After locating the previous video that I shared here, on YouTube.com “Skinny Legs and All” by Joe Tex I couldn’t help but notice some of the other songs that Joe Tex put out back in the 60′s and early 70′s. Anyone remember his hit song “I Gotcha” that I embedded here today. Or “I Ain’t Gonna Bump No More With No Big Fat Woman”? Man these songs were/are so totally unique and unusual, which I guess was/is a good thing. One good way to be noticed and to “get in” the hard-core music industry is by being unusual and unique, it certainly worked for Joe Tex back over the course of his career that spanned over two decades, back when Soul Train was popular and Motown was at it’s best. Of course that is just my opinion, for what it’s worth.
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Each year we get to see on numerous television shows during the holiday season, all the newly released and exciting toys that are expected to be the big top sellers for the up and coming Holiday shopping season.
Amazing how every year Elmo seems to be a hit, time after time, it never fails to see him upgraded somehow to keep him on top. Elmo is cool, he was my favorite of the Sesame Street characters, back in my day and the Cookie Monster was always good for a laugh!
If you are looking for a good book to read that describes the horror that millions of young girls and women deal with female genital mutilation, then I would urge you to read Desert Flower, written by Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller. I understand that there was a movie produced in 2009 based on this book that I am going to try to find to watch and pass on to others that I think will appreciate knowing about these atrocities that I can’t even write about without getting a stomach and head ache.
It always worries me when I think that the flat screen TV mounts aren’t installed properly and could come tumbling down at any time. Besides wrecking the TV, it could damage other things that would be in the path of its falling down, even hurting some one if they were in the way as well. Even though I am pretty handy with tools and can do a lot of odd jobs around the place, I would never attempt to install something like that myself.
This video shows the winner of 2009′s ” Ukraine’s Got Talent,” Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch. The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about $75,000.
She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated. It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears. She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier. This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house. In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying good-bye.
The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million. Kseniya Simonova says:
“I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And there is surely no bigger compliment.”
Please take time out to see this amazing piece of art.