Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sebastian

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 1 December 1973. A decent collection of new entries, including one absolute favourite: Sebastian by (Steve Harley and) Cockney Rebel. Art Rock score: 10/10 (outstanding song, one of the 200 best of all time).

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Friday, November 29, 2013

View of a great city

This is one of my wife's more recent paintings, and a favourite with many visitors of our gallery until we sold it. It is her interpretation of the view of our home town of Kampen across the IJssel river. Due to its extended oblong shape, it really comes to life when you see it larger than in the blog. Therefore I have included the option to see the larger size by clicking the picture.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Caeciliametella Photography

You may have seen the name caeciliametella before on the blog - it is the artist's name of my Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr, one of my favourite photographers on Flickr until she left the site earlier this year. I was delighted to see that she has started a web site dedicated to her excellent photography. Highy recommended to click the link and explore her art.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hallelujah

A fitting title for a Sunday.... this one was inspired by a recent post in the Girlflapper blog. A beautiful jazz age poster for the 1929 movie directed by King Vidor.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Harmony

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 24 November 1973. There is really not a lot to choose from this week, but I have always liked Harmony by the Ray Conniff Singers, an unlikely top 10 hit in the Netherlands. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

In the subway

Once more one of my recent attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my new laptop. This is a photograph taken in the Paris Metro a few years ago, given a painting like treatment. The link leads to the original photograph.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Beetlebum

Beetlebum from 1997 is one of the biggest selling singles by UK's nineties' top act Blur - it was their second #1 hit in the UK after Country House. The cover is suitably mysterious for a song that has been described as a five minutes version of the "white" double album by the Beatles. More about Blur on the linked Wikipedia page.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Samba pa ti

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 17 November 1973. Among the new entries we find a good song by (Bob Marley and) the Wailers, but also Santana's Samba pa ti, one of my all-time favourite songs, which ranked at #15 in my ongoing countdown of the most beautiful pop and rock songs. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time).

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Retro deco baby

The title says it all, really. Another example of a beautiful album cover that I encountered in a music blog, without a clue of what the band sounds like. In this case, I was curious enough to chase for samples, and it is actually quite nice retro swing that the Texas Gypsies produce, although far from essential. But the neo Art Deco cover rocks.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Poppy

What better way to end the posts on this year's Armistice day than with one of the most beautiful poppy photographs I have ever encountered? It was shot by my Flickr friend jenny downing. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Armored train in action

This year's Armistice Day post is a painting by an artist who has not featured in my blog before: Italy's Gino Severini (1883 - 1966). He was a leading member of the Futurist movement, and the above war scene from 1915 is a good example of his style. More about Severini in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Lest we forget (links, updated)

Over the past few years, I have made many posts inspired by the so-called Great War (1914-1918), on the occasion of Armistice Day (11 November). Here (like last year, updated) I collect links to all of them rather than re-post one or two. If you want to click just one, I suggest the first one, which has some astonishing background information. The image above is by myself.

11-11-08 Poem: In Flanders' fields.
11-11-08 YouTube: Documentary on Britten's War Requiem.
11-11-08 Paintings: Returning to the trenches (Nevinson).
11-11-08 Flickr favourites: Lest we forget.
11-11-09 Vintage posters: In Flanders' fields.
11-11-09 Paintings: La guerre (Gromaire).
11-11-09 Photojournalism: Remembrance.
11-11-10 Paintings: Over the top (Nash).
11-11-10 En Vogue: Vogue May 1914.
11-11-10 Poem: Suicide in the trenches.
11-11-10 Photojounalism: The fallen.
11-11-11 Under cover: Motion Picture May 1918.
12-11-11 Photojournalism: Armistice day in London.
12-11-11 Photojournalism: Armistice day in Minsk.
11-11-12 Art-iculations: Artists who fell in the "Great" War.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Black Swan

Before the movie Black Swan was released in 2011, there were four neo Art Deco posters posted of stunning quality, and I blogged all four of them at the time (links 1 2 3 4). Last Friday, we finally got to see it on TV, and we were mightily impressed, especially by Natalie Portman's Oscar winning performance. For the occasion, one of the official posters used after the release, inspired by one of the most poignant scenes of this must-see movie.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Lost at sea

This one needs to be seen larger at the linked Flickr page to fully appreciate its beauty. A true minimal masterpiece by my Flickr friend cormend. My original comment sums it up pretty well: Amazing, intense, perfect. A deserved hit on Flickr Explore. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Wonderful

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 10 November 1973. Once again, not a lot to choose from this week, and the real stand-out is Colin Blunstone's single, Wonderful. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Friday, November 08, 2013

J'attendrai

This is one of the more recent creations of my wife, depicting a theme that occurs often in her works: an elegant lady, suggesting times gone by. The title is inspired by a Dalida hit of the seventies (based on a song from the thirties), and means I will wait. It seemed fitting.

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Scriabin, synaesthetic symbolist

The Russian composer Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) was one of the most innovative and most controversial of early modern composers during his lifetime - but his fame declined quickly after his death and has only been reclaimed to a considerable extent in the past two decades. His style may be characterized as a modern version of late romanticism, with a dash of impressionism and a large helping of symbolism. In addition, his own synesthesia affected his compositions, with colours and smells mixed in with the sounds. As an introduction to his works, I picked the Naxos CD with two of his main compositions, the third symphony from 1904 and the Poem of ecstasy, which is sometimes called the fourth symphony, from 1908. The playing by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra under Igor Golovshin is good, if perhaps a notch less impressive than some of the competitors, but with the usual Naxos price advantage, this is a great introduction to a rewarding composer.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Peugeot Headlight

Another case of spotting the photo opportunity many would miss. This is an extreme close-up of one of the headlights of a vintage Peugeot truck, that was on display in a Bocholt shopping mall. The result is an image that hovers between pure abstract and evoking insect shapes. It did not get much response on Flickr, but it is one of my personal favourites.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.04 (1/25) sec
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Saturday, November 02, 2013

Photograph

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 3 November 1973. Not a lot to choose from this week, and the real stand-out is Ringo Starr's best post-Beatles single, Photograph. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Friday, November 01, 2013