Monday, 22 December 2014

Joe

Love you wherever you are
Bless you




















I don't think I can choose any of your repertoir.. i don't know where to begin..
You and your talent was such an incredible part of my, and some of those I most cherished in the universe's life, your voice and the soul within it accompanying us in dire need, in joy, in danger, in sorrow, in healing, so much a part of our lives..

You'll always be with us, (excuse the language but) Fuck 'em, I refuse to see you go.
Bless you forever.





You always were and shall always be one of the beautiful ones..





Bless you forever,














































(images in the post from:                
 www.concertvault.com,                    
www.sun-sentinel.com,                  
www.woodstock-mysteryland.com)

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

It is not always an easy task, to wish a merry hoilday season, but I do. (votos para que o futuro nos traga um mundo mais são - mensagem de boas festas)

I suppose: 
one can always succumb to life's trials and tribulations,
that even when one's heart is not blind to the world around them one can find a reason to smile.. 
(such is the spice of our mortal existence).

Even if we become saddened with the day's events one can find comfort and solace in humanity and those around us.

Wholeheartedly I wish that the season brings you a reason to love, to smile, and that even in the midst of trouble and turmoil you may find strength.
May the oncoming year bring health and much needed medicines to the insanity about us. 

I leave a link to news regarding some of today's events (disturbing indeed), how I wish a powerful spirit would overcome and destroy such hatred and intolerance.. 

News Article (from Reuters)


Love and blessing to all persons, be they human or otherwise ► LINK
(by official decree or not) . 


G.

photo taken from here - LINK






no need to turn up the volume if you should wish to listen, it will get louder
(caso queira ouvir, não ajuste o volume, foi gravado ao vivo e aumentará conforme for escutando)










ink on paper (G. Almeida)





Sei que não é fácil se estar todo/toda risonho/risonha, cheios de florinhas e pandas de peluche. A consciência do que se passa (passa sempre) nada ajuda mas também, é essa mesma consciência que nos faz sentir mais necessidade em acarinhar, e desejar coisas boas (boas festas, estas, outras, e outras coisas) pois a amargura também trás doçura, e é essa doçura que vence (felizmente sempre, pelo menos por enquanto, e no meu caso). No meu caso, tal desejo é muito sincero (tal como o sempre tomo de quem mos dá). Gosto de pessoas, e temo, nem quero ver, o dia que tal "sentir" e forma de se ser deixar de existir..
Ao falar de pessoas, refiro-me, tal como em alguns locais deste nosso globo girante e voador, pessoas humanas e as outras (oficialmente assim decretadas como o sendo, ou não)
► LINK

Aqui segue os meus votos de tudo de bom, de que se tenha uma vida cheia, que haja calor "humano", que sejamos pessoas melhores, que estejamos à altura de nós próprios assim como à do Outro, que façamos deste nosso mundo um local mais são, que se alimente a alma (coisa que na verdade é simples e fácil), que se transforme as amarguras em ternura, e em força.

Mesmo quando se sente o abandono de amigos e/ou familiares, e mesmo que tal corresponda à verdade, não se deixa de sentir por essas pessoas, segue-se em frente, eles ou elas lá sabem de suas vidas e têm os seus percursos por correr..

Há alguns que se aproximam e ao fazê-lo confirmam a beleza que é continuar-se vivo, nem que seja para os conhecer e acompanhar os seus percursos, cada lágrima, cada suspiro, cada gargalhada.
E há outros.  

Outros que por vezes estão mesmo ali, de baixo de nosso nariz (por assim dizer), que sempre por perto se mantiveram, sempre nos sendo chegados e queridos mas que durante algum tempo nem damos conta que sempre foram o grande amor das nossas vidas, percebemos a razão que a mera audição de suas vozes transcende o simples afago na alma.. É mais que isso, e é tão forte que não se explica, tal como, embora diferente, não se explica a razão que um bebé sente o cheiro dos progenitores, está no ADN ou algo assim.  Não se explica de facto, sente-se..
Nessas alturas acabamos por entender que aquele amor à primeira vista que tinham partilhado quando se conheceram, afinal era mesmo assim, transcendia-lhes, não tinha sido um deslumbramento passageiro e 
arrebatador.  Quanto muito, as circunstâncias da vida lhes terá encaminhado por algum tempo por outros caminhos, caminhos válidos e necessários, não digo que não, mas que só se o vê como tal à posteriori.   Mas não se aguenta não estar por perto, não os ter na vida.. 
É como não se conseguir respirar, e o corpo sabe destas coisas, mesmo quando a mente está dormente.  Avisa-nos.
Se temos sorte, ou estamos atentos, damos conta disto a tempo e temos a felicidade de o viver em pleno (esse amor) pelo tempo que nos restar (somos todos mortais, é o tempo que for. T
udo tem o seu lugar e o seu tempo.. e é precioso.  Isto parece lamechas mas é mesmo assim, e não se troca por nada)




Voltando à mensagem de natal.. (já estava a divagar) Deixo a seguinte notícia, não fácil de digerir, que só se consegue o fazer com aquele duro sorriso, ténue (visível nos cantos da boca), da difícil aceitação.. da compaixão sincera com respectivo amor e dor, sem maternalismos ou paternalismos.

NOTÍCIA- (Reuters)

Há sempre algo que nos traz um sorriso à nossa alma, mesmo nos piores momentos, se para tal estivermos disponíveis, e por muito complicado seja assistir a certas coisas.

Votos para que haja remédio para a insanidade que assola o nosso mundo.
Abraço grande, e com muito calor, aqui desta vossa amiga.



G.


Monday, 8 December 2014

Please, please, please (read and) sign.. please / Por favor leiam, e assinem..

That which is below was copied and pasted directly from here - LINK

(please sign - the link contains a petition and can be signed regardless your nationality)



Retirado da seguinte             ligação
(por favor leiam e assinem, pode ser assinado por quaisquer cidadãos de quaisquer países)




Oil exploration threatens narwhals and an entire way of life.








A tiny community is fighting Big Oil, and they need our help.
Off the coast of Clyde River, Nunavut, unspoiled Arctic waters are home to 90% of the world's narwhals. These whales, with their unique tusks that look like a unicorn's horn, take up a important role in the aquatic ecosystem. They are also an important food source for the native Inuit people, many of whom must rely on subsistence hunting to survive. But Clyde River, the narwhals, and everyone whose way of life depends on the ocean are in danger.
The Canadian government just granted oil corporations the right to search for drilling sites in the ocean near Clyde River. The environnmental devastation that comes with offshore drilling is bad enough, but the search is worse – these oil companies will use "seismic testing," setting off huge explosions underwater. Like all whales, narwhals use their hearing to communicate and to find their way safely beneath the Arctic ice. The search for oil will deafen, disorient, and kill any narwhals caught in its path.
Save the narwhals! Sign the petition to stop Big Oil from destroying Arctic habitats.
For generations, big corporations have stripped northern Canada of its natural resources, trampling the rights of native peoples and destroying entire ecosystems for profit. The government has been complicit in this, auctioning off oil and mineral rights to the highest bidder and ignoring the consequences.
The people of Clyde River have had enough. They are standing up to the government and to Big Oil and fighting to protect their home. But there are only 900 people in Clyde River. They need us to stand with them. If we act now, we can stop the oil companies in their tracks before the damage is done.
Sign the petition to the government of Canada, saying NO to Big Oil wrecking the Arctic Ocean. 

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More information:


Sign the petition to the Canadian government.

Petition Text:

Oil exploration and offshore drilling destroys aquatic ecosystems, putting the narwhal and Inuit communities both at risk. Don't allow Big Oil to wreck the Arctic Ocean."





All of us, we all need the Arctic.  Please take a stand. Please help stop the unthinkable from happening. 




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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Noam Chomsky - born this day, happy birthday dear sir!

I hope to wish you a very happy birthday many, many more times.

Noam Chomsky: born December 7, 1928.
(nascido a 7 de dezembro, de 1928 em Filadélfia, nos EUA)










I believe I had already posted this or part of this some years ago, but it is such an amazing debate that I don't see harm in the repetition.

I shall also leave you with a short clip with music where one of my dear colleagues is performing (wonderfully as usual) ..

and I say this: Austerity kills.







Wishing all a beautiful Sunday
Take care.


Que posso eu acrescentar ao que este senhor diz?
Resta-me desejar-lhe muitos parabéns e conto o poder desejar por muitos anos.

Votos de um belíssimo Domingo, e saúde a todos que por aqui passem.





Saturday, 8 November 2014

Some things are timeless (Há coisas que dão para qualquer altura, faça chuva ou não..)

There are things that live on throughout the ages, seldom enterprizes, logos or stocks & bonds, but Art and arstistic achievement (the kind that creeps into your soul and finds there its home, whether it be on an individual or a collective level).
Since the dawn of time tribes are overrun and dissappear, empires fall, we are physically born and die, but an artistic gesture (the kind that moves you whether it be: the Cave of Hands / Cova das Mãos / Cueva de las Manos - in Argentina, Os Cegos by Júlio Pomar, Rodin's hands.. or any other by any other) is eternal like few of Mankind's things are, a mirror to the individual's or collective's soul, in transformation and transforming us from within.

Having thus said, I leave you with a piece written and arranged by a friend, performed by a number of them, where one can feel such a gesture reflecting through an art form (whithin the stylistic currents of  jazz, european jazz in this case),
that besides bringing to heart & mind those very friends (and through that path to another so very, very precious to me eventhough not directly involved in this lovely project, and who like one of the soloists on this precise recording is no longer on this plane of existence),
- nourishes my inner being (and makes me more human).

Goodnight.


Se os Britânicos têm uma versão de Tomás num Kenny Wheeler, de um João Courinha, Jorge Reis (*ou Edgar...) num John Surman, ou do Carlos num John Taylor, é porque não só o Jazz ou a música chamada de "erudita" (neste caso, europeia) não está morta, como vibra bem viva acima das nações e do tempo, pois é de Arte que se trata e não um entretém de feira, que, até pode entreter mas que não deixa registo, na alma
Estive várias vezes para escrever sobre um querido amigo que em Outubro passado passou para outro(s) lado(s), o que é uma falha minha não o ter feito, grave, mas, como é alguém que, para além de muito querido, me leva invariavelmente (com memórias, gargalhadas e sons) para alguém que me dói não estar ao meu lado (ou melhor, connosco..), não tive forças nem palavras para o fazer.
Assim é mais fácil, com um belíssimo registo musical, vivo, intemporal, e que serve para dias de chuvas e não-chuvas.

Ei-lo, Raiz, de Tomás Pimentel 
(com um arranjo lindíssimo, e com um belo registo do Jorge)








Nota*(para não falar doutros,
que belíssimos músicos são,
alguns dos quais neste disco tocam,
também, mencionando os que
em termos de sonoridade e expressão,
e apenas aqui em termos Luso/Britâncos,
algo a ver uns com outros a meu ver..
embora naturalmente tenham todos a ver
com outros de outras parágens
e esses com eles)
 

















photograph - Guida Almeida

Friday, 12 September 2014

Licenciatura em Design Sonoro / For a Degree in SoundDesign


The  image above  as well as this  LINK will give you direct access to the site online for further information and/or to sign up for a degree in Sound Design (Lisbon-Portugal)
                                                                                                                      languages: PT / EN





   Encontram-se a decorrer as candidaturas à licenciatura em DESIGN SONORO, no IPA, sediado no Campus Lumiar em Lisboa   

Clique na  imagem ou neste LINK para aceder online directamente a mais informações através do Site, e/ou para se canditatar.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Lauren Bacall


"The Look"



I was not going to write another post this week on the subject of our losing some of the silver screen's heavy weights but Lauren Bacall..




She's with Humphrey now..









Betty Joan Perske

n. Nova Iorque, 16 de setembro de 1924 / 12 de agosto de 2014
b. New York - September 16th, 1924 / Aug. 12, 2014

Monday, 11 August 2014

Robin Williams - (21 julho de 1951 - 11 de agosto de 2014)

Publicado em
11/08/14, 23:30
Western European Time




Sad news..



 DUKE SENIOR & AMIENS
Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile,
Hath not old custom made this life more sweet
Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods
More free from peril than the envious court?
Here feel we not the penalty of Adam,
The seasons' difference, as the icy fang
And churlish chiding of the winter’s wind,
Which, when it bites and blows upon my body,
Even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say,
“This is no flattery. These are counselors
That feelingly persuade me what I am.”
Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.   

 I would not change it .








HORATIO

Now cracks a noble heart.—Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!—

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Temos novamente festa no Estoril? No Hotel..?



Alguém me pode explicar, assim bem explicadinho, a razão do Sr. Salgado, agora, após ter sido detido por umas horitas ontem passar a ter como sua guarda, a Mossad?



Era só para saber..






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 Ainda me recordo muito bem de ir tocar, no "mais estranho grupo de casamentos", nome de conjunto dado pela minha alma gémea, com quem toquei mais um ex e alguns amigos, no hotel Palace, no Estoril, onde no meio de momentos com música erudita, jazz e ligeira, se percorria as salas e se imaginava a era da espionagem, do tempo da Grande Guerra, conversando de forma  viva sobre tal era e sobre certos episódios entre outras coisas.


enfim...
..coisas

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Encontrado na página de um
 amigo numa rede social.















bom fim de semana

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Imagine: not just the music written by J. Lennon - regarding war, peace and the Middle East.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A copy of the letter written by Einstein to England and America, supported and undersigned by many/most prominent leading Jews, warning of the creation of Israel under Zionism, but ignored; Einstein Letter Warning Of Zionist Facism In Israel

(Link - to the Original Document)

Letter by Albert Einstein Sent to the New York Times

In 1948, Protesting the Visit of Menachem Begin

Letters to the Editor
New York Times

December 4, 1948
TO THE EDITORS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES:

Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the "Freedom Party" (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.
The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States. Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughoutthe world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin's political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents.

Before irreparable damage is done by way of financial contributions, public manifestations in Begin's behalf, and the creation in Palestine of the impression that a large segment of America supports Fascist elements in Israel, the American public must be informed as to the record and objectives of Mr. Begin and his movement. The public avowals of Begin's party are no guide whatever to its actual character. Today they speak of freedom, democracy and anti-imperialism, whereas until recently they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist state. It is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real character; from its past actions we can judge what it may be expected to do in the future.

Attack on Arab Village

A shocking example was their behavior in the Arab village of Deir Yassin. This village, off the main roads and surrounded by Jewish lands, had taken no part in the war, and had even fought off Arab bands who wanted to use the village as their base. On April 9 (THE NEW YORK TIMES), terrorist bands attacked this peaceful village, which was not a military objective in the fighting, killed most of its inhabitants ? 240men, women, and children - and kept a few of them alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem. Most of the Jewish community was horrified at the deed, and the Jewish Agency sent a telegram of apology to King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan. But the terrorists, far from being ashamed of their act, were proud of this massacre, publicized it widely, and invited all the foreign correspondents present in the country to view the heaped corpses and the general havoc at Deir Yassin. The Deir Yassin incident exemplifies the character and actions of the Freedom Party.

Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of ultranationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority. Like other Fascist parties they have been used to break strikes, and have themselves pressed for the destruction of free trade unions. In their stead they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model. During the last years of sporadic anti-British violence, the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.

The people of the Freedom Party have had no part in the constructive achievements in Palestine. They have reclaimed no land, built no settlements, and only detracted from the Jewish defense activity. Their much-publicized immigration endeavors were minute, and devoted mainly to bringing in Fascist compatriots.

Discrepancies Seen

The discrepancies between the bold claims now being made by Begin and his party, and their record of past performance in Palestine bear the imprint of no ordinary political party. This is the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and British alike), and misrepresentation are means, and a "Leader State" is the goal.

In the light of the foregoing considerations, it is imperative that the truth about Mr. Begin and his movement be made known in this country. It is all the more tragic that the top leadership of American Zionism has refused to campaign against Begin's efforts, or even to expose to its own constituents the dangers to Israel from support to Begin.

The undersigned therefore take this means of publicly presenting a few salient facts concerning Begin and his party; and of urging all concerned not to support this latest manifestation of fascism.

ISIDORE ABRAMOWITZ

HANNAH ARENDT

ABRAHAM BRICK

RABBI JESSURUN CARDOZO

ALBERT EINSTEIN

HERMAN EISEN, M.D.

HAYIM FINEMAN

M. GALLEN, M.D.

H.H. HARRIS

ZELIG S. HARRIS

SIDNEY HOOK

FRED KARUSH

BRURIA KAUFMAN

IRMA L. LINDHEIM

NACHMAN MAISEL

SEYMOUR MELMAN

MYER D. MENDELSON

M.D., HARRY M. OSLINSKY

SAMUEL PITLICK

FRITZ ROHRLICH

LOUIS P. ROCKER

RUTH SAGIS

ITZHAK SANKOWSKY

I.J. SHOENBERG

SAMUEL SHUMAN

M. SINGER

IRMA WOLFE

STEFAN WOLF.

New York, Dec. 2, 1948

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also regarding the subject





The July 9, 2004 Int’l Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling (14 to 1) on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory – for which they also had to address and make a rulling on each of the issues below.

1. Israel must withdraw from occupied Palestinian territory - including Gaza, West Bank, and East Jerusalem to June 1967 borders.

2. Remove all of Israeli settlements. Every one of them is deemed illegal by Int’l law thru both UN and ICJ.

3. Allow the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland in the occupied territories.

4. Israel and Palestine both have the right to exist as 2 separate states. This must be recognized by each and by neighboring states.

5. The Wall Israel built in West Bank must be removed. This is actually why this case went to ICJ in the first place.


(from here - Link)




(music by J. Lennon)
Gonzalo Rubalcaba - piano John Patitucci - double bass Jack DeJohnette - drums
 
 
 
 
Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us           And the world will be as one  " 
Regarding news, actions horrifically ocurring among other terrible dealings presently in Gaza, I say this:        Each child taken thus is a tear, a relentless tear upon the soul of the 'Most Merciful' - upon mankind's eternal soul, beauty and the face of Love itself.
 
Wishing all a safe and if possible, happy week.
Take care.