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3/9/11 09:05 am - Musical interlude - Muashasha

When she begins to sway
My love, the beautiful one, attracts me
She commands us with a look, with a wink, for a while we look at her, always
When the branches sway gracefully
My promise, my confusion
Will she respond mercifully to my complaint?
Who can understand my complaint of love
Except the king of beauty.


So wrote the unnamed Moorish composer of a song from the first millenium. Lamma bada Yatathenna - a song that has such legs that it has been a radio hit in the Levant several times in the last 100 years...

In the New Sounds radio program Theme & Variations: Lama Bada they showcase a bunch of versions, starting with Hamza al-Din's version (one of my favorites). They also include a version with NYC's Ivory Consort - featuring friend and teacher Haig Manoukian on oud.

It's an amazing piece of music.

Enjoy!

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/newsounds/2010/aug/12/

11/10/10 05:16 pm - I saw the Black Beauty today...

No, really, THE Black Beauty - the 1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown sedan - customised by Dean Jeffries - or at least the latest version of it for the new Green Hornet movie coming out in January...

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The Beauty - and a look at a good portion of her armament: Pop-up machine guns, rocket launchers under the 'infra-green' headlights, and the muzzle in the middle of the grille is the knockout gas projector.


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The Beauty - and her guns

The trailer can be found here:
http://www.greenhornetmovie.com/

8/5/10 01:15 pm - ::laughing:: best review of Zardoz, EVAR!

Flister ldragoon commits a warcrime, and forces her husband and sister to watch the Boorman film Zardoz - a film for which The 1970s, mescaline and syphilitic brain damage still do not offer any reasonable excuse...

http://ldragoon.livejournal.com/514899.html

Go. Read. Whimper under your bed at the repressed memories (if you've seen it), if you haven't - well, it's not EVEN AS GOOD as ldragoon makes it out to be.

Warning. This was one...
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4/29/10 06:51 pm - I have one question...

Why is Data running Windows on his iPad?

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3/18/10 03:26 pm - Went for a ride today...

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10/1/09 02:17 pm - Gone to the Unseen

At last you have departed and gone to the Unseen.
What marvelous route did you take from this world?

Beating your wings and feathers,
you broke free from this cage.
Rising up to the sky
you attained the world of the soul.
You were a prized falcon trapped by an Old Woman.
Then you heard the drummer's call
and flew beyond space and time.

As a lovesick nightingale, you flew among the owls.
Then came the scent of the rosegarden
and you flew off to meet the Rose.

The wine of this fleeting world
caused your head to ache.
Finally you joined the tavern of Eternity.
Like an arrow, you sped from the bow
and went straight for the bull's eye of bliss.

This phantom world gave you false signs
But you turned from the illusion
and journeyed to the land of truth.

You are now the Sun -
what need have you for a crown?
You have vanished from this world -
what need have you to tie your robe?

I've heard that you can barely see your soul.
But why look at all? -
yours is now the Soul of Souls!

O heart, what a wonderful bird you are.
Seeking divine heights,
Flapping your wings,
you smashed the pointed spears of your enemy.

The flowers flee from Autumn, but not you -
You are the fearless rose
that grows amidst the freezing wind.

Pouring down like the rain of heaven
you fell upon the rooftop of this world.
Then you ran in every direction
and escaped through the drain spout . . .

Now the words are over
and the pain they bring is gone.
Now you have gone to rest
in the arms of the Beloved.

-- Rumi
-- Translation by Jonathan Star

6/1/09 12:05 pm - A little Rumi - for someone in my thoughts

Gone to the Unseen

At last you have departed and gone to the Unseen.
What marvelous route did you take from this world?

Beating your wings and feathers,
you broke free from this cage.
Rising up to the sky
you attained the world of the soul.
You were a prized falcon trapped by an Old Woman.
Then you heard the drummer's call
and flew beyond space and time.

As a lovesick nightingale, you flew among the owls.
Then came the scent of the rosegarden
and you flew off to meet the Rose.

The wine of this fleeting world
caused your head to ache.
Finally you joined the tavern of Eternity.
Like an arrow, you sped from the bow
and went straight for the bull's eye of bliss.

This phantom world gave you false signs
But you turned from the illusion
and journeyed to the land of truth.

You are now the Sun -
what need have you for a crown?
You have vanished from this world -
what need have you to tie your robe?

I've heard that you can barely see your soul.
But why look at all? -
yours is now the Soul of Souls!

O heart, what a wonderful bird you are.
Seeking divine heights,
Flapping your wings,
you smashed the pointed spears of your enemy.

The flowers flee from Autumn, but not you -
You are the fearless rose
that grows amidst the freezing wind.

Pouring down like the rain of heaven
you fell upon the rooftop of this world.
Then you ran in every direction
and escaped through the drain spout . . .

Now the words are over
and the pain they bring is gone.
Now you have gone to rest
in the arms of the Beloved.

-- Version by Jonathan Star

5/10/09 01:34 pm

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4/24/09 12:34 am - ANZAC Day

The 25th is ANZAC Day - a remembrance of a particularly brutal campaign during World War I, in which the ANZACs (Australia/New Zealand Army Corps) made an amphibious landing at Suvla Bay, near Çanakkale (Gallipoli).

Performer Eric Bogle, A Scot immirgrant to Australia, wrote this song in the early 1970;s, after watching an ANZAC Day parade and noting how few veterans of the Great War were still alive...



June Tabor's version can be found here:


The defensive campaign was led by a young Officer named Mustafa Kemal (Later to be known as Ataturk). The Turks also commemorate this day as well, and do so in honour of the ANZACs as well as their own fallen.

The song Çanakkale is a good companion for Mister Bogle's piece. Here's two versions.

The first is a very folky piece, played on saz - which is the way I first heard it.



The second is from the Turkish film A Soldier's Story



I have no political commentary to add, nor do I think it is necessary. It is a time for reflection and remembrance.
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