May 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm (art, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, life, movies, music, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: art, Cloud Atlas, entertainment, film, films, movie, movies, review, trailer, video
Having seen a few great, some very good, and many just good films lately and over the course of time, I can honestly say that Cloud Atlas completely blows every other film totally out of the water for sheer creativity in actualizing the potential of films for depth of narrative, visual beauty, acting and scope of vision. It’s a truly beautiful film on multiple levels. If you have not yet seen Cloud Atlas then do yourself a huge favor and make time to view it as soon as possible. It’s lengthy, complex, involved and demands complete attention. I would love to comment extensively but that might limit your own acts of exploration and discovery while engaged with this piece of artistry. Yes, this is Film As Art and it’s quite incredibly spectacular!
Not yet interested?
Did you love The Matrix?
Are you a fan of Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant? Imagine each playing multiple roles in multiple storylines which are all interconnected.
How open is your mind?
January 22, 2013 at 8:50 pm (creative writing, culture, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, fiction, life, literary fiction, music, poetry, publishing, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: 3013, April 23, books, culture, deadline, entertainment, fiction, Free books, German, Give, Ireland, January 25, life, literacy, literature, love, publishing, random, reading, signup, UK, USA, videos, World Book Night, Writing
Never know what will be discovered when following the “dots” in cyberspace. Today I discovered World Book Night in the USA, April 23, 2013. Event also flows in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. You too can sign up to give away free books to people. Yes, you read that correctly–on April 23, 2013 people will be giving away free books to promote reading. As a life long reader I totally support this event.
Now–if you’re willing to give away free books–Sign up at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/
It’s really easy to sign up. There’s a great list of books to pick from.
Spread your love of reading and writing!
January 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Uncategorized, music, culture, life, environment, random, exploring interconnectedness, entertainment, nature, Poland)
Tags: culture, music, life, random, entertainment, Australia, Warsaw Village Band, YouTube, videos, Poland, Nord, Dead Can Dance, Senusal Saturday, site
Saturday has arrived again. Figured some more music ventures are in order. Warsaw Village Band meets Dead Can Dance. Music from Poland to Australia that breaks down the usual boundaries. Hope everyone finds something engaging.
Warsaw Village Band:
The Rain is Falling
Joint Venture in the Village
Warsaw Village Band YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/WarsawVillageBand?feature=watch
Warsaw Village Band site http://www.warsawvillageband.net/
Dead Can Dance:
All In Good Time
Opium & Paris
Return of the She-King
Tell Me About the Forest (You Once Called Home)
Dead Can Dance site http://www.deadcandance.com/main/
Apparently, contrary to some online info, the group has been ‘revived’ with a 2013 tour agenda.
January 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm (art, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, life, music, play)
Tags: Balkans, Black Ox Orkestar, culture, Eastern Europe, entertainment, Jewish, life, Montreal, music, play, random
Now for some Saturday R & R with Black Ox Orkestar. Never know what you might discover when you ask a friend what music they enjoy. Thanks to Berit for sharing. Don’t know about the rest of you but I’m always game for exploring music mines. Sometimes nothing mixes at all. Other times there are ear gems galore. Music mines vary from person to person/mind to mind. Once you’ve left behind all the usual beaten tracks there’s no end to ear engagements. Perhaps Black Ox Orkestar can add some sensuality to your Saturday. Go to another place with a sound track.
Musical Artists: Thierry Amar, Scott Gilmore Levine, Gabe Levine, Jessica Moss.
The following description is from Constellation link http://cstrecords.com/blackoxorkestar/:
~~~Black Ox Orkestar began in the summer of 2000, the project of four Montreal musicians exploring their common Jewish heritage for sounds that could speak to them today. Listening to pre-war recordings of Jewish and non-Jewish music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, they wanted to capture the rawness and emotional intensity they heard there. They also threw their own musical histories into the mix, their years of playing out-jazz, punk rock, or weird folk, creating not so much a fusion of old and new as a way to tear the old sounds from the past and make them resonate in the present. The band tried to be true to the strangeness and beauty of these archaic songs, translating them into new forms, and writing new material that continued an imaginary tradition still humming in their ears. They played their final show in 2005 ~~~
Hear Nisht Azoy here: http://cstrecords.com/cst038/
January 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm (culture, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Independent film, Indigenous People, journalism, life, music, Native Americans, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: #J11, 2013, Canada, dance, drum, Global Day, Idle No More, Jan.11., January, Julie Ireton, life, mmmllleee123, music, Native Canadian-American Indian Veterans and Warriors, Ottawa, Parliament Hill, Patrick Wright, politics, random, solidarity, Student Movement, Sudents, unity, Victoria Island, video
Photo by Julie Ireton CBC –Victoria Island, Ottawa, ON –Jan. 11, 2013
Global it is indeed. See one list of supporters world-wide: http://www.j11action.com/
Solidarity–Idle No More and Student Movement Unite in round dance –Ottawa, U of O.
mmmllleee123 on YouTube
On Facebook the “Native Canadian-American Indian Veterans and Warriors” are constantly posting photos from Canada and around the world.
@Patrick Wright–Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON
January 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm (art, creative writing, culture, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, humor, Independent film, Indigenous People, journalism, life, movies, music, nature, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: 98%, Ad, By the Rivers Dark, Canada, climate change, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Exxon, Exxon Hates Your Children, Idle No More, Leonard Cohen, movie, musings, news, Oil Change International, other98, Powertech, random, The Last Trapper, whales, Yahoo News
Random and free associations Alert!
Yes, this beauty came my way via an email to sign a petition and–well–it’s just too wonderful to not share with folks who understand the ways of the world as they’ve been–AND–that this insanity must stop! I think it’s a great ad because while the likes of Exxon have tons of cash to spread their view of how things “are” according to their well oiled brainpans, those who don’t exactly cozy up to their thinking aren’t exactly swimming in equal amounts of cash oceans for sharing a very different view of the status quo.
In other “news” which I’m still processing–I saw a video on Yahoo News about some whales trapped by ice (they’ve since found a way OUT) and the refusal of the Canadian government to render aid. Hmm. The fate of eleven killer whales isn’t of much concern to world governments–unless people start doing something about it and getting press coverage. Ouch, I think this could be applied to Indigenous/First Nations issues in Canada, the United States and pretty much around the globe. Shhh, hear that? Idle No More is dancing somewhere in the world to the beat of a very different drum.
Yikes, can I connect this thought dot with the Powertech Uranium Corporation? O hell yes I can! Do you see where this is going now? Yeah to more utter disregard for Earth, people, animals, and everything that does not bring in BIG PROFITS!
Is there a problem with some values?
Only if you’re thinking along the same interconnecting dot lines. Or perhaps some other routes too–routes that don’t lead to Wall Street, stock shares, investors and profits by any means no matter what the price in environmental degradation.
Exxon is probably well aware of this ad by now as it has 122, 457 views on YouTube thanks to the other 98% and Oil Change International. Hence, I’m sure they’re all primed and ready for PR spin. If they bother. Afterall it’s only a 30 second sound bite–just the sort of thing the multitasking population feeds on and tosses off while reaching for the next bite.
Oh and for some relief here’s some Cohen and The Last Trapper/Le Dernier Trappeur:
It all works for me. Sorry if you’re confused by all these seemingly random “dots.”
Also, sorry to break the poetic streaming. Will resume soon.
January 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm (art, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Independent film, Indigenous People, Lakota, movies, music, Native Americans, nature, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", Barbara High Pine Peltier, Black Hills, chemical composition, Christopher Crosby, corporate, culture, Dayton O. Hyde, Dewey-Burdock, environment, human body, Karla LaRive, mining, nature, profit, South Dakota, Susan Watt, Tom Ballanco, Uranium, video, Virgil Red Cloud Goode, We Are the Land
Chemical composition of the human body http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_of_the_human_body
Yes, I’m being very literal with this diagram and the Wikipedia article. But we literally “are” the land and the land is “us.”
Just in case anyone is uncertain about the uranium mining issue in the Black Hills here’s Christopher Crosby’s film, ”We Are The Land, Uranium Mining in the Black Hills.” Sit back, relax, enjoy the music, horses and scenery while Susan Watt, Barbara High Pine Peltier, Tom Ballanco, Virgil Red Cloud Goode, Dayton O. Hyde, Windwalker and others fill in the blanks. Enjoy!
View more of Christopher Crosby’s videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/musicseenPROductions?feature=watch
note: diagram original source currently uncertain.
January 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm (culture, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Independent film, Indigenous People, Lakota, life, music, Native Americans, random, religion, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Don't Forget About Me", abuse, Bucher, Cherokee, download, entertainment, free, graves, healing, history, Independent film, Indigenous, Issues, life, medicine, Michael, music, Native American, random, sacred sites, Sacred Sites extended, suicide prevention, tweet, videos, You're Not Alone, young people, youth
Lovely how one thing leads to another and another and then again another–and they’re all connected back and forth along the spider’s steel webs. Being the curious cat that I am watching one video on the Wild Horse Channel just wasn’t enough. Had to ear sniff more of them. O those Spanish mustang are so engaging! Well, eventually my ears caught wind of Michael Bucher’s music video on the channel. That discovery led to more cyberswamp exploration to Bucher’s website http://www.michaelbucher.com/ where there’s more for your ears’ feasting. O and if you tweet there’s a free music download. Yep, there is. So today my flow has gone from Facebook to Horses to Film to Music and it all traverses sacred ground in some form. I was going to save this post for another day until I viewed the “You’re Not Alone” video and considered some of the content. Figure it’s best to not save it for another day. There’s music and videos on Bucher’s website and links to “You Are Not Alone” for suicide prevention connections. Everything needed for connecting is provided http://www.michaelbucher.com/links .
Bucher’s connections include history, sacred sites, Indian graves, suicide, healing and –got the drift? Pay it forward.
You Are Not Alone, Native American Youth suicide prevention site http://www.youarenotalonenetwork.org/
“Don’t Forget About Me”
January 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm (art, creative writing, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Independent film, life, movies, music, nature, photography, poetry, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: Black Hills, Black HIlls Wild Horse Sanctuary, competition, cowboy, Dayton O. Hyde, documentary, Don Juan, entertainment, environment, exploring interconnectedness, festival, film, Full Motion Pictures, horses, Hyde, Independent film, music, mustangs, Park City, poem, poet, Poet on the Prairie, poetry, random, Running Wild, Sanctuary, Slamdance, South Dakota, Utah, video, wild, writer, Writing
Sometimes the book of faces is just perfect for exploring interconnectedness–especially when it brings all sorts of interesting people and places right to your news feed no hunting required. Beautiful images of horses being horses at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota caught my attention a while back. Today they brought my attention to the film Running Wild: the Life of Dayton O. Hyde which is showing at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 18-24, 2013. Apparently there’s more going in Utah than Peaceful Uprisings. Film site : http://www.runningwildfilm.com/
Slamdance website: http://www.slamdance.com/ Information on film festival and writing competition via the link. Slamdance is also on Facebook.
Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde runs at Slamdance Jan. 19 & 22, 2013
Full Motion Pictures Presents “Poet on the Prairie” which provides more than a film teaser length look at the content of Running Wild. For more Full Motion Pictures: http://www.youtube.com/user/FullMotionPictures
Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary: http://www.wildmustangs.com/ Discover information and wonderful photographs of horses on their Facebook page.
Dayton O. Hyde: http://www.daytonohyde.com/
Wild Horse Channel on the tubes of you: http://www.youtube.com/WildHorsesChannel . Get some music with mustangs –view more of Josefina, Nina and Gabriella enjoying life. Here’s Don Juan’s dancing to catch your fancy:
Here’s my favorite horse poem so far. Please share your favorite horse poems, photographs, videos and/or films via the comments.
slowly he disappears among the penned ponies
knowing and yet wishing not
the tents, uniforms, guns
wary of even his own now
aware their life fabric has been brutally sliced
soft mouths nuzzle his hands
he inhales ever reliable horse scents
cares not for calico, coffee or coins
long tails twitch and flick as he moves among them
keen to his warrior man smell
as willing to push their all beyond the limits
foreign tongue streams nearby
ripping good hearts into rancid meat
furthest away surrounded by hooves, manes, hot breath
blows against his neck
stars safe above
spring grass under feet
he drinks their peace
they eat his pain
we are one
January 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm (art, culture, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, life, music, photography, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: art, Benefit, camp, Canada, chief, culture, Derek Miller, Digging Roots, Don Kelly, entertainment, Indigenous, Jasper, life, Melody McKiver, music, Music is the Medicine, news, ON, Ottawa, people, photograph, photography, poster, random, Ryan McMahon, Theresa Spence, video, Zaphods
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