The Lost Fabergé Egg

In Imperial Russia, Easter was special, even more special for the Empress, who was the recipient each year of an amazing present, a Fabergé Egg.  Each year, a new, unique egg was given to the Empress by the  Tsar, (First Alexander III, then Nicolas II) and made by Peter Carl Fabergé, a Russian jeweller who made his creations of precious metals and gemstones, in the style of Easter eggs.

In 1885, Tsar Alexander III commissioned Fabergé’s  company to make an Easter egg as a gift for his wife, the Empress Maria. The Tsar placed an order for another egg the following year. Beginning in 1887, the Tsar apparently gave Carl Fabergé complete freedom with regard to egg designs, which then became more and more elaborate. According to Fabergé Family tradition, not even the Tsar knew what form they would take—the only stipulation was that each one should contain a surprise. The next Tsar, Nicholas II, ordered two eggs each year, one for his mother and one for his wife, Alexandra.  Wikipedia- Carl Fabergé

The Russian Revolution changed everything and In 1918, The House of Fabergé was nationalized by the Bolsheviks and Fabergé fled to Switzerland. He never recovered from the shock of the Russian Revolution and died in Switzerland on September 24, 1920. His family believed he died of a broken heart. according to his family.

Some eggs were lost in the transition from Imperial Russia to the Soviet Union. Some eggs were sold the Soviets to the west. Eight of them are missing, and only three are believed to have survived the revolution. Now, one of the missing eggs has been found. Here is the story of an egg that was lost, only to show up in an unlikely place…

The Lost Third Imperial Easter Egg By Carl Fabergé- LINK

Easter is the most important of all Russian Orthodox festivals and it’s a long-established tradition to exchange Easter eggs. Carl Fabergé, goldsmith to the Tsars, created the lavish Imperial Easter eggs for both Alexander III and Nicholas II from 1885 to 1916. The Eggs are his most prized creations and have become bywords of luxury and craftsmanship.

The Third Imperial Egg
The Third Imperial Egg is a 1887 Fabergé egg rediscovered in 2012. It is a Vacheron Constantin Lady’s watch, with white enamel dial and openwork diamond set gold hands.

 

This egg was last seen in public over 112 years ago, when it was shown in the Von Dervis Mansion exhibition of the Russian Imperial Family’s Fabergé collection in St. Petersburg in March 1902. In the turmoil of the Russian revolution the Bolsheviks confiscated the Egg from the Empress. It was last recorded in Moscow in 1922 when the Soviets decided to sell it as part of their policy of turning ‘Treasures into Tractors’. Its fate after this point was unknown and it is was feared it could have been melted for its gold and lost forever.

It was only in 2011 that Fabergé researchers discovered that the Third Imperial Egg survived the revolution, when it was discovered in an old Parke-Bernet catalogue. Its provenance had been unknown and so it was sold at auction on Madison Avenue, New York on 7th March 1964 as a ‘Gold watch in egg form case’ for $2,450 (£875 at the time). This discovery started a worldwide race to discover the whereabouts of the egg, which was now worth tens of millions of dollars….

Continue with the link: The Lost Third Imperial Easter Egg By Carl Fabergé

 

 

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Prince- does”Creep”at Coachella 2008

Prince gives the Coachella 2008 audience a treat and does a special cover of Creep, by Radiohead.  He definitely makes this version his own and like great cover songs, it isn’t simply him singing/playing the original, it is beautiful in a new, artistic way.

One of the most beautiful “covers” ever!  It stands on its own as a masterpiece!

I shared this with a friend and after listening to it, he said, “I have heard many musicians cover that song, but none did it that well.”

Prince didn’t cover a song, he possessed it. He took over its limbs and made it do things it had never done before—dance wildly down the aisles, scream, shout, and fall to the ground. When he covered a song, it got religion the way people only do in the movies.  http://www.openculture.com/2016/04/princes-extraordinarily-poignant-cover-of-radioheads-creep.html

Prince does “Creep” at 2008 Coachella- Beautiful!

One of the most beautiful “covers” ever!  It stands on its own as a masterpiece!

-Creep    Prince at Coachella 2008  Uploaded via Permission from Radiohead   NPG Music Publishing    YouTube

“Creep” – Prince at Coachella 2008 (Uploaded via Permission from Radiohead & NPG Music Publishing):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFXZNt4oLkE

 

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Sounds Like Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” and “Dancing Tony” Hodgkinson

After the song became an enormous hit, many others pointed out that the main riff did indeed sound like Boston’s “More Than a Feeling,” even though they’re in different keys. They probably weren’t similar enough for Boston’s Tom Scholz to file any sort of legal action, but he said he didn’t mind at all.

“I take it as a major compliment,” he said in 1994, “even if it was completely accidental.”

The group made fun of the whole thing in the summer of 1992 when they played the Reading Festival in England. After the opening bars of the song, Kirst Novoselic and Dave Grohl sang the chorus of “More Than a Feeling” while Bivouac drummer Antony “Dancing Tony” Hodgkinson danced around wildly. After about 18 goofy seconds, Novoselic launches into the “I see Marianne walk away” part, but Kurt interrupts him by beginning the song for real. It’s a great moment…

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/flashback-nirvana-play-a-bit-of-bostons-more-than-a-feeling-20150129#ixzz3fioA45jE

Dancing Tony?

But maybe you wondered about the dancer after reading the excerpt above and if you watched the video, you noticed the dancer for sure.  Who was he?  What was the story on THAT dude?  It was Bivouac drummer Antony “Dancing Tony” Hodgkinson.  Read an interview below, he has fascinating comments on a show at Leeds University, giving readers a glimpse of the attitudes, the crowds and the overall scene at that time.

“I think it was a Leeds University show we did. It was a Nirvana, L7, and Victims Family show. It was quite a hairy show, really. Quite violent. It was just a stream of stage-divers – just a queue – really people trying to punch you out and whatever. I don’t know. You used to get a bit of a weird reaction, but that’s their fucking problem at the end of the day and not mine. So I did that and they were into it, so I did it again. And they used to just call me up when they were in the UK. It was just being at the right place at the wrong time, or the right place at the right time, you know? Did you ever see them live?” 

From “An Interview With Antony Hodgkinson, The Guy Who Danced Onstage With Nirvana”: http://rickish.tumblr.com/post/674022755/an-interview-with-antony-hodgkinson-the-guy-who

“Selfie” in1920

"Selfie in 1920
“Selfie in 1920”   Click on photo for full size

This 1920 version of the “selfie” was on an excellent Twitter page, History in Pictures

Users can browse through a variety of fascinating photographs, with new ones added daily.

Blowing in the Bottle, and Chops!

I knew Mungo Jerry did “In the Summertime,” but until I saw this video I was not aware of the influence of the bottle in this song.  Check it out, and don’t miss the chops!

The Great Gatsby Curve

The Great Gatsby is one of those stories everyone can relate to in some way.  These economic and cultural times offer up even more correlations and connections than in past decades.

“The Great Gatsby,” is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and now a movie (again) that highlights the inequality and class distinctions in America during the Roaring 20s.

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It is hard to look at these figures and not be concerned that rising inequality is jeopardizing our tradition of equality of opportunity. The fortunes of one’s parents seem to matter increasingly in American society.

The Great Gatsby Curve was introduced in a speech last year (Jan 2012) by Alan Krueger, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. It illustrates the connection between concentration of wealth in one generation and the ability of those in the next generation to move up the economic ladder compared to their parents. Krueger’s speech

The curve shows that children from poor families are less likely to improve their economic status as adults in countries where income inequality was higher – meaning wealth was concentrated in fewer hands – around the time those children were growing up.

So why does this matter for the United States? The U.S. has had a sharp rise in inequality since the 1980s. In fact, on the eve of the Great Recession, income inequality in the U.S. was as sharp as it had been at any period since the time of “The Great Gatsby.”

It is hard to look at these figures and not be concerned that rising inequality is jeopardizing our tradition of equality of opportunity. The fortunes of one’s parents seem to matter increasingly in American society.  Whitehouse.gov Article

Just One Night!

Get a vintage stereo, or use anything you have and kick back, relax, and listen to Eric Clapton’s, Just One Night.  It is a live album recorded in Tokyo, in 1980.  It speaks for itself, a classic!

Early in the Morning

Worried life Blues

Double Trouble

Willie Nelson does Coldplay!

The commercial features a charming rendition of Coldplay’s “The Scientist,” covered by Willie Nelson. 

Some said Willie was doing Coldplay better than Coldplay. I’m not sure that is fair, even if I do see what they mean.  Willie does indeed do a great job with this one.

Performed by Coldplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlUG5VuCzC0   Reading the comments on  Youtube, I was amazed how many people had powerful, personal stories connected to this song.

Interesting background info on the song:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scientist

(Coldplay) Vocalist Chris Martin wrote the original after listening to George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass.” 

Man Wrestles Elephant!

This guy is tough!  He had no takers, so he had to switch species and take on an elephant!

This first link, from History.com, has volume and the commentary is good!  http://www.history.com/videos/elephant-wrestling#elephant-wrestling

Michael Jackson

It has been a strange week, with the passing of Michael Jackson.   Why did society beat him up so badly, and yet morn so intensely when he died?  Since we all grew up with him, we can relate to his mortality.

He appears to have been a great dad and friend, and what else is important in life?

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbiz/2009/07/07/sot.paris.jackson.aeglive

Brooke Shields was more than impressive, as was Michael’s daughter, Paris.

I was never a huge Michael Jackson fan, but was always moved by “Will you be There?”  from the soundtrack of Free Willy.  I had a hunch it would be in the memorial service.  Jennifer Hudson hit it straight-on with an A+!

Very cool website

http://www.pandora.com/

Set up a simple account, pick an atist and off you go.  You can make your own channels and the site fine-tunes what you like and don’t like, you give a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down to to particular songs.  The site figures out what you like and don’t like.  This site rocks!

Billie Jean

I guess Quicy Jones did not want him to include this in Thriller.

The song’s lyrics refer to a real-life experience, in which a mentally ill female fan claimed that Jackson fathered one of her twins.

The pop star faced numerous disagreements with the song’s producer. Quincy Jones did not want “Billie Jean” to appear on Thriller; he felt that the song was too weak to be part of the collection.[5] The producer disliked the demo and did not care for the song’s bass line.[8] Jones wanted to cut Jackson’s 29 second introduction, which Jackson insisted be kept. “I said, ‘Michael we’ve got to cut that intro'”, Jones later recalled. “He said, ‘But that’s the jelly!’…’That’s what makes me want to dance’. And when Michael Jackson tells you, ‘That’s what makes me want to dance’, well, the rest of us just have to shut up.”[7]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_Jean

Elvis loved this fried chicken

I’m going for it, but I do have a concern about the 5 day soak in the buttermilk.  That seems 2 or 3 days over the top with raw chicken.

http://josotherblog.comluv.com/tag/google-staff-recipe-for-buttermilk-chicken/

Auld Lang Syne

James Taylor at Christmas

Give it a whirl, Auld Lang Syne, James Taylor’s version, one of the best I’ve heard.  I watched him sing it on TV a couple years ago, when I was in San Diego on New Years and it was 80 degrees.    It is worth hearing each New Year.  Happy 2009 Everyone!

http://music.download.com/jamestayloratchristmas/3600-10611_32-100985580.html

Remembering those we lost in 2008

One of my favorite shows on television is CBS Sunday Morning.  It usually airs 7:30-9:00 AM.   This week there was a section devoted to some of the great minds, talent, entertainers, and people who made a difference in the world.  I always think about those we lost who were not necessarily famous, but who had a huge impact on other lives, and the segment even addressed the fact that there wasn’t time to do justice to and mention the many lives that ended in 2008.  Paul Newman (One of the true greats ever and a noble human), George Carlin, Michael Crichton, Betty Page, Steve Fosset, Issac Hayes, Tim Russert, Bo Diddly, Jim McKay (whose Munich Olympiad tragic news of the lives lost, still gives me goose bumps and makes me emotional every time I hear it-Rent the documentary “One Day in September” if you haven’t seen it), J.R. Simplot (self-made Idaho potato billionaire), Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Beatles guru), Bobby Fisher, Sir Edmund Hillary.  Just to name a few!

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/12/23/world/year2008review/main4684505.shtml

Watch the show some Sunday, you will be impressed!

http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/sunday/main3445.shtml

2008 Year in Review Photos; http://www.cbsnews.com/elements/2008/11/21/indepth/interactivephotomenu4624106.shtml

2008 Timeline of Events; http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/12/19/world/year2008review/main4678451.shtml

It’s a Wonderful Life

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It’s a Wonderful Life- Released in 1946, it was a box office dud and it lost $480,000.  However;   The American Film Institute has named it the No. 1 “inspirational” film of all time, as well as the 11th best film ever.

http://www.theweek.com/article/index/91726/3/An_evergreen_Christmas_movie