Tapestries at the Residenz Museum in Munich

•May 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This past October I had the good fortune of visiting the Residenz Museum in Munich. While we were there I kept my companions waiting for ages while I pored over the dozens of spectacular tapestries in the rooms. Here are just a few of them.








The tapestries were designed in the early 1600s by Hans van der Biest and Peter Candid. Click and zoom for a closer look.

Stromae Live at KEXP

•May 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The fabulous Stromae and band performing a wonderful, stripped-down set and interview at Seattle’s KEXP Radio.

Looking for the Differences, by Tom Hennen

•April 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment


Looking for the Differences

I am struck by the otherness of things rather than their sameness. The way a tiny pile of snow perches in the crook of a branch in the tall pine, away by itself, high enough not to be noticed by people, out of reach of stray dogs. It leans against the scaly pine bark, busy at some existence that does not need me.

It is the differences of objects that I love, that lift me toward the rest of the universe, that amaze me. That each thing on earth has its own soul, its own life, that each tree, each clod is filled with the mud of its own star. I watch where I step and see that the fallen leaf, old broken grass, an icy stone are placed in exactly the right spot on the earth, carefully, royalty in their own country.

Read by Garrison Keillor


•March 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Antonio Vivaldi: Spring

•March 20, 2015 • 1 Comment

Happy Spring.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

The Dubliners: The Wild Rover

•March 18, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Sweden’s Eurovision Sign Language Interpreter

•March 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been following Eurovision this year, because I’m a fan of PKN, the 2015 Finnish entry. I’ve recently also become a fan of Tommy Krångh, the sign language interpreter for the Swedish finals. Check out this guy’s fantastic interpretation of this year’s Swedish entry, Måns Zelmerlöw with the song Heroes.

The Edwin Hawkins Singers: Oh Happy Day

•February 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Aside from the Norman Luboff Choir (and maybe the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?), the only choir I can think of who has had popular hits were the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Their biggest hit was a song I’ve loved since childhood, Oh Happy Day, which was played on the eclectic pop radio I listened to as a kid.

Still gives me chills. Even more so to hear the recording that made the song famous (if you don’t need to look at a video while you listen to this wonderful music).

It only made me happy to learn that the it was the Edwin Hawkins Singers who collaborated with my childhood idol Melanie on her hit Lay Down.

(If you like Melanie, I have posted several other Melanie songs on this blog in the past.)


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