Everybody’s Talkin’

October 23, 2021

“Everybody’s Talkin’,” written by Fred Neil, recorded by Patty Larkin, 1999.

Patty Larkin website

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Ye Wench Jolene

October 23, 2021

The tale of ye wench yclept “Jolene,” penned by Dolly Parton, rendered by Hildegard von Blingin’ in the Year of Our Lord MMXX.

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I beg of thee, pray take not my lord
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I fear, from thee, ‘twould take naught but a word

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Plumber of Seville

October 23, 2021

“Plumber of Seville,” a 1957 Walter Lanz cartoon featuring Hercules. Directed by Alex Lovy.

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Machines of Loving Grace

October 22, 2021

“All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace,” written and read by poet Richard Brautigan. A video by Devon O’Hare, with clips from Adam Curtis and Koyaanisqatsi. Music by Phillip Glass. Read the poem here.

Related:

“Can Robots Evolve Into Machines of Loving Grace?” Meghan O’Gieblyn, Wired

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Leslie Bricusse, 1931 – 2021

October 21, 2021

“Pure Imagination,” performed by Casey Abrams, 2021

Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriter Leslie Bricusse died on Tuesday. He was 90 years old. His many songs include “Pure Imagination,” which he wrote with Anthony Newley.

“When talking of Pure Imagination earlier this year, Bricusse said: ‘It’s a good thought for people, especially young people, to carry with them through life. You’ll be free if you truly wish to be at the end is, to me, the most important line ….. It’s a reflective thought on how to make a life work.’”

— “Leslie Bricusse, songwriter behind Goldfinger and Willy Wonka, dies at 90,” Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

Obituary here

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The Most Recognizable Voice in New York

October 20, 2021

The most recognizable voice in the Big Apple, the one that tells you to “stand clear of the closing doors” in the subway, is that of Charlie Pellett. A New Yorker video.

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Watching Plastic Pollution From Space

October 19, 2021

ESA, the European Space Agency, is tracking plastic pollution in the ocean by satellite. Animation by Rui Braz.

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Multitaskers Are an Anomaly

October 18, 2021

Exceptional multitaskers are a scientific anomaly, 2% to 3% of the population. A Quartz video.

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Stand For Myself

October 17, 2021

“Stand For Myself,” written by Yolanda Claire Quartey, Dan Auerbach, Natalie Hemby, and Hannah Vasanth, recorded by Yola, 2021. Video directed by Allister Ann.

Yola website

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Big Foot

October 17, 2021

“Big Foot,” by Chickenfoot, 2011. Video directed by Zan Passante and Jon Hill. Sammy Hagar (vocals), Joe Satriani (guitar), Michael Anthony (bass), Chad Smith (drums).

Chickenfoot website

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