Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Go ahead, give yourself a feel good moment!

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

k.d. lang sings Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah

I heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who has seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Monday, August 8, 2011

Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem)

I. Requiem 0:00
II. Dies irae 11:41
- Tuba mirum 17:36
III. Quid sum miser 25:36
IV. Rex tremendae 28:54
V. Quaerens me 35:51
VI. Lacrymosa 41:12
VII. Offertorium 52:26
VIII. Hostias 1:03:29
IX. Sanctus 1:07:21
X. Agnus Dei 1:18:40

London Symphony Chorus
Wandsworth School Boys╩╝ Choir
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis

Friday, August 5, 2011

Rita Moreno as Googie Gomez sings "Everything's Coming Up Roses" in the movie version of the Broadway Play, "The Ritz"

This is significant because this was my first Broadway Play - also starring Rita Moreno, Jack Weston, Jerry Stiller, F. Murray Abraham, Stephen Collins, and George Dzundza. Treat Williams replaced Stephen Collins in the movie.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wake, Awake by F Melius Christiansen

I've been remiss in not posting this sooner. This is the McKeeport Senior High School A Capella Choir's Anthem since way before my time there, but I understand its selection was based on it being the song with which the choir had won the State of Pennsylvania Choral competition.

MEMORIES: Mama Cass and Julie Andrews sing a melody of music by Simon & Garfunkel

Saturday, July 16, 2011

An old favorite of mine······································ MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER · · Just Because

Have you ever loved someone you knew nothing of
Except you'd seen the light inside their eyes
Have you ever loved someone just because
Nothing felt so easy or so right

And I think of you like the others do
Wondering if you think of me
And if you do, if you really do
Who is it that you see

Have you ever loved
Whether right or wrong
Have you ever loved someone
Just because

Have you ever tried to speak the truth instead of lie
When it seemed you had everything to lose
Have you ever tried to stand your ground instead of hide
When staying only made you look a fool

And I stayed by you though I think I knew
It wouldn't change a thing
Changes come to hearts with ease
But they come so hard to me
Have you ever tried to make it last, not knowing why
Except you had to try
Just because

And every day that passes now, I s'pose I'm getting older
Wiser with the things I've done
But I hope I don't grow colder

And now I see the ones, who've lost so much
They swear they're done
With love and all the chance it brings for pain
But have you ever touched, and by itself it was enough
To make you want to reach out once again

And I'll touch you when I need a friend
Or just a small reminder
That I haven't grown too cold to feel
You penetrate my armor

Have you ever loved
Whether right or wrong
Have you ever loved someone
Just because
Have you ever loved someone
Just because

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sometimes I'm political ... Speaker Boehner is a childish idiot!


I'm not sure who the heck you think you are, but I think you need to be reminded that the people of the 8th district of Ohio are the only constituency that elected you - only the President was - conceptually - elected by the entire country. This "I'm taking my ball and going home" mentally is inappropriate at best, but from my prospective is utterly childish and shows a complete lack of professionalism, a lack of respect for the office of the Presidency, and a complete lack of self-respect, not to mention the fact that you have loss all sense of political truth and reality.

This is not surprising for a Republican since most of your most vocal members exhibit a complete lack of knowledge of and understanding of truth and facts - particularly as relates to history - which by the way,they apparently can't be even bothered to look up. I especially likes Santorum's statement about 230 million jobs - how did I miss that little tidbit. This certainly makes what any Republican says suspect to me!

How your party could be handed a budget with a surplus (Clinton) and piddle it away on a war that was not founded in reality under Bush (you do remember the weapons of mass destruction, don't you?) and then blame it on Obama is absolutely outrageous. And let's not lose site of how many times you raised the debt ceiling to enable that 'man' your party supported - and couldn't initially take that office by honest election (remember Florida and the Supreme Court?) - to speed this nation into utter disaster without benefit of supporting income.

And now you blame the Democrats! Oh, I think not. Your Republican party members may suffer from some extreme aberrations and beliefs, but don't make the mistake of trying to apply those labels to the Democrats. To threaten to allow the United States to go into international default is not only reprehensible, it is treasonous!

Having said all that, my request is that you grow up and become - if not a decent 'compassionate conservative' Republican - a true scholar and member of this republic in the spirit of the Founding Fathers.- not Michele Bachmann's founding fathers, but the real Founding Fathers. I remind you that the Articles of Confederation which seem to be more to the liking of today's Republican party have been replaced by the Constitution - you remember the Constitution don't you, that's the document you couldn't even read correctly at the opening of the House session! Oh, and please don't cry - I only meant to get your attention!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Political Parody of Sam Cooke's Wondeful World by SAD N MAD PRODUCTIONS

Posted to YouTube by MsMollybean1 on Apr 2, 2011 Created by Sadnmad
Musical Political Parody. 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates?

Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931-December 11, 1964), who co-wrote and recorded the original song "Wonderful World", is considered one the pioneers and founders of soul music. He is often called the King of Soul. As a man, he stood up for equal rights and took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement. Tragically, at the age of 33, he was shot and killed. The circumstances of his death have been called "mysterious" and most likely we'll never know exactly what happened. As an artist, he gave us some extraordinary music and influenced countless musicians to follow. We urge all of you, particularly those of you who might be too young to remember, to check out his work. His song, "A Change is Gonna Come", was recorded shortly before his death and released posthumously. We recommend that you give it a listen.

My thanks to Patricia Mangan, a Facebook friend, for the heads up!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Heinz U.K. Banned Mayo AD

Heinz 'men kissing' ad: US Christian group urged firm to pull commercial

The American Family Association, a powerful Christian group, has emerged as a key player pressuring Heinz to pull its Deli Mayo commercial featuring two men kissing – even though it was never broadcast on US TV.

Heinz's US HQ was flooded with emails complaining about the Deli Mayo ad, which was only broadcast in the UK, after the AFA found out about it via the internet and mobilised its 3.5 million members.

The AFA, which says it stands for "traditional family values" and targets the "influence of television and other media" on society, sent an email "action alert" to its 3.5 million subscribers denouncing the Heinz Deli Mayo commercial as the "kind of ad we can expect to see in California as they prepare to vote on homosexual marriage".

"I thought you might be interested in seeing the Heinz ad featuring a homosexual family and two homosexuals kissing," said the email action alert.

"We suggest you forward this to all your family and friends letting them know of the push for homosexual marriage by Heinz. This ad is currently running in England, but no doubt can be expected in the US soon."

The action alert, sent out on June 24, included the phone numbers of Heinz's US corporate headquarters and an email letter of complaint for subscribers to support.

Cindy Roberts, the director of media and public relations at the AFA, told MediaGuardian.co.uk that after the alert was sent out Heinz US called to let the organisation know the ad would not run again.

Roberts said Heinz had admitted that the volume of AFA members' email complaints had "bogged the [computer] system down".

The AFA alert was sent out a day after MediaGuardian.co.uk revealed that about 200 viewers had complained about the ad to UK's Advertising Standards Authority.

Heinz UK said it actually pulled the ad on Friday June 20, several days before the AFA got involved.

But Heinz UK only put out an official statement on Monday last week, June 23, saying it had taken the decision to pull the campaign because "some consumers raised concerns over the content of the ad".

A Heinz UK spokesman said the company took the decision after receiving "30 to 40" complaints "from all sides of the debate, not from one side exclusively".

Despite the UK's pre-emptive move, the AFA appears to have applied significant pressure in the US that contributed to Heinz putting out a second, much more strongly worded statement distancing the company from the Deli Mayo TV ad.

"Heinz apologises for its misplaced attempt at humour and we accept that this ad was not in accordance with our longstanding corporate policy of respecting everyone's rights and values," said the statement, which was put out by Heinz US the day after the AFA galvanised its members to protest.

Michael Mullen, the director of global corporate affairs at Heinz, declined to reveal how many complaints - or how many votes of support - the company had received about the TV ad.

"The ad was intended to be humorous and was not intended to be an advocacy ad," said Mullen in an email statement to MediaGuardian.co.uk.

"Heinz made the proactive decision to withdraw the ad before we were contacted by the American Family Association."

Wayne Besen, an executive director of gay advocacy group The Truth Wins Out, appeared on a CNN debate in the US last week discussing the Heinz ad.

In the debate he raised issue of how the AFA, a powerful American lobby group, had played a role in the strong stance Heinz US had adopted over the ad.

"They are a very powerful constituency, a very powerful lobby group. They are one of the top groups in the religious right in America," Besen told MediaGuardian.co.uk.

He added that the AFA had gone after companies including Disney and Ford in the past.

"They have a lot of experience mobilising campaigns and boycotts. They are like a puritanical national nanny," Besen said.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

FREE HUGS in Sondrio, Italy

This is such a wonderful concept!  Too bad it can't be this way all the time ... without the sign! At least, this shows what is possible ... warm fuzzies and all!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

This was true and honest until it wasn't! Explain it?

Check this story out. So the Human Rights Campaign's NOMExposed project tried to submit an equality-minded video to the Ruth Institute's "Reel Love Video Challenge." The Ruth Institute is an affiliate of the National Organization for Marriage, and they're running a contest where folks can submit videos talking about what love means. The video below was originally accepted, but then promptly booted out of the project once the Ruth Institute became aware that it actually championed equality for same-sex couples.