The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 45 – Fred Astaire’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz”

In this video we have the legend of film scene “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, tap danced by greatest of the great, top hat and tuxedoed Fred Astaire, from the movie Blue Skies, 1946.  Such debonairness, such purity, such a cosmopolitan, sophisticated, elegant, carefree performance, conveying lightheartedness, and the elegance, fun, amazement and beauty that a good life can have.  It’s lighthearted ease was achieved however, by, according to Fred Astaire, “five weeks of back-breaking physical work”; and the “how’d he do that??” cane work in the dance routine was achieved by a trigger mechanism in the floor.  Amazingly – over 40 years before anything like CGI existed – the 9 dancers in the chorus line in the background are all Fred Astaire too.  That was done by filming him on two other, separate film strips and then interleaving the film in strips into a montage in the back, creating the line of him dancing in sync with himself.  Such skill, precision, energy and amazing ingenuity.  One of my favorite parts is how he walks off-stage afterwards in the movie into the dressing room where the roses are being arranged in a vase.  The elegance continues off-stage. 🌹 : )  The song is by Irving Berlin.  Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 44 – The Emperor Waltz

Vienna Waltzing

Hello Everyone,

The Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr. also known as “The Waltz King”, from Vienna, Austria is a piece of classical music that epitomizes the light, joyful, pleasant and cheerful, ideal type state of emotions of a human being.  It also, in a way, epitomizes the word the associated Viennese had for that state of being, gemütlich, which meant a state of warmth, friendliness and good cheer; cozy, well-being and happiness, and benevolence.  That special feeling this music gives is delightful, specifically the major melody at 38 seconds in.  This is the same man who wrote the super famous waltz “The Blue Danube” and a list of other major pieces of classical music.  And it is this excellent set of things that we should imbue into the world today, with liberty, Reason, productiveness, self-esteem and kindness.  When I think of my ideal home, I imagine this music playing there.  Beautiful music of an ideal world.  Enjoy!

A recording can be bought here: 

https://goo.gl/THZOvD

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 43 – The Frost Flower.

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The Frost Flower, the extraordinary phenomenon when water freezes within a plant, and extrudes from it, literally blossoming from it into a complex ice flower.  They can form into solid sculpture-like flowers like the top photo or form whimsical, cotton candy-like formations (bottom).  However, on open oceans in the Arctic and North Pole region, when the air is extremely cold and dry, but colder than the water, in a complex iteration, the water moves from the ocean, into the dry air, and then descends again as ice, gradually forming frost flower arrangements, and the ocean blossoms in fields of frost flowers.
 
Other names for the frost flower are frost facesice castlesice blossoms or crystallofolia.
 
Frost flowers are usually very delicate and will break when touched and will also melt, fairy tale-like, with contact with the sun and so are usually visible in the early morning or in shaded areas.  However, some frost flower extrusions, like ice that cracks rock, are so powerful that they will rip the bark off of trees as they blossom!  
 
Remarkable!
 
Examples of plants that often form frost flowers are white crownbeard, commonly called frostweed, and yellow ironweed.  They have also been observed growing from fallen branches of conifers.
The photo of the frosted rose is included merely because it is beautiful and shows another type of way frost can combine with flowers.
 
For vast, dazzling additional frost flower photos:
 
 
I was introduced to the existence of frost flowers by Mrs. Iris Bell, making this her third issue she was the source of the subject for (see Issues 6 and 7).  Thank you so much, Iris!
 
The Beautiful Project is 4 years old as of yesterday.  Many more beautiful issues to come!!!
 
Photo Credit for the above photos is, sequentially: the iconic first one, “The Frost Flower Of The Ozarks” (I call it), taken in the Ozark Mountains by: Marvin Smith, via Flickr; the following 2 of the Arctic and North Pole are by Matthias Wietz; The Ship In The Field Of Frost Flowers is by the SHEBA project of the University of Washington, the frosted rose is credited to the online business fwallpapers user ‘dan’ and the final gossamer-whimsical one is by Flickr user ‘markinspecx’.
 
Much research material for this issue came from or was paraphrased from the following articles: 
“Suddenly There’s A Meadow In The Ocean With ‘Flowers’ Everywhere” by Robert Krulwich – https://goo.gl/aPMWM2
 
Thank you to all.

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 42 – The Lullaby ‘Suo Gân’.

Empire of the Sun

I was deeply moved when I was little when I heard the song Suo Gân. Then I became more familiar with it when I saw the movie ‘Empire of the Sun’ (1987) where it is sung, as linked below, by James Rainbird and chorus. I assumed it was in Latin, but it is in Welsh. It has a verbally explicit and sublime, exalted, reverential, beautiful quality that is very rare, even for classical music. Like some of Bach’s music, it is one of the best. The composer of it, and it’s probable pre-19th century exact time of composition, unfortunately, is unknown.

In ‘Empire of the Sun’, it is lip-synched by a 13-year-old Christian Bale, the star of the movie (later, Batman, The Dark Night, etc, wow!), in his 4th ever role.

James Rainbird, soloist, and the Ambrosian Junior Choir, Directed by John McCarthy:

https://goo.gl/SJ2Itd

Extraordinary live video of another sublime performance, in a cathedral, by the Choir of King’s College, soloist unnamed:

https://goo.gl/7WRuSx

The movie soundtrack or the single track can be purchased here:

http://goo.gl/36L3Xs

Let me know how you enjoy it, Hugs!,

Paul Daniel

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