Walking through the streets of Paris a hundred years ago, Erik Satie could not have looked more normal in his black bowler hat and tie. But Mr. Satie was dreaming of music no one had heard before – music like ancient chants and modern circus tunes rolled into one. A friend of poets, puppeteers, magicians, great painters like Picasso, and the Surrealists, Satie was at the center of a world where sense was nonsense, and the imagination ruled supreme.
Award-winning author M. T. Anderson recounts the story of the irreverent French composer in a biography that is witty, accessible, and endlessly surprising, while Petra Mathers’s magical illustrations capture all the vibrancy that was Erik Satie’s topsy-turvy world.
M.T. Anderson on twitter
Delightful illustrations are by Petra Mathers.
Buy it at your local indie bookshop or Amazon.
In the 8th century an oratory was built so pilgrims could pray at the place of St. Benedict’s birth. Monks came to Norcia in the 10th century, and remained in one form or another until 1810, when they were forced to flee under the new laws . . .
The current Benedictine community was founded in Rome on September 3, 1998, without being conditioned by previous historical circumstances.
These original monks transferred from Rome to Norcia on December 2, 2000, in the great Jubilee Year, becoming The Benedictine Monks of Norcia.
They were charged by Rome to care for the Basilica of San Benedetto (built over the birthplace of St Benedict and St Scholastica) and for the many visiting pilgrims. (wiki)
You can also find the book on Amazon.
Here is the album on Amazon.
Brewery site here.
among Hobbits . . . and us . . . expressed musically
Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron
are the familiar voices you will hear in the new movie from
Watch the official trailer here.
(Also starring are Rooney Mara, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes and George Takei!)
Do you recognize the musical theme?
Listen to this musical tribute to George Harrison.
(The answer, of course is The Beatles’ George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps.)
Listen to George Harrison and Eric Clapton here.
Kubo and the Two Strings hits theaters Aug. 19.
Today’s assignment: What is your project’s theme song?
I was afraid this movie would just be about old women, but it’s not. It has a delightful
story that appeals to all ages.
Martin Starr, playing Lloyd, studied poetry in college and now earns his living as a pool boy. In the story he writes this beautiful tune, sung in the end credits by Keegan DeWitt.
Listen: Keegan DeWitt
1. Watch this movie.
2.Follow along with the screenplay. (here.)
Gutenberg.org has Aesop’s Fables available. One of the short tales is:
The Farmer and the Snake
The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.
“The Snake” is a song and single by American singer Al Wilson, written by Oscar Brown in 1963. The lyrics tell a story inspired by Aesop’s fable of The Farmer and the Viper. (wiki)
(photo above: pinterest)
Watch Buffalo Springfield from 1967 here on youtube.
The violence seen in Paris yesterday has also been seen inside the U.S.
See more from author Richard Adams Carey here.
1. Say your prayers.
2. Remain vigilant.
Here is the Basic Disaster Supplies Kit checklist from ready.gov. (You know what to add to that list.)