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ELDER MUSIC: Toes Up So Far in 2020

INTERESTING STUFF – 27 June 2020

STILL FIGHTING RACISM AT AGE 90

The Youtube page tells us:

”In this moving interview, anti-racism pioneer Roy Hackett - who is now in his 90s - reveals the extraordinary level of racism he faced when he first arrived in the UK in the 1950s.

“Following the Black Lives Matter protests and the removal of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol, some have called for a statue of Roy Hackett to be erected in its place. This interview was recorded in 2019.”

TGB reader, Mary Evans Young, who emailed this video for us, noted in her message that “this happens to be about Britain but it could be many countries: US, Australia, France...Black Lives Matter.”

BARCELONA OPERA HOUSE PLANT PERFORMANCE

Remember in last week's Interesting Stuff, when I told you that the Barcelona's Liceu opera house, after being closed for several months, would re-open on Monday with a special string quartet performance for plants in the audience?

Well, they did it. Take a look:

SAME SUBJECT, DIFFERENT STORY

Same in that they share music and vegetables together.

Have you ever heard of the Vegetable Orchestra of Vienna? Neither had I. Here's what the YouTube page says:

”The members of Vienna’s Vegetable Orchestra have been playing with their food for more than 20 years. But when they do, it becomes a work of art. These musicians literally play freshly cut vegetables sourced from local markets.

“And who knew carrots, eggplants, red peppers and other veggies could sound so good? This unique ensemble play a piece they composed just for us, all from their own homes. It’s called Green Days.

OREGON'S EXPLODING WHALE

I remember this event when it happened and had not thought about it since then until it popped onto my screen while I was looking for something else a few days ago.

It was November 1970. A huge, dead sperm whale landed on a beach in Florence, Oregon. It was smelly and...well, let's hear the story from the local KATU Channel 2 news reporter, Paul Linnman. The video looks like this because it's 50 years old.

You can find out more at Mental Floss. There is even a website devoted to it.

THE LIFE OF FLOWERS

Last week I posted a flower video here and now, TGB reader Jane Seskin has sent another beauty.

ORANGUTAN DOING ALL HE CAN TO GET A FRIEND'S ATTENTION

This is from the Save the Orangutan organization which “supports the world's largest orangutan rehabilitation centre where more than 500 orangutans are given a second chance,” the YouTube page tells us.

At the centre - Nyaru Menteng - the orangutans are learning all the skills necessary to one day return to Borneo's rainforest. You can help the orangutans by adopting one here.

LOST – AND FOUND - ARETHA FRANKLIN TRACK

It arrived just in time for Juneteenth.

The world knows the recording of “Never Gonna Break My Faith, a duet by Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige. It won best gospel performance at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008.

But wait, there was another version of the song, a solo by Aretha backed by the Boys Choir of Harlem. As AP reports,

”'This solo version has been sitting on my computer for years, and when I heard Clive [Davis of Sony Music] was making a film on Aretha’s life, I sent this version to him. The world hasn’t heard her full performance and it really needed to be heard,' Grammy-winning singer Bryan Adams, who co-wrote the song, said in a statement. 'I’m so glad it’s being released, the world needs this right now.'”

The newly-produced video that goes with it includes images of protest marches from the 1960s and from the current Black Lives Matter movement. I'm pretty sure you're not going to forget this. I know I won't.

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Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.

Comments

Thanks so much for the video of Aretha Franklin! I remember hearing about blowing up the whale...oh my goodness! I'd never seen actual movies!

The Aretha Franklin video is so moving, thank you! Delightful post!

Oh that Aretha Franklin video, it makes me feel so proud to see these brave, brave souls, white and black, coming on AGAIN for what is right. And she is the Queen!

I don't know how the orangutan got the plastic bag over its head but I felt like it wanted to get it off. So it didn't seem so cute to me.

Powerful Aretha, haunting video.

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