The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 39 – The Music ‘Light & Day’.

Light & Day Pic 1
Light & Day Pic 2

A bright, golden, warm thing on this October day. . . . ☀️

 
Track No. 4 on the soundtrack CD to Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (still one of my favorite movies – I have it on VHS, DVD and I own the soundtrack CD) is an extraordinary piece of music, titled Light & Day, by the group The Polyphonic Spree.  It does not appear in the movie itself anywhere, though; it is used for a special music video on the DVD.  It has one of the brightest, most effervescent, optimistic, joyous, exuberant sounds I have ever heard, and I wanted to do this issue of The Beautiful Project on it.  I wanted to do it on something upbeat, and I thought about doing it on many things, but this seemed best for today, because it is fresh, whereas we have all heard the Beethoven 9th Symphony-Ode To Joy melody line before.  That can be for another issue. : )
            The arrangement of the instruments in Light & Day is extraordinary.  It brings to mind the dizzying, ecstatic, whirlwind sound and orchestration in pieces of classical music like Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1.  That can be for another issue too!
            The linked track is the only one I could find that is what is on the Eternal Sunshine CD, although it references an unrelated TV show.  I would have linked to the official Eternal Sunshine music video, but it seems to distract from the music, which is what this issue focuses on.
            This sure is an original piece of music; it falls into the Pop category, but it is unlike any other song I have ever heard!
            I thought the above pics expressed the sense of this piece of music too. : )
            Enjoy! 🌅
 
 
You can purchase the soundtrack CD or the Light & Day track alone here:
 

http://goo.gl/YSSlkx 

Let me know what you think of it!  : )

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 – 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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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 27 – Summertime, Summertime.

I am a huge Beach Boys fan, and this being the first few days of summer, I am doing Issue. 27 as the Beach Boys ‘Surfin’ Safari’.  It expresses so much of the sun-washed joy of life.  The Beach Boys are sort of the Christmas songs of the summer.  Enjoy!  Surf’s Up!

http://tiny.cc/surfinsafari

And because one beautiful thing isn’t enough in a start of Summertime issue –

The following is the old Summertime, Summertime song, remarkable because one, it actually sounds like a Christmas song, two, I hear what sounds like a harpsichord in it, three, I made the comparison to Christmas music before I heard it!  That’s a funny coincidence.  That said, the rigid, formal style of this pop song is also a little funny too . . .

http://tiny.cc/Summertime-Summertime

And check out this amazingly cool surf photo while you are at it.  It is called Swell Time In Town and it is by the great Thomas Barbèy.

http://tiny.cc/SwellTime

You can buy the songs here:

http://tiny.cc/Surfin-Safari-Song

http://tiny.cc/Summertime-Song-Buy

And the photomontage here:

http://tiny.cc/Swell-Time-Buy

Enjoy!

Let me know what you think of The Beach Boys song, and the rest of the beautiful things!

a_beautifulthing@yahoo.com

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All my caring, 

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

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https://theblogaboutbeautifulthings.wordpress.com/

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 19 – Why Is This Fish Shaking Hands With This Man?

The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 19 – Why Is This Fish Shaking Hands With This Man?

Ocean photographer Marco Queral was captured by a fellow diver playing with a 50-foot humpback whale off the shores of Hawaii in the South Pacific Ocean.

http://tiny.cc/WhaleShakesHand

What a beautiful example of man coexisting with nature.

It reminds me of a line from a musical we all know and love:

“The world for once, in perfect harmony, with all its living things.” –

which you can hear here:

http://tiny.cc/SongYouProbablyLove

Studio version:

http://tiny.cc/OtherVersionOfThatSong

And you can buy it here:

http://tiny.cc/ThatSongOniTunes

http://tiny.cc/ThatSongOnAmazon

Enjoy! : )

By the way, before anyone emails me about it; I know, I know; the whale is not a fish, it’s a mammal, but that title sounded funnier. .  .  .

Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?  Neither could I.  

And do let me know exactly what you think of the whale & the song.

a_beautifulthing@yahoo.com

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

The blog for The Beautiful Project is The Blog About Beautiful Things at: 

http://theblogaboutbeautifulthings.wordpress.com/

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