T   P   O
The Patient Ox (aka Hénock Gugsa)

G r e e t i n g s !

** TPO **
A personal blog with diverse topicality and multiple interests!

On the menu ... politics, music, poetry, and other good stuff.
There is humor, but there is blunt seriousness here as well!

Parfois, on parle français ici aussi. Je suis un francophile .... Bienvenue à tous!

* Your comments and evaluations are appreciated ! *

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Bwelu-bwelu, Bwel-haya ~ by TPO

Bwelu-bwelu, Bwel-haya  
~ by TPO ~
[A Sudanese father and son bonding to music !]

Monday, February 24, 2020

Linger here, and ponder this ! ~ by Hénock Gugsa

Linger here, and ponder this ! 
~ by Hénock Gugsa ~
Time for a deep and serious analysis of this weighty matter !!!
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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Two greats make a greater great! ~ by TPO

Two greats make a greater great! 
~ by TPO ~

Linda Ronstadt and Hoyt Axton: Lion in the Winter
ሊንዳ  ሮንስታድት  እና  ሆይት  አክስተን  ===> ላየን  ኢን  ዘ  ዊንተር 

[song written by: Hoyt Axton] 
Like a lion in the winter, I can hear the summer call
Like a ship out on the ocean made of stone,
And sometimes when I get lonely, 
I can swear I hear you call.
Oh, the nights are cold and you don't keep me warm.

And when I first saw you, I first loved you. 
With the song that I sang to the fire in your eyes,
But somebody told you that it wouldn't be easy 
But you carry that lie for the devil to see.

Some sail rivers deep and muddy. 
Some sail rivers clear and cold,
But the river that I'm sailing goes to sea,
And sometimes I do grow weary. Sometimes I feel old,
And sometimes I wonder if you think of me.

And when I first saw you, I first loved you. 
With the song that I sang to the fire in your eyes,
But somebody told you that it wouldn't be easy 
And you carry that lie for the devil to see.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Bayew - Bayew (ባየው ባየው) ~ by Dawit Tsighé

Bayew - Bayew  (ባየው  ባየው)  
~ by Dawit  Tsighé ~

The Amharic (Ethiopian) song, Bayew- Bayew *, is being overlaid on a video clip of traditional war-dance by young Eritrean dancers ! 
[ video credit: Solomon T Hailé ] 
* The song is sung by Dawit Tsighé.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Charlton Heston's Interview ~ by Hénock Gugsa

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Charlton Heston's Interview on Dick Cavett (1970)
~ by Hénock Gugsa ~
He was a good actor, although he was never ever comfortable in his own skin.  It always seemed that he was putting a lot of effort into his acting.  He was not a natural actor like Spencer Tracy or an interesting one like Humphrey Bogart.
Interestingly, in this live interview,  Mr. Heston was quite relaxed and quite engaging ... and that is a rare thing.  He is even smiling and laughing unreservedly and that was amazing !
I think  the period of the late 50's thru the early 70's were  good years for him because he  made several really good movies that had variety and depth. 
After that period, however, I think he got more hard-edged in his political views, he became especially more pompous and uninteresting.  It all just goes to show that actors shouldn't be so full of themselves.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Renée Mauperin ~ by Edmond and Julesde Goncourt

  Renée Mauperin
["The Morning Kiss" ... an extract]
~ by Edmond  and Julesde Goncourt ~ 

     " Well!" exclaimed Renée, entering the dining-room at eleven o'clock, breathless like a child who had been running, " I thought every one would be down.  Where is mamma?"
     " Gone to Paris --- shopping," answereed M. Mauperin.
     " Oh! --- and where's Denoisel?"
     " He's gone to see the man with the sloping ground, who must have kept him to luncheon.  We'll begin luncheon."
     " Good-morning, papa!"  And instead of taking her seat Renée went across to her father and putting her arms round his neck began to kiss him.
     " There, there, that's enough --- you silly child!" said M. Mauperin, soiling as he endeavored to free himself.
     " Let me kiss you tong-fashion --- there --- like that," and she pinched his cheeks and kissed him again.
     " What a child you are, to be sure."
     " Now look at me.  I want to see whether you care for me."
 Renée Mauperin --- The Morning Kiss 1882
 etching on laid paper
by James Tissot (French, 1836-1902)

Monday, February 3, 2020

" Down by the Salley Gardens " ~ by TPO

Click inside the box to enlarge !
Down by the Salley Gardens
A melancholic Irish love song
based on a poem by W B Yeats ===>
[sung by Kathleen Ferrier]
    Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
    She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
    She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
    But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.

    In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
    And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
    She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
    But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.