Friday, May 28, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Paramore: Misery Business

Misery Business is probably my favorite song by Paramore.

Chopin Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 Arthur Rubenstein 1965

When Fred won 2nd place in Keyboard Magazine's Keyboards that Rawk contest with his song "Into You", he got a free CASIO PX-130 keyboard. This pretty piece by Chopin is one of the pre-recorded demo pieces it plays, so I don't have to actually learn to play it myself. ;-) This recording I posted of Chopin Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 (video found on You Tube) was performed by pianist Arthur Rubenstein in 1965, and I think it's the perfect interpretation of it.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Nun Excommunicated For Abortion Decision To Save Mother's Life

"When it comes to Catholic teaching on abortion, no exceptions are allowed. Even if carrying a pregnancy to term would result in the death of both mother and child, abortion is still not an option." Nun Excommunicated For Abortion Decision To Save Mother's Life by David Gibson, Politics Daily

I'm not talking about most people who identify with the Catholic Christian faith, but at the highest level of this institution, it seems to me nothing more than a hate group against women - either that, or an institution founded on ignorance similar to that of those who believe sick children only need prayer, no modern medicine to intervene to save them. It's a shame that even though this hospital made the right decision, that I'd never want to find myself being treated in a Catholic hospital after reading this.

(edited to add) I mean, not only if I was the potential mother with potential child but as a woman, I wouldn't want to be caught dead in one.

Further discussions on topic:

Nun excommunicated for allowing abortion by Michael Clancy, National Catholic Reporter May 18, 2010

After St. Joseph's: Are Women Still Safe in Catholic Hospitals? by Jacob M. Appel, Bioethicist and medical historian - The Huffington Post May 16, 2010

Catholic hospitals favor death - Pharyngula May 17, 2010 by PZ Myers

Bishop who barred Irish nun refused autistic child communion May 18th, 2010 The Autism News (God help kids with gluten allergies, too)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Enjoy your weekend!!

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sali on TV is an episode of the Japanese TV show I used to host back in the year of the flood. I had the amazing opportunity to meet so many genuinely great people. Some were very famous, such as Yoko Ono in 1996; other New Yorkers featured were seemingly ordinary people doing extraordinary things, such as poet / artist dubbed "The last Bohemian of the Lower East Side", Steve Cannon. Enjoy! (Sorry, no English subtitles, just cool visuals and sounds)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Oscar D'León - Llorarás

Iconic salsa masterpiece sung by the inimitable Oscar D'León, the only man I'll ever forgive for lip synching. ;-D

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rep. Steven Rothman: The People of Vieques, Puerto Rico Deserve Justice from the U.S. Government

"The injustice toward the people of Vieques, Puerto Rico must end. Vieques is a small island off the south east coast of Puerto Rico that was used as a bombing range by the U.S. Navy from World War II until 2003. The munitions used in and around Vieques contained toxins that have affected the health of the residents. Yet in 2003, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) issued a report that said that the levels posed no health risk (...) ...The people of Vieques deserve answers for the undisputed high rates of disease that they have encountered over the years. Residents of Vieques have a 25% higher infant mortality rate, 30% higher rate of cancer, a 95% higher rate of cirrhosis of the liver, a 381% higher rate of hypertension, and a 41% higher rate of diabetes than those on the main island of Puerto Rico." Continue reading: The People of Vieques, Puerto Rico Deserve Justice from the U.S. Government by Rep. Steven Rothman, The Huffington Post May 17, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

Thank you for the music. It is a sad day for Rock.

Metal rocker Ronnie James Dio has died, wife says - CNN Breaking News

VIDEO: Dio "Rainbow in the Dark" -

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My Synopsis of the Online World of Beauty

(Image: from The New York Times, Self-Mutilation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery by Randy Kennedy, November 6, 2005: Marina Abramovic, in "Nude With Skeleton")

(Image: Exhibition - Antartik from the series ‘Clowns and dolls’,

Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty, but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature. -Joseph Addison

Monday, May 10, 2010

Remembering Lena Horne

"Of the many men in her life, said Miss Horne, only one was her "soulmate": Billy Strayhorn. A composer/arranger for Duke Ellington, Strayhorn was openly gay - and the courtly Galahad figure about whom she had always dreamed. For decades after his death in 1967, she kept his photo by her bedside." Jazz great Lena Horne dies at 92 by Carrie Rickey -

What a musical reunion must be going on up in heaven tonight, but down here where mortals live, the world is a little less sweet, gentle and kind without Lena Horne in it. It was 3 years ago, right around Mother's Day, when I'd posted some lovely pics of her, with links to footage of her singing "Paper Doll" and her very moving appearance on Sesame Street with her friend, Grover (together they sing "How Do You Do?"). She was beautiful, elegant, a talented singer, actor and a bonafide New Yorker. I know she'll continue to touch those who'll discover her through her many good works, on stage and off.

Here's another one of my favorite Lena moments: listen to her sing "Stormy Weather", a legendary movie moment.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day from Pink Manhattan! This video was originally posted on Huffpost, and I wanted to share it here, for all of you caring mothers (and fathers) of special needs children out there. Thanks for all you do. Let's spread the love!!

Storycorps — May 03, 2010 — Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Aspergers syndrome, interviews his mother, Sarah. Joshua's unique questions and Sarah's loving, unguarded answers reveal a beautiful relationship that reminds us of the best—and the most challenging—parts of being a parent.

To learn more about StoryCorps, visit

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Our Last Night - We Will All Evolve

Notes from "Produced by Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, Versa Emerge) and mixed by David Bendeth (Breaking Benjamin, Paramore, Set Your Goals), We Will All Evolve explodes with depth and maturity blending harsh and melodious vocals over progressive, breakneck-metal driven guitars, heavy hitting bass and pummeling drums."

Listen and order now: Our Last Night - We Will All Evolve OUT NOW!!! on My Space Music

Monday, May 03, 2010

Beate Sirota, an American hero for Japanese women

I found Beate Sirota Gordon's official Facebook fan page today and just had to share her story. Fighting to Protect Her Gift to Japanese Women by James Brooke, Tokyo, The New York Times May 28, 2005

Related link:
Beate Sirota Gordon on Wikipedia

Fragrance of the Moment

My fragrance of the moment doesn't come in parfum but it's a serious Perfume. I did not care for this scent when I first encountered it; I found it to be strongly feral due to the honey notes. Today, this discontinued perfume by L'Artisan Parfumeur, a niche line now owned by LVMH, is among my most admired and loved fragrances. As with great works of music and art, sometimes it just takes a few (or very many, depending on the challenge) chances to understand a perfume in order to appreciate it. Complex and classically structured, but not quite traditional in style and veering towards avant garde, Orchidée Blanche could be characterized as an Oriental fragrance (sweet-ambery), even though the labdanum base gives it a Chypre flavor. It is sweet and spicy, cool as marble (marine-rooty, like iris - compare to Iris Pallida or Heeley Iris de Nuit) yet sweet (gourmand-vanillic-tonka-ambery), a densely powdery, musky and animalic scent, but I smell through its multifaceted development grand, familiar notes and accords from various corners of my olfactive world: the goaty warmth of labdanum in Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental, the vintage floral face powder of Caron N'Aimez que Moi, the bergamot-ambery Shalimar tones of Solange Stoned and Malle Musc Ravageur. The dry down is darkly gourmand, like L de Lolita Lempicka or Dumont Tendre Madeleine, almond-spice supported by bottomheavy, resinous, animalic musk, indoles in full play. The iris gives the overall a cool, transparent lift, but Orchidée Blanche is still a substantial scent, not merely cerebral.

With so much contrapuntal space between high and low notes (iris and labdanum), I wonder if L'Artisan Parfumeur Orchidée Blanche could be considered a Chypre, even though the soft, yet intense composition seems to fit in the Oriental category. In truth, like many great perfumes, it's an intricate blending of both, a unified scent impossible to neatly split down the middle. It's not quite girly (perhaps even old-fashioned-powdery, or a hair traditionally masculine (thinking Vetiver Oriental and Fumerie Turque, YSL Homme), but it's white floral-fleshy enough that my mind conjures the luminous magnolia petals of L'Instant de Guerlain. It's got it all: bonafide underground cult status, quality and unique, alternative beauty. My FOTM = my ultimate goth floral gourmand chypre powder musk. Didn't think such a crossover existed? It existed before the label did. Won't they please bring this glorious creation back? Does it have to be a bestseller to be respected as a great composition?

(Image: L'Artisan Parfumeur Orchidee Blanche)