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!”

Weekend 387.0

(1) Dust My Shoulders Off (YouTube)

(1a) Edward Hopper related posts from the Limestone Archives:

Weekend 272.0 (22.2 x 21.5 x 9.8 inches)
Weekend 270.0 (…in the shape of a MetroCard®)

(1b) Edward Hopper books:

Hopper (MoMA)
Hopper Drawing (Whitney Museum of American Art)
Edward Hopper Paints His World
Staying Up Much Too Late: Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and the Dark Side of the American Psyche

(2) A quote from 1984 by George Orwell:

“These rich men were called capitalists. They were fat, ugly men with wicked faces, like the one in the picture on the opposite page. You can see that he is dressed in a long black coat which was called a frock coat, and a queer, shiny hat shaped like a stovepipe, which was called a top hat. This was the uniform of the capitalists, and no one else was allowed to wear it.”

*Scan is from Hopper Drawing

Weekend 386.0 (I am old and I wouldn’t mind dying)

(1) Monasteries of the Mind by Victor Davis Hanson

“In reaction to the growing globalization of the Roman Empire, elite corruption, the banality of bread-and-circuses, and the end of the agrarian Italian Republic, the Stoics opted out, choosing instead a reasoned detachment from contemporary life. Some, like the worldly court philosopher Seneca, seemed hypocritical; others, such as the later emperor Marcus Aurelius, lived a double life of imperial engagement and mental detachment.”

Weekend 385.0

“I have found the still point around which the whole country revolves without knowing it.” – Thomas Merton

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

“The faithful soul finds its good in everything that affects it; a principle more profound than that which governs the life of nature causes it to derive strength and development from its contact with everything. When it is not so with us, when we allow the accidents of life to upset us and turn us from our path, it is surely because our life is not sufficiently interior. We must descend into the depths of our being, remain patient and still and re-find in the solitude where God dwells that divine intelligence, that mysterious force, thanks to which we are again able to assimilate harmoniously without exception all that happens to us and around us.”

Illustration: Sarah John

Weekend 384.0 (…you know I never meant to see you again…but I only passed by as a friend)

(1) How great were the 80s (asks the aged Xer)? Phil, Clapton, and Jeffrey Tambor in the same video. (YouTube)

Weekend 383.0 (…try to catch the deluge in a paper cup)

(1) Super Tunnel: Join engineers as they build a massive new railway deep beneath the streets of London. (NOVA)

(1a) 5 Key Lessons from 10 Cities at Transforming Transportation 2017

(2) Text exchange with my best friend… (Flickr)

Weekend 382.1

(1) The British Castle—A Symbol in Stone / Friday, April 7, 2017 – Sunday, August 6, 2017 (Yale Center for British Art)

(2) Creative Space: Jane Smith