[Video Credit: The Platin Tenors, Torna A Surriento--Andre Rieu, YouTube, alcv38]
This Neopolitan song, which is believed to have been written in 1902 by Ernesto De Curtis, is performed by "The Platin Tenors," accompanied by the Johann Strauss Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Dutch Conductor/Composer/Violinist Andre Rieu.
The tenors are (L to R): Gary Bennett (Australia, Island of Tasmania), Bela Mavrak (Hungary), and Thomas Greuel (Germany). Read below the fold...
[Carla Maffioletti and Akim Camara, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Requiem Mass, "Pie Jesu"]
I offer this beautiful musical video in loving memory of 'Mr. John,' and in honor of our 'fallen' soldiers, airmen and seamen.
My appreciation extends to all who have served their country in the US military, including Mr. Alexa.
Lastly, 'Rest in Peace, Daddy.' We miss you so. [Memorial Day, 1979.]
[Below the fold are the Latin and English lyrics to this beautiful motet. Maffioletti is a Brazillian/Italian Operatic Soprano, and Akim Camara is a prodigious German violinist. He was only 5 years old at the time of this video.]Read below the fold...
I am posting Lily's story in the hope that doing so may encourage many of you to consider getting your next dog from a rescue or shelter, rather than a pet store or commercial breeder.
This is Lily's story as told by a couple of uplifting images, a beautiful slideshow--set to music, and a video narrated by Theresa Strader [which does NOT show graphic photos of a puppy mill operation]. Ms. Strader bought Lily 'at auction' from the Reedsgate Kennels in Missouri, in February 2007.
Received this tweet from Bloomberg View the other day. I have long ascribed to the notion that the real news is the news that is reported by the business press, so I "follow" a number of these news outlets.
Photo Credit: 'Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California" , National Media Museum's Photostream, Flickr
Frightening, eh? Just think--literally every other person that you and I lay eyes on are not members of the much-vaunted "Middle Class," to which politicians on both sides of the isle incessantly pander.
I still cannot believe how little 'press' the AP piece below, on the 2010 US Census Bureau Statistics, got when it was published just over a year ago. I forget when and where I first saw this piece, although I posted it on several blogs. I apologize that it is dated, but the content is not of any lesser significance, in my opinion. Read below the fold...
The absolute gall! The President will take to the road in January, after the Bowles-Simpson-type "framework" has already been passed and signed into law. And he will lead the charade that there is still time to change the outcome of "entitlement reform." Even worse, he will do this with the backing of none other than Senator Bernie Sanders.
I reach this conclusion because of the wording of one of Ed's questions to Senator Sanders:
"So Senator, you want President Obama to hit the road after the first of the year (to which Sanders nods), and go sell the American people, just like Bush did in 2005, when he won relection?"