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Jorge Luis Borges’ 1967-8 Norton Lectures On Poetry (And Everything Else Literary)

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Like most literary geeks, I’ve read a lot of Jorge Luis Borges. If you haven’t, look into the influences of your favorite writers, and you may find the Argentine short-story craftsman appearing with Beatles-like frequency.

 

Indeed, Borges’ body of work radiates inspiration far beyond the realm of the short story, and even beyond literature as commonly practiced. Creators from David Foster Wallace to Alex Cox to W.G. Sebald to the Firesign Theater have all, from their various places on the cultural landscape, freely admitted their Borgesian leanings.

 

That Borges’ stories — or, in the more-encompassing term adherents prefer to use, his “fictions” — continue to provide so much fuel to so many imaginations outside his time and tradition speaks to their simultaneous intellectual richness and basic, precognitive impact. Perhaps “The Garden of Forking Paths” or “The Aleph” haven’t had that impact on you, but they’ve surely had it on an artist you enjoy.

 

Now, thanks to UbuWeb, you can not only read Borges, but hear him as well. They offer MP3s of Borges’ complete Norton Lectures, which the writer gave at Harvard University in the fall of 1967 and the spring of 1968:


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Triste Espagna with worlds largest recorder - Bassano Quartet

http://www.bassano.nl Adriana Breukink (left) plays worlds largest recorder. Triste Espagna - Juan del Encina (1468 - 1529). Sterrenfestival Oude Muziek Utre...

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José James and Junior Mance - "Everyday I have the Blues"

The legendary Junior Mance performs "Everyday I have the Blues" with vocalist and composer José James at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City. This night ...

 

This night was the release of José's 2012 album with pianist Jeff Neve "For All We Know" on the Verve/Impulse label.

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Exploring the poignant longing of Americana with very old instruments

 

'There's an inarticulate longing that can only be expressed through music," says Shelley Phillips.


Those who long for beautifully played traditional Celtic music will be delighted by the Santa Cruz-based Coulter/Phillips Ensemble's concert at Montalvo Arts Center's Historic Villa on Sunday.


With Phillips on Celtic harp and English horn, her husband, composer/arranger Barry Phillips on cello, and William Coulter on guitar, they'll present an instrumental program that will feature mostly Northern European folk music, with some Norwegian and Swedish numbers, as well as a couple of originals


"In Scandinavian music," Shelley Philips says, "there's a lot more minor. The instrumentation we have makes a good little orchestra for the yearning emotions of that music."


The trio will also offer their interpretations of Shaker music, one of Shelley Phillips' specialties.


"The Shakers were a very creative group of people, and there are like a thousand songs. They're very poignant. They're also a little quirky, because the words came first. So the melodies are very declamatory, following the words. It makes for very interesting, fun music."

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Something with Trees - "Carry On"

Something with Trees play their song "Carry On" at The Buzz Cafe in Oak Park, IL on 3/3/12.

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Natural high: Is soil an antidepressant?

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British scientists have identified a particular soil bacterium they claim triggers the same serotonin-triggering neurons in the brain as Prozac.

 

"According to a report by Discover magazine, there was a definite reason for it. Scientists at the University of Bristol in England have identified a particular soil bacterium — Mycobacterium vaccae, to be exact — that just might naturally help alleviate depression.

 

Through experiments on laboratory mice, head neuroscientist Christopher Lowry and his team have evidence that the bacteria triggers the same serotonin-releasing neurons in the brain as Prozac."


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The High Bar Gang - Recording Project 2012 [Part 1]

Named 'Roots Supergroup', The High Bar Gang features seven of BC's finest musicians, songwriters and singers coming together perform classic Bluegrass and old time Country music in all acoustic collaborative featuring Barney Bentall, Shari Ulrich, Angela Harris, Wendy Bird, Colin Nairne, Rob Becker and Eric Reed.

 

As a collective they have garnered Gold Records, Juno awards and multiple provincial awards and nominations.

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Angela Harris brings bluegrass to packed Legion - Merritt News

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Angela Harris brings bluegrass to packed LegionMerritt NewsAttendees of the sold out event heard two sets from the alternative/bluegrass country duo before taking in a roast beef dinner, hosted by the Legion.

 

BCCMA award-winning country artist Angela Harris and Eric Reed drew a large crowd to the Merritt Royal Canadian Legion for an up-close-and-personal concert and dinner Sunday.

 

Attendees of the sold out event heard two sets from the alternative/bluegrass country duo before taking in a roast beef dinner, hosted by the Legion.

 

Harris, the daughter of Merrittonians Lorne and Marion Tillotson, performed two sets with partner Eric Reed (guitar and keyboard) from her latest single "Family Matters", songs from her self-titled debut Roots as well as cover songs Stand By Me and Willie Nelson's Always On My Mind.

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'Supermoon' Alert: Biggest Full Moon of 2012 Occurs This Week

'Supermoon' Alert: Biggest Full Moon of 2012 Occurs This Week | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it
This Saturday's May full moon will be brighter and larger than any other this year.

 

Skywatchers take note: The biggest full moon of the year is due to arrive this weekend.

 

The moon will officially become full Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT. And because this month's full moon coincides with the moon's perigee — its closest approach to Earth — it will also be the year's biggest.

 

The moon will swing in 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) from our planet, offering skywatchers a spectacular view of an extra-big, extra-bright moon, nicknamed a supermoon.

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Benny Carter Trio 1954 ~ Little Girl Blue

Recorded: New York City, NY, September 20, 1954 Personnel: Benny Carter - Alto Sax Teddy Wilson - Piano Jo Jones - Drums...

 

excellent music as a soundtrack to a writing session...


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Nashville Celebrates Record Store Day

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Nashville Celebrates Record Store Day...
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Christy Moore & Sinead O'Connor sweet thames flow softly

"I met my love near Woolwich Pier beneath the big crane standing And all the love I felt for her it passed all understanding."


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Coffee With: Doc Watson

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Coffee With: Doc Watson...

 

Skip Matheny— currently a songwriter in the band Roman Candle and former bartender in a retirement community — was recently able to ask music legend Doc Watson some questions with David Holt. Doc and David won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, with their three-disc set, Legacy.

 

Commonly called a “National Treasure,” Doc is currently 89 years old and playing this weekend at the Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC, along with Vince Gill and others.

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photo de John Taylor, pianiste jazz prêtée au mag online @londonjazz

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photo de John Taylor, pianiste jazz prêtée au mag online @londonjazz

 

Here was a BritJazz event worth settling in for at the unnatural hour of 1.15 p.m. John Taylor, one of the great UK players who came up in the 1960s and 1970s, has built a solid international career since then without ever quite getting famous. To celebrate his 70th birthday, he gave us a festival commission from BBC Radio 3, performed by the band of his choice.

 

Not for the first time, he turned to Kurt Vonnegut Jr. for inspiration (come to think of it, he looks a little like the late writer these days as well). This time, the text was Harrison Bergeron, an early brief satire on the perils of enforced egalitarianism in which the talented are officially handicapped. It is pretty heavy-handed, by Vonnegut’s standards. The music, fortunately, wasn’t....

 


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Mandi Perkins - Why Pretend - Acoustic - Gibson Showroom

Acoustic version of Why Pretend at the GIbson Showroom in Beverly Hills.
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Meet the Digital Camera That Lets You Travel Through Time

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At the BlackBerry World conference yesterday, RIM's Vivek Bhardwaj introduced a new camera being developed for the company's new product, the BlackBerry 10 -- one that allows users to detect faces and scroll through frames of the images themselves.

 

"We actually let you go back and forth in time," Bhardwaj said. Instead of missing a crucial instant -- instant-missing being a frustrating mainstay of photography both analog and digital -- RIM's new technology will allow photographers to capture "that perfect moment."

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In This Heart - Christy Moore & Sinead O Connor

 shine on --you pair -- of crazy diamonds!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdAEmX0OpMk&feature=related

 


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Best intro ever? University of Oregon takes field behind bagpipe-playing relief pitcher

Before the Oregon Ducks took the field before the Pac-12 game against the Cal Bears, Ducks Pitcher David Wylie and company decided to lighten to mood.

 

 

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The Heart and Craft of Life Writing: Snippets

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I’m thinking we should write down some of our snippets, our stories.

 

My grandfather did this, and I am so grateful. He lived in such a different time. Because I only knew him as a somewhat sedate older gentleman, it is delightful to know about the time he and his friends played a trick on their teacher by moving his buggy out of the garage and lodging it between two trees.

 

Imagine their consternation when Mr. Brown turned out to be in the buggy they’d just moved, and said, “Thank you boys, I would have had to hitch the horses to move the buggy.”


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BCCMA artist Angela Harris concert at Merritt Legion

Alternative/bluegrass country artist Angela Harris covers Stand By Me as part of her concert at the Royal Canadian Legion Merritt Branch April 29, 2012.

 

Harris has sample songs from her albums available on her website: www.angelaharris.net.

 

 

She says she is also very active on Facebook, which is becoming a popular way for musicians to interact with their fans. Her Facebook page is www.facebook.com/AngelaHarris.CanadianArtist.

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Spectacular 3D Screw Portraits

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Andrew Myers is the only artist in the world who uses screws as the main medium to create 3D art, in this case, 3D portraits! The brilliant artist doesn’t rely on a computer to pixelate his works, unlike other artists.
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The Brain Responds To Music The Same Way As Eating

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The study volunteers chose a wide range of music – from classical and jazz to punk, tango and even bagpipes. The most popular were Barber's Adagio for Strings, the second movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Debussy's Claire de Lune.


Since they already knew the musical pieces they listened to, it wasn't possible to tell whether the anticipation reaction came from memory or the natural feel people develop for how music unfolds, Zatorre said. That question is under study, too.

Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, an expert on music and the brain at Harvard Medical School, called the study "remarkable" for the combination of techniques it used.

 

While experts had indirect indications that music taps into the dopamine system, he said, the new work "really nails it."

 

Music isn't the only cultural experience that affects the brain's reward circuitry. Other researchers recently showed a link when people studied artwork.

 


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Prague Picture - Fog Photo - National Geographic Photo of the Day

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Prague's Charles Bridge at night as a dense fog rolls in off the river

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Songs From A Room ... in London and worldwide, April 2012 and beyond ...

This is the wonderful sister trio of The Staves giving a warm and tender performance at Songs From A Room London,  March 2011. I have been fortunate enough to attend one of the London gigs recently. I only want to whisper this recommendation, as there is very limited capacity, to preserve the intimacy and authenticity of this (shh it's a secret!) secret gig. Truly, one of the best nights of music I have attended in a long while. These guys go from strength to strength, and they do it for love.

 http://www.sofarsounds.com

 

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with photos of JC Hernandez : #jazz Alan Broadbent Trio live at The Kitano, New York, USA - Jazz Piano

Medley du concert d'Alan Broadbent filmé par votre serviteur au Kitano de NY en octobre 2011 entre 2 cris de rage des indignés de NY. Je me souviens avoir été content d'avoir été plutôt engagé pour filmer que photographier car j'avais une bonne grippe et une élongation musculaire à la jambe (ok .. on s'en fout ;-) . .clip avec quelques photos (conditions désastreuses pour la prise de vue) avant celle que vous pouvez voir ci-dessous sur mon mur prise à Grand Central Station. Pourquoi à Grand Central Station ? Alan était pressé de choper son dernier train pour rentrer en banlieue de NY ou il réside actuellement. Heureusement que Timo Sulc était présent pour m'assister (et surtout porter mon sac !! ;-) car sinon je ne sais pas comment j'aurais fait pour suivre à reculons Alan tout en le photographiant à cause de cette élongation qui m'a pourri l'automne (ok ok .. on s'en fout !! ;-)


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