Wednesday, August 19, 2009

piece of my heart

If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.
George Eliot ~ pen name of Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880)novelist, humanist & freethinker


it's been a while since I posted any pictures of any of the squirrels on avenue c. yesterday I discovered that this little fellow is now so tame that he will take a treat from my hand. and he isn't at all shy when it comes to getting his portrait taken. of course he does know who is the party responsible for said treats!


on day two of woodstock janis performed piece of my heart. as far as I can tell there isn't any movie footage of janis performing the song, but this vid includes a decent recording from the day and stills of janis and from woodstock.

a couple years ago we went to see love, janis - a musical based on the life of janis joplin. the musical was based on a book written by janis' sister laura. it was terrific and powerful, aside from janis' songs, the entire play was drawn directly from letters janis had written home or from accounts of interviews done with janis. I wonder if the production is still around.

10 comments:

Dumdad said...

What a great photo!

Roy said...

I still miss Janis something fierce! Thanks for the video.

Megan said...

Hi, squirrel!

ArtSparker said...

What is it about squirrels? The talking (which sometimes sounds like cursing), or the hand-like paws? My cat and I observed one once which seeing that we could not reach it, turned around and wiggled its bottom at us.

John Hayes said...

Great clip of Joplin--it's funny, I don't listen to the music from that era much anymore, & when I do it doesn't tend to make much of an impact--but Joplin's singing is just as moving as it ever was. That George Eliot quote is also amazing--something to meditate on.

Baino said...

No question as to the sex of your squirrel! Great, great song.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

dd - thanks!

roy - hope that musical production gets to newport - the woman who played janis in the cleveland production did such a terrific job of channeling janis it was unbelievable.

megan - like the new avatar!

as - they are charmers that's for sure!

john - I tend to listen to other music also.... world, celtic or folk is my norm these days with a bit of classical thrown in...

baino - and you should see the nuts this fella has! oy!! ha

Brian Miller said...

that is an amazing pic!

Merle Sneed said...

Janis had such great talent. I won't say that her's was a life squandered, but it surely was lead at a pace too fast to suit those of us who miss her music.

subtorp77 said...

Hi kimy! Hi Mr. Squirrel! Hi Janis!

kimy, I "adopted" a squirrel a few years back...got him addicted to cheesy puffs and Doritos. I could swear he was part...er mouse( no pun intended, heh )And email me if you would, for the next TT topic, please! :)