Tag Archives: Eagles of Death Metal

December Newsletter: A Review of the Month’s Culture, Arts + Trends

23 Dec

DECEMBER WISHES

 HappyHolidays.1.Dec2015

HOPE

Hope.DalaiLama.Optimistic.Dec2015As we wind down the year, I wish you a new year filled with kindness and friendship, love and joy, and peace and prosperity.

JOY

OliverSacks.ArtsQuote.cr-use“I started working with Oliver Sacks on a music therapy program called the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. Up until I started working with him, I had thought that music was a nice thing that I enjoyed and liked making, but it wasn’t a serious healing modality. What Dr. Sacks has proven is that music is actually a quantifiable, profound healing modality. I think that’s true for a lot of these other things that are joyful and expansive. On a very literal level, they are incredibly healing, they promote neurogenesis, they’re good for our immune systems, yet we sometimes ignore them.” (Moby)

GRATITUDE (PART ONE)

Grateful.Proust.Dec2015“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return … Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” (Oliver Sacks)

GRATITUDE (PART TWO)

EaglesDeathMetal+U2.Dec2015“We want to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for everything our brothers in U2 did for us in the aftermath of the November 13 attacks. They reminded us that the bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we rock ’n rollers cannot either … We are incredibly grateful to U2 for providing us the opportunity to return to Paris so quickly, and to share in the healing power of rock ‘n roll with so many of the beautiful people – nos amis – of this great city … and thank you to everyone in the world who continues to prove that love, joy, and music will always overcome terror and evil.” (Eagles of Death Metal)

PEACE + LOVE

JohnLennon.bdayOct9.Dec2015“If someone thinks that love and peace are a cliché that must have been left behind in the sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.” (John Lennon)

DOG NEWSMoby.Dec2015withDOG-use

His album Play sold over 10 million units worldwide. And his song Extreme Ways plays over the credits of all the Bourne films. Moby partnered with the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) to raise money and awareness for animal rights programs. He created MobyGratis, a library of his instrumental film music “for independent and non-profit filmmakers in need of free music for their independent, nonprofit film, video, or short.” Money generated from commercial license fees goes to HSUS. “One of the things that impresses me most about HSUS is their diligence and their persistence. And because they’re such a big organization, they’re actually able to accomplish a lot on a legislative level.” … Asked what dogs teach us, Moby says: “I’m certainly not the first person to say this, but they teach the idea of loyalty, and the capacity to find joy in just the simplest things—to be uninhibited in our emotions.”

WE CAN HELP

Barkley.WeCanHelp.Dec2015

Barkley hopes you get a lot of toys this holiday … Westie Rescue Of New England sent me this beautiful bundle of happiness. All volunteers, they are dedicated to saving, fostering, and placing West Highland White Terriers into new loving forever homes. Your donation helps them continue their mission, one that is close to my heart … When our Westies smile, the world seems a little lighter.

 

Soundtrack to this IssueBeautifulDay.Dec2015.crU2’s Beautiful Day

C’mon, sing along, you know the words:

It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
It’s a beautiful day
Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case 

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colors came out 

It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day

 

Who rescued whom?
Delivery.10.29.14.happiness.cr
So grateful for Barkley coming into my life.
Thanks to Westie Rescue of New England.

Buddha, stay. Good dog. z”l
IMGP2541.cr.newsltr
“…live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
(Buddha)

 

Sources:
Moby joy and the arts quote: Thrive Magazine
Dr. Sacks quote: NY Times Opinion Page, My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer, February 19, 2015
Eagles of Death Metal and U2 pic: Eagles of Death Metal Facebook page (December 7, 2015)
Eagles of Death Metal quote: Rolling Stone, December 8, 2015
John Lennon pic: Bob Gruen, Power to the People: The Hits (2010)
Moby and dog pic: The Bark
Moby Dog News quotes: MobyGratis.com
Beautiful Day lyrics: Bono ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

November Newsletter: A Review of the Month’s Culture, Arts + Trends

26 Nov

NOVEMBRE = VIVE LA LIBERTÉ, VIVE LA MUSIQUE

EiffelTower.lit.Nov2015.cr-USE

Cette Novembre nous sommes reconnaissants pour la liberté, l’amitié, et la musique … This November we are grateful for freedom, friendship, and music.

LA MARSEILLAISE

OneWTC+EmpireStBldg.Nov2015

Music brings us together, a way we can show our support for our allies … Before the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee performance of Tosca, Placido Domingo led the orchestra, principal singers, and chorus in a rendition of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise. Inserted into the audience’s programs were the anthem’s lyrics with an explanation that the performance was “a show of our solidarity with the citizens of France.” The audience stood and sang along, at the end shouting, “Vive la France!”

Casablanca.Soundtrack.Nov2015

In a scene at Rick’s Café from the classic film Casablanca, to drown out the Nazis singing their national song the French patriots sing La Marseillaise.

 Allons enfants de la patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrive!
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L’etendard sanglant est levé!
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes,
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras
Égorger nos fils, nos compagnes!

 EAGLES OF DEATH METAL

Eagles-Of-Death-Metal.Nov2015.use

“Love overshadows evil … we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.”

Despite their band name, Eagles of Death Metal are not a death metal band. Peace and love is their message and their music was an audience favorite in this Paris neighborhood … A California blues rock group, they were playing a sold out concert at the Bataclan concert hall … Drummer Josh Homme describes their sound as a combination of “bluegrass slide guitar mixed with stripper drum beats and Canned Heat vocals.” Lead singer and guitarist Jesse Hughes is known for enthusiastically interacting with their audiences.

 IMAGINE

 ImaginePiaist.bicycle.Nov2015Music fills us with hope and love, nurturing our spirit and soul … A touching tribute to Paris attack victims, pianist Davide Martello continues to play John Lennon’s Imagine on a grand piano outside the Bataclan theatre. He and his piano get there by bicycle. “I wanted to be there to try and comfort, and offer a sign of hope. I can’t bring people back but I can inspire them with music and when people are inspired they can do anything. That’s why I played Imagine.” 

DOG NEWS

 Dogs.Paris.MarcTetro.Nov2015“His role was to open the way for the rest of us. He uses all his senses to detect if anyone is present and if he can get to them, to go and bite them. If not, he stands and barks to indicate where the person is hiding.”

R.I.P. Diesel … The French police dog that died in the shootout with terrorists suspected of organizing the Paris attacks was due to retire from service in a few months. Diesel, a seven-year-old Malinois (Belgian Shepherd), was shot after being sent in to the apartment in St-Denis where the attacker was holed up … #JeSuisChien.

 WE CAN HELP

 DogNews.Military_dog.Nov2015

“We believe ALL our veterans, two-footed and four-footed, should come back to a hero’s welcome, a loving, forever home, and the happy, healthy, and dignified retirement they so deserve after a lifetime of service to their country.” 

The American Humane Association is helping retired military working dogs get veterinary care, a benefit currently denied to canines that served in the military but are no longer active … President Obama signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which guarantees a ride home for ALL military working dogs and gives their handlers first rights at adoption.

 

AlicesRestaurant.Nov2015 Soundtrack to this Issue
Arlo Guthrie’s
Alice’s Restaurant

Music helps us express our gratitude for our freedom, for our friends, and for music itself … This 18-minute ballad is the unofficial Thanksgiving Day anthem.

 C’mon, sing along, you know the words: 

You can get anything you want at Alice’s restaurant
You can get anything you want at Alice’s restaurant
Walk right in, it’s around the back
Just a half a mile from the railroad track
You can get anything you want at Alice’s restaurant

 Who rescued whom?Delivery.10.29.14.happiness.cr
So grateful for Barkley coming into my life.
Thanks to Westie Rescue of New England.

 Buddha, stay. Good dog. z”l
IMGP2541.cr.newsltr
“…live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
(Buddha)

 

Sources:
Eiffel Tower pic: Thierry Orban/Getty Images
Eagles of Death Metal pic: T-Boy Records/Ume
Eagles of Death Metal quote: band statement
Josh Homme quote: Amoeba Music
Pianist pic: Valery Hache/Agence France-Presse
Davide Martello quote: The Guardian
Dog News pic: Marc Tetro
Dog News quote: Diesel’s handler
German Shepard pic: United States Army
We Can Help quote: Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO, the American Humane Association
Alice’s Restaurant lyrics: Arlo Guthrie and Garry Sherman ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

%d bloggers like this: