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Giacomo Puccini Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di vedremo

Maria Callas, Soprano

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Portrait of Philip the Handsome (1478-1506) by the Master of the Legend of Mary Magdalene,late 15th century

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Is there anything that can hurt more than music? Just the line of a song—and a whole period of your life comes flooding back…All those memories, all that emotion.

—Katherine V. Forrest, Murder at the Nightwood Bar

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Paris & an espresso

"When a famous rock star dies, there’s a natural tendency among fans and journalists alike to overstate the late figure’s importance: the former out of grief, the latter because it makes better copy. In Lou Reed’s case, that’s almost impossible to do, just as it’s almost impossible to imagine what rock music might sound like had the Velvet Underground never existed.

Elvis, Beatles and Dylan fans might be wont to disagree, but there’s a compelling argument that their 1967 debut The Velvet Underground And Nico is the single most influential album in rock history. Certainly, it’s hard to think of another record that altered the sound and vocabulary of rock so dramatically, that shifted its parameters so far at a stroke. Vast tranches of subsequent pop music exist entirely in its shadow: it’s possible that glam rock, punk, and everything that comes loosely bracketed under the terms indie and alt-rock might have happened without it, but it’s hard to see how.”

"You could tell from that first album alone that Reed was a bundle of contradictions: the man who wrote a ballad as straightforwardly beautiful as Femme Fatale was the same one that came up with Heroin, with its complex, amoral narrator and its astonishing lurches into howling sonic chaos.

He got more contradictory as his career went on. On the one hand, he embodied a certain kind of rock and roll attitude. The face he presented to the world, at least in interviews, was endlessly combative, contemptuous and taciturn and you could often see that reflected in his music: the four gruelling songs that make up side two of his 1973 concept album Berlin are quite astonishing expressions of coldness and cruelty.

On the other, he could write songs that were impossibly moving, that spoke of a tenderness and sensitivity: the lambent, peerless Pale Blue Eyes; Halloween Parade’s heartbreaking lament for New York’s gay community, devastated by Aids; his meditation on death, Magic And Loss. He was, when the mood took him, capable of writing perfect pop songs; he was equally capable of coming up with Metal Machine Music, his infamous 1975 double album of screaming noise, still the benchmark by which all musical screw-yous must be judged and are usually found wanting. Each side of his character inspired boundless numbers of copyists. It goes without saying that none of them were really like him at all. As it turned out, one of the most imitated artists in rock history was entirely inimitable.

Alexis Petridis | The Guardian

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The Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes

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Lou Reed with Andy Warhol

photo: Stephen Shore

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The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning

RIP Lou Reed :(((((((

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Karma is not mysterious. It works like this:

First, karma is not a punishing force like a God who punishes evildoers. If karma punished us for “bad acts” then there would have to be some standard to measure it by and someone or thing to pass judgment and assign incarnations. What I believe is that we do not have individual souls. In essence all life is consciousness and we are a part of that. Consciousness is “Brahman” that is “the unchanging essence beyond the world of forms”. This consciousness is being refined through evolution reaching ever higher toward total consciousness. When total consciousness is reached then that which was separate will be “one” again and the cycle of existence complete.

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Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

Yields 1 loaf

For dough 
2 teaspoons active dry yeast 
1 cup (235 ml) warm milk 
1/3 cup (80 ml) warm water 
2 tablespoons granulated sugar 
1 1/2 teaspoons salt 
1/4 cup (60 grams) melted butter 
3/4 cup (120 grams) raisins 
3 1/2 cups (445 grams) bread flour

In a large mixing bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer), sprinkle the yeast over the barely warm milk and water and allow to sit about 5-10 minutes until activated (looks frothy). Mix in the sugar, salt, and melted butter. Mix in raisins. Gradually add bread flour, mixing until the dough comes together. If the dough is too dry and will not come together, add small amounts of water until it does. Conversely, if the dough is too sticky, add flour until it becomes workable; however, do not add too much flour or the bread will become dense.

Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for 7-10 minutes, or until elastic. Alternatively, using the dough hook on a stand mixer, knead the dough for 7-10 minutes, or until elastic. Cover dough with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in a warm place, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

For Cinnamon Swirl 
1/3 cup (70 grams) granulated sugar 
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
1 large egg, beaten

In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon until evenly mixed. Set aside.

Punch down the dough before turning out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out into a 9 x 15-inch rectangle. Brush the beaten egg over the top. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over the egg. Starting with the shortest end, roll up the dough until a log is formed, folding down the ends. Transfer the log, seam side down, into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Press dough down so it reaches the corners evenly. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for another 40-60 minutes until doubled.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until bread is golden and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from baking pan and allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

"Autumn night…….unable to sleep, I leave my tiny cottage.
Fall insects cry under the rocks, and
The cold branches are sparsely covered.
Far away, from deep in the valley, the sound of water.
The moon rises slowly over the highest peak;
I stand there quietly for a long time and
My robe becomes moist with dew"

Daigu Ryokan

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Autumn in Saint Rémy, Provence, France (by Boccalupo)

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Marvin Gaye - I Want You [vocal and rhythm version]

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