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Eurotas

In Greek mythology, Eurotas was a king of Laconia. Eurotas was the son of King Myles and grandson of Lelex, eponymous ancestor of the Leleges; the Bibliotheca gives a slight variant of the mythological generation of Eurotas, described as the son of Lelex, born from the ground, by his wife Cleocharia. In some accounts, his mother was called Taygete instead. Eurotas had no male heir. Eurotas bequeathed the kingdom to Lacedaemon, the son of Zeus and Taygete, after whom Mount Taygetus was named, according to Pausanias; this Lacedaemon renamed the state after his wife. Pausanias says: "It was Eurotas who channelled away the marsh-water from the plains by cutting through to the sea, when the land was drained he called the river, left running there the Eurotas." The "cutting through" is seen by Pausanias’ translator and commentator, Peter Levy, S. J. as an explanation of Eurotas Canyon, a ravine north of Skala where the river has cut through the foothills of Taygetus after changing direction to the west of the valley.

River-gods are represented in Greek art, such as coin motifs, as figures with the bodies of bulls and the faces of humans. If only the face appears, they might have wavy hair or be accompanied by fish. Claudius Aelianus states. Pausanias, Description of Greece with an English Translation by W. H. S. Jones, Litt. D. and H. A. Ormerod, M. A. in 4 Volumes. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio. 3 vols. Leipzig, Teubner. 1903. Greek text available at the Perseus Digital Library. Pseudo-Apollodorus, The Library with an English Translation by Sir James George Frazer, F. B. A. F. R. S. in 2 Volumes, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Greek text available from the same website. Media related to Eurotas at Wikimedia Commons

Whimple Wassail

The Whimple Wassail is an orchard-visiting wassail ceremony which takes place in the Devon village of Whimple annually every Old Twelfth Night. The Whimple Wassail was first mentioned by the Victorian author and folklorist Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould in his book Devon Characters and Strange Events. In 1931 the Whimple Wassail was given further mention in the Devon & Exeter Gazette describing how the Wassail was hosted at Rull Farm, Whimple by a Mr and Mrs Reynolds; the ceremony stopped during World War II but was revived by the Whimple History Society in 1993 and has grown into a popular tradition, attracting visitors from all over the country. Before placing cyder-soaked toast in the branches of the tree, the queen says the traditional Whimple Incantation: After the incantation is read, The Wassail Song is sung around the tree: The Whimple History Society

Jwalamukhi (poet)

Jwalamukhi was the pen name of Veeravalli Raghavacharyulu, an Indian poet, novelist and political activist. Jwalamukhi won himanshu kumar Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Rangeya Raghava Life History. Among the other more prominent of his novels and thousands of poems were Veladina Mandaram, Hyderabad Kathalu and Votami-Tirugubatu. Jwalamukhi was a member of the "Digambara Kavulu", a group of poets whose views and style is recognised as a decisive break in the history of modern Telugu literature, he was a co-founder of the Revolutionary Writers Association in 1970, an active member of the Organisation for People's Democratic Rights and a founder of the India-China Friendship Association. He was the Andhra Pradesh secretary and national vice president of the India-China Friendship Association until his death, he was born in the Sitarambagh section of Hyderabad. He opposed Laxmi Nivas Ganeriwal. After the foundation of Virasam in 1970, Jwalamukhi was arrested in 1971 for his writings along with two other Virasam members under the AP Preventive Detention Act.

One of his poems was proscribed under Section 99 of the Code of Criminal Proceedings, all copies of the book in which it appeared were seized."An electrifying speaker, Jwalamukhi travelled extensively and lectured across the state Andhra Pradesh and beyond for decades", according to an article in The Hindu. "He was associated with nearly every major social movement in Andhra Pradesh for well over three decades."He died at a corporate hospital at Somajiguda on 14 December 2008, from a heart attack while receiving treatment for liver cirrhosis, from which he suffered for the previous year. He was survived by his wife, Sita Devi, sons Sampath Kumar and Vasu

Totentanz (Distler)

Totentanz, Op. 12/2, is a composition of 14 motets by Hugo Distler which he composed in 1934 for Totensonntag. The work was inspired by the medieval Lübecker Totentanz; the music is interspersed with twelve spoken texts. The motets are scored for a four-part choir a cappella, while the texts can be recited by one or more speakers; the text for the sung parts is taken from the Baroque poem Der Cherubinische Wandersmann by Angelus Silesius. The spoken stanzas were written by a contemporary of Distler. In 1934, Distler 26, was inspired by the medieval Lübecker Totentanz, which would be destroyed in World War II, he chose stanzas from the Baroque poem Der Cherubinische Wandersmann by Angelus Silesius and used them as text for 14 choral sections. The spoken poems connecting the choral sections were written by Johannes Klöcking, an acquaintance of the composer, they are a paraphrase of poetry from Lübecker Totentanz, a dialogue in Middle Low German between Death and its victims. The world premiere of Totentanz was on 24 September 1934 at the Katharinenkirche in Lübeck, conducted by Bruno Grusnick.

For a second performance in Kassel in November 1934, Distler composed additional short variations of the song "Es ist ein Schnitter" for solo recorder, which have since been performed between the announcement of the next victim and the dialogue. The work was published as No. 2 of Distler's Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 12. The subtitle is "14 Spruchmotetten zum Totensonntag nach Worten aus dem "Cherubinischen Wandersmann" des Angelus Silesius im Wechsel mit einem von Johannes Klöcking nach dem Lübecker Totentanz gestalteten Dialog für Sprecher. Totentanz was recorded in 1994 by the Kammerchor der Universität Dortmund, conducted by Willi Gundlach, with narrators Will Quadflieg, Michaela Krämer, Heinz Ostermann and Jürgen Uter. In 2016, it was recorded by the Kammerchor Josquin des Préz, conducted by Ludwig Böhme. Barbara Distler-Harth: Hugo Distler. Lebensweg eines Frühvollendeten. Schott Music, Mainz 2008, ISBN 978-3-7957-0182-6, pp. 185, 195. Liner notes to Hugo Distler: Totentanz, Münchner Motettenchor, 1980 Literature about Totentanz in the German National Library catalogue Sprüche von Angelus Silesius aus dem Cherubinischen Wandersmann / Dialogtexte von Johannes Klöcking nach dem Lübecker Totentanz totentanz-online.de Hans Kielblock: Totentanz in der Ringkirche vrm-lokal.de

The Wreckers

The Wreckers were an American country duo formed in 2005 by Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp, both of whom had solo recordings before the duo's foundation. In 2006, the duo released its debut album Stand Still, Look Pretty, which produced a Number One single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs in its lead-off single "Leave the Pieces"; the album accounted for a Top Ten hit on the same chart in "Oh My" as well. After its release, both Branch and Harp returned to being solo singers. Harp has since had Top 40 country success of her own with the single "Boy Like Me". Sometime in 2005, Michelle Branch recruited her longtime friend and backing vocalist Jessica Harp on a new musical venture, incorporating elements from both Branch's pop-rock style and Harp's country style to form a unique-sounding duo. Thus, The Wreckers were soon signed to Maverick Records; the Wreckers' song "The Good Kind"—originally recorded by Harp—was soon featured on the hit teen television series One Tree Hill. They performed this song on the show on February 8, 2005.

That month, the duo embarked on the month-long, nationwide One Tree Hill Tour alongside Gavin DeGraw, Tyler Hilton, Bethany Joy Galeotti. Branch expressed her dislike of going on tour without releasing an album first, The Wreckers attempted to release their debut album, Stand Still, Look Pretty; the album was released in May 2006, led off by the single "Leave the Pieces", a Number One country hit. It was followed by a heavy promotional radio campaign by the band which allowed it to make the top five on the country music albums chart in the United States, the top twenty on the Billboard 200, the Number One album on the United Kingdom Country Chart; this allowed them to have various live performances including one in Indianapolis, Indiana at Monument Circle in August 2006 as part of the Final Four celebration. And on tour as Rascal Flatts's opening act during the summer of 2006, in addition to playing smaller club dates as headliners. "My, Oh My", was the second single from Stand Still, Look Pretty, its Wild West-themed video was filmed on the Wild West stage at Universal Studios.

The band were nominated for "Vocal Duo of the Year" at the 40th Annual CMA Awards, but lost to Brooks & Dunn. In December 2006, they were nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" for "Leave the Pieces." In February 2008, it was announced. The duo has since stated. Jessica Harp has stated that they will indeed continue The Wreckers as a side project, but solo albums are what "feels right" for now. Harp released her first solo single, "Boy Like Me" from her debut album A Woman Needs, in March 2009; the single was a Top 30 hit on the charts, was followed by the album's title-track, which reached No. 56 after a short chart run. On March 16, 2010, Harp's album was digitally-released following an announcement that she would retire from her recording career to focus on songwriting. Meanwhile, Branch released the single "Sooner or Later" in August 2009 and released her 6-song EP Everything Comes and Goes on September 14, 2010. Notes The Wreckers Jessica Harp Michelle Branch

Filmworks XIII: Invitation to a Suicide

Filmworks XIII: Invitation to a Suicide is an album containing a score for film by John Zorn, released on Zorn's own label, Tzadik Records, in 2002 and features music written and recorded for a black comedy directed by Loren Marsh. The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4½ stars noting that "Invitation to a Suicide, is the most profound, musically complex, compelling of all of Zorn's soundtrack world... It stands as one of his masterworks in and out of the series, will endure as a shining star in his vast compositional catalog". All compositions by John Zorn "Invitation To A Suicide" - 4:38 "Suicide Waltz" - 4:21 "Shifting Sands" - 4:12 "East Greenpoint Rundown" - 4:08 "Time Twist" - 3:39 "The Suicide Kid" - 4:08 "Billet Doux" - 1:43 "Suicide Blues Part 1" - 4:15 "Trance Dance" - 3:13 "Lonely Are The Dumb" - 2:45 "Moon Moods" - 1:58 "Bugsy's Jazztet" - 2:12 "Suicide Blues Part 2" - 3:44 "Roary's Waltz" - 2:56 "Getting Suicidal" - 1:39 "Final Retribution" - 2:50 "Aftermath" - 3:09 "Unjust Reward" - 1:36Recorded at Frank Booth, Brooklyn in 2002 Marc Ribotguitar Rob Burgeraccordion Erik Friedlandercello Trevor Dunnbass Kenny Wollesenvibes, drums