In September 1956, a young John Lennon took home a dismal report card–the kind that many smart, wayward kids can probably relate to.
French teacher: “An intelligent boy who could be very much better with a little concentration in class.”
Math teacher: “He is certainly on the road to failure if this goes on.”
Physics teacher: “His work always lacks effort. He is content to ‘drift’ instead of using his abilities.”
Religion teacher: “Attitude in class most unsatisfactory.”
Head master: “He has too many wrong ambitions and his energy is too often misplaced.”
Somebody compiled excerpts from every song that was #1 for the year on the US Billboard chart. Damn, a lot of these are just terrible, terrible songs.
This is just gorgeous. One of the most beautiful pieces of music written, played wonderfully to an elderly elephant.
Debussy “Clair de Lune” for a gentle female elephant called Ampan. Ampan is 80 years old and lives with us as Elephants World in Thailand. She is blind in one eye and can barely see with the other. 80 years old is very old indeed for an elephant, it’s about 10 years past the natural life span of an elephant in the wild.
Oh he has an entire channel where he plays classical music for elephants.
More at the link above.
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The song used in movies during just about any tango scene is about gambling:
“Por una Cabeza” is a tango song with music and lyrics written in 1935 by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera respectively.
The name is a Spanish horse-racing phrase meaning “by a head”, which refers to a horse winning a race by the length of one head. The lyrics speak of a compulsive horse-track gambler who compares his addiction for horses with his attraction to women.
Alfredo Le Pera was a Brazilian from São Paulo, a much Italian-influenced area in Brazil. Le Pera and Gardel died in an airplane crash in Medellín, (Colombia), on June 24, 1935.