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Lo Ri Der

It is Saturday morning, I’m at work and all morning long while doing my work (I am working really I am) I have been humming Low Rider and then out and out singing Low Rider – in the copy room, in the kitchen, at my station …. and I don’t have a frickin’ clue as to where I picked it up or why that particular song has decided to make itself comfie in my head and bounce along with me as I try to work.  As songs go, I enjoy it – it’s a fun song and it could be worse, I could have My Heart Will Go On or some other sappy ballad dripping pablum in there ….

Take a little trip, take a little trip with meeee….

It has been a long time since I put video into the blog but here – I can’t hear it at work (no speakers at the moment) but this I think is War’s original version of Low Rider  (pah pah pah pahpah PAH – that’s the horn section by the way)

Lord of the Vuvuzela!

This made me laugh early in the morning – an almost impossible task.  Nicely done:

Sighed the Snake

I don’t know why but this song popped into my head while at work and demanded to be heard.  Its a great song and a great lesson to be learned.  The YouTube video I used has no video but it is one of the better audios of this song on YouTube.  The Snake by the late great Al Wilson:

Its got the making of a good children’s book I think.  Here are the lyrics in case you can’t hear the video:

On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Oh well,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”
“Take me in oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake
She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk
And then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk
Now she hurried home from work that night as soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d takien in had been revived
“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake
Now she clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
Now she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight
But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite
“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake
“I saved you,” cried that woman
“And you’ve bit me even, why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”
“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in
“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

It’s a Wizarding World, Harry!

Okay, Ms. SugarandSpiceTees – start stocking up on the Dramamine!

Here is a sneak preview at the commercial to be (allegedly) run during the Super Bowl for the Orland Harry Potter amusement park – the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.   If you want a much clearer look at the promo go here:  AOL Universal

And thanks to the Leaky Cauldron here is a fly through of the Park – go here:   Leaky Fly  The full story about the new website for the Wizarding World Park is here at the Leaky Cauldron  The article talks about the new website – click this link to go there: New Wizarding World Website.  It took forever to load for me and you need Adobe Flash 10.  It has an interactive map of the Park.  The park itself looks a little sparse to me but that could just be me… But it is a very cool website – go take a look for yourself.

Cause it made me laugh…

I followed a link on the Lhasa de Sela website and came across these videos.  And even though I was sad over the passing of Lhasa, these brought a smile and a laugh.  I was the property manager on a production of Strindberg’s The Father… or was it Miss Julie… eh, anyway, it was glum.  Yes, I am quite aware he was a master of the naturalist style, his works a pillar of theatrical repertoire but Strindberg in my mind is synonymous with humorless misogynist.  Which makes these even funnier… (go direct to the website to see all four shorts in better quality than the YouTube version below – Strindberg and Helium)

Llorando de cara a la pared…

I heard the sad news this week that Lhasa de Sela had passed away on the first day of the New Year.  Lhasa’s music, particularly the one in the video featured below, helped get me through some rough times many years ago and still resonates.  She was only 37 and had lived an uncommon life:

Lhasa’s unusual childhood was marked by long periods of nomadic wandering through Mexico and the U.S., with her parents and sisters in the school bus which was their home.  During this period the children improvised, both theatrically and musically, performing for their parents on a nightly basis.  Lhasa grew up in a world imbued with artistic discovery, far from conventional culture.

There’s a gypsy quality to her style and I was pleased when I read this about her traveling with her 3 sisters’ one ring traveling circus in France Pocheros.  Her website is here and you can read more about her music and life.  Lhasa de Sela.  I love this quote from her bio that describes her music:  “These are songs inspired by a warm country but written in a cold one, with a Brontë-like romanticism, a wry and literate sense of humor, and moments of startling emotional rawness.  When they heard it, people from North America and Europe sighed and said “Ah, Mexico…”, and Mexicans said, “What strange music! Where is she from?”

I’m not a fan of overwrought emotionality and her music was emotional and soul-catching without the self-pitying cloyingness that can sometimes attach itself to sentiment.  If you wish to listen to the music straight please go here to the MySpace page and listen to De Cara a la Pared or El Desierto in particular. She sings in Spanish, English and French – Rising and Fool’s Gold are good examples of her English work.

Here’s the YouTube performance of De Cara a la Pared – I don’t think the audio is as good here as it is on the MySpace page tho’

Suffice it to say, I was very sad to hear of her passing.  Her music meant and still means a great deal to me.  The combination of her music and what I’ve read of her life presents in my mind’s eye an image akin to a Cornell box full of snippets of images from children’s books, gypsy beads, spider webs and twigs and bright colored cloth … hmm rather than describing it perhaps I should build one.  I guess that’s what it means to be an artist – the impact of your  work carries on after your physical manifestation passes.

By the way, Lhasa passed from breast cancer.  Perhaps scheduling an exam would be also be a good way to remember her.

I leave you with one more quote from her website:

An old friend of Lhasa’s, Jules Beckman, offered these words:”We have always heard something ancestral coming through her.  She has always spoken from the threshold between the worlds, outside of time.  She has always sung of human tragedy and triumph, estrangement and seeking with a Witness’s wisdom.  She has placed her life at the feet of the Unseen.”

I’ve never seen this before

In an effort to post a quick and easy blog post tonight, I was going to post the gift wrapping scene from Love, Actually.  Its the scene where Rowan Atkinson playing a department store clerk is gift wrapping a pacakge.  But this is the message I came up with when I tried to pull it in from YouTube:

I’d never seen that before.  Now I know how the Chinese and North Koreans must feel when they come across blocked sites.  How is this footage not available in my country?  And why?

Since I can only imbed YouTube into this little free blog please go here, if you’d like to see the footage:  Gift Wrapping Scene

Smoking caterpillars

Here is another wonderful clip from Katie Benedict of Alan Rickman at the Hudson Union Society talk.  In this clip, he is talking about Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland and his character the smoking caterpillar.  Once again thank you so much Katie and to Ben who puts these together.  Click here please:  One Scheme of Happiness

I wish the Tim Burton exhibit at the MoMA would last just a little bit longer so I could see it on my annual pilgrimage to NYC (or I may have to move up my annual pilgrimage so as to see it).  I’ve been a fan of Burton’s since Vincent and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.  I think the only Burton film I’ve not seen is, believe it or not, Sweeney Todd – I’m a big baby, I know – I get scared easily and really can’t take much blood and gore.  Some day I’ll work up the nerve to watch it (maybe).

Off to sell my wares on the street

I have a 3 day craft fair starting tomorrow a.m.  That translates into these post every day for the month of December posts being less than meaty and full of filler.  So, the Eels have released a new video for one of the songs on the new album “End Times.”  Here it on YouTube.  To be honest, I’ve not even listened to it yet – I just watched it with the sound off – I’ll have to catch it later when I can pump the volume up to audible.

So, what’s new…

Running out of things to say with posting everyday.

I’m getting ready for a 3 day craft fair so don’t really have much time to dilly-dally. 

Anything new with you?  Helloooo – anyone, anyone?

Here, watch this:

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