One of the first promts put forward for NaPoWriMo last month was to write a poem inspired by this collaboration between The Sun Ra Awkrestra and animatior Chad Van Gaalen. I wrote this poem after watching, let me know how it inspires you!
Happy May Day! If you’re not familiar with the holiday, May Day is celebrated in Europe to commemorate the arrival of spring. Sadly, the holiday was banned by New England Puritans in colonial America for being too pagan, and consequently, the holiday never became a significant part of American culture. If you live in the US and want to rebel against our rigid puritanical roots, consider gathering wildflowers to weave a garland, decorating a May Tree, or washing your face with dew. May 1st May Day. Originally celebrated in ancient Greece and later Medieval Europe to welcome spring, the first of May later evolved into International Workers Day. May 4th Hour of the Witch on shelves. “In Boston in 1662, a young Puritan woman plots her escape from an abusive marriage. Yet, Mary’s refusal to accept the hypocrisy of the colony raises the suspicions of the community. When tainted objects are found in her garden and a boy she treats with herbs dies, Mary must act swiftly to avoid accusations of witchcraft.” May 5th The …
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When Mtv began to drastically reduce the amount of programming dedicated to music in favor of reality shows, it faced a lot of criticism. The network pushed back by claiming that it still featured many emerging artists on those shows, therefore continuing to give new artists screen time and exposure. I was incredible dubious of these claims at first. But over time, Mtv became more and more diligent in listing song information in each show episode, and apps like Shazam make it even easier to identify a song from a small snippet. I can’t say I watch many of Mtv’s reality show offerings these days, but I do watch Catfish, which does feature a lot of good music, like this dreamy song by Ocie Elliot.
The Grammy’s may not have looked the same this year, but they still found a way to cram as many over the top performances as possible. My favorite was Taylor Swift’s cabin themed mash up of songs from her twin albums Folklore and Evermore. I’m driving to the Smokey Mountains today for my own cabin retreat.
I love finding acoustic covers of loud rock songs. This is probably the most aggressive guitar strumming I’ve ever seen.
NPR may not be able to host its Tiny Desk concert series at its office, but they have been able to find artists willing to film sessions at their homes. Max Richter capitalizes on the alternative arrangement with this recording of several instrumental pieces, captured in elegant black and white. You’ll probably wish you could escape to his countryside home after watching.
March 3rd Moxie available for streaming on Netflix. A shy teenager transforms into an activist that uses her voice to call out the school for sexism with some inspiration from her mother’s rebellious past to start a revolution. I wish a movie like this came out when I was in high school. Murder Among the Mormons available for streaming on Netflix. “The murders sent further shockwaves through the community when a trove of early Mormon letters and diaries were found destroyed in the vehicle of the victim, Hofmann, a renowned collector of rare documents, including the infamous “White Salamander” letter – an artifact whose contents threatened to shake the very foundations of the LDS Church.” Both of the directors for this documentary, Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite,” “Nacho Libre”) and Tyler Measom (“An Honest Liar”) were raised LDS, so having their perspective on the murders and ensuing controversy will be interesting. March 11th New York City Ballet is hosting a digital spring season, with the first event, Three Sides of Balanchine, set to run from February …
This short film, a continuous shot of Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring performing an excerpt of the now canceled production of This Bitter Earth, was filmed during the eve of the pandemic. The music is a mash up of “On the Nature of Daylight” performed by Max Richter and “This Bitter Earth” performed by Dinah Washington.
If you miss warm afternoons in the park as much as I do, this video is for you.