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‘SimpliSafe’ ‘Home Sweet Home’ TV Commercial (October 2018) — Another Catchy Ad Like ‘Tortoise & The Hare’.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access video (with THE music) at iSpot.tv.

Heard this for the first time this morning and as with the (now famous) FedEx ‘Tortoise and the Hare‘ Ad THE MUSIC made me take notice.

So, from what I can see it is a background guitar track to the spoken narrative. But, WHAT guitar work? Paul Simon?

I checked, on YouTube, songs called “Home Sweet Home“. Don’t think the music is from any of them.

Yes, I checked. I cannot, as yet, locate the guitarist. But, this one might be easier than Tortoise and the Hare‘. One of YOU will know.

Just wanted to share and get your input.


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‘FedEx’ ‘Tortoise & The Hare’ TV Commercial — Is It Sung By ‘Jack Williams’ (Of South Carolina)?

by Anura Guruge

Click to access my original post re. this FedEx tortoise and the hare tv commercial.

I had an e-mail this morning from a reader of this blog opining that it maybe Jack Williams and that the ‘tortoise and the hare’ sounds like Jack Williams’ “Hand Me Down” (below).

I was NOT familiar with Jack Williams. I looked him up and listened to “Hand Me Down” on YouTube. Possible, BUT not 100% convinced.

Click to access Jack Williams’ Website.

YouTube of Jack Williams’ “Hand Me Down”.

Somebody else had suggested Paul Simon, but I am sure that that is a non-starter.

I think my first choice, British Johnny Flynn, is still a good bet.

IF you KNOW PLEASE do share. Thanks.

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‘FedEx’ ‘Tortoise & The Hare’ TV Commercial — You HAVE To Listen To The Song. Mesmerizing.

by Anura Guruge

YouTube below.

I typically do my utmost to ignore TV ads. I either skip over them, change channels or read something until they are over.

This morning, as is my daily wont, I was drinking my first cup of coffee, lying in bed, with the TV onto MSNBC/CNN and reading news on my 10″ ASUS pad at the same.

THEN I heard this song. It sends tingles through me. I was like “what the heck was that?

It was familiar and alien at the same time. I rewound the DVR to watch what it was.

It was a FedEx ad. Hhhmmm.

The song was not familiar but the immaculate guitar work and singing were mesmerizing. I listened to it a few times. Brilliant.

Really liked it.

Google to find out who the artist was. I failed! I thought it might be the British Johnny Flynn who did the soundtrack for the ‘The Detectorists‘. There are similarities in the guitar picking. I checked. I don’t think it is him.

I e-mailed the Ad company. They have not responded. So, IF you know who it is, PLEASE let me know.

In the meantime LISTEN to the song. You will THANK ME.

The Jack Williams theory.

Click image to access the November 11, 2018 post.

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“Pathways To Freedom” By Artist Julia Vogl At The “Boston Common”.

by Anura Guruge

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Artist Julia Vogl with Pathways to Freedom Boston Common Anura Guruge

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Link to the official Website — click.

What the symbols in each circle mean, e.g., “T” (MBTA) sign means family immigrated to the Boston area 1965 – 2000.

YouTube video by Julia Vogl explaining the project.

Yesterday, in between visiting the magnificent ‘Boston Museum of Fine Arts‘ and taking a ‘Boston Duck Boat Tour‘ at 5pm we visited ‘Boston Common‘ since Teischan has a new found fondness for it having rediscovered it during our visit to ‘Boston Chinatown‘ for 2018 ‘Chinese New Year‘ in February. As is our wont we headed up to the hard to miss ‘Soldiers and Sailors Monument‘. We immediately noticed that they were installing a very colorful and artistic pattern on the circular walkway around the monument. We all went and took pictures.

I was curious. I saw the “T” signs and thought it might be an MBTA project. I saw a young lady, wearing a volunteer’s jacket, smoothing out the pattern. So, I had to ask … She straightened up and she had a BIG smile. She informed me that it was her project. Wow! I had lucked out. It was Julia Vogl who had created this amazing piece of work. She started to explain ….

It was a Jewish Passover inspired project to represent the freedom and immigration stories of those living in the Boston area. Obviously a very topical issue. I mentioned that I had come over from Britain 30 odd (and very odd, indeed) years ago. She informed me that she currently lived and worked in London. There was NO stopping us from there. We talked, and we talked. Suffice to say we had a ton in common. I took her over to introduce her to the family. She was charming.

What an interesting project.

To begin with, just looks for the GREEN pieces of pie. The GREEN represents FREEDOM. There is a fair amount of GREEN. We talked about that.

The ‘T’ signs that had caught my eye indicate those that had arrived in the Boston area between 1965 — 2000. That would be I too. There is a fair amount of those ‘T’ pieces.

Check it out.

She will be there again, in person, Friday, April 27, 2018. IF you can you should go meet her. She is special.

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We Got Works Of Art For Christmas 2017, From The Resident Artist.

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She had been working on these, on her own and in secret, for the last few weeks — in a downstairs craft area. If she heard me coming down the stairs she would shout at me to stay away. So we knew she was making something, but nothing this elaborate.

This is free hand. Made my day. Definitely better than a phone or activity tracker — and I got those too, BUT my ‘Daddy’ painting was my favorite.

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Henri Matisse, The French Artist, Died This Day, 63-Years Ago; November 3, 1954.

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Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Matisse

Not as famous.

Most famous?

You can’t help but like the work of Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse. There is a definite je ne sais quoi to it. I could never walk past a Matisse, even if it is a cheap print, without stopping to admire the vision.

Not in my top 10 favorite artists, but definitely in my top 40. {Smile}

He died just after my 1st birthday. So, that was ‘recent’ — of sorts.

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3 Real Neat, Very Old Papal Coins By My Friend ‘Mark T.’

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My friend and frequent collaborator ‘Mark T.’ is a longtime and avid collector of papal coins. I have done many posts about his papal coins in my (old) “Popes and Papacy” blog.

Go to “Popes and Papacy” and search on ‘coins’ or click on the coins, to the right, to take you to a post that will serve as a good start.

This is a Billon Denaro Paparino of Urban VI (#203), 1378 to 1389, the LAST non-cardinal to be elected pope. He proved to be more than a handful. Not a coincidence that they have never elected a non-cardinal since! And he was 600 years ago. I have a LOT about him in my “Next Pope 2011” book.

On the right image, starting at the upper right, it +VRB’ PP SESTVS in gothic font
on the left image (two keys), starting from the upper right, S PETRVS ET PAVL (i.e., Saints Peter and Paul).

Another restitution medal (c. 1710) engraved by Giovanni Battista Pozzo, of John VI (#85), 701 to 705. So this coin minted 1,ooo years after his death!

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Another one by the same artist/engraver, of Portuguese physician John XXI (#188), 1276 – 1277 who died when the ceiling of his hastily constructed library, in Viterbo [Italy], collapsed on him. So this was 500 years after his death.

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