Music Monday ~ Shape-wise

Looking for someone musical to feature today I came upon Benjamin Franklin White (September 20, 1800 – December 5, 1879). He was a “shape note singing master”, and compiler of the shape note tune book known as The Sacred Harp. He was born near Cross Keys in Union County, South Carolina, the twelfth child of Robert and Mildred White.

Alright then…but what are shape notes?

Climbing onto my

Arty Farty Friday ~ Jean Arp

Jean Arp or Hans Arp (16 September 1886 – 7 June 1966) was a German-French sculptor, painter, poet, and abstract artist in other media such as torn and pasted paper.

When Arp spoke in German he referred to himself as “Hans”, and when he spoke in French he referred to himself as “Jean”.

Excerpts from an article written by John Russell in the New York Times in 1986, to mark the centenary of Arp’s

Music Monday ~ Tulsa to France

I was sorry to read of the death of country singer Don Williams at the weekend. Years ago, in Harrogate, Yorkshire, we saw him perform with his band. Back then, little did I imagine or dream that one day I’d actually be “Living in Tulsa Time”.

Vale Don – and thanks for all those country pleasures!

I was obliquely reminded of the following song by a news item last week. Fellow-blogger,

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Arty Farty Friday ~ Beryl Cook – Virgo Variation

Beryl Cook was born on 10 September 1926 in Egham, Surrey, England. She had Sun and Mercury in Virgo. Her art style is quite different from a trio of other Sun Virgo painters featured in a past posting: Ralston Crawford, Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre. They, in different ways, reflected the precision, neatness and clarity of typical Virgo. Beryl Cook’s work, on the other hand, at first sight has

Arty Farty Friday ~ Janet Fish Reflections

Still life artist Janet Fish has a birthday coming up this week. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 18 May 1938. Her close family had arty connection – father taught art history, her mother and uncle were both sculptors, and, though she never knew her grandfather, American Impressionist Clark Vorhees, she found his paintings to be profoundly inspirational.

After Smith college and a

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