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Date: Sunday, 23 Nov 2008 23:21

vilaine fille is an archive. If you would like more information on Marion Lignana Rosenberg’s current activities, please visit mondo-marion.com. Thanks!

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Date: Sunday, 23 Nov 2008 23:21

vilaine fille is an archive. If you would like more information on Marion Lignana Rosenberg’s current activities, please visit mondo-marion.com. Thanks!

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 02:57

Qui. Non ce ne saranno più da queste parti!

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Date: Thursday, 22 May 2008 14:50
Monsu

Gianmaria Testa, one of today’s finest singer-songwriters, makes a rare visit to New York on Sunday, May 25, when he plays Joe’s Pub. Here is my advance on the joint concert by Gianmaria and flugelhorn virtuoso Paolo Fresu from Time Out New York. At Gianmaria’s site, you’ll find part of my 2004 review of his album Altre latitudini.

My 2005 report on a Montréal concert by Gianmaria is one of vilaine fille’s most frequently visited posts. Listen to his music at goear.com—I especially love “Manacore,” “Extra-muros,” and “’Na stella”—and on YouTube.

* * *

One of the very first articles I wrote back in 1997 was on Gianmaria Testa. (In fact, I believe I was the first North American journalist to interview him.)

For the past eleven years, my professional goal has been to land a full-time writing position at a magazine, newspaper, or other publication. Such a position has not materialized, so vilaine fille is closing up shop and moving on to new pursuits. Warmest thanks to all who have visited and supported this site.

vilaine fille will stay live through Labor Day—and “permanently,” if I can obtain free hosting beyond that. I am hanging on to the domain name.

I’m still blogging, but not in English, and only incidentally about music. If you would like to stay informed about my writing projects, please drop me an e-mail at vilaine [{d0t}] fille [{at}] gmail [{d0t}] com. I do plan to launch a new music-related blog in 2009.

To all, thanks and bon vent!

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Date: Thursday, 22 May 2008 14:50
Monsu

Gianmaria Testa, one of today’s finest singer-songwriters, makes a rare visit to New York on Sunday, May 25, when he plays Joe’s Pub. Here is my advance on the joint concert by Gianmaria and flugelhorn virtuoso Paolo Fresu from Time Out New York. At Gianmaria’s site, you’ll find part of my 2004 review of his album Altre latitudini.

My 2005 report on a Montréal concert by Gianmaria is one of vilaine fille’s most frequently visited posts. Listen to his music at goear.com—I especially love “Manacore,” “Extra-muros,” and “’Na stella”—and on YouTube.

* * *

One of the very first articles I wrote back in 1997 was on Gianmaria Testa. (In fact, I believe I was the first North American journalist to interview him.)

For the past eleven years, my professional goal has been to land a full-time writing position at a magazine, newspaper, or other publication. Such a position has not materialized, so vilaine fille is closing up shop and moving on to new pursuits. Warmest thanks to all who have visited and supported this site.

vilaine fille will stay live through Labor Day—and “permanently,” if I can obtain free hosting beyond that. I am hanging on to the domain name.

I’m still blogging, but not in English, and only incidentally about music. If you would like to stay informed about my writing projects, please drop me an e-mail at vilaine [{d0t}] fille [{at}] gmail [{d0t}] com. I do plan to launch a new music-related blog in 2009.

To all, thanks and bon vent!

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Date: Monday, 19 May 2008 04:32
Etoile_fin_mai
  1. healthy aches and pains and sweat
  2. letting go
  3. inspiration and grace
  4. love from Oz and FI
  5. gallows humor
  6. challenges flung down
  7. good hair days (repeat)
  8. Like a prayer
  9. Like a star
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Date: Monday, 19 May 2008 04:32
Etoile_fin_mai
  1. healthy aches and pains and sweat
  2. letting go
  3. inspiration and grace
  4. love from Oz and FI
  5. gallows humor
  6. challenges flung down
  7. good hair days (repeat)
  8. Like a prayer
  9. Like a star
Author: "vilaine fille" Tags: "Sorrisi e canzoni"
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Date: Sunday, 18 May 2008 04:25
Nugget

In his folk song “Farewell to the Gold,” Nic Jones tells the story of a failed gold prospector. After two years of finding no more than a few flecks of the precious metal, the unlucky man is giving up his search. “Farewell to the gold/that never I found,” he sings. “Goodbye to the nuggets/that somewhere abound./For it’s only when dreaming/that I see them gleaming/down in the dark deep underground.” If I’m reading the omens correctly, Sagittarius, it’s time for you, too, to say goodbye to a quest that hasn’t panned out. Yes, it’ll be sad. But here’s the happy ending: Within a month of the time you surrender, you’ll be led to a better quest with more chance of success.
—Rob Brezsny

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Date: Sunday, 18 May 2008 04:25
Nugget

In his folk song “Farewell to the Gold,” Nic Jones tells the story of a failed gold prospector. After two years of finding no more than a few flecks of the precious metal, the unlucky man is giving up his search. “Farewell to the gold/that never I found,” he sings. “Goodbye to the nuggets/that somewhere abound./For it’s only when dreaming/that I see them gleaming/down in the dark deep underground.” If I’m reading the omens correctly, Sagittarius, it’s time for you, too, to say goodbye to a quest that hasn’t panned out. Yes, it’ll be sad. But here’s the happy ending: Within a month of the time you surrender, you’ll be led to a better quest with more chance of success.
—Rob Brezsny

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Date: Sunday, 11 May 2008 04:14
Vote_08_2

You know that the world has gone utterly to pot when Peggy Noonan starts making sense.

In a jaw-dropping interview in USA Today on Thursday, [Mrs. Clinton] said, “I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on.” As evidence she cited an Associated Press report that, she said, “found how Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.”

White Americans? Hard-working white Americans? “Even Richard Nixon didn't say white,” an Obama supporter said, “even with the Southern strategy.”

If John McCain said, “I got the white vote, baby!” his candidacy would be over. And rising in highest indignation against him would be the old Democratic Party.

To play the race card as Mrs. Clinton has, to highlight and encourage a sense that we are crudely divided as a nation, to make your argument a brute and cynical “the black guy can’t win but the white girl can” is—well, so vulgar, so cynical, so cold, that once again a Clinton is making us turn off the television in case the children walk by.

A resident of New York who twice pulled the lever for Senator Clinton, I will vote for anyone, even Gus Hall’s maggots, before casting another ballot for racist trash of her ilk.

She and all who still support her make me ill.

Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.

Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America.

There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.

The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States: red states for Republicans, blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.

We coach Little League in the blue states and, yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the red states.

There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq, and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq.

We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?
—Illinois Senate candidate Barack Obama (2004)

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Date: Sunday, 11 May 2008 04:14
Vote_08_2

You know that the world has gone utterly to pot when Peggy Noonan starts making sense.

In a jaw-dropping interview in USA Today on Thursday, [Mrs. Clinton] said, “I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on.” As evidence she cited an Associated Press report that, she said, “found how Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.”

White Americans? Hard-working white Americans? “Even Richard Nixon didn't say white,” an Obama supporter said, “even with the Southern strategy.”

If John McCain said, “I got the white vote, baby!” his candidacy would be over. And rising in highest indignation against him would be the old Democratic Party.

To play the race card as Mrs. Clinton has, to highlight and encourage a sense that we are crudely divided as a nation, to make your argument a brute and cynical “the black guy can’t win but the white girl can” is—well, so vulgar, so cynical, so cold, that once again a Clinton is making us turn off the television in case the children walk by.

A resident of New York who twice pulled the lever for Senator Clinton, I will vote for anyone, even Gus Hall’s maggots, before casting another ballot for racist trash of her ilk.

She and all who still support her make me ill.

Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.

Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America.

There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.

The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States: red states for Republicans, blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.

We coach Little League in the blue states and, yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the red states.

There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq, and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq.

We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?
—Illinois Senate candidate Barack Obama (2004)

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Date: Monday, 05 May 2008 04:01
Etoiles_mai
  1. definitive good news about M (congratulations, bellissima!)
  2. chametz
  3. new sources of inspiration
  4. bringing a smile to a friend’s face
  5. not having toxic shock syndrome (phew)
  6. seeing that people care when I have my doubts
  7. letting go of seductive but abusive activities and individuals
  8. brother Luigi
  9. Stars
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Date: Monday, 05 May 2008 04:01
Etoiles_mai
  1. definitive good news about M (congratulations, bellissima!)
  2. chametz
  3. new sources of inspiration
  4. bringing a smile to a friend’s face
  5. not having toxic shock syndrome (phew)
  6. seeing that people care when I have my doubts
  7. letting go of seductive but abusive activities and individuals
  8. brother Luigi
  9. Stars
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Date: Sunday, 04 May 2008 04:01
Repair

You know, if our ancestors had thrown out their furniture every decade, as we do, where would we go for antiques? Let us give some thought to the well-being and enjoyment of our descendants, patch up our lares and penates, and  hang on to them, so that the future will inherit at least some relics of our heedless and wasteful age. Working over something, and repairing it,—whether we re-finish furniture, fix over an old house, or put new cuffs on a sweater—not only gives things new life and makes them look cared-for, but embeds them still deeper in our affections.
—Elizabeth Zimmermann, Knitter’s Almanac

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Date: Sunday, 04 May 2008 04:01
Repair

You know, if our ancestors had thrown out their furniture every decade, as we do, where would we go for antiques? Let us give some thought to the well-being and enjoyment of our descendants, patch up our lares and penates, and  hang on to them, so that the future will inherit at least some relics of our heedless and wasteful age. Working over something, and repairing it,—whether we re-finish furniture, fix over an old house, or put new cuffs on a sweater—not only gives things new life and makes them look cared-for, but embeds them still deeper in our affections.
—Elizabeth Zimmermann, Knitter’s Almanac

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Date: Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 15:03
Etoile_fin_avril
  1. true friends who hear and understand
  2. still more good news about M (in bocca al lupo, m*rde à la puissance treize, ptui ptui ptui)
  3. leading a seder with dear ones (and amazing food)
  4. yet another new friend thanks to knitting
  5. yoga’s power to transform a rotten day
  6. feeling detachment and compassion in the face of abuse
  7. the rain, which washes away the pollen (thank you, G-d)
  8. Dream of better lives, the kind which never hate…
  9. Butterò questo mio enorme cuore tra le stelle un giorno, giuro che lo farò…
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Date: Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 15:03
Etoile_fin_avril
  1. true friends who hear and understand
  2. still more good news about M (in bocca al lupo, m*rde à la puissance treize, ptui ptui ptui)
  3. leading a seder with dear ones (and amazing food)
  4. yet another new friend thanks to knitting
  5. yoga’s power to transform a rotten day
  6. feeling detachment and compassion in the face of abuse
  7. the rain, which washes away the pollen (thank you, G-d)
  8. Dream of better lives, the kind which never hate…
  9. Butterò questo mio enorme cuore tra le stelle un giorno, giuro che lo farò…
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Date: Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 04:18
Notte_whitman

WHEN I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
—Walt Whitman

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