Renior in His Studio

February 3, 2016 § Leave a comment


Pierre-Auguste Renior in his studio


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First, Best Images of Pluto | NASA

December 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

New Horizons Returns First, Best Images of Pluto | NASA

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby – and the best close-ups of Pluto that humans may see for decades.

Surreal.  It is difficult for my mind to process this image of Pluto.  Pluto has always been there, as a spot of light in a telescope.  To see textures and color in photographs of it is epic.  I had to save one.

Source: New Horizons Returns First, Best Images of Pluto | NASA


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Love this: Hero |film

December 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

One of my all time favorite films, if not top favorite: “Hero”, with . Chinese, with subtitles. An epic visual and aural masterpiece.  A compelling story centered around the unification of .

This post is for the music.  This is a tiny segment of the film score with a small, important but almost minor to the entire story, sequence of scenes for the love story. An anomaly for me in that I am greatly moved and love it (their saga within the film) – as I generally am bored, highly irritated, or disinterested in love stories in film.

You won’t be able to glean their saga from this. Nor the significance. Impossible. Just watch and listen. And yes, it is a movie. Operatic ballet. Beautiful, epic, ethereal, with outstanding cinematography, choreography, and kickassery…

That is what I expected from “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”.  Not boredom.  This film is so much, much, better.  I do need to see “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” again.  It was beautiful, great Fu, but I saw it in the theater when it came out.  I remember being bored for periods of time and not liking their wire work much (people on wires).  But it is epic, I love epic.

Anyway, a tiny but moving portion of the music from “Hero”.  It stirs my heart almost to tears…


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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.

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St. Valentine, martyrdom and courtly love

March 20, 2015 Comments Off on St. Valentine, martyrdom and courtly love

Saint Valentine is a widely recognized third-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14, the date of his martyrdom, and associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love.

Riding couple, mirror case. Ivory with traces ...

He was said to have supported young couples in a time when marriage was banned for young men.   Emperor Claudius II desperately needed soldiers, not lovers.  In a time in which marriage was prohibited, he secretly performed marriage ceremonies.

Saint Valentine

Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II.  He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith ineffectual, commanded him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270. 1)

The man was clubbed and beheaded.  His body was disinterred and stolen by his followers.  They have his skull in a glass reliquary box in Ireland.  Not quite the romantic association that I had anticipated.  February 14 will never be the same.    How is this romantic?  Read on.

Courtly Love

This is courtly love, breathtaking, romantic and beautiful

It was an experience between erotic desire and spiritual attainment that now seems contradictory as “a love at once illicit and morally elevating, passionate and disciplined, humiliating and exalting, human and transcendent”.2)Courtly Love

Dear Lord, who art high in the Heavens,

Giver of Love and Passion,

And He who strings the hearts cords,

Lead the Lovers this day, February ten plus four.

The day during the month of two,

When the date is the perfect number of God

Greater two souls and two hearts.

Some Loves are fleeting,

But that which is built on you will never fail.

So guide the Lovers to know what is to be.

Your truths the Lovers’ mouths should speak,

For Your truth is that which is honest to the heart.

Only this, then, should pass over the red lips of the Lovers.

Your art, the Lovers simply a medium.

It is only with True Hearts that You can create a Masterpiece,

So let the Lovers remember that their Soul’s Desire

Is the one for which You light their Fire.

And let it be You who creates the Art of the Lovers;

The art of two into one.Amen. 3)Prayer to Saint Valentine

I missed Valentine’s Day.  And the mood hit.

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First African American Dictionary

March 19, 2015 Comments Off on First African American Dictionary

A delightful slice of history!  The image: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Lena Horn and Cab Callaway

Cab Callaway not only had a way with words, his love of them led him to compile a “Hepster’s Dictionary” of Harlem musician slang circa 1938-40.  It featured 200 expressions used by the “hep cats” when they talk their “jive” in the clubs on Lenox Avenue (see the map below).  It was also apparently the first dictionary authored by an African-American.1)Ayun Halliday jQuery(“#footnote_plugin_tooltip_4420_1”).tooltip({ tip: “#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_4420_1”, tipClass: “footnote_tooltip”, effect: “fade”, fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: “top right”, relative: true, offset: [10, 10] });

The places to be for the hep cats of Harlem…

Below: Harlem Night-Club Map.  Illustrator Elmer Campbell was a friend of Calloway and the first African-American cartoonist to be nationally published in the New Yorker, Playboy, and Esquire, whose bug-eyed, now retired mascot, Esky, was a Campbell creation.2)Ayun Halliday jQuery(“#footnote_plugin_tooltip_4420_2”).tooltip({ tip: “#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_4420_2”, tipClass: “footnote_tooltip”, effect: “fade”, fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: “top right”, relative: true, offset: [10, 10] });

1932, by Elmer Simms Campbell (1906-1971)

Callaway never took his hepster slang too seriously; it was all about having fun and being unique. Soon lots of people wanted to speak just like Cab. To help facilitate this, Calloway produced a “Hepster Dictionary” that accompanied Cab Calloway sheet music.3)Brett & Kate McKay jQuery(“#footnote_plugin_tooltip_4420_3”).tooltip({ tip: “#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_4420_3”, tipClass: “footnote_tooltip”, effect: “fade”, fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: “top right”, relative: true, offset: [10, 10] });



A hummer (n.) — exceptionally good. Ex., “Man, that boy is a hummer.”

Ain’t coming on that tab (v.) — won’t accept the proposition. Usually abbr. to “I ain’t coming.”

Alligator (n.) — jitterbug.

Apple (n.) — the big town, the main stem, Harlem.

Armstrongs (n.) — musical notes in the upper register, high trumpet notes.

Barbecue (n.) — the girl friend, a beauty

Barrelhouse (adj.) — free and easy.

Battle (n.) — a very homely girl, a crone.

Beat (adj.) — (1) tired, exhausted. Ex., “You look beat” or “I feel beat.” (2) lacking anything. Ex, “I am beat for my cash”, “I am beat to my socks” (lacking everything).

Beat it out (v.) — play it hot, emphasize the rhythym.

Beat up (adj.) — sad, uncomplimentary, tired.

Beat up the chops (or the gums) (v.) — to talk, converse, be loquacious.

Beef (v.) — to say, to state. Ex., “He beefed to me that, etc.”

Bible (n.) — the gospel truth. Ex., “It’s the bible!”

Black (n.) — night.

Black and tan (n.) — dark and light colored folks. Not colored and white folks as erroneously assumed.

Blew their wigs (adj.) — excited with enthusiasm, gone crazy.

Blip (n.) — something very good. Ex., “That’s a blip”; “She’s a blip.”

Blow the top (v.) — to be overcome with emotion (delight). Ex., “You’ll blow your top when you hear this one.”

Boogie-woogie (n.) — harmony with accented bass.

Boot (v.) — to give. Ex., “Boot me that glove.”

Break it up (v.) — to win applause, to stop the show.

Bree (n.) — girl.

Bright (n.) — day.

Brightnin’ (n.) — daybreak.

Bring down ((1) n. (2) v.) — (1) something depressing. Ex., “That’s a bring down.” (2) Ex., “That brings me down.”

Buddy ghee (n.) — fellow.

Bust your conk (v.) — apply yourself diligently, break your neck.

Canary (n.) — girl vocalist.

Capped (v.) — outdone, surpassed.

Cat (n.) — musician in swing band.

Chick (n.) — girl.

Chime (n.) — hour. Ex., “I got in at six chimes.”

Clambake (n.) — ad lib session, every man for himself, a jam session not in the groove.

Chirp (n.) — female singer.

Cogs (n.) — sun glasses.

Collar (v.) — to get, to obtain, to comprehend. Ex., “I gotta collar me some food”; “Do you collar this jive?”

Come again (v.) — try it over, do better than you are doing, I don’t understand you.

Comes on like gangbusters (or like test pilot) (v.) — plays, sings, or dances in a terrific manner, par excellence in any department. Sometimes abbr. to “That singer really comes on!”

Cop (v.) — to get, to obtain (see collar; knock).

Corny (adj.) — old-fashioned, stale.

Creeps out like the shadow (v.) — “comes on,” but in smooth, suave, sophisticated manner.

Crumb crushers (n.) — teeth.

Cubby (n.) — room, flat, home.

Cups (n.) — sleep. Ex., “I gotta catch some cups.”

Cut out (v.) — to leave, to depart. Ex., “It’s time to cut out”; “I cut out from the joint in early bright.”

Cut rate (n.) — a low, cheap person. Ex., “Don’t play me cut rate, Jack!”

Dicty (adj.) — high-class, nifty, smart.

Dig (v.) — (1) meet. Ex., “I’ll plant you now and dig you later.” (2) look, see. Ex., “Dig the chick on your left duke.” (3) comprehend, understand. Ex., “Do you dig this jive?”

Dim (n.) — evening.

Dime note (n.) — ten-dollar bill.

Doghouse (n.) — bass fiddle.

Domi (n.) — ordinary place to live in. Ex., “I live in a righteous dome.”

Doss (n.) — sleep. Ex., “I’m a little beat for my doss.”

Down with it (adj.) — through with it.

Drape (n.) — suit of clothes, dress, costume.

Dreamers (n.) — bed covers, blankets.

Dry-goods (n.) — same as drape.

Duke (n.) — hand, mitt.

Dutchess (n.) — girl.

Early black (n.) — evening

Early bright (n.) — morning.

Evil (adj.) — in ill humor, in a nasty temper.

Fall out (v.) — to be overcome with emotion. Ex., “The cats fell out when he took that solo.”

Fews and two (n.) — money or cash in small quatity.

Final (v.) — to leave, to go home. Ex., “I finaled to my pad” (went to bed); “We copped a final” (went home).

Fine dinner (n.) — a good-looking girl.

Focus (v.) — to look, to see.

Foxy (v.) — shrewd.

Frame (n.) — the body.

Fraughty issue (n.) — a very sad message, a deplorable state of affairs.

Freeby (n.) — no charge, gratis. Ex., “The meal was a freeby.”

Frisking the whiskers (v.) — what the cats do when they are warming up for a swing session.

Frolic pad (n.) — place of entertainment, theater, nightclub.

Fromby (adj.) — a frompy queen is a battle or faust.

Front (n.) — a suit of clothes.

Fruiting (v.) — fickle, fooling around with no particular object.

Fry (v.) — to go to get hair straightened.

Gabriels (n.) — trumpet players.

Gammin’ (adj.) — showing off, flirtatious.

Gasser (n, adj.) — sensational. Ex., “When it comes to dancing, she’s a gasser.”

Gate (n.) — a male person (a salutation), abbr. for “gate-mouth.”

Get in there (exclamation.) — go to work, get busy, make it hot, give all you’ve got.

Gimme some skin (v.) — shake hands.

Glims (n.) — the eyes.

Got your boots on — you know what it is all about, you are a hep cat, you are wise.

Got your glasses on — you are ritzy or snooty, you fail to recognize your friends, you are up-stage.

Gravy (n.) — profits.

Grease (v.) — to eat.

Groovy (adj.) — fine. Ex., “I feel groovy.”

Ground grippers (n.) — new shoes.

Growl (n.) — vibrant notes from a trumpet.

Gut-bucket (adj.) — low-down music.

Guzzlin’ foam (v.) — drinking beer.

Hard (adj.) — fine, good. Ex., “That’s a hard tie you’re wearing.”

Hard spiel (n.) — interesting line of talk.

Have a ball (v.) — to enjoy yourself, stage a celebration. Ex., “I had myself a ball last night.”

Hep cat (n.) — a guy who knows all the answers, understands jive.

Hide-beater (n.) — a drummer (see skin-beater).

Hincty (adj.) — conceited, snooty.

Hip (adj.) — wise, sophisticated, anyone with boots on. Ex., “She’s a hip chick.”

Home-cooking (n.) — something very dinner (see fine dinner).

Hot (adj.) — musically torrid; before swing, tunes were hot or bands were hot.

Hype (n, v.) — build up for a loan, wooing a girl, persuasive talk.

Icky (n.) — one who is not hip, a stupid person, can’t collar the jive.

Igg (v.) — to ignore someone. Ex., “Don’t igg me!)

In the groove (adj.) — perfect, no deviation, down the alley.

Jack (n.) — name for all male friends (see gate; pops).

Jam ((1)n, (2)v.) — (1) improvised swing music. Ex., “That’s swell jam.” (2) to play such music. Ex., “That cat surely can jam.”

Jeff (n.) — a pest, a bore, an icky.

Jelly (n.) — anything free, on the house.

Jitterbug (n.) — a swing fan.

Jive (n.) — Harlemese speech.

Joint is jumping — the place is lively, the club is leaping with fun.

Jumped in port (v.) — arrived in town.

Kick (n.) — a pocket. Ex., “I’ve got five bucks in my kick.”

Kill me (v.) — show me a good time, send me.

Killer-diller (n.) — a great thrill.

Knock (v.) — give. Ex., “Knock me a kiss.”

Kopasetic (adj.) — absolutely okay, the tops.

Lamp (v.) — to see, to look at.

Land o’darkness (n.) — Harlem.

Lane (n.) — a male, usually a nonprofessional.

Latch on (v.) — grab, take hold, get wise to.

Lay some iron (v.) — to tap dance. Ex., “Jack, you really laid some iron that last show!”

Lay your racket (v.) — to jive, to sell an idea, to promote a proposition.

Lead sheet (n.) — a topcoat.

Left raise (n.) — left side. Ex., “Dig the chick on your left raise.”

Licking the chops (v.) — see frisking the whiskers.

Licks (n.) — hot musical phrases.

Lily whites (n.) — bed sheets.

Line (n.) — cost, price, money. Ex., “What is the line on this drape” (how much does this suit cost)? “Have you got the line in the mouse” (do you have the cash in your pocket)? Also, in replying, all figures are doubled. Ex., “This drape is line forty” (this suit costs twenty dollars).

Lock up — to acquire something exclusively. Ex., “He’s got that chick locked up”; “I’m gonna lock up that deal.”

Main kick (n.) — the stage.

Main on the hitch (n.) — husband.

Main queen (n.) — favorite girl friend, sweetheart.

Man in gray (n.) — the postman.

Mash me a fin (command.) — Give me $5.

Mellow (adj.) — all right, fine. Ex., “That’s mellow, Jack.”

Melted out (adj.) — broke.

Mess (n.) — something good. Ex., “That last drink was a mess.”

Meter (n.) — quarter, twenty-five cents.

Mezz (n.) — anything supreme, genuine. Ex., “this is really the mezz.”

Mitt pounding (n.) — applause.

Moo juice (n.) — milk.

Mouse (n.) — pocket. Ex., “I’ve got a meter in the mouse.”

Muggin’ (v.) — making ‘em laugh, putting on the jive. “Muggin’ lightly,” light staccato swing; “muggin’ heavy,” heavy staccato swing.

Murder (n.) — something excellent or terrific. Ex., “That’s solid murder, gate!”

Neigho, pops — Nothing doing, pal.

Nicklette (n.) — automatic phonograph, music box.

Nickel note (n.) — five-dollar bill.

Nix out (v.) — to eliminate, get rid of. Ex., “I nixed that chick out last week”; “I nixed my garments” (undressed).

Nod (n.) — sleep. Ex., “I think I’l cop a nod.”

Ofay (n.) — white person.

Off the cob (adj.) — corny, out of date.

Off-time jive (n.) — a sorry excuse, saying the wrong thing.

Orchestration (n.) — an overcoat.

Out of the world (adj.) — perfect rendition. Ex., “That sax chorus was out of the world.”

Ow! — an exclamation with varied meaning. When a beautiful chick passes by, it’s “Ow!”; and when someone pulls an awful pun, it’s also “Ow!”

Pad (n.) — bed.

Pecking (n.) — a dance introduced at the Cotton Club in 1937.

Peola (n.) — a light person, almost white.

Pigeon (n.) — a young girl.

Pops (n.) — salutation for all males (see gate; Jack).

Pounders (n.) — policemen.

Queen (n.) — a beautiful girl.

Rank (v.) — to lower.

Ready (adj.) — 100 per cent in every way. Ex., “That fried chicken was ready.”

Ride (v.) — to swing, to keep perfect tempo in playing or singing.

Riff (n.) — hot lick, musical phrase.

Righteous (adj.) — splendid, okay. Ex., “That was a righteous queen I dug you with last black.”

Rock me (v.) — send me, kill me, move me with rhythym.

Ruff (n.) — quarter, twenty-five cents.

Rug cutter (n.) — a very good dancer, an active jitterbug.

Sad (adj.) — very bad. Ex., “That was the saddest meal I ever collared.”

Sadder than a map (adj.) — terrible. Ex., “That man is sadder than a map.”

Salty (adj.) — angry, ill-tempered.

Sam got you — you’ve been drafted into the army.

Send (v.) — to arouse the emotions. (joyful). Ex., “That sends me!”

Set of seven brights (n.) — one week.

Sharp (adj.) — neat, smart, tricky. Ex., “That hat is sharp as a tack.”

Signify (v.) — to declare yourself, to brag, to boast.

Skins (n.) — drums.

Skin-beater (n.) — drummer (see hide-beater).

Sky piece (n.) — hat.

Slave (v.) — to work, whether arduous labor or not.

Slide your jib (v.) — to talk freely.

Snatcher (n.) — detective.

So help me — it’s the truth, that’s a fact.

Solid (adj.) — great, swell, okay.

Sounded off (v.) — began a program or conversation.

Spoutin’ (v.) — talking too much.

Square (n.) — an unhep person (see icky; Jeff).

Stache (v.) — to file, to hide away, to secrete.

Stand one up (v.) — to play one cheap, to assume one is a cut-rate.

To be stashed (v.) — to stand or remain.

Susie-Q (n.) — a dance introduced at the Cotton Club in 1936.

Take it slow (v.) — be careful.

Take off (v.) — play a solo.

The man (n.) — the law.

Threads (n.) — suit, dress or costuem (see drape; dry-goods).

Tick (n.) — minute, moment. Ex., “I’ll dig you in a few ticks.” Also, ticks are doubled in accounting time, just as money isdoubled in giving “line.” Ex., “I finaled to the pad this early bright at tick twenty” (I got to bed this morning at ten o’clock).

Timber (n.) — toothipick.

To dribble (v.) — to stutter. Ex., “He talked in dribbles.”

Togged to the bricks — dressed to kill, from head to toe.

Too much (adj.) — term of highest praise. Ex., “You are too much!”

Trickeration (n.) — struttin’ your stuff, muggin’ lightly and politely.

Trilly (v.) — to leave, to depart. Ex., “Well, I guess I’ll trilly.”

Truck (v.) — to go somewhere. Ex., “I think I’ll truck on down to the ginmill (bar).”

Trucking (n.) — a dance introduced at the Cotton Club in 1933.

Twister to the slammer (n.) — the key to the door.

Two cents (n.) — two dollars.

Unhep (adj.) — not wise to the jive, said of an icky, a Jeff, a square.

Vine (n.) — a suit of clothes.

V-8 (n.) — a chick who spurns company, is independent, is not amenable.

What’s your story? — What do you want? What have you got to say for yourself? How are tricks? What excuse can you offer? Ex., “I don’t know what his story is.”

Whipped up (adj.) — worn out, exhausted, beat for your everything.

Wren (n.) — a chick, a queen.

Wrong riff — the wrong thing said or done. Ex., “You’re coming up on the wrong riff.”

Yarddog (n.) — uncouth, badly attired, unattractive male or female.

Yeah, man — an exclamation of assent.

Zoot (adj.) — exaggerated

Zoot suit (n.) — the ultimate in clothes. The only totally and truly American civilian suit.



Guitar: Git Box or Belly-Fiddle

Bass: Doghouse

Drums: Suitcase, Hides, or Skins

Piano: Storehouse or Ivories

Saxophone: Plumbing or Reeds

Trombone: Tram or Slush-Pump

Clarinet: Licorice Stick or Gob Stick

Xylophone: Woodpile

Vibraphone: Ironworks

Violin: Squeak-Box

Accordion: Squeeze-Box or Groan-Box

Tuba: Foghorn

Electric Organ: Spark Jiver


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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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