Friday, October 26, 2012

In The Future

Recorded by David Byrne in 1985. About half of his predictions have come true. Some of them were way off. For the remainder, we will have to wait and see. The video was produced by Tore Andre Granli using outtakes from the film Metropolis directed by Fritz Lang.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Fire In My Belly (1897)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

African Holocaust Underwater Memorial

Underwater sculpture in Grenada, in honor of our African Ancestors who were thrown overboard the slave ships during the Middle Passage of the African Holocaust. 
Artist: Jason DeCaires Taylor 

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Lincoln Alexander 1922-2012

Lincoln Alexander was the first Black MP elected to the Canadian Parliament in 1968. He was also the first Black member of Federal Cabinet. In 1985, he was appointed Lt. governor of Ontario. He paved the way for public office not only for Blacks but for all minorities in Canada. He died yesterday at the age of 90.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Don't Shoot! I'm A Man!

Friday, October 12, 2012

I Before E Except After C

A cut from Upstairs At Eric's, the best album of 1982 by the short lived New Wave group Yazoo.

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Monday, October 08, 2012

My First Poem

My very first poem was written in October 1981 at the age of 9. As a Fourth Grader attending P.S. 87 on Manhattan's Upper West Side, I embarked on a life of writing. The first lesson of a intense curriculum of writing was poetry. I composed the following poem much to the dismay of my teacher Mrs. Goldberg. Initially she rejected it as unsatisfactory. When I added the third stanza she accepted it with bitter resignation. If she only knew.....

M5 RiversideDrive
M5 Riverside Drive
Up the river
Up the park

M5 Riverside Drive
Down the river
Down the park

M5 Riverside Drive
I shake and shiver 
In the dark.

-Der Kosmonaut (1981)

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Friday, October 05, 2012

Naked Reflections of Portugal

One thing I really missed having on my travels throughout Portugal was a Walkman.  I'm talking about the old cassette ones.  And if I had a Walkman, the only tape I would've listened to was the last Talking Heads album Naked. (1988)

Though the album was recorded in France in 1987, it sounds like it was inspired and recorded in Portugal. The international and African sounds of the album could have very well come from Portugal. Portugal is for all intent and purposes an African country. Very often the atmosphere,the  landscapes, the people and the conversations I had brought to mind many songs from the album. Surprisingly, no one I talked to knew the album and very few were aware of Talking Heads. I believe that if more Portuguese had heard this album,  Naked would be the official album of Portugal.
"Ruby Dear" is my personal favourite track from the album. The environmental damage of the country, including the numerous empty river beds I passed by and over made me recall a line from the song: "Nothing lives in this dirty little river/No one here will shed a tear/It dried up but it couldn't run forever/Ruby Dear that's what we hear"
Moreover all the weeks I spent on the ocean in Algarve brought the next stanza to mind:
"I still like the ocean down by the sea/They left the door wide open/ It tempted me"

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