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PagelO POST-GAZE'I-rE, MAY 8, 2015 F ct reviewing the best , ! etting the rest DESERT DANCER - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Var~se Sarabande Desert Dance is a film set in Iran, and who better to create the original score than Emmy and Ivor Novello-nominated composer, Benjamin Wallfisch. One of the flm's score high- lights include three dance sequences especially created for the movie as a collaboration between Wallfisch and chore- ographer Akram Khan. One highlight that jumps out imme- diately is the nine-minute Desert Dancer. Wallfisch captures the essence of the film's tone with the themes for the char- acters that, along with the desert dance shows why com- poser Wallfisch is often nominated, and has worked on 42 movies to date. Feel the soft wind blow on the pensive Afshin's Theme, along with emotional tracks as, Somewhere to Rehearse, We Can Breathe, Withdrawal, Silent Protest, and Where No One Else Can See You. Wallfisch conveys the tragedy that in Iran an entire generation of youth is unable to express themselves artistically. CHUCK - ORIGINAL TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK Var~se Sarabande Chuck, the television show, has a soundtrack that has drawn much attention, possessing a film score by composer Tim Jones. A graduate of our Boston's Berklee College of Music, Jones majored in film scoring before relocating to Los Angeles. Three performances by Jeffster, featuring Vik Sahay as lead vocalist, and include an orchestral version of Take On Me, followed by Fortunate Son, and Fat Bottom Girls. Jeffster was created from within Chuck, when a subplot had the cover band wanting to play at EUie's wedding, and follow- ing a song or two which they also performed at Comic-Con, it became a happening. Jones was able to inject music that supplied mystery and suspense for this high-concept action comedy that has Chuck Bartkowski as a computer geek turned secret agent. Enjoy cuts as, Chuck and Sarah the Be- ginning, Charlie Foxtrot Shaw, EUie Rescues Chuck, All in a Day's Work (For Sarah), Backstories and Secrets, and finally, Tangos and Hot Dogs. LUDOVICO EINAUDI - TARANTA PROJECT Ponderosa Music Pianist Ludovico Einaudi shares his passion for 'taranta,' a musical form connected to the tarantula spiders often found in the fields of Salento. It was believed that their deadly bite could reputedly only be cured by the trance-like dance. His ability to mix classical and roots music is well known, and the boy from northern Italy finds that part of his heart is in Southern Italy's Salento. In a dozen slices Einaudi delivers tasty sounds as, Introducio ad regnum Tarantulae, the biting sound of Taranta, trailed by the soaring vocals of Fimmene, the spirited Nazzu Nazzu, the driving beat of Choros, and hits the midpoint with the energetic Core Meu. The second half is just as rewarding with the fast-paced, Tonio Yima/Rirollala, the haunting Mamma La Rondinella, setting the stage for ten breathtaking minutes of Preludio Nar-l-Sehar, the vocal gem Ferma Zitella, plus the polyphonic and rich orchestral har- monies of Santu Paulu Finale, and the solemn voice and pi- ano beauty Nuvole Blanche. TRON SYVERSEN - PIANO MEDITATIONS TK Music Productions Piano Meditations is music for relaxation and well-being, compliments of musician Tron Syversen, who has created a stunning series of albums that have put him at the fore- front of the new age music field. The liner notes describe this gem as "A contemplative album that will take you on a series of sacred meditations into the depth of your own soul." Syversen joins forces with the voices of Edler Lorentzen and Siri McAlpine, to deliver four tracks that represent relax- ation music at its most sublime. The four lengthy, original versions include, Ocean of Relaxation, close to 20 minutes of A Peaceful Path to Forever, followed by 20+ minutes of the colorful Golden Forest, and the soothing Inner Journey. In addition, a second disc contains nine tracks of 'Radio Edit' songs, Inner Journey (Complete Track and Second Halt), Ocean of Relaxation (Complete Track), A Peaceful Path to Forever (Parts 1, 2, 3), and Golden Forest (Parts 1, 2, 3). Syversen's music ranges from ambient to melodic, but always beauti- ful, and most importantly peaceful! DAVID BERKMAN - OLD FRIENDS AND NEW FRIENDS Palmetto David Berkman is an award-winning pianist/composer, and is also able to put together exceptional sextets, as he did for this very satisfying album. Saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Linda Oh, drummer Brian Blade, and saxophonists Adam Kolker and Billy Drewes do the honors with Berkman. No time is wasted as the group starts off their album with the spontaneous Tr/bute, traded by No Blues No Really No Blues, the latter a rejoinder to Miles Davis' No Blues, sharing ideas between the three saxophonists on Past Progressive, using the chord changes of Irving Berlin's How Deep is the Ocean to deliver Deep High Wide Sky, and the unique, delicious sound of Strange Attractions then Birds. For your listening plea- sure Berkman and friends add a piano trio version of No Blues No Really No Blues, followed by the lush, horn-laden West 180~ Street, then a nod to the late jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard with the bop of Up Jumped Ming, sadly coming to an end with the simplicity of Psalm. The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani MALDEN-BASED ANTI-POVERTY AGENCY FILES BANKRUPTCY An anti-poverty agency receiving state and federal funds to serve more than 18,000 folks in Malden, Medford, Everett and surround- ing communities has filed for bankruptcy protection as it winds down and transfers its services to other agencies. Malden Tri-City Commu- nity Action Program owes creditors more than $1 mil- lion. Apparently, the costs of providing services outpaced their funding sources and unlike the Feds, they own no printing press. MASSACHUSETTS, WHY DO I STILL LIVE HERE? I think for many this ques- tion is answered by saying, I stay because it has become an addictive habit. For those who are slightly to the right, it is hard to take at times. Stupid things just continue to happen here and might I say the weather s%$^@* here, too. I am still dumbfounded when I read that Beacon Hill wants to force us to turn on our headlights and wind- shield wipers when it rains. Seems like the logic vested in all us knows when it is time to do that while driving. We don't need Beacon Hill protecting us from ourselves. Then of course, there is Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley who wants the city to put free sunscreen dis- pensers at all our city parks and pools to protect our skin in the sun. I didn't know there was even an access to sunscreen crisis out there. Once again, it is time to pro- tect us from ourselves. Why stop there? How about free toothpicks for our teeth or hair gel for people having bad hair days? I don't believe any of the above are en- shrined in the Bill of Rights. Government at all levels grows larger and larger, do- ing more and more" stuff not for us as much as to us. KUDOS TO YANCEY ON THE CASEY OVERPASS ISSUE I ride through Forest Hills all the time to visit fam- ily in West Roxbury and Roslindale, riding over the streets below on the Casey Overpass. The state officials apparently say that they can't patch up the old overpass anymore, but instead of build- ing a new one, they just want to demolish it. I dread the thought of no overpass and everyone down on the surface streets below trying to navigate all the traffic during morning and evening rush hours. It will turn into Dodge City and the Wild, Wild West. There was a reason de- cades ago that the Casey Overpass was built, that rea- son still exist today, even to a greater extent. City Coun- cilor Charles Yancey wants to slow down the apparent rush to do away with the idea of any overpass at this traffic nightmare. Yance.y is standing with opponents of no overpass. Opponents who want to see a new bridge built because they believe the proposed six lanes of traffic would result in hnnecessary congestion in their neighborhood as motorists try and use alter- native paths in the neighbor- hood to get around the mess. Kudos to Yancey. SAD QUOTE TO NOTE On April 29th, protesters gathered outside Boston Police Headquarters sup- porting what was going on in Baltimore. They were carry- ing placards that read "Black Lives Matter" and "Hands Up, Don't Shoot." One of those 1,000 peaceful protesters got quoted in the Boston Herald the next day saying, *This isn't the ending, this is the beginning. It's going to take massive political pressure. It's not about the evidence. These are political decisions by those in power not to press charges." If it is not about the evi- dence, is it only about the need to protest. Of course the group that organized the Boston march calls itself, "Mass Action against "Police Brutality." With a name like that who needs evidence. Guilty until proven innocent and ff found not guilty, it was just those in power taking care of themselves. SPOTTED A GREAT BUMPER STICKER THE OTHER DAY As I was driving along, I noticed a bumper sticker on the car in front of me which read: "We work hard so you don't have to." That's exactly how I'm feeling nowadays. MAYORAL ROLLER DISCO PARTY I just heard that Mayor Walsh has announced the second annual Celebration of Summer honoring legend- , ary Boston girl Donna Sum- mer with a free Roller Disco Party at City Hall Plaza on Friday, June 19th starting at 6:00 pm. I loved disco back then and was a regular over at Spinoffs across from Fenway Park's right field grandstands. I had the look, the hair and the skates. I discoed so hard, I once went flying over the brass poles and broke my wrist inside that Fenway club. I saw her last show in Bos- ton over at the Seaport in 2011. She passed away on May 17, 2012 at age 62. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BITE YOUR TONGUE, BUT... Boston Police Commis- sioner Billy Evans apologized for a cop after he was video- taped holding a toy gun at the camera guy's camera. The cop in question felt frus- trated as I often felt many times in my days on the job. I am sure he felt like he was being taunted by the camera guy just as the camera guy probably felt he was being taunted too. Today everyone seems so anti-cop and that isn't good for society as a whole since we need a part- nership between communi- ties and the police to keep things safe for all. As a police officer I always tried to stay as calm as pos- sible, knowing there are many eyes around ready to mess with you. I watched the video and in no way did I see the officer in question threaten any- one. Personally, I wouldn't apology to the jerk with the camera. ITALIAN FESTA IN WALTHAM MAY 30"i'H The Regina Margherita Di Savoia Mixed Sons of Italy Lodge #1094 will be hosting its Second Annual Italian Festa at the Waltham Com- mon on Saturday, May 30th from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm. This Festa drew 6,000 last year with plenty of food, rides, games, raffles and music. Mark your calendars, you won't want to miss it. For more details call Carol Rossi at 508-655-0124 or email The Journey of a Mother said: "I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my chil- dren can walk with dignity and pride, with their heads held high, and so can their children after them. And the children said, "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates." And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said: "We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence." (Continued from Page I) Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she's the smell of certain foods you remem- ber, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore, she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well, she's your breath in the air on a cold winter's day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is Christmas morning. Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop. A mother shows every emotion ... hap- piness, sadness, fear, jeal- ousy, love, hate, anger, help- lessness, excitement, joy, sorrow ... and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life. She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love, your first friend, even your first en- emy, but nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not pace ... not even death! MAY WE NEVER TAKE OUR MOTHERS FOR GRANTED. "The best" and most beau- tiful things cannot be seen or touched -- they must be felt with the heart."