Adventures in Music Link Page


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Here is a jump page to all the posts in my online screening, "Adventures in Music". Jump in to the comments and share your thoughts.

We're living at the tail end of one of the biggest bursts of creativity in the history of mankind. The 20th century was one of the greatest times to live ever. If we want the 21st century to be even better, we need to WORK on making it great. We need to stop making excuses for amateurism and heartless, soulless, prepackaged, preprogrammed, predigested, canned culture. We need to stop taking the crap that gets handed to us by mainstream media and start supporting real live talented skilled performers of all types.

I'm doing that myself at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive by giving back to the students who want to learn the animation techniques of the past. I hope everyone reading this thread to the end takes a minute to make a charitable contribution or volunteer some time to a local library, archive.org, wikipedia or any other non-profit resource that is working to raise the bar for our culture. I know myself from creating a non-profit resource from scratch that it is VERY hard to get by in these times on goodwill alone.

There's a lot of wonderful stuff out there. If you value the arts, become a part of it by giving back to the arts.

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  1. I’m heading off to dinner now folks. It’s been a long day. I’ve been composing these posts live on the fly. Hope you enjoyed them and I didn’t make anyone too mad.

    1. Thanks for the great posts! You really made my evening! I was familiar with a good deal of it, but your insight added to my knowledge and you dropped some delightful breadcrumbs that I look forward to following!

  2. Sir, you have outdone yourself. All of these posts seem eerily designed just to make me happy. Have you been reading my mail? :-D

  3. Thank you! I have thoroughly enjoyed every single video you posted today. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday — with some of the greatest music of the past. You’ve really outdone yourself. Thanks again.

  4. Mad, Stephen? MAD? I have just sat and watched this entire series of videos from beginning to end. As I was alone at the time, I didn’t need to restrain myself, and occasionally the tears of utter joy and delight flowed freely and I had to blow my nose before proceeding to the next marvelous post. And at the conclusion, allow me to say . . .

    Please, please, please, please, PLEASE . . .

    In the name of the FSM, and all things holy to you whomever you are, BoingBoing – DO NOT LET THIS MAN GO FREE!

    Mr. Worth has positively been the most stunning guest blogger EVER, and I cannot express the depth of sadness I must face when he must shuffle off this BoingBoing coil.

    PAY HIM WHATEVER HE WANTS! GIVE HIM WHATEVER HE WANTS! I HAVE AT LEAST TWO DOGS AND CAT I WOULD BE WILLING TO CONTRIBUTE! GIVE HIM HIS OWN (linked) PAGE!

    NOW!

    1. I agree with this statement 100%. Best guest blogger I have seen yet. Please stay around or provide a forwarding address!

  5. you’re really cool Stephen. Can i hang out with you? can i buy pot off of you? i don’t even smoke pot. what do you have to say about brazilian jazz, like bossa nova nad all that came from that?

  6. Hi mredd1

    I don’t know a lot about Brazillian jazz. But I know a lot about Cuban conjuntos… You treat me to Brazillian stuff, and I’ll turn you on to the really good Cuban.

    your pal
    Steve

  7. It was the part about the cat, wasn’t it Steve? You really don’t want my cat?

    Not that I blame you . . .

  8. I hate you. I will spend a lot of money this month buying cd’s and dvd’s I don’t have and now I really crave.
    Awesome adventure!
    Thanks
    :o)

  9. Thank you very much for curating this incredible collection! What a wonderful way to start the day. A fantastic display of talent, invigorating, and encouraging. Thank you!

  10. I didn’t think you’d be able to top last weekend’s cartoon mega super ginormous extravaganza, but this blows it away. I’ve been (mercifully) away from the computer this weekend and I can’t wait to dig in.

    Thanks for all the work. I’d like to nominate you as best BB guest blogger ever.

  11. There’s nothing better than the sound of music and you my friend has put together a a great free series. Thanks again for the music!

  12. Like I said before, I am appreciative of the clips that you posted here. You are an archivist. Your role in this life is to live in, hold on to and preserve the past. You are probably good at your job. I can derive this because your posts are all the same flavor and contain the same contempt of the present, the same deep seated fear and rejection of the future. You prefer to live in the past, to be suspicious of anything having to do with the present and totally despondent of anything having to do with the future. Your place is in the past and I thank-you in advance for sharing some of that past. I also thank-you in advance for leaving the present and the future to those who can handle it.

  13. Ha! Your powers of divination have failed you, Chanttojah!

    I’m not an archivist who preserves the past. I have no interest in that. My purpose is to work with current artists to help them understand the history of their medium and gain the skills necessary to go further and create things even better than those of the past.

    My biggest obstacle is overcoming the concept that “all things are equal”. Things only seem equal when you don’t think about what you are hearing and seeing and don’t apply a consistent set of criteria to judge by. Great stuff is still being made, but you’d never know that if you didn’t go looking for it.

    I’m working to make the future better. You don’t get that by making excuses for sloppiness and amateurism of the present.

  14. Thanks so much for your efforts and these great links! I spent the day showing my kids what great music can be from all different genres. We listen to much and varied music, but what struck me is that my kids had never really seen much of it actually performed. it really makes you appreciate the talent when you see it. Now my son wants to learn how to tap dance (maybe that will pass).

  15. ASIFA-Hollywood Animation ARCHIVE
    of which you are the DIRECTOR.
    Makes you an ARCHIVIST.
    The head ARCHIVIST.

  16. this all was beyond swell!
    google reader, FB reposts, emails– everyone has been peppered with clips!
    yer awesome!

  17. um… @chanttojah
    took me about 5 min at the ASIFA website to get a sense of it & the director’s job.

    but hey, makes a good theorem!

  18. chanttojah Key word: preserves

    I don’t preserve history in a bottle of formaldehyde. I put history to work to create new things for the future. We are a digital archive, not a dusty old warehouse full of things no one gets to see.

  19. I am astonished and delighted. This set of videos and commentary absolutely blew me away. Thank you so much, Mr. Worth! GeePawHill

  20. I signed on just to comment on how wonderful this page is, it reminds me of a japanese way of curating and commenting on past culture. Thank you very much indeed, it reminded me of how much I loved old uk tv arts coverage very much. The best thing I’ve seen on the internet for ever.

  21. Okie dokie. I’m going to sign off now. You can find me at http://www.animationarchive.org or by email at sworth@animationarchive.org. I want to say one last thing though…

    We’re living at the tail end of one of the biggest bursts of creativity in the history of mankind. The 20th century was one of the greatest times to live ever. If we want the 21st century to be even better, we need to WORK on making it great. We need to stop making excuses for amateurism and heartless, soulless, prepackaged, preprogrammed, predigested, canned culture. We need to stop taking the crap that gets handed to us by mainstream media and start supporting real live talented skilled performers of all types.

    I’m doing that myself at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive by giving back to the students who want to learn the animation techniques of the past. I hope everyone reading this thread to the end takes a minute to make a charitable contribution or volunteer some time to a local library, archive.org, wikipedia or any other non-profit resource that is working to raise the bar for our culture. I know myself from creating a non-profit resource from scratch that it is VERY hard to get by in these times on goodwill alone.

    There’s a lot of wonderful stuff out there. If you value the arts, become a part of it by giving back to the arts.

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