A short featuring Kate Isitt and Rebecca Duffy.
One can say a lot in two and a half minutes.
It is not easy to find a good bottle of Chianti in Corralejo. Once again, Marumba to the rescue. This wine from Cantine Leonardo da Vinci comes in a traditional straw-covered fiasco and is made of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% “other red grapes”. On a pricey side (about €11) but thoroughly enjoyable.
According to Wikipedia, there was no wine area called Chianti until 1716, and the recipe of the tipple as we know it did not exist until 1872. (It was created by Baron Bettino Ricàsoli, the future Prime Minister of Italy, who recommended 70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia bianca.) That means, it is unlikely that Leonardo ever tried it. I think he would approve.
Here, Quenia introduces samba no pe (Rio-style samba). She breaks down the basic steps — and then not-so basic steps — in the tutorial section, and there are enough repeats to get at least some hang of them. If not, go to the beginning.
The warm-up, just like in SRW, is more like cool-down. But here it is extra-long: 27 minutes! This is like a workout on its own. During the cardio workout proper, we are going through all the steps and moves from the tutorial, first slow, then at the “real samba tempo”. Which means, fast. Really fast. At least for me. Unless you know the choreographies from the tutorial real well, it’s almost impossible to follow the fast bits. The good news is, that the first four sections of cardio workout exactly correspond to the sections of tutorial, so you can work, say, on section 3 only. The last part of the cardio workout combines all four choreos at the full speed.
The cooldown is surprisingly short (under three minutes!) but, as it utilises some of the warmup moves, I guess one could freely borrow from that section to pad it up.
SRW features the live samba band playing on the same stage as the dancers. Alas, no such luxury here. The backing track is very repetitive, even by samba standards. But I guess you were not going to use it anyway.
|Learn Basic Samba Steps||01:44|
|Workout Section 1||13:11|
|Workout Section 2||18:25|
|Workout Section 3||22:51|
|Workout Section 4||29:26|
|Basic samba steps between segments||40:11|
|Full workout fast||1:28:46|
Квадро — Ночные мечты
Анатолий Куликов — бас-гитара (9—17)
Сергей Николаев — бас-гитара (1—8)
Евгений Майстровский — ударные
Дмитрий Четвергов — гитара
Many years later, he will remember that rainy day when a ten-year old boy, who was spending his Summer holiday in solitary daydreaming, opened a book by the author whose name did not ring any bells. The boy lived in a village which was connected with the rest of the world by a railway, although trains did not stop there very often. He did not think that the world around him was more interesting than the book which he was holding in his hands. The first sentence went like this:
Пройдёт много лет, и полковник Аурелиано Буэндиа, стоя у стены в ожидании расстрела, вспомнит тот далекий вечер, когда отец взял его с собой посмотреть на лёд.He read the first paragraph and could not stop until he finished the book; then he started again from the beginning. Since then, his dream was to read this book in Spanish. That will eventually happen much later than “many years later”. But simply many years later he read it in English and was somewhat disappointed with the translation. In the meantime, he began discovering, or rather inventing, connections between himself and the far away country he did not even know existed until that rainy Summer day.
Vadim Eilenkrig is a really cool Russian jazz trumpetist. I never heard about him before I got that stack of CDs two weeks ago. So more fun it was to discover his music. On this recording, he plays with Igor Butman (sax), Hiram Bullock (guitar), David Garfield (keyboards), Will Lee (bass) and Chris Parker (drums).
I loved Groove, Promise, Syndrome and This is Love, all composed by Nick Levinovsky of Аллегро fame. The title track(s), also arranged by Levinovsky, could have been the best — if they were not destroyed by rap. Worse than that: getting Randy Brecker to rap? He ain’t a rapper. Why didn’t they ask him to play trumpet instead? Not content with that, the band recorded that second version of this song with... rap in Russian. Double yuck!