Sunday, May 24, 2015

Duo MainTenanT

An Example of Passion & Chemistry

A lot of people enjoy watching performers dance on stage. It is not only entertaining, but some people are so talented and capable of such amazing maneuvers that it is truly astounding.
It can truly be amazing to see the human body is capable of such movies, and that people can perform such impressive maneuvers in such a coordinated fashion. It is even more impressive when these maneuvers are done when two people are dancing together, because they are not only coordinating their movements with the music but with one another as well.
Nicolas Besnard and Ludivine Furnon are two former members of the Cirque du Soleil. On a Swiss live television show called “Benissimo,” these two perform a dance that wows everyone. The dance is called Duo MainTenanT, and it is both beautiful and sensual at the same time. It is extremely passionate, and it is like a love scene done in the form of dance.
This is just one example that shows that dance is more than just a series of movements. It is art on a variety of levels. It not only shows the talent and coordination of the dancers, but it can actually express emotions and aspects of the human condition as well. It is even better when the dancers are as talented as these two were, because it will be expressed in all of its glory and beauty. This performance was amazing, and it is definitely worth seeing for anyone who likes to watch dance.

Friday, May 15, 2015

5/15/2015 BB KIng

B.B. KING DEAD AT 89 Published // 15.MAY.15 One of the greatest American musicians of all time, B.B. King, passed away in his sleep on Thursday 14 May 2015 in Las Vegas. He was 89. The "King of the Blues" mentored scores of guitarists, including Eric Clapton. EC posted a video tribute to B.B. on Facebook, which can be viewed here. Riley B. King was born on a cotton plantation near Itta Bena, Mississippi on 16 September 1925. Known worldwide as the “King of the Blues”, his trademark is his instantly recognizable vibrato. He wouldn’t become “B.B.” until 1948. B.B first learned to love music through church services, as the preacher would lead the singing by playing guitar. He taught B.B. a few basic chords. By 9, he was singing in a gospel group. In his mid-teens, B.B. began working on a plantation as a tractor driver. He continued to sing and also began accompanying gospel groups on guitar. During World War II, B.B. was required to register for selective service. The plantation owner told him he would have a better chance of a deferment if he was married, so B.B. married his first wife in November 1944. Two years later, in May 1946, B.B. had an accident with a plantation tractor, breaking off the exhaust stack. Not wanting to face the owner, he left Mississippi for Memphis with $2.50 and his guitar. B.B. moved in with his cousin, Bukka White, who schooled him in the blues. In 1947, with his music career going nowhere, he moved back to the Mississippi plantation where he and his wife worked as share croppers. In 2005, B.B. was asked what inspired him to become a musician. He replied, “I was poor! We never had anything when I was growing up, never had our own home. I picked cotton for a dollar a day, I baled hay by hand, planted corn and soybeans. Then I was offered $3 a day to drive a tractor. But once I got better on the guitar, I could stand on Church Street in Indianola, Mississippi and make $50 or $60 in one evening. Now, why would I want to keep driving that tractor?” In 1948, he returned to Memphis determined to become a success in the music business. There, he looked up Sonny Boy Williamson (Aleck “Rice” Miller) and convinced Sonny Boy to let him play on his radio show. Sonny Boy also passed gigs to B.B that he couldn't fit in. B.B. then secured a radio gig of his own at WDIA where he worked as a DJ and played live on air. Needing a catchy name, he called himself the “Beale Street Blues Boy” which he shortened to “Blues Boy King” and eventually to “B.B. King”. Through his show, his fame began to spread. He recorded his first singles in 1949, but would not have a hit until 1951, “Three O’Clock Blues.” Between 1951 and 1985, he was on the Billboard Charts 74 times between 1951 and 1985. His Gibson guitar, Lucille, was as famous as the musician. He often recounted the story that one night in the early 1950s, he was playing in a small club when a fight broke out over a woman and a kerosene-filled garbage pail that was being used for heat was knocked over. The room turned into an inferno. Outside, B.B. realized he had left his guitar in the club. He foolishly rushed back in to save it. He was badly burned and almost lost his life when the building began to collapse around him. The next morning, he learned the woman’s name was Lucille. He named the guitar after her to remind himself never to do something so stupid again. Today, Gibson markets a “Lucille” model with B.B.’s endorsement. B.B. was revered by many rock musicians, even touring with U2 in the late 1980s. But his association with Eric Clapton brought his music to millions of rock fans around the world. Over the years, the men shared a stage numerous times since they first met in the late 1960s. B.B. was an honored guest at all of EC's Crossroads Guitar Festivals (2004 / 2007 / 2010 / 2013). They performed with Buddy Guy at Buddy’s induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2005. In 1999, they teamed up for the Grammy Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and the "Concert Of The Century", which took place at the White House in Washington, D.C. On October 15, 1998 B.B. walked on for the encore at Eric’s Earls’ Court, London concert. Additionally, Eric appeared on an American television salute to B.B., which was released on video as B.B. King and Friends (1988). B.B. and Eric also got together in the recording studio. In 1998, they duetted on “Rock Me Baby”, for King’s album, Deuces Wild. In the early months of 2000, they recorded tracks for the album, "Riding With The King." It topped the charts, garnered several awards and was certified gold within three weeks of release. They teamed up again in 2005 to record B.B.’s "The Thrill is Gone" for B.B.’s CD 80. In December 2006, B.B. received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President George W. Bush, in recognition of his musical contributions.

BB KING Passes Away age 89

The great B.B. King has passed away at age 89. Eric C posted a video tribute on his Facebook page earlier today. Read the WE! Tribute at

Posted by Where's Eric! The Eric Clapton Fan Club Magazine on Friday, May 15, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Best 3 1/2 Minutes you'll spend today

Have you ever heard of the Private Treptow Pledge ? After Pvt. Treptow was killed, a diary was found in which he had inscribed the following pledge: ''America must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.''

All Americans should watch this video! Semper Fi Ron

Posted by Steve Reichert on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
THE PLEDGE OF PRIVATE TREPTOW By RICHARD HALLORAN, Special to the New York Times Published: January 21, 1981 FACEBOOK TWITTER GOOGLE+ EMAIL SHARE PRINT REPRINTS WASHINGTON, Jan. 20— Martin A. Treptow, a young and obscure American private killed in France in World War I, was written into American history books by President Reagan today because of a letter Mr. Reagan received from an unidentified admirer. Toward the end of his Inaugural Address, President Reagan spoke of monuments to heroism and, with a struggle to control his voice, drew attention to ''the sloping hills of Arlington National Cemetery with its row upon row of simple white markers.'' ''Under such a marker lies a young man, Martin Treptow, who left his job in a small-town barber shop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division,'' Mr. Reagan said. After Pvt. Treptow was killed, a diary was found in which he had inscribed the following pledge: ''America must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.'' Recalling Message of Letter White House officials said that Mr. Reagan, wanting a passage for the address to illuminate his point of heroism, recalled the letter he had received earlier with the reference to Pvt. Treptow. Mr. Reagan's speech writers dug many of the facts about Pvt. Treptow out of the National Archives here and spent a day looking for his grave in Arlington, across the Potomac river. Officials at the cemetery, however, said that Pvt. Treptow was buried in Bloomington, Wis. Further checking by researchers of The New York Times determined that he was buried in Bloomer, Wis., a small town in the northwestern part of the state. White House officials said Mr. Reagan did not mean to imply that the soldier was buried in Arlington. While President Reagan may have turned Pvt. Treptow into a national hero, he was not entirely unknown before today. The American Legion posts in Bloomer, Wis., and Cherokee, Iowa, were named for him. Moreover, it appears that the pledge cited by Mr. Reagan may have been used before by President Wilson and by former Senator Guy Gillette, Democrat of Iowa. Pvt. Treptow was born January 19, 1894, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., near Bloomer, where he grew up. He was working as a barber in Cherokee, Iowa, when the United States entered the war in 1917. There he enlisted in the Iowa National Guard, which became the 168th Infantry Regiment, 84th Brigade, in the 42d ''Rainbow'' Division when it was called to Federal service. Pvt. Treptow was killed while serving as a runner, or courier, for Company M in the battle of the Ourcq River on July 29, 1918.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn April 2015

Powerful, timely, prophetic message -- Wake up AmericaMembers of Congress hear a hard-hitting speech by Rabbi Jonathan...

Posted by Nigeriacamera on Monday, May 4, 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

GARDENER HINT using Diapers

Gardener Hint

Wait-WHAT? Diapers for Gardening?! Who knew! Read all about it here:

Posted by ISave "A 2 Z" on Friday, January 23, 2015