City Music

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.  

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Redlight King ~ City Life

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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.

 

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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

Mark Daniels

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.[9] 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.”[37] 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.[38] 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“.

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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?

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Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell ~ Dangerous Moonlight.  Ah, a little history, a little romance, a little movie making….

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A lot of people in cities dream of being elsewhere. Sometimes survival forces people to strange places.

City of Chicago ~ Christy Moore

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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)

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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

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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

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In the mood for romance in Paris? Or just ready to rest your feet?

Paris Nocturne ~ Dan Fogelberg & Tim Wiseberg

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from their 1978 collaboration album
“Twin Sons of Different Mothers”

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The lyrics, the images and the tone just wouldn’t go away, so this tune is here.

Mattafix ~ Big City Life

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You’re invited to share your city songs at will.

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I wonder what cities Bear has been exploring : Careful, it’s intense, http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/koyaanisqatsi/#comment-13603

 

Enjoy the Absolutely Delicious Beauty of All Things Pie via The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book

Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen are sisters, pie-makers, and authors of a pie making book that tempts you to indulge hedonistically in the art of pie on multiple levels. Indulge in eating and making to your heart’s content with their help via their very beautifully rendered ‘cookbook’: The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, Uncommon Recipes From the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop.  This pie making cook-book does double time as a coffee table art book thanks to the photography of Gentl & Hyers.  Indeed, their lens work should get you searching out the Elsen sisters’ pie shop if you’re anywhere in NYC ever. If you’re not in walking, taxi, or bus range of this pie shop then you’ll have to rely on their sumptuous pie making book to create pies all on your own. Don’t fret though, the photographs do more than make your salivary glands work overtime–there are excellent photos and illustrations of everything from mixing crusts, to how to do lattice-work pie top crusts to up close portraits of finished–and eaten pies. There are recipes for Apple Rose Pie, Lavender Honey Custard Pie, Gooseberry Galette, White Nectarine & Red Currant Pie, Plum Fig Pie, Concord Grape Pie, Green Chili Chocolate Pie, and Grapefruit Custard Pie. There are eleven different crusts –yeah, they’re not limited to the old standby of lard, flour and water, though that is presented for those not quite ready for Pistachio Coconut or Pecan Biscotti Crusts. The text is clear-cut, well written, thoughtful about not assuming the reader knows all the Elsen sisters know about making pies to swoon for. They’ll give you an informed by experience heads up about tools and ingredients so that even a beginner can take a run at creating decadent tummy yum yums. It’s ALL VERY VERY GOOD.

So you can see all for yourself here’s the link to Four & Twenty Blackbirds’ delightful website –> http://www.birdsblack.com/

Make a cyber visit now–if you love pie, you won’t regret it. Oh and if you are looking for a book gift for someone you adore, I highly suggest procuring two copies. Yeah, if you’re IN to pie, you are going to want one of these beauties for yourself.  Oh how I love my public library where I, far far from NYC,  discovered this gorgeous book of devilish pie delights.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

439 3rd Avenue (at 8th Street) Brooklyn, NY 11215 

MONDAY TO FRIDAY: 8am–7pm
SATURDAY: 9am–7pm
SUNDAY: 10am–6pm

If you’re in Brooklyn, then what the hell are you waiting for? Go get some great pie! Eat a slice or two for me while you’re at it.

Reading Beats the Book Ban in AZ. Read –> 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures. Yeah, seriously, get a copy and read the damned banned book. It’s got lots and lots of pictures. Yes, it does.

Let’s have some fun today. Shall we? Why not.

Guess what, Mexican American Studies is still outlawed in the state of Arizona. Yep. It’s illegal to teach Mexican American history to students.

Neither my public nor my private library had a copy of 500 Anos del Pueblo Chicano / 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures so I put in a request for the book for the public library. So far it has not appeared in their catalog. I got tired of waiting for it to come to their shelves so I bought a copy online via AbeBooks.com.

(((((Big Grin)))))

I like my new libro a lot.

Why?

The book has heart.

Incredible black and white photographs.

Poetry.

Bi-lingual text.

History.

Art.

It’s one of 84 books feared by the Tucson Unified School Board.

Makes me like it more.

Oh, I’m not Mexican.

I don’t live in Tucson, AZ.

I don’t like some people telling other people what they can and cannot read.

I don’t like mind control.

It’s your mind.

Feed it well.

Truth.

Links for all interested parties:

“The Battleground for America’s Narrative: An Annotated Bibliography of the 84 Banned Books In Arizona” complied by Elaine

Romero http://www.librotraficante.com/annotatedBibliography.pdf

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Librotraficante http://www.librotraficante.com/    Bringing books to every state. You can get a Viral Banned Book Kit via this link. 🙂 Sharing books is such fun.

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If you are a student in Arizona you can get a free copy of the book here  http://chicanohistory.org/letters-from-arizona-students/

An interesting video recently posted on the tubes of you. It’s not sleek and slick, but I think it does the trick.  I was looking for ‘now’ and this came up. “Independent in their way of thinking” prompted me to post it.

AbeBooks http://www.abebooks.com/

New Book Alert: Images of America, Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike

History Info link:  http://www.apwu.org/laborhistory/08-2_breadandroses/08-2_breadandroses.htm

Book Available August 26, 2013  at http://www.lawrencehistory.org/node/23970

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 the rich would not live well

but for the blood, sweat and tears

of the workers in daily hells

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I know of no reason why one human being should benefit at the cost of another’s life blood and misery.

Do you?

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~Colors of Confinement, Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration In World War II~

I’m a library grazer. Yep, I confess it. Each time I visit my local public library I can’t help but shop the shelves for all the new arrivals in all genres–even the entertainment ones that often astonish me with their very existence.  The downside of this book/dvd/cd grazing is that it about triples the time I spend in the library’s physical location. It also generally about triples the number of items I haul to the self check out computer and from there to the ever overflowing parlor couch where they get to catch their breath. One of the items my grazing discovered was this book of photographs from one of America’s dark actions against its own people–Japanese Americans.  (Btw, there was talk of rounding up German Americans too, but that never got going. Don’t believe that? Check out the holdings at the National Archives, KCMO–oh yeah.) Not only were people forced into camps but their personal property was confiscated and they lost everything–for nothing.  Is this bit of American history more than a tad disconcerting? It should be considering all the lip service paid to “human rights.”  The Native Americans had/have prisons without walls via the reservations. Japanese Americans had prisons with barbed wire.  As I viewed Bill Manbo’s photographs I was struck again and again at the incongruity of everything in them about people trying to maintain some sense of normalcy in a decidedly NOT normal situation–a downright irrational situation to my thinking.  Usually prison/confinement is the end result of doing something “wrong”–illegal–criminal. But these families had done nothing at all — except be Japanese Americans.  There’s definitely something askew in thinking that leads to such treatment of people innocent of any wrongdoing.  I wonder about the American population at large that was aware of people being taken from their communities and yet allowing it, accepting it, agreeing to it. And I wonder if our current prison system is just another sign of this confining mentality.  Maybe it is. Or it’s something even darker? At any rate, here is one man’s photographic record of history which shames the Americans who created and implemented this action. It also shames all those who knew it was wrong and watched it happen in silence.

Much thanks to the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for this Vimeo film featuring Bill Manbo’s photographs.

http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/about

Colors of Confinement, Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II, Editor Eric L. Muller with photographs by Bill Manbo. Published by the University of North Carolina in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, 2012.

“Honor the Treaties” featuring Aaron Huey’s photojournalism.

Today’s post offers a highlighting short film of Aaron Huey’s ongoing photographic journey on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Honor the Treaties link –>>  http://vimeo.com/47043218

and http://weareshouting.com/ for Director Ed Becker’s bio and contact information.

Aaron Huey —>> http://www.aaronhuey.com/

Please share widely and often.

 

Much thanks to Charles aka slpmartin.

Democracy parades in Madison. No more “Walkers” allowed!

I do believe the working people of Wisconsin are giving  brand new meaning to the old slogan–“Workers of the World Unite!”    

Clearly this  is not the end but the beginning of a new worker movement as is evident from Facebook pages where Wisconsinites and their growing ranks of supporters organize boycotts of banks and Koch products  to recalls of right-wing Republican backstabbing politicians.

Beware the enemy inside the city capital gates.

Our times, “they are a changin'” big time.

14 Democractic State Senators with guts?  Who knew!?!  Super Glue!

Puppets for truth in funding.

One more for just for truth telling fun.

Love cheese? Milk a dairy farmer. Cheese = Wisconsin gold.

Cows outting big pictures.

Koch whore? Who? Walker? Say it ain’t so, Scotty! We dare you.

Dumb drug money.

Who needs a little red wagon when ya got a big red tractor?

Roots digging deeper day by day.

All photographs @ “Concerned Madison Parent” 2011

Much thanks to intrepid “Concerned Madison Parent” for this ground zero visual record of  the united ranks of Wisconsin’s working class people.

The Lazy Photographer Scores

It is absolutely misleading to call Dave the Lazy Photographer. He’s anything but lazy when it comes to clicking his camera all over Toronto. Yes TORONTO.  Who knew there was such a  wealth of multiple socio-economic photographic subjects just waiting for capture by cameras.  I was holding off on filing another of my blog awards as mandated by the natures of blog awards until a later date.  But today Dave’s camera’s choice changed my mind.  His photo post titled Shoeless Joe Needs a Coffee simply screams for attention–hence here is a link to a reality of urban life in cities like Toronto, Chicago, New  York and Washington DC (where the homeless are everywhere except in the park directly across from the White House–go figure that.)

http://lazyphotog.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/shoeless-joe-needs-a-coffee/

                     The Lazy Photographer Scores Featured Blog Award

Windy City views from a 27th floor….

between the lines

a little zig, a little zag

way far down below

Enjoy the beauty of Fumio Sawa

Hyde Park Gallery entrance

Fumio Sawa

Fumio at rest

Fumio Sawa

Fumio Sawa

Hyde Park Gallery Interior

 

Hyde Park Gallery Interior

hot feet

Partners in Art~ Fumio & Walt

a trio

black & white?

take note

reflecting

at peace

Art photographed with permission of Fumio Sawa at the Hyde Park Gallery.  Artworks copyright by Fumio Sawa. Photographs copyright by Eva Wojcik. All flaws are my sole responsibility and are no reflection on the art of Fumio Sawa.

For Gallery contact and location visit:   

http://www.hydeparkgalleryllp.com/

for more beauty:

http://www.fumiosawafineart.com/pages/home.html

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