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the banana is but a canvas to our imagination

01/30/13 3 Comments

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“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – henry david thoreau

in today’s edition of “things that blew my mind,” we have photographer/artist jun gil park & his “banana art.”  park gives life to thoreau’s quote by creating intricate art on such a small, unsuspecting surface.  usually, the darker and more bruised a banana appears on the outside, the less appealing it becomes to me.  here however, park uses that same supposedly flawed element of the fruit to turn it into something beautiful.  click on the pics below for a closer look at the level of detail.  via thesmithian.

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It happened 40 years ago. A 14-year-old Beatles fan named Jerry Levitan managed to sneak into John Lennon’s Toronto hotel room and asked for an interview. And he got one. Now, there’s a short animated film that brings that encounter back to life. I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short. You’ll know why when you watch it.

respect the youngster for his initiative, lennon for being cool enough to grant the interview and the animators for letting us see the words in action.

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i met the walrus

12/06/12 1 Comment

happy 54th birthday to prince rogers nelson.  to celebrate, check out one of my favorite moments of his, which took place at the 2004 rock and roll hall induction ceremony.  performing the beatles’ hit  “while my guitar gently weeps” with the likes of tom petty and dhani harrison (george harrison’s son), prince stole the show with a ridiculously good (and just ridiculous) solo that included a guitar toss and a george jefferson strut off the stage.  he starts around the 3 min mark but watch the whole clip for the full effect.

the best guitar solo ever

06/07/12 3 Comments

while my guitar gently weeps

02/04/11 2 Comments

i have a lowkey crush on guitars.  maybe it’s cause they weren’t that much of a staple in my hiphop-laden childhood, but my ears perk up around them like pets at dinner time.  one of the showcase tracks for the instrument is “while my heart gently weeps” by the beatles.  written by george harrison and originally featuring eric clapton on lead guitar, the song has been covered by a number of artists including carlos santana (pictured above at woodstock).  i just caught his version featuring the effortless india.arie and famed cellist yo-yo ma a couple days ago and i’ve had it on repeat ever since.  you can compare it to the original below.

Santana – While My Guitar Gently Weeps f/ India.Arie & Yo-Yo Ma (2010)

Related:  The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1968)

Bonus:  Wu-Tang – My Heart Gently Weeps (2007).  considered more of an interpolation than a straight cover.  it features the vocal stylings of raekwon, ghostface, method man and erykah badu with former chili pepper john frusciante and george’s son dhani on guitar.

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