Saturday, November 27, 2010

Boyce Avenue

I love the Boyce Avenue version of this song:
Taio Cruz (original)
Boyce Avenue (cover)
Three brothers make up the Boyce Avenue band: Daniel, Alejandro, and Fabian Manzano from Florida.
Puerto Rican ancestry.
I was curious about their family of origin because of producing three musicians, but didn't find much info on that.

In the above video, the screen is split into 4-5 different views with Alejandro (Ah-leh-HAN-droh, Spanish Alexander) playing guitar, piano, some kind of drum.
I LOVE this guy's voice.

MySpace image popups say Daniel's age is 30, Fabian 26, and Alejandro 24. Look at their favorite music artists and I'm right there.
They began posting videos on YouTube in 2007 (covers and originals). I think that's how they became known and popular. I never heard of them until now when I just happened upon one of their videos on YouTube (97 of them!).

Here are a few more videos that I especially like:
Teenage Dream (cover)
Plays Piano on this one. (Katy Perry song.)

Viva la Vida (cover)
Plays drum with foot and plays guitar and sings. (Coldplay song.)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Edge of Desire

Currently listening to:
Edge of Desire (Acoustic) by John Mayer.

Battle Studies Album Amazon for lyrics and comments.
“So young and full of running, all the way to the edge of desire...” for some interesting tidbits on the album.
“I think when the music starts playing, you're not thinking about my life, you're thinking about yours.”

Edison and Cusack Look Alike

I thought this pic of Thomas Edison looked like John Cusack.

Thomas Edison
Wiki pic
John Cusack
imdb pic

Thomas Edison (Character)

Longfellow, Tennyson, Browning

Here's another book I dug out of the online archives that I thought was worth a look.

Companion poets:
Illustrated. Longfellow's Household poems. Tennyson's Songs for all seasons. Browning's Lyrics of life.
J.R. Osgood and Company, 1871
("Companion poets" may be a series of them featuring different poets?)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(b. 27 Feb 1807 – d. 24 Mar 1882)
No pic in the book, but I really liked his big eyes on this photo at wiki (circa 1850). (I cropped, lightened and softened it.)

Here's a sample Longfellow poem and illustration from the book:

(Some of the links are to poems, some are to information about the poems. Depends on what I wanted to document.)

1831 - Married Mary Storer Potter
1835 - Mary died.
1836 - Meets Frances (Fanny) Appleton
1839 - A psalm of Life
1843 - Marries Fanny
1845 - The Evening Star (Hesperus) in reference to 2nd wife.)
1845 - Mezzo Cammin (Struggles in his middle years.)
1850 -The Open Window
1855 - Song of Hiawatha (Short extract title Hiawatha's Childhood)
1861 - Fanny died (burn accident)
1867 - Dante's Divine Comedy translation (gutenberg and google books)
1879 - The Cross of Snow (grief)
“'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.”
—Alfred Tennyson
In Memoriam (Canto 27)

Alfred Tennyson
(6 Aug 1809 – 6 Oct 1892)

Nice pic of Tennyson from book:

1829 - Met Arthur Hallam
1833 - The Lady of Shalott First Version
1833 - Arthur Hallam died
1850 - In Memoriam (to the memory of Arthur Hallam)
1854 - Charge of the Light Brigade (YouTube)
1889 - Crossing the Bar (YouTube)

Tennyson's Handwriting

Robert Browning
(b. 7 May 1812 – d. 12 Dec 1889)

Pic from book:

About the most interesting thing about him was he married Elizabeth. :)
1846 - Married Elizabeth Barrett Browning
(b. 6 Mar 1806 – d. 29 Jun 1861)

He is best known for "The Ring and the Book" and 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' dramatic lyrics.

I got sidetracked...
Poetry Animations at YouTube.
These are interesting.
716 videos!
A lot of them were good. Some not so good.

UPDATE 11Jan13
Poetry Animations
is now
Poetry Reincarnations.

Dead Links, but wanted to keep the list. Probably at the new user's site.

Here's specific ones to try:
Longfellow - Tide Rises
Longfellow - The Day Is Done
Poe - The Raven
Emerson - Goodbye
Dickinson - Great Pain
Keats - Fears
Keats Love Letter

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Digging around in old books online.
This info is on Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
(b. 29 Aug 1809 – d. 7 Oct 7 1894)
American physician, professor, lecturer, poet and author.
In 1884, Holmes published a book dedicated to the life and works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).

I found a lot of poor quality Holmes books in online archives.
The following are the best quality I could find.

The complete poetical works of Oliver Wendell Holmes
By Oliver Wendell Holmes
Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1895 - Poetry - 352 pages

Book on Ralph Waldo Emerson
By Oliver Wendell Holmes
Houghton Mifflin, 1884 - 441 pages
This one looks okay, not the newest though.
1885 versions seemed worse quality.

Poems of Oliver Wendell Holmes (1878)
Nice illustrations in this one.
No illustrator credits.
Illustrations are different from the other one (below link).
Here's a handsome fellow at the bookstore:
Your choice - A Dime

Excerpt of relevant text:

Nice dedication to Mama, what a guy:

A reddening rose in bud:

She turned, a reddening rose in bud,
Its calyx half withdrawn,
Her cheek on fire with damasked blood
Of girlhood's glowing dawn!

From: Songs In Many Keys
I. 1846 -1856.
Part Second
The Maiden

Illustrated poems of Oliver Wendell Holmes (1885)
Illustrator credits - several.
Haven't gone thru this one yet.
Shorter - only 114 pages.

Never found this quote in O. W. Holmes works, although it is attributed to him.
The best of a book is
not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells
not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.

(Also sometimes attributed to John Greenleaf Whittier.)

I did find the quote in a quotations book dated 1891, so it dates back that far.

A dictionary of thoughts:
being a cyclopedia of laconic quotations from the best authors, both ancient and modern
Cassell publishing company, 1891 - Reference - 644 pages
By Tryon Edwards, D.D.
No sources, just names given for the quotes.
Fun to look thru.
Can search it at google.

Edgar Allan Poe (died 1849) and Oliver Wendell Homes, Sr. (died 1894) were born in the same year, 1809.

John Greenleaf Whittier

I've been digging around in old books online.
Man, that's fun.
Whittier is one poet I pulled out of the archives.
“For all sad words of tongue or pen,
the saddest are these: ‘It might have been’”
— John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
(b. 17 Dec 1807 – d. 7 Sep 1892)
Quaker and bachelor.
Elizabeth Whittier mentioned in his works is his sister.

(NOTE: I think the "best of a book " quote at wiki belongs to Oliver Wendell Holmes, not Whittier. I'm digging up stuff on Holmes too.)

The above Whittier quote is from the poem:
Maud Muller
There are illustrated versions available online.

1869 version (Has an epub.)
NOTE: Scroll down at google books for more versions of the "same" book.
Sometimes they are different, sometimes not.
I look at them all.

Maud got significantly homelier one year and was looking in the wrong direction (1869).

But by 1879, she was back to her normal self (1866).

Another quote I like:
“The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.”
— John Greenleaf Whittier

That comes from the poem:
My Psalm

The poems are very long, so I'm not going to post them here.
I then found the COMPLETE works of Whittier online.
That has everything, including My Psalm and Maud Muller.

Just paging thru documents, I liked "Red Riding Hood."
Here's just a snippet of it.

Complete Works 1894
The complete poetical works of John Greenleaf Whittier
Houghton, Mifflin company, 1894 - American poetry - 542 pages
Best version as far as the text goes.
Elizabeth's poems are in here.
Even the library date stamps are interesting to me.

Complete Works 1895
1895 but still 542 pages.
This one has a portrait of Whittier and a different house image.

There is an illustrated volume (less pages).
Poetical Works Illustrated 1885
The poetical works of John Greenleaf Whittier
Houghton, Mifflin, 1885 - 336 pages

(NOTE: I put poem together with image using Paint Shop Pro.)

A few more illustrations that caught my attention as I was looking thru the document.

A Smile Sadder than Tears:
(Poem: The Witch's Daughter)

The Cloud of Her Soul Was Lifted:
(Poem: The Changeling)

Writings of - 1888
The Writings of John Greenleaf Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier, Elizabeth Hussey Whittier
Houghton, Mifflin, 1888
This one has some info on his sister.

The Works of - Vol. I
The works of John Greenleaf Whittier ([c1892])
I think it is Vol. I of 7 but it is 490-4 pages.
Not very good quality, but there is a sample of Whittier's writing.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (died 1882) and John Greenleaf Whittier (died 1892) were born in the same year, 1807.

Robert Frost

“The best way out is always through.”
—Robert Frost
The way out is through.
A familiar phrase to me.
I found out Robert Frost said something very similar, so I hunted down the reference.

It's from A Servant to Servants.
The Poems of Robert Frost
Specific Page

The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost poetry
Biographical Preface
Running commentary by Louis Untermeyer
(b 1 October 1885 – d. 18 Dec 1977)
Illustrations by John O'Hara Cosgrave II
(b. 10 Oct 1908 - d. 11 May 1968)

I'm not sure about the copyright on these, but I like how it's presented in book form online and you can turn the pages and zoom in as desired.
There are plenty of other places on the Net that have Robert Frost poems as well.

Here's a story about Frost that I found interesting. He sent some of his poems to The Atlantic and was turned down.
Details of this in Atlantic article.
I found places online that I suspect spun the story into more than it was, and I could not verify, but this much of the story is straight from the source.

Found this photo of Frost when googling:

Frost on Cover of Life Magazine
Dated March 30, 1962

I liked this portrait of Frost so much I hunted it down.

Life Mag
Portrait Of Robert Frost
Portrait of smiling American poet Robert Frost, 1962.
A cropped version of this photograph was used on the cover of the March 30, 1962, issue of Life magazine.
Photo: Dmitri Kessel/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Jan 01, 1962

The photographer (Kessel) is deceased.
Dmitri Kessel Obituary
Published: March 30, 1995

So Frost was almost 88 years old on that picture.
Notice Frost died about a year later.
Robert Frost at wiki
(b 26 Mar 1874 – d. 29 Jan 1963)

Frost spoke and read some poetry at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy on 20 Jan 1961.
In 1962, he went to Russia.
Boy, he sure got around for someone who was in his late 80's.

Search for Robert Frost at Life Mag to find a JFK and Frost photo.
Also google for Robert Frost images at

I blogged a Frost poem, Acquainted With The Night, earlier.
The video is still at YouTube.
Ron Perlman's voice (Beauty and The Beast).
(I still really like this video - imagery/sound/reading/voice.)

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Thoreau Quote

I decided to blog the reference for that Thoreau quote I use on my blog (right column).

The quote:
“To perceive freshly, with fresh senses is to be inspired.” —Henry David Thoreau

In this Journal:

By this handsome guy:

Henry David Thoreau
(b. 12 Jul 1817 - d. 6 May 1862)

Journal available at:
google books
Volume VIII

Thank you to this blogger for giving me the reference.
Dated Sat, 11 Dec 2004
Thoreau's Journal: 11-Dec-1855

more quotes with references

Friday, November 05, 2010

Backyard Visitor

Strolling thru the backyard...

Grab the camera and run out the door.
Not a very good pic, but happy to get something rather than nothing.
Almost looks like a dog, doesn't it.
The bushy tail gives it away (white tip not seen on photo).

Red Fox Vulpes vulpes (Vulpes fulva)

"Even when fairly common, it may be difficult to observe, as it is shy, nervous, and primarily nocturnal (though it may be abroad near dawn or dusk or on dark days)."

This was about 10 am. So maybe a little unusual to be out at that time? He did not look shy or nervous to me. Looked right at me and just kept moving as usual. Maybe intent on some possible food?

npwrc nd mammals

Some of the regular visitors right now are a blue jay, which I hear screech but don't see, a magpie, which I do usually see, and still some hearty robins hanging around in cool November.