Saturday, December 31, 2011

The REAL Personality Types Made Relevant

Wow, it's so nice to finally have clarity just before the New Year! The Jungian personality sorters at pretty much said everything there is to be said. Have a happy and safe New Years!

Happy New Year! See You in 2012!

The song starts at 0:33

Friday, December 30, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Memories of Bali

Soundtrack from Korean drama series Memories of Bali (aka Something Happened In Bali, 2004) starring Jo In Sung and Ha Ji Won. The tragic melodrama was a huge hit in Japan. Visit

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen sung by the choirs of Bath and Winchester catherals. Uploaded by pinkbutterfly555 on You Tube.

Peace on Earth and good will to all.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lyle Mays - 01 - Close To Home (Mars)

Buenos Aires 1992 FM

Lyle Mays (piano), Eric Hochberg (bass) and Mark Walker (drums)

The Bible on the Poor or, Why God is a Liberal

You might not have ever been inside a church where copies of the Old Testament were available, so here in this post, I've compiled just a handful of some of the key verses from the Bible pertaining to social justice. These verses and more can be found at this link: The Bible on the Poor or, Why God is a liberal -

The New Testament also has many verses commanding believers to help the needy, and you can find them at the link, but in no way did the NT replace the Torah and haftorah to disqualify the original Jewish teachings as moot, as some churches teach. It seems to me mercy is the point of the Abrahamic faith, and that the teaching of mercy is the heart of all religion. This Christmas / Hanukkah, I hope to reflect on what it means to be good in the eyes of a greater power than ourselves - or the best part of our own conscience if we allow it to give us compassion over judgment of others which only hurts us all in the end.

“I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6 NIV)

"The multitude of your sacrifices--what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats." (Isaiah 1:11)

"If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks. (Deut. 15:7)

"Open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. (Prov. 31:8ff. [Commandment to kings.])

"Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?" (Is. 58:66ff.)

The Bible contains more than 300 verses on the poor, social justice, and God's deep concern for both. This page contains a wide sample of them, and some reflections. Continue reading at this link.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

New York's Young Musicians: A Look Inside Their Fragrance Wardrobe

This article was originally written for Basenotes but I haven't heard from the very busy Mr. Grant Osborne since sometime around the end of October, so I've decided to publish it here on my Pink Manhattan blog. Although the story was written a couple of months back, I hope this impromptu report piece will shed light on the kinds of fragrances that are popular among young people here in New York City, and what some of their concerns are in choosing their scent. Just in time for Hanukkah - Enjoy!

The World's Largest Menorah,

NEW YORK - In Manhattan, just around the corner from the Diamond District on West 48th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues lies a famous street among musicians, lovingly known as "Music Row". On any given day, you might see Stevie Wonder walk into Sam Ash to try out some keyboards to the delight of both customers and staff, or members of a popular rock band picking out a new dream axe off the wall, browsing as inconspicuously as possible, taking shelter in the temperature-controlled guitar room with their less-recognizable mega-producer standing by.

The first Sam Ash Music store in Brooklyn

Or, you might bump into my husband who doesn't actually work in the Manhattan store anymore, but runs his own music education program called Fred Kimmel's Rock Band 101, which Sam Ash Music Stores has been most generous to sponsor these past few months. It's been an exciting but challenging road to get the program off its feet since its humble start in The Bronx; getting kids and young adults of all ages to play an AC/DC, Pantera, Paramore or Ramones tune in front of a live audience in just 4 weeks sounds just as impossible a feat as starting a music school - and yet, these talented new artists are not only rocking the live stage every month, they're learning to write their own material. It's been an awesome journey, and we've only just begun!

With Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights starting tomorrow at sundown, this year, I want to say thank you to everyone at Sam Ash Music, and to congratulate all of the great students who continue to rock this program! Recently, I took the golden opportunity to interview a few members of Fred Kimmel's Rock Band 101 about their favorite fragrances. Getting to know what these young musicians are liking these days, and the things that concern them, was an educational experience for me.

Without further ado, please let me introduce you to the members of the band. Some of my readers already know I am a Mom, and so please allow me to introduce you to my daughter. Claudia Kimmel is a 10-year-old singer-songwriter with aspirations to pursue a musical career as well as a career in medicine - we're letting her know there's absolutely nothing wrong with the latter at all. Claudia Kimmel has performed at WILLiFEST (Williamsburg International Film Festival) where she sang her own composition, "Stand by Me", which is beginning to capture the attention of music reviewers and prominent industry people, one by one. A preview of Claudia's new original song, "I'm Living Life", is now available on Rock Band 101's You Tube account and also on Claudia's Facebook page (follow us and be part of it!).

Sali: "So, Claudia, do you have a favorite fragrance?"

Claudia: "Yes, it's Justin Bieber Someday. I also like Burberry Sport and Versace Bright Crystal."

Sali: "Since you're my daughter, you've smelled lots of perfumes. Is there anything you want to smell that you haven't smelled yet?"

Claudia: "Ooh, I want to smell Lady Gaga's perfume when it comes out!"

Sali: "Ah, and how do you think it'll smell?"

Claudia: "Like a monster! It's gonna be cool!"

Now, meet Carlos Luis, a singer-songwriter in Fred Kimmel's Rock Band 101. When Carlos isn't busy being the heartthrob superstar he is on-stage, he's a 25-year-old employee at a construction company. He says his "only goal is to maintain a substantial level of both completeness and happiness simultaneously in life". Now, I must share that Carlos smelled amazing on this day, and I was betting he was wearing Jean-Paul Gaultier Le Male when I asked him what it was.

Sali: "You smell nice. What fragrance are you wearing? I swear it smells like Le Male."

Carlos: "Thank you! It's C.O. Bigelow Elixir White. I find myself always buying gifts for women at Bath and Body. One day I noticed a small hidden corner of manly scents for Men! I immediately fell in love with all the scents they had in this C.O. Bigelow line. Simply labeled as White, Dark, Blue etc., they are all great - strong, manly scents that are fresh and clean, not overbearing, and at a price of no more than $20 each, they are the perfect option for a younger person who may not have $65-70 to spend on a designer name cologne."

Here is Jennifer Myrie, a singer in Fred Kimmel's Rock Band 101 who's known to belt out her favorite Joan Jett numbers at the shows. Jennifer is a 22-year-old college student who hopes to continue her music education and branch out into jazz. She says: "My current goals are to finish the semester with a good average; during my sophomore year, I'd like to study abroad, and of course to keep singing!"

Sali: "What's your favorite fragrance?"

Jennifer: "One of my favorite fragrances right now is Ralph by Ralph Lauren. I like it because it has a very clean and light fruity scent."

Since its launch in 2000, this all-American fragrance is still very popular here.

The interviews took place at their favorite venue to perform, Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery on City Island, New York. This venue has been gaining ground as one of the premier places for up-and-coming musicians to play; it also happens to be a charming art gallery and restaurant in one. With a wonderful staff and the cafe's warm and enthusiastic following, there's no hipper place where young people could hang out, exchange artistic inspirations and perform their original works. The scene is reminiscent of the way New York's Village used to be; super casual and laid back, with all sorts of interesting visuals and sounds to discover. Meet Hannah Glick, the bubbly daughter of owners musician Elliot Glick and Monica Glick. Hannah, currently in Junior High, sings, plays guitar and helps with her parents' business.

Sali: "Do you have a favorite fragrance?"

Hannah: "Yes! I love Juicy Couture perfume!"

Finally, meet Abby Adams, a singer-songwriter who has appeared at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, famous for hosting up-and-coming acts such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Abby is in High School, and hopes to make it with her band, Irrelevant Lights. She works part time as a waitress at Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery, and performs there as well. Abby is also a talented illustrator and video director, a multi media artist of the future. Abby is the reason we got on this topic of fragrance: she smelled so good at the cafe, she had friends stopping in their tracks to sniff her - I'm serious! And if not for Abby, I wouldn't have discovered this fabulous scent for Girls - by an American brand best known for surf and skate-inspired wear!

Sali: "Wow, you really do smell incredible. What is that you're wearing?"

Abby: "PacSun Kirra!"

Sali: "Awesome; thank you. I've never heard of it. Wait! Is there more than one Kirra?"

Abby: "Yeah, it's the pink one!"

If you're visiting us in NYC or already in the area, join us every first Thursday night at Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery for Fred Kimmel's Rock Band 101 Show (check the Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery event calendar for the 2011 - 2012 schedule, updated regularly). To you and all of our friends in perfumed cyberspace, I hope you'll join us in spirit, and continue to support our music online, for there's lots more to come. And even if Hanukkah isn't your tradition, I hope our heartfelt gratitude is felt; thank you for listening! I'm sending warm Hanukkah wishes from our home to yours.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Season's Greetings from Pink Manhattan - and Thanks

Doré's White Rose
Illustration to Dante's Divine Comedy,
Paradiso by Gustave Doré

Dear reader,

I hope you aren't upset with me because I haven't posted anything of relevance as of late (although it is debatable if I ever have); I'm going through some personal things - and you know what they say about God never giving us more than we can handle, but oy! - but I am taking a break from the New Years Eve gig this year, as I can hardly get through singing "Misty" with a straight face. Ha! OK, that's an exaggeration, and you don't need to worry about me because I happen to have a zest for life even when I choose to be isolated and quiet - but nonetheless, this will be the second time that I will miss a NYE gig since I started singing professionally at 16. It's weird to have veered so far away from my music life, and now, I feel my perfume writing is reaching a halt. Maybe it's a sign of good things to come, musically speaking.

This year has turned out to be a solemn year for the perfume community with the recent tragic loss of a talented indie perfumer named Mona di Orio. With all things considered, perhaps this is not the year for me to create a Year End Top 10 List, either. I will share that I bought a fragrance launched in 2011 for myself this month, but I also want to take this opportunity to take my friend Marian Bendeth of Sixth Scents' advice from many years ago, to keep my signature scent under my hat. And so I shall, with that coy, knowing wink sported by elegant ladies. Yes, I'm learning to celebrate my very own, personal cinq à sept. How refreshingly out of my element and oh-so-French it makes me feel, not to mention coming full circle since I started delving into the perfume world in 2001, just one month after 911, probably in search of emotional comfort, enjoyment and escape, all of which perfume has provided me for over a decade.

Thank you for giving me all of the experiences you invited me to take part in this year. I'd like to send special thanks to Leon of DC Bebop for creating a page and a banner just for me. To have that kind of support is precious. Thank you - you are so far above and beyond. I'm also grateful to have been able to share my innermost thoughts through my freelance writing projects, to go out on location for Basenotes, contribute to beautiful online perfume resources and have lots of good-spirited fun while it lasted.

Thank you for being a Pink Manhattan reader, and for your patronage over the years. Have a wonderful holiday season, and please keep me company on Twitter / Facebook from time to time. I love to hear from you. I'm continually amazed and inspired by the uniqueness and ingenuity I'm surrounded by. I'll continue blogging, even if it's just to post a link or a song, so please continue to stop by. And wherever you are, please know that you are a part of all of the blessings that make my life complete.

Let's face 2012 together.

Shalom / Salem / Peace

All my love,

TNT - Tonight I'm Falling

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Fred Kimmel's ROCK BAND 101 Winter Holiday Show

Season's Greetings! Don't miss the jam of the year!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mona di Orio (1969 - 2011)

Mona di Orio (1969 - 2011)

Pink Manhattan remembers Mona di Orio, artist and perfumer. Thank you for gracing our lives with the tenderest form of art and architectural beauty, that of the olfactory, memory-laden realm. You own the concept of the Golden Ratio of Perfumery forever and ever.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Mona Di Orio Facebook Page Reports Perfumer Has Died Today

This is terribly sad news. I'd like to send my deepest condolences to Mona's family. Mona Di Orio Facebook Page Reports Perfumer Has Died Today by Lila Das Gupta, Published on 9th December 2011

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

An Open Letter From a Dancer Who Refused to Participate in Marina Abramovic’s MOCA Performance

An Open Letter From a Dancer Who Refused to Participate in Marina Abramovic’s MOCA Performance - by Sara Wookey, Published: November 23, 2011

"I refused to participate as a performer because what I anticipated would be a few hours of creative labor, a meal, and the chance to network with like-minded colleagues turned out to be an unfairly remunerated job. I was expected to lie naked and speechless on a slowly rotating table, starting from before guests arrived and lasting until after they left (a total of nearly four hours). I was expected to ignore (by staying in what Abramovic refers to as "performance mode") any potential physical or verbal harassment while performing. I was expected to commit to fifteen hours of rehearsal time, and sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement stating that if I spoke to anyone about what happened in the audition I was liable for being sued by Bounce Events, Marketing, Inc., the event’s producer, for a sum of $1 million dollars plus attorney fees." Read more at the link above.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Saturday, December 03, 2011

By Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses

By Kilian's website describes it as "A fragrance inspired by Plum from Damascus, a delicate fruit with a smooth note redolent of an alcove inhabited by languid lovers". I don't know why it's taken me so long to come to this fragrance by By Kilian, because, as a Fruity perfume lover, you'd think this would be the first one in the collection I'd fall in love with. Maybe I don't care for the Australian sandalwood in it, as I find the wood note a bit on the harsh side compared to the Mysore I fell in love with. However, this is not a woods-focused scent at all. Juicy, plummy and rosy with an unexpected buttery underscoring in this seemingly simple orchestration, it's everything I want a plum perfume to be, albeit it's on the warm side, even with the fresh, dewy rose sharing the spotlight. I suppose what keeps me on guard is that it's an intense fragrance, fresh yet somewhat relentlessly plummy-sweet, so consistent until the dry down, one might think of it as being linear. However, it strikes me as a classical pyramid composition as the lighter notes fade and make way for the incensey, meditational sandalwood which leaves an impression of subtle smokiness on skin. What a delicious skin scent it makes, like rose petal kisses.

Plum is an intense fruit note to begin with, much more so than peach, berries, pineapple or just about any other fruit. Plum is a key player in Christian Dior Poison. Even the stewed prune note can be intense, as I find in the classic Rochas Femme. A ripe, juicy plum is actually among my favorite fruits to eat, but I cannot handle the taste of plum wine. So, maybe this perfume is a bit on the boozy side for me (it is by Kilian Hennessey, after all). However, if I want to smell like a voluptuous plum rose, there is none other that can stand next to By Kilian Liaison Dangereuses. It seems to smell both youthful (by which I mean vivacious, clean and simple, a bright fragrance suitable for any age) and luxurious (by which I mean with complexity, evolution and an excellent, soft-textured, well-rounded, brilliant quality) at once.

I find the dry down gets increasingly flowery, although this floralcy comes and goes like bursts of pink in the atmosphere. Through this Fruity Floral stage, I think I'm smelling Chanel Chance, Juicy Couture or Versace Woman, but then, I smell something dark and brooding going on, and change my mind. The ripe and redolent plum reigns until the end, when the buttery base notes have turned darker and slightly more mysterious, with spicy, musky afterthoughts wafting in like a vague fantasy of the Oriental world.

According to Fragrantica, Liaisons Dangereuses by By Kilian (2007) is a Fruity Chypre. I wouldn't have guessed it to be a Fruity Chypre, since it doesn't smell like a typical one, not even a juicy and somewhat hypersweet one like Cartier So Pretty (then again, I wouldn't guess Christian Dior Dolce Vita, Chanel Chance or Miss Dior Cherie to be Chypres, either). I think it smells more like a Fruity Floral, maybe Fruity Oriental because of the buttery base note, but the dry down stage reveals a bit of that dry, patchouli-like spicy woodsiness, and even though there is no bergamot, oakmoss is present. Back to Fragrantica: the top note is plum; middle notes are pelargonium and cinnamon; base notes are musk and sandalwood. You can see the full list of official notes at