Monthly Archives: July 2011

OBSCURE COVERS SERIES #7

The Specials “A Message to You Rudy”. Original song by Dandy Livingstone I should change the name of this series as most of the covers I am picking are certainly well known and far from obscure, including this one, which gained fame when the Specials covered it. Back in my club days, you couldn’t get [...]

FOR ANYONE WHO MIGHT NEED AN ANGEL RIGHT NOW…

…this post is for you. These photographs were taken at November 2009 at the Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal. It was an exquisite, crisp, fall day – the perfect weather for wandering around in a graveyard and not getting freaked out. Even the spirits were in high spirits. I loved how the headstones changed depending [...]

OBSCURE COVER SERIES #6

As the heat rose this past week, despite of how uncomfortable it got, I had access to water, a fan, and shade from a tree. The crisis in the continent of Africa, with a drought that shows no respite, is too painful to comprehend. When we idle our cars, choose to use the drive-through rather [...]

LET’S BE SMARTER THAN YOUR AVERAGE BEAR

Tom Rand’s book “Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit” was in the bunch I brought up North. I felt it would be inspiring to read it surrounded by the scenery of Muskoka but instead it was frustrating because I was surrounded by cottagers who drove the 5 minute walk to the beach, mainly to avoid the [...]

OBSCURE COVER SERIES #5

July 24, 2011 – 1:19 am

One of my favourite songs covered by one of my favourite artists – another example of how Miles Davis can claim an already strong song and make the composition his own – ‘Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio, 2nd Movement)’ by the Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. It was said by his wife, pianist Victoria Kamhi de Rodrigo, [...]

CLEAN WATER SHOULDN’T BE A LUXURY

July 22, 2011 – 11:50 pm

Mary Lake, Muskoka Region, Ontario The world’s running out of clean water. Unless the UN acts, the private sector will appropriate supplies and the poor will suffer…” more info Clean water to drink, wash and swim in shouldn’t be a luxury – it should be a human right – but now when I have a [...]

OBSCURE COVER SERIES #4

July 22, 2011 – 2:43 am

This selection is dedicated to my 3 yr old niece who fortunately was ok with her auntie singing her to sleep with “The Sound of Music” soundtrack at the cottage. Each night as we snuggled she would ask for the “Draindrops (not a spelling mistake) kitten” song. I would have to sing “My Favourite Things” [...]

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SITE SPECIFIC ART THAT SHIFTS CONCIOUSNESS / CONSCIENCE?

July 16, 2011 – 3:59 am

Of the approximately 20 exhibits I went to see during CONTACT this past May, the most incredible exhibit I witnessed was South African photographer, Pieter Hugo’s “Permanent Error”,curated by Bonnie Rubenstein (Artistic Director of CONTACT). It was a site specific exhibit that was installed at the corner of Spadina @ Front, (North East side); the [...]

OBSCURE COVER SERIES #3

July 13, 2011 – 11:07 pm

Wouldn’t you flip out if Miles Davis covered your song? Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

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SPACE TO EXPAND

July 11, 2011 – 8:09 pm

10 Books in 10 Days? Here at my sister’s cottage. Holiday time? Not for me. Just a change of scenery. When I look up from my computer today I can see trees instead of the neighbour’s brick wall – the view from my office at home in Toronto. My plan is to read a book [...]