Monday, February 11, 2019

Sadness and Joy


Today I was saddened by the news of the loss of Author Patricia Nell Warren.  She published the Iconic Gay Novel The Front Runner in 1974, the year before I came out.  I discovered the novel shortly after I was summarily dismissed from the Navy for being Gay.  The novel was a wonderment to me, an honest to god romance between two people deeply in love who both happened to be men and athletes.

 
The first line of the novel paraphrased reads "I remember the first time I met Billy Sive".  I personally remember the first time I read the novel and the last and all the times in between.  I was thrilled a couple of years ago when Will got me autographed copies of the entire trilogy for my birthday.  I immediately sat down and read the whole thing again.  They are books that cannot be put down and which touch your soul.

For the first time since the Navy pretty much destroyed my life, The Front Runner gave me hope for a future beyond the bleakness of the present.  For the first time, someone other than me knew exactly how I felt.  The longing and the loneliness of always looking but being never being able to touch.  She also knew the joy that springs from love abounding between two souls who are meant to be together.  I had no hope at the time and this little glimmer of hope wrapped in joy between two paperback covers was a salve to my soul that was so deeply rent.

I have been fortunate to have been Facebook Friends with Patricia for some years now and have enjoyed several conversations via the electronic airwaves, though we have never met in person.  Yet I always knew, she knew exactly what makes me tick and could lift me the depths of sadness to heights of joy with the simple turn of a phrase.  She loved a good story and her western heritage.  I will always remember Patricia and the love she shared with everyone everywhere.  Her body of works, most of which I have read, have brought the joy of the story of true love between persons of the same sex to millions of readers around the world.  I am Sad that Patricia has passed from our lives, but we have the Joy that she left behind in all those wonderful books that shall live forever. 

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Your musical selection for the day reflects the tone of the day as evidenced by the liner notes from the Videographer:

"A recording of the complete Cello Sonatas by Vivaldi on period instruments! Antonio Vivaldi was one of the first composers to feature the cello, then a relatively “new” instrument (after the viola da gamba), as a mature solo instrument. This full recording contains the complete 6 sonatas for cello and basso continuo. Vivaldi displays an astonishing variety and inventiveness in these sonatas, using the instrument’s possibilities to the utmost; these sonatas still offer a serious challenge, both technical and musical, for any professional cellist nowadays. Apart from that they are vintage Vivaldi, featuring an enormous range of emotional extremes, from deep heartfelt sadness to infectious joy."


The complete play list:

00:00:00 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 47: I. Largo
00:03:28 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 47: II. Allegro
00:06:43 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 47: III. Largo
00:10:52 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 47: IV. Allegro
00:12:48 Cello Sonata in F Major, RV 41: I. Largo
00:16:19 Cello Sonata in F Major, RV 41: II. Allegro
.00:18:51 Cello Sonata in F Major, RV 41: III. Largo
00:22:27 Cello Sonata in F Major, RV 41: IV. Allegro
00:24:56 Cello Sonata in A Minor, RV 43: I. Largo
.00:29:21 Cello Sonata in A Minor, RV 43: II. Allegro
00:32:53 Cello Sonata in A Minor, RV 43: III. Largo
00:37:11 Cello Sonata in A Minor, RV 43: IV. Allegro
00:40:13 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 45: I. Largo
00:43:32 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 45: II. Allegro
00:46:12 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 45: III. Largo
00:51:00 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 45: IV. Allegro
00:53:42 Cello Sonata in E Minor, RV 40: I. Largo
00:56:24 Cello Sonata in E Minor, RV 40: II. Allegro
00:58:51 Cello Sonata in E Minor, RV 40: III. Largo
01:01:10 Cello Sonata in E Minor, RV 40: IV. Allegro
01:03:38 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 46: I. Preludio. Largo
01:05:37 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 46: II. Allemande. Allegro
01:08:26 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 46: III. Largo
01:11:22 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 46: IV. Corrente. Allegro

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Finally for today, these photographic art works on display below reflect a certain subtle sensuality without being overtly sexual.  Each portrait has its own mystery and allure that will draw the viewer in for a closer inspection.  Despite the Sadness in the world today, we  may all experience a moment of Joy as we are swept into the vision each portrait suggests.  Thank you for visiting, do come again and as always, Enjoy!


















Thursday, January 31, 2019

Video Resurgence

"Sunset over Benbrook Lake near my house"

Once upon a time, about seven years ago now I suppose it is, I made a series of videos for publication here on Nichevo and on my YouTube Channel.  The videos achieved some popularity and even some nefarious notices by folks of the puritan persuasion.  One video, Summer Nights' Fantasy, drew such nefarious notice that the puritans persuaded YouTube to remove the video.  Strangely, it stayed up on my channel until just this month when it was removed because some puritan complained loudly enough that it was not "appropriate" for YouTube's audiences.  Perhaps the suggestion that Men may be found to be as erotically posed as are Women, especially when set to music, is such a turn on to them that they feel they must suppress the evidence just like they suppress their desires.  Definitely would not do to have the wife catch them sportin' wood while cruising YouTube videos of sexy men.  No, No not at all! 

However that is not the point. The point is that the video got noticed because of  a resurgence of interest in my videos as evidenced by the numerous compliments via comments on all the videos.  The videos have a modest view count of just under 50,000 for the group over the past 7 years since they were made.  It really just confirms my belief that not only do I know beauty when I see it, I can display and accentuate that beauty with great classical music.  It is gratifying to know after all these years, folks still are inspired by the videos I produced all those many years ago. 

Since there has been such a resurgence of interest in my videos, I have a play list of the remaining three videos posted down below for your viewing and listening pleasure.  With photographs from my vast collection set to music by Beethoven, Chopin and Vivaldi.  So please enjoy the videos while they are still up and before some puritan asshole takes  exception to great beauty set to great music.  Thanks for your visit, do come again! And as always, Enjoy!



Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Curiosities


It never ceases to amaze me how many curious things happen on a daily basis.  Take the email I got the other day inviting me to contribute as a guest author or otherwise talk about/ link to a Parenting blog that covers the fundamentals of child raising called The Traveling Parent.  The point of contact was to publicize a list of 150 restaurants where kids can eat free or cheap, with which I have no problem.  However, there may be some of you out there who do have kids who might benefit from the information, if so, click the links.  I do not think, however,  parents of small children are my target audience!

Another curious thing, how does Rudy Guiliani still have a job?  The man would not recognize the truth even if Trump slapped him in the face with it.  Of course Trump would not do that because he himself has no clue how to tell the truth in the first place.  How this administration ever does anything for anyone other than themselves is a mystery for the ages. The time has come for accountability and for Congress to call for that accountability from the man himself.  

I realize putting the Feds back to work is priority one, how could it not be. However the accountability cannot occur with out the Department of Justice.  Thousands of Americans are suffering for an unrealistic expectation by a deluded President who thinks he is the Belle of the Ball.  He has no care or compassion for anyone other than himself and Congress must bring him to the bar to account for his own massive treasonous actions.  Actions that have never been in the best interests of America or Americans.
 
His latest "success" is the continued ban on Transgender Service Members confirmed by his monstrously conservative Supreme Court.  There are thousands of Transgender Troops serving honorably and exceptionally across the entire spectrum of military service.  The only difference between them and everyone else is Mr Trump's insistence that they are "not combat effective".  I call Bullshit and so should the government.  Get out of the personal lives of your citizens and let us all work together to preserve the freedom we all deserve as promised by our Constitution all those years ago. 
 
 Curiously, the Object of Derision in the White House is oblivious to anyone and anything that does not get him his way.  Why do we have constant lies and obfuscations coming from this administration.  The Object of Derision in the White House is an direct result of collusion with and treasonous actions by this administration and the Russians.  And the only thing Trump wants is to reward his conspirators at the peoples expense.  Congress must stop him in his tracks.  Someone has to hoist the bastard on his on petard!

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Now that I am finished ranting, I have some wonderfully relaxing guitar music from Johann Sebastion Bach.  Here are the "liner notes" from the videographer:

"J.S. Bach composed no original works for guitar, and although several compositions for lute have been attributed to him, his interest in this expressive instrument appears to have been rather limited, possibly because his mastery and knowledge of it was less extensive than of other instruments, such as the violin and keyboard. However, the 20th century still witnessed an increasing interest in the possibility of performing Bach’s music on the guitar. It was in the late 1920s that Andrés Segovia recorded the Courante of the 3rd Cello Suite, and he followed this with the Chaconne from the Partita No.2 for solo violin, later recording the entire work. Julian Bream and Narciso Yepes also made recordings on the guitar of Bach’s music, but it was John Williams who eventually recorded the complete works for lute. These discs focus particularly on Bach’s Suites for lute – including BWV996, now attributed to his pupil J.L. Krebs. Also included is the complete Partita No.2 for solo violin. To ensure that questions of interpretation were considered thoroughly, these recordings were made following extensive study of 18th century performance practice, as well as secondary sources that discuss how Bach’s music was originally played."

The complete play list is under the video.  Scrolling past the video you will find some offerings served up by the Windows 10 Photos app culled from the first part of an album entitled Favorites.  Evidently the editors at Microsoft have similarly great eye for beauty as I.  I have not explored the entire album as yet as the Favorites album is a  highlight reel of the more than 157,000 images on my computer.  It will take me a while to go through them, oh what a pleasant task!  At any rate the display of male handsomeness is there for you to peruse at your leisure.  Thank you for stopping in, please come again.  And as always, Enjoy!




Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach                                             
Artist: Luigi Attademo (guitar)

00:00:00 Suite, BWV 996 in E Minor: I. Preludio: Passaggio – Presto  
00:02:57 Suite, BWV 996 in E Minor: II. Allemande  
00:06:47 Suite, BWV 996 in E Minor: III. Courante  
00:09:19 Suite, BWV 996 in E Minor: IV. Sarabande  
00:13:31 Suite, BWV 996 in E Minor: V. Bourée  
00:14:42 Suite, BWV 996 in E Minor: VI. Giga  
00:17:32 Suite, BWV 1006 in E: I. Präludium  
0:21:40 Suite, BWV 1006 in E: II. Loure 
00:25:10 Suite, BWV 1006 in E: III. Gavotte en Rondeaux  
00:28:12 Suite, BWV 1006 in E: IV. Menuett I 
00:29:28 Suite, BWV 1006 in E: V. Menuett II  
00:31:38 Suite, BWV 1006 in E: VI. Bourée  
00:33:12 Suite, BWV 1006 in E: VII. Gigue  
00:35:07 Partita, BWV 1004 in D Minor: I. Allemanda 
00:42:10 Partita, BWV 1004 in D Minor: II. Corrente 
00:44:58 Partita, BWV 1004 in D Minor: III. Sarabanda 
00:49:14 Partita, BWV 1004 in D Minor: IV. Giga 
00:53:46 Partita, BWV 1004 in D Minor: V. Ciaccona 
01:08:07 Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: I. Prelude  
01:13:26 Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: II. Allemande  
01:20:10 Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: III. Courante  
01:22:43 Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: IV. Sarabande  
01:26:46 Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: V. Gavotte I 
01:28:54 Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: VI. Gavotte II en Rondeaux 
01:31:14 Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: VII. Gigue 
01:33:22 Suite, BWV 997 in A Minor: I. Prelude 
01:36:46 Suite, BWV 997 in A Minor: II. Fuga  
01:44:51 Suite, BWV 997 in A Minor: III. Sarabande  
01:50:04 Suite, BWV 997 in A Minor: IV. Giga 
01:52:57 Suite, BWV 997 in A Minor: V. Double 
01:55:48 Suite, BWV 998 in D: I. Prelude 
01:58:34 Suite, BWV 998 in D: II. Fuga 
02:03:50 Suite, BWV 998 in D: III. Allegro  
02:07:23 Prelude for lute, BWV 999 in D Minor  
02:09:05 Fugue, BWV 1000 in A Minor

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