just another diamond day

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Just Another Diamond Day is the debut album by the English folk singer-songwriter, Vashti Bunyan, and was released on Philips Records in December 1970. Vashti Bunyan is a folk chanteuse and singer – songwriter, she first took up the guitar while a student at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, from which she was ultimately expelled at age 18 for spending too much time writing songs and not enough time painting. A bit of a free spirit even then, she took a trip to New York and, while there, fell under the spell of Bob Dylan’s music, especially his album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

karen dalton

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She is one of many among unrecognized genius. Not many people know Karen Dalton, I found her tonight. She was a Cherokee folk blues singer, guitarist, and banjo player. Dalton played music with Bob Dylan, Fred Neil, Richard Tucker, and most people in the folk scene in Greenwich Village in New York. Bob Dylan once said that Karen Dalton had a voice like Billie Holiday and played the guitar like Jimmy Reed.

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Bob Dylan, Karen Dalton, and Fred Neil in 1961

an autumn afternoon

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Another Yasujiro Ozu’s movie ‘An Autumn Afternoon’, someone uploaded the soundtrack on youtube, the only Ozu’s movie soundtrack that I found. I haven’t watched the movie yet, but its soundtrack is lovely to listen to. I hope you will enjoy the songs as much as I do 🙂

 

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I’ve remembered the first time I watched one of Ozu’s movie when my film studies’ lecture in college gave us few director names to study their works. Ozu is one on the list. Late Autumn was my first Ozu’s film I watched, but it didn’t bring any special impression back then, maybe because I was too young and too obsessed and too impressed with Michel Gondry’s fancy visual manipulation. It was like 10 years ago, oh God!

Last week, while browsing in youtube randomly, I found someone made a tribute video to Yosujiro Ozu, and it was triggering me to re-watch Late Autumn. It took years to let me fall in love with the movie. What I can say this is a happy and a handsome movie, a cinema that speaks to my soul. This impression I got now was totally different to what I had a decade ago.

Films appearing in tribute: Equinox Flower (1958), Good Morning (1959), Floating Weeds (1959), Late Autumn (1960), The End of Summer (1961), An Autumn Afternoon (1962).

I was continuing myself to watch Late Spring, the movie was made in 1949. I believe, this is one of Ozu’s favorite of his owns. Late Spring offers tenderness in the place of melodrama, and I can understand why as the director tells a simple story with relatable truths and honest intensity, even though the relationship is rather unusual by Western traditions.

I am more amazed and further impressed. As a director, he was a master of understated elegance. Sincerely, I urge anybody that love cinema to see his movies, quite simply one of the greatest films I have seen. What a gem! ❤

 

it’s got to be love

what a beautiful playlist to listen to relax your mind and soul

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1. 00:00:00 Roy Fox & His Orchestra It’s Got To Be Love
2. 00:03:04 Frank Sinatra Embraceable You
3. 00:06:26 Fred Astaire Cheek To Cheek
4. 00:09:47 Hildegarde Life Begins When You’re In Love
5. 00:12:58 Al Bowlly Love Is The Sweetest Thing
6. 00:16:21 Dick Powell I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
7. 00:19:17 Connie Boswell With All My Heart
8. 00:22:22 Ambrose There Isn’t Any Limit To My Love
9. 00:25:23 Noel Coward Dearest Love (with piano)
10. 00:28:28 Dorothy Lamour That Sentimental Sandwich
11. 00:31:35 Ted Weems Until Today
12. 00:34:51 Jack Hylton Goodnight My Love
13. 00:38:12 Jessie Matthews Trusting My Luck
14. 00:40:52 Tony Martin When Did You Leave Heaven?
15. 00:43:48 Bing Crosby You Made Me Love You
16. 00:46:53 Carroll Gibbons It Had To Be You
17. 00:49:36 Hutch You Are My Love Song
18. 00:52:45 Roy Fox Sweet Someone
19. 00:55:58 Dinah Shore The Nearness of You
20. 00:58:40 Geraldo PS I Love You
21. 01:02:09 Frances Langford The Man I Love
22. 01:05:09 Dick Haymes Long Ago And Far Away

and this is Fred Astaire performing “cheek  to cheek” in the movie Top Hat (1935)

my lucky charm

From the 1956 film “Meet Me in Las Vegas”, Mitsuko Sawamura and Dan Dailey. Super sweet song to listen to under Balsamic moon tonight 🌘  🙂

kom no

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Mari Persen, I found her few weeks ago while randomly wandering around Soundcloud. Kom No, her latest single has captivated my heart at first listen with its enormously dramatic swing and element of classical golden age era hollywood musicals with little bit film-noir mood. Since Persen always felt attracted to old movies from year of 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

you may also love to check her self titled album on iTunes Store https://itunes.apple.com/id/album/mari-persen/id329088665

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