Vegetarian Ideal

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth
as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. - Howard Zinn


Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which man ceases to live thoughtlessly and begins to devote himself to his life
with reverence in order to give it true value.
— Albert Schweitzer


Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

"Auld Lang Syne"

noun: auld lang syne
  1. times long past.

"Auld Lang Syne" is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788

Robert Burns sent a copy of the original song to the Scots Musical Museum with the remark, "The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man."  

Some of the lyrics were indeed "collected" rather than composed by the poet; the ballad "Old Long Syne" printed in 1711 by James Watson shows considerable similarity in the first verse and the chorus to Burns' later poem,  and is almost certainly derived from the same "old song".

Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
On old long syne.
On old long syne my Jo,
On old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
On old long syne.
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you'll buy your pint cup!
and surely I'll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we've wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
And there's a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o' thine!
And we'll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

The song begins by posing a rhetorical question: Is it right that old times be forgotten? 

The answer is generally interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships. 

 "Auld Lang Syne" is traditionally sung at the conclusion of New Year gatherings in Scotland and around the world, especially in English-speaking countries. 

 As well as celebrating the New Year, "Auld Lang Syne" is very widely used to symbolize other "endings/new beginnings" – including farewells, funerals and  graduations.



Be Kind


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Andrés Segovia (Master Class 1965)


Andrés Segovia (Master Class 1965) 

via @YouTube

Andrés Segovia Documentary


Andrés Segovia Documentary by Christopher Nupen
See the legacy of Andrés Segovia at work among the new world class
talent from a new generation performing LIVE RECITALS 

How to Fail:

Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.  - Alasdair Gray, Writer 


A Life In Music: Robert Plant

Frank Zappa died 24 years ago

Jimi Hendrix would have turned 75 recently 


【Blues artist photo】

The LSD Blotter 



Strauss - Kathleen Battle - Frühlingsstimmen - Voices of Spring

"Voices Of Spring, Op.410 (Live At Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna / 1987)" by Kathleen Battle (Google PlayiTunes)

Beautiful opera singer Kathleen Battle singing wonderfully the waltz "Voices of Spring" by Johann Strauss II written in 1882. This was in 1987 in Vienna. Conductor is Herbert von Karajan.


Barcarolle (Offenbach) Philippe Jaroussky et Natali Dessay


Barcarolle (Offenbach) Philippe Jaroussky et Natalie Dessay

Natalie Dessay is a French opera singer who had a highly acclaimed career as a coloratura soprano before leaving the opera
stage on 15 October 2013. She dropped the silent "h" in her first name
in honor of Natalie Wood when she was in grade school and subsequently
simplified the spelling of her surname. 
 Philippe Jaroussky (born 13 February 1978) is a French countertenor.
He began his musical career with the violin, winning an award at the
Versailles conservatory and then took up the piano before turning to
singing. He is noted for a virtuosic coloratura technique and for
compelling and enlivened interpretations of baroque ...

barcarolle (from French, also barcarole; originally, Italian barcarola
or barcaruola, from barca 'boat') is a traditional folk song sung by
Venetian gondoliers, or a piece of music composed in that style.

Donovan: Catch the Wind with Lyrics

Lyrics: Catch the Wind

In the chilly hours and minutes
Of uncertainty
I want to be
In the warm hold of your loving mind
To feel you all around me
And to take your hand
Along the sand
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind
When sundown pales the sky
I want to hide a while
Behind your smile
And everywhere I'd look, your eyes I'd find
For me to love you now
Would be the sweetest thing
T'would make me sing
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind
Diddy di dee dee diddy diddy
Diddy diddy diddy dee dee dee
When rain has hung the leaves with tears
I want you near to kill my fears
To help me to leave all my blues behind
For standin' in your heart
Is where I want to be
And long to be
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind
Songwriters: Donovan Leitch
Catch the Wind lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Released: 1965 

Vincent (Van Gogh) by Don McLean
Vincent Van_Gogh - Starry  Night - Google Art Project
 A painting of a scene at
night with 11 swirly stars and a bright yellow crescent moon. In the
background there are hills, in the middle ground there is a moonlit town
with a church that has an elongated steeple, and in the foreground
there is the dark green silhouette of a cypress tree and houses.

Mixed opinions:

Van Gogh
died in 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise where he was painting the wheat fields.
He sustained a gunshot injury to his abdomen while out in those fields
before dying in an inn two days later. On his death bed he revealed he
had shot himself.
Aug 9, 2013
The death of Vincent van Gogh, the Dutch post-Impressionist painter, occurred in the early morning of 29 July 1890, in his room at the Auberge Ravoux
in the village of Auvers-sur-Oise in northern France. Van Gogh was shot
in the stomach, either by himself or by others, and died two days

This reddit post claims that Vincent Van Gogh's final words were "la tristesse durera toujours", and that that translates to "the sadness will last forever".Oct 3, 2016


Japanese paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates sculptures of animals

Japanese paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates sculptures of animals using a technique involving rolled strips of wet newspaper #womensart

Chie Hitotsuyama

Nov 14, 2016 - Chie Hitotsuyama spent much of her childhood surrounded by the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of her grandfather's traditional paper-strip factory in Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Much of the machinery was quite old and wooden, and the infusion of traditional practices helped to shape Ms.