1. Music…Barbra Streisand…She Calls For Singing Partners!
Barbra Streisand’s new album, Partners, will be released on September 16th. The recording features twelve duets with eleven wizards of present day music and an old musical wizard named Elvis Presley. The Presley Love Me Tender track is one of the best duets ever recorded for him. Here is the album line-up. Barbara has done herself proud, once again. Only the 1927 Yankees had a better line-up, but Babe Ruth wasn’t much of a singer!
- It Had To Be You with Michael Bublé
- People with Stevie Wonder
- Come Rain Or Come Shine with John Mayer
- Evergreen with Babyface
- New York State Of Mind with Billy Joel
- I’d Want It To Be You with Blake Shelton
- The Way We Were with Lionel Richie
- I Still Can See Your Face with Andrea Bocelli
- How Deep Is The Ocean with Jason Gould
- What Kind Of Fool with John Legend
- Somewhere with Josh Groban
- Love Me Tender with Elvis Presley
In 1979 Barbra Streisand created an extremely successful album titled Wet. It is a concept album with each song incorporating the theme of water in its title or lyrics. Collecting the songs that fit this theme choice and her voice was a challenge. Bobby Darin’s Splish, Splash (song three) was too easy a find for the album. Streisand’s duet with Donna Summer of No More Tears/Enough Is Enough is an office favorite.
Kate, a fan of Streisand and our office technology expert, is a fan of original themes, too. She found an interesting feature on the blue lobster in the Boston papers. She thought introducing Meghan LaPlante, the 14 year-old Maine fisher-woman who caught this rare one in a million ocean creature, and the color blue would make a good theme for this week’s column. We are running with her idea. We will not be eating Skyler (Meghan’s name for the blue creature) while writing, though.
- Oceanography…Killers Of The Deep…The Blue Lobster!
Deadly Lurks Beneath! Release The Lobsters!
Since the time of Neptune and Poseidon, the blue lobster has ruled the seas. While doing this, it has been one of the most feared creatures of mariners and sea-life. It can grow to be the size of a fifty-pound baby and snap off a human’s foot at the ankle in an instant. The blue lobster lives for as many as fifty years, is fearless, and has pulled down great white sharks and giant squid.
The only rarer lobster than the blue or bright red is the yellow lobster. It looks more orange than yellow. Finding one of these yellows is a one in twenty million proposition. Meghan LePlante is not donating her blue catch to the local Sea World as many would believe. Megan, an experienced fisher-woman beyond her years, knows that lobsters eat each other and would have no respect for this ‘blue’ discovery. People eating this rare find might be a cause for her concern, too.
Some of the paragraph’s content above is true. We sort of ran away with what we thought was imaginative writing in other instances.
- Movies…The Blue Dahlia…Film Noire At Its Finest!
Alan Ladd And Veronica Lake Fight For Their Lives! Or His!
‘Film Noire’ (dark cinema) is a phrase coined in 1946 by the French movie critic Nino Frank. Frank arrived at this phrasing after reviewing the dark, fatalistic, and pessimistic trends in American movies. This period was at its height from 1940 to 1960 and featured the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Alan Ladd, James Cagney, and many more.
If you only watch one movie on The Turner Classic Movie channel to savor ‘Film Noire’ at its peak, The Blue Dahlia (1946) would be an excellent choice. It is, also, a good read if you could find a Raymond Chandler paperback copy somewhere in the far reaches of your library, that old time bookstore, or in an Amazon.com closet. Be forewarned you will become hooked on the mystery stories of this period and some of the origins of today’s detective thrillers. The books and movies are far better than late night re-runs of the American Ninja Finals!
Alan Ladd is a Navy pilot that comes home to find his wife dallying with, Howard De Silva, the owner of The Blue Dahlia Club nightclub. She confesses about her new love and killing their son in a car crash. Rage and twists and turns soon follow with Ladd being sought soon after for his wife’s murder. All the male and female actors team up with someone not knowing that their new friends are connected to everyone and everything. Veronica Lake picks up Ladd on the side of the road and becomes immersed in things she is already in the middle of without knowing. Blondes always pick up seemingly lost men roadside. No worries there! Confusing to explain? Yes! Enjoyable intrigues? Yes!
- Television…Gotham?…Who Is On First Batman?
Batman Did Have A Beginning…Gotham Is The Where!
Gotham, a new television viewing pleasure for fall, is 2014’s ‘Film Noire’. Some of the actors and actresses have blue eyes. The story line is Batman and Commissioner Gordon before they became Batman and Commissioner Gordon! Gordon is a beat cop and Batman is learning how to fight crime and how to become Batman.
Everyone thinks Viola Davis’s How To Get Away With Murder is going to be the biggest hit of the new fall television shows. Davis (The Help, Get On Up) is a multiple award-winning movie star. She is joined by a talented television cast in this crime solving offering. The cast includes Kate Finlay, Billy Brown, Matt McGorry, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, and Alfred Enoch. This team imaginatively takes murder from the college classroom to the courtroom and back to the classroom again. Davis would probably give us a C in her class. We are not much on homework? Not ever!
Gotham’s cast of David Mazouz, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Ben MacKenzie, and Donal Logue seems to have a larger age group span of viewers they can attract to their story. The comic book versus the detective story is a good match for our viewership and successful venture predictions.
- Art…Thomas Gainsborough…The Portrait And Landscape Painter!
Blue Boy Stands Tall And Triumphs Over Van Gogh’s Blue Period!
Wanting To Be Inventive And Original Even In 1727!
The years (1727-1788) spanning Thomas Gainsborough’s life were exciting years in history and in the creation of art. Gainsborough was a leader in adult portrait and landscape painting and then in later life seascapes and young children. He claimed he wanted to be various…meaning exciting and different. Patrons interested in art and artists interested in becoming better painters flocked to a number of his studios, but most noticeably the ones in London and Bath, England.
Gainsborough is noted for sitting individuals in landscapes. This is an effect you would think was a staple from many artists before him. Of course, if it was, it wasn’t perfected to the degree Gainsborough used to bring his uniquely staged-scenes and individuals to life on his canvas.
- Music II…Leonard Cohen…Eighty And Awesome (September 21st)!
Cohen Is A Very Unusual Talent! He’s A ‘Listen Different’!
Leonard Cohen has been singing folk-soft rock for sixty years. He has a great style of almost talking the great lyrics he has written in his songs. He has won multiple Juno and Grammy Awards. When you see him perform, you are not sure if you are listening to a singer or storyteller. Cohen must be great at both. Example….His best-known song Hallelujah has been covered over one hundred times by thirty years of young and old recording artists.
His song Famous Blue Raincoat takes you to wintery New York at four in the morning. You are there as his words paint early morning New York and a sleepless lover. Fretting over a lock of hair and images of a rose brings back the lover’s memories.
Almost Like The Blues is one of the lead songs on his new album Popular Problems (September 26th release date). Cohen uniquely relates eight instances of his life to the blues…from the many rejections of his work to dealing with the love of his parents.
- Oceanography II…Mission Blue…The Silvia Earle Story!
We Can Help This 79 Year Old Save The Oceans!
Fisher Stevens Bluntly Tells Us How!
Mission Blue is one of Netflix’s newest documentaries. It was four years in the making. Seventy-nine year old Silvia Earle dives the world’s oceans to save marine-life, wildlife, plant life, and habitats. She wants to tell their important stories to everyone. Her diving stamina is that of a twenty year-olds, but her story is as old as time.
Can one person’s cry make a difference in a sea of not caring? Like others before her, Silvia hopes people will hear her message. This documentary outlines it well. Earle was Time Magazine’s first ‘Hero Of The Planet Award’ recipient. She wants to create ‘hope spots’ in the world’s oceans where drilling and fishing cannot be conducted. Silvia is recruiting major industries throughout the world to support her sanctuary projects. The fishing industry and local islanders have not been amongst her supporters.
If you don’t have Netflix’s, Earle’s book The World Is Blue will outline a large portion of the “save the oceans, save us” story she continues to tell.
- Travel…The Blue Nile…The Stories You Can Tell!
The Nile River at 4,132 miles is the longest river in the world. Its three pieces include the White Nile and Blue Nile. The Blue Nile at 907 miles contributes 70% of the Nile’s waters. The city of Khartoum is a great source of history for the region. It sits between the meeting place of the White and Blue Nile Rivers. Picture Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the meeting of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. Picture Pittsburgh without the Pirates and Steelers because Khartoum doesn’t have a baseball or football team.
One of the rivers interesting transporting craft that visitors and locals use is a small sailboat called the felucca. Riding in one and listening to the history of the region from the Pharaoh’s until now should be on everyone’s Nile River and surrounding area’s travel docket.
- Featured Friends…Great People With Great Skills And Ideas!
Let’s Talk’s Newest Segment!
Each week we meet hundreds of people at graduate courses, business card exchanges, and free breakfasts and lunches. Please note the word free. We have no budget for collecting news, business creations, interesting concepts, and creative friends for this column. Each week, this section will highlight one of our new friends. Meeting Alexis Barnes’s parents was just as interesting as the information Alexis shared with us. Alexis looks like a great addition to any type of journal group or creative writing and information sharing team. Her world travels will definitely bring new points to any journalism discussion. Please contact her with your ideas.
Featuring Alexis Barnes!
Alexis Barnes is currently a freelance journalist with a concentration of social issues and foreign affairs. She is completing her Masters in International Journalism in New York City and has worked and traveled to Korea, Thailand, Haiti, Belgium and the US Virgin Islands. Her career goals include continuing to report on international stories for an American audience, but also to work in an NGO in human rights advocacy. She has roots in print journalism, but has evolved into proficiency in video, audio and photo reporting and editing.
10. This Week’s Suggested Blue Themes That Did Not Make The Cut!
- The Insanely Inventive Blue Man Group!
- Blue Bonnet Margarine Performing With An English Muffin!
- Linda Ronstadt Her Music And Classic Hit Blue Bayou!
- The Blues Making Everyone Happy And Sad!
- John Belushi And The Blues Brothers! On A Mission From God!
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