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WELCOME TO POPCORN FRIDAYS

I believe that in times like the present, where the pressures of the pandemic, plus our general economic hardships, added to the lockdowns that still exist around the world, there is nothing better than making a bit of popcorn on a Friday night and watching an old… a very old movie.

It can be in black and white or color, although, I love black and white and mono sound movies. They bring your brain down to a level of simplicity in terms of “processing power”, that is hard to beat.

For a start, the monochrome picture is asking a lot less to decipher from your brain. A full blast color 7 channel surround movie will exacerbate your brain functions so as to deal with all that complex, multi-layered information. A B&W mono sound movie just floats in, and relaxes you, while still being entertaining. On top of that, the stories are from a reality that is not our own in this day and age, so as we watch, it will feel a lot more like one of those stories mom or dad used to read to us before we went to bed. 

The end result, is utter satisfaction, relaxation, and the discovery that these stories turn out to have a lot more in common with our lives that we expected, albeit far from the technological wizardry, and imbued in certain innocence that seems so distant from of our contemporary daily lives.

So, I hope you enjoy these -now and again- popcorn Fridays that we launch today.

TODAY´S MOVIE

This time it is a wonderful and lovely romantic comedy. “THE MORE THE MERRIER”, with Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea and a favorite of mine, the great Charles Coburn. The movie is from 1943, right in the middle of WWII… yes, it is 82 years old and yet, many themes in the movie will feel right at home, as we find common ground in the issues we deal with today in this, our own world war against a little virus.

Enjoy!

Until next time!
Ignacio

©2021 by Ignacio Alperin Bruvera

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A CONVERSATION WITH BERTRAND RUSSELL

russellI selected this video a long time ago. For many reasons, mostly my own life pushing me to concentrate on other things, I have left it on the backburner all this time. Yet, it is not something to be kept there. It is a thoroughly enjoyable conversation with a man that possessed one of the most robust minds of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

He says the chat, which he tried to title as if it was a lecture (I think out of an excess of formality) should be called “80 years of changing beliefs and unchanging hopes”. A lovely title.

Another little detail which I find fascinating, because it mostly talks indirectly about how WE live our lives, is the fact that he recalls that his grandfather -the man who actually raised him- was born in the early years of the French revolution and lived through the reign of Napoleon.

Today, we see these facts as ancient history, yet we are watching an interview with someone who acts, momentarily, as a visible connector between what many consider the distant past, and our present time. An era so dedicated to looking at the future.  To reaffirm this feeling, he talks with such modernity that, beyond his old fashion tone, he seems so much in the present.

I also say that it is a call to arms for our present time, not only because of the importance of applying the experience learned from the lessons lived (the French Revolution, Napoleon, Bismarck, Hitler, and so on), but also because we seem to gloss over so many facts that have so much power to enlighten us, and by treating them as being so ancient, we buy into the notion that these social tests of history may no longer apply.

Yet, here he is, talking about them as a lived experience. And it is the simple fact that we see him talking about them, the one that puts everything squarely in the now and make us think about how important all these lessons are, as well as how sad it is that we, as a culture, do not rely a bit more in our collective experience as a civilization. The constant repetition of mistakes should have sounded the alert long ago, and yet, here we are…muddling through similar turmoil as before.

One more thing that I find close to my heart is the lovely connection that he makes between mathematics and philosophy. I studied both and I always felt that philosophy, and particularly logic, was the expression of mathematics in words. The nice thing -at least for me- was that words, did not necessarily need to add up in the same way as numbers do, so I always found them more relaxing!

But enough contemplation, let´s watch Lord Russell and enjoy seeing him “think live”.

Until next time

Ignacio

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THE SUNDAY CONCERT: STEVE GADD BAND LIVE

I remember buying Jazz records when I was a kid in Melbourne, going through the Monash University Record shop when I had no lectures, seeing if I could find something new. My whole life is a long quest about “finding something new”, I guess.

When I found something I had never heard before, I always used to look for the lineup to see who made up this band. If Steve Gadd was on drums, it would be a sign that these guys were probably very good. Chick Corea said of Mr. Gadd: “all the drummers want to play like Gadd because he reaches perfection”.

He has played with Simon and Garfunkel, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Grover Washington Jr., Chick Corea, Lee Ritenour, Frank Sinatra, Al Jarreau, Eric Clapton, Chet Baker, Michel Petrucciani, The Bee Gees, Michael McDonald and many others. In addition, he is the leader of his own band, with which he also won the 2019 Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

This was recorded at Jazz San Javier. I hope you enjoy one of the best drummers in the history of Jazz.

Lineup:

Steve Gadd (drums)

Kevin Hays (piano and keyboards)

David Spinozza (guitar)

Jimmy Johnson (bass)

Walt Fowler (flugelhorn and trumpet)

Enjoy!

Until next time!
Ignacio

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WHEN NUMBERS ARE NOT JUST NUMBERS

In my lectures I always mention at some point something that the great Hans Rosling has said or done.

We sadly lost him (by we, I mean humanity) in February of 2017. But his teaching and his thinking processes survive, and hopefully will do so for a long time.

For those of you who do not know of him, he was a Swedish physician, academic, statistician, and public speaker. He was the Professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institute and was also the co-founder and chairman of the Gapminder Foundation, which developed Trendalyzer software.

He has written wonderful books which have been read by, and inspired, millions.

To me at least, his most wonderful gift was as a statistician. And he always had something interesting to distill from information that both you and me would have considered unremarkable.

As an example of his genius, here he is presenting his view that world population cannot possibly exceed 11 billion. It is a view that runs contrary to what has been generally accepted. You may agree with him or not, but it is a good exercise to let him takes us through his process.

I hope this tempts you to look for more about him.

Until next time

Ignacio

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AN EASTER SUNDAY CONCERT: HANDEL´S MESSIAH (LIVE CONCERT)

A very Happy Easter everyone!

Today we stray from our usual Sunday Concert to see and hear this magnificent live version of Handel´s Messiah by the Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra.

Enjoy!J

Until next time!
Ignacio

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