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Today marks the tango legend Astor Piazzolla‘s ninetieth birthday.
Have a listen: Cello+Libertango. Two of my favorite things.

Mmmmmmore cello…. Love this, by Adam Hurst.

are killing me right now.  I just recently began taking cello lessons in another inspired attempt to become able to express my self musically, and as a result my friends have been sending me all sorts of cello youtube videos. The one below is my favorite, via Kawika.

This is Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic, quite young European cellists that have both been recognized and prized for their playing. I’m impressed and inspired. Here’s another one that’s a bit more tame but the interaction between the two of them makes me giddy.

By Leonard Cohen

 

1. You came to me this morning
And you handled me like meat.
You´d have to live alone to know
How good that feels, how sweet.
My mirror twin, my next of kin,
I´d know you in my sleep.
And who but you would take me in
A thousand kisses deep?

2. I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat.
I´m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet,
Who loved you with his frozen love
His second-hand physique –
With all he is, and all he was
A thousand kisses deep.

3. All soaked in sex, and pressed against
The limits of the sea:
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me.
We made it to the forward deck
I blessed our remnant fleet –
And then consented to be wrecked
A thousand kisses deep.

4. I know you had to lie to me,
I know you had to cheat.
But the Means no longer guarantee
The Virtue in Deceit.
That truth is bent, that beauty spent,
That style is obsolete –
Ever since the Holy Spirit went
A thousand kisses deep.

5. (So what about this Inner Light
That´s boundless and unique?
I´m slouching through another night
A thousand kisses deep.)

6. I´m turning tricks; I´m getting fixed,
I´m back on Boogie Street.
I tried to quit the business –
Hey, I´m lazy and I´m weak.
But sometimes when the night is slow,
The wretched and the meek,
We gather up our hearts and go
A thousand kisses deep.

7. (And fragrant is the thought of you,
The file on you complete –
Except what we forgot to do
A thousand kisses deep.)

8. The ponies run, the girls are young,
The odds are there to beat.
You win a while, and then it´s done –
Your little winning streak.
And summoned now to deal
With your invincible defeat,
You live your life as if it´s real
A thousand kisses deep.

9. (I jammed with Diz and Dante –
I did not have their sweep –
But once or twice, they let me play
A thousand kisses deep.)

10. And I´m still working with the wine,
Still dancing cheek to cheek.
The band is playing “Auld Lang Syne” –
The heart will not retreat.
And maybe I had miles to drive,
And promises to keep –
You ditch it all to stay alive
A thousand kisses deep.

11. And now you are the Angel Death
And now the Paraclete;
And now you are the Savior’s Breath
And now the Belsen heap.
No turning from the threat of love,
No transcendental leap –
As witnessed here in time and blood
A thousand kisses deep.

September 21, 1998

Uniforms for the Dedicated is a men’s clothing line/art/music/film project that seems to dabble in just about everything.  I don’t know anything about them at all aside from the fact that they made this damn neat video that I think you should watch.

It’s dreamy weather we’re on
You waved your crooked wand
Along an icy pond with a frozen moon
A murder of silhouette crows I saw
And the tears on my face
And the skates on the pond
They spell Alice

I disappear in your name
But you must wait for me
Somewhere across the sea
There’s a wreck of a ship
Your hair is like meadow grass on the tide
And the raindrops on my window
And the ice in my drink
Baby all I can think of is Alice

Arithmetic arithmetock
Turn the hands back on the clock
How does the ocean rock the boat?
How did the razor find my throat?
The only strings that hold me here
Are tangled up around the pier

And so a secret kiss
Brings madness with the bliss
And I will think of this
When I’m dead in my grave
Set me adrift and I’m lost over there
And I must be insane
To go skating on your name
And by tracing it twice
I fell through the ice
Of Alice

And so a secret kiss
Brings madness with the bliss
And I will think of this
When I’m dead in my grave
Set me adrift and I’m lost over there
And I must be insane
To go skating on your name
And by tracing it twice
I fell through the ice
Of Alice
There’s only Alice

Just came across this video on youtube. This is an 18 year old boy from Belarus playing Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1, which is, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written.
The point of this post, however, is not so much the song as it is the way that this boy connects with his guitar. His physical expressiveness blows my mind. Enjoy!

Since this is a collaboration with some of my favorite bay area musicians, I’m giving my self the leeway to post something personal on this lil’ art blog.
This is Avatar Ensemble with Doug Martin on lead guitar, Jason Vanderford on rhythm guitar, Clint Baker on upright bass, Michael Zisman on mandolin, and me on the dance floor. The song is “Quizas, quizas, quizas.”

These simple synth sounds with her bizarrely beautiful voice make for an addictive combination, not to mention the fascinating video…
Love this.

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