November 30, 2016

On TV 6: A Rockefeller Xmas



















Styrous® ~ Wednesday, November 30, 2016












Leonard Cohen

I'm Your Man                           
I'm Your Man album lyrics           
Hallelujah!  
         
           
     
         
           
         
Cohen Songs:          
              
Judy Collins ~ Suzanne                      
      
         

photobooth photo by Leonard Cohen           
detail photo of album cover by Styrous®               
       



Song lyrics

Leonard Cohen ~ I'm Your Man album           
Leonard Cohen ~ Hallelujah!   
The Flaming Lips ~  Do You Realize??     
The Heavy ~ Be Mine         
Iron Butterfly ~ Metamorphosis              
Al Jarreau ~  
       Blue Rondo A La Turk (Round, Round, Round) 
Edith Piaf ~ Milord               
         
             
             
             
               
           
                
         

     
    
          
         
      
         


November 27, 2016

Leonard Cohen ~ Hallelujah! The anthem for our time



I don't remember when I first heard this song but it has been in my repertoire of all-time greats ever since I can remember. Maybe it's because it's Sunday and I have gotten into a spiritual (NOT religious) mode or I'm deep into sadness about the events of the week, but it occurred to me it wasn't until Kate McKinnon, portraying Hillary Clinton on SNL, sang the song that I realized it is the anthem for our time. This observation has been upheld by many online reviews of her performance including the religious oriented Christian Science Mnitor (links below)!

Once I realized this, I began researching the many covers of of the song; I was not amazed at the range of versions of the piece. Some are listed below (with links to them on YouTube at the end). 

Almost each one is brilliant in it's own way but there are three that stand out to me as especially dazzling. The previously mentioned SNL is one as well as a video that was not even professionally produced. 

At the top of my list is an amateur video of the wedding in Ireland of Chris and Leah O’Kane in which the priest officiating, Father Ray Kelly, sings the song, with altered lyrics. He looks the very antithesis of a rock singer but his voice and the intense emotion is stunning to see and hear! And his phenomenal voice takes it to an amazing height of astonishing beauty! Who'd a thought a priest could rock out like this? The event was carried by many media sources on the net including the BBC News (links below).   

Father Ray Kelly


The second is an entrant, Jeff Gutt, on The X Factor, a talent show. When he first comes on he is the classic image of a DORK! But then he goes into action and when he starts to sing his voice erupts into one of the most fantastic hard rock vocals I've ever heard. He has since gone on to do several albums. 




But above those is the one that set me off on this venture, the SNL broadcast of the song. It was one of the most brilliant performances ever produced on television; it was simple. Kate McKinnon played the piano and although there was absolutely no mention of Cohen I'm sure everyone who heard it instantly knew it was his; there was no mention of his death nor the painful event that occurred that same week but Everybody Knows. It was a beautiful, understated performance by her but it packed a solid punch to the gut!



Next on my list of great interpretations of the song is Pentatonix. What an amazing group of musicians they are. An American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of five vocalists: Avi Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Mitch Grassi. Their interpretation is utterly subline.   



John Cale, one of the founding members of the American experimental rock band the Velvet Underground takes a turn on solo piano and he does a magnificent job!



Jeff Buckley does it with solo guitar and some improvisation. KD Lang had a go at it at the opening ceremony for the 2010 Olympic Games with great results, of course.   

 Jeff Buckley                                                                             

 KD Lang                                    


Alexandra Burke and Susan Boyle (the unlikely woman with the phenomenal voice) have full orchestra arrangements that are luscious. Andre Rieu follows up with his violin backed by a full rock orchestra.  

                   Alexandra Burke    


Andre Rieu                                 


The song is represented internationally as well. Thomas Uhlig does it in German and Daniel Kahn sings in Yiddish, both on guitar. Holiday Celebrity sings it in French with a full orchestra and there is a sweet, easy rock French cover but no credit for the singer is given. It was sung in Russian as well on the kids version of the talent show, The Voice. And of course there is a Spanish version performed by Il Divo.   



Net links:
           
Hallelujah! lyrics     
Leonard Cohen ~ I'm Your Man          
            
             
reviews:          
        
Fortune              
IndieWire            
Huffington Post on Kate McKinnon As Hillary Clinton      
Christian Science Monitor      
Huffington Post on Father Ray Kelly           
BBC News on Father Ray Kelly      
             
         
                       
YouTube links:   
    
Father Ray Kelly (Singing priest)        
Jeff Gutt
Pentatonix         
John Cale             
Jeff Buckley       
K. D. Lang        
Alexandra Burke        
Susan Boyle           
Thomas Uhlig        Daniel Kahn   
Holiday Celebrity
French cover     
The Voice Kids      Il Divo        
           


Thanks to all these artists for their affirmation.
Hallelujah! 


Styrous® ~ Sunday, November 27, 2016










Leonard Cohen ~ Hallelujah! lyrics

Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen

Now, I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair                                     New Skin For The Old Ceremony
And from your lips she drew the hallelujah                                                   vinyl LP album detail
                                                                                                                        detail photo by Styrous®  
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light in every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the lord of song
With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Songwriter: Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC



Styrous® ~ Sunday, November 27, 2016













November 16, 2016

Gray Loft Gallery ~ Figure closing reception

          






Closing reception & wine tasting


   Saturday, November 19 
1 to 5 pm

  









"Figure, a group show that celebrates figurative art, paintings, includes ink drawings, watercolors, photography and mixed media abstractions of the figure. “The use of line, symbolic color, and an abstracted compositional flat space, illuminate underlying culture and the human condition. Beyond portraiture, figurative paintings have sought to distill imagery to an abstract system which conveys elements of power, tension, and resolution.” ~ Jan Wurm"   

Featured Artists:
Jeffrey Abrahams  |  Gabriele Bungardt  |  Mark Eanes  |  Lin Fischer
Nathaniel Garcia  |  Cliff Gustafson  |  James Hartman  |  Lara Hoke
Betsy Kendall  |   Susan Matthews  |  Lynn McGeever  |  Janet Norris
Gordon Pagnello   |  Jude Pittman  |  Claire Rabkin  |  Fernando Reyes
Mary Robinson  |  Styrous  |  Tom White  |  Jan Wurm  |  Elena Zolotnitsky




Gray Loft Gallery
2889 Ford Street, third floor
Oakand, CA 94601
510-499-3445
 



Styrous® ~ Wednesday, November 18, 2016


              

November 15, 2016

In Memoriam


about In Memoriam    
        
Arthur Adamov ~ 1970         
Ansel Adams ~ 1984         
Jonathan Adams ~ 2005          
Rosalie Aguilar ~ 1947     
Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov ~ 1947 
Muhammad Ali ~ 2016        
Francesc Alió  ~ 1908    
Duane Allman ~ 1971     
Robert Altman ~ 2006           
George Anderson ~ 1985    
Ernst (Ernest) Ansermet  ~ 1969      
Diane Arbus ~ 1971   
Andrews Sisters ~ 1967 / 1995 / 2013    
Fernando Arbex ~ 2003        
Maurizio Arcieri ~ 2015        
Lucille Ball ~ 1989         
Florence Ballard ~ 1976        
Gene Barry ~ 2009     
Béla Bartók ~ 1945     
Count Basie ~ 1984            
Samuel Beckett ~ 1989 
Franny Beecher ~ 2015       
Doris Belack ~ 2011         
Ernest J. Beall (aka Ernst) ~ 1980 
Malik Bendjelloul ~ 2014      
David Ben-Gurion ~ 1973   
Joan Bennett ~ 1990         
Leonard Bernstein ~ 1990         
Chuck Berry ~ 2017          
Sidney Blackmer ~ 1973      
Napoleon Bonaparte ~ 1821            
Nadia Boulanger ~ 1979        
David Bowie ~ 2016      
Marlon Brando ~ 2004         
Erik Brann ~ 2003   
Charles Bressler ~ 1996     
The Brown Twins ~ 2013 / 2014   
Don Buchla ~ 2016              
Jack Buetel ~ 2011         
Beniamino Bufano ~ 1970          
Richard Burton ~ 1984                  
Paul Butterfield ~ 1987           
David Byron ~ 1985   
John Cage ~ 1992                          
Maria Callas ~ 1977     
Ernest Callenbach ~ 2012      
Truman Capote ~ 1984          
Herb Cardwell ~ 1977          
Ramon Casas ~ 1932           
Lane Chandler ~ 1972        
Ray Charles ~ 2015 
Lew Christensen ~ 1984
Willam Christensen ~ 2001              
Frédéric Chopin ~ 1849                 
Van Cliburn ~ 2013        
Leonard Cohen ~ 2016      
Zebedy Colt ~ 2004      
Vincent Crane ~ 1989 
Xavier Cugat ~ 1990             
Tony Curtis ~ 2010
Hal David ~ 2012         
James Dean ~ 1955    
Gaspar de Guzmán ~ 1645    
Sean Delaney ~ 2003    
Yvonne De Carlo ~ 2007       
Jeanne Deckers (aka The Singing Nun) ~ 1985 
Manuel de Falla ~ 1946         
David Dellinger ~ 2004    
Victoria de los Ángeles ~ 2005       
Robert DoQui ~ 2008       
Antal Doráti ~ 1988           
Lee Dorman ~ 2012                
Jane Dornacker ~ 1986    
Lizzie Douglas (aka Memphis Minnie) ~ 1973     
Mike Douglas ~ 2006         
Roland Dubillard ~ 2011       
Alexandre Dumas ~ 1870         
Ralph Dumke ~ 1964       
Louis Edmonds ~ 2001                
Albert Einstein ~ 1955               
Duke Ellington ~ 1974            
John Embry ~ 2010     
John Entwistle~ 2002        
Ray Evans ~ 2007          
Percy Faith ~ 1976       
Carrie Fisher ~ 2016  
Maynard Ferguson ~ 2006    
Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci ~ 1250     
Arthur Fiedler ~ 1979    
Ella Fitzgerald ~ 1996         
Robert Foulk ~ 1989        
Stan Freberg ~ 2015                 
Jonathan Frid ~ 2012                
Martin Gabel ~ 1986        
Zsa Zsa Gabor ~ 2016            
Mahatma Gandhi ~ 1948              
Antoni Gaudí ~ 1926      
Marvin Gaye ~ 1984          
George W. George ~ 2007     
Stan Getz ~ 1991         
Charlotte Perkins Gilman ~ 1935        
John Glenn ~ 2016      
Dwayne Goettel ~ 1995       
Nikolai Gogol ~ 1852            
Jerry Goldsmith ~ 1991                  
Benny Goodman ~ 1986           
Johnny Grande ~ 2006         
Charles Gray ~ 2000       
Noah Greenberg ~ 1966         
Jean Grémillon ~ 1959              
Sid Grossman ~ 1955            
Emili Guanyavents i Jané  ~ 1941    
John Guerin ~ 2004          
Woody Guthrie ~ 1967                
Bill Haley ~ 1981            
Chico Hamilton ~ 2013         
Lorraine Vivian Hansberry ~ 1965      
Joe Harriott ~ 1973             
Julie Harris ~ 2013             
George Harrison ~ 2001       
Janice Harsanyi ~ 2007                   
Thomas Hayden ~ 2016       
William Randolph Hearst  ~ 1951     
Audrey Hepburn ~ 1993       
Bill Hickman ~ 1986     
Bob Hite ~ 1981          
Abbie Hoffman ~ 1989         
John Galen Howard  ~ 1931     
Howard Hughes ~ 1976         
Gwen Ifill ~ 2016       
Eugène Ionesco ~ 1994                 
Lev Ivanov ~ 1901                      
Charles Ives ~ 1954      
Jimi Hendrix ~ 1970         
Victor Hugo ~ 1885     
Michael Jackson ~ 2009        
Florence Foster Jenkins ~ 1944     
John, King of England ~ 1216      
Janis Joplin ~ 1970      
E. F. Joseph ~ 1979            
John Fitzgerald Kennedy ~ 1963         
Franz Kafka ~ 1924         
Fred Kaps ~ 1980   
Mick Karn ~ 2011       
B. B. King ~ 2015       
Richard Kness ~ 2005      
Bernard Krainis ~ 2000      
Kay Kyser ~ 1985     
Touko Valio Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland) ~ 1991     
Frankie Laine ~ 2007 
Greg Lake ~ 2016     
Hedy Lamarr ~ 2000        
Pierre Latour ~ 1976    
Derek Leckenby ~ 1994     
Huddie William Ledbetter (aka Lead Belly) ~ 1949   
Peggy Lee ~ 2002       
Nikolai Legat ~ 1937                    
John Lennon ~ 1980           
Lotte Lenya ~ 1961          
Jay Livingston ~ 2001            
Jon Lord ~ 2012        
Marshall Lytle ~ 2013                       
Machito ~ 1984              
Henry Mancini ~ 1994                 
Marcel Marceau ~ 2007                  
Arif Mardin ~ 2006       
Mary Ellen Mark ~ 2015 
David Stone Martin ~ 1992           
Jean Martin ~ 2009     
Victor Mature ~ 1999 
Joel McCrea ~ 1990     
Danny McCulloch ~ 2015   
Gary McFarland ~ 1971                
Olivier Messiaen ~ 1992            
George Métivier ~ 1881      
George Michael ~ 2016        
Harris Glenn Milstead (aka Divine) ~ 1988     
Yukio Mishima ~ 1970        
Marilyn Monroe ~ 1962     
Keith Moon ~ 1978               
Mikhail Mordkin  ~ 1944             
Thomas More ~ 1535      
Edward R. Murrow ~ 1965     
Rushton Moreve ~ 1981       
William Morris ~ 1896   
Johann Karl August Musäus  ~ 1787            
Juanita Musson (ne: Juanita Hudspeth) ~ 2011     
Reycita Naranjo ~ 2003        
Gamal Abdel Nasser ~ 1970               
Mike Nichols ~ 2014         
David Niven ~ 1983              
Klaus Nomi ~ 1983        
 Russell Oberlin ~ 2016           
Jacques Offenbach ~ 1880                 
Dan O'Herlihy ~ 2005    
Georgia O'Keeffe ~ 1986         
Robert Opel ~ 1979      
Eugene Ormandy ~ 1985      
Peter O'Toole ~ 2013  
George Pal ~ 1980     
Ignacio Peri ~ 1995   
Marius Petipa ~ 1910                
Rudolph Petrak ~ 1972            
Philip IV of Spain ~ 1665     
Édith Piaf ~ 1963         
Luigi Pirandello ~ 1936        
Basil Poledouris ~ 2008     
Rudy Pompilli ~ 1976               
Pérez Prado ~ 1989             
Olga Preobrajenskaya ~ 1962            
Elvis Presley ~ 1997      
Harve Presnell ~ 2009             
Prince ~ 2016        
Tito Puente ~ 2000            
Sergei Rachmaninoff ~ 1943      
Maurice Ravel ~ 1937   
Ronald Reagan ~ 2004        
Lou Reed ~ 2013          
Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt ~ 2012          
Julius Reisinger ~ 1892           
Pierre-Auguste Renoir ~ 1919     
Debbie Reynolds ~ 2016       
Marty Robbins ~ 1982           
Frank M. Robinson ~ 2014    
Gene Roddenberry ~ 1991      
Murray Roman ~ 1973       
David Rose ~ 1990                   
Theodore Roosevelt  ~ 1909       
Sanford H. Roth ~ 1962           
Antoni Rovira i Rabassa~ 1919           
Antoni Rovira i Trias ~ 1889            
Jerry Rubin ~ 1994          
Jane Russell ~ 2011         
Luigi Russolo ~ 1947              
Sandra Sakata ~ 1997     
Carlos Santana ~ 1982              
José Sarria ~ 2013         
Francesco Scavullo  ~ 2004        
Pierre Schaeffer ~ 1995             
Jean-Marie Serreau ~ 1973 
Ron Silver ~ 2009    
Frank Sinatra ~ 1998               
Chris Squire ~ 2015          
John Steinbeck ~ 1968                  
Phil Stern ~ 2014  
Stewart Stern ~ 2015         
Leith Stevens ~ 1970   
Onslow Stevens ~ 1977   
Samuel Steward ~ 1993     
Carmine Stipo ~ 1984        
Leopold Stokowski ~ 1977             
Levi Strauss ~ 1902     
Igor Stravinsky ~ 1971     
Joan Sutherland ~ 2010    
Darrell Sweet ~ 1999
Gabor Szabó ~ 1982      
Deems Taylor ~ 1966           
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ~ 1893    
Renata Tebaldi ~ 2004 
Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ 1892    
Sonny Terry ~ 1986                         
Gary Thain ~ 1985         
Elvie Thomas ~ 1979         
Storm Thorgerson ~ 2013                 
Tiki Tom's ~ 2010   
Cal Tjader ~ 1982             
Vanity ~ 2016      
Carl Van Vechten  ~ 1964       
Gianni Versace ~ 1997    
Henry Charles Vestine (a.k.a. "The Sunflower") ~ 1997 
Ivan Vsevolozhsky ~ 1909                        
Porter Wagoner ~ 2007                        
Casey Bill Weldon ~ 1970           
Orson Wells ~ 1985             
Vince Welnick ~ 2006    
Harry Alexander White ~ 1962     
Maurice White ~ 2016      
O. Z. Whitehead ~ 1998       
Gene Wilder ~ 2016        
Geeshie Wiley ~ mid-1950s         
Billy Williamson ~ 1996         
Bob Wills ~ 1975          
B.J. Wilson ~ 1990     
Marion Post Wolcott ~ 1990             
Bobby Womack ~ 2014           
Kaisik Wong ~ 1990      
Ed Wood ~ 1978     
Patrick Woodroffe ~ 2014            
Richard Wright ~ 2008
Rolf Wütherich ~ 1981       
Tammy Wynette ~ 1998     
Zal Yanovsky~ 2002     
George Zoritch ~ 2009