In its most general sense, a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner. Each country has its own definition but here’s Consumer Perspective’s thoughts on the matter. 00:40 min.
This video is called Knossos by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Efharisto in iTunes. Until its discovery, Knossos was merely a legend mentioned vaguely in Homer’s Odyssey and represents a wealthy and sophisticated society of circa 2160 – 1600 BC. Originally Knossos was the find of a Cretan merchant and antiquarian in 1878 by the name of Kalokairios. The British archaeologist, Sir Arthur Evans furthered the research of this remarkable find in 1900. The fresco on the walls have been restored and they include the Bull-leaping, the Griffin, The Prince of Lilies and the Charging Bull. It is thought that Knossos was destroyed by a combination of earth quakes and invading Mycenaeans around 1450 BC. The volcanic eruption of the Island of Thera (modern day Santorini) and a subsequent tsunami, has long been thought to be a factor in its destruction.
It was this time of year, February, when we took a month (not nearly long enough) to visit the amazing country India. This is a 12″x 16″ oil on canvas painting of a Pashtun man, probably a war lord, the way he sits in authority. I met my Pashtun in India. He was dressed in his traditional, colourful garb. This tall, powerful and handsome looking man with a twinkle in his eye, declared with pride “I am a Pashtun”.
The sun is shining today although it is cold out side. So to stir things up I’m posting the song Can You Feel the Music from the album Manaus Where Two Rivers Meet in iTunes. This is guaranteed to get you moving, so get up and dance. 3:42 min 2 MB
This video is about the Oracle of Delphi by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Efharisto in iTunes. Delphi was built on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus overlooking the Gulf of Corinth. It housed the Treasuries of Knidos, Thebes, Siphons and Sikyon and the Temple of Apollo. It also has a Theatre and Stadium. It is roughly an hours drive west of Athens. It is here that people would hopefully come to see their future. The Oracle was a priestess over the age of 50. She would sit on a tripod near the entrance to a chasm that was emitting fumes. Her answers, to the questions that were submitted to her, were often ambiguous and even unintelligible. People would approach her with matters of the heart, business issues and matters of war to mention a few. I had a lot of fun with this one. 3:33 min 2 MB
This is a 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas called The Reception. This is a vignette in life where the wedding is over and the father of the bride and the father of the groom get together over a drink at the reception and discuss the meaning of life and their hopes and fears for the future union of their children.
Music consists of notes and scales and its timing gives it a special meaning. The Chromatic scale is measured in half tones much like stairs that go up and down. This song, Chromatic Blues is based on this thought. 3:20 min. 2 MB
It was the 16th of October late in the evening and we boarded the ship, Knossos Palace, in the port in Heraklion, Crete. Our destination was the port of Piraeus because we were heading to Athens. It was a beautiful moon lit night and so difficult to sleep. We spent many hours just gazing out the window at the Aegean Sea. When we arrived in Piraeus, the next day, there was a gentle rain. Upon disembarkation we were met by taxis anxiously waiting to take everyone into Athens for a small fortune. Armed with our Lonely Planet we knew that the subway was a five minute walk away. We travel on the cheap, so the subway was our choice. Three stops and we were at our location. The first hotel we planned to stay at was full which was disheartening. Here we were trudging along in the rain with our carryon baggage and no where to stay. Our second choice of accommodation was Hotel Tempi in the Monstiraki area. The locations was perfect. We were within walking distance to all the important historical sites. It was 37 Euros a night for doubles and it included breakfast. It was clean and simple which suited our needs. There was a two inch gap between the door and the floor of our room which gave us quite a surprise one night. A kitten named Cleopatra had squeezed under the door and jump on our bed as we slept. We spent a couple of weeks in this location and took many side trips through out main land Greece. The Greek diet is considered the healthiest of all diets. Of course there were lots of Olives and Ouzo. 3:21 min. 2 MB
This is an 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas of a young ballerina preparing for her performance. Dancers at this age tend get a surprising response when they are on stage. We are enchanting with their youthful enthusiasm.
This video is called From the Harp by swo8 Blues Jazz and is from the album Monkey of Sousse. Like the play between the flute and the harp, it is from the heart. (Not goofing around now) 1:26 min. 2 MB