Sunday, August 29, 2010

Nancy Wilson - Guess Who I Saw Today

Uploaded by jazzysbag on You Tube | May 13, 2010
1960 album Something Wonderful

Dexter Gordon - Smile

Uploaded by rogerjazzfan on You Tube | April 30, 2010
7th track from "Dexter Calling" album. Recorded May 9, 1961. Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Kenny Drew (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Philly Joe Jones

Blues For Pablo - Miles Davis Quintet w/ Gil Evans Orchestra

Miles Davis - Blues For Pablo 1959
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Miles Davis Quintet w/ Gil Evans Orchestra, April 2, 1959 New York New York

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fragrance of the Moment

Valentino Rock 'n Rose (2006) is a favorite fragrance of mine in the rose-violet family. Officially, it's in the Floral olfactive family, although I find it leans towards Gourmand / Oriental due to the heavy sweetness anchored in its vanillic-sandalwood-musk base. The sweetness of it implies berries. For comparison, I find Rock 'n Rose more subtle than Givenchy Hot Couture or Anna Sui, but saucier than Annick Goutal Eau de Charlotte, which only hints at berry sweetness underneath the aldehydic maquillage powderiness. There is some powderiness in Rock 'n Rose, probably due to iris and heliotrope, but in this composition, the powderiness takes on a candied vibe, modern and youthful in the vein of the original Juicy Couture fragrance. Sensual and juicy pop meets classical floralcy in this ultrafeminine creation, in the tradition of many rose-violets that have won the hearts of perfume lovers since the beginning of its incarnation: Caron N'Aimez que Moi, Les Parfums de Rosine La Rose de Rosine, Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose, Versace Red Jeans, Borghese Il Bacio, Elizabeth Arden Red Door, Gale Hayman Delicious, Fred Hayman Touch, Lancôme Trésor, Guerlain Insolence and Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne.

Although I have often found the rose-violet combination to be jarringly hypersweet, sometimes, it's that raspberry jammy kiss of scent I crave when I've tired of the less risque brands of properly unsweet perfumes. However, this sweetness in all its provocative allure is still a classy scent; the perfumer, Françoise Caron, is the composer of another favorite Floral of mine from some years ago, Kenzo by Kenzo (1988, in the floral-motif bottle). You might also be familiar with other works by the venerable perfumer, such as the punchy raspberry musk, Emanuel Ungaro Apparition (2004, with Francis Kurkdjian) or the 1992 hit Giorgio Armani Gio. A lesser known creation I fell in love with not long ago is Le Labo Fleur d’Oranger 27 (2006). I believe this perfumer does the best work in the sweet, even hypersweet, Floral - Floral Oriental range. Somehow, even heavyweights seem effortlessly light and airy, the sillage a soft waft of freshness emanating from clean skin. Rock 'n Rose may seem light due to lily of the valley top notes, or the transparency gives it the overall lift.

I tend to enjoy scents that have some element of nature in them, even if in the intellectual sense; this scent is mostly the tactile rose and violet with other delicious elements (gardenia, orange blossom, vanilla), maybe too simple for the more complex scent lovers. Still, there is enough abstraction in Valentino Rock 'n Rose to keep it modern and interesting. It's not quite "vinyl rose" as YSL Parisienne, but that's OK. Sometimes, I want to smell like wine red cheeks and Chanel lipstick, and Rock 'n Rose gives me just that.

Charlotte's Web


Charlotte spins words of salvation: "Some Pig" and "Terrific" into her web, and this "miracle" makes gullible people believe that Wilbur is indeed a special pig. Wilbur becomes a local star, bringing fame and fortune to the Zuckerman's farm and allowing Wilbur to escape the fate of slaughter. The real miracle is, of course, that Charlotte was able to find the words that saved Wilbur, but the people are too mermerized by the material, the words in Charlotte's web, to believe anything but that this pig was sent from God as a sign of divinity.

E. B. White's classic novel Charlotte's Web (1952) is a moving story about friendship, but it's also the story of the power of the pen, suggestion, presentation, simple marketing tools, and how easily people can be swayed if you can play on their emotions and their faith, or if you can just somehow grab their attention long enough.

Related link:
Banned Books Week: Charlotte's Web - October 1, 2009

Why was charlotte's web the book banned? - WikiAnswers

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Paramore - Emergency

Here's another one of my very favorite songs by Paramore - "Emergency", the second single from Paramore's album All We Know Is Falling.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fragrance of the Moment

I'm craving sweet summer fruits again, and rose berries have my attention. Here's a scent that leaves a really gorgeous sillage, yet feels pretty light for what it is. I was wracking my brain trying to remember what other fragrance this scent reminded me of, and there are several: this is a hypersweet fruity (raspberry) patchouli scent like Kylie Minogue Darling or Vera Wang Rock Princess (whoever coined the term "fruitchouli" was right on the mark), Fruity Florals with Chypre-Oriental (Gourmand) undertones. The candied sweetness of Bond No.9 Bryant Park (2007) also reminds me a bit of Valentino Rock 'n Rose (2006), but I believe the Rock 'n Rose (from my recollection of it) was a candied violet-rose on an amber base, closer to Gale Hayman Delicious (1993) or Les Parfums de Rosine La Rose de Rosine (1991 reorchestration of the original 1912 version). Both Bryant Park and Rock 'n Rose remind me of Ed Hardy scents, particularly the first launch and the newest launch, Hearts & Daggers (2010), which isn't patchouli-based but I also like very much. Just to clarify, there's no violet note listed for Bryant Park; it's more of a raspberry amber-patch rose with fresh, green lily-of-the-valley top notes and a touch of tart rhubarb, refreshing for summer-into-early fall (see the list of notes on Basenotes).

Bond No.9 Bryant Park has appeared with several different bottle label designs, such as the retro hot pink Pucci-inspired graphics on the funky star-shaped bottle, but I think I prefer the also-retro but more techno-sleek, NYC MTA subway token motif ones. Actually, the candy-wrapper bon-bon samples are the cutest, and I also like the simply labeled 0.25 fl. oz. sprays you can buy on eBay.

(Image: Bond No.9 Bryant Park, Crickets of Vero)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Living Colour - Cult of Personality

Wikipedia: "Cult of Personality" is a song by the funk metal band Living Colour and the first single from their debut album, Vivid. The song was written by the band. Its music video earned two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video and Best New Artist. Released in 1988, "Cult of Personality" reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 9 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. It also won the Grammy award for "Best Hard Rock Performance" in 1989.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

INFJ and the ISTJ Shadow

***UPDATED*** I'm terribly sorry, but I just learned that the Shadow and Anima / Animus are NOT the same! The INFJ's Shadow is ISTJ. The INFJ's Anima is the ESTP. Please link to my July 03, 2011 post: INFP (Plus some clarifications on the Jung archetypes, with apologies) posted by Sali Oguri, PINK MANHATTAN


This is how I came to accept my INFJ type: I learned that INTJ is a right-brained type, whereas INFJ and INTP are left-brained. Since I've tested as being more left-brained than right-brained (although I'm pretty whole-brained, being both creative and logical, sometimes dead even between hemispheres), I knew I had to be either INFJ or INTP, and I believe INFJ is my best fit. It is amazing how long I denied my strong Fe, but it definitely makes its stand when it feels defensive. If my Fe and Ti had to duel, I believe my Fe would win. That's how I knew I must be an INFJ after all.

INFJ on Wikipedia: "INFJs tend to be sensitive, quiet leaders with a great depth of personality. They are intricately and deeply woven, mysterious, and highly complex, sometimes puzzling even to themselves. They have an orderly view toward the world, but are internally arranged in a complex way that only they can understand. Abstract in communicating, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. With a natural affinity for art, INFJs tend to be creative and easily inspired. Yet they may also do well in the sciences, aided by their intuition.

"Correlation with Enneatype
According to Baron and Wagele, the most common Enneatypes for the INFJ are The Individualist (Fours), The Reformer (Ones), and The Peacemaker (Nines)."


See all of the type relationships at INFJ -

Star Wars character Luke Skywalker is a famous INFJ.

Darth Vader is an ISTJ. In Jungian-speak, the INFJ's shadow (enigma) is the negative form of ISTJ (and vice versa: ISTJ's shadow is the negative form of INFJ). According to Jung, the shadow, in being instinctive and irrational, is prone to project: turning a personal inferiority into a perceived moral deficiency in someone else. Read more about the shadow at Wikipedia.

See ISTJ type relationships at Typelogic

Related links:
"Projection: The Complexes and other people: These shadows manifest usually under stress, and most likely involve people or situations offending or intimidating the ego. The basis of this concept of cognitive intertype dynamics is the notion that the archetypes (particularly the shadows) are what we project onto others, and the goal of ego-development is to "own" them, and see them as a part of ourselves. We will then withdraw the complex being projected." Click here for the model most widely used across MBTI theory and discussions: MBTI and the 16 Types and Cognitive Functions

The INxJ and the Jungian Function Preferences - May 02, 2009 Pink Manhattan

INTP - August 11, 2010 Pink Manhattan

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Star Trek character Data, INTP

I like to take these Myers-Briggs personality tests periodically, because it's fun, and because I don't believe these things are as etched in stone as some might suggest. I should mention that many experts say types can change as people get older, too. The tests themselves ask questions that are wide open, so how you answer depends on the context you envision in your mind. Also, my results vary depending on the system I use, although I have consistently tested NT (Rational)-NF (Idealist). My most frequest results, roughly in the order of frequency, have been INFJ, INTJ, INTP, INFP, ENTJ. Today, I took two different tests (the one at and one app on Facebook which leads me here) and came up as INTP and INFJ. I find the INTP result interesting, because when I had myself tested by a professional, she thought I might actually be an INTP based on our verbal communication, despite the written part of the test which had given me an INFP reading. I had settled on INTJ at the time, only to reassess myself as INFJ.

I quite like the INTP result, a worldly, improvisational and witty type, although in person, I'm not as emotionally repressed as an android. Based on what you see on my blog, what do you think my type ought to be?

(According to, I can also be compared to Seven of Nine, INTP)

Related links:
Myers-Briggs Star Trek Personality Indicator (it doesn't list Data, but lists Seven of Nine who's assessed here as INTJ)

Personality Test - Discover Your Type
Which of the 16 personality types are you? This test is based on Carl Jung's theory of psychological types and the personality research of Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Cook Briggs.

Here's a helpful link for the advanced MBTI - Jung lover: MBTI and the 16 Types and Cognitive Functions -

Related link:
INFJ and the ISTJ Shadow - 8/14/10 Pink Manhattan

Fragrance of the Moment

I love being a serial scent monogamist, and Guerlain Idylle is my current ideal significant other. It's simultaneously soft and classy. Previously, I had compared it to another modern Chypre called Narciso Rodriguez for Her (which was my signature for awhile), and while I think they're similar, I can now smell the orange blossom heart of Narciso Rodriguez for Her, and the rose heart of Idylle. I still stand by my initial comparison of Idylle to the poached pear roundness of Annick Goutal Petite Chérie. I can still see that Idylle is in the same modern Chypre family as Lanvin Rumeur and Grès Cabaret, but they seem more aggressively leathery, traditionally Chypre, more like Agent Provocateur than the Fruity Floral dewy innocence of Idylle. But don't let my impressions make you think I'm being snarky and critical for the sake of being that way; when I'm in love with a perfume, there simply is none other that satisfies. In any case, I can now say I'm officially a Chypre lover. Where true love comes from, you just never know.

I like this image, too - conceptually, it reminds me of my gilded Persephone perfume ad - the watercolor sage background, as well as the concept of the tear drop bottle with movement all around, like stormy weather. Maybe that's part of the reason why I can identify with it.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Leviticus: Faggot

Me'Shell NdegéOcello - "Leviticus: Faggot" from her album Peace Beyond Passion (1996 Maverick).

MeShell Ndegeocello -

Saturday, August 07, 2010

CBS Early Show on Saturday Morning: Eric J. Smith with Yaz Band (8:00AM EST)

My good friend, the wonderfully talented Smooth Jazz keyboardist-composer, Alabama-born New Yorker Eric J. Smith is scheduled to perform with New York's subway musician-turned-international saxophone player Yasuyuki "YAZ" Takagi on the 'CBS Early Show on Saturday Morning' today, Aug.7, 2010 from 8 to 10AM. For a preview of the band, check out You Tube. Don't miss this jam - set your TV to Channel 2!


Eric's CD is available at CD Baby: Eric J. Smith: Come In From the Cold (2007 Label: Eric J. Smith)

Friday, August 06, 2010

Nancy King Live at Jazz Standard with Fred Hersch

Nancy King Live at Jazz Standard with Fred Hersch @

This is why I love WBGO Jazz 88, the premier jazz station broadcasting out of Newark, New Jersey to the NJ-NY area (and on the world wide web): they play such excellent music, like this rendition of a song by Antonio Carlos Jobim and lyricist Aloysio de Oliveria (English version by Ray Gilbert) called "If You Never Come to Me" performed by singer Nancy King with pianist Fred Hersch, track number 6 on the album, Live at Jazz Standard. She has a broad range and powerful scat skills - this performance features her best scat soloing on such sweet chord changes. Check it out!

Hear Antonio Carlos Jobim & Elis Regina's recording of the song here, in Portuguese: Elis & Tom (III) / Inútil paisagem (Useless Landscape) on You Tube

Monday, August 02, 2010

West 139th Street Renamed "John Hicks Way"

"In honor of the occasion, we’ve dug up this interview with Gary Walker from Februrary 2006, his final appearance on WBGO". Listen: Frederick Douglas Boulevard and John Hicks Way: 139th Street to be Renamed Tomorrow - Posted on July 30th, 2010 by Michael Downes,

"JOHN HICKS WAY" is 139th St. between Edgecombe Ave. and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

(Image: Apartment of Billie Holiday 139th St., Art by Tony Millionaire) Historic Harlem Tour - In cooperation with Ephemera Press, creators of the "Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour and Guide," Jerry Jazz Musician presents a variety of key Harlem figures and institutions, their addresses, and sights and sounds from its historic and creative past. Take the tour:

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Daniel Angelus - Love

Music Video Directed by Abby Adams, Felix Chrome, Claire Marie Roberts & Peaches Kaniella
Shot in New York City & England in 2010
Track 'LOVE' is from the currently unreleased third album 'EMPIRE | GHOSTS'

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