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Friday, January 18, 2013

Song for Friday...a movie and a song

The other night we watched the most incredible documentary
about a man who was a singer songwriter of Mexican descent in the early '70s in Detroit.
In North America he was nobody.
But in South Africa he was bigger than Elvis.
Everybody had his records.
You had The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and...
But he didn't know anything about his fame.
Rodriguez was like a mix of Dylan and Donavon.
Singer songwriter extraordinaire.
His lyrics, even today are poignant, political, full of heartache and beauty.
He was reported to have committed suicide.
...and then the search began.
...and they found him!
40 years later.
His story is amazing.
If you get a chance to see "Searching for Sugarman" you won't be disappointed.
Here's the trailer followed by one of his songs.
Have a great weekend all!

Monday, January 14, 2013

U of T...

Good Monday morning!
Since for some, this would be a school day, I thought I
would share with you some of the photos I took at
The University of Toronto.
It was a snowy morning when we decided to go for a walk,
past the museum...which we didn't have time to visit this time...
The parks were covered in a pretty coating of white...
The U of T was founded as Kings College in 1827 and some
of it's finest buildings date back to this period...
Craftsmanship took top priority in these days and the evidence is quite evident don't you think?
I love all the points on the various towers in this, including the most modern
CN Tower far in the background.
Inside it was very quiet and empty since it was the holidays.
This library is on my wish list when I build my
"money is no object" house...
The leaded glass windows gave beautiful views through to the outer beauty of the buildings...
A peak through old, warbled glass into one of the faculty lounges...
Even some of the out buildings, though small and rustic, were quite pretty...
My daughter said that if she had known how historic and beautiful this campus was
she would have gone here instead of UBC.
I said if you could combine the view of UBC and the architecture of U of T
it would be ideal. I really do believe the look and feel of a place contributes to how
much you want to be there. The atmosphere of history and beauty must
at some point give way to deep thinking and appreciation of the space around you.
I've been here in the early spring and winter and now I would like to
see it in all of it's autumn colour.
For now, one more photo in the snowy trees with Aja...U of T...a beautiful place in the city.