Muhammad Ali, larger than life

June 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

An unsurpassed legacy has reached its temporal  conclusion.  The greatest sports figure and celebrity of the 20th century has passed.  Rather than mourn his death, we continue to celebrate his life and its many facets.   Rather than poorly retelling a complex life story, I chose some amusing images that touch on the breadth of his celebrity.  You know you’re famous when: Andy Warhol comes to your home to snap a pic, you spar with Elvis…

Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s greatest boxers, died on Friday, June 3, at the age of 74.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali started boxing at age 12 — and ultimately became known for much more than just his successful boxing career.

Ali converted to Islam in 1964, changing his name from Cassius Clay — what he called his “slave name” — to Muhammed Ali after becoming affiliated with the Nation of Islam. His political activism and charity inspired millions throughout his life.

Please visit his site at!  It is a rare, exceptional, site worthy of its namesake.

Fame started with the 1960 Olympics…

Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, represented the United States in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He defeated Soviet boxer Gennady Schatkov as part of his gold-medal performance. Bettmann/Getty Images


Young heavyweight fighter Ali, then Clay, is seen training at City Parks Gym in New York on Feb. 8, 1962. Dan Grossi/AP Photo



1967, with Wilt Chamberlain. AP
1967, with Johnny Carson, star of NBC-TV’s ‘Tonight’ show, in New York City. AP


with Bob Dylan


1971, having his photo taken by Andy Warhol in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania. AP


1971, taunting Joe Frazier at Frazier’s training headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Getty John Shearer/The LIFE Picture Collection


1985, with Liberace and Hulk Hogan in New York City. AP Marty Lederhandler


1997, with Prince in Washington, D.C. AP Karen Cooper


with President Ronald Regan

with Malcom X


with The King


with part of The Jackson Five, Micheal Jackson claims victory


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The Station on the Hill |LB Scott

March 20, 2015 Comments Off on The Station on the Hill |LB Scott

we’re all lost little children who can’t find their way
following politicians straight to judgment day
in God we trust they say and put it on the dollar bill
then they rape the land we love from the station on the hill

——–for some would lie and some would kill
some would cheat and some would steal
from the station on the hill——-

in 1965 a strong young man I be
joined up for my country so the whole world would be free
they used me and abused me the truth they did not tell
babies were a burning but dow-jones was doing well.

——–for some would lie and some would kill
some would cheat and some would steal
from the station on the hill——-

well now’s the time today I say
throw them all in Boston Bay
let freedom ring again my friends like in the olden days

– LB Scott


This piece was penned by a very close friend.  I was struck by his words as soon as I read them.   I am sure it is a song.  A song I hope to hear as a whole with voice and instrument.  If I get a recording, I will update this post with it.

The Station on the Hill |LB Scott was originally published on FieldGrass

Race Riot | Warhol

February 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

Race Riot, Andy Warhol, 1964

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1. Race Riot is an acrylic and silkscreen painting by the American artist Andy Warhol that he executed in 1964. It fetched $62,885,000 at Christie’s in New York on 13 May 2014

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November 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Godzilla does not feel emotion…Godzilla is emotion”

I imagine that you find this ridiculous.  Far from it.  This documentary from the BBC begins with the birth of the Godzilla phenomenon as an embodiment of the collective  anxiety, helplessness and rage of the Japanese people after WWII.  As they fell prey to the American atomic program in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the subsequent atomic tests in the Pacific rim.   Japanese adults and older, speaking with quiet gravitas about Godzilla.   It is an important piece of history from a bizarre perspective, and culturally quite significant.

You may, like I did, already know all that about Godzilla.  It is different, and profound, to hear it  from these people.

Gojira was originally published on FieldGrass

Medieval Sephardic Music | performance

September 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Medieval Jewish music of  Spain.  Beautiful.

Exotic to our ears, ethereal and rhythmic.

Above is a long playlist of 26 pieces of Spanish Sephardic music.  The first performances are by “Ensemble Fontegara”.  They are period pieces featured at the beginning of the playlist.  I have not listened to the entire list, I love their work.  It inspired me to write this post.

 Music History

Sepharad refers to the descendants of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula.  Sepharad is a Hebrew word meaning ‘Spain’.


Medieval Sephardi with period instruments in Spain.

Sephardic music has its roots in the musical traditions of the Jewish communities in medieval Spain.  Since then, it has picked up influences from Morocco, Argentina, Turkey, Greece, and the other places that Spanish Jews settled after their expulsion from Spain in 1492.  Much of the original music has been lost.  Lyrics were preserved by communities formed by the Jews expelled from the Iberian Peninsula.  These Sephardic communities share many of the same lyrics and poems, but the music itself varies considerably.

Medieval period instruments in Casa de Sefarad, Spain

Medieval period instruments in Casa de Sefarad, Spain

Sephardic music has evolved over centuries as it incorporated local instruments, sounds and rhythms into the genre.  What we find is a wide variation of musical styles united by common lyrics. Sephardic music, including pan-Sephardic music which may not necessarily be Judeo-Spanish, is primarily vocal. Instruments, when they are used, are played to accompany songs. Instrumental practice among Sephardim has generally reflected that of the host culture.

The tradition of Jewish liturgical chant dates back to Biblical era. But the profane Jewish singing acquired its breadth and diversity in the Diaspora, through the cultural and musical influence of the various cultures with which the Jewish communities were -willingly or by force- in contact. Just as poetry, Sephardic music remained the privileged witness of the strange adventure of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula who successively underwent tolerance, success, persecution and deportation. In spite of dispersion and acculturation, Jews have preserved their language and specific cultural values.

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Explore the Music Online

  • Sephardic Music: A Century of Recordings

“This website showcases over 100 years of recorded Sephardic music, from the 78 rpm era to the present. It first explores in detail the earliest Sephardic recordings, the artists that made them, and their repertory and performance practices. These early recordings tell a rich story of Sephardic musical life in the first half of the 20th century. The site next covers the second half-century of recorded Sephardic music, touching on the amazing outpouring of Sephardic recordings and the diverse performing styles used in these recordings.”  The history and various types of Sephardic music.

Desire to Share.  Online samples of a variety of regional Sephardic music (note, music starts playing when the page loads)

  • Sephardic Music Festival  This showcases the modern influences and evolution of Sephardic music.  They also have free downloads.


Note:  I removed the Historical Notes, Architecture and Religious Art sections to create a separate post.


Medieval Sephardic Music | performance was originally published on Kept

farewell great lady

May 28, 2014 § 1 Comment

We celebrate Maya Angelou’s life, cherish her wisdom, and learn from her words.  But we will do so without her now.


Maya Angelou 1954


“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God,” she wrote in the most recent post on her @DrMayaAngelou Twitter account on May 23.

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farewell great lady

May 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

We celebrate Maya Angelou’s life, cherish her wisdom, and learn from her words.  But we will do so without her now, 28 May, 2014.   “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God,” she wrote in the most recent post on her @DrMayaAngelou Twitter account on May 23.   from…

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