Sunday, May 17, 2009

the lion sleeps tonight


is everyone is having a good weekend? I hope so, I am! among this weekend's highlights is the annual hessler street fair - one of my favorite community happenings. I went yesterday with susan and ms t. I didn't take as many pics as usual and my camera was mostly focused on documenting the face painting process, as evidenced by these snaps . my documentation may have also been curtailed by a sudden rainstorm which prompted an earlier than planned departure.

the fair is also going on today. I expect with today's sun and lovely cool temperatures the crowds will be out in full force! although it would be fun to return, I think I'm going to lobby for a nature hike for today's activity!

jimmy cliff's version of the lion sleeps tonight. there are scores of versions of this classic song from the ridiculous to the sublime. pete seeger and the weavers are often credited as introducing the song to western audiences - here's the weaver's version. the song has a long and complex history and has been subject to many controversies. in fact, the history and controversies surrounding the song prompted a south african documentary a lion's trail by fran├žois verster. in 2006, pbs aired the documentary and it later won an emmy.

14 comments:

ArtSparker said...

Stunning photo of Miss T - looks like you have a model in the family.

R.L. Bourges said...

A child sleeping is the most restful sight in the world. Gorgeous photo. Sweet dreams to Ms T.

Interesting info on the symbolism and the historical background to that song - the bit about Disney maybe giving three thou per year to the Solomon family? I wonder how much Disney is paying the lawyers in that litigation? More than three thou per year, that's for sure.

Loved the flickr pics. Thanks for letting us tag along, kimy!

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

Plum tuckered out!

Sandra Leigh said...

Wow - I've always loved listening to Jimmy Cliff, but I've never heard him do The Lion Sleeps Tonight before. That is the loveliest, most passionate version of the song that I've ever heard. Thank you!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

What a gorgeous photo, Mouse!

Lover of Life said...

That lion is adorable.

Roy said...

Heh, heh! That must've been a busy day; Ms. T looks all tuckered out.

I liked Jimmy Cliff's rendition of the song, but you know me, I had to follow the link to the Weaver's version. That one sorta disappointed me, but there was a link to the reunion concert at Carnegie Hall in 1980 (from the documentary movie Wasn't That a Time), and that version was brilliant. Check it out! I wonder if ol' Pete can still do that falsetto?

Ronda Laveen said...

Looks like peace is in the jungle tonight. Great pic.

Tor Hershman said...

Ahhhh yes, BUT there is GREAT humor in the jungle, and @ YouTube, the night the lion.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgdffzvoVmc

Cinnamon said...

Ah I really enjoyed that version of 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'- so rich. I never knew all that stuff about the song and I had only ever heard a rather silly version- thank you :)

Baino said...

Aww bless her cotton sox. Never wake a sleeping lion! Must have been a big day!

Merle Sneed said...

That is one beautiful child.

rosedale's 4 head said...

you always capture the best moments of such a pretty little thing! adorable pics! and it looks like the festivities were fun too...

Candie Bracci said...

hi,sweet picture!Have a great day:)