I understand that advertisements are brief, so the iPhone ad by Apple featuring Maya Angelou’s marvelous “Human Family” had to be limited to 60 sec. Ms. Angelou’s poem runs 105 sec. So, of course, some parts of the poem had to be cut. Well, here’s a link allowing you to hear Ms. Angelou reading the poem in it’s entirety. Sorry. No photos shot on an iPhone or anything else. Just the the elegant, excellent words in her beautiful, more-alike-than-different, human-family voice.
Most readers will see the Apple advertisement without my help.
At the beginning of her analysis of the lyrics and music of of the familiar song, Vi Hart refers to recent news by saying, “So you might have heard that you can sing ‘Happy Birthday’ without getting sued….” That’s just the beginning. Click here to watch the video and learn a lot.
The image is linked, but if you’d prefer, here is a direct link.
http://xkcd.com/1572/. Complete it yourself. Pass it along to others.
See for Yourself: A Visual Guide to Everyday Beauty by Rob Forbes looks like a feast for those who enjoy finding design in their everyday surroundings. According to the author,
See for Yourself is a book I just completed, coming out in May, but its available now at PUBLIC. The book is comprised of over 500 images that I have taken during the last ten years from walks and bike rides in cities around the world. It’s in these everyday settings where I seek out quirky and unusual objects not found in tourist guides; benches in Milan, bike locks in Amsterdam, fire hoses in Maine, house numbers in Charleston, and hundreds of other pedestrian works of design. I wrote it with the same intent I had in founding PUBLIC Bikes: to encourage us to become more engaged and connected with our cities, and to put a smile on our faces.
Mr. Forbes has a wonderful eye for color and form. I’m looking forward to seeing this title.
So, The Southern isn’t capacious enough to hold the crowd that will greet The Lone Bellow. Thm folks’ show sold out in a few days and now it has been has been moved to the Jefferson.
I snagged more tix. Friends are coming to town for it.
Thm’ve surrounded themselves with wonderful musicians on the albums and videos. Check “Fake Roses” for an example. So, I’m really looking forward to this event. I want to see what band they bring with them and their wonderful voices (harmonies) and whether thm and their band can get me out of my seat.
It took me many months (like until just today) of listening to and watching videos of performances by The Lone Bellow to realize that I didn’t know the names of the band members. What! Who are thm?
I’ve been listening to them while I work. I’ve hummed their songs while I drive. I can sing along when I watch the many variants on their YouTube channel. A couple of songs have been ear worms from time to time.
I’ve been telling people about this group that blends their voices together so well. I’ve bought tickets to see them perform in March. I’ve told people to watch for when the come on tour in their neighborhoods.
But, wait! Who are they, individually? Well, in addition to the content on the site I noted in the first paragraph, one can always consult the Wikipedia entry. But I realized tonight that, after this intense romance, I didn’t know the names of these folks.
In a way, who cares? They’re a band, a troupe, a happy, non-threatening gang; a choir who play instruments, too. Some energetic singer folx…. And we’ll see them at the all-ready sold-out show at the Southern in March!
La-Doo-Ke-A, Buffalo Bull
A Grand Pawnee Warrior
Under the title “Testament and Spectacle” over on Times Quotidian, Theo Alexander has a post about portraits of Native Americans painted by George Catlin in the 19th century that were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), London, during the spring of 2013. Mr. Alexander’s take about Mr. Catlin’s 1830s-portraits is pretty interesting, but the images themselves are really fascinating (and he writes about that, too).
There’s more about this show available from the museum’s site devoted to the exhibition. The NPG has supporting materials including video interviews and, of course, a store. These portraits apparently are on display at the Smithsonian in Washington (DC, US) and there is an accessible virtual display. The following image of hunters stalking bison by hiding under wolfskins comes from that display.
Buffalo Hunt under Wolf-skin Mask
Times Quotidian, which Nancy Cantwell edits, covers an array of arts and cultural topics. Its other content is worth perusing while one’s there.