract. Many times these artists were given little if anything for their music, and thus ended up basically a victom to their love of music. Just imagine the scene at the time, it’s late 60’s, you are on your way to L.A. to strike it big with dreams of glamour and fame…and you basically are prepared to sell your soul of you have to to attain it. I must admit, when I first heard this explaination, I was a little skeptical…but trust me….listen to the WHOLE album again, start to finish and keep this definition in mind when you do it. Every song ties together in one big story, finishing off with the Last Resort which gives you a clear summery of the whole album and idea. I don’t deny that drugs and addiction have a lot to do with the lifestyle and results of the quest for fame. All I ask is to keep an open mind and think of “The Hotel California” as L.A., and you may be surprised.

  • 17 Years AgoDeth
  • General Comment:

    I know what this song is about, not a cult it’s about drugs.

    “Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way ” That’s not a candle she’s lighting up.

    “Some dance to remember, some dance to forget” Some people do them do remember good memories, some people do them to forget bad memories.

    ‘We are all just prisoners here, of our own device” That is basically what drug users are

    “The stab it with their steely knives But they just can’t kill the beast” The beast being the addiction/

    “You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave!” You can always say you aren’t addicted or that you can quit anytime you want, but you’ll always end up going back to them.

    Pretty basic clear maening, there are other metaphors in there to decipher but that’s tha basics.

  • 16 Years AgofrankyBkk
  • General Comment:

    Don Felder from the Eagles:

    I remember the day when I came up with the idea for the song:

    “I had just leased this house out on the beach at Malibu–I guess it was around ’74 or ’75. I remember sitting in the living room, with the doors wide open, on a spectacular July day. I had a bathing suit on and I was sitting on this couch, soaking wet, thinking the world is a wonderful place to be. I had this acoustic 12-string and started tinkling around with it, and those ‘Hotel California’ chords just kind of oozed out. I had a TEAC four-track set up in one of the back bedrooms and I ran back there to put this idea down before I forgot it. I also had one of those old Rhythm Ace things, and I remember it was set to play this cha-cha beat. I played the 12-string on top of that. A few days later, I came up with a bass line and mixed the whole thing to mono, ping-ponging back and forth on this little four-track.”

    Eagles singer/guitarist Don Henley picked the song out of a cassette containing eight or ten different ideas that Felder had put together. “Henley said, “I really love that one that sounds like a matador or something,” Felder recalls.

    Originally written and recorded in E minor, the song was ultimately transposed to B-minor and re-recorded to accommodate the vocal melody delivered by Henley. Felder capoed his acoustic 12-string at the seventh fret, which enabled him to preserve the open chord shapes of his original guitar arrangement. The “High strung” timbre produced by the capo’s placement, enhanced by processing the 12-string through a Leslie cabinet, ended up becoming part of the song’s distinctive sound. Felder played all of the song’s guitar tracks except for the landmark solo, for which Felder and Joe Walsh traded licks and harmonies. “Joe and I sat on two stools and worked the whole thing out,” Felder recalls.

    Don Henley and Glenn Frey collaborated on the song’s memorable lyric. “Glenn had this idea,” Felder remembers. “The fantasy of California. It’s supposed to be a microcosm of the world. Glenn is great at conceptualizing. He’ll say, ‘I can see this guy driving in the desert at night and you can see the lights of L.A. way off in the horizon.’ Henley gets the picture and goes from there.

Horoscope ♉: 04/21/2019


Horoscope ♉:
04/21/2019

Although you may pride yourself on your patience, Taurus, this quality could be hard to come by today. It’s possible that you’ve bent as far as you can and reached the breaking point. The final straw is about to be placed on the camel’s back. Let loose the explosion of emotion called for by events. There’s no use trying to maintain a saintly demeanor today.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Salzburg Easter Festival


Today’s Holiday:
Salzburg Easter Festival

Salzburg’s Easter Festival was founded by the famous conductor Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) in 1967 to honor the works of Richard Wagner (1813-1883), and it remains one of Europe’s most elite and elegant music festivals. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is the festival’s resident ensemble, and the chorus of the Vienna State Opera performs the choral works. A full-scale opera is performed twice during each nine-day festival in the Großes Festspielhaus (large festival hall), which is known for its unique acoustics and seats more than 2,000. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Max Weber (1864)


Today’s Birthday:
Max Weber (1864)

Weber was a German sociologist and political economist whose most famous and controversial work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, examines the relationship between Calvinist—or Puritan—morality, compulsive labor, bureaucracy, and economic success under capitalism. Weber also wrote about social phenomena such as charisma and mysticism, which he saw as antithetical to the modern world and its underlying process of rationalization. What other important works did he write? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Brazilian Patriot Tiradentes Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered (1792)


This Day in History:
Brazilian Patriot Tiradentes Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered (1792)

Born José Joaquim da Silva Xavier, Tiradentes gained his nickname, which means “tooth-puller,” working as a healer in his youth. In the late 1780s, he joined and soon became the leader of a revolutionary movement against Portuguese rule in Brazil that was inspired by the American Revolution. In 1789, the movement was betrayed and its leaders were imprisoned. They were freed and exiled in 1792 with the exception of Tiradentes, who was executed in Rio de Janeiro. What was done with his remains? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day Jerome K. Jerome


Quote of the Day:
Jerome K. Jerome

If you are foolish enough to be contented, don’t show it, but grumble with the rest. More..: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Avalanches


Article of the Day:
Avalanches

Avalanches are sudden falls or slides of large masses of material down the side of a mountain and are classified by their content, such as snow, ice, soil, rock, or a mixture of these materials. They can reach speeds of more than 200 mph (320 km/h), pushing destructive air masses, known as avalanche winds, ahead of the falling debris. The actual impact of avalanche material, meanwhile, can also cause major devastation. What can trigger an avalanche, and what measures might help prevent one? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: come out of (one’s) shell


Idiom of the Day:
come out of (one’s) shell

To become more outgoing. Usually said of a shy or introverted person. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: hamartia


Word of the Day:
hamartia

Definition: (noun) The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.

Synonyms: tragic flaw

Usage: Many a noble literary character has been brought low by his hamartia.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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