Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Twelve Guitar Players Playing

1. Leo Kottke
Deep River Blues

2. Robert Cray

3. John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension

4. Bonnie Raitt
Pride and Joy

5. Tchavolo Schmitt
Jardin d' Hiver

6. Django Reinhardt
I'll See You In My Dreams

7. Jeff Beck
Cause We've Ended As lovers

8. Paco de Lucia

9. Eric Johnson

10. George Harrison

11. Mick Taylor
John Mayall
Oh Pretty Woman
with  Buddy Whittington

12. Pat Metheny
The Way Up (Opening)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

John McLaughlin - Selected Music

Remember Shakti with John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension

Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel
John McLaughlin

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Andy Singer - Six Cartoons

End of America's love affair with the car

Rethinking consumer Capitalism

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Carol Ann Duffy - Three Poems


The year dwindles and glows
to December’s red jewel,
my birth month.

The sky blushes
and lays its cheek
on the sparkling fields.

Then dusk swaddles the cattle,
their silhouettes
simple as faith.

These nights are gifts,
our hands unwrapping the darkness
to see what we have.

The train rushes ecstatic,
to where you are,
my bright star.


When did your name
change from a proper noun
to a charm?

Its three vowels
like jewels
on the thread of my breath.

Its consonants
brushing my mouth
like a kiss.

I love your name.
I say it again and again
in this summer rain.

I see it,
discreet in the alphabet,
like a wish.

I pray it
into the night
till its letters are light.

I hear your name
rhyming, rhyming,
rhyming with everything.


We came from our own country in a red room
which fell through the fields, our mother singing
our father’s name to the turn of the wheels.
My brothers cried, one of them bawling Home,
Home, as the miles rushed back to the city,
the street, the house, the vacant rooms
where we didn’t live any more. I stared
at the eyes of a blind toy, holding its paw.

All childhood is an emigration. Some are slow,
leaving you standing, resigned, up an avenue
where no one you know stays. Others are sudden.
Your accent wrong. Corners, which seem familiar,
leading to unimagined, pebble­-dashed estates, big boys
eating worms and shouting words you don’t understand.
My parents’ anxiety stirred like a loose tooth
in my head. I want our own country, I said.

But then you forget, or don’t recall, or change,
and, seeing your brother swallow a slug, feel only
a skelf of shame. I remember my tongue
shedding its skin like a snake, my voice
in the classroom sounding just like the rest. Do I only think
I lost a river, culture, speech, sense of first space
and the right place? Now, Where do you come from?
strangers ask. Originally? And I hesitate.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cesaria Evora - The Barefoot Diva

Cesaria Evora

Home of Cesaria Evora - Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Live Paris at Le Grand Rex 2004

Historia De Un Amor

Yamore with Salif Keita

Live Paris 2001

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Mariah 'Star' Cooper

Mariah Cooper
"For Indigenous Peoples, everyday is Earth Day.” 
Mariah Cooper (Lac Courte Oreille-Oneida, Ojibwe)

Mariah Cooper is an Olympic hopeful in X-Country skiing and a board member/advisor of the Native American Olympic Team Foundation. She has also joined tribal Elders in leading Snow Gratitude Ceremonies. 

“Just like people, Mother Earth and Creator, respond favorably to appreciation,” say tribal Elders.
For more on the NAOTF and Mariah Cooper see the links below.

A video of Mariah Cooper skiing, and performing a Native American prayer in sign language. 

Native American Olympic Cross Country Hopeful, Mariah Cooper, (Lac Courte Oreilles-Oneida) “Honor the Earth Princess,” blissfully blessing Whistler Mt’s XC trails and Nature during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, to the delight of fellow skiers. Photo courtesy: Karl Schiebe.

X-Country skier Mariah Cooper

Race To Save Arctic Led by XC Olympians
Mariah building confidence in girls + girls teaching Mariah how to fish & discussing nutrition =
Happy Girl Power & thriving Nations!

US Olympic Biathete Sara Studebaker, our 17 year old Native American Olympic XC Hopeful Mariah Cooper (Lac Courte Oreille-Oneida), and Alaskan Native Tamra Kornfield were among the coaches who spent a whole month from dawn until dusk spreading this jubilant lifetime sport in the remote NANA region north of the Arctic Circle, home to 4 million Alaskan Inupiat.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Alice Guy Blaché - First Female Director

Alice Guy-Blaché

Falling Leaves directed by Alice Guy-Blaché

Making the first music videos
Alice Guy Blache Films a Phonoscene in the Studio at Buttes-Chaumont, Paris (1905)

Be Natural Trailer

The Kiss from The Ocean Waif by Alice Guy-Blaché

About Alice Guy-Blaché from Frame by Frame

Friday, September 20, 2013

First Photographs

View from the Window at Le Gras
Nicéphore Niépce's earliest surviving photograph of a scene from nature, circa 1826, "View from the Window at Le Gras," Saint-Loup-de-Varennes (France). Taken with the camera obscura. Eight hour exposure.

Boulevard du Temple

"Boulevard du Temple", taken by Louis Daguerre in late 1838 or early 1839, was the first-ever photograph of people. It is an image of a busy street, but because exposure time was over ten minutes, the city traffic was moving too much to appear. The exceptions are the two people in the bottom left corner, one who stood still getting his boots polished by the other long enough to show up in the picture.

Robert Cornelius, self-portrait
Robert Cornelius, self-portrait, Oct. or Nov. 1839, approximate quarter plate daguerreotype. The back reads, "The first light picture ever taken." This self-portrait is the first photographic portrait image of a human ever produced.

Portrait of Anna Katherine Draper

Earliest surviving photograph of a woman. Before the recent discovery of the Cornelius photo, this was the oldest known photograph portrait, made by Dr. Joseph Draper of New York in 1840. The subject is his sister, Anna Katherine Draper.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Mari Boine - Four Songs

Mari Boine

Big Medicine

Vuoi Vuoi Mu, from the CD Idjagiedas (In the Hand of the Night)
Vuoi my little yellowbird
Vuoi my summernight bird
cuckoo and eagle
Vuoi my swallow
with nest under riverbanks
Vuoi nighttowl
with limitless vision
Vuoi vuoi me

Vuoi vuoi joy
with hearty laughter
Vuoi sorrow
with oceans of salty tears
Vuoi vuoi frost
winter and cold
Vuoi summer with burning hot days
Vuoi vuoi me

Reindeer of Diamond

Mari Boine - It sat duolmma mu / You do not step on me no more (Oslo Opera House, 2009)

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Vintage Cinema - Animated GIFs

Lillian Gish - The Wind

Audrey Hepburn

Shelly Winters - Night of the Hunter

Anna Karina - Vivre Sa Vie

Louise Brooks - Pandora's Box

Greta Garbo - Queen Christina

Stephane Audran- Le Boucher

Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson - Persona

Clara Bow - The It Girl

Mary Pickford

Setsuko Hara - Late Spring