YUCATAN … Day 2: more exploring

20 Mar

For Rose … my Lady


Over the Rainbow / Eva Cassidy

A big place.

Not bad at all. 

Local resident.

More residents.

We got coconuts.

Rose got some nice shots.

I Love You.

UpComing: more

 

YUCATAN … The Mystery of Maya

18 Mar


Meditative Mayan

Apology to
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

3 Mequiteers … Western Posters 1940

13 Mar


Ghost Riders in the Sky / Pat Derry, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson.

Duncan Renaldo, Bob Livingston, Ray Hatton

The 3 Mesquiteers / Western Film Posters 1940

The 3 Mesquiteers made 8 Serial episodes 1940, but this post was a tuff project. 
A lot of the 1940 images just weren’t that good – and hard to find.
They also required a lot of editing. They were beaten up pretty badly.
I’ve injected a few other images to make the post worthy.

The original poster was a mess.

A rather odd poster. Boxers?

A lobby card.

That old soft spot.
Works for me. 

Robert Livingston got Top Bill. 

Duncan Renaldo – who later became the Cisco Kid!


Colorized by My Favorite Westerns

All for one … 

The 3 Mesquiteers had several personnel changes over the years and just kept on riding. 
This new edition retained Bob Livingston and brought in Bob Steele and Rufe Davis.

That was a lot of work …

GOT The Final Season …

8 Mar


Game of Thrones Theme / Taylor Davis

New Trailer:

April 14

YUCATAN … Day 2: To the Beach!

7 Mar

YUCATAN … Day 2: To the Beach!


I Can See Clearly Now / Jimmy Cliff

Day 2 Morning:
We found the ocean.

Drowning will probably ruin your whole holiday.
Surf Conditions: 
(Posted in 4 languages Spanish, English, German and French)
Green is Good; Yellow is Caution; Red is Do Not Swim; and Black is Dangerous Conditions.
Today was condition Red: ‘Do Not Swim.’
Not many people were paying attention.
For us, just walking on the beach was fine for today.
We’ve got a week.

Red Flag. Take warning.

Lifeguards on Duty.

Lots of room. 

Lots of sand.

And a few rocks.

The lure of the ocean.

Those Saskatchewan guys just can’t leave their work at home. 

Coming: more amazin’ stuff

 

Red River Revisited …

6 Mar


Red River / Main Theme / Dimitri Tiomkin

Tom Dunson’s tragic decision.“I’ve made up my mind.”

Leaving Fen behind.

Goodbye Tom.
– Colleen Gray

“Why do Indians always want to be burnin’ up good wagons?”
– John Wayne with Walter Brennan.

“Never liked seein’ strangers. This is ’cause no stranger ever good news’d me.”
– Brennan, Mickey Kuhn, and Wayne.

“Get a shovel and a Bible.”

“Give me ten years and I’ll have that brand on the
gates of the greatest ranch in Texas.”

“Nice. Awful nice.”
– John Ireland with Montgomery Clift

“There are only 2 things more beautiful than a good gun.
A Swiss watch or a woman from anywhere.”

“Ever had a Swiss watch?”

“You’re as good as they say you are. Maybe as good as me.”

“I think he’s bluffin.”
– Noah Beery Jr., Brennan, and Clift.

Night watch: Wayne, Clift, Harry Carey Jr. 

“You’da shot him right between the eyes.”

“Just a sure as you’re standing there.”

“Go ahead. Say it.”

“You wuz wrong Mr. Dunson.”

“You think I’m to blame for that?”

“Just as sure as you’re sitting there.”

Crossing the ‘Red’.

Calm in the midst of the storm.

“I’m the law.”

“I’m going to kill you Matt.”

Joanne Dru

“Do you remember?”

“I can remember.”

“We’re looking for Abilene.”
– Beery and Clift.

“Welcome to Abilene.” 
– Harry Carey Sr., Clift, Ireland, and Beery. 

Showdown.

“You know that young man isn’t going to use his gun don’t cha?”

“Yeah. But I haven’t any such notion.”

“Go ahead … Draw!”

“I said Draw!”

“OK I’ll make ya!”

“Go ahead, beat each other crazy …”

“Use this … “

YUCATAN … Day 2: Exploring the Resort

1 Mar

YUCATAN … Day 2: Exploring the Resort


Here Comes the Sun / Beatles

Day 2 Morning:
We spent our first day just exploring the Resort.

Reception Desk

Greeters. I guess that’s a starfish?

Amazing place. Wearing my Mayan Calendar T-Shirt.

My camera!

Wildlife can be troublesome. 

Guess he was just kidding.

Pools everywhere.

Not crowded either. 

Wave pool. Not waving yet.

There’s a bar under there. 

Big pools … small pools … lots of pools. 

NEXT: 

YUCATAN … Day 2: To the beach

 

YUCATAN … Day 1

27 Feb

Mayan Empire


TEMPLO MAYOR (MUSICA PREHISPANICA)

The Temple of Kukulkan.
Wearing my Tomb Raider hat. 

I never thought I’d ever get down here. Felt it was beyond my means. But we threw all our money in the pot and off we went.
People come here for different reasons: some to drink and party; some to veg and rest. I come for the adventure. I truly wanted to see all these Mayan Temples, Pyramids and Artifacts. Impossible in one shot. This was a huge dynastic culture that spanned several thousand years and is spread all over Central America. And they are finding more and more every year. In fact, they don’t have enough people or money to get at it all.

When I was a kid I wanted to be an Archeologist or Paleontologist. That didn’t happen, but I’ve never lost my keen interest in Ancient History. This trip to a small part of the Yucatan – Chichen Itza and EK Balam – was just a teaser. But wonderful.

Checking in late. Plane delayed for de-icing in Calgary. 

Looking around.

Looks … rather opulent. 

Looking forward to a little adventure.

Thot I’d pick up a couple of souvenirs.

Easy does it … This will look good on my mantle …

YA BABY !!

Deadwood 2019 …

26 Feb


Deadwood / Main Theme

Deadwood fans are something like Trekkies.
They’ve been harrassing HBO ever since the series was shut down.
Well … it worked. For at least one movie anyway.
Possibly to wrap things up.
It is a good series.

Coming Spring 2019

Ride On.

UPDATE …

23 Feb

 

 

The Mayan Pyramid of the Mighty Kukulkan / Quetzalcoatl

Apology for not posting anything recently. Of course, I was in Mexico for a week. But I’ve also been sick – and working. I caught a Cold in Mexico (believe it or not). We got trapped in a torrential tropical downpour while on a shopping excursion in Playa Del Carmen. We neglected to bring the umbrella that we saw in our hotel room. An umbrella is a handy tool down here for fending off sun and rain – which can be abundant. Getting soaked was kind of fun really. I wasn’t cold at all. But I got a Cold from it anyhow. Not enough to ruin the holiday, but that’s where it started. Eventually, on the last day it started to get worse and this was combined with some Heat Stroke – and then food poisoning from a kiosk at the airport. So I was pretty sick on the the 5 hour flight back. After we got to Calgary I got over the Heat Stroke and food poisoning pretty quickly. But the cold has gotten worse and I’m taking a few Cold meds to get by. So I haven’t been up to doing much on the blog. Strangely, a couple of years ago, Rose and I both got food poisoning on our last day in Punta Cana, Santa Domingo too. We figure it was from the water we got careless with – brushing our teeth. On that trip it took 14 hours to get home. Sick all the way. In both instances though, the holiday wasn’t ruined because it happened at the end. If it had happened at the beginning that would have been a different story. Travelling from Canada to these tropical countries can have these kind of experiences. Combined with a big altitude change you are going from -20 F to 85 F or more. That’s over 100 degrees temperature difference. Be forewarned. And be careful.

Rose enjoying the surf.

Anyway, I’ll get something up here shortly.

 

YUCATAN !!! …

12 Feb

and all that other stuff … 

See ya in a week …

3 Mequiteers … Western Posters 1938/39

7 Feb


don’t take your guns to town / steve earle

The 3 Mesquiteers / Western Film Posters 

1938/39

Enter John Wayne

John get High Billed right away.

Notice Duncan Renaldo – who later played The Cisco Kid!

Bud Knight Toasted …

5 Feb


Game of Thrones Theme / Mark Fowler

3 Mequiteers … Western Posters Part 1

3 Feb


BIG IRON

The 3 Mesquiteers / Western Film Posters

OK, OK … I’ve bin a bit hard on them The 3 Mesquiteers. So’s I better show ’em some Love.
After all, they do hold an rightful place in Western Film history and John Wayne’s Filmography.
And I gotta say they did have some pretty nice Western Poster Art.
Let’s take a ride:

The 3 Mesquiteers were about 50 B Movie Serials between 1936 and 1943.
There were several personnel changes in the Series over the years.
John Wayne appeared in 8 starting 1938.

The 3 Mesquiteers posters / 1936 to 1937

Beautiful. A lot of early Westerns employed Artwork instead of photography.
And the results were spectacular.

3 Mesquiteers … A little History:

Max Terhune (as Lullaby Joslin), Robert Livingston (as Stony Brooke) and Ray Corrigan (asTucson Smith)

Max Terhune played Lullaby Joslin in 21 films.

Bob Livingston played Stony Brooke in 29 films,

Ray Corrigan played Tucson Smith in 24 films,

John Wayne dropped by in 1938 and played Stony Brooke in 8 films.

You can spot Legendary Stuntman Yakima Canutt (top left with the pistol).
Yak performed many stunts with the Mesquiteers
and a bit of Acting as well – often unbilled. 

Ghost Town Gold slides in here somewhere,
but I couldn’t find a decent poster.

Really nice stuff.

Game of Thrones … coming …

30 Jan

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April 14, 2019

Louise Brooks – Overland Stage Raiders (1938)

23 Jan

Louse Brooks – Pandora’s Box / Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

The Three Mesquiteers:
Overland Stage Raiders (1938)

Overland Stage Raiders is perhaps most famous for being the last film that Louise Brooks appeared in.

Louise Brooks on John Wayne:
“This is no actor but the hero of all mythology miraculously brought to life… John was, in fact,
that which Henry James defined as the greatest of all works of art – a purely beautiful being.”

IMDB Trivia:
“This was the final film of Louise Brooks. NOTE: Contrary to popular belief,
this was not intended to be her “comeback” film;
she made it because she needed the money. She was paid $300 (equal to $5180,
adjusted for inflation in 2017) for the film.
Not long after it was released, she was found working as a salesgirl at Saks Fifth Avenue
at a salary of $40 (equivalent to $690 in ’17) a week.”

Much could (and has) been written about Louise. Let’s say was a beautiful and controversial Star
and still has a large following of admirers.

The 3 Mesquiteers (1938 Edition) John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune with Louise Brooks

It puzzles me that Overland Stage Raiders plays so loosely with
Western Movie traditions by using buses and planes, etc.
but then fail to exploit Louise Brooks immense charisma and sex appeal???
But lots of things puzzle me.

“I have been taking stock of my 50 years since I left Wichita. How I have existed fills me with horror for I failed everything. Spelling, arithmetic, writing, swimming, tennis, golf, dancing, singing, acting, wife, mistress, whore, friend, even cooking. And I do not excuse myself with the usual escape of not trying. I tried with all my heart.”
– Louise Brooks

If there’s any one thing you could say about Louise it was that she had an incredible
amount of that mystical substance called Charisma.

1906 – 1985

 Judge for yourself.

I could easily post about 100 pics of Louise.

Her short bobbed hairstyle was her trademark sensation.
Imitated by many – achieved by few

“A well dressed woman, even though her purse is painfully empty, can conquer the world.”
– Louise Brooks

She starred in seventeen silent films and eight sound films.

On February 6, 1932, she filed for bankruptcy and began dancing in nightclubs to earn a living.
By 1946, she had to take a $40-a-week job as a sales girl at Saks Fifth Avenue to make a living.

“Love is a publicity stunt, and making love – after the first curious raptures –
is only another petulant way to pass the time waiting for the studio to call.”
– Louise Brooks

Was close friends with IT Girl Clara Bow.

Many photos of Louise have been colorized,
but I think the monochromes are still the best.

“The great art of films does not consist in descriptive movement of face and body,
but in the movements of thought and soul transmitted in a kind of intense isolation.”
– Louise Brooks

She left her home at age 16 to join a modern dance company.

“I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you, it’ll be with a knife.”
– Louise Brooks

“In my dreams I am not crippled. In my dreams, I dance,”
– Louise Brooks

Dance she did.

And still does.

Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse

21 Jan


It’s Only a Paper Moon / Ella Fitxgerald

Truly a rare Celestial Masterpiece.

Not just an Eclipse (which is a rare enough event in itself) but a Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse

If such events mean anything – such as Portents (and I think they must) – then there must be a humdinger of a story behind this one.
The trick is – as always – in figuring it out.

I don’t by any “End of the World” or Apocalypse crap, but I do try to see what ‘rings true’ for me.
I’d like to think that I have the Spiritual tools within me to discover this for myself.
And sometimes I do. But I don’t have answers yet.

Meanwhile I’ll just howl at the moon.


Wolf Howl

A friendlier Golden Moon.

The next chance for another glimpse of a Super Blood Wolf Moon won’t come until. Nov. 8, 2022.

 

They Shall Not Grow Old FREE DOWNLOAD

12 Jan

They Shall Not Grow Old had a limited release and time in Theatres.

However, it is available for FREE download if you wish to see it.

https://yifyddl.com/movie/they-shall-not-grow-old-2018

It really is a remarkable documentary.

John Wayne Filmography: The Three Mesquiteers: Overland Stage Raiders (1938) Part 1

8 Jan


Cowboy Rhythm / Patsy Montana / 1938

The Three Mesquiteers:
Overland Stage Raiders (1938)

1938

The Great Depression is ending.
Franklin D. Roosevelt is US President.
Hitler’s Third Reich marches into Austria.
Howard Hughes flys Round the world in 3 days.
Orson Welles’s broadcasts The War of the Worlds.
Seabiscuit beats War Admiral at Pimlico.
A gallon of Gas costs 10 cents.
Douglas Fairbanks dies.
Evel Knievel is born.

The 3 Mesquiteers (1938 Edition) John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune with Louise Brooks

The Three Mesquiteers: Overland Stage Raiders (1938)

Consider this a review. I know these B grade Serial Westerns are often looked back on with fondness by some folks. But not by me. As an 8 year old kid watching Westerns every Saturday morning in 1956, I gotta tell ya, this is the last thing I wanted to see. They seemed to contain everything that I figured shouldn’t be in a Western: Dolled up Cowboys wearing little kerchiefs; often singing with some sappy sidekick; cars! trucks!! buses!!! airplanes???!!!!; and Ventriloquist dummies! MY GOD! What kind of Western is that!! ?? Turned my stomach. I wanted to see Rory Calhoun or Randolph Scott or Audie Murphy. Anybody but this stuff. This definitely wasn’t the Golden Era of Westerns.

Fortunately!!! this would soon be coming to a merciful end 1939 when Director John Ford Directed Stagecoach (Starring John Wayne). Ford saw that Westerns could be legitimate Art. So he did it. And created some Classics: Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine, … This changed everything. Oh Yeah things still occasionally fell back in formula pulp, but there was more than enough good stuff on the way.

Next Overland Stage Raiders / Louise Brooks. 

John Wayne Filmography … continued … at last

27 Dec


Pals of the Saddle / by “Just Me and Dad” The Cantrell Family of Springfield MO.

 

Back about February 6, 2017, I left off my series of posts called
 John Wayne Western Filmography.
I had progressively worked through most of John’s early Westerns
and left off after Pals of the Saddle (1938).

Amongst all that I had done posts or Rio Bravo (1959 )and The Shootist (1976)
along with The Merchandising of John Wayne: Booze, Smokes
don’t think I’ve done John’s Guns yet.
I’ll get to that one day.


Pals of the SaddleThe Overstake Sisters c.1936

John Wayne Early Westerns

At that time I had done profiles on these early John Wayne Westerns:

1930
The Big Trail

1931
The Range Feud

1932
Two-Fisted Law
Texas Cyclone
Ride Him Cowboy
Haunted Gold
The Big Stampede

1933
The Telegraph Trail
Somewhere In Sonora
Sagebrush Trail
Riders of Destiny
The Man From Monterey

1934
West of The Divide
The Trail Beyond
The Star Packer
Randy Rides Alone
The Man From Utah
The Lucky Texan
The Lawless Frontier
Blue Steel
Neath The Arizona Skies

1935
Westward Ho
Texas Terror
Rainbow Valley
Paradise Canyon
The New Frontier
Lawless Range
The Desert Trail
The Dawn Rider

1936
Winds Of The Wasteland
The Lonely Trail
The Lawless Nineties
King of The Pecos

1937
California Straight Ahead

1938
Born to The West
Santa Fe Stampede
Red River Range
Pals of The Saddle

Early Westerns yet to be covered:

Overland Stage Raiders (1938)

1939
Wyoming Outlaw
Three Texas Steers
The Night Riders
New Frontier
Allegheny Uprising
Stagecoach

It’s not likely I’ll stay on track this time either,
but we’ll venture forth anyway.

GIDDYUP!

To ALL …

25 Dec

Christmas Favorites 9 …

22 Dec

Christmas has it’s share of novelty songs and
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
would be number one on that list.
But the back story is rather amazing – and inspiring.

 The real story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

A man named Robert L. May, depressed and broken hearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.  His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bobs wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer.
Little Barbara couldn’t understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad’s eyes and asked, “Why isn’t Mommy just like everybody else’s Mommy?”
Bob’s jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears.  Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob’s life.  Life always had to be different for Bob.
When he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys.  He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he’d rather not remember.  From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in.
Bob, after completing college, married his loving wife Evelyn and was grateful to get a job as a copywriter at the Timothy Eaton Department Store, in Toronto,  during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn’s bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the poorer area of Toronto.
Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.
Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn’t even afford to buy a Christmas gift.  But if he couldn’t buy a gift, he was determined to make one – a storybook!
Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal’s story
to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again, Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling.
Who was the character? What was the story all about?
The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was.  The name of the character?  A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose.  Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day.
But the story doesn’t end there.
The general manager of the T. Eaton Store caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. They went on to print, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores.
By 1946, Eaton’s had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph.  That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Eaton’s to print an updated version of the book.
In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Eaton’s returned all rights back to Bob May.  The book became a best seller.
Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter.  But the story doesn’t end there either.  Bob’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph.  Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore, it was recorded by the singing cowboy,  Gene Autry.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of “White Christmas.”
The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn’t so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.

A true Canadian story.

 

Christmas Favorites 8 …

17 Dec

I sent some Christmas music out to few friends and family
and asked them to send me something back.

From Rose:

From Brother Doug: 

From me:

 

 

New Star Trek Series … ?

15 Dec

This looks too good to be true …

Make It So! ‘Star Trek’s’ Capt. Picard Returns in New CBS Series

https://www.space.com/41389-star-trek-picard-returns-cbs-series.html

“It’s good to see you again Captain.”

Indeed.

“I have the bridge.”

 

Christmas Favorites 7 …

13 Dec

Peas on Earth …

13 Dec

There’s never a Shepherd around when you need one. 

Christmas Favorites 6 : Sleigh Ride

12 Dec

Giddy up, Giddy up, Let’s go !
Just look at that snow!

Dedicated to Marilyn and Garry over at Serendipity blog.
https://teepee12.com/
Marilyn
is a big Roy and Dale fan and this version
of Sleigh Ride is special. It has a bonus song: Jingle Bells
plus Roy does some yodelling! Alright!

Ella! Very nice!

Bing

Jack knows how to do it 

This is sweet : 

Okay, I’m getting the spirit now !

They Shall Not Grow Old

12 Dec

They Shall Not Grow Old 

In Theaters December 17 & 27 Only

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/they-shall-not-grow-old?utm_source=unknown&utm_medium=unknown&utm_campaign=they+shall+not+grow+old&utm_term=warner


It’s a Long Way to Tipperary / Pack up Your Troubles in Your old Kit Bag

Credit to GP Cox who brought this my attention.
Pacific Paratrooper / https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/

 Fragments From France 

by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather

Christmas Favorites 5 : Blue Christmas

11 Dec

Blue Christmas

Many people believe Blue Chrismas was first done by Elvis, but it was written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and first recorded in 1948 by the great Country Crooner Doye O’Dell. (who nobody remembers anymore). There have been many renditions since including Elvis‘.

Somebody forgot to check his gun at the door.

Brenda Lee is another artist who did many great versions of Christmas Carols.
Her phrasing was always brilliant.

This ain’t bad at all …

Shocking how well this works:

Okay, Okay here’s Elvis:

Yeah … short and sweet.

Christmas Favorites 4 : O Little Town of Bethlehem

10 Dec

Christmas in Coutts

When I was a kid the annual School Christmas Pageant was a staple of Canadian culture. Thus it was in the small town of Coutts in 1958 (?) on the Alberta / Montana border. I was in Grade 4.
Some poor teacher had been assigned to teach all us kids to sing some Christmas Carols. I can imagine that was no easy task.
Yet, over all years I only recall two Christmas Pageants that I was in. The other was in Michichi, Alberta, a very small farm township on the Prairie.
In Coutts, I played a shepherd in our re-enactment of the Nativity. I wore an old purple robe that passed as shepherd getup. Luckily there was no sheep involved so my duties were light.
My pal Bryce Tolley sang O Little Town of Bethlehem. He had a great voice.

All was well.

O Little Town of Bethlehem

The text was written by Phillips Brooks (1835–1893), an Episcopal priest, then rector of Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia and later of Trinity Church, Boston. He was inspired by visiting the village of Bethlehem in the Sanjak of Jerusalem in 1865. Three years later, he wrote the poem for his church, and his organist Lewis Redner (1831-1908) added the music.

If there’s anything Barbra can’t sing beautifully I haven’t found it.

Pat Boone does a nice version. Yeah, he could sing pretty good.

A softer reverence …

Many great versions …
I give you just three.

Christmas Favorites 4 _________ Little Drummer Boy

7 Dec

Love has no Theology.

By playing all these Christmas Carols, I’m sure some people think I’m promoting Christianity.
I’m not. I’m not Christian. I just love a lot of the Christmas music.
It’s beautiful, uplifting and Joyous.

I hope you feel the same way

The Little Drummer Boy

Wikipedia says: “The Little Drummer Boy” (originally known as “Carol of the Drum“) is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. First recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers, the song was further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale; the Simeone version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times since.

Christmas Favorites 3 _________ O Holy Night

5 Dec

It almost requires a Heavenly Choir to return this piece of music
to the place it comes from.
A Divine Masterpiece.
Attempted my many. Achieved by a few.
I offer a few notable interpretations.

Ahhh … there are a few others,
but I have to stop somewhere …

 

Christmas Favorites … 2

4 Dec

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

A couple of years ago I discovered this version of
‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’.
It is not new song/poem, but an inspired update.
And although it’s author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
never wrote it as a Christmas Carol, it’s become
a favorite of many people.

There have been a several Lyric changes/versions over the years.

Some History

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Heard_the_Bells_on_Christmas_Day says:
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is a Christmas carol based on the 1863 poem “Christmas Bells” by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The song tells of the narrator’s despair, upon hearing Christmas bells, that “hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men”. The carol concludes with the bells carrying renewed hope for peace among men.”

It’s said that two personal tragedies inspired the poem: his wife being badly burnt in a fire, and his son going to fight in the American Civil War, where he was badly wounded.

“Longfellow first wrote the poem on Christmas Day in 1863. “Christmas Bells” was first published in February 1865, in Our Young Folks, a juvenile magazine …” “References to the Civil War are prevalent in some of the verses that are not commonly sung”.

In “1872 the poem is known to have been set to music.” by English organist, John Baptiste Calkin.

The poem as evolved through several different versions over the years and in In 1956, Bing Crosby released as a single that reached No. 55 in the Music Vendor survey. 

Then Burl Ives put out a version in 50’s? 60’s?

Harry does a great job (1958):

and on and on … with versions by
Frank Sinatra, Sarah McLachlan, The Carpenters … and more.

Sadly, I must agree, that there will never be Peace on Earth.
But I do believe we can find it in ourselves.

Christmas Favorites … 1

3 Dec

I like Christmas and I love Christmas Carols.
Christmas – like most things – is what you make it. 
But this wonderful music already exists. 
So I play it. 

My lady Rose turned me on to this wonderful version of
my favorite Christmas Carol, Silent Night. 

If you haven’t heard it already, I hope you enjoy.  

Day Trip to Elbow Falls … Part 2

29 Nov

Fish? Leaf? ?

Look what I found!

This will look great in our garden!

FINALLY !!! CALGARY STAMPEDERS WIN GREY CUP !!!

26 Nov

106th GREY CUP GAME

A lot of red on that Cup. Most of it blood.

Do I detect a lion in there?
_______________________________________________________________________________________

After 2 years of devastating losses to teams that didn’t deserve to be on the same field … 

AT LAST !!!

Day Trip to Elbow Falls … Part 1

25 Nov

God’s careless beauty is thrown o’er the moments
Like the golden coins of my fancy.
– Coins of Gold / Paul Twitchell

On the way … the Rockies ahead

The whole Elbow River basin had been devastated by flood in 2013 
which had ravaged the area destroying Park facilities and terrain. 

A rugged escarpment.

The Elbow Falls itself is not running high at this time of year. 
During Spring runoff it has twice the water flow and very spectacular. 

On a beautiful Summer day this is a favoured spot for Lovers to Propose,
for Picnicking, Wedding shots, Hikers, and young folks who 
dare to jump into the pool. 

continued … 

What’s going on with WordPress ???

14 Nov

You must have noticed I’ve been doing a lot of editing … and re-Posting on my Posts recently.

This is because some strange things are going with my Blog.

The first thing that started to go wrong was that any time I posted a clip from You Tube it often didn’t appear on the the Post. It was fine in the Preview, but screwed somehow up in the Posting. And each I tried to fix it, it wouldn’t fix. But I couldn’t tell that until I Posted. Very aggravating.

The other thing was line spacing. It sometimes added extra spacing or none at all. It didn’t look very good. And I care about how my Posts look.

These a couple of other ongoing issues have required me to keep Editing and Posting until things come out correctly.

Of course, I also sometimes make mistakes – typos and such – which I am inclined to correct. But not the extent that I’ve been having to do lately.

I don’t know if the video issue a You Tube fault or a WordPress fault??? I just know it never happened before.

I hope it clears up by itself because it’s a mystery down here.

Soooo … just so you know. Sorry.

the white album …

14 Nov
Birthday
In the early 60’s two scruffy kids from Liverpool named John Lennon and Paul McCartney
formed a skiffle group/band and started banging out some tunes.
Though they surely had some dreams, I highly doubt they had any idea they would soon be at the vanguard of a
Renaissance Era that literally exploded into an immense wave of change
that swept around the planet and forever changed things.
So … on November 22, 1968 the Beatles released the White Album. This is it’s 50th Anniversary.
It followed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour
and is possibly their most perplexing album.
There must have been tremendous pressure on these guys to continuously produce something
that measured up to – or surpassed – their previous work.
And we all waited very impatiently for whatever they were going to do next.
Yet I didn’t buy The White Album. I was probably broke at the time.
I was saving every nickel to go to Art College.

Anyway … I really was perplexed by the White Album. As many were. It was large … and so different.
It wasn’t what anybody expected. Not that there wasn’t a lot of good music on there.
There was. But some was forgettable too.

I still don’t own it today, but I can get any tune from it that I want for free via YouTube.

Sometimes my guitar gently weeps … but I’m still doing pretty good.


while my guitar gently weeps

 

 

The Rider / 2018

12 Nov

This looks good.
Another one I missed.

Release Date: 13 April 2018 (USA)

The Rider  Poster

Image result for the rider poster

The Rider Movie Poster

The Rider (2017)

Writing on Stone Provincial Park … A Photo Essay … Part 3

10 Nov


same-thoughts-lion / klaus-schulze

Remembering …

8 Nov


Highland Laddie / The Regimental Pipes And Drums Of The Calgary Highlanders

1944

 

 

 

 

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Update …

5 Nov

Coming November 16

Lookin’