Friday, October 21, 2016

Što Sam Tko Sam - Sergej Jesenjin

"What am I? Who am I?"
Sergej Aleksandrovič Jesenjin 1895 - 1925
Što Sam Tko Sam
recitirao David Byler
pomoćni urednik: tb

Što sam? Tko sam? Ja sam samo sanjar,
čiji pogled gasne u magli i memli,
živio sam usput, ko da sanjam
kao mnogi drugi ljudi na toj zemlji.

I tebe sad ljubim po navici, dijete,
zato što sam mnoge ljubio, bolećiv,
zato usput, ko što palim cigarete,
govorim i šapćem zaljubljene riječi.

"Uvijek" i "ljubljena" i "upamtit ću",
a u duši vazda ista pustoš zrači;
ako dirneš strast u čovjekovu biću,
istine, bez sumnje, nikad nećeš naći.

Zato moja duša ne zna što je jeza
odbijenih želja, neshvaćene tuge.
Ti si, moja gipka, lakonoga brezo,
stvorena i za me i za mnoge druge.

Ali, ako tražeć neku srodnu dušu.
vezan protiv želje, utonem u sjeti,
nikad neću da te ljubomorom gušim,
nikad neću tebe grditi ni kleti.

Što sam? Tko sam? Ja sam samo sanjar,
čiji pogled gasne u magli i memli,
i volim te usput, ko da sanjam
kao mnoge druge na toj zemlji.

music :Frédéric Chopin Chopin 1 March 1810 — 17 October 1849)
performed by Chiara Bertoglio, published at IMSLP, released under CCA 3.0 license
visuals edited by Canovals
furnished by C.E. Price at Internet archive
PD stock footage: Boiling Clouds, Dark Cumulus 1, Dark Clouds, Night Tree.
furnished by Ilias81 at Wikimedia Commons, also PD is "Fog"

Isn't it time you heard this beautiful poem recited by a Croatian? Here you have it. I've done it.

Please comment and let me know what you think.

Puno hvala,

David Byler

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Country dalmatino - Džo Maračić-Maki

From 2009, " Country dalmatino," a song that defined Džo Maračić-Maki for the next several years. The lyrics and music were written by Teo Trumbić who is married to Sanja Trumbić from Split who recorded "Most," also written by Teo, on Sarajevo Disk in 1990.

Džo Maračić-Maki recorded this on Croatia Records ‎– CD 5861645 2009 track 3. Branko Glavan was the arranger.

The visuals are entirely from Texas ...
the dam at Blanco State Park
Adriatica Village in McKinney
with selected shots from Blanco, Guadalupe, and Brazoria Counties
and back to the Blanco River to watch the duck swim away at the end.

The cameral work is entiredly by David Byler aka Canovals in 2013 and 2014.

do sljedeći put, blagoslov - until next time, blessings,
David Byler a.k.a. Canovals
20. listopad 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Kozak Pjesma i Ples V

In the summer of 2008, Wallace Schultz, a former Lutheran Hour Speaker took a journey to the Kazakhstan during which time he passed through portions of the Russian Federation. Wally brought back for me a proper "shapka" (mountain peak) or "babushka" (which means old lady) made of rabbit skin dyed black, as it should be. I have treasured the hat all these years and wear it sometimes when it is very cold. Even more than the hat, I treasure the footage he shot of these Kozak dancers and their music which I am sharing with you.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Psalm 50 as read by David Byler

The Mighty God hath spoken

Psalm 50
King James Version (KJV)
English text followed by Croatian / Engleski tekst slijede hrvatski

1 The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.
7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.
8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.
18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.
21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

1 Psalam. Asafov. Bog nad bogovima, Jahve, govori i zove zemlju od izlaza sunčeva do zalaza.
2 Sa Siona predivnog Bog zablista:
3 Bog naš dolazi i ne šuti. Pred njim ide oganj što proždire, oko njega silna bjesni oluja.
4 On zove nebesa odozgo i zemlju da sudi narodu svojemu:
5 "Saberite mi sve pobožnike koji žrtvom Savez sa mnom sklopiše!"
6 Nebesa objavljuju pravednost njegovu: on je Bog sudac!
7 "Slušaj, narode moj, ja ću govoriti, o Izraele, svjedočit ću protiv tebe: ja, Bog - Bog tvoj!
8 Ne korim te zbog žrtava tvojih - paljenice su tvoje svagda preda mnom.
9 Neću od doma tvog' uzet junca, ni jaraca iz tvojih torova:
10 tÓa moje su sve životinje šumske, tisuće zvjeradi u gorama mojim.
11 Znam sve ptice nebeske, moje je sve što se miče u poljima.
12 Kad bih ogladnio, ne bih ti rekao, jer moja je zemlja i sve što je ispunja.
13 Zar da ja jedem meso bikova ili da pijem krv jaraca?
14 Prinesi Bogu žrtvu zahvalnu, ispuni Višnjemu zavjete svoje!
15 I zazovi me u dan tjeskobe: oslobodit ću te, a ti ćeš me slaviti."
16 A grešniku Bog progovara: "Što tumačiš naredbe moje, što mećeš u usta Savez moj?
17 Ti, komu stega ne prija, te riječi moje iza leđa bacaš?
18 Kad tata vidiš, s njime se bratimiš i družiš se s preljubnicima.
19 Svoja si usta predao pakosti, a jezik ti plete prijevare.
20 U društvu na brata govoriš i kaljaš sina matere svoje.
21 Sve si to činio, a ja da šutim? Zar misliš da sam ja tebi sličan? Pokarat ću te i stavit ću ti sve to pred oči."
22 Shvatite ovo svi vi koji Boga zaboraviste, da vas ne pograbim i nitko vas spasiti neće.
23 Pravo me štuje onaj koji prinosi žrtvu zahvalnu: i onomu koji hodi stazama pravim - njemu ću pokazati spasenje svoje.

do sljedeći put, blagoslov - until next time, blessings,
David Byler a.k.a. Canovals
18. listopad 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Soundie - Daddy

"Daddy," published in 1951, features the Bobby Troup Trio and Virginia Maxey

Robert Wesley Troup, Jr. (October 18, 1918 – February 7, 1999), aka Bobby Troup, is better known for his composition "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," a popular rhythm and blues standard, Troup got his first success with "Daddy", written for a Mask and Wig production, a regional hit in 1941. Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra recorded "Daddy", and it was number one for 8 weeks on the Billboard Best Seller chart and the number five record of 1941 Other artists also recorded it in 1941, including Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, The Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby and Kay Kyser. You can hear "Daddy" can be heard in the 1941 film "Two Latins from Manhattan."

Virginia Maxey, aka "Ginny," was born 4 September 1923, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Singer, composer and author, educated in public schools and a singer with the orchestras of Charlie Barnet, Tony Pastor and Ziggy Elman, and with the Modernaires. She appeared on television, in night clubs and on records. Her chief musical collaborator was her husband, Matt Dennis who died in June of 2002, and her popular-song compositions include "We've Reached the Point of No Return", "Snuggle Up, Baby", and "You Can Believe Me".

In 1949, Louis D. Snader, a real estate entrepreneur, started "Snader Telescriptions." Television was still new in those days and the stations need a lot of filler between the shows. Snader rightly thought there was a market for short music videos.

They shot about a thousand titles featuring many of the top musicians of the time, including Mel Torme, Charlie Barnet, Frankie Carle, The DeCastro Sisters, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Burl Ives, The King Sisters, Steve Lawrence, Sarah Vaughan, The McGuire Sisters, Tony Pastor, The Pied Pipers, Gale Storm, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, The Four Aces featuring Al Alberts, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, The Weavers with Pete Seeger, The Ink Spots, The Four Freshmen, Lawrence Welk, George Shearing,

Nat King Cole and Teresa Brewer. These were shot mostly by Duke Goldstone between 1950 and 1952 using 35mm black and white film which had to be converted to 16mm for the TV stations. Done on the cheap in California studios, in one take with no editing, an eight hour run might yield ten or more films.

When the price of British movies and "B" films rose, Roger Clip at WFIL-TV 6 in Philidelphia bought the rights to Snader Telescriptions.They created a show hosted by Tom Moorehead, the stations sports director who was succeeded by Bob Horn. The show morphed into "Parade of Stars," and thence to "Bandstand," but the Snader films were not used after Parade of Stars.

The footage we've used here is from the Prelinger Archives associated with the Internet Archive.

do sljedeći put, blagoslov - until next time, blessings,
David Byler a.k.a. Canovals
17. listopad 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Miss Kitty in The Farmerette

If you you heard Betty Boop's voice in Kitty, in the Farmerette, you were right. It was Betty Boop, or, rather, it was Betty Boop's voice. Margret "Margie" Hines provided the first voice for Betty Boop. Mae Questel took over the role in 1931 but when she could not move with Fleischer Studios from New York to Miami because she was just beginning to raise a family, Hines replaced Questel in both the Betty Boop until 1939 and in the Popeye series as Olive Oyl until 1943 when Paramount bought the studio and returned to New York where Questel returned to the voice role of Betty Boop.

Miss Kitty was produced at Van Buren Studios and was directed by Harry Bailey and John Foster.
Run time 6 minutes 3 seconds.

do sljedeći put, blagoslov - until next time, blessings,
David Byler a.k.a. Canovals
14. listopad 2016

Psalm 49

Hear this, all ye people

Psalm 49
King James Version (KJV)
English text followed by Croatian / Engleski tekst slijede hrvatski

1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

1 Zborovođi. Sinova Korahovih. Psalam.
2 Poslušajte ovo, svi narodi, čujte, svi stanovnici zemlje,
3 vi, djeco puka, i vi, odličnici, bogati i siromašni zajedno!
4 Moja će usta zboriti mudrost, i moje srce misli razumne.
5 K poučnoj izreci priklonit ću uho, uz harfu ću izložit' svoju zagonetku.
6 Što da se bojim u danima nesreće kad me opkoli zloba izdajica
7 koji se u blago svoje uzdaju i silnim se hvale bogatstvom?
8 TÓa nitko sebe ne može otkupit' ni za se dati Bogu otkupninu:
9 životu je cijena previsoka, i nikada je neće platiti
10 tko želi živjeti dovijeka i ne vidjeti jamu grobnu.
11 Jer, i mudri umiru, pogiba i luđak i bezumnik: bogatstvo svoje ostavlja drugima.
12 Grobovi im kuće zasvagda, stanovi njihovi od koljena do koljena, sve ako se zemlje nazivale imenima njihovim.
13 Čovjek koji nerazumno živi sličan je stoci koja ugiba.
14 Takav je put onih koji se ludo uzdaju, to je konac onih koji uživaju u sreći:
15 Poput stada redaju se u Podzemlju, smrt im je pastir, a dobri njima vladaju. Njihova će lika brzo nestati, Podzemlje će im biti postojbina.
16 A moju će dušu Bog ugrabiti Podzemlju iz pandža i milostivo me primiti.
17 Ne boj se ako se tko obogati i ako se poveća blago doma njegova:
18 kad umre, ništa neće ponijeti sa sobom, i blago njegovo neće s njime sići.
19 Ako se u životu držao sretnim - "Govorit će se da ti je dobro bilo!" -
20 i on će doći u skup otaca svojih, gdje svjetlosti više vidjeti neće.
21 Čovjek koji nerazumno živi sličan je stoci koja ugiba.

do sljedeći put, blagoslov - until next time, blessings,
David Byler a.k.a. Canovals
14. listopad 2016

Psalm 48

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God

Psalm 48
King James Version (KJV)
English text followed by Croatian / Engleski tekst slijede hrvatski

1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
4 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.
5 They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.
6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.
9 We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

1 Pjesma. Psalam. Sinova Korahovih.
2 Velik je Jahve, hvale predostojan u gradu Boga našega.
3 Sveto brdo njegovo, brijeg veličanstven, radost je zemlji svoj. Gora Sion, na krajnjem sjeveru, grad je Kralja velikog.
4 Bog u kulama njegovim jakom se pokaza utvrdom.
5 Jer gle, složiše se kraljevi, navališe zajedno.
6 Čim vidješe, zapanjiše se i zbunjeni u bijeg nagnuše.
7 Ondje ih trepet obuze kao muka porodilje,
8 kao kad vjetar istočni razbija brodove taršiške.
9 Što smo čuli, sada vidimo: grad Jahve nad Vojskama, grad Boga našega - Bog ga utvrdi dovijeka.
10 Spominjemo se, Bože, tvoje dobrote usred Hrama tvojega.
11 Kao ime tvoje, Bože, tako i slava tvoja do nakraj zemlje doseže. Puna je pravde desnica tvoja; neka se raduje brdo sionsko!
12 Neka kliču gradovi Judini zbog tvojih sudova!
13 Obiđite Sion i prođite njime, prebrojite kule njegove!
14 Pogledajte dobro bedeme njegove, promotrite mu potanko dvorove: da biste kazivali budućem koljenu:
15 "Takav je Bog, Bog naš zasvagda i dovijeka! On neka nas vodi!"

do sljedeći put, blagoslov - until next time, blessings, David Byler a.k.a. Canovals 14. listopad 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Man Who Would Be King

The whole world is watching the American election process, perhaps more than usual this year. It seems that there are some out in the world who would cash in on the turbulence of the political season this year.

At about 3:00 pm Zagreb time 13, 10, 2016, according to HRT Vijesti who quote Nedeljnik, ie Newsweek, Donald Trump had an interview with Nedeljnik in which he purportedly said:

"izvinio Srbima zbog bombardovanja i najavio novu politiku prema Balkanu ukoliko on pobedi". "Bombardovanje Srba, koji su bili naši saveznici u oba svetska rata, bilo je velika greška. Srbi su veoma dobri ljudi. Nažalost, Klintonova administracija nanela im je dosta zla, ali i čitavom Balkanu, od kojeg su napravili haos", rekao je Tramp za Nedeljnik.

On se izvinio Srbima zbog američke - a posebno Klintonove - politike prema Srbima i najavio da će ukoliko postane predsednik "ojačati našu vezu sa vladom u Beogradu"

 "Republican candidate for US president Donald Trump apologized to Serbia and the Serbs about the bombing in 1999 and announced a new foreign policy towards the Balkans if he becomes President of America, published in the Belgrade weekly Weekly.
"The bombing of the Serbs, who were our allies in both World Wars, it was a big mistake. The Serbs are very good people. Unfortunately, the Clinton administration caused them a lot of harm, but also throughout the Balkans, from which they made chaos", quoted Trump on the website weekly, which announced an exclusive interview.

American billionaire and Republican candidate for the first US leader in an exclusive interview with the Belgrade weekly magazine, said it would "strengthen the relationship of the United States with the government in Belgrade." At the same time, Trump called the voters of the Serbian diaspora in several major US states Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan, to vote for him."

When we track the story and hear from Marko Prelevic, editor or Nedeljnik, we find that Vladimir Rajcic, a Serbian-American who is running for the office of President in Serbia created the story. Rajcic, who was born in Pec 7 May 1974, claims to be an actor but the only credits I can find for him on IMdb is that he owns his own production company VPR. Studios Production with his younger brother Predrag Rajcic and that he once played in a "big" rock band back in Serbia.

Suzanne Jaworowski from the Trump campaign announced that no such interview ever took place. "It is a fabrication," she said. Campaign spokesperson Jason Miller said in a statement. “This was a hoax and we look forward to a retraction and an apology from all involved.”

There you have it. A non-acting actor who once played in a "big band" and who desperately wants to make a name for himself conjured up a story. The man reminds me of Kiplings "The Man Who Would Be King." The not too scrupulous editor of a less than scrupulous newspaper published the story to increase circulation by cashing in on the recent anti-Biden protests in Belgrade during which Biden was greeted by crowds wearing Trump tee-shirts.

Before you let your blood boil like mine did when I read the first reports, be smarter than I was and check out all the facts.

Some post production corrections. I did finally find Vladimir Rajčić in 2012 playing bass guitar in a band called Kraljevski Apartman for two of their numbers: Igre bez pravila, and Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, neither of which became popular enough to find their way to iTunes. He has also played a role in two different movies for which he wrote both the screenplay and produced as well. Serbian Scars and he has played some roles for TV, so I stand corrected.
Serbian Scars Alex Obilich
2006 CSI: Miami (TV Series) Agent
- Death Pool 100 (2006) ... Agent
2006 Entourage (TV Series) Jack
- One Day in the Valley (2006) ... Jack
2006 Desperate Housewives (TV Series) Bart
- There Is No Other Way (2006) ... Bart (uncredited) 2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Cameraman (uncredited)
2004 Million Dollar Baby Yugoslavian Judge (uncredited)
2004 Charmed (TV Series) TV Reporter
- The Bare Witch Project (2004) ... TV Reporter 2004 Method & Red (TV Series) Steve
- Well, Well, Well (2004) ... Steve (uncredited) 2004 Strong Medicine (TV Series) Reunion Friend Dave - Positive Results (2004) ... Reunion Friend Dave 2004 The Division (TV Series)
Det. O'Brian - The Kids Are Alright (2004) ... Det. O'Brian (uncredited) 2004 NCIS (TV Series) Agent Mark1
- Missing (2004) ... Agent Mark1
2004 Hustle (TV Series) Mario
- A Touch of Class (2004) ... Mario
2004 Monk (TV Series) SFP Detective - Mr. Monk and the Captain's Wife (2004) ... SFP Detective.

I cannot verify any of these claims however as Valdimir's name seems not to appear on the IMdb's listings of the actors in any of these shows

I do not think that I owe the man an apology. There is an apparently self planted story at Filmofilia aimed at promoting himself for Angelina Jolie's film shot in the region. Someone commented on Filmofilia saying "This guy is a shameless slef-promoter that pays to have stories written like this, and then leaves comments like above while pretending to be other people." Likely today's story is not his first attempt to plant a story for his self aggrandizement.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ljubi, Grli Dok Si Mlad - Ivica Pepelko

The squirrel in this video knows something you don't and I'm not telling - at least not yet. Stay tuned right here to see what that is all about. It involves a fairy princess ...... that's all I'm going to say.

If you can guess what the squirrel knows, comment down below ...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Prelude in D minor - Johann Sebastian Bach

After going on and on about how great Bach was, that he wrote over eleven hundred compositions, and a cantata for every Sunday and feast day of the year, The IMdb concludes their article on Johann Sebastian Bach by saying: "Bach's music was used in hundreds of films, thousands of stage productions, and continues being played all over the world."

Well, duh! Of course everyone uses his music. The man has been dead long enough that his music falls outside the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Un-copyrighted music is the stuff that film-makers everywhere feed on. Yeah, it's used in hundreds of films and will be used in hundreds more no matter how good or bad he was.

Of course this dead Bach is marvelous. Did you know there is a living Bach whose music is also marvelous? While the modern Bach works in a completely different genre and style he has gained a level of popularity. Stay tuned here in the coming weeks and we'll talk at some length about Nenad Bach who is very much alive and whose music has also appeared in a number of movies.