This is my hello to Spring post. Spring has come a few days earlier here, so I'm sharing my latest installment of the Samba Showdown series. I hope you fans of MPB enjoy this. If I can find another 24 tracks that sound good, then I'll be back. Until then, enjoy this tour through 70's Brasil. Happy Spring!
My favorite track here, in terms of fidelity, is the Elton Medeiros track "Vazio". I marvel at the amazing tape saturation, compression and warmth of the composition & the expert handling of material. When this sits next to another track, the jump in fidelity is quite noticeable!

St. Julian Samba Showdown 27 by J Thyme (2011)

01. Até Parece - Dóris Monteiro (1973)
02. Desfigurado - Cartola (1977)
03. O Patrão Mandou - Paulinho Soares (1978)
04. Toda Tarde - Trio Mocotó (1975)
05. Menina Da Ladeira - João Só (1971)
06. Perspectiva - Antônio Carlos & Jocafi (1975)
07. Tatuagem - Nelson Cavaquinho (1972)
08. Terecô - Nonato E Seu Conjunto (1978)
09. Tá Chegando Fevereiro - Os Originais Do Samba (1970)
10. Pimenta No Vatapá - João Nogueira (1977)
11. Nao é Hora de Tristeza - Elza Soares (1974)
12. Ironia - Batatinha (1976)
13. O Mundo Encantado de Monteiro Lobato - Jair Rodrigues & Escola De Samba Acadêmicos Do Salgueiro (1971)
14. Não Suje O Meu Caixão - Alcione (1979)
15. Num Arredo O Pe - Djalma Dias (1974)
16. Tocar Na Banda - Adoniran Barbosa (1975)
17. Caramba - Ed Lincoln (1966)
18. Dia 4 Dezembro - Aquarius Y Luiz Antonio (1973)
19. Maria Portugal - Paulo Diniz (1973)
20. Miudinho - Paulinho Da Viola (1978)
21. Requenguela - Brasilian Singers (1974)
22. Vazio - Elton Medeiros (1973)
23. Pros Filhos Do Ze - Ely Arcoverde (1972)
24. Tem Mais Samba - Chico Buarque de Hollanda (1966)
25. Que Samba é Esse - Jorginho Pessanha (1971)

P.S. This very special post goes out to my friend Paul Kennedy. This one's for you Paul. Happy belated Birthday and congratulations on your new home & new family member.
Also, I could compare this series to "raiding the candystore". All 27 volumes of this series equals 651 tracks and that's a lot of gathered candy.

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No Rules Group Show

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 7:37 AM 0 comments
So if you're in the Salt Lake area on Friday, I've got two pieces showing at the Blonde Grizzly's No Rules Group Show. Blonde Grizzly is located at 15 East 400 South and the show starts at 6 or 6:30ish. I think I will just hang out there most of the night because I like it there.

Here are the two pieces I'm showing:

This first one is inspired by the poetic Charlie Sheen. Even though the whole media coverage of the event was excessive and unnecessary, some of the things that were coming out of this mouth were just amazing. I would sit there and think, "Who talks like that?"

The other piece is from the M. Ward song, One Hundred Million Years. If you haven't heard his music before, maybe you should check it out. It's really pretty.

I am going to try to make these into cards, little cards that you can send to your friends when you want to tell them something special. I think Sheen or Ward's sayings can pretty much encompass anything you would want to say to someone.

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Template Tuesday - Floral Bunch

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 1:00 AM 0 comments

A few weeks back, a friend of mine lost her father and another friend lost his grandfather. I was able to go to my friend Andi's dad's funeral. It was a full day filled with remembrances, sadness, service and love from friends and family from all over the country. Andi's dad definitely left his mark on the world. I drew this little bouquet the Sunday following the funeral in hopes of posting it that following Tuesday, but life kind of happened and I didn't get around to putting it up. I put a small bell on in homage to the poem by John Donne called "No Man Is An Island"

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

My favorite part is where it says each man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind. We are all woven together here in this life in one way or another and the time we have together is short. Remember to make the most of it.

This is what the template will look like. Remember to cut the inside (gray) parts out first. The flowers took me a while, so don't lose patience! Also, the size it currently is fits on an A6 greeting card if you feel so inclined to use it in cardmaking. Download here: Floral Bunch

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