Sunday Serendipity

By Jace, a Trail Mix Contributor

Five Greek folk songs by Ravel. Each and everyone a gem and beautifully performed. Perfect for a Sunday morning or anytime.

Enjoy the music, but most especially enjoy your day.?

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46 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. jace, thank you for the musical lifting of spirits.  here’s a happy story from ny times for a change… well, temporarily happy:

    A federal judge in Manhattan on Saturday temporarily halted the deportation of a New York pizza delivery man at least until a court hearing on July 20.
    The judge, Alison J. Nathan, of Federal District Court in New York, ruled for the plaintiff, Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, after his lawyers filed an emergency petition earlier in the day. In her order, the judge said federal officials must file court documents before the hearing to explain why a temporary preliminary injunction should not be issued in favor of Mr. Villavicencio, who is still being detained.
    Judge Nathan was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011. From 2009 to 2010, she served as special assistant to Mr. Obama and was an associate White House counsel.
    Mr. Villavicencio, 35, was delivering from a pizza restaurant in Queens to an Army base in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, on June 1 when he was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents by a military police officer. A background check revealed that Mr. Villavicencio, a native of Ecuador, had an open order of removal since 2010. He was immediately taken to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny, N.J.
    A spokeswoman for the immigration agency did not immediately reply to an email or phone message seeking comment.
    In a federal lawsuit, Mr. Villavicencio’s lawyers claimed that he was a victim of racial profiling at the Army base and that the detention violated his constitutional rights. Mr. Villavicencio was in the process of applying to become a legal permanent resident, the suit said, and he has not been able to present evidence in his pending application.
    On Friday, his lawyers from the Legal Aid Society of New York filed a petition with the New York field office of ICE, as the immigration agency is known, to have him released on humanitarian reasons. His wife is an American citizen, as are his two daughters, and they argued that since he was a primary provider for the family, he needed to be home. His youngest daughter, 2, has a congenital heart defect, according to the lawsuit.
    But as a judgment was pending on Friday night, the situation got more urgent for his lawyers. They learned that the commissary account for Mr. Villavicencio was suddenly cleared, which is usually a precursor to immediate deportation.
    The next step, Mr. Copeland said, is to get him out of detention.
    This type of 11th-hour appeal to stop deportation or detention is not uncommon in immigration cases. Notably, in January, lawyers filed a petition in the Southern District to halt the deportation of the immigrant activist Ravi Ragbir. Mr. Ragbir had been detained at an ICE check-in, after fighting his deportation order for multiple years. He was sent to Miami to be deported to Trinidad and Tobago. Judge Katherine B. Forrest ruled in an impassioned decision that he should have been entitled to “the freedom to say goodbye.” Mr. Ragbir’s case is still pending.
    Unlike Mr. Ragbir, who had been convicted of wire fraud in 2000, however, Mr. Villavicencio has no criminal record. A native of Ecuador, Mr. Villavicencio entered the country illegally in 2008. He was granted voluntary departure in 2010, but when he did not depart, he was labeled a fugitive by ICE.
    But the swiftness of the immigration agency’s action was deeply unsettling for his wife, Sandra Chica, and their children and outraged Democratic lawmakers and officials. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York included a letter in the lawsuit supporting Mr. Villavicencio, as did Representatives Hakeem Jeffries, Kathleen Rice and Nydia M. Velázquez.
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sent a letter to the New York field director of ICE, Thomas R. Decker, in which he questioned the government’s rush to deport Mr. Villavicencio.
    Mr. Cuomo said it seemed that the detention was part of a pattern targeting New York residents, presumably because of the state’s limited cooperation with immigration officials.

  2. the guardian:

    The US president, who arrived at the summit in Canada late and left early to fly to Singapore to prepare for his summit with Kim Jong-un, shocked fellow leaders with a bellicose press conference on Saturday in which he attacked the trade policies of other countries.
    The US had nevertheless appeared to agree a form of words on contentious issues thanks to an all-night negotiating session by officials from all sides.
    But after leaving for Singapore, Trump tweeted personal attacks on Trudeau and said that he had told his representatives not to sign the summit communique, turning what had already been a tense meeting of the world’s leading industrialised democracies into a fiasco.


  3. and from the ny times this a.m.:

    Literally moments after Mr. Trudeau’s government proudly released the joint statement, noting it had been agreed to by all seven countries, Mr. Trump blew apart the veneer of cordiality that had prevailed throughout the two days of meetings in a resort town on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.
    “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!” Mr. Trump wrote.

  4. BBC:  Trump at G7: Who’s who in Merkel’s photo?

    Here’s a who’s who of the people pictured, and where they stand on the trade row:


    [the beeb lists the photo participants with blurb about each]

  5. Craig

    No Zorba the Greek for you?


    Thanks Jace what a great guide you are for exploring things musical.  Mr Cracker and I can engage about music at cocktail parties and people think we actually know something

  6. Jace…  beautiful!

    Zorba the Greek!…  I highly, highly recommend reading anything by Nikos Kazantzakis…

  7. It’s Sunday and once again Jace reminds us of the beauty in the world.  Thank you.

  8. BBC via msn:  France condemns Trump ‘anger’ after G7

    Mr Macron’s office said France and other EU countries would maintain their support for the final G7 communique.

    “Let’s be serious and worthy of our people. We make commitments and keep to them,” a statement from the French presidency quoted by AFP news agency said.
    “International co-operation cannot be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks,” it added.

  9. The Ravel is also done by male tenors giving it a more melancholy feeling. In that light, I wonder if Gauvin’s talent as a remarkable soprano was not fully captured. To give an example of what I mean, here Contralto Eula Beal sings Bach’s “Erbarme Dich” as “Lord Have Mercy on Me” from the St. Matthew Passion. It is conducted by Antal Dorati with Yehudi Menuhin playing the violin solos. Imagine her natural range as a contralto or that of a mezzo soprano doing the Ravel. That said, I bet Gauvin would knock my socks off as Butterfly. Thanks, Jace!


  10. the twit’s fellow republican j. rubin really let him have it today in her wapo op ed “The fallout from Trump’s international temper tantrum”


    …our allies see an incoherent, irrational president who cannot grasp the fundamentals of the international system that works for the benefit of all Western democracies. To him, none of the benefits of the post-World War II international architecture matter. It’s about his pride, his demand for attention, his ability to create havoc — and if he needs to take a wrecking ball to the Western alliance to convince himself he’s smarter than all his predecessors, he’ll not think twice about it.

    America’s allies, a significant cross-section of Congress (although Republicans are too cowardly to admit it publicly), much of the free press here and abroad, and a very sizable majority of Americans do not trust him. (As for the latter, the most recent Quinnipiac poll showed 64 percent of voters don’t think he is level-headed; 59 percent don’t think he is honest. You wonder if the other voters have just tuned out.)
    The potential ramifications of an unhinged and untrustworthy president are horrifying…..
    Trump’s behavior, quite simply, makes him a threat to our national security. (It is hard to decide which is worse — his destruction of America’s alliances or his willingness to be taken in by thugs such as Putin and Kim.) In any event, super-hawks like national security adviser John Bolton and sycophantic Republican senators (e.g., Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas) who fancy themselves as tough defenders of American freedom will have a lot to answer for as Trump’s international demolition derby takes its toll on America and the free world.


  11. Ranked voting is not an experiment, it is alive and well in a number of California cities including in San Francisco    The fall off between primaries and the second round in these races often falls off and the expense of a second election is also a problem.  It works well, it is not confusing and it is cheaper — what more do you want?

    There are a number of cities across the country that use it.

  12. I had access to cars……plenty of them……54 olds 88, 64 2 door caddy, 60 Bonneville, 60 olds sedan, 56 Nash Rambler,  56 red and white Chevy convertible, a falcon 2 door, 3 VW bus models, 70 caddy sedan, 70 Olds 98, an Alfa-Romeo sedan, 72 Chevy caprice, and lately 5 or 6 pickup trucks…..and this one time, I copped the keys to pop’s 58 olds 88 and had a great joy ride with no damage……

    Cars were such a thing back then.

  13. Like this one time with the 60 white Bonneville, me and the Geeek and Jet Johnson left the CG base in Elizabeth City, went to Norfolk and had an adventure of grandiose proportions……it snowed and froze over by the time we got back…..Jet was passed out solid in the middle of the front seat….solid wet ice…..we crept back to base once in E City… thru the gate, but on the way to the barracks I cut left and turned onto the old abandoned runway…..frozen over… could start slow and build up speed and when you get to 60 mph or so give the steering wheel a spin and the car would begin to spin around…..spinning in circles while going in a straight line at 60 mph….that was really weird, so when we did it again on the way back, right in the middle of the spinning and going 60 the Greek and I screamed and woke up Jet Johnson………Jet reached out left and tight and grabbed me and the Greek tightly but never said a word as we coasted to a stop while spinning around like a propeller the whole way……when we came to a standstill, he still’s not said anything, but reaches down and starts patting around on the floorboard……he’s patting around and looking and me and the Greek finally yell “What the fuck you LOOKING for??”

    and Jet says, “My heart……I’m looking for my heart. It’s down there somewhere.”

  14. Ah, to take a nice long nap and wake to find Callas singing Puccini. Thanks, Pat!

  15. When I used to take a Callas greatest hits to the job on a cassette player the Mexicans all cut off their music and listened.    I know you could say they were just being polite to the gringo, but it wasnt like that…….they listened, and wanted to know who it was, and where they could get it.    Yeah, I know, but still, they seemed sincere.

    They always have great music…..all day long…..I never fail to ask them to please…..turn it up.

  16. I read in a book about Onassis where he put her off the boat on a stupid little island this one time and steamed away……….she was on the beach there just waiting and finally he comes steaming back…..when he got close to shore, he had his crewmen heave a white Steinway grand, her piano, over the side into the surf and steamed away again.

    Hated that man ever since I read that.

    Them fuckin Greeks.

  17. I bet Socrates voted against the great Sicilian Expedition, against recalling Alcibiades, and against the destruction of Melos.

    just a hunch.

  18. They voted.
    The Athenians had invaded Sicily with an overwhelming force…..holding all the cards……The people of Sicily appealed to Sparta for help…..the Spartans sent one guy to Sicily…one guy, a general….the Athenians wound up being cast into a giant pit…..a stone quarry… live out their days……..not Alcibiades, of course, when he caught which way the wind was blowing in his hometown, and they were accusing him  him of going around town one night with a gang of thugs knocking the peckers off all the Priapus statues in town, he decided to throw in his lot with the Spartans for awhile, leaving Nicias in charge of the invasion, who voted against it in the first damn place. Christ, ya know it ain’t easy……

  19. I’d think some enterprising young Athenian would figure out how to make a spring to go into the pecker of that little Priapus statue everybody had on their gate so that when you went to smack it off it just went “Sproiiiiiiing” like a doorstop and the would be vandal would be saved from his impish impulses…..

  20. Alcibiades perished in Anatolia or somewhere after many adventures with the Athenians, the Spartans and the Persians……when everybody had had their fill of him he and his girlfriend at the time were awakened by being surrounded by archers who’d set the wickiup on fire……he bravely ran out– bow drawn — into a hail of arrows. He was pierced more than Custer……

  21. In the monologue of the Apology, Socrates states he was active for Athens in the battles ofAmphipolisDelium, and Potidaea.[66] In the SymposiumAlcibiades describes Socrates’s valour in the battles of Potidaea and Delium, recounting how Socrates saved his life in the former battle (219e–221b). Socrates’s exceptional service at Delium is also mentioned in theLaches by the General after whom the dialogue is named (181b). In the Apology, Socrates compares his military service to his courtroom troubles, and says anyone on the jury who thinks he ought to retreat from philosophy must also think soldiers should retreat when it seems likely that they will be killed in battle.[67]

  22. Socrates questions what the initial purpose of the training is meant to instill in the children. Once they determine that the purpose is to instill virtue, and more specifically courage, Socrates discusses with Laches and Nicias what exactly courage is. The bulk of the dialogue is then the three men (Laches, Nicias and Socrates) debating various definitions of courage.

  23. Socrates’s wife: oh, we could have gone to visit my sister in Corinth for a month or two, but nooooooooooo……….you gotta drink the hemlock…….ya bastid.

  24. note to editor: Pls let the cops know that soc’s wife spiked the lock with eau de’hem

  25. Sturge

    I almost flunked Greek history. The prof was in love with Socrates and I thought he should have set down and shut up, let his lawyer talk. If he had done so he would still be alive today, just sayin’


  26. Personally I think the Greek philosophers have done more to screw up this world, exception maybe xenophon .


  27. last thoughts on greeks and their gifts to the world….  catching a glimpse of the beach volley ball tournament yesterday (with scantily clad players) was reminded that game is an Olympic sport and adheres  almost to the nudity of the original games.  

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