Randy Rainbow is a GEE-NEE-YUS! You don’t need to be a fan of Gilbert & Sullivan to appreciate Randy’s inspired digs at our fearless leader’s latest antics (but it helps!). [NSFW – language; Randy can be a bit, well, randy] (h/t to Doug P.) [Read more…]
Sometimes persisting with pride entails asserting one’s legitimate authority when challenged. At any rate, that’s how I’m taking this. [NSFW – language] [Read more…]
In France, July 14th is a national day of celebration that commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789. That event was also a thematic element in the 1963 Peter Weiss play, “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade” (generally shortened to “Marat/Sade”). This medley, performed by Judy Collins on her 1966 album “In My Life”, is based on the music from the play composed by Richard Peaslee, arranged and conducted by Joshua Rifkin: Homage to Marat; Marat We’re Poor; People’s Reaction; Poor Old Marat. [Read more…]
Here’s the 2016 release from Fitz and the Tantrums – A Place for Us. Updated: found the YouTube video version.
From the YouTube website:
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100% of the net proceeds from the month of sales through July, on these t-shirts are being donated to Together Rising for their fundraising efforts for legal council for migrant families and children seeking asylum that have been detained at our southern border.
(h/t to Lisa J.) [Read more…]
Here’s another sort of “national celebration”: people gathering to celebrate the customs and cultures of indigenous peoples. From the YouTube website:
Anchored by the drum and vocals of the seven-time Grammy nominated Northern Cree Singers, DJ Shub’s “Indomitable ft. Northern Cree Singers” re-introduces the world to the musical prowess of this award winning music producer and title earning competition DJ.
A song for our nation’s birthday from an iconic U.S. citizen musician … [Read more…]
In recognition of the energy and movement of Saturday’s marches here are some vibes that hopefully resonate. First, John Legend in Los Angeles performing Preach.
Lin-Manuel Miranda in Washington, D.C. sings the Dear Theodosia lullaby from Hamilton.
And just because I want to hear it: Get Up, Stand Up, Don’t Give Up the Fight! [Read more…]
A request for one more nod to the Summer Solstice as it slips away: Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company – Summertime; from a live 1969 performance. (h/t to AGD) [Read more…]
In a nod to the recent solstice and the rituals for celebrating and observing it, here’s Spinal Tap’s Stonehenge.
[For the Spinal Tap (the band whose amps go up to 11) uninitiated, here’s something you need to know in order to appreciate the last part of this clip. In an earlier scene, when the sketch of the stage prop that is lowered onto the stage was given to the fabrication team, the dimensions were written by someone who apparently believed that one tick (‘) means an inch and two ticks (“) means a foot. Isn’t that right?] [Read more…]
The bilingual band from L.A., The Mexican Standoff, performs Muro (The Wall). From their YouTube site:
“Muro” is the narrative of one of eight hundred thousand stories. Today´s president is making a lot of noise about building a border wall when there are around 344 miles of wall built already. Politics are out of control, and as musicians and story tellers we want to bring some humor and music to today’s issues. We hope to bring people together in these days where America is divided. We support dreamers. We support immigration. We support equality.
This selection shot in Casamance, Senegal, features the fusion effort of the Malian group Trio Da Kali and the Kronos Quartet performing Eh Ya Ye as a canvas for a West African dance troupe’s street performance in the rain. [Read more…]
From the Vimeo web site:
Photographer Ray Collins captures the magic that happens at the intersection of water and light. Each shot in this film was created from a single one of Ray’s original photos. The stills are transformed into cinemagraphs – a hybrid between photo and video – an infinite loop that makes a single moment last forever.
The original soundtrack was created by two very talented musicians, André Heuvelman on trumpet and Jeroen van Vliet on piano.