Thursday, June 11, 2009

it don't mean a thing

Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.
Dodie Smith (1896-1990) novelist and playwright

The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) dramatist and poet
Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923

There often seems to be a playfulness to wise people, as if either their equanimity has as its source this playfulness or the playfulness flows from the equanimity; and they can persuade other people who are in a state of agitation to calm down and manage a smile.
Edward Hoagland (b. 1932) essayist and novelist

What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies.
Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) philosopher, student of Plato

Language... has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone.
Paul Tillich (1886-1965) theologian and philosopher

To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) philosopher, poet, essayist

Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
Rachel Carson (1907-1964) biologist, writer, ecologist

notes on photos:
  1. a swingseat overlooking lake erie at lakewood park, june 2009
  2. ms t swinging at kauffman park, lakewood - june 2008
  3. backyard party cleveland, june 2009
  4. two friends swinging on a porch, lakewood -june 2009
  5. playground in winter, grant elementary school, lakewood - january 2009
  6. buddy b swinging on a very resilient tree in front of the superior schoolhouse, cleveland heights - october 2007
  7. a swinging vine at palmetto state park, gonzales, texas - april 2009

duke ellington and the band performing it don't mean a thing (1943). quite honestly today's song was between this tune or this or this

it don't mean a thing was written and arranged by ellington in august 1931 during intermissions at chicago's lincoln tavern and was first recorded by ellington and his orchestra for brunswick records on february 2, 1932. this may have been the first song to use the phrase "swing" in the title, it introduced the term into everyday language and presaged the swing era by three years. the ellington band played the song continuously over the years and recorded it numerous times, most often with trumpeter ray nance as vocalist.


Leah said...

Your posts remind me of two of my favorite books, The Family of Man and The Family of Woman. Your photos and quotes fit so seamlessly.

ArtSparker said...

Interesting combination, the idea of aloneness and the swing - the motion of rocking that soothes babies - and the fact that most of us (non-twins) are alone in the womb.

Ronda Laveen said...

Striking images all. I particularly liked the upside down swinger, the empty swings in snow and the bright little girls sitting together. Happy TT.

mum said...

beautiful. Good call on the music. The Hoagland link is poignant. I'll check out the Dodie Smith one later on.
The pics and the quotes all work so well together it's as hard to select one as to pick out one flavor in a dish.

Hope Ms T enjoys the photo I grabbed for her in Toulouse yesterday.

cheers to Cleveland.

Anonymous said...

Lovely choice of pictures and SONG! REally swinging!
Thanks be for all your creativity and thanks be to you for sharing!
your bud, susan

Mrsupole said...

Great pictures and quotes. The pictures a feast for my eyes and quotes for my brain. I oh so want to go sit on a swing now. I miss the one my mom had on her porch, although they were not hanging swings, but they still gave the motion of a swing. These replaced her hanging swing, which somehow got broke. Oh the memories.

Thank you and God bless.

Kat Mortensen said...

I've been on every one of those (except the Palmetto vine - nice touch), but I love the first one best - little white shoes not touching the ground. That's fantastic.


Tess Kincaid said...

I'm smiling!! My favorite is the pic of the boy swinging from the tree branches.

Roy said...

Great choice of music! Except I probably would have gone with the Ella Fitzgerald version (it was in the "related" list next to the video on its YouTube page), coz nobody ever swung harder than Ella!

Brian Miller said...

great pics! love that definition of a friend by Aristotle. i would probably pick the last one...(insert best imitation of Tarzan, because it just did not look right when typed!)

Liza B. Gonzalez said...

I enjoyed all the images. How is it that I remember all the words to the Duke Ellington song back when I performed it during a Middle School stage show. "do wop do wop do wop."

Wings1295 said...

Great post! Love the pics & the video - especially the porch swing! :)

Tom said...

two little kids chillin' on the swing... awesome.

Ronda Laveen said...


Re: answer to question on spiritual mountains. Well, I couldn't remember all of the other spiritual mountains so I Googled it. You can find more info here:

It looks like several more have been added to the ones in the book I read about 10 years ago.

Mt. Agung, Bali
Mt. Croagh Patrick, Ireland
Mt. Fuji, Japan
Mt Kailash, Tibet
Mt. Nebo, Jordan
Mt. Shasta, California, USA
Mt. Sinai, Egypt
Mt. Tai (Tai Shan), China
Mt. Emei (Emei Shan), China
Uluru/Ayers Rock, Australia

Unknown said...

I'm listening to Paul Robeson as I write. Such a lovely, heroic voice. I never thought of "Swing Low", so I'm glad you did, and that you provided the link.

tony said...

ive never really thought about it before i just looked at Your Photos.It's impossible to be angry or agressive on a swing......The Energy is converted.It just moves you to a better place....

Baino said...

You made my Friday morning yet again. Really gotta get my margins widened, it makes for such a visual feast.

The Silver Fox said...

I'm finding a lot of Big Bands fans among the TT posters. More power to us all!

Merle Sneed said...

Add e to the big bnd fans. Love the Duke.

Anonymous said...

Awww! Someone give Ms T a push! Another great post, kimy :)

Reya Mellicker said...

You definitely have that swing, Kim. Love these pictures.

Makes me want to find a swingset somewhere ...

lettuce said...

Kim is there anything you don't have lots of wonderful pictures of?

serious question...

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Candie said...

What a nice post!

Reyjr said...

it's a great song! :D

your photos are great too, as always, auntie!