The Beginning by swo8 Blues Jazz Lyrics by Rajiv Chopra

This video is called The Beginning and is a collaboration between Rajiv Chopra from India and swo8 Blues Jazz in Canada. Rajiv not only wrote the lyrics to this song he mastered much of the video with his magic touch. All cultures have their stories and we share many of these stories as we try to understand our beginnings. In Rajiv’s own words “In the Beginning or Storytelling – Here my idea is to actually write about the old traditions of verbal story telling. All old tales were oral in tradition, from my understanding, and these tales varied by region, and also as they went down generations. I remember sitting in villages years back, under the starry skies (literally), with villagers watching the video programmes that we had made for them. It was surreal.”  This is a new video only released today. 3:57 min.

 

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The Beginning by swo8 Blues Jazz lyrics and photo artistry by Rajiv Chopra

This video is called The Beginning and is a collaboration between Rajiv Chopra from India and swo8 Blues Jazz in Canada. Rajiv not only wrote the lyrics to this song he mastered much of the video with his magic touch. All cultures have their stories and we share many of these stories as we try to understand our beginnings. In Rajiv’s own words “In the Beginning or Storytelling…Here, my idea is to actually write about the old traditions of verbal story telling. All old tales were oral in tradition, from my understanding, and these tales varied by region, and also as they went down the generations. I remember sitting in villages years back, under the starry skies (literally), with villagers watching the video programmes that we had made for them. It was surreal.” This is a new video only released on YouTube yesterday the 22nd of November, 2017. 3:57 min.

Last Bouquet of Autumn by M.E. Snelgrove

This is a 7″ x 12″ oil on masonite by my mother, M.E. Snelgrove,  signed but not dated. I don’t remember when she did any of these paintings, probably before I was born. She didn’t title the painting but the colours look like autumn to me. It has an orange mat which brings out the colours in the painting. There is a slight glare from the flash that isn’t in the original. I wish I knew how to turn off the flash.

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Varanasi by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Black Taj in iTunes

Varanasi, India is one of the holiest cities in the world. We stayed at the Surya Hotel while it was under going renovations. Each night we would spread our mosquito netting over the head of the bed to give us some added protection. There were a lot of mosquitos and we were wary of malaria. One of the Temples we went to was the Vishwanath Temple also known as the Golden Temple dedicated to Vishveswara – Shiva. My husband went in first as we were only allowed to go one at a time. Meanwhile, a young lad approached me wanting to sell me some bindi – (the dots worn in the centre of your forehead.) I told him my husband had all the money so I couldn’t make a purchase. He laughed and sang “no honey, no money, no chicken, no curry.”  The first picture is of the Ghats taken while on a boat very early in the morning.  3:17 min.

Nameste by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Black Taj in iTunes

This video is called Nameste by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Black Taj in iTunes. After the sobering reflection of Remembrance/Memorial Day I wanted to focus on the the good will of so many people and I think that Nameste does this. There are still a lot of good people in this world. Let us extend this joyous greeting to each other. The photo at the beginning is from the flower markets of Calcutta. 2:48 min.

Never More by swo8 Blues Jazz lyrics by Rajiv Chopra from the album Efharisto in iTunes

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month hardly seems enough to repay the young men and women who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. The First World War was to be the war to end all wars. Boy were they wrong about that. Surely there is a better way to resolve our differences. This song is a collaboration of the great photographer and poet from India, Rajiv Chopra and swo8. It is the stories that each of us carry within us that matters. The story of war is universal. Will it be our ultimate demise? 3:22 min.

A PADDLING OF DUCKS DISTAFF SIDE BY L. MARTEL

I thought I had concluded with the birds but there is one more that should go with this theme. This is a 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas called A Paddling of Ducks Distaff Side. It was started several years ago and was, more or less, completed 2017 (signed and dated). I saw a picture in black and white and the composition rather intrigued me. So I worked on it from there. The colour and shadows took time to figure out but I’m happy with it now. These duck sometimes over winter here. Let’s hope the winter isn’t too severe and they make it through.

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A PADDLING OF DUCKS DISTAFF SIDE BY L. MARTEL

To add to the theme of birds, here is a 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas called A Paddling of Ducks Distaff Side. It was started several years ago and was, more or less, completed 2017 (signed and dated). I saw a picture in black and white and the composition rather intrigued me. So I worked on it from there. The colour and shadows took time to figure out but I’m happy with it now. These ducks may very well over winter here. Let us hope the winter isn’t too severs for them.

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