Weekend 398.0

(1) The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation | S3 Ep71 | House Industries (YouTube)

Weekend 397.1

“This fantastic film…is like nothing that Mr. Disney has ever done before, although it glitters with reminiscent snatches from several of his previous cartoon films…Rather, it is a brilliant hodgepodge of Mr. Disney’s illustrative art – a literal spinwheel of image, color and music which tumbles at you with explosive surprise.” – Bosley Crowther, “THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; Make Mine Music! Animated Cartoon by Walt Disney, in Which Casey Once More Swings Bat, Arrives at Globe,” New York Times, April 22, 1946

(1) Legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar Dies at 83

Weekend 397.0

“Under modern conditions any effective invitation to Hell will certainly appear in the guise of scientific planning.” – C.S. Lewis, A Reply to Professor Haldane

Weekend 396.0

What the Bird Said Early in the Year by C.S. Lewis

I heard in Addison’s Walk a bird sing clear:
This year the summer will come true. This year. This year.
Winds will not strip the blossom from the apple trees
This year, nor want of rain destroy the peas.
This year time’s nature will no more defeat you,
Nor all the promised moments in their passing cheat you.
This time they will not lead you round and back
To Autumn, one year older, by the well-worn track.
This year, this year, as all these flowers foretell,
We shall escape the circle and undo the spell.
Often deceived, yet open once again your heart,
Quick, quick, quick, quick!—the gates are drawn apart.

Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: “Cuckoo!” by Benjamin Britten

What do you do?
In April, I open my bill.
In May, I sing night and day.
In June, I change my tune.
In July, far, far I fly…
In August, away!
I must…

Back in the World by David Gray

Less than sand on the beach
Staring into the reaches of space and time
I’m singing out words
But the voice that I hear
It seems barely mine
If it’s love put the song in my heart
Is it God by another name
Who’s to say how it goes
All I know is
I’m back in the world again

Hail, Queen of Heaven, the Ocean Star by Father John Lingard

Hail, Queen of Heaven, the ocean star,
Guide of the wand’rer here below:
Thrown of life’s surge, we claim thy care- save us from peril and from woe.
Mother of Christ, star of the sea,
Pray for the wanderer, pray for me.

Sojourners in this vale of tears,
To thee, blest advocate, we cry;
Pity our sorrows, calm our fears,
And soothe with hope our misery.
Refuge in grief, star of the sea,
Pray for the mourner, pray for me.

Weekend 395.0 (There’s so many different worlds…so many different suns…)

I watched Level Up! (The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase) at D23 on Twitch yesterday afternoon. If you missed it, you can see a replay on YouTube. There were two BIG KH3 announcements- the game finally has a ((((((2018)))))) release date and they’ve introduced the world of PIXAR to the franchise via Toy Story.

(a) The world of ‘Toy Story’ is coming to ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’

One other notable non-video game announcement is that a Tron attraction is being ported from Shanghai Disneyland to Walt Disney World. Don’t care what it is just as long as it makes liberal use of the Daft Punk soundtrack.

(b) New Tron Attraction Coming to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

Weekend 394.0

(1) Fall in Love With the World’s First Animated Dinosaur (Atlas Obscura)

(2) Oregon Legislature passes $15 bike tax (Bicycle Retailer)

(3) US State imposes “sin” tax of $15 on new bicycles (BikeBiz)

(4) Penn Station’s service changes and track work, explained (Curbed)

(5) The Blue-State Meltdown and the Collapse of the Chicago Model (American Enterprise Institute)

(6) Government debt: $500,000 per day problem (The Royal Gazette)

Weekend 393.0 (All I do is keep the beat and bad company)

“At the heart of all Catholic life is a miracle, a mystery, the Blessed Sacrament. Surrounded traditionally by ritual and awe, it has been the formative aspect of Catholic art, drama, and poetry.” – Charles A. Coulombe

(1) Treasures of New York: The Heckscher Museum of Art

(2) A quote from The Vignelli Canon:

“The knowledge of design history is important because it provides us with an insight into the motivations related to each period, movement or expressions that generated the artifacts. It is only by knowing deeply the why that we can understand the what and further appreciate them. The more we can spend on reviewing the past the better we can understand contemporary phenomena and the better we can formulate our own theories and therefore our designs.”

(3) Bishop Barron on Evangelizing Through Beauty

(4) Inspired by the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour & The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968 here’s my wish list of KH3 worlds:

(a) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
(b) Meet the Robinsons
(c) Wreck-It Ralph
(d) Frozen
(e) Lilo & Stitch
(f) Music Land (Silly Symphonies)
(g) Up
(h) Lonesome Ghosts or Brave Little Tailor
(i) WALL-E
(j) Clock Cleaners (Twilight Town???)

Does Disney Town encompass the world of DuckTales? Disney Town is a nice tribute to Mickey’s Birthdayland & Starland (and I believe Scrooge McDuck was the mayor)
I would like to be able to summon the Rocketeer, Pedro (Saludos Amigos), V.I.N.CENT, Susie the Little Blue Coupe and the BIG Mickey from Thru the Mirror
Square Enix / Disney should include worlds from Studio Ghibli
Didn’t include Tangled because some of the KH3 trailers show it
Other considerations: Flowers and Trees (Sill Symphonies) and Mickey’s Fire Brigade

Weekend 392.0 (Who am I, darling to you?)

(1) Artist Handcrafts Colorful Ceramic Pots That Can Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

(2) Never Built New York: An exhibition at the Queens Museum exploring 200 years of never built structures that imagines New York City as it might have been.

Weekend 391.1

Thames from RichmondIs it someplace real?

I think so. It’s called the Golden Valley, I believe.

Somewhere special?

In a way. It was on our nursery wall when I was a child.

I didn’t know it was a real place then. I thought it was a view of heaven.

Oh, the promised land.

I used to think that one day I’d come around a bend in the road…or over the brow of a hill, and there it would be.

Weekend 391.0 (Rollin’ down the Imperial Highway)

“The absence of conversation didn’t bother Kafuku. He wasn’t good at small talk. While he didn’t dislike talking to people he knew well about things that mattered, he otherwise preferred to remain silent. He sat back in the passenger seat and idly watched the city streets go by. After years behind the wheel, the view from where he sat now seemed fresh and new.” – Haruki Murakami, Men Without Women

Weekend 390.0 (“Come on, let’s drive across to the Palisades”)

Music on Parade“…when you are stuck, with nothing in your head but your memories, and memories of memories, which form a map, some more recent than others, some about music, which you can almost hear, smashed into the spilling sounds of the segmented, centre-less city below, a vast imaginary landscape waiting to be discovered, about how you find what you are looking for sometimes by not directly looking at it, not by skimming the surface, not by checking what others have said, or cross-referencing what the facts are, but by heading off into the next tunnel, which curves away from now, away from the facts, picking up speed, in the bold direction of what happens next, a beautiful and dangerous new world, arriving and departing at the same time, stirring under our feet, containing secrets, turning above our heads, in the open air, suddenly.” – Paul Morley from Earthbound

It was a musically-inspired weekend, reaching a crescendo (hear what I did there?) with a copy of Miami Vice on vinyl from the flea market for $4. This album includes songs from Glenn Frey, Phil Collins, Jan Hammer, Tina Turner and Chaka Khan (pure 80s goodness). It doesn’t include “Brother In Arms” by Dire Straights from the episode “Out Where the Buses Don’t Run” (S2/E3) but maybe it’s on the second album. The lesser known instrumentals from Jan Hammer like “Flashback” and “Chase” still sound contemporary.

I’ve also been trading YouTube videos with Felicia. Here’s a roundup of our video swap (now available on YouTube as a playlist). Felicia is a Green Day / Billy Joel / Punk Rock fan.

“Overkill” from Colin Hay / Men At Work
“Wish You Were Here” from David Gilmour
“Palisades Park” from Counting Crows
Alternative Ulster HQ from Stiff Little Fingers
Graceland from Paul Simon
I Wish It Would Rain Down from Phil Collins
Is There Anybody Out There? from Pink Floyd
Whatsername from Green Day
She’s Always a Woman from Bill Joel
Yet Another Movie from Pink Floyd
Still Breathing from Green Day
Tunnel Of Love from Bruce Springsteen
Oh Love from Green Day
High Dive from Andrew McMahon
I’m On Fire from Brice Springsteen

Another friend asked me for a Disney inspired pre-trip playlist which I’ve posted below. The timing of the request is ironic since “Palisades Park” (quoted in the title and already in the draft before the request) is a defunct amusement park that closed in 1971 (the same year Walt Disney World opened). Also, “Tunnel Of Love” from Bruce Springsteen features a carnival/amusement park rather prominently.

Disney 2016 / 26 Songs / 1 hour, 35 minutes

I’ve provided context for most of these songs in previous posts but email if you want details re: artists and albums (some songs are of the rarer-variety).

Part 1
(1) Sounds Of The Frontierland Train Station (2) Into the Sunset (3) Recognizer (4) Naruto’s Theme (5) Giorgio by Moroder (6) Soarin’ (7) Spaceship Earth – AT&T Introduction (8) Les Poissons (9) Quel Temps Fait-Il a Paris (10) Intro / Tokyo (11) One more time, One more chance (12) Kingdom Hearts™ (Live)

Part 2
(13) Alone In Kyoto (14) Tomorrowland Transit Authority (15) Space Mountain Entrance (16) Star Tours (17) If You Had Wings (18) Walt Disney and the Sherman Brothers Sing (19) Canada (You’re a Lifetime Journey) / Wonders of China / Fiesta In Mexico (20) Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire (21) No Myth (22) A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (23) Father and Son (24) River Flows in You (25) We’ll Meet Again (26) Rhapsody In Blue

My postscript for Weekend 390.0 is from Mark Knopfler (and my second city).

Weekend 389.0 (Cosmos ‘Versailles Tetra’)

“Envision the extraordinary brilliance and effects of the light in sun and moon and stars, in the dark shades of a glade, in the colors and scents of flowers. Then there is the grandeur of the spectacle of the sea as it slips on and off its many colors like robes. All these are mere consolations for us, not the rewards of the blessed. What can such rewards be like, then, if such things here are so many, so great, and of such quality?” – St. Augustine

Weekend 388.0

(1) World’s Fair Beer Relaunches With a New Recipe (Knoxville Mercury)

(2) Will the high-tech cities of the future be utterly lonely? (The Week)

Write this story…

Mind the Gap…winner gets homemade fish n chips or bangers and mash.

The illustration was done by Clarke Hutton for A Picture of Britain.

Weekend 387.1

A quote from The Prayer of Love and Silence by a Carthusian.

“In order to free oneself and become detached from things, one must see them in their true perspective, value them at their true worth, and give them their proper due. One needs as much judgement to renounce the things of the world as to acquire and keep possession of them– more in fact!”