This Friday, I’m sharing a Celtic rock band I’ve seen perform twice now. I think my favorite of their songs is still “Finnean’s Dance,” but that might be tied with several others. 🙂
(And yeah, I missed last Friday… was away from the computer all day, and then got hit with about 8 inches of wet snow Friday night, leading to a power outage all weekend. One of those times I’m glad we have a woodstove out here.)
A fun little animated short showing what can happen when people are — or aren’t — willing to work together. I don’t know if the animator had any part of US politics in mind when this was made, but that’s one of the interpretations that came to mind when I watched it. 🙂
A creative look at what “real” Smurfs might be like. Not as cute as the cartoon sort, but far more fascinating…
In the category of “People I Went to School With Doing Cool Stuff,” I give you an artist’s website:
I’m still exploring it myself, but so far my favorite is picket wheel.
(And — assuming, of course, that this is the same Walker I knew back in high school — dude, seriously, maybe some contact info on your website?)
Today’s Friday Find is a viral video set to the final speech in The Great Dictator.
(I will try to be pleased at how many good comments this received in the journal where I first saw the link, and not depressed that so many people seemed to have no idea who Charlie Chaplin was, let alone having seen this particular movie. *sigh* Only 34, and I already start to feel old. I suppose I should get used to this.)
Silly, catchy, all-around fun. I recommend playing it fairly loud. 🙂
The artist’s website can be found here. (I should probably note, though, that “The Happy Song” is pretty different from his usual work, which tends toward cinematic-feeling orchestral/new age instrumentals.)
This week’s finds are poems. I used to read a lot more poetry than I do now (and certainly wrote much more of it than I do now), but these really caught my attention and made me feel they were worth sharing.
The first two were posted by readers to the greatpoets community on LiveJournal:
“Library,” by Albert Goldbarth:
“Changeling” by Loren Eiseley:
Incidentally, the DW community poetry also has a lot of good stuff posted that’s worth checking out. Here are two that were posted there:
“How to Read a Poem: A Beginner’s Manual,” by Pamela Spiro Wagner:
“Ravens,” by Theodora Goss:
This week’s Friday Find is fiction — a fun twist on a faerie curse, by Tessa Gratton:
Will have a general update later today, but for now, in the interests of 1) updating here on a more regular basis, and 2) making this journal about slightly more than just me and whatever I’m doing, I’ve decided to use Fridays to post links to interesting writing/music/art/whatever I happen across that I think deserves a signal boost, even if it’s only the tiny one I can offer here.
I’m starting off with singer/songwriter Zoe Mulford, whose work I first heard at a local music festival several years ago. To listen to her songs is to listen with a perpetual lump in your throat — and yet wind up smiling. Her lyrics have the trick of being both accessible and inevitable, without feeling forced, and in her songwriting she seems equally at home with poignance and humor.
You can listen to a few of her songs on her website:
And you can find a list of her albums (available from CD Baby and, for the two earlier ones, from iTunes) here: