Happy Birthday to One of My First Heroes as a Child, the Amazing Ballerina, Maria Tallchief.

In the fourth grade I found a book in my school’s library about the ballerina, Maria Tallchief. I was instantly enchanted with her story. In honor of her 87th birthday, I am posting this blog showing some of her beautiful photos and footage of her dancing. “Maria Tallchief is a world-renowned ballerina and one of the premiere (first-ranking) American ballerinas of all time. She was the first American to dance at the Paris Opera and has danced with the Paris Opera Ballet, the Ballet Russe, and the Balanchine Ballet Society, later renamed the New York City Ballet.” – Read more: Maria Tallchief Biography – life, family, name, school, mother, young, old, information, born, college http://www.notablebiographies.com/St-Tr/Tallchief-Maria.html#ixzz1kPPRn6Hc

Maria started dancing at an early age:


Maria Tallchief with the New York City Ballet:

Perhaps one of her most famous photos.

Such a beauty.

Maria married George Balanchine one of the 20th century’s most famous choreographers, a developer of ballet in the United States and the co-founder and balletmaster of New York City Ballet. Balanchine wrote several of his most famous works for her and she helped create the New York City Ballet where she danced as Prima Ballerina.

Balanchine and Tallchief rehearsing.

Footage of Maria Tallchief’s most famous performances in Balanchine’s “Firebird” and “Sylvia.”

More Balanchine Choreography.

Maria and her sister Marjorie who was also a prominent ballerina.

Maria Tallchief dancing “The Dying Swan” as Ana Pavlova in “Million Dollar Mermaid” 1952.

1966 Television Performance of  “Allegro Brillante”.

Maria Tallchief is made a member of the state’s (Oklahoma) ambassador corps by Gov. Henry Bellmon:

Read more: http://ndepth.newsok.com/five-indian-ballerinas#ixzz1kPTKhqve


A more recent photo.

More reading on Maria Tallchief:

Interview: http://www.bruceduffie.com/tallchief2.html
Interview: http://www.newson6.com/global/story.asp?s=8334628


How music is related.

The first two songs I have posted in this blog, “Get Misunderstood” by The Troublemakers and “She’s Not There” by The Zombies are two seemingly unrelated songs that have been turned into relatives of sorts by the third song. The question posed by some about the third is was it a rip-off or is it a piece of music to be enjoyed for the new blend of elements? I do enjoy Malcom McLaren’s “About Her”, but I am glad to have learned the background of it. I think if fits well into Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” soundtrack. The whole “Kill Bill” is an homage to several films and viewers of this film have had the same critique as listeners of “About Her”. In the end, only the viewers and listeners can come to their own conclusion about what they like and what they consider to be good music/film/art.

Thank you to the people who commented on this first video for enlightening me to the origins of this song. In the 3rd video, another YouTube user took the time to put a clip of Bessie Smith singing the refrain, “My man’s got a heart like a rock cast in the sea.”

“and the text is actor Jean Pierre Léaud in the beginning of “Liberté , La Nuit”, dir. Philippe Garrel, 1983.
gr0upthe0ry 2 months ago
@ELSHADAZERI This is the song that was stolen in 2004 by Malcolm McLaren, and appeared, reworked in Tarantino’s Kill Bill v2. The original refrain is of course Bessie Smith’s “St. Louis Blues”… the refrain being, ‘My man’s got a heart like a rock cast in the sea.’
gr0upthe0ry 2 months ago”

The Last Day at Metro Diner – Gaston Avenue

Yesterday morning, I finished my first and only breakfast at Metro Diner on Gaston Avenue. I had been to this location on several occasions for dinner options and easily fell in love with its charm.  It’s a little slice of a time past where you are greeted with friendly hellos and your waitress (I know some prefer server) will fondly call you sugar or honey.  The food, though it may not have been the leanest, was good, old-fashioned American diner fare with some southern, home-style favorites.  For this type of food and this certain atmosphere, you could never go wrong.  Many types of people poured out to visit the little diner for the very last time.  I even ended up sitting in the booth in front of the founder, James Adams, and the current owner, Wayne Adams.  The jukebox was playing some of its last tunes and Channel 8 WFAA’s Shon Gables and team were there interviewing patrons and founder, James Adams.  The place was alight with life, fondness, and a bittersweet feeling for some. I couldn’t help but think I might be part of a certain generation that will be the last to remember, “how things used to be.”  These are not even things from my lifetime, but they were left over remnants of a time gone.  More and more historical landmarks are being torn down around Dallas and other parts of Texas. They are irreplaceable keys to the past that you could use to step back through time’s door and see how life was in yesteryears. Although, I was only a patron for several months, I can say I’m going to miss this little joint. I’m sad to think about the old-timers, the students, the hipstsers, the late-night-shifters, the drunkards,  the I-don’t-know-whatsters, neighborhood residents, artists, performers, lonely-hearters, weirdos, and I’m just stopping by crowd not having a place to feed them at all hours of the day.  This was one of the few spots, at least in this part of Dallas, to serve food 24 hours.  Metro Diner was sold to Baylor Hospital so they could expand their facilities.  I know the hospital employees, patients, and families will also miss this place.  It truly was a Dallas landmark. I wish the Metro Diner Staff the best of luck in their new endeavors.

If you get to take my picture, I get to take yours. 😉

Shon Gables of Channel 8 WFAA.

The Woody – Classic Metro Diner Breakfast.

Metro Diner’s Oak Cliff location will remain open. – Farewell Bulletin Board in back of diner.

So farewell, Metro Diner, you were a joy to know even if for me it was only a short time. This song, which is one of the last songs I heard here, was an appropriate fit.

Links to articles about Metro Diner:
One Last Cup of Coffee at the Metro – by Robert Wilonsky with photos by Dylan Hollingsworth
Landmark Dallas diner closes after 43 years – by Shon Gables
Metro Diner Closes After 43 Years – by Amber Fisher with video

Link to a cute video that features Metro Diner and several other Dallas Landmark made as a tribute to the Dallas International Film Festival.

May you continue to inspire us, Arthur Penn.

The legendary film, Bonnie and Clyde (1966)  directed by Penn and starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, will always be one of my favorite films. Mr. Penn was a master at portraying social outsider themes and a man who stuck to his artistic principles.

Rest in Peace.

This film inspired a new generation with the story of Bonnie and Clyde and continues to do so with subsequent generations.

Arthur Penn and Faye Dunaway on the set of Bonnie and Clyde.

Me, being inspired by the real Bonnie Parker and Bonnie of 1966. 😉

Arthur Penn: A tribute to the ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ director by Chris Nashawaty

New York Times Piece on Arthur Penn

Serge Gainsbourg and how he influences many things.

Serge Gainsbourg is probably my all time musical hero. Although there has been an increased awareness of his music over the past decade or so due to the Internet, not all people know his work. I share his music whenever I can and the music / pop culture products he has influenced either directly or indirectly.

Serge Gainsbourg by Simon Gane. Simon Gane’s Blog

Brett and Jemaine of Flight of the Conchords were surely influenced.

I like this update of Serge’s song “Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus.” It’s a great update of the song and Serge’s Melody Nelson videos.

Serge loved to write songs for female singers. This one was for France Gall.

April March redid “Laisse Tomber Les Filles” in French and English. The English version is known as “Chick Habit” for which March wrote the lyrics. You may recognize the song from the film “Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof”.

The Flashbulb has the most modern rendition with this. It is also quite spirited.

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I feel a fever, a sort of a rage, a zombie angst.

Zombies are making their resurgence this Fall, not that they have long been out. 😉  We seemed to be captivated by this “what-if/apocalyptic” scenario.  I just saw the Zombie Comedy with enough Horror Factor, Zombieland. Though, it doesn’t have the social commentary of films such as Night of the Living Dead (considered to be the birth of the modern zombie), Dawn of the Dead, nor 28 Days Later,  it is still a humorous new update on the human condition.   So, I must admit I have been bitten as well.  I’ve been listening to old zombie film music, and through my friend Cortney, I also discovered this site:

Zombieland Zombify Yourself

So, if I look like any of these renderings, I understand if you do what you have to for human self-preservation. (Photos of myself edited with Zombieland Zombify Yourself Tools and other techniques.)

Some Zombie Film And Zombie Tribute Music:

And just for fun:

Further Zombie Film Info:
A brief Zombie Movie History