Sunday, October 05, 2014

more Soul Train lines

I wish we had these videos in higher quality, but hey.

War's "Ballero" for a classic Soul Train dance line:


the video, remixed:


"Dance With Me" Rufus and Chaka Kahn

Earth, Wind, and Fire "Mighty, Mighty"


Mason Jennings "Ain't No Friend of Mine" (live)


some favorite laughs

a recent round-up of things that make me laugh:


pug in the ball pit


Kristen Bell and the sloth


Pine Nuts vs Cumberbitches (Graham Norton show)


Jimmy Fallon and the Roots Soul Train parody

Ramen, again

 First, a visual tour of noodle dishes, a little overwhelming.

Ah, ramen! making it right takes a lot of time and attention to ingredients.


Lately I have been making ramen at home using a recipe from a magazine. Not the instant kind with the dubious flavor packets, but something quite easy using chuka-men noodles.

A visit to the Nishiyama ramen factory in Japan, where fresh noodles are made:


Recipe for home-made yakibuta ramen from Cooking With Dog, showing a simplified version of the days-long, labor-intensive ways to make everything from  scratch: pork broth, dashi stock, seasoned soft-boiled eggs, etc:



The right way to eat Ramen (from the movie Tampopo)

Anthony Bourdain goes to Sapporo, in northern Japan, to eat miso ramen (from his show No Reservations).


Another NHK video on ramen, this time a serious ramen shop tasting tour:

Some Totoro music


Composer Joe Hisaishi, frequent collaborator with Hayao Miyazaki for the soundtracks of his films, performs one of the themes for the movie Totoro,  "Kaze no Torimichi" (the path of the wind). If I want a cleansing cry, his music always works.

A cockatiel covers the ending theme song "Tonari no Totoro"---so sweet! what is it about this bird that is so tender?

Sunday, September 07, 2014

All about ramen (ラーメン) Journeys in Japan documentary

All you want to know about Japanese ramen in this documentary by NHK World.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Orange Caramel, "Catallena" (lyrics)


Friday, August 29, 2014

documentary on Soul Train "The HIppest Trip"

Soul Train: The Hippest Trip, a documentary from VH1 (2010)



the quality isn't great, so here are a few clips that are highlighted in the show that  I've found in somewhat better shape:

Aretha's performance:


The Soul Train line to "Rock Steady"

Soul Train stories

I'm reading Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show. Soul Train Classic Moments, by Ericka Blount Danois. Such amazing stories!

The Soul Train line inspired our dancing in Jr High and High school  in the early seventies. Maybe we couldn't do all the moves, but we enthusiastically made our own lines.


Here's a great interview with the author about her book, and Soul Train's incredible story and influence.



From a Rolling Stone post about 12 amazing Soul Train performances, here are two of my favorites: a live, unrehearsed moment from Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson:



and a 1975 set from Al Green. Go to 21:50 for the amazing performance of "God Blessed Our Love." Church!
The Soul Train line starts at 33:28


Thursday, August 07, 2014

funk music: a documentary



Published on Sep 25, 2013
What is Funk Music?
from the YouTube description:
Where is Funk Music?
What is The Future for Funk Music?

These questions are answered AND this genre of music is explored in:
Funk Music: A Documentary.

Interviews from members of the Funk bands Cameo, Lakeside, Slave, The Time, P-Funk All Stars, Prince's New Power Generation, Ozone, Rick James & The Stone City Band, Slapbak, Julian's Ride and many more.

Produced and Directed by Paul A. Altamirano.

Help keep The Funk alive.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Victoria de los Angeles: "la dulzura al servico del canto"



I will always adore the voice and performance of Victoria de los Angeles, especially when she sings Spanish song cycles. We had these boxed sets of classical music records when I was young, with two Rossini arias sung by her ("una voce poco fa"  and "dunque io son'"). I sang along to them hundreds of times (I don't think my mother ever complained).   Something about the timbre of her voice just made me happy. Later, I would recognize that she might not have been the most technically accomplished  when compared with some other sopranos, but she was my first love.

Here's a charming  interview clip, with a song performance, from British TV.

Best comment on this clip ("Che gelida manina" with the divine Jussi Bjorling):  her singing was "la dulzura al servicio del canto."