J[A-Z]Z / p1ck ( Lullaby Of Birdland | Blue Stars Of France, 1955

Blue Stars Of France, Lullaby Of Birdland (And Other Famous Hits By The Blue Stars Of France), 1955

Blossom Dearie & The Blue Stars of France - Lullaby of Birdland, 1955
Composed by George Shearing / Lyrics by George David Weiss  (1952)

Blossom Dearie (1924 –  2009) was an American jazz singer and pianist.

She moved to Paris in 1952 and formed a vocal group, the Blue Stars (1952–1955)
The four-man, four-woman act (whose number varied in later years) recorded 
"Lullaby of Birdland" in 1955. Group singer Bob Dorough contributed a nifty, 
two-note piano solo (with flourishes) on the track and Dearie's vocal contribution 
is discernible within the skillful eight-member vocal performance. 
The recording was given a big band treatment by arranger Michel Legrand 
(later known in the U.S. for "The Windmills of Your Mind" from The 
Thomas Crown Affair and the original film score of Summer of '42, 
both Academy Award winners). 

Education / Labour / Management / Commerce | Karl Marx, 1867

 Das Kapital, 1867                                                                                                                                   Karl Marx, 1861

“Nature does not produce on the one side owners of money or commodities, and on the other men
 possessing nothing but their own labour-power. This relation has no natural basis, neither is its
social basis one that is common to all historical periods.” 

“Education is free. Freedoom of education shall be enjoyed under the
condition fixed by law and under the supreme control of the state”

“As, in religion, man is governed by the products of his own brain, so in
capitalistic production, he is governed by the products of his own hand.”

“Diligence in some compels idleness in others.” 

“The class-struggles of the ancient world took the form chiefly of a contest between debtors
and creditors, which in Rome ended in the ruin of the plebeian debtors. They were displaced
by slaves. In the middle ages the contest ended with the ruin of the feudal debtors, who lost
 their political power together with the economic basis on which it was established. ” 

“Franklin says, “war is robbery, commerce is generally cheating.” If the transformation of
merchants’ money into capital is to be explained otherwise than by the producers being
simply cheated, a long series of intermediate steps would be necessary, which, at present,
when the simple circulation of commodities forms our only assumption, are entirely

“To make the society" [which of course consists of non-workers] "happy and people easier
under the meanest circumstances, it is requisite that great numbers of them should be
ignorant as well as poor; knowledge both enlarges and multiplies our desires, and the
fewer things a man wishes for, the more easily his necessities may be supplied." 

“On the basis of capitalist production, a new swindle with the wages of management
develops in connection with joint-stock companies, in that, over and above the actual
 managing director, a number of governing and supervisory boards arise, for which
management and supervision are in fact a mere pretext for the robbery of shareholders
 and their own enrichment.” 

“In truth, however, value is here the active factor in a process, in which, while constantly
assuming the form in turn of money and commodities, it at the same time changes in
 magnitude, differentiates itself by throwing off surplus value from itself; the original
value, in other words, expands spontaneously. For the movement, in the course of
which it adds surplus value, is its own movement, its expansion, therefore, is automatic
 expansion. Because it is value, it has acquired the occult quality of being able to add
value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.” 

“The essential difference between the various economic forms of society, between,
for instance, a society based on slave-labour, and one based on wage-labour, lies
only in the mode in which this surplus-labour is in each case extracted from the
actual producer, the labourer.” 

“This law of capitalistic society would sound absurd to savages, or even civilised
colonists. It calls to mind the boundless reproduction of animals individually weak
 and constantly hunted down.” 

 Karl Marx, Das Kapital / Capital, 1867

Stereosc2pe + | Windows | Carl Mydans / Anne Fishbein, 1954-1996

Carl Mydans, Boy looking out of window, 1954    
 Anne Fishbein, Yaroslavl, Russia, 1990-96

The strangers case | William Shakespeare, 1596-1601

Norval Morrisseau, Migration, 1973

“Grant them removed, and grant that this your noise
Hath chid down all the majesty of England;
Imagine that you see the wretched strangers,
Their babies at their backs and their poor luggage,
Plodding to the ports and coasts for transportation,
And that you sit as kings in your desires,
Authority quite silent by your brawl,
And you in ruff of your opinions clothed;
What had you got? I'll tell you: you had taught
How insolence and strong hand should prevail,
How order should be quelled; and by this pattern
Not one of you should live an aged man,
For other ruffians, as their fancies wrought,
With self same hand, self reasons, and self right,
Would shark on you, and men like ravenous fishes
Would feed on one another....

Say now the king
Should so much come too short of your great trespass
As but to banish you, whither would you go?
What country, by the nature of your error,
Should give your harbour? go you to France or Flanders,
To any German province, to Spain or Portugal, 
Nay, any where that not adheres to England,
Why, you must needs be strangers: would you be pleased
To find a nation of such barbarous temper,
That, breaking out in hideous violence,
Would not afford you an abode on earth,
Whet their detested knives against your throats,
Spurn you like dogs, and like as if that God
Owed not nor made you, nor that the claimants
Were not all appropriate to your comforts,
But chartered unto them, what would you think
To be thus used? this is the strangers case;
And this your mountainish inhumanity.” 

William Shakespeare, The Book of Sir Thomas More, between 1596-1601

Bauhaus Furniture | Josef Albers, 1927

Josef Albers, Sofa, 1927
Josef Albers, Stacking tables, 1927
Josef Albers, Ottoman (Part of a Sofa), 1927
Josef Albers, Dining Table, 1927
Josef Albers, Office desk, 1927
Josef Albers, Armchair, 1927
Josef Albers, Corner Table, 1927
Josef Albers, Bed, 1927
Josef Albers, Writing desk, 1927

Josef Albers, Bedroom stool, 1927
Josef Albers, Hanging Shelf, 1927
Josef Albers, Sideboard, 1927


Flick Review < I Walked with a Zombie | Jacques Tourneur, 1943

“I walked with a zombie. It does seem an odd thing to say. Had anyone said that to me a year ago,
 I’m not at all sure I would have known what a zombie was. Oh, I might have had some notion 
that they were strange and frightening - even a little funny. It all began in such an ordinary way…”

I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Writers: Curt Siodmak, Ardel Wray(screenplay) 
Inez Wallace (original story) Charlotte Brontë (novel) 
Cinematography: J. Roy Hunt
Stars: Frances Dee, Tom Conway, James Ellison

I Walked with a Zombie | Jacques Tourneur, 1943
I Walked with a Zombie | Jacques Tourneur, 1943

Shame & Scandal” was the first calypso song to feature in an American film.

* Lancelot Victor Edward Pinard (1902 – 2001) was a calypso singer and actor who used 
the name Sir Lancelot. Sir Lancelot played a major role in popularizing calypso in North 
America, and Harry Belafonte has acknowledged him as an inspiration and major influence.

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