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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Charles Aznavour & Édith Piaf - Plus Bleu Que Tes Yeux

Charles Aznavour   &   Édith Piaf
Plus Bleu Que Tes Yeux (1997)

Paroles et Musique: Charles Aznavour (1951)

Plus bleu que le bleu de tes yeux, Si un jour tu devais t'en aller
Je ne vois rien de mieux, Et me quitter,
Même le bleu des cieux. Mon destin changerait tout-à-coup
Plus blond que tes cheveux dorés Do tout au tout.
Ne peut s'imaginer,  
Même le blond des blés. Plus gris que le gris de ma vie,
Plus pur que ton souffle si doux, Rien ne serait plus gris,
Le vent, même au mois d'août, Pas même un ciel de pluie.
Ne peut être plus doux. Plus noir que le noir de mon c?ur,
Plus fort que mon amour pour toi, La terre en profondeur
La mer, même en furie, N'aurait pas sa noirceur.
Ne s'en approche pas. Plus vide que mes jours sans toi,
Plus bleu que le bleu de tes yeux, Aucun gouffre sans fond
Je ne vois rien de mieux, Ne s'en approchera.
Même le bleu des cieux. Plus long… 

Edith Piaf
Plus Bleu Que Tes Yeux  
Charles Aznavour
Plus bleu que tes yeux

Bob Fosse Choreography - "The Rich Man's Frug" + "Big Spender"

Bob Fosse Choreography

" The Rich Man's Frug "

The Frug (pronounced "froog") was a dance craze from the 1960s that evolved from another dance of the era, the Chicken

The Chicken, which featured lateral body movements, was used primarily as a change of pace step while doing the Twist

As young dancers grew more tired they would do less work, moving only their hips while standing in place. They then started making up arm movements for the dance, which prompted the birth of the Swim, the Monkey, the Dog, the Watusi, the Mashed Potato, and the Jerk
The Frug is sometimes referred to as the Surf, Big Bea, and the Thunderbird.

A perfect example of a Frug is found in the movie Sweet Charity, which contains a number called "The Rich Man's Frug", a wildly energetic dance number comprising three "movements" 

"The Aloof"

"The Heavyweight"  

"The Big Finish"

That showcases director Bob Fosse's distinctive choreography style, particularly his creative use of unusual poses, gestures, and arm movement.

Sweet Charity
" Big Spender "
Chita Rivera - Paula Kelly
 & Cast
Directed by
Bob Fosse


Lost in my Thoughts....

Lost in My Mind...

Saturday, November 26, 2016

How Populous is NYC? Big enough to fit 8 states into it

How Populous is NYC?
Big enough to fit 8 states into it
by Jason Kottke Aug 11, 2016

The population of NYC is equal to the combined populations of Vermont, Alaska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and West Virginia. Here’s what that looks like on a map.

Put another way: 16 US Senators represent as many people in those states as a fraction of one of New York States’ Senators represent the population of NYC. A Senator from Wyoming represents 290,000 people while one from New York represents 9.8 million people…and in California, there are 19 million people per Senator. That gives a Wyoming resident 65 times the voting power of a California resident.

The Small-State Advantage in the United States Senate
The Constitution has always given states with small populations a lift, but the scale of the gap has grown in recent decades
These 62 senators represent about one-fourth
of the people in the United States

So do these 6 senators.
Over-representation in the Senate is among the reasons why the smallest states (and their local governments) received more federal aid per capita in 2010.

per senator
per capita
New York* 9,790,000 $3,170
Texas 13,030,000 1,740
California 19,020,000 1,790

per senator
per capita
Wyoming 290,000 $4,180
Vermont 310,000 3,270
North Dakota 350,000 3,220
Alaska 370,000 4,680
South Dakota 420,000 2,640
Delaware 460,000 3,700
Montana 500,000 2,840
Rhode Island 530,000 2,800
New Hampshire 660,000 1,790
Maine 660,000 2,700
Hawaii 700,000 1,850
Idaho 800,000 1,950
West Virginia 930,000 2,610
Nebraska 930,000 1,710
New Mexico 1,040,000 3,310
Nevada 1,380,000 1,340

per senator
per capita
Utah 1,430,000 1,520
Kansas 1,440,000 1,750
Arkansas 1,470,000 2,200
Mississippi 1,490,000 2,900
Iowa 1,540,000 1,930
Connecticut 1,800,000 2,150
Oklahoma 1,910,000 2,140
Oregon 1,950,000 2,050
Kentucky 2,190,000 2,250
Louisiana 2,300,000 2,960
South Carolina 2,360,000 1,790
Alabama 2,410,000 1,800
Colorado 2,590,000 1,520
Minnesota 2,690,000 2,050
Wisconsin 2,860,000 1,880


100 Years of Fashion: Men & Women's Swimwear

Summer is Gone for many of us...
So why not look backwards a little bit?
100 Years of Fashion
Men's Swimwear
Since 1915, men have been stripping down for the sake of a swim
100 Years of Swimwear
in Body Paint
From 1916's full-body suits to the iconic red Baywatch tank of the '90s, the most popular swimsuits of the past are all here—and they're 100 percent body paint. 
Women's Swimsuits Throughout History
How has our swimwear fashion changed throughout history

Let's take a look!


Friday, November 25, 2016

Mozart ♪ Magic Flute ♪ Salzburg ♪ ♪ The Secrets

The Secrets of Mozart’s
“Magic Flute”
Die Zauberflöte
Joshua Borths

The Magic Flute (German: Die Zauberflöte), K. 620, is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue. 
The work premiered on 30 September 1791 at Schikaneder's theatre, the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, just two months before the composer's premature death.

In the opera the Queen of the Night persuades Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from captivity under the high priest Sarastro; instead, he learns the high ideals of Sarastro's community and seeks to join it. 
Separately, then together, Tamino and Pamina undergo severe trials of initiation, which end in triumph, with the Queen and her cohorts vanquished. The earthy Papageno, who accompanies Tamino on his quest, fails the trials completely but is rewarded anyway with the hand of his ideal female companion Papagena.
Die Zauberflöte

Salzburg - With Subtitles
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Some Favorite Parts
  1. 13 : 56 
  2. 58 : 48 
  3. 1 : 37 :44  Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen  "Hell's vengeance boils in my heart" 
  4. 2 : 10 :15

Diana Damrau
The Queen of the Night Aria

The Magic Flute and Freemasonry

The Magic Flute is noted for its prominent Masonic elements, although some scholars claim that the Masonic influence is exaggerated. 
Schikaneder and Mozart were Masons as was Ignaz Alberti, engraver and printer of the first libretto. The opera is also influenced by Enlightenment philosophy, and can be regarded as an allegory advocating enlightened absolutism
The Queen of the Night represents a dangerous form of obscurantism or, according to some, the anti-Masonic Roman Catholic Empress Maria Theresa, or, according to others, the contemporary Roman Catholic Church itself, which was also strongly anti-Masonic.
Her antagonist Sarastro symbolises the enlightened sovereign who rules according to principles based on reason, wisdom, and nature. 

The story itself portrays the education of mankind, progressing
  • From chaos (the serpent)
  • Through religious superstition (the Queen and Ladies )
  • To rationalistic enlightenment (Sarastro and Priests),
  • By means of trial (Tamino) and error (Papageno), 
  • Ultimately to make "The Earth a heavenly kingdom, and mortals like the Gods"  ("Dann ist die Erd' ein Himmelreich, und Sterbliche den Göttern gleich")
 This couplet is sung in the finales to both acts.