Saturday, 1 July 2017

Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming

Nick Hanauer is an American billionaire entrepreneur. He was an early investor in Amazon. In 2007, he sold one of his companies, aQuantive, to Microsoft for $6.4 billion. This guy isn't rich, he's wealthy. And as he himself states: he's a plutocrat (a person whose power derives from their wealth).

Unlike the GOP and their fondness for Ayn Rand (self-interest is everything) and trickle-down economics (thanks Ronnie), Mr. Hanauer comes at the issue of capitalism from a different and interesting perspective. In a nutshell, if nothing is done to stop the growing inequality in the United States, there's going to be a revolt, with pitchforks as he puts it. The peasants will get fed up with "Let them eat cake" (misattributed to Marie Antoinette) and storm the Bastille. But more importantly, Mr. Hanauer, in warning his fellow plutocrats, states that he's not making a proposal out of the goodness of his heart. While the GOP balk at entitlements and giving anything away for free unlike their liberal, tree-hugger, socialist counterparts across the aisle, Mr. Hanauer sees profit in his ideas. A thriving economy comes from a strong middle class, not the other way around. If the wealthy would give up a little (raise the minimum wage), they would stand to make even more. A raised minimum wage would mean that more people would move into the middle class. They would require less government assistance. They would have more buying power. They would be better customers of the companies owned by the wealthy. As a nod to Ayn Rand, Mr. Hanauer is making a suggestion in his own self-interest.

What a curious take on the war on poverty. You help people, not so much because it's a good, charitable thing to do, but because it keeps the masses in check and makes you more money. He has his detractors, but I do believe Mr. Hanauer has hit upon an important concept missing in today's economic analysis.


Published on Aug 12, 2014 by TED
YouTube: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming | Nick Hanauer



Politico - July 2014
The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats by Nick Hanauer
In 1980, the top 1 percent controlled about 8 percent of U.S. national income. The bottom 50 percent shared about 18 percent. Today the top 1 percent share about 20 percent; the bottom 50 percent, just 12 percent.

But the problem isn’t that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution.

If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.



Bloomberg - Jun 19/213
The Capitalist’s Case for a $15 Minimum Wage by Nick Hanauer
The fundamental law of capitalism is that if workers have no money, businesses have no customers. That’s why the extreme, and widening, wealth gap in our economy presents not just a moral challenge, but an economic one, too. In a capitalist system, rising inequality creates a death spiral of falling demand that ultimately takes everyone down.

Low-wage jobs are fast replacing middle-class ones in the U.S. economy. Sixty percent of the jobs lost in the last recession were middle-income, while 59 percent of the new positions during the past two years of recovery were in low-wage industries that continue to expand such as retail, food services, cleaning and health-care support. By 2020, 48 percent of jobs will be in those service sectors.
...
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would inject about $450 billion into the economy each year. That would give more purchasing power to millions of poor and lower-middle-class Americans, and would stimulate buying, production and hiring.





References

Wikipedia: Nick Hanauer
Nick Hanauer (born 1959) is an American entrepreneur and venture capitalist living in Shoreline, Washington.

official web site: Nick Hanauer, Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, civic activist, philanthropist, author

My note: Mr. Hanauer has a number of interesting articles worth perusing.

Confronting the Parasite Economy - May 16th, 2016, American Prospect
There are two types of businesses in America today: those that pay their workers a living wage—the real economy—and those that don’t—the parasite economy. And all of us who live and work in the real economy should be royally pissed at the way the parasite economy is sucking us dry.

Is trickle-down economics science or scam? - June 1, 2015, PBS News Hour
Nick Hanauer critizes the theory that a higher minimum wage will cause increased unemployment. Going further, he suggests that economic theories in general are not science, but merely social and moral constructs. This post originally appeared on Hanauer’s blog, Civic Skunks Works and is reprinted here with the permission of Nick Hanauer.

Imagine America if Steve Jobs' father was turned away because he was Syrian - December 8, 2015, Seattle Times
According to some, America is closed for business. Our leaders responded to terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., with fear and xenophobia. Donald Trump issued a statement that as president — heaven forbid — he’d ban all Muslims’ entry to the United States, an outrageous statement that shocked and offended all sensible Americans.


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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Yuja Wang: Turkish March



Published on Oct 26, 2016 by E976
YouTube: CRAZY ENCORE BY YUJA WANG! Turkish March (Mozart/Volodos/Say) Carnegie Hall

Wikipedia: Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang (b 1987) is a Chinese classical pianist. She was born in Beijing, began studying piano there at age six, and went on to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. By the age of 21 she was already an internationally recognized concert pianist, giving recitals around the world. She has a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.

Reviews
Wang has received attention as much for her eye-catching outfits and glamorous stage presence as for her piano playing. In a much-quoted 2011 review of a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Times classical music critic Mark Swed wrote:


But it was Yuja Wang's orange dress for which Tuesday night is likely to remembered ... Her dress Tuesday was so short and tight that had there been any less of it, the Bowl might have been forced to restrict admission to any music lover under 18 not accompanied by an adult. Had her heels been any higher, walking, to say nothing of her sensitive pedaling, would have been unfeasible.

Swed was widely criticised for this aspect of his review.



Yuja Wang - Photo Courtesy of Echo Klassik


The New Yorker - Sep 5/2016
Yuja Wang and the Art of Performance by Janet Malcolm
The piano prodigy is known for the brilliance of her playing and for her dramatic outfits.

During the intermission of a recital at Carnegie Hall in May, Yuja changed from the relatively conventional long gold sequinned gown she had worn for the first half, two Brahms Ballades and Schumann’s “Kreisleriana,” into something more characteristically outré. For the second half, Beethoven’s extremely long and difficult Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat, known as the “Hammerklavier,” she wore a dress that was neither short nor long but both: a dark-blue-green number, also sequinned, with a long train on one side—the side not facing the audience—and nothing on the other, so that her right thigh and leg were completely exposed.

As she performed, the thigh, splayed by the weight of the torso and the action of the toe working the pedal, looked startlingly large, almost fat, though Yuja is a very slender woman. Her back was bare, thin straps crossing it. She looked like a dominatrix or a lion tamer’s assistant. She had come to tame the beast of a piece, this half-naked woman in sadistic high heels. Take that, and that, Beethoven!



My Thoughts
I read over the reviews written by Mark Swed and Janet Malcolm referenced above and was amused by the focus on the visual. If this had been a male pianist, I have no doubt nobody would be commenting on his suit or tux. Nevertheless, Ms. Wang is of the classical world, probably noted for its more reserved demeanor. If she were of the pop music world, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga or Madonna, we would expect to be entertained not just with sound, but with sight. Ms. Wang seems to ignoring the stuffiness of tradition and bumping it up a notch. Can a woman be accomplished and be beautiful? Can the world of classical music bring more visual, more entertainment to the proceedings?

Yuja Wang - Photo (c) Ian Douglas 

References

official web site: Yuja Wang

Facebook: Yuja Wang

The paraphrase on Mozart's music was given a flourish by Arcadi Volodos then jazzed up by Fazil Say. Ms. Wang executes it with aplomb. Man, does she have some chops.

Wikipedia: Arcadi Volodos
Arcadi Volodos (b 1972) is a Russian pianist. His first name is sometimes transliterated Arcady or Arkady.

YouTube: Volodos plays Turkish March (Volodos Turkish March)

YouTube: Mozart-Volodos - Concert Paraphrase on "Turkish March" (audio + sheet music)

Wikipedia: Fazil Say
Fazıl Say (b 1970) is a virtuoso Turkish pianist and composer who was born in Ankara, described recently as "not merely a pianist of genius; but undoubtedly he will be one of the great artists of the twenty-first century".

Chronological list of compositions
5a AllaTurca Jazz ( Mozart ) Piano 1993 Berlin



Uploaded on Oct 9, 2008 by medici.tv
YouTube: Yuja Wang plays the Flight of the Bumble-Bee (Vol du Bourdon)


Yuja Wang by Norbert Kniat DG

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Bill Domonkos: Nervous96



Vimeo: Nervous96 from Bill Domonkos
An intense juxtapose of disconnect and emotion. NERVOUS96 invokes the chiaroscuro spirit of a woman lonely, desperate, in debt, trying to connect in a desolate world overrun with technology. A seamless integration of film and music, NERVOUS96 casts a powerful spell, embodying the spirit of classic suspense and science fiction.

Wikipedia: Chiaroscuro (pronunciation)
Chiaroscuro is an oil painting technique, developed during the Renaissance, that uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms, often to dramatic effect. The underlying principle is that solidity of form is best achieved by the light falling against it. Artists known for developing the technique include Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt. It is a mainstay of black and white and low key photography.

Vimeo: films by Bill Domonkos
Bill Domonkos is an experimental filmmaker and video artist. His work combines computer animation, still photography, live footage and manipulated archive film footage. His work has been broadcast and shown internationally in cinemas, film festivals, galleries and museums.




Tumblr: Bill Domonkos

web site: Bill Domonkos

Twitter: Bill Domonkos @billdomonkos

Facebook: Bill Domonkos

Vimeo: Looking Glass from Bill Domonkos
Music: "To Dolly Argles" by Igor Ballereau
Lettres à des amies-enfants
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s letters to his child-friends.



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Monday, 5 June 2017

Nicolas Deveaux, French animator



Vimeo: 5 mètres 80 from Nicolas Deveaux
Almost 10 years after "7 tonnes 2" a short film featuring an elephant on a trampoline. I wanted to make a sequel, this time with giraffes ... The creation of this film is spread over 1 year and a half.





official web site: Nicolas Deveaux Autor-Director
As an author director, I combine a passion for imagery with one for animals. After I got my degree at l’Ecole supérieure d’infographie “Supinfocom” in 2003, I started out with a short film “7 tonnes 2” featuring a realist champion elephant jumping on a trampoline at Cube creative. The film got a good reception across the Web and in festivals enabling me to move on to direction. Working mainly at Cube, my films range from documentary (“Sea Rex” : Imax relief, “Le paresseux géant” : TV docu) to advertising (Kinder, Okay Lotus, Lipton, SuperCroix…) and theme parks ‘”Cité de la Mer “in Biarritz, “EANA” in Normandy…) and TV identification ‘France 3 summer 2013.

Vimeo: films by Nicolas Deveaux


Vimeo: 7 tonnes 2 from Nicolas Deveaux
A year after school (Supinfocom 2002) I started out at Cube with a short “7tonnes2” (the weight of a big elephant). It is also the only mammal which cannot jump ! The film was in many festivals around the world.



Wikipedia: History of French animation
The history of French animation is one of the longest in the world, as France has created some of the earliest animated films dating back to the late 19th century, and invented many of the foundational technologies of early animation.

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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Angel City Chorale: Africa



Published on Nov 25, 2013 by Angel City Chorale
YouTube: Africa - Angel City Chorale - as of June 3, 2017: 5.6 million plus views
Melody and lyrics by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro
Performed by Angel City Chorale
Soloists Rich Kennedy, Tommy Lamb, Tina Mitro, and Duff Watrous
Artistic Director, Sue Fink
Video edited by, Alex Chaloff, Annika Benitz
Performance inspired by Eric Whitacre and Perpetuum Jazzile.



References

official web site: Angel City Chorale

Wikipedia: Angel City Chorale
Angel City Chorale, conducted by founder/Artistic Director Sue Fink, is a multi-talented, multi-cultural group of 160 singers that aims to reflect the spirit of Los Angeles, the city it calls home. Recognized for its signature blend of musical styles and commitment to community, Angel City Chorale strives to give back to the L.A. community through song, donations, and volunteerism. Offering a diverse selection of musical material including classical, jazz, folk music, gospel, and pop, ACC performs two concerts seasonally, spring and winter, at the historic Wilshire United Methodist Church. In addition to its scheduled performances, Angel City Chorale has performed at venues throughout Los Angeles, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the former Kodak Theatre, the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Staples Center, and the Shrine Auditorium. Angel City Chorale is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Wikipedia: Africa (Toto song)
"Africa" is a 1982 song by the American rock band Toto. It was included on their 1982 album Toto IV, and released as a single on September 30, 1982. It reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 5, 1983 and number three on the UK Singles Chart the same month. The song was written by the band's keyboardist/vocalist David Paich and drummer Jeff Porcaro.


I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She's coming in twelve-thirty flight
Her moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation
I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some old forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say. "Hurry, boy, it's waiting there for you."

[Chorus:]
It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become

[Chorus]

[Instrumental break]

Hurry, boy, she's waiting there for you

[Chorus:]
It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa [5x]
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had



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Thursday, 1 June 2017

R.E.M.: It's The End Of The World



Uploaded on Mar 16, 2009 by emimusic
YouTube: R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World

That's great! It starts with an earthquake,
Birds and snakes, an aeroplane;
Lenny Bruce is not afraid.

Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn.
World serves its own needs, don't mis-serve your own needs.
Speed it up a notch, speed, grunt, no strength.
The ladder starts to clatter with fear of fight, down height.
Wire in a fire, represent the seven games
In a government for hire and a combat site.
Left her, wasn't coming in a hurry
With the furies breathing down your neck.

Team by team reporters baffled, trump, tethered crop.
Look at that low plane! Fine, then.
Uh oh, overflow, population, common group,
But it'll do. Save yourself, serve yourself.
World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed.
Tell me with the rapture and the rev-'rent in the right, right.
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light;
Feeling pretty psyched.

It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

Six o'clock. TV hour.
Don't get caught in foreign tower.
Slash and burn, return,
Listen to yourself churn.
Lock him in uniform and book burning, bloodletting.
Ev'ry motive escalate. Automotive incinerate.
Light a candle, light a motive.
Step down, step down.
Watch a heel crush, crush.
Uh oh, this means no fear; cavalier.
Renegade and steer clear!
A tournament, a tournament,
A tournament of lies.
Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives
And I decline.

It's the end of the world as we know it
It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It's time I had some time alone)
I feel fine

It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It's time I had some time alone)

The other night I tripped a nice
Continental drift divide.
Mountains sit in a line.
Leonard Bernstein, Leonid Brezhnev,
Lenny Bruce, and Lester Banks
Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly beans, boom!
You symbiotic, patriotic, slam, but neck, right? (Right!)

It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It's time I had some time alone)

It's the end of the world as we know it
It's the end of the world as we know it
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It's time I had some time alone)

It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It's time I had some time alone)

It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It's time I had some time alone)


References

Wikipedia: It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" is a song by American rock band R.E.M., which appeared on their 1987 album Document, the 1988 compilation Eponymous, and the 2006 compilation And I Feel Fine... The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982–1987. It was released as a single in November 1987, reaching No. 69 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and later reaching No. 39 on the UK Singles Chart on its re-release in December 1991.

Music video
The music video was directed by James Herbert, who worked with the band on several other videos in the late 1980s. It depicts a young skateboarder, Noah Ray, in a cluttered room of an abandoned, half-collapsed farmhouse. As he rummages through the junk, which includes several band pictures and flyers, he shows off various toys and items to the camera and plays with a dog that wanders into the house. As the video ends, he removes his shirt and starts performing skateboard tricks while still inside the room.


Wikipedia: R.E.M.
R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, that was formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe.

After considering names like "Twisted Kites", "Cans of Piss", and "Negro Wives", the band settled on "R.E.M." (which stands for the stage of sleep called rapid eye movement), which Stipe selected at random from a dictionary.

official web site: R.E.M.

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Hailee Steinfeld: Most Girls



Published on May 22, 2017 by HaileeSteinfeldVEVO
YouTube: Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls

Some girls feel best in their tiny dresses
Some girls in nothin' but sweatpants, looking like a princess
Some girls kiss new lips every single night
They're stayin' out late cause they just celebrating life

You know some days you feel so good in your own skin
But it's okay if you wanna change the body that you came in
Cause you look greatest when you feel like a damn queen
We're all just playing a game in a way, tryna win that life

Most girls are smart and strong and beautiful
Most girls work hard, go far, we are unstoppable
Most girls, our fight to make every day
No two are the same

I wanna be like, I wanna be like most girls
I wanna be like, I wanna be like most girls
I wanna be like, I wanna be like
I wanna be like, I wanna be like
I wanna be like, I wanna be like

Some girls like to keep their physique real private
Some girls wear jeans so tight 'cause it feels so right, yeah
Some girls, every day searching, keep the page turning
Sleepin' in late cause they're just celebrating life

You know some days you feel so good in your own skin
But it's okay if you wanna change the body that you came in
Cause you look greatest when you feel like a damn queen
We're all just playing a game in a way trying to win that life

Most girls are smart and strong and beautiful
Most girls work hard, go far, we are unstoppable
Most girls, our fight to make every day
No two are the same

I wanna be like, I wanna be like most girls
I wanna be like, I wanna be like most girls
I wanna be like, I wanna be like
I wanna be like, I wanna be like
I wanna be like, I wanna be like

Most girls, yeah
Most girls
Wanna be, wanna be, wanna be
Most girls, our fight to make every day
No two are the same

I wanna be like most girls
I wanna be like, I wanna be like most girls
I wanna be like, I wanna be like
I wanna be like, I wanna be like
I wanna be like


References

Wikipedia: Most Girls (Hailee Steinfeld song)
"Most Girls" is a song recorded by American singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld and intended as the lead single for her forthcoming debut studio album. It was released April 28, 2017 by Republic Records. Steinfeld wrote the "female empowerment anthem" with Jeremy Dussolliet, Tim Sommers, Asia Whiteacre, and the record's co-producers, Ryan Tedder and Zach Skelton.

Music video
The official music video for "Most Girls" was directed by Hannah Lux Davis and premiered May 23, 2017. The clip begins with Steinfeld rebuffing a man who claims she is "not like most girls." Throughout the majority of the video, Steinfeld "channels" various different personas, including a boxer, party girl, and a bookwork. Arielle Tschinkel of Idolator wrote that the video's premise emphasizes "that girls can be whoever they want to be,"[11] while the Daily Mail added that Steinfeld is "celebrating being a woman" in the video. At the end of the video, Steinfeld is joined by a group of young women wearing t-shirts emblazoned with positive attributes such as "fearless" and "relentless."


While the video received praise for its message of embracing individuality, it also drew some criticism for its lack of diversity. "All of these girls are extremely thin and femme," writes Aimée Lutkin of The Muse-Jezebel, "so in reality most girls do not appear in this video."

Wikipedia: Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996) is an American actress, model and singer. She first became known for her portrayal of Mattie Ross in True Grit (2010), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Thereafter, she appeared as Petra Arkanian in Ender's Game (2013), Juliet Capulet in Romeo & Juliet (2013), Violet Mulligan in Begin Again (2013), Zooey Renner in 3 Days to Kill (2014), and Nadine Franklin in The Edge of Seventeen (2016), for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination.

After singing "Flashlight" in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), Steinfeld released a cover version of the song and was later signed to Republic Records. She released her debut single, "Love Myself", which has been certified platinum in several countries, and later an extended play, Haiz. In 2016, she released "Starving", a collaboration with both Grey and Zedd, which peaked at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In addition to her acting and singing careers, Steinfeld also has done modeling work; she was hired as the face of Miu Miu in 2011, shortly after True Grit was released.



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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Melania Trump Rickrolls America

Wikipedia: Rickrolling
Rickrolling, alternatively rick-rolling, is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up". The meme is a type of bait and switch using a disguised hyperlink. Those led to the music video believing that they were accessing some unrelated material are said to have been rickrolled. ... [Note: This prank started in 2008.]

On July 18, 2016, at the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump gave a speech in which parts were plagarized from Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic Nation Convention in 2008. That was enough of a stink, however, there was another observation about the speech more humorous. Two lines out of the speech are remarkably similar to the lyrics of Rick Astley's song. Was Melania "rickrolling" America? Let the fun begin!

Melania Trump: “He will never, ever give up. And most important, he will never, ever let you down.”

Rick Astley: “Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down.”

Published on Jul 18, 2016 by The Swog Blog
YouTube: Melania Trump's RNC RICKROLL


The New Yorker - Sep 26/2016
Did Melania Trump Rickroll America? By Michael Schulman
Overlooked amid the Melania Trump plagiarism scandal at this summer’s Republican National Convention was an even stranger mystery. In the same speech in which she cribbed lines from Michelle Obama, Trump said of her husband, “He will never, ever give up. And, most importantly, he will never, ever let you down.” For a certain segment of the population, those words triggered a Pavlovian synth beat. Was it possible that Trump was sampling the 1987 Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up”?

LA Times - July 19/2016
Melania Trump's RNC speech provokes claims of plagiarism and, maybe worse, Rickrolling by Randall Roberts
Did Melania Trump lift part of her speech from Michelle Obama at Monday’s Republican National Convention? Or maybe her speechwriters made a mistake. Perhaps, as some have speculated, the use of phrases from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention was pure coincidence.

Another accusation has emerged that has nothing to do with alleged plagiarism of the first lady’s ’08 speech and everything to do with the British pop star Rick Astley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

TIME - July 19/2016
Melania Trump's Alleged Plagiarism Was Just a Front to Distract Us From Her Rickroll By Cady Lang
Let's all slow clap for Melania Trump, who's much more cunning than what meets the eye. While politicos were up in arms over her Monday night speech at the RNC because of its uncanny similarities to Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech, the alleged plagiarism was really just a ploy to prevent us from realizing that the wife of the Donald was Rickrolling all of us.


Uploaded on Oct 24, 2009 by RickAstleyVEVO
YouTube: Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up


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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Duke Dumont: I Got U ft. Jax Jones



Published on Feb 19, 2014 by DukeDumontVEVO
YouTube: Duke Dumont - I Got U (Official video) ft. Jax Jones

(You got me...)

Ask me what I did with my life
I spent it with you
If I lose my fame and fortune
(Really don't matter)
As long as I got you, baby

Clap your hands y'all it's alright [x3]
As long as I got you, baby
Clap your hands y'all it's alright [x3]
As long as I got you

Ask me what I did with my life
I spent it with you
If I lose my fame and fortune
(Really don't matter)
As long as I got you, baby

Clap your hands y'all it's alright [x3]
As long as I got you, baby
Clap your hands y'all it's alright [x3]
As long as I got you

As the years they pass us by
(Years they, years they, years they)
We stay young through each other's eyes
(Each other's eyes)
And no matter how old we get
It's okay, as long as I got you, baby

Clap your hands y'all it's alright
As long as I got you, baby
Clap your hands y'all it's alright
As long as I got you, baby
Clap your hands y'all it's alright
As long as I got you, baby
Clap your hands y'all it's alright
As long as I got you, baby

As long as I got you [x5]


References

Wikipedia: I Got U
"I Got U" is a song by British record producer Duke Dumont, and features fellow record producer Jax Jones. It was released as the second single from his forthcoming debut studio album on 16 March 2014. The song topped the UK Singles Chart. It features on his EP EP1, which was released in North America. It also appears on the compilation album Now 87 and in the video game Forza Horizon 2.

Music video
A music video was created for the single and was directed by Rémy Cayuela. Starring the model and actor Rique and New Zealand model Kylee Tan, the video was released on 19 February 2014, and was filmed in Thailand in locations between Bangkok and Phuket.



Promo News: Remy Cayuela, director
"While looking for an idea for this track, I was in my office in Paris watching the wintery grey skies. I was listening this very cool summery track and simply wondering that question: when you're working and stuck in the winter what are the alternatives you have to escape?

"Obviously, there weren't any, so I imagined a sort of sci-fi device based on an augmented reality allowing people to travel, to escape for a shot of sun and fun and to experience things without moving. A sort of holiday pack condensed.

"The concept was to follow the character experience only from a first person perspective, immersing the viewer into this fantasy world, as if he was experimenting himself the device. That was one of the most challenging bit of the project, to be able to shoot a POV with lots of action going on.

"Ben Fordesman, our talented DoP on the job, worked with his team to come with an excellent helmet rig, allowing him to operate with free hands. In a way, this video is a simply a way to say 'Summer is coming!'"




Wikipedia: Duke Dumont
Adam George Dyment (born 27 August 1982), better known by his stage name Duke Dumont, is an English DJ, record producer and songwriter. He is best known for the singles "Need U (100%)", "I Got U" and "Won't Look Back" which both reached number one and number 2 on the UK Singles Chart respectively. He owns the record label Blasé Boys Club and has also used it as an alias for production. He has remixed a number of songs, including several which have charted in the United Kingdom. In 2014, "Need U (100%)", was nominated for "Best Dance Recording" for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

2017-05-20

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