The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 37 – The Swan

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The Swan is the subject of this issue, the most elegant of animals. Truly, one of the most beautiful things in existence. One of the nicest things about the swans is that they mate for life; very loyal, besides being beautiful.

Surprisingly, there is more than one type and color of swan, the “white” swan, the black swan, and different color bills. Above are 13 of the most sumptuous pics of swans I could find. Enjoy! (Let me tell you – they make GREAT desktop pictures. Especially the first and second one.)

That snow-whiteness of the swan’s (try saying that 5 times fast, lol! : ]]) back is extraordinary. In pic 6, zoom in on it, the feel of how it looks and the texture is awesome. It looks like Ivory soap, but even whiter. (Maybe because it’s 100%, not just 99.44. : ] Haha!) And like Ivory soap, it too floats! . . .

It’s just a big Ivory soap sculpture. Ha! I know, I should stop that, I’m being a . . . silly goose. Lol!

There are real black swans, who knew? It isn’t just a character in the third act of the ballet Swan Lake. And they have red bills. Wow.

Also – Camille Saint-Saëns, in his piece of music The Carnival of the Animals, composed a section ‘The Swan’, his expression in music of it. I always thought he really captured the elegance of the swan. Piece below –

http://goo.gl/tcr5rI

And, because it is really sublime, just for the fun of it, this is music from the ballet; the first, what is sometimes referred to as the ‘Swan Theme’, and then also the complete Orchestral Suite from the ballet Swan Lake by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; I REALLY, REALLY suggest you listen to both, it’s exquisite –

http://goo.gl/Bi8hcG

http://goo.gl/GoeQdf

Don’t go taking a ‘swan dive’, now. Lol. But you can go watch the TV show Once Upon a Time, which stars the character Emma Swan. Ha! Ok, enough swan references. : )) …

Hugs,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 36 – Amarantine

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Hi Everyone,

It has been a long time since I published an issue of The Beautiful Project. I have been very ill; but I could not let the year finish without one more salvo of beauty. I have been dealing with various health problems which I won’t go into here, but my email address is as usual in the blog’s About Me section if any of you want to chat with me further. I will say that I am convalescing, and it is my conviction that I will recover more fully in the next year. I will keep moving forward. As always, that is the right thing to do.

This issue is about a very special piece of music; released in 2005, by Roma Ryan and sung by Enya, it is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard – the song ‘Amarantine’. It’s sound is unique; one of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard. The song proceeds from a related equally beautiful concept – in legend, the Amaranth flower is the flower that stays beautiful forever. And how beautiful a concept is that?! Also, as a metaphor (which I made up and might use in a story someday!), any work of art about a person, like a painting, a statue, a poem, is an enduring preservation of them in a way that stays beautiful forever, and can be thought of as a metaphorical amaranth or amarantine. A work of art about them, immortal, a form of them preserved, like the flower that stays beautiful forever.

When this song was released, I heard it everywhere. Now, I never hear it. That’s another reason why I wanted to do an issue on it.

Enjoy the song! I love it’s sublime sound, and the joyful way it makes me feel. The music video is gorgeous, sumptuous. (And maybe go look at Issue No. 34, The Star Flower, an amarantine of the morning glory that wilted long ago. : ) Photo included is of the real long-blooming flower ‘Amaranthus’ on which the legend is based.)

The song ‘Amarantine’ –

http://goo.gl/kgCVjs

The song can be purchased here:

iTunes: http://goo.gl/F3Ud5B

Amazon (CD also available on Amazon): http://goo.gl/nHyeK9

Hugs!!!,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 35 – Valentine’s Day Itself!

The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 35 – Valentine’s Day Itself!

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For love, I would circumnavigate the globe 1,000 times, if it were necessary.
The Kiss Young Persons In Love 1,000 Flowers
 
The beautiful thing of this Issue of The Beautiful Project, on Valentine’s Day weekend, the Sunday after Valentine’s Day, Friday, 2/14/14, is Valentine’s Day itself!  Unique among holidays, it is a day devoted to celebrating love, the supremely good response, with the focus being on romantic love.  It’s a good thing. Don’t you think it should be a planet-wide national holiday?  I LOVE ALL OF YOU!!!!!  Hugs!!!!! 
 
In celebration of Love – a great, but rarely heard today Love song/video, and two photos of people in love, and a symbol of Love.
 
Kenny Rogers (sumptuous live video) singing the ballad ‘Lady’ by Lionel Richie –
 
 
This video is also supremely important because, in an age where men are not encouraged to express their most human attributes, this video shows that a man can and should be strong, masculine and romantic and emotional, handsome and beautiful, at the same time.  That *is* normal and good.  Musically, and in many other ways, Kenny Rogers is one of my heroes, and role models.  All men can learn something important from him; he is an inspiration:  
 
He is the epitome of being both masculine and romantic.
 
And that can be seen in that video.  He shows us all, but especially men, in critical ways, how to be.
 
And for all the guys who wonder sometimes why I have so many girls in my life in different, but Always, good ways, this helps to answer their question; this is the kind of man I aspire to be.
 
The pics:
 
The Definitive Kiss of Prince Charming and Snow White from the TV show Once Upon a Time – and a kiss of two people in love (not a fairy tale : D).
 
See attached.
 
A photo I took of flowers, I call it ‘1,000 Flowers’.  Good gift to someone you like!
 
See attached.
 
Happy Valentine’s Day, Everybody!  Keep the love and singing and music and beauty and peace going all year long and forever.  Love is for Always.  Valentine’s Day is a holiday to celebrate it.
 
Let me know what you think of this Issue, and send me your own favorite Love photos, images, songs and other things.
 
 
The song can be purchased here:
 
 
All my best, with Tender, Loving Care,
 
Paul Daniel
 
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The Beautiful Project – 1 Year Anniversary And Issue No. 34 – The Star Flower

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Hello, Everyone.  

As some of you have noticed, it has been some time since the last Issue of The Beautiful Project.  I have been fighting hard to build a life for myself in personal independence, and was ill too, but I am continuing to move forward, and, the difficulties of these past 3 months behind me, I am doing what I teach my Life Coaching students, to keep moving forward.  I am reminded of Issue No. 18 – A Return To Life, and the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem.  Those of you who know me better also know that I have had a resumption of relations with my family recently, after 15 years of separation.  It has been a very traumatic last few months, and I continue my Frodo-esque struggle up my own personal Mount Doom to try to finally chuck the ring into the volcano and succeed in building a life for myself in personal independence, as a writer and Life Coach.          

In that regard, I will be doing much less text writing in the issues of The Beautiful Project in order to put the time towards the critical priorities.  That is a simpler, and in some ways, more focused format, which is also elegant, and I expect will be very enjoyable too.  A quick shot of beauty, in and out, nobody gets hurt, ha ha ha.

I was busy and having trouble getting to do this issue, but I could not let the year end without doing one more issue of The BP.  As I now write this, at 4:24 am, today, coincidentally, is, to the hour, the 1 year Anniversary of the launch of The Beautiful Project on Saturday, 12/29/12 at 4:55 am (the email time stamp).  Happy Anniversary!

In celebration of that, in a way, this issue contains for the first time, a beautiful thing I myself did as the subject of the Issue:

I work in the community garden near my home, and I took, with some great calisthenic difficulty, a photo of a swinging in the breeze morning glory on it’s vine, on my iPhone, with flash, which came out really great.  It looks like it is giving off a light of it’s own (it is fun to play with the brightness of your screen to enjoy the different effects).  I am calling the photo The Star Flower, because of the shape of the star on it. It was pointed out to me that the leaves around it are shaped like hearts, so it’s star and hearts and flower, in one photo, all from nature, how cool is that?!!

Enjoy!  The photo is attached.  Note:  You can see the shadow of the flower, from the flash, on the leaf behind it, just to the right.  ( :  !!!  Fireworks on the 1 year celebration attached!  ( :  

In recap, the first year was a success, the blog moving from 3rd, to 2nd, to 1st as a Google hit by it’s own name, 350 people being on the email list, and it getting it’s 50th WordPress follower and 100th Like. Hooray!  Here’s to many more years of The Beautiful Project!  The Beautiful Project, Forever!  The BP, Forever!  The BP4EVER!!!  ( :  It’s been one heck of a year!  ( :  

By the way, WordPress has it snowing on the blog, the Holiday Season special effect.  Check it out and check out Issue No. 1 at the beginning of the blog, in celebration if you haven’t already.  It’s something – beautiful!  Hahahahahaha! 

And please let me know exactly what you think of The Star Flower!

a_beautifulthing@yahoo.com

All my best, with Tender, Loving Care, and Happy New Year!

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 33 – Animusic – Virtual Instruments That Seem To Play Themselves – Beautifully!

The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 33 – Animusic – Virtual Instruments That Seem To Play Themselves – Beautifully!

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There is a brilliant man in this world by the name of Wayne Lytle (rhymes with title).  He had an idea while he was an undergraduate for giving expression to music in computer animation – “animated music”.  The company he founded is Animusic and several of his amazing creations are linked below.
            When I was in my 20’s I wrote a line for a future piece of work “if only life could be a day of wonder, day and night!”  By putting one’s mind on the best things in reality, you can keep your life, in part or in whole, a day of wonders.           
            Things like Wayne Lytle’s creations are the kinds of things that keep life a day of wonders.
            I encourage you to watch all the videos and buy his DVD’s.
            They are the things one devoutly wants to encounter all the time – the unexpected, the magical, the amazing, the beautiful, the exquisite, the consummate, the ingenious.
            I have always been fascinated by the self-playing piano and other instruments that can play themselves.  These virtual instruments take that amazement to a whole new level.
            The mind manipulating reality in the most complex, sophisticated ways, from music to computers – and producing something that produces enjoyment, fun and amusement of the highest and consummate kind.  Something awesome. 
            That’s what life should be like.
            The huge feeling of wonder one experiences looking at these videos comes in part from the awareness of the most sophisticated, complex things being seen and happening – while they are all under perfect control.
            Delightful.
            The amazingness of these superlative creations is made larger by the fact that you are hearing beautiful music – and that Wayne Lytle composes or oversees the production of all the music himself makes it even larger.
            Try it on regular and full screen.  The resolution and detail is exquisite.
            Enjoy!  (Be sure and x out all the ads etc covering the amazing animation.)
            Thank you, Wayne Lytle!!!
 
Resonant Chamber:  http://goo.gl/v11c7X
Pipe Dream 2:  http://goo.gl/uF2tYF
Cathedral Pictures:  http://goo.gl/Rr00PM
Acoustic Curves:  http://goo.gl/yn8miT
Pogo Sticks:  http://goo.gl/9jTFzL
 
Real world version that was engineered!!!!: http://goo.gl/MMp1zt
 
Buy Wayne Lytle’s Animusic DVD’s at the following link.  Makes a great gift, and the holidays are coming! : )
 
Animusic website: http://www.animusic.com/
And please let me know exactly what you think of Wayne Lytle’s Animusic (a_beautifulthing@yahoo.com).  Let Wayne Lytle know too, at the link below!!!  He wants feedback!  ( :
Feedback to Wayne Lytle:  
 
All my best, with Tender, Loving Care,
 
Paul Daniel
 
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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 32 – The New York City Flagship Ralph Lauren Women’s Store.

The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 32 – The New York City Flagship Ralph Lauren Women’s Store.

          On the corner of Madison Avenue and Seventy-Second Street is one of the pearls of New York City.  The Flagship Ralph Lauren Women’s Store, recently constructed in the last few years.  I have spent a lot of time on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and sometimes, when I wanted to relax, I would just go into the store and walk around.  The store is scented with candles, and most of the rooms are themed, designed to be an ultra-specific room – sometimes things like the 1800’s chateau bedroom of a Frenchwoman aristocrat, sometimes the 1960’s apartment living room of a New York City executive.  The other spaces are exquisite retail spaces, unlike anything else I have ever seen in Manhattan.  Walking through these rooms, one has the sense of an ideal world, as it was envisioned by Ralph Lauren.  Ralph Lauren himself used the word I am using a lot now, to describe it in 2010: ‘romantic’.
          I love this mansion, and I encourage you to look at as many of the photos in the first link below as possible, and read the detailed description of the store you get when clicking the women’s store link on the right side, after clicking the second link.
          And stopping into the actual store, should you be in New York City.  It is an experience like no other the city can afford.
          In movies, all the time, one sees New York City depicted as a place of elegant apartment houses with doormen wearing white kid gloves, exquisite boutique stores, well-dressed, well-groomed, elegant people, and a beautiful lifestyle.  In fact, most of New York City is nothing like that at all.  But the Upper East Side is, it is the best of what New York can be, and the Flagship Ralph Lauren Women’s Store at Madison Avenue and Seventy-Second Street is a prime example of the best of the best.
          Across the street is the other mansion, which houses the men’s store, and is also glorious.
          But the level of lightness and elegance of a particular sublimity and exquisiteness of the women’s store makes it a refreshing experience that is especial, for men and women alike.  It is just beautiful!
 
Photos:
Website:
And please let me know exactly what you think of The New York City Flagship Ralph Lauren Women’s Store:
All my best, with Tender, Loving Care,
 
Paul Daniel
 
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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 31 – Sublimity, By Todd Eldredge.

The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 31 – Sublimity, By Todd Eldredge.

Video – http://goo.gl/RWFxox

I have been an avid figure skating fan my entire life, and have spent a lot of hours on the ice.  The work that figure skaters have done in the medium of ice skating has usually been beautiful, and often had an artistic quality; however, it has always been a sport, in part or in whole, and so, there are few programs that have been done that entered into the category of art qua art.

The performance done here by Todd Eldredge is one that is in that category.

It utilizes the piece of music Il Mare Calm Della Sera, sung by Andrea Bocelli (Issue No. 21 was about Andrea Bocelli’s performance of Con Te Partirò).

The music is itself a masterpiece; Andrea Bocelli’s performance, with Con Te Partirò, is certainly one of the two most beautiful tracks on the album ‘Romanza’.  And being of the exact maximum time length of the men’s long program in skating, 4 minutes and 40 seconds, this song provided the unedited material for a coincidence that could produce perfection.

This program – done by Todd Eldredge, a person one can see is of unusually high character – done to this music, in the midnight blue costume he is wearing – with his intensely sensual, superlatively skilled skating – including the rarest of skating devices – a deliberate fall to the ice as a dramatic gesture, like in Rodin’s statue Daphne Overcome – is of the highest caliber of Romanticism.  It is the kind of work one almost never sees today in the performing arts, because of the unusual combination of superlative music, a good man, superlative skill, and a superlative media, ice skating – a work that is sublime – and the sublimity including being of the highest technical art form.

And that is centrally why – among all the hundreds of programs I have ever seen – while I can only remember excerpts of a few – this is the only one that stands out in my mind as one I remember and want to remember, as something I am glad I got to witness.  A real work of art in ice skating.  Great work done by a good man.

Speaking about the man himself, on a lighter note, the girls can adore him (And some do call out exactly that right before the program starts.  Such a handsome boy!  But, wait.  He’s 41 now.  That made no sense.  But I swear, he looks like a cross between Tom Cruise and David Tennant, doesn’t he?), the men can admire his masculinity and skill, while still being graceful.  That’s the way man should be.  Good, elegant, graceful, nice, kind, but strong, masterful and masculine.  Very gentlemanly, very cultured.  Now – that’s civilization.  ( :

A man doing the most sophisticated things on two blades on synthetic ice – more than the smartphone or the skyscraper this shows how far our species has come from caves and cave drawings.

In this way, this performance is a type of climax of civilization, and a thing that can make a person proud to be a homo sapien.

When he jumps, he flies.  Given his resemblance to Christopher Reeve’s Superman, that would make him the Superman of Skating.

{As a Doctor Who fan, I would like to again emphatically point out his uncanny similarity to David Tennant/David Tennant’s Doctor Who.  Observe the TARDIS blue costume, ha ha ha.}

The various remarkable – and unusually – aesthetic and articulate comments by the commentator actually enhances what is seen.

What an intense and rare romantic art and romantic world experience seeing this video is!  And that is one of the reasons it is so special and beautiful.

The superlativity of this work brings to memory another masculine, yet graceful performer and performance – Mikhail Baryshnikov and his sublime performance in his production of The Nutcracker with American Ballet Theatre.

Truly this is one of the great masterpieces in ice skating ever done, and as the commentator says, “The whole package works. . . . I don’t know if he was inspired by the voice that we heard, but it certainly inspired the rest of us.”, and thank goodness the cameras were rolling!  The prefacing story of Todd Eldredge’s heroic efforts to overcome injury and perform well further add a sublime intensity edge of heroism to this video.

For those of us who look for the sight of an individual achievement of the highest kind, there one is.  Have a look at that.  And be inspired to live your own life well.

As the people call out, before the performance starts: “WE LOVE YOU, TODD!”

The whole atmosphere of radiant benevolence really adds to the video too.

Todd Eldredge is also a person whose long, thin, elegant lines go so well with an elegant thing like ice skating, and so, his elegant physical form combined with his superlative form and technique in his skating work further adds to the exaltedness of what is seen here, and the sublime, euphoric response one feels to this video.  The general resultant feeling is of ecstasy.

The commentator, incidentally, I believe, is the two time Olympic gold medalist, skating veteran and legend Dick Button.  Who also aptly comments on how amazing Andrea Bocelli’s performance is, as an aside, not just Todd Eldredge’s, the actual subject of his commentary.  Good man!

The choreography was, I believe, done by Richard Callaghan, Todd Eldredge’s coach. 

I am happy that – funny coincidence – actually I was watching this broadcast over 15 years ago on Channel 7, ABC, here in New York City, when it originally aired.  And someone recorded it and put it on the web.

Maybe you remember where you were when you first saw it.  Or will remember seeing it here for the first time.

Everything is superlative here!  Even the lighting and the camera work.  Look at the speed, the nimbleness of Todd’s movements across the ice, the exquisiteness and perfection of all the jumps and splits, the litheness of his figure, the adroitness of his skatesmanship!  The passionate and euphoric motions, the exalted, sensual fall, the seemingly effortlessness of his motion transitions, the hard, powerful, sharply defined, extremely difficult spins, the perfection of the perpendicularity in the camel spin, the immense strength of his control.

He doesn’t create the illusion of making it look easy; he honestly makes it look as what it is, the magnificent execution of something extremely difficult.  Skating is as hard as the ice you skate on.  His strength makes it look it.  That honesty is part of the man and his performance.  He makes his honesty and artistic integrity look as strong as the ice he is skating on.

Most of all – this is one of the few skaters who has ever done what ought to be done in a movement media to music – his movement is the expression in motion of the music he is skating to.  It is the expression in motion of his emotional response to the music he is skating to.  That is extremely rare among skaters.  Both the capacity to feel as much as this man does, and the capacity to give expression to it in motion.

It makes for what is rarely seen, the authenticity of the emotions he is expressing in his movements, his sincerity.

This program by Todd Eldredge is exquisite.

And Thank Goodness we get to see this again!

Enjoy!

I have not verified it, but I believe this is Todd Eldredge’s official website.

http://www.toddeldredge.net/

According to it, this program was done on April 17, 1998 at the Hershey’s FS Challenge in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.

They list that copies of the DVD of his performance seen here can be purchased from them in Todd Eldredge: 1998 Vol. 4 (See 7th on list).

http://goo.gl/xSUlqK

The music can be purchased here (the same CD contains the Andrea Bocelli music from Issue No. 21.)  2 BP Issues’ music for the price of one.  Ha!

http://tiny.cc/AMAZINGSONGCD

http://tiny.cc/AMAZINGSONGViaiTunes

And do let me know exactly what you think of this performance by Todd Eldredge.

PS – It’s a hot August in America and Europe right now, so this is a cool thing to watch now.  Lol!

All my best, with Tender, Loving Care,

Paul Daniel

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