Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WaterAid - Charity for clean, safe water and sanitation

Vision and mission
WaterAid works towards achieving its vision of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.

We are WaterAid video

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The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens

The Snow Man

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

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Edouard Manet - A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère) 1882

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère)
Edouard Manet

Painting detail:

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving


Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving

Five Poems by Stevie Smith

Stevie Smith

Not Waving But Drowning

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he's dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

Alone in the Woods

 Alone in the woods I felt
The bitter hostility of the sky and the trees
Nature has taught her creatures to hate
Man that fusses and fumes
Unquiet man
As the sap rises in the trees
As the sap paints the trees a violent green
So rises the wrath of Nature's creatures
At man
So paints the face of Nature a violent green.
Nature is sick at man
Sick at his fuss and fume
Sick at his agonies
Sick at his gaudy mind
That drives his body
Ever more quickly
More and more
In the wrong direction.

Thoughts About the Christian Doctrine of Eternal Hell

Is it not interesting to see
How the Christians continually
Try to separate themselves in vain
From the doctrine of eternal pain?
They cannot do it,
They are vowed to it,
The Lord said it,
They must believe it.
So the vulnerable body is stretched without pity
On flames forever. Is this not pretty?
The religion of Christianity
Is mixed of sweetness and cruelty.
Reject this Sweetness for she wears
A smoky dress out of hell fires.
Who makes a god, who pains him thus?
It is the Christian religion does.
Oh oh have none of it,
Blow it away, have done with it.


He told his life story to Mrs. Courtly
Who was a widow. 'Let us get married shortly',
He said. 'I am no longer passionate,
But we can have some conversation before it is too late.'

In the Night

I longed for companionship rather,
But my companions I always wished farther.
And now in the desolate night
I think only of the people I should like to bite.

2011 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee - A Profile in Courage

Leymah Gbowee
Leymah Gbowee's acceptance speech at the JFK Profile in Courage Award

Leymah Gbowee Receives the 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award™ from ro*co films on Vimeo.

Leymah Gbowee wins Nobel Peace Prize:

Trailer for Pray The Devil Back To Hell

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Two Scenes from The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924)

Greta Garbo
The Swedish silent film The Saga of Gosta Berling directed by Mauritz Stiller. From the novel by Nobel Prize winning author Laderlof Selma. Starring Greta Garbo and  Lars Hanson. With new music composed by Matti Bye.

The lake scene

Closing scene

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Interviews with Songwriters

Joni Mitchell
JJ Cale and Eric Clapton

Willie Dixon
John Lennon
Guy Clark

Stephen Stills
Jimmy Webb

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow
Bob Dylan

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D minor performed by Helene Grimaud and Busoni

Helene Grimaud
Helene Grimaud Chaconne in D minor -1-

Helene Grimaud Chaconne in D minor -2-

Busoni Piano Roll Version
Busoni is famous for his transcriptions of the music of Bach. The following recording is taken from a piano roll Busoni made in 1922. The actual recordings you hear were made many years after Busoni's death using the original piano roll.
Ferruccio Busoni
Chaconne in D minor Part 1

Chaconne in D minor Part 2

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Nine Native American Songs

Listen to the Children
Randy Wood

Stars In the Sky
Northern Cree
Look up in the sky sweetheart...this is the right time for me and you..kiss me under the moon light..i love you and many stars in the sky..hoka

Trail of tears song~We will go together

Darling Don't Cry
Buffy Saint-Marie

There Was A Time
Edmund Bull

Native American Spirtual Stomp Dance Chant Cherokee Music and Art Forms on Video

Cherokee Memorial song

Cherokee Language Hymns Trail of Tears Song #1

I'll Be Back Someday
Red Bull Singers

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Richard Bona - Four Songs

Richard Bona
Balemba Na Bwemba (Jealousy makes you blind and leads you astray from your future)

Na Mala Nde from the album "Scenes from My Life"

Dipama from the album "Tiki"
*I believe the title of this song is a reference to the great Bhuddist master Dipa Ma.

Esukudu from the album "The Ten Shades of Blues"
Esukudu: "The word means a school. I'm asking young people not to overlook the need to learn and better themselves. I've been lucky enough to meet musicians in France and America who've taken me forward. Exchanging with people from other cultures is most important."

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Setsuko Hara - The Eternal Virgin

Atarashiki Tsuchi (The New Earth/Daughter of the Samurai)  (1937)

Clip of filming of Akira Kurosawa's No Regrets for Our Youth (1946)
From You Tube comments:
According to the narration, this footage was shot by a member of the American Survey Team. It seems GHQ/SCAP was interested in Japanese filmmaking to some extent. Many Americans saw the shooting of K's previous film. One was John Ford. K didn't know it at the time (though F was his idol), and F didn't know who K was either. Years later, at a film festival reception in London, F told K about it and you can imagine Ks amazement. I really wonder how F saw K's shooting style. Murderous Ink

"This film was taken by US investigating team (GI's?) in Kyoto in 1946. Her (Setsuko's) recollection at that time, 'The war is over and it brings me to be able to enjoy free, cultural activity. I think it's natural to devote myself to my suitable occupation and feel it as if I removed a blindfold in a world where women were released freely. I get infinite pleasures to have my hope of living as an actress and this causes my confidence about being an actress in my life.'

Late Spring (1949)

Late Spring (1949)

Meshi (Repast) (1951)

Early Summer (1951)

Film review of Tokyo Story (1953)
Music from Tokyo Story
Late Autumn (1960)

Setsuko Hara Tribute - "The most beautiful smile in the history of cinema"
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