There Goes the GPS — 1945 and Now — Geomagnetic Storm

“S___ (My given name starts with S ),
Thanks for calling. My computer is sill in the shop, so I am using
Louise’s lap top. Your connection was a real roller coaster in volume!
It was difficult to get a full sentence. I guess the storm is working
it’s magic on the wires. When I flew across the Atlantic Ocean in
1945, the whole northern hemisphere was a bright green. I needed three
stars 120 degrees apart to get a good position, but the Aurora blanked
out all the stars to the north! I had to settle for three stars only
30 degrees apart to the southern hemisphere. But that worked and I
stayed on the proper course to arrive on time at the exact right spot
in Scotland  …….

….  Dad”


Pater Noster, Bali Ha’i and Mother

My Mother had an exceptional opera quality contralto that she used occasionally as a young teen.  Mother sang solos, by invitation, in large Atlanta churches, during and just after WWII. She never needed microphones or other enhancement. When she sang, a cappella, the Pater Noster with Doxology, her long dark deep red hair glistening in sunlight  streaming through stained glass, even the  most   calloused, hardened veterans, and harshly bitter, destroyed elders would shiver and weep.

Mother married at sixteen. When she was nineteen I was born. Her magnificent voice was silenced, except to sublimate her longings into entertainment for her children.

Bali Ha’i, recorded the year I was born, is a song my Mother used to sing. Though she longed to travel across the oceans and visit exotic islands, she also longed for personal expression.  She never did have the opportunities or circumstances for either.  The lyrics of this beautiful song express longing for more than a particular geographic place. The Lord’s Prayer, or Pater Noster, we all know.

Bear … 12.12.2014
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OUR FATHER, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
PATER NOSTER, qui es in cœlis;
sanctificatur nomen tuum:
Adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in cœlo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie:
Et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris:
et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.
Quia tuum est regnum, et potestas, et Gloria,
in saecula.
Pater Noster — Peteris Vasks
Latvian Radio Choir-
Sinfonietta Riga-
Sigvards Klava

Bali Ha’i

Most people live on a lonely island,
Lost in the middle of a foggy sea.
Most people long for another island,
One where they know they will like to be.

Bali Ha’i may call you,
Any night, any day,
In your heart, you’ll hear it call you:
“Come away, Come away.”

Bali Ha’i will whisper
In the wind of the sea
“Here am I, your special island!
Come to me, come to me!”

Your own special hopes,
Your own special dreams,
Bloom on the hillside
And shine in the streams.
If you try, you’ll find me
Where the sky meets the sea.
“Here am I, your special island
Come to me, Come to me.”

Bali Ha’i,
Bali Ha’i,
Bali Ha’i!

Someday you’ll see me floating in the sunshine,
My head sticking out from a low flying cloud,
You’ll hear me call you,
Singing through the sunshine,
Sweet and clear as can be:
“Come to me, here am I, come to me.”
If you try, you will find me
Where the sky meets the sea.
“Here am I, your special island
Come to me, Come to me.”

Bali Ha’i,
Bali Ha’i,
Bali Ha’i!

Bali Ha’i — Bloody Mary solo: Juanita Hall
Columbia Masterworks Record# ML 4180 (green label) from 1949.
Composer: Richard Rodgers.
Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II.

D Day Photos Then and Now + WWI Sea Photos

Click the WW 2 photo and it fades to an image of the scene today.
Also some interesting WW1 war at sea shots.
These interesting links were sent by historical novelist

WAR –Music Themes

What else is WAR other than a nightmare parade, a carnival of lost souls?
Nightmare Parade — Carnival of Lost Souls — Nox Arcana

The poetic Gaeilge languages seem to have a built in understand the relationship between terror and the control of others .   In language origins there is an association between this terrible power or terror power and with greatness. The construction of all languages and the basic root words give us more than hints and about our individual cultural perspectives about  what WAR is and what situations require WAR.
Queen of Crows — Two Steps From Hell — Thomas Bergeron

The Morrigan  is the Queen of Crows
“… the Irish “Morrígan” has its roots either in a word for “terror” or a word for “greatness”.”
This dance excerpt clip  from a Chinese made film dramatizing the Rape of Nanking
Nanking was only one monstrous atrocity. Our World History is filled with atrocity. How is it that there are still persons who wish to commit yet more atrocities? There are those who are committing horror on others at this very moment.
There are many well made and beautiful films and symphony scores which glorify massacres, genocide, and the horror we inflict on each other. I chose this clip because, being a caricature, it is not so beautiful in the terrible way that much    WAR drama is.
City of Life and Death — Nanjing! Nanjing! —

Beethoven said all he had to say about Napoleon and “his” WAR  is in the Eroica.  He says it much better than I.
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 –  Karajan (unabridged 50 minutes 35 seconds)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) — Symphony No.3 in E flat major, op.55 “Eroica”
“Beethoven: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -“Eroica” – 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)” by Berliner Philharmoniker
How many WARs are begun as simple misunderstandings, misinterpretation of language?  Not many, I think. Deceit is no accident. Evil disguises itself in ideology and hides behind twisted language.  Conflict and confusion is sowed for the purpose of WAR.
TOWER OF BABEL — Frank Lindamood

WAR  Mongers take heed. Not all judgment is divine. Perhaps you will be judged by the Mothers of Men.  Ye who force others to fight for reasons that should not be are cursed already.  You have cursed yourselves.   What should be our judgment?   Can a Being with no soul experience judgement?
Fire — Angels and Demons — Hans Zimmer
HansZimmerVidz’s channel
In the end, it is love, not fear or the terrible glory of death, that prevents us from completely annihilating one another with  WAR. Most of us have grown up with the good fortune of Damocles hanging over our infant cradles. This good fortune has been gently swaying over our heads since before I was born.  Is it possible to remove this Sword of Annihilation from our beautiful Earth? Time lapse of all nuclear explosions from 1945 to 1998 by Isao Hashimoto This map does not include any explosions after 1998.Are 2053 enough, already? Included are the  1945 World WAR  II explosions.
Sting – Russians –Live — Berlin 2010,

Can the horror of WAR  actually be transcended with music? Does making the aftermath bearable allow us to do it all over again?
Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad” ( 1hr 17 minutes 15 sec)
Valery Gergiev, conductor   —  Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September 1906 — 9 August 1975)–
Opus 13
Ruaumoke is being asked to lend strength enough to shake Earth’s womb into giving birth to a volcano of power to defeat enemies, in this case the strength that in other times was used for  WAR , is now is used in ritual non lethal battle, or a sports arena.
HAKA — Ruaumoko — Te Matatini O Te Ra — Wetini Mitai Ngatai and Miriama Hare

______________________________________________________________’s_Wall  WAR  has changed the face of the Earth.
Another Brick in Hadrian’s Wall — Hans Zimmer

WAR  is often glorified as leisure amusement
HELL MARCH 3 — Frank Klepacki

The are three versions of this music that Frank Klepacki composed for a game series Command and Conquer  used to accompany military video clips.
Red Alert China —
Red Alert 2 .. from the WAR  game Command and conquer Red alert 2 —
Red Alert 3 Soviet—
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Very few of our  societies did not in the past nor do not now have a WARrior class.
Kodo Ibuki Taiko —  侍  戦争   練り歩く  音楽

EVA for March 13, 2014, challenged us to think musically about WAR  .
For March 20, 2014 we shall consider the   VERNAL EQUINOX .
I wanted to touch on our Civil WAR and the introduction of the Draft (conscript military service), and World WAR  I and how World WAR  II was a continuation of WWI and how WWI was left over from older times. I wanted to touch on how many of our current conflicts and wars are not really new, but are part of the aftermath of unresolved older WARs …. As with anything else, there is no way to separate out anything from everything else. All of history flows together. We are what we are.

Sunday Bloody Sunday– Seconds — New Year’s Day — Like A Song… — Drowning Man –The Refugee — Two Hearts Beat As One — Red Light — Surrender –“40”
WAR   U2   1983 (full album 42 minutes 27seconds)

Bear …03/08.2014

Babi Yar Бабий яр

Бабий яр

In 1941 the largest single massacre of the Holocaust took place at Babi Yar, a ravine in Kiev.

In just 2 days almost 34 thousand Jews were murdered by a team of German SS troops, other German units, and local collaborators.

Babi Yar Yevgeny Yevtushenko  Reading:Boris Vetrov Music:John Williams

Babi Yar

No monument stands over Babi Yar.
A drop sheer as a crude gravestone.
I am afraid.
Today I am as old in years
as all the Jewish people.
Now I seem to be
a Jew.
Here I plod through ancient Egypt.
Here I perish crucified, on the cross,
and to this day I bear the scars of nails.
I seem to be
The Philistine
is both informer and judge.
I am behind bars.
Beset on every side.
spat on,
Squealing, dainty ladies in flounced Brussels lace
stick their parasols into my face.
I seem to be then
a young boy in Byelostok.
Blood runs, spilling over the floors.
The barroom rabble-rousers
give off a stench of vodka and onion.
A boot kicks me aside, helpless.
In vain I plead with these pogrom bullies.
While they jeer and shout,
“Beat the Yids. Save Russia!”
some grain-marketeer beats up my mother.
0 my Russian people!
I know
are international to the core.
But those with unclean hands
have often made a jingle of your purest name.
I know the goodness of my land.
How vile these anti-Semites-
without a qualm
they pompously called themselves
the Union of the Russian People!
I seem to be
Anne Frank
as a branch in April.
And I love.
And have no need of phrases.
My need
is that we gaze into each other.
How little we can see
or smell!
We are denied the leaves,
we are denied the sky.
Yet we can do so much —
embrace each other in a darkened room.
They’re coming here?
Be not afraid. Those are the booming
sounds of spring:
spring is coming here.
Come then to me.
Quick, give me your lips.
Are they smashing down the door?
No, it’s the ice breaking …
The wild grasses rustle over Babi Yar.
The trees look ominous,
like judges.
Here all things scream silently,
and, baring my head,
slowly I feel myself
turning gray.
And I myself
am one massive, soundless scream
above the thousand thousand buried here.
I am
each old man
here shot dead.
I am
every child
here shot dead.
Nothing in me
shall ever forget!
The “Internationale,” let it
when the last anti-Semite on earth
is buried forever.
In my blood there is no Jewish blood.
In their callous rage, all anti-Semites
must hate me now as a Jew.
For that reason
I am a true Russian!

Babij Jar (übersetzt von Paul Celan)
Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Shostakovich: Symphony #13 in Bb Minor “Babi Yar”, Op. 113 – I Babi Yar: Adagio

Sarajevos Abandoned Olympic Sites

94 yr old British Aviator, Winkle Brown, Tells His Story


In case you missed it, this is the story of a most amazing man — a well  known, well documented Fleet Air Arm hero and British aviation icon.
As unbelievable  as it may seem this is the true story of his  life.
Hero who makes Biggles look like a wimp: He’s flown more planes than anyone else  in history – and took 2,000 Nazis prisoner single-handed. And now, at 94, he’s  telling his breathtaking story




A Gypsy family travels the French roads during the Second World War, followed by Little Claude, a young boy seeking a new family after his parents “left and never returned”. Upon reaching a town where they traditionally stop for a few months and work in vineyards, aviey learn that a new law forbids them from being nomadic. Theodore, the town’s mayor, and Miss Lundi, the schoolteacher, protect and help the Gypsies. Despite this, They are arrested and placed in an internment camp. Theodore manages to rescue them and gives them a piece of property where they must settle. But the Gypsies’ deeply ingrained thirst for freedom makes this sedentary lifestyle difficult to bear. After Theodore and Miss Lundi are arrested for resistance, the Gypsies decide they must get back on the move in order to remain free

Against Greek nazis, in Athens and Britain

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This March 2011 video is called Noam Chomsky on Nazi Collaboration in France, Italy, Greece & the Netherlands.

By Dave Sewell:

Tue 15 Jan 2013

We will resist Greek fascists

Anti-fascist protesters were set to fill the streets of Greece’s capital, Athens, on Saturday of this week in an enormous demonstration against Golden Dawn.

This fascist party has rapidly become the third party in Greece, with 18 MPs in parliament and a strong showing in the polls.

Its logo is closely modelled on the Nazi swastika, and its members have led violent attacks on migrant workers and the left.

“There have been many attacks—hundreds of migrant workers have been injured,” Javied Aslam, president of the Union of Immigrant Workers and chair of the Pakistani Community of Greece, told Socialist Worker.

“A few months ago there was so much fear in people,” he said. “But there…

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