Cavalleria Rusticana Intermezzo (1890)- Pietro Mascagni

It’s difficult to imagine this most charming piece of music is the result of a competition won. A young Italian composer Mascagni (pictured above) who hadn’t had an Opera performed on stage (and hence eligible) entered the Milanese competition by submitting a one-act opera which would be judged by a jury of five prominent Italian critics and composers. With just 2 months before the closing date, Mascagni asked his friend Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti, a poet and professor of literature at the Italian Royal Naval Academy in Livorno, to provide a libretto. A libretto in case you were wondering is a synopsis or scenario of the plot for the Opera.

Mascagni submitted his opera Cavalleria Rusticana on the last day that entries would be accepted. I wondered if he did an all-night cram session like we did the night before Uni exams up to his eyeballs with copious cups of black coffee and red cordial. This also reminds me of that quote from Miracle Max in The Princess Bride: ‘Don’t rush me sonny. You rush a miracle man you get rotten miracles‘. In all, 73 operas were submitted, and on 5 March 1890, the judges selected the final three winners which of course included Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. What was the reception to it when it finally opened on 17 May 1890 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome to a half-empty house?

The audience included not only the most authoritative music critics in the country but also Queen Margherita, a great music lover. It was a success from its opening notes. Following Stagno’s rendition of the Siciliana behind the curtain the audience leaped to their feet with a thunderous applause not heard for many years. The Siciliana was encored as were several other numbers in the opera. It was a sensation, with Mascagni taking 40 curtain calls and winning the First Prize.

Wikipedia

Cavalleria Rusticana remains the best known of Mascagni’s 15 Operas. At the time of Mascagni’s death in 1945, the opera had been performed more than 14,000 times in Italy alone. Where I first believe I heard this exquisite Intermezzo was in the introduction to Scorsese’s Raging Bull. It was also used in the finale of The Godfather Part III, which also featured a performance of the opera as a key part of the film’s climax.

References:

Cavalleria rusticana – Wikipedia

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Music

5/4 – 11/4/21 incl. Fructose, The Band & Dostoevsky

news on the march

Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.

Audio podcast at Peter Attia MD

I have been an astute follower of longevity specialist and former surgeon Peter Attia since seeing his astounding interview on the JRE podcast two years ago.  I also wrote an article here about a presentation he gave on Nutrition and Health. Since then I have followed his weekly podcasts about a whole host of subjects surrounding health and longevity.

I was fortunate to stumble on this podcast the subject of today’s News on the March about Fructose which I think is the most informative podcast I have ever heard about health and more specifically on how to prevent or overcome epidemics of fatty liver, insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity. It’s moreover just a masterclass on understanding how sugar and salt can profoundly impact our metabolic health and what we can do to minimise the damage to our organs and reduce the onset of cancer amongst other diseases.….…(Listen to podcast).

Concert review by Richard Williams at the bluemoment:

When I was reading fellow blogger’s articles on WordPress more regularly, one of my favourite author’s about music was Richard Williams. He’s the real deal as it were having interviewed some of the biggest names in music and written for a host of distinguished magazines and newspapers. He even wrote a book about Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan: A Man Called Alias (1990).

I, of course have a penchant for The Band so this article came as a nice surprise.
It was one of those nights when you felt you knew every single person in the audience: a kind of clan gathering, drawn together by a tremendous sense of anticipation. It’s hard to imagine that there was a single person among the 5,000 who didn’t have every note of Music from Big Pink and The Band engraved on their hearts. Even so, we got more than we expected..(Read entire article)

Video presentation at Antiquaria

I was completely drawn into this wonderful one hour documentary on the life of one of the greatest writers in history – Fyodor Dostoevsky. I hope you can overcome the wretched soundtrack which has deteriorated with age it would seem. As one you tube commentator put it, ‘I feel like Raskolnikov after being subjected to that soundtrack‘. But you will be in for a real treat if learning about the lives of great literary figures is your scene.

While it may seem difficult to grasp in contemporary western culture what it must been like living in 18th century Russia it seems to me in many ways analogous with our current cultures’ drive towards secularism and Post-Modernism. As I have discussed in various articles on my blog, Dostoevsky sensed this great change and foresaw the consequential societal impacts when the Judaeo-Christian fundamentals and values are torn away.

One of the most renowned incidents which occurred to Dostoevsky and had a profound impact on his literary output henceforth was when he was sentenced to death by firing squad on the 23rd of December 1849. At the very moment before the point of execution a cart delivered a letter from the Tsar commuting the sentence. Dostoevsky later alluded to his experience of what he believed to be the last moments of his life in his 1868-1869 novel, The Idiot, where the main character tells the harrowing story of an execution by guillotine that he recently witnessed in France. …(View video presentation)

news on the march the end

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Health, Music, News, Reading

‘We require more Mindfulness and Discipline’ – Daniel Schmachtenber

Don’t skip this post or you will miss a great Poem.

I wrote in a previous post that my favourite philosophical debate was Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson arguing ‘What is True’. Since its release it has become widely recognised as the most despised and disdained talk (even admitted to by the speakers themselves) because of their apparent irreconcilability of encroaching or even entertaining the other’s world view. They would thereafter try to immerse themselves into the other’s world-view by holding 4 public debates whereby they went to task to ‘steelman’ their opponent’s arguments and that seemed more palatable to the public and individual speakers.

I always found their original debate more intriguing than anything else they subsequently did together. Basically Harris and Peterson were fighting intellectually about who’s world-view was most necessary in these times especially in the Western World. For me it remains a record of ‘Ontological Shock‘ because I as an individual began to harness more about philosophy in general by truly engaging in each speaker’s contrasting world-view narratives.

The only other interview I have found on par with the above is a recent discussion which took place between Daniel Schmachtenberger and Brett Weinstein but it is epistemologically so very different, but also brazen. People don’t ordinarily want heavy things to talk about or let alone listen to especially given these times, but I would argue that it’s all the more reason to give yourself the permission to be an outlier and challenge every being of yourself about what you think you feel. This talk Daniel Schmachtenberger & Bret Weinstein will take time to sink in.

If you can get past the first 30 minutes or so about how we might be lucky to get out of the present threat of an unfortunate annihilation of the human species based on what we currently know including Drones and Biological weapons, then I am sure you will enjoy the rest. I’m on my second run through the interview and I’m finding great quotes. The latest I found from Daniel doesn’t get much better with regards to modern society.

‘Porn and online dating is to intimate relationships what Facebook and Twitter is to tribal bonding’

These open conservations are lacking in society and we tend to dehumanize others if their views don’t equate to our team. We should be trying to find synchronicity between our views just like what Harris and Peterson did. We have to come together and find a compromise and be open to learn from the other. Tribal unison of common values is necessary, despite how social media is doing its utmost to tear us apart and call the other one evil.

I read a great poem just earlier by the Intellectual Shaman which reminded me how Atticus Finch commented on Mrs Dubose’s flowers in To Kill a Mockingbird

The poem reads:

what if

you talk to people who don’t listen

and

what if

your fate is decided by fools

and

what if

every good thing is equally given

Content

not to have any rules

and what if

the powers that be

stay in power

by propping up fools

what can you do

that hasn’t been done

already

do you double down on your anger

or do you let it all go

Surrendering

to the wind

Maybe, you lie down in a quiet room

year after year

and wait for the weather to change

but you change

whether or not

the weather changes

and you can’t wait on your life

So, it is best to become good

inside

and people will like you

even though,

they don’t know why

their angry looks

will die

their treachery

digs tunnels

underground

where you

escape

where the falsely humble

placate;

You

placate no one.

Fools have left you

alone

to let others

shower them with praise

so, they

can wash off

their dirty sense of self

NEVER

becoming clean

and your escape,

is a beautiful thing

no ugly walls

no ugly faces

no ugly conversations

just the good

inside

you have been

practicing

and you don’t need

them.

Perhaps,

they wonder why?

But it doesn’t matter to you

You are alive.

Posted in News, politics, Reflections, Uncategorized

Laundering a false piece of News – The Washington Post

I used to admire the Washington Post (WP) because of how they were represented in All The Presidents Men by exposing the Republican shenanigans in 1972 involving the invasion of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, not to mention their brazen release of the McNamara reports about the Vietnam War just prior. To me, All The Presidents Men remains one of the quintessential American political movies because it had journalistic integrity and actual history at its core.

Now lets see how things have progressed. The Washington Post have just released a retraction of an article they did in December (2020) which presented quotes (based on a Washington Post (WP) source) of Donald Trump in conversation with a Georgia investigator that was also relayed by the mainstream media on mass. It sent shock waves in media world as it seemed to confirm Trump was unduly putting pressure on officials to find some electoral fraud, but in reality as the actual transcripts show, he was just trying to get to the heart of what occurred.
The conversation as just admitted by the Washington Post and presented by them with invented quotes from their source led to scandalous headlines dished out by nearly every media outlet in the US and the rest of the World in December.

“The recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump’s comments on the call, based on information provided by a source. Trump did not tell the investigator to ‘find the fraud’ or say she would be ‘a national hero’ if she did so. – WP

We have a problem here. We have a big problem! When a MS media outlet can just misquote Donald Trump based on a single source and that to be upheld by all and sundry as being Truth, all the while Trump being banned from the major media platforms in unison, then I would say Free Speech is under grave threat. The question begs: What hope have you or I got, if the former US President can’t be afforded Free Speech?
So the original media outlet admitting their wrong doing 2 months after the event is somehow atonement of their falsehoods? None of the rest of MS media will be interested relaying this information to the public since it doesn’t follow their political narrative; which in itself is further evidence the Truth isn’t important to them.

When you have enough persons in positions of power hegemonized by Utopian and Post-Modernist ideologies then the truth as presented to the public at large will be obfuscated or simply turned into a pernicious lie if it doesn’t serve their intended political message or allow them to espouse their own moral superiority over the rest of us. This form of corruption by ‘do-gooders’ in the major institutions will and has caused irreparable damage on the quality of information distilled in our societies and how people perceive the world at large.

In conclusion, this whole event and the times we see ourselves in, reminds me of this short speech excerpt from Jordan Peterson (see below) who warned of what might happen if we let those who think they are morally superior get their way. It’s strange how I think these days, since I was always politically aligned with the progressives on the left, but based on what I have seen since they ‘woke up’ they scare me to the bloody core.

Tagged with: ,
Posted in politics

Why doesn’t nearly anyone or the Press care about the Origin of COVID 19?

In 2019, China under the US Trump leadership was losing the Tariff war and suffering economically to not put a finer word on it, and most remarkably since the Pandemic and onwards – 2020, China have attained positive economic growth – unlike that seen anywhere in the Western World during the Pandemic, despite the irony the virus originated from China.

Anyone with any sense wouldn’t trust the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recent findings about their rejection about a Wuhan lab leak since they have been in bed with China, testament to their rejection to even name Taiwan. The WHO doesn’t recommend Taiwan just as China doesn’t. Even Jamie Metzl who is a member of the WHO admitted here the WHO is compromised. Taiwan declared a national emergency on COVID in December 2019 way before the western world had even got stock what was taking place.

External investigators were disallowed to enter WUHAN at the outbreak by the Chinese authorities. If it wasn’t for the suppression of information by the Chinese authorities it is very likely the Pandemic could have been averted from mass scale destruction. They imprisoned journalists, and scientists who spoke up about it, and destroyed samples and eliminated and removed databases. It’s amazing the western media aren’t pushing this and our public in general aren’t aware of this.

As I mentioned in this article ‘The Future of War’ made by the US Navy in 2019 that it was well understood our enemies would attack us by division of society and that has been overwhelmingly successful… wouldn’t you say? I personally feel COVID is an attack on us from a more pointed perspective, but we remain blase about this and so does our whole society and especially our media who couldn’t give a shit.

To conclude this article I would like to present this piece just released from the 4 Corners investigative program Australia – Xi Jinping: China’s president and his quest for world power

Posted in politics

Catch the Wind (1965) – Donovan

This song like any other entered my prepubescent teenhood as they all do, but none other besides ‘Catch the Wind‘ was as powerful on my psyche or upon how I should orientate myself like ‘Catch The Wind‘. I wrote in my article ‘The Wonder Years and ‘Catch The Wind’’ how this song led me to getting into Dylan by accident and more explicatively why I consider this song so marvellous.

I just want to declare outright that I think this is one of the greatest songs every written. But, it is hardly heard commercially or in any place for that matter. It seems almost sacrilegious how this song isn’t mainstream. I will never understand that. There is also scant written about it in wikipedia.

Donovan, I suppose is the only person who can write about how he did it. And if anyone can contribute about how Donovan did it; I am all ears.

If I had to pick out of all songs on earth to show an extraterrestrial being, what ‘song’ means to us homo-sapiens ‘Catch The Wind’ is what I would probably go with.

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Music

The Hugh Jackman Interview on the Tim Ferriss podcast

Yesterday morning I was trying to spice things up a bit by changing my morning routine. We are in strict quarantine here in Bogotá, Colombia, and my sector will be in it until the 18th of January. We have been in a quarantine of sorts since the Pandemic started so confined to our homes is nothing new. Perhaps many of you can relate to that.

Anyhows, the following video of Hugh Jackman interview appeared in my feed and Tim Ferriss the interviewer praised it highly and I thought what the hell, may be I can learn something. I hadn’t watched any of Jackman’s XMEN movies or his most recent Greatest Show on Earth. I enjoyed and admired seeing him present the Oscars. I thought at that time although his movies don’t do it for me, this guy obviously has talent.

Straight after the interview I messaged my brother in Australia that he should do himself a favour and watch it, although he is much more Hugh than me! I found Jackman’s insights about his past, family and career utterly fascinating. I wanted to jot down his pointers about how he has invigorated not only his marriage, but his career and personal well-being. Perhaps the most illuminating part was how he learnt to incorporate from his strict religious upbringing the profound messages of his father who became born-again because of a Billy Graham event.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is mi-nana-y-mama.jpg

Although it seems apparent Jackman isn’t a traditionally religious person now, his illuminating comments about how the stories and archetypes from the Bible have paved the way for him to strive and enact on the messages to become a better person are profound to say the least. I can relate to it, because my Grandmother (photo inset) Dorothy Walton was traditionally religious and played piano at church gatherings and participated more in Church than what one might consider healthy these days in secular-vile. She remains one if not my greatest inspiration because of how she ‘acted’ and not what she said and Jackman’s reflections about his father seem to align with this.

This way of living seems to reflect also with what Jordan Peterson said when he was posed countless times about his belief in God. He said, ‘I act as God exists’ and I wrote a post on this. The irony is Jesus was just as elusive in the gospels when asked similar questions about his divinity by mainly those wanting to trap him. I think Peterson’s answer is deftly nuanced and is in harmony with his Logos interpretation. I think the conversation with Jackman here testifies to that ‘whole’ narrative.

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Movies and TV, politics, Reflections

Reactions to the ‘Christopher Hitchens on Big Tech Censorship’ DarkHorse Clip

Years before I encountered the erudite discussions of the Weinsteins or any of the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW) participants, I was drawn to watching presentations by the 4 Horseman – the almost now defunct Atheist counter culture-culture phenomenon. What drew me to them wasn’t so much their arguments for Atheism, rather their temerity in asking the ‘no-go-to’ questions and challenging archaic world-view concepts. They were in effect a precursor and/or laid the ground for the IDW movement by creating a tsunami of radical ‘centrist’ thinking which continues to have ripple effects to this day. Christopher Hitchen’s was the counter culture and devil’s advocate who IDW member’s still hold in great esteem because his opinions are as relevant now considering the polarising political climate we find ourselves sequestered. The comments by the Weinsteins in the video above is one such example.

I mentioned the term ‘centrist’ above because it seems to aptly describe not only what Hitchens expressed but what the ‘fictional’ IDW believe in general. They always try to meet somewhere in the middle of the polarising political debate and challenge the raging ideas fought out by the left and right in the political spectrum. The searching algorithms of Google, Facebook and other big Techs in today’s social media climate essentially force people into political identity and ideological boxes of thinking. What the ideas espoused by the 4 Horsemen and IDW do is challenge both sides and expose the ineptness and partiality of the algorithmic AI that the big techs use to keep you clicking.

What is so frustrating about what the Big Techs are doing is it aligns with what the enemies of Western Culture are purported to have attempted and seemingly currently doing to disrupt our sanctuary of common ideal ‘unity’ which I wrote about here in the Future of War article. As clearly demonstrated in the article and specifically the video within – The US Government and its allies knew what was coming and where we were headed with Social Media polarisation and now with COVID and the ensuing draconian measures implemented by our governments and municipalities we are evidently losing the Cyber / Biological war to our enemies.

As I have argued in other articles, the Centrist – counter polarisation ideas have been made inoperative by these ‘woke’ Big Tech giants who stand-by enforcing their vague ‘community’ guidelines. So the middle ground as it were is either unheard or slandered as ALT RIGHT propaganda because it doesn’t pander to the ‘Great Reset’ woke movement. Our Governments are indulging in this as well, because they aim to be responsibly accountable first and foremost, not realising by doing so they are exacerbating the problem which was instigated against our societies in the first place.

Despite this informative presentation by the Weinsteins about the perilous track the Big Techs have us, there is an extant I think we need to consider. This problem about the Big Tech stranglehold on our communication should be a legal or statutory matter where the Courts and Government need to step in and curtail private corporation monopolisation of information on the Internet.

Google and Facebook are private corporations and can do what they damn well please when it comes to which information they allow published on their platforms, however they purport to be open community spaces which is a dichotomy if ever there was one. It’s dishonest and misleading. The free public space which was the Internet is being gutted by three things and creating dangerous polarization and division every wherever you look.

1. A asinine public who can’t see they are being duped.
2. Multinational privatization and censorship of Information on the net
3. Government and Statutory bodies not enforcing freedom of information and expression on the Internet and turning a blind eye to monopolization by Big Corp.

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in politics

The Top 5 Observation Blogger Posts celebrating Christmas

Let’s be honest, it has been a wretched year for most. I admit I am ordinarily a Scrooge come XMAS, but this year more than any other I truly, madly deeply want to celebrate this Christmas in all its glory. To bring back some semblance of normality and tradition to this crazy life of 2020, this is my attempt to focus on what Christmas really means, and by sharing it I hope I can undo the parts of Scrooge in me and foster in others the aspiration to do the same. Merry XMAS everyone!
(You can click on any of the images below to get direct contact to the source)

No 1. Do You Believe in Santa Claus?

People have often asked me (especially around this time of year) if I believe in Santa Claus… and I don’t like that question because it’s an attempt to box me up, to put a bow on me in a sense. It’s like, what do you mean, “believe”? We know what Santa looks like. We know what he sounds like. We know how he behaves. We put up pictures and statues of him. We even make offerings to him! (Read entire article)

No 2. Confirmed by mother no less, David Hobson is the greatest singer at Australian Christmas carols.

My favourite Christmas carol ‘O Holy Night’ sung by my favourite Christmas carol singer David Hobson

No 3. The Small One – A Christmas Story (Bing Crosby)

To celebrate this year’s Christmas festivities I would like to present a narration by Bing Crosby of a moving Christmas story called The Small One. I loved listening to this as a child around Christmas time. It was on the same LP (image above) as Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Happy Prince‘ which I posted about in May this year.

No 4 How I always knew Bob Dylan was a ‘Little Boy Drummer’ fan.

Years ago as I awaited my Santa Claus delivery in earnest, I often wondered if Dylan like me was a closet ‘Little Drummer Boy’ fan. Much of Dylan’s music was probably inspired by that song. Why? Because Little drummer boy had the hallmarks of a great Dylan Christmas track if there ever was one. Then low and behold Dylan releases his own exquisite Drummer Boy rendition on his XMAS album.

No 5. The Last Words – “Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.”

Every new day, every passing minute presents another chance to turn it all around. As Nirvair Singh Khalsa said ‘it’s not the life you lead, but the courage you bring to it’.

The individual is supreme. The divinity of the individual is sacred. In essence it is only the individual who has the moral responsibility and conviction to harness the courage. We are ‘Jesus’ alone in the Mount of Olives. We can’t rely on anyone. There is noone else, because Jesus even felt God had abandoned him in his darkest moment.

Posted in Uncategorized

Carrying a Torch (1991) – Van Morrison

Carrying a Torch is the second song to feature from Van Morrison in this music library project, but it is my favourite song I’ve heard from him. It’s one for the ages at least as far as I would rate it because it is an epic and anthemic track. The slow build up and climatic closing and its strong emotive tune and serious feeling floors me every-time I hear it. I regret I don’t know how I came across it, and I came to it late as a listener probably from hearing it featured from one of you good folks I follow here.

Carrying a Torch is from Morrison’s Hymns to the Silence album as captured above. Rolling Stone magazine reviewer Elysa Gardner thought similarly to me; praising the song, describing it better than I ever could: “has the makings of a classic, with a stately chorus and shining verses that tie the flesh to the spirit”:

‘You’re the keeper of the flame
And you burn so bright
Baby why don’t we re-connect
Move into the light’.

The song didn’t feature on the charts except as a duet with Tom Jones. Their version of the song was released as a single and charted at No. 57 in 1991 in the UK. This collaboration came about when Morrison showed his newly written song “Carrying a Torch” to Jones, who was “so impressed that he invited Morrison to play on his new record”.

I’m afraid I am unfamiliar with a lot of Morrison’s catalogue of music but I can’t help but admire his talent especially as a somewhat ‘Born to Kill’ singer. You can’t teach what he has. Much of his music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B. He was knighted in Northern Ireland for his services to the music industry. The young Morrison grew up listening to artists such as Jelly Roll Morton, Ray Charles, Lead Belly, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Solomon Burke; of whom he later said, “If it weren’t for guys like Ray and Solomon, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Those guys were the inspiration that got me going. If it wasn’t for that kind of music, I couldn’t do what I’m doing now.”

I always liked watching Morrison and Bob Dylan jamming on their acoustics looking over famous Greek monuments in Athens where the ancients believed the muses lived. Also his inclusion on The Band’s Last Waltz was a master-stroke decision and its great we have that live event of Morrison ‘killing it’ to cherish. Oh and by the way – how this song Carrying a Torch has just 500k clicks below is anyone’s guess:

Posted in Uncategorized

Follow Blog via Email

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 487 other followers