The Company She Keeps by swo8 Blues Jazz

Quid pro quo is a favour or advantage granted or expected in return for some thing. In our paper today there are two items that refer to this issue concerning our government in Canada. The Globe and Mail of Monday October 24th, 2016 Federal Politics – Port authority appointee’s at fundraiser an apparent contravention of ethics rules by Robert Fife & Steven Chase, Ottawa. Some dude went to one of these fund raiser dinners where the Finance Minister of Canada also attended and he was appointed to the board of directors of the Port Authority. Second one was the political cartoon on the editorial page by David Parkins, where one sees a slot machine with the face of our Prime Minister on the top of it says Pay to Play. It also says at the bottom As seen in Ontario and British Columbia Fun! Fun! Fun! It happens all over and it eats away at our democracy.

I owe a special thanks to Tubularsock for planting the seeds for this song. 4:04 min. 2 MB

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

This video is called Khajuraho by swo8 Blues Jazz. The music is fast paced and the video is captivating. The Temples of Khajuraho represent the architectural and a sculptural genius and are unique in the world. For further study you can Google Khajuraho to view the sculptures in more detail. The sexual nature of the sculptures is thought to be an inducement for the young to go to the temples. 2:32 min. 2 MB

The Wizard and the Magna Carta by L. Martel

This is a 8″ x 10″ oil on canvas of a Wizard who is carrying a document called the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta was signed by King John of England in 1215 and is a profoundly important agreement between the ruling class and the people. It declared that no one was above the law not even the King and all men/women had a right to justice and a fair trial. “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.” Wikipedia. Today we seem to have lost sight of this important concept.


Ecoutez-moi by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Manaus Where Two Rivers Meet in iTunes

I don’t normally post on Tuesdays but today is The International Day of the Girl and this is such an important issue. This video is called Ecoutez-moi by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Manaus Where Two Rivers Meet on iTunes. It is dedicated to the rights of girls/women and especially to our right to an education. It is sung in French because French is the second language in most North African countries. Malala Yousafzai is a strong advocate for these rights and she nearly lost her life in the fight. All photos of Malala are from the public domaine. 3:41 min. 2 MB

Caves of Ellora from the album Black Taj in iTunes

The music is called The Caves of Ellora and I put it with the video the Black Taj. India is full of extraordinary architecture and one of these places is Ajanta and Ellora. The video contains views from all over India and includes the Taj Mahal. The album from which this music comes from is called the Black Taj and refers to a legend about Emperor Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan had plans for a Black Taj but was thwarted from building it by his son who over threw him and put him in jail. The original Taj Mahal is a magnificent creation on its own part. Just imagine a copy of this building in black marble. It would have been incredible.                                                                          We flew to Aurangabad and then proceeded to Ellora and Ajanta to view the beautiful paintings and carvings on Buddhism and Hinduism dating back from 200 BC to 650 DC. There are photos from this area in the video as well.3:57 min. 2 MB.

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

This video is about Ranakpur by swo8 Blues Jazz. The music begins with a tiger’s roar. We were warned not to wander out at night because of the wild life there. Ranakpur is a village in the district of Rajasthan, India and is wildly known for its Jain Temples which are pictured here. The temples are open to the air often without a roof. Trees grow within. Notice the incredible stone works of the temples
Jainism was founded in the 6th century B.C. as a revolt against the current Hinduism and emphasizied the perfectability of human nature and liberation of the soul. It is especially non violent towards all living creatures. 3:13 min. 2 MB


Mallards in the Wild by L. Martel

These are a 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas boards, painted in 1976 and they are called Mallards in the Wild. The two paintings go together and reveal the kind of country view where our family lived for many years. For compositions sake, one is suppose to do odd numbers. The convention doesn’t like twos, but I do. Being a bit of a rebel – here are TWO ducks, male and female.