December 3, 2016 at 10:35 pm (art, drama, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, Independent film, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, Lakota, movies, music, Native Americans, photography, random, relationships, religion, Standing Rock Reservation, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, #WaterIsLife, art, Digital Media, Digital Smoke Signals, Drones, journalism, Missouri River, music, Myron Dewey, news, North Dakota, Percussion Grenades, photography, Pipeline, police, Prayer Ceremony, Standing Rock, Valley Forge Network, video, videos, Water Protectors
Who cares about R2D2 when you’ve got a Water Warrior Drone Scout? Is there anything cooler? Yeah, well Dakota Access Pipeline Layers and the Morton County Sheriff’s forces are not too fond of them. I do not understand why they keep shooting at drones. Actually I do and so will you after seeing what drones can show and tell. Still, what does a helicopter have to fear from a drone? I don’t know, but apparently they’re capable of “stalking” with ill intent. A malicious drone? Huh. Maybe they’re afraid they’ll do that bird flying into the blades or engine or something. Yep. Instead of getting into all that, here’s a few Digital Smoke Signals from Myron Dewey’s drones. If you click through to YouTube you can see more and subscribe. Take a load off and enjoy the views that you have NOT seen on mainstream news.
Drone Day Shift-ing.
Drone-ing at night.
After being asked nicely by the feds to stop construction ETP/DAPL did their usual thing–work.
What and Who—>
Digital Smoke Signals and Myron Dewey
Valley Forge Network
Be forewarned–we’re ending up with a BANG not a whisper.
November 20, 2016 at 11:43 pm (contemplation, creative writing, culture, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, humor, issues, life, living, people, photography, random, relationships, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: Black Friday, corporations, l, living, political influence, relief, shopping, stress, thanksgiving, The Pretender, values, video, Water is Life
Why not take a load off on the day after Thanksgiving, sleep in, then lounge around in your pajamas with family and friends?
Why not have a stress free no shop till you drop day this coming Friday?
Loiter in the living room listening to music, linger over leftovers, binge on favorite flicks, have a pumpkin pie party, play with your kids, spoon with your significant other, do anything but shop.
Take some time out and chill out after all the political reality show insanity–which will probably still be ongoing when you return to the work week on Monday morning. If you need to detox this would be a good time to do it.
Tune out the non-stop advertising triggering your inner shop junkie addiction. Take another route to gift giving this season. Get creative and innovative about experiences, quality time, and engagement with those you love.
Why not give up emptying your wallet into the pockets of corporate CEOs?
Why not donate your time and/or money to a cause that you and a loved one believe in?
Why not spend the time you’d spend shopping for plastic toys actually playing with your children?
Why not invite friends over for a song and dance party as a gift?
And if the corporate profit margins don’t cross the red line in to the black profit margin so what? What does corporate America do besides promote consumerism for its own executive gain? Oh and don’t forget that corporations pour money money money into politics for their own agendas serving only their interests. If you think they’re interested in serving your interests you’re delusional.
When you must shop, why not shop only at small, independent business struggling to compete with chain stores?
It’s all about value and values. What are yours?
One way to create positive change is to change how we spend our money–where, on what and why. Because yes money does talk–and we can direct the discourse when we make ours walk in directions of our choice.
So why not take the stress out of this Thanksgiving and take a time out from the tragic comedy aka political farce. Detox and recharge your personal batteries.
The bottom line is that no one really needs to shop at all this Friday.
Why not stay home and eat bonbons while watching all the episodes of Firefly then Serenity? Or whatever trips your stress relief trap.
Detox. Refresh. Revive.
Oh and drink plenty of water because Water Is Life.
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September 28, 2016 at 10:22 am (culture, education, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, history, issues, journalism, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized, urban life)
Tags: Aleppo, drone, drone footage, images, l, Syria, The Guardian
September 22, 2016 at 5:07 pm (art, Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, Indigenous People, issues, Lakota, life, living, movies, music, Native Americans, nature, people, photography, random, searching, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, hope, In The River, music, Raye Zaragoza, Sacred Stone Camp, song, Standing Rock, video
Published on Sep 15, 2016
Written and Performed by Raye Zaragoza
Recorded by Justin Hergett at The Forest Studios
Filmed by Roman Zaragoza
Images taken from online news publication & Los Angeles protest (taken by ThomasMichaelPhotography.com)
Donate at http://www.sacredstonecamp.org
September 21, 2016 at 2:34 pm (art, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, history, Independent film, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, Lakota, life, living, movies, music, Native Americans, nature, people, photography, politics, random, relationships, searching, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, Ben Dupris, Cody Lucich, culture, Dakota Access Pipeline, film, Heather Rae, hitory, John Trudell, Standing Rock, Sundance Film Festival, We Are Power
Film by Heather Rae, Cody Lucich and Ben Dupris
Posted by Sundance Film Festival
October 10, 2014 at 2:53 pm (culture, drama, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, issues, life, living, movies, music, people, photography, quests, random, relationships, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: entertainment, film, Journey, Journeys, movie, music, music themes, quests, random, Sin Nombre, The Journey, theme
After a little kibitzing with The Bear about who wants to do what and when, I’ve selected The Journey as the Music Theme for next Thursday, October 16, 2014. Yeah, we’re slip-sliding the order of things from one line-up to another simply because we can. So without further explanation or ado:
We experience many kinds of journeys in our lifetimes. Some are outward ones that anyone paying attention can observe and others are inward and invisible to others.
For some inspiration I’ve turned to the film Sin Nombre for a music selection because there are both outward and inward journeys undertaken by its characters.
Sin Nombre Soundtrack
May 15, 2014 at 3:31 pm (art, contemplation, creative writing, culture, entertainment, environment, exploring interconnectedness, films, humor, life, living, movies, music, nature, people, photography, play, poetry, random, relationships, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: "like tears in rain", "Slumdog Millionaire", animated, animation, Bear, black and white photographs, Blade Runner, children, China, Communication University of China, creative writing, films, image poem, It's Raining In Baltimore, music, photography, poem, poetry, quote, rain, Rain - Drops, Sherlock, short film, The County Crows, The Song for Rain, The Weather Girls, theme, Vangelis, Zheng Yawen
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rain – drops
“The Song for Rain (2012), created by Zheng Yawen, his graduation work at the Communication University of China.”
It’s Raining In Baltimore ~ The Counting Crows ~ album August and Everything After
Slumdog Millionaire ~ rain scene
“like tears in rain” ~ Vangelis ~ Blade Runner
On a lighter note ~
It’s Raining Men on Baker Street ~ The Weather Girls
Please do not hesitate to shower our ears with your choice rain songs.
Bear selected this Rain song theme.
For May 22, I select — Night.
May 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm (art, culture, entertainment, environment, exploring interconnectedness, life, movies, music, nature, people, photography, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: art, culture, drama, George Davidson, graphics, In the Springtime the only pretty ring time, It Was a Lover and His Lass, La Primavera, life, Marriage D'Amour, Morley, music, off broadway, play, random, Renaissance England, Rite of Spring, Sandro Botticelli, Shakespeare, soundtrack, spring, Spring Awakening, Stravinsky, Sweet Child of Mine, Thomas Morley, Tracy Chapman, video, Vienna Symphonic Library, Vitamin String Quartet, William Shakespeare
“In the spring time the only pretty ring time” ~~~
I can’t quite recall the very first time I read or heard these words by Thomas Morley but they’ve never gone away. That’s pretty damn good staying power for a songwriter from Renaissance England. Never estimate the power of a tune–a poem set to music for entertaining the masses. Spring is all about bringing things to life–contrary to the famous commercial GE has nothing to do with this when it comes to nature and the reality of our own existence. Every time art is created it’s an affirmation of the creative life forces centered in the promises of spring.
It Was a Lover and His Lass by Thomas Morley-– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Morley
Paul Phoenix (now of the King’s Singers) and Barry Holden, then choristers at St. Paul’s Cathedral, sing “It Was a Lover and His Lass” in this 1978 production of As You Like It [ by William Shakespeare], starring Helen Mirren.
Sand Animation ~ Spring ~ Marriage D’Amour by George Davidson
Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera ~ Music “Sweet Child of Mine” performed by Vitamin String Quartet
Tracy Chapman ~ Spring
Stravinsky ~ The Rite of Spring, Part 1 ~ Watch at FULL screen for full visual beauty impact. ~ “Jay Bacal performed and rendered this piece using virtual instrument software by Vienna Symphonic Library.”
Click through to watch on YouTube for more information about the creation of this piece and others. Yes, there is MORE. The following is from the creator/uploader:
Each shape corresponds to a family of instruments:
ellipse: flutes (also cymbals and tam-tam)
octagon: single reed (clarinet, bass clarinet)
inverted ellipse/star: double reeds (oboe, English horn, bassoons)
rectangle: brass (also, with “aura,” timpani, guiro and bass drum)
. . .
In this video, musical pitch (as ordered in the musician’s “circle of fifths”) is mapped to twelve colors (as ordered on the artist’s “color wheel”). With this mapping, changes in tonality and harmony correspond to changes in the color palette. You can read more about this technique here:
Unpitched instruments (bass drum, cymbals, tam-tam, triangle, guiro) are shown in gray.
Who is more in tune with spring than young people? Time for some serious education which has nothing and everything to do with the birds and bees aka sex education that really tells where babies come from. What’s the big deal? None of us would be here without the biological act of sexual intercourse–modern science’s efforts for infertile couples et al aside. Education, education– what’s it for really? In so many ways children are at the mercy of the parents, teachers and culture which often shortchanges them with devastating consequences. Where does the shame, guilt and fear come from? Who creates the dysfunction regarding sexuality? Such discussions are increasingly important as is evident by all current news regarding sex, rape and violence. Isn’t it possible to have a society which behaves in a healthy, positive manner concerning sexuality? Newsflash–the Stork crash landed and won’t be bringing any more babies to anyone. Unless, it recovers enough to fertilize its mate’s eggs.
Spring Awakening ~ Full Version Off Broadway
Full Off-Broadway Spring Awakening.
Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1891 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind.
It features music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater.
Set in late-19th century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality.
The original play was banned in Germany for a while due to its portrayal of masturbation, abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide.
In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score.
Spring Awakening received eleven 2007 Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Tonys for best musical, direction, book, score and featured actor.
The show also won four Drama Desk Awards, while its London production won four Olivier Awards.
Melchior Jonathan Groff
Wendla Lea Michele
Moritz John Gallagher, Jr.
Adult Man Stephen Spinella
Adult Woman Christine Estabrook
Ilse Lauren Pritchard
Hanschen Jonathan B. Wright
Georg Skylar Astin
Martha Lilli Cooper
Ernst Gideon Glick
Otto Brian Charles Johnson
Anna Phoebe Strole
Thea Remy Zaken
“Mama Who Bore Me” — Wendla
“Mama Who Bore Me (Reprise)” — Wendla and Girls
“All That’s Known” — Melchior
“The Bitch of Living” — Moritz, Melchior and Boys
“My Junk” — Girls and Boys
“Touch Me” — Boys and Girls
“The Word of Your Body” — Wendla and Melchior
“The Dark I Know Well” — Martha, Ilse and Boys
“The Word of Your Body (Reprise)” — Otto and Georg (not on the cast recording)
“And Then There Were None” — Moritz and Boys
“The Mirror-Blue Night” — Melchior and Boys
“I Believe” — Boys and Girls
“The Guilty Ones” — Wendla, Melchior, Boys and Girls
“Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind” — Moritz and Ilse
“Left Behind” — Melchior, Boys and Girls
“Totally Fucked” — Melchior and Full Company (except Moritz)
“The Word of Your Body (Reprise)” — Hanschen, Ernst, Boys and Girls
“Whispering” — Wendla
“Those You’ve Known” — Moritz, Wendla and Melchior
“The Song of Purple Summer” — Ilse and Full Company
Soundtrack from Spring Awakening
I do believe Bear and Johnny will be singing some spring soon. Links when they flower. 🙂
Let the lovely Lisa put some spring in your steps : http://undergroundenergy.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/spring-the-life-of-the-seasons-music-theme/
Whoa, Johnny and Lisa duet–yeah, du-et–that’s what I said. Oh now, yeah they are flirting and making dates online too… Johnny’s place for the spring beat –> http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/all-things-spring-music-theme/
Hey, hey, Bear is here –> http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/spring-music-theme/
Much thanks to everyone sharing their favorite Spring music things. 🙂
April 10, 2014 at 7:56 am (culture, entertainment, journalism, life, music, people, photography, play, politics, random, satire, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: Andy Davis, Cell Block Tankgo, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle, Chicago City of Shoulders, culture, Dead End Street, I Dream of Chicago, Juno Reactor, Larry Brewer, life, Lincoln Park Pirates, Lou Rawls, Masters of the Universe, Mike Royko, music, newspapers, Number 10 Bus, Paper Lace, Parlours, people, random, Steve Goodman, The Cook County Jail, The Night Chicago Died, The Very Best of Chicago, We're All Crazy In Chicago, Windy City
City of Choice = Chicago so let’s take a bird’s-eye view for a meet and greet.
Chicago Down Town View from the Sky — Juno Reactor’s Masters of the Universe.
There’s just something about black and white with a whole lot of grey, literally, that seems to suit an introduction for a city like Chicago, a city known for crime, gangsters, corrupt politicians and a great newspaper columnist by the name of Mike Royko aka “The Man Who Owns Chicago.” If you don’t know Royko’s work you’re missing out on one of life’s truly witty reading pleasures. Royko’s columns provided a massive home school educational opportunity for moi. Political viewpoints are not genetically encoded. Who knew? )
Now to lull you into a false sense of serenity…..
Chicago City of Shoulders ~ Andy Davis ~
Awwww, wasn’t that a sweet beginning for a couple? Well, darker reality often follows close upon such heels in Chicago–the film.
Cell Block Tango from Chicago’s Cook County Jail via Chicago the film about murderesses in the city of Chicago. Murder and Chicago go together like snow and winter. The Cook County Jail is a real place with quite a reputation.
Then there’s the whole police versus the bad guys scenario–though, all too often the two are one and the same in the Windy City.
The Night Chicago Died ~ Paper Lace ~
Number 10 Bus ~ A few city views with Larry Brewer’s own tune. Who says you can’t go home and leave then do it all again?
This is an original song written and recorded by Larry Brewer off of his 2012 album, Waxing Ardent. It is an ode to growing up in Chicago.
I Dream of Chicago ~ Parlours ~ Okay, I just love the sound of this song so it’s here.
The Very Best of Chicago ~ by the band Chicago formed and hailed from the city with a stint in LA. See Wiki for more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_(band)
40th Anniversary Collection
1. Just You ‘N’ Me 00:00
2. Saturday In the Park 03:42
3. You’re The Inspiration 07:36
4. Baby, What a Big Suprise 11:26
5. Hard to Say I’m Sorry/Get Away 14:30
6. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? 19:37
7. 25 or 6 to 4 22:58
8. If You Leave Me Now 27:50
9. Hard Habit to Break 31:45
10. Old Days 36:30
11. Beginnings 40:01
12. Call On Me 46:28
13. Make Me Smile 50:30
14. Love Will Come Back (w/ Rascal Flats) 54:56
15. Feel (w/Horns) 58:44
Chicago Bears 1985 Super Bowl Shuffle ~ Enjoy it anyway you can ladies and gents.
Dead End Street ~ Lou Rawls ~ I do believe Rawls explains it all.
Lincoln Park Pirates ~ Steve Goodman ~ You know about No Parking Zones, don’t you? Towing cars as a city-wide fundraiser can be very profitable.
Yes, it’s an ad for a newspaper hawking its prize writer and vice versa. Where else but in a tavern would you expect to find a discussion of punctuation?
Mike Royko quotes with a song, the reason for the choice of which I am very unclear about. But Mike’s words make it all right. Maybe.
Who & Why Royko ~ With background music. I wonder why it’s so hard to find a song for or about Royko? Someone needs to write one. Or two at the very least. Maybe they have. If you find one, do not hesitate to share it. Please.
We’re All Crazy In Chicago ~~ No, I will not vouch for the veracity of this statement/song. Are you crazy?
A list of songs about Chicago compliments of the wonderful world of Wikipedia
Bear has Nomads, oh yeah http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/ulaanbaatar-city-of-nomads/
It’s down home in Alabama with Johnny in Mobile http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/the-music-of-a-city-mobile/comment-page-1/#comment-4197
March 27, 2014 at 5:10 am (art, contemplation, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, films, history, issues, living, movies, music, people, photography, politics, random, relationships, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: Addinsell, america, Baltimore, bearspawprint, Bellini, Berlin, Big City Life, Brazil, cellos, Chicago, Christy Moore, cities, city, City Life, City Music, City of Angels, City of Chicago, culture, Dan Fogelberg, Fogelberg, France, Germany, history, Ireland, Kent Ohio, Kent State, Kent State Shootings, lfe, love, Mattafix, music, National Guard, Neil Young, Ohio, Paris, Paris Nocturne, people, photographs, photography, Poland, poltics, President Nixon, Raining in Baltimore, random, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Redlight King, Rio de Janeiro, romance, Samba de Janeiro, Springsteen, The Counting Crows, The Piano Guys, The Streets of Philadelphia, Under the Bridge, urban landscapes, video, Warsaw, Warsaw Concerto, Wiseberg
City Music ~~
There are all kinds of tunes about urban landscapes. A multitude of activities takes place within city landscapes. Everything is reflected in music in all genres.
Redlight King ~ City Life
Where would we be without some serious city angst?
Raining in Baltimore ~ The Counting Crows, August and Everything After <<– A most excellent album with nary a ‘miss’ among any of its songs. Well worth listening to en toto.
Anyone in the market for some higher education history? Universities and colleges are small cities within cities and towns. Hence, the inclusion of Ohio.
In Kent, Ohio, Non-violent students encountered the National Guard’s fully loaded guns.
Ohio [Kent, Ohio location of Kent State University] ~ written by Neil Young, performed Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Kent State Shootings historical information including list of the dead and wounded: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings
The shootings led to protests on college campuses throughout the United States, and a student strike, causing more than 450 campuses across the country to close with both violent and non-violent demonstrations. A common sentiment was expressed by students at New York University with a banner hung out of a window which read, “They Can’t Kill Us All.” On May 8, eleven people were bayonetted at the University of New Mexico by the New Mexico National Guard in a confrontation with student protesters. Also on May 8, an antiwar protest at New York’s Federal Hall held at least partly in reaction to the Kent State killings was met with a counter-rally of pro-Nixon construction workers (organized by Peter J. Brennan, later appointed U.S. Labor Secretary by President Nixon), resulting in the “Hard Hat Riot“.
Samba de Janeiro ~ Bellini —-Dancing in the streets aka it’s time for a flash mobbing to work out some stress. Yes, you too can dance at your pc. How can you resist?
Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell ~ Dangerous Moonlight. Ah, a little history, a little romance, a little movie making….
Warsaw Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Moshe Atzmon, Conductor
Cristina Ortiz, Piano
A lot of people in cities dream of being elsewhere. Sometimes survival forces people to strange places.
City of Chicago ~ Christy Moore
It’s about time for some cello joy. Right? Definitely.
Berlin, Germany ~ Original song for 12 cellos and a kick drum by The Piano Guys.
If you click-through to listen at YouTube you’ll find a great deal of information about the creation of the song and the locations in the video.
“Berlin” written by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson (A PianoGuys Original Composition)
For some reason this song wandered into my brain-maze and loitered long enough to act as a prompt for this musical ‘theme’ round.
Red Hot Chili Peppers ~ Under the Bridge ~City of Angels
Okay, I confess, the video images convinced me to include this made for a film song by The Boss.
Bruce Springsteen ~ The Streets of Philadelphia
In the mood for romance in Paris? Or just ready to rest your feet?
Paris Nocturne ~ Dan Fogelberg & Tim Wiseberg
from their 1978 collaboration album
“Twin Sons of Different Mothers”
The lyrics, the images and the tone just wouldn’t go away, so this tune is here.
Mattafix ~ Big City Life
You’re invited to share your city songs at will.
I wonder what cities Bear has been exploring : Careful, it’s intense, http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/koyaanisqatsi/#comment-13603
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