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This is the second time we are posting this image from Second Life Bikes. Photograph by Paul Goldfinger ©

This is the second time we are posting this image from Second Life Bikes. Photograph by Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

 

JAMES CHIRILLO  “I Love You, Samantha”   Vera Mara (vocal) and James Chirillo (guitar).  Cole Porter wrote this song, and here we get the Portuguese lyrics and a Brazilian samba beat, by a New Jersey guitarist.

“I love you, Samantha,

And my love will never die.

Remember, Samantha,

I’m a one-gal guy.

Together, Samantha,

We could ride a star and ride it high.”

 

 

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This beach in Ft. Myers, Florida is named for a great American: Ralph Bunche, winner of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize.   Paul Goldfinger photo. Posted on the occasion of Martin Luther King’s birthday –January 16.  Click to enlarge this image.

Ralph Bunche in 1963 at the Civil Rights March on Washington. Internet photo.

Ralph Bunche in 1963 at the Civil Rights March on Washington. Internet photo.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor Tropicanaforum.net

Ralph Bunche (1903-1971) reminds me of Paul Robeson because both were involved in the civil rights struggle for African-Americans long before the “Civil Rights Movement” actually began.

Bunche wrote books about that subject and he became the first black to win a Nobel Peace Prize–he won the award in 1950 for his work in Palestine during the ’40’s. He grew up in Los Angeles, graduated UCLA summa cum laude, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard.

During WWII he worked for the OSS (the precursor of the CIA) and he also was instrumental in the formation of the United Nations. For over 20 years he was the chairman of Political Science at Howard University.

In 1963 he marched with Martin Luther King on the occasion of the “I Have a Dream” speech. He also was on the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Ralph Bunche walked the walk and talked the talk, and society valued him greatly during his lifetime.

We remember Ralph Bunche on Blogfinger on MLK’s birthday, January 16,  for his role in racial justice, but also because he was a great man who performed  good deeds all over the world;  and I have my eye on his memory specifically for the work he did in mediating peace–an “armistice”– in 1949 between the new State of Israel and the Arab side—Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.

He said,    “I have a bias in favor of both Arabs and Jews in the sense that I believe that both are good, honorable and essentially peace-loving peoples, and are therefore as capable of making peace as of waging war …” – Ralph Bunche, 1949

In Fort Myers, Florida, there is a lovely beach dedicated to the memory of Ralph Bunche. Ironically, it was the site years ago of a segregated beach for local black citizens.

SOUNDTRACK:  Silver Wings: by Garrett Hedlund:

 

 

Here is a link to our main article about Ralph Bunche:

Remembering Ralph Bunche, a civil rights leader and maker of international peace.

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Tanglewood

Tanglewood Music School and Festival in the Berkshires  (Massachusetts.)  By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.  Digital print from a film negative.

 

LUCIA MICARELLI (violin)   with MICHIEL HUISMAN   from the HBO series Tremé,  Season One:  “I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You.”

 

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Seaside Heights, NJ. August, 2013. by Paul Goldfinger ©

Seaside Heights, NJ. August, 2013. by Paul Goldfinger ©

DUM DUM GIRLS.   From the album  Too True      “Are You OK?”

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Note there is a Chinese version of this group called  “The Dim Sum Girls.”

 

 

 

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Northport, Maine. By Paul Goldfinger. © Northport, Maine. By Paul Goldfinger.   Click to make our family bigger.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

The year was 1996, and I was attending a summer course at the Maine Photo Workshops.  It was called “Finding Your Visual Voice”  It was taught by a professor from the Savannah School of the Arts.   One day we went on a field trip to a pretty town on the Penobscot Bay called Northport.  It was such a peaceful place, and the quaint summer cottages were placed around a large center grassy area.

I was told that the town had a religious background, and every August people came for a camp meeting.  At the time I was only mildly impressed by that history, but later I learned that the town was settled in the 18th century, and somewhere along the way the Methodist Camp Meeting idea was adopted, and most visitors since the first camp meeting in 1849, still go there in August for religious reasons, although the web site says that the town was now becoming a “watering hole.”

Anyhow, it seemed like an All-American picture-perfect place.  While I was looking around for some photographic subjects a family, straight out of Norman Rockwell, came down the path towards me.  Great…this will be a terrific portrait of Americana.  My camera was set on a tripod ready to go, so I asked them if I could take their picture.

They cheerfully agreed, and as I looked at them through the viewfinder, I saw a loving, happy family, and I thought, “I’d like to be a member of that family, even for just a moment.” So I told them what I had in mind, and they loved the idea and welcomed me into the family for this shot.   There was only one exposure and then they went on their way.

Whenever I look at this image I think, “I’m so lucky to be adopted by this perfect family, even for only 1/250th of a second.”

 

ETTA JONES and HOUSTON PERSON:  “…through it all we all will be together, if the fates allow….”   The album: Together at Christmas, 2000.

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Central Park c. 1970. From the NYC Street Series by Paul Goldfinger ©

Central Park c. 1970. From the NYC Street Series by Paul Goldfinger ©  Silver gelatin print.

 

 

JOHN DENVER  “Fly Away” *

 

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Thousand Islands, Canada. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Thousand Islands, Canada. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Re-posted from 2013 Blogfinger. An image from this photo-shoot was published with the same light. It won a national calendar contest, but this image  was not submitted. It is one of my favorites, shot with Kodachrome.

 

 

ANITA O’DAY.  “My Ship”  is from the 1941 musical Lady in the Dark. It was written by Kurt Weill  (music) and Ira Gershwin  (lyrics)   Ira: Is it “a pair of dice” or a “paradise” in the hold ?

 

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Portrait of Eileen.   Paul Goldfinger  Undated. Re-posted from 2014. Blogfinger.net

 

TEDDY WILSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA, WITH BILLIE HOLIDAY  “If You Were Mine.”

 

 

 

 

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At the Great Auditorium. October, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

At the Great Auditorium. October.    By Paul Goldfinger 

 

TONY BENNETT

 

 

Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

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Cello soloist in the OG Great Auditorium. Photo by Paul Goldfinger

Cello soloist in the OG Great Auditorium. Photograph by Paul Goldfinger. 2017.   Click to enlarge.

 

* Quote from Radar O’Reilly in the TV series “M.A.S.H.”

 

MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH:   BACH’S CELLO SUITE #1 in G major, prélude:

 

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