"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Laura Nyro - Midnite Blue

I miss Laura Nyro - a musical genius/muse - truly the voice of an angel. Only Joni Mitchell can compare as lyricist and musician. While Laura was living with David Geffen, he said that he had never met a more talented person in his lifetime. She could walk to the window and start singing a song, just like that. Effortless. I think I have all the albums she ever made. Laura started singing DooWop on the streets of New York City and her career ended many years ago when she died from ovarian cancer. Listen to the lyrics of this song. It might take a few seconds to get started so keep listening. It's not her best song, but then again, I haven't ever heard one of her songs that I didn't like.

Monday, January 3, 2011


You know how much I love Ryuichi Sakamoto, and his new double CD (Out of Noise and Playing The Piano) dropped in late 2010. He is just incredible. While reading about him, I serendipitously found that he composed the music for BABEL starring Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt and one of my favorite actors and directors, Gael Garcia Bernal. Gael has starred in numerous movies, including Y Tu Mama Tambien. BABEL, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, is going on my must see list. Gael, Brad and Ryuichi; you can't get any better. But, most important, is the song from BABEL by Sakamoto, Biba No Aozora, which is one of the most beautiful songs I've heard.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


I've been reading about all the resolutions being made out there in blogland for the new year. I have made them before myself - sometimes keeping them and sometimes not. I have decided for this coming year, my mantra is to just be - no expectations or living for something in the future, but merely accepting each day as it is; grateful for whatever comes my way.