Saturday, December 15, 2012

Clive Powell │ Children Of The Damned

 Clive Powell

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the 1963 classic film "Children Of The Damned".  This movie is actually the sequel to the "Village Of The Damned" that was released in 1960.  Both of these films were loosely based on the novel "The Midwich Cuckoos", written by British author John Wyndham.  Clive Powell plays the part of Paul Looran, the leader of the children.  I have to say that "Children Of The Damned" is one of the most frightening and intense movies that I have ever seen.  Much of this is due to Clive's enigmatic and extremely otherworldly persona.  Needless to say, this is Clive's movie.  It is interesting to note that the children in the movie are clearly implied to be Christ-like advanced human beings, complete with virgin births, and the raising of the dead.  Unfortunately though, the children are destroyed because society is not able to accept them due to ignorant paranoia.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Friday, December 14, 2012

ירושלים (Jerusalem) │ Shira Chadasha Boys Choir

In this very special edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the Shira Chadasha Boys Choir, from Israel.  When I heard them sing " ירושלים (Jerusalem)" for the first time, I wept for hours afterwards.  The text is taken from Psalm 125, and the words are haunting and beautiful.  Here are the lyrics:

 ירושלים (Jerusalem)

Haboitchim b’hashem kehar tzion,
lo yimot le’olam yeshev.
Yerusalayim harim saviv lah
ve’hashem saviv le’amo

Those who have faith in G-D are like Mount Zion
which never sways but remains forever.
Yerusalayim, her mountains surround her
so to, G-D surrounds his people
.

The Shira Chadasha Boys Choir has a terrific web-site that can be found at this link: Shira Chadasha Boys Choir - Official Web-Site  It has a lot of cool downloads and information.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Blast From The Past │ Johnny Crawford

In this special edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the multi-talented Johnny Crawford.  Most people don't remember that Johnny was one of Walt Disney's original Mouseketeers in 1955, but his greatest claim to fame was "The Rifleman" TV series where he starred as Mark McCain, the son of Lucas McCain, played by the late great Chuck Connors.  "The Rifleman" ran from 1958 to 1963.  You can watch two episodes of "The Rifleman" for FREE on Endyr's Movie Theater by clicking on this link: The Rifleman - TV Series   Johnny also had an outstanding career as a singer and recording artist.  He produced five Top 40 hits, including the single "Cindy's Birthday," which peaked at #8 on Billboard's Top 40 in 1962.  His other hits includes "Rumors" (#12, 1962), "Your Nose is Gonna Grow" (#14, 1962), and "Proud" (#29, 1963).  Johnny still performs on retrospective musical venues today.  In the triple-video-play below, the topmost video is a really cool photo-montage of Johnny.  By-the-way, that is Johnny singing "Treasure" on the soundtrack.  In the middle video Johnny sings a really plaintive and touching version of "Greensleeves", followed by the video on the bottom of  Johnny singing "Something Special".  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.



Monday, November 5, 2012

Shaolin Kung Fu

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring some incredible Shaolin Kung Fu from China.  The choreography is just out of this world.  What the performers are doing is very similar to the kata used in karate and other martial arts.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Friday, August 31, 2012

João Pedro │ The Lost Fadista

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the incredibly talented João Pedro, who is also known as the "forgotten fadista".   As some of you may know, I am an aficionado of Fado music, and I am also very fond of João Pedro's voice, and his superb singing style.  João Pedro was the winner of the prestigious 1996 "Bravo, Bravissimo!", music competition that is held annually in Italy.  His career started out with a bang, and shortly afterwards, he just vanished without a trace from the terra de Portugal.  How, may I ask, can someone just disappear off the face of the earth at the peak of his career?  I have done a massive search on the internet looking for information about about João Pedro, but did not have any meaningful success.  The mystery of João's absence continues unabated, and lingers on as an enigma.  Lucky for us though, that some of his music has been preserved on YouTube.  In the video below his sings the beautiful "Lenda da Fonte (The Legend's Source)", that was composed by Domingos Silva.  By-the-way, João Pedro was the first young fadista to ever do a cover of this song.  I find it truly remarkable that one who is so young, can sing with such maturity and passion.  Take notice of the intense right-hand gestures, and finger motions that João makes when he sings "Lenda da Fonte".  It's really quite interesting and evocative.  João sings with his whole body and soul.  Please click on this link to listen to João Pedro sing the incredibly haunting "Dorme Criança (A Child Sleeps)": Dorme Criança,  which is very reminiscent of Frida Boccara's "Un Jour, Un Enfant (A Day, A Child)" that can be found at this Angel Watchers post: Un Jour, Un Enfant - Frida Boccara  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Lenda da Fonte

Maria do monte, nascida e criada
Na encruzilhada que fica defronte para a fonte sagrada
A lenda é antiga, mas há quem a conte
Que descia o monte uma rapariga
P'ra beber na fonte

E aquela hora por ela marcada de noite ou de dia
O Chico da Nora na encruzilhada esperava a Maria
Seguiam depois, bem juntos os dois, ao longo da estrada
Matar de desejos, a sede com beijos
Na fonte sagrada

Mas um certo dia, como era esperada
Na encruzilhada não veio a Maria à hora marcada
Seus olhos divinos p'ra sempre fechou
Aldeia rezou, tocaram os sinos
E a fonte secou

E aquela hora por ela marcada de noite ou de dia
O Chico da Nora na encruzilhada esperava a Maria
Mas oh santo Deus, escureceram- se os céus, finou- se a beldade
E diz- se no monte que a velhinha fonte
Secou de saudade


Mas oh santo Deus, escureceram- se os céus, finou- se a beldade
E diz- se no monte que a velhinha fonte
Secou de saudade

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Klaatu Barada Nikto

Bobby
Gort
Bobby and Klaatu

"The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)", is probably the greatest Sci-Fi movie ever made, but somehow, it has been lost from our collective consciousness.  But even fewer people know, that it was actually a thinly disguised story of the life of Jesus Christ, or you might say, a parable of the life of Christ.  The name that Klaatu takes when he assumes the identity of a civilian is Major Carpenter.  Jesus was a carpenter.  There is a boy who stars in the movie Bobby (played by Billy Gray), who gets close to Klaatu.  In the New Testament, it is John the Apostle, who was a teenager at the time that Christ lived, who also was a close companion to him.  At the end of the movie, Klaatu rises from the dead and ascends into the heavens, much as Christ did on the Mount Of Olives.  These are just a few examples of the parallels between Klaatu and Jesus Christ.  There are many more subliminal clues in the film.  Much has been made of the cryptic phrase  "Klaatu Barada Nikto".  That is the command that Klaatu gives to Bobby's mother Helen, to say to Gort (who is St. Michael the Archangel, the avenging angel), in the event that he dies.  The phrase will stop Gort from destroying the earth.  By-the-way, it is Billy Gray's excellent performance as Bobby that makes the movie so believable.  Michael Rennie, the late British actor, gave an outstanding performance as the other-worldly Klaatu.  Robert Wise was the director of "The Day The Earth Stood Still", and  he later went on to direct such cinematic blockbusters as "West Side Story" and "The Sound Of Music".  In 2008, a remake of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" was released, but it certainly did not have the emotional and mystical impact of the originalYou can purchase the DVD of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" from this Amazon.com link: The Day the Earth Stood Still - DVDKlaatu, Barada, Nikto to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Les Misérables │ Daniel Huttlestone

Daniel Huttlestone as Gavroche

"Les Misérables" is the greatest musical, or operetta if you will, ever written, and the new movie version of it will probably go down in cinema history as one of the best films ever made.  The lyrics and music were composed by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg.  It was based on the 1862 French novel "Les Misérables" written by Victor Hugo.  Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean) and Russel Crowe (Javert) are magnificent, but the real scene-stealer, is Daniel Huttlestone who plays the streetwise Gavroche.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mary, Did You Know? │ Johnny Hammer

 
 
My Dear Aunt Martha and I spent the whole afternoon surfing the internet trying to find something new, and different to share on Angel Watchers.  Well, Aunt Martha finally suggested that I search for some Techno Praise music.  You see, Aunt Martha, having been a professional opera singer all of her life, still keeps tabs on all of the latest musical trends, which is something that I am really loathe to do.  I had never heard of Techno Praise but I do trust Aunt Martha's judgment.  I typed in the search term, and dozens of hits popped up.  It did not take long to find this Techno Praise version of Mark Lowry's wonderful Christmas gem "Mary, Did You Know?".  It is sung by a fresh new singer by the name of Johnny Hammer, and he is sensational.  The power, honesty, innocence, and freshness of Johnny's performance brought tears to both Aunt Martha's, and my eyes.  Johnny also has an amazing angelic presence that makes him so much fun to watch.  I predict that this version of "Mary, Did You Know?" will turn out to be a perennial Christmas favorite.  By the way, the group that Johnny belongs to is called Technopraise.  Please click on this link to purchase an MP3 of Johnny Hammer singing "Mary, Did You Know?" from Amazon.com:  Johnny Hammer - Mary Did You Know   Please join Aunt Martha and I in watching this amazing video by clicking on the widget below.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Jedi Camp

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring a new mini-series called "Jedi Camp".  It stars Stuart Allan as "Lucas", and Andy Scott Harris as "Andy".  To say that "Jedi Camp" is well made would be an understatement as it is really great.  Click on the video widgets below to watch two exciting episodes of "Jedi Camp".  May the force be with you, to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Élie Dupuis

In this very special edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring Élie Dupuis who is from the Canadian province of Québec.  Élie is a remarkable singer.  In fact he has taken a very mediocre song, actually it is a terrible song, called "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)", and turned it into something special.  Élie makes it sound like a million dollars.  That takes a lot of talent.  My Dear Aunt Martha, who is a retired opera singer, agreed with me on this.  She is amazed by Élie's natural singing gifts, and also with his astonishing vocal interpretation of "Bang, Bang", a song that she believes to be sub-standard, to say the least.  Please click on the video widget for a an amazing performance by Élie Dupuis.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Odd Life of Timothy Green │ Glen Hansard "This Gift"

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring "The Gift", from the movie "The Odd Life Of Timothy Green".  It's sung by the very talented Glen Hansard.  "This Gift" is a great song, and the visuals from the movie are really cool.  By-the-way, "The Odd Life Of Timothy Green" was just released on DVD and it can be purchased from this Amazon.com link: The Odd Life of Timothy Green - DVD Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Historia de un Amor │ Diego et Esteban

 
Esteban

In this special edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the very talented Diego et Esteban.  They are from the Municipality of L'Ile Saint Denis, located in France.  By-the-way, Diego et Esteban are cousins.  Esteban, the younger member of the duo, has a real knack for singing rhumba flamenca.  "Historia de un Amor (A Love Story)", is usually sung as a bolero, but Diego et Esteban give it a refreshing gitano interpretation that is simply amazing.  "Historia de un Amor" has an interesting history though.  It was written by Panamanian songwriter Carlos Eleta Almarán after the death of his brother's wife, and it was first performed on the soundtrack of a 1956 Mexican movie of the same name starring Libertad Lamarque.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Christmas Shoes │ The Greatest Gift

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring a remarkable video called "The Christmas Shoes".  What can I say about "The Christmas Shoes" without sounding banal or trite?  It is very moving, and fills the soul with deep sentiment.  "The Christmas Shoes" is the perfect Christmas story.  My Dear Aunt Martha and I found it on the internet this past Christmas, and we could not stop crying after watching it, and we watched it over, and over again.  The Christian musical group Newsong originally released it in 2000, and since then it has grown in popularity to become a  perennial favorite for the holidays.  There are many video versions of "The Christmas Shoes", but this one is the best by far.  The soundtrack contains the original Newsong version of "The Christmas Shoes".  "The Christmas Shoes" by Newsong MP3 can be purchased from this Amazon.com link:  The Christmas Shoes   My Dear Aunt Martha and I felt that with the way things are going in the world, we all need something to pick us up and remind us that the greatest gift of all, is the gift of sharing.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Carol Of The Bells │ Libera

A very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

He Will Carry You │ Scott Wesley Brown

Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Speed Demon │ Alec in WILDerLand

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the ubiquitous Alec, from Alec in WILDerland, in "Speed Demons".  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Amós Lora │ Recherché

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am revisiting Amós Lora, the fantastic flamenco guitarist.  I featured Amós in a previous post that can be found here: Amós Lora - Entre Dos Aguas  Amós continues to impress me with his incredible playing.  I predict that he will eventually become the best flamenco guitar player on this Planet Earth.  Amós has a really cool website that can be found at this link: Amós Lora - Official Website  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Latcho Drom │ Manuel Vargas

 
Manuel Vargas

In this special edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring Tony Gatlif's documentary masterpiece "Latcho Drom (Safe Journey)".  It traces the history of the Roma People, through their music and dance, from Northern India to Spain.  The film has a minimum of dialogue, it's almost all music, which I think is wonderful.  In a previous post, that can be found here: Serbian Exotica - Emanuel Zekic   I revealed that I too have Roma blood running in my veins, so it is no wonder that "Latcho Drom" speaks to me at such a visceral level.  I love this movie.  For a very long time "Latcho Drom" was not available in DVD format in America, but thankfully, it can now be purchased from this Amazon.com link:  Latcho Drom - DVDIn the  video below the young gitano Manuel Vargas sings a very emotional Flamenco song from the ending of "Latcho Drom".  He is terrific.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Tree Of Life │ Hunter McCracken

Hunter McCracken


"Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation ... while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"

 (Book of Job)

"The Tree Of Life", a film by Terrence Malick

Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.


Saturday, July 14, 2012

When You Wish Upon A Star │ Jackie Evancho

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the enigmatic and wonderful Jackie Evancho singing the immortal classic "When You Wish Upon A Star".  This has to be the best cover of "When You Wish Upon A Star" ever recorded.  For those of you who may not know, "When You Wish Upon A Star" is the main theme from the movie "Pinocchio" that was released in 1940.  The song was performed in the movie by Cliff Edwards, who was also-known-as "Ukulele Ike".  He did the voice of Jiminy Cricket.  Jackie Evancho has cool website that can be found at this link: Jackie Evancho - Official Website  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hale Lytle

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring a return to Hale Lytle and "Henley".  See my previous post at this link: Henley - Hale Lytle  Craig Macneill, the very gifted writer/director of "Henley", is working right now on an extended version of the film-short.  I can't wait for it to be released, as "Henley" is so good, it leaves one wanting for more.  Hale Lytle is astonishingly believable as Ted Henley, who sells roadkill to his father John (played very realistically by James Vidos), who owns and runs the rundown, The 60 Henley Motel.  I'm surprised that there isn't more buzz about Hale on the internet, because he is a very talented actor, and has a great future ahead of him in the movie business.  For a very short time, yahoo.com streamed the  complete version of the "Henley" short online.  The movie is eleven minutes and twenty-eight seconds long.  It's unfortunate that "Henley" is no longer available for viewing online, as it is a remarkable film, that has a very haunting and wistful quality to it.  The video below is a cool photo montage that was put together by the producers of "Henley".  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sanctus │ Libera

In this edition of Angel Watchers, I am presenting a moment of peace from Libera, the extraordinary choir from England.  I felt that with all of the turmoil going on in the world now-a-days, we need a chance to spiritually recharge ourselves, and Libera's "Sanctus" is just the right prescription for that.  "Sanctus" is loosely based on Pachelbel's Canon in D.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Compassion │ JoJoRock

In this edition of Angel Watchers, I am featuring the very talented JoJoRock, who is from Australia.  JoJo is socially conscious, and used the money generated from his cool "O Holy Night" video to sponsor a child in need from the international aid group Compassion  By-the-way JoJo's "O Holy Night" is so compelling, it is appropriate to watch it all year round.  I love it so much, it actually moved me to tears.  Jojo has a great website that can be found at this link: JoJoRock - Official Website  Visit his YouTube channel at this link: JoJoRock on YouTube  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Silent Night │ Libera

Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Rocky Raccoon

This is such a cute video.  Enjoy!  What more can I say?  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Adair Cardoso │ Brazilian Soul

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the amazing Adair Cardoso.  Listening to Adair makes me long for my "home", that I left so many, many, years ago.  In my life before this one, I was a Brazilian, which is why I have such an affinity for everything about Brazil.  Eu tenho muito saudade do Brasil.  Eu sou Brasileiro do coração.  Adair's voice is incredibly expressive.  He sings from the chest, and heart, so his singing sounds rich, and powerful.  I can't get enough of it.  I love the way that Adair moves about the stage with a cool dancing motion, and shifts the microphone constantly from hand to hand.  Adair's diction is impeccable.  He pronounces each word, and syllable with precision and clarity.  Even with my limited grasp of the Portuguese language, I can understand the song perfectly.  What a stage presence.  I feel so happy that I found him on the internet this evening, and it's such a pleasure to share his music with all of the fans of Angel Watchers.  You can purchase Adair's MP3 album from this Amazon.com link:  Adair Cardoso - Coração De Quem Ama   In the video below Adair sings the beautiful "Andança (Wanderings)", which just so happens to be one of my favorite songs.  It was composed by Edmundo Souto, Danilo Caymmi, and Paulinho Tapajós.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Los Chicos de la Escolanía

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring a very special choral group from Spain called Los Chicos de la Escolanía.  In the video below they sing "The Flower Duet (Sous le dôme épais)", from Léo Delibes' haunting, and mystical opera, "Lakmé".  It has been featured in many movies, and television commercials, and just so happens to be one of my most favorite songs in the whole world.  By-the-way, I am sure that this video will brighten up your day because it is so charming and innocent.  Los Chicos de la Escolanía has a really cool website that can be found at this link:  Los Chicos de la Escolonía - Official Website  They also have a very good YouTube channel at this link:  Los Chicos de la Escolanía - YouTube Channel  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mariposa Traicionera │ Maná

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am doing something very different.  I have been wanting to feature Maná, the rock group from Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico, and this is just the right time to do it.  Maná is considered to be the best Latin rock band in the world.  In 2002 they released "Mariposa Traicionera (Treacherous Butterfly)" from their "Revolución de Amor (Revolution of Love)" album, and it was a huge international hit.  One might say that this is their signature song.  Well, I just love "Mariposa Traicionera" a lot, and I was so happy when they recorded a live version of it and released it on their "Arde el Cielo (The Sky Burns)" album.  That is the version that is featured in the video below.  Maná supported President Obama in his 2012 reelection bid.  By-the-way,  I often get email from the fans of Angel Watchers who are trying to guess what my ethnicity is.  Most of them think I am either German, Russian, French, or British because the content of this blog is truly international.  Well, let me start off by saying that I am an American, and will always be an American, but I am of Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Roma ancestry.  Portuguese is my second language, but I can puzzle through Spanish as it is so close to Portuguese.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

 Mariposa Traicionera

Eres como una mariposa
vuelas y te posas vas de boca en boca,
fácil y ligera de quien te provoca.
Yo soy ratón de tu ratonera,
trampa que no mata pero no libera,
vivo muriendo prisionero.

Mariposa traicionera,

 todo se lo lleva el viento,
mariposa no regreso,
Ay, mariposa de amor,
mi mariposa de amor.

Ya no regreso contigo.
Ay, mariposa de amor,
mi mariposa de amor.

Nunca jamás junto a ti,
vuela amor, vuela dolor
y no regreses a un lado
ya vete de flor en flor,
seduciendo a los pistilos
y verla cerca del sol,
pa´que sientas lo que es dolor.

Ay, mujer cómo haces daño,
pasanlos minutos cual si fueran años,
mira estos celos me están matando.
Ay, mujer qué fácil eres,
abres tus alitas, muslos de colores
donde se podan tus amores.

Mariposa traicionera,
todo se lo lleva el viento,
mariposa no regreso,
Ay, mariposa de amor, mi mariposa de amor.
Ya no regreso contigo.
Ay, mariposa de amor,
mi mariposa de amor.

Nunca jamás junto a ti,
vuela amor, vuela dolor
que tengas suerte en tu vida
ay, ay, ay, ay, ay dolor,
yo te lloré todo un río,
ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, amor
tu te me vas a volar.