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:

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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

Coaching.

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
http://womenshistory.about.com/od/dance/p/maria_tallchief.htm

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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

My Life as a Spy.

Living my life
on the
SLY
Observing
Learning
Discerning
With
Keen Eyes
Stealth
Slip
Slide
Delve
Into
Your History
Your Mystery
Deeper
and
Deeper
into
The Intrigue
of
the
Human Mind.
Do you deserve to die?
Is your message just a lie?
A little closer
A little further
Slip
Slide
Taking a thrilling ride
Leap
Duck
Hide
Glimpses of
Truth / Intention
Now
Glide
Into another scene
where you may
resolve
or you may
fail
but
in any case it’s
the life
of a
Spy
and this is your
Secret Mission.
~ The Photoetrist aka LJF

Img by The Photoetrist

Img by The Photoetrist

Info on Spy Music:

Listen to Spy Music on Soma.fm Secret Agent(Listen to Soma’s other stations too.)

Ah, Brazil! How I love your music

Watched a great documentary from BBC about Brazilian music.

Brasil, Brasil
“Filmed at Brazil’s massive carnival celebrations, in the lawless favelas, the extraordinary maracatu ceremonies of the northern countryside, and in the music clubs of Salvador and Rio, these three, hour-long films chronicle Brazilian music from the birth of samba right through to the hip-hop, baile and funk scenes.”

I highly suggest viewing the website about this documentary. It is a great companion to the documentary and in general quite informative on Brazilian music.
Brasil,Brasil

The stories here are so inspiring. Not that hardships and life’s existence weren’t dealt with in music in other countries, but Brazil’s music largely centers on its people – where they were/are, what they were/are going through, their hopes and dreams. Art at its best – changing the world. The music has had a great impact in many other countries for several generations with many modern musicians citing various Brazilian music such as Bossa Nova and Tropicália as great influences upon their work. Legends such as Carmen Miranda, Joao Gilberto, Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Elis Regina, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Os Mutantes are movingly covered with interviews of the artists that were still around when the documentary was made (released in 2007.)

Some of my favorite Brazilian Music:

(The words to this are so beautiful and poetic.)

And more recently,

Thunderstorms and Joe Meek.

Sitting through a thunderstorm,
Acoustically magnificent,
A dull unified sound from the left,
A clamoring crash from the right
echoing down a hall way
I have been channelling
much like he, himself,
would have believed
his energy
Mr. Joe Meek –
The Strange and Legendary.
Innovative with a “secret box”,
Ahead of this time,
Short-tempered,
Good-willed,
Believed his walls were bugged
and,
alas,
provoked
into
the
final
hours
choosing
to
take
his
life
and
that
of
his
landlady
the
same
day
his
hero
Buddy
his channelled
from the hidden Holly
guide
died.
– LJF aka The Photoetrist

His poignant painting “The Lady With the Crying Eyes”

JoeMeek.com

Review of Telstar – Film About Joe Meek

Telstar – The Tornados (and Joe Meek):

His last hit, Have I the Right?:

Documentaries you should check out on Joe Meek:
“Arena” The Strange Story of Joe Meek (1991)
and more recently –
A Life in the Death of Joe Meek by Howard S. Berger and Susan Stahmann