(vid) Renaissance – Live in London 1977 — Carpet Of The Sun • Mother Russia • Can You Hear Me • Ocean Gypsy • Running Hard • Touching Once • Prologue

I was greatly impressed with Renaissance while in high school, and was able to see them at the Minnesota State Fair playing in a small pavilion to only about 25 people. I couldn’t believe my eyes, standing right in front of one of the greatest bands and most people just kept walking down the path without coming inside — for free.

Jon Camp is still my favorite bass player — having such a soaring, majestic style — a one-of-a-kind! Some compare him to Chris Squire of ‘YES,’ but Jon has always moved me more.

Annie Haslam has a 5-octave voice, and still sings incredibly at age-70: (music video) Renaissance – ‘Carpet of the Sun’ with Chamber Orchestra

Renaissance’s style was elegance, standing tall like the Redwoods; though, some of the lyrics were a bit dark, and were written by another lady, who seemed to be occult influenced. This concert has a great, upbeat feel, unlike some of their studio LP albums, like “Turn of the Cards,” which I still remember buying at the record store at 66th St. and Penn Ave. in Richfield, MN, while living in nearby Bloomington.

I must have heard them on KQRS, the progressive rock FM station that I was often glued to. They never played the same song in a 24 hour period, and had real DJs playing real vinyl LP records, sometimes entire albums. What a treat!

I’ve always been impressed with their song, “Mother Russia,” but didn’t know until hearing Jon Camp’s intro here that it’s about Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the imprisoned truther, author.

Uplifting concert here!

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(vid) The Tao of Caine: Producing “Kung Fu” — My favorite TV series — no hate!

I love this show! It affected my life deeply during my high school years. I’m really disappointed that TalmudVision doesn’t ever seem to replay it. People deserve the chance to see this no-hate series, which I’m highlighting here by posting many short clips.

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(vid) Trey Ratcliff: Ignore the Haters – Spend time being awesome instead of worrying — “If you ever get any kind of hate, just fight back with ‘awesome'”

“If you ever get any kind of hate, just fight back with ‘awesome.'”

– Trey Ratcliffe

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(vid) Kraftwerk – ‘Autobahn’ (1974) – “Fahr’n fahr’n fahr’n auf der autobahn”

I remember being amazed by this and even humming it when it came out in 1974, when electronic music was just getting going:“Fahr’n fahr’n fahr’n auf der autobahn.”

KQRS FM in Minneapolis, which I was glued to, would play this extended version on a real turntable.

About ten years later, I drove the Autobahn.

Catchy tune!

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Discipline, Mummy Bear-style: Cub given roar of disapproval…. before finally getting a hug

Remarkable demonstration of DISCIPLINE that ENDS WITH A HUG:

First, the mother glares angrily at her son as he stands a few feet away looking guilty and sheepish.

Within seconds he is backed into a corner with a terrified expression as she roars her disapproval.

Shortly afterwards he finds himself airborne after she seizes him by the scruff of the neck and propels him from side to side.

However, the fierce encounter at Simferopol Zoo in the Ukraine comes to a peaceful conclusion when Mummy, who weighs the best part of 550 lb, gently hugs him to her chest to reassure him that all is forgiven.

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