Night Owl Chat – National Medal of Arts and Humanities

Our wonderful UTAustinLiberal highlighted this year’s awarding of the National Medal of Arts and Humanities to Americans of diverse fields of achievement in the arts. Her post is here. (I link because I started to type out all the recipients, and I quickly realized how silly that was.)

For tonight’s night owl chat, a bit of music and more from some of our luminaries.


Herb Alpert – “A Taste of Honey”


Allen Toussaint – “Yes We Can”


From “Angels in America” by Tony Kushner


Quotes from Ernest Gaines


Anna Deveare Smith as Gov. Ann Richards in “Let Me Down Easy”


Marilynne Robinson reading from “Gilead”


Joan Didion reading from “Blue Nights”


Joyce Myers Brown’s dance company, PHILADANCO


Renee Fleming sings Mozart’s “Exsultate, jubilate”


And there’s much, much more. Go and seek it out.

Without art, the people perish. If you wish to understand the health of a country, look towards its arts. The sicker the nation, the more threatened are its arts. Go see a play, take in a concert, read a good book; all are part of a fulfilled life.

This is your art-filled night owl chat.

102 Responses to “Night Owl Chat – National Medal of Arts and Humanities”

  1. 4 MightyPamela
    July 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Pleased to see Jill Ker Conway recognized at today’s ceremonies.. Fascinating life story.

  2. July 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Eveving Lads…….

  3. 8 CEB
    July 10, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    LL, this post is awesome; what a wonderful addendum to today’s ceremony.

  4. July 10, 2013 at 9:10 pm

  5. 11 amk for obama
    July 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

  6. July 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Alright episode 2 of SYTYCD. Another good dance from my fav couple. They really have good chemistry.

    BTW, he’s a trained tapper. She’s a trained contemporary dancer

  7. 15 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    BRAVO LL! Bellissimo!! Wooooooooooooot! Thank you for this post!!!!!!!!
    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  8. 17 vitaminlover
    July 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Some great musical talent here.

  9. 18 amk for obama
    July 10, 2013 at 9:15 pm

  10. 22 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 9:15 pm


    Did I tell you that Angels in America (Parts 1 & Part 2) are two of my favorite plays? Did I tell you that I listen to parts of Thomas Newman’s Angels in America soundtrack almost everyday?!!! Didn’t tell ya? Huh? Well know ya know!!! 🙂

  11. July 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm

  12. 27 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  13. 28 a4alice
    July 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    wow LL You’ve outdone yourself! What a spread! 🙂

  14. July 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Beeeeeeeeeeeautiful LL, what a perfect post – thank you so much kind sir!!!

  15. 34 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    LL – Well, you were right. “Close to” poetry works for me! Thanks (and thanks to UT for her post, too).

  16. July 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Strange bedfellows…. Hey it’s a means to an end.

  17. 37 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm

  18. 38 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Okay, this tweet about science and music (violins, in particular) combined had me purt near orgasmic this afternoon! 😀

  19. 39 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

  20. July 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Photo of Pres Obama w outgoing military aide Owen Ray today in Oval Office. Thanks for your service! via Pete Souza

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  21. 41 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

  22. 42 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    11 Facts About Music Education

    • 43 vitaminlover
      July 10, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Very interesting. Dudette. I find a lot of that information is sooooo true.

    • 45 nathkatun7
      July 11, 2013 at 3:58 am

      As far as I am concerned, this world would be utterly dreadful without music!, dance, literature, theatre, visual arts, science and story-telling. I totally despise those who have elevated money making to above the arts and scientific inquiry.

    • 47 Dudette
      July 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Why Music Education Belongs in Public Schools
      In this http://www.artistshousemusic.org interview, Roger H. Brown, President of Berklee College of Music, gives a passionate defense of music education and the importance of encouraging every possible student to participate in a music-related school activity.

  23. 48 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  24. July 10, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  25. 59 Jovie
    July 10, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  26. 60 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm

  27. July 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Whoa! Take 2 minutes to watch this video…. This is like Congresswoman Duckworth at the VA hearing a few weeks ago. This woman is B2B!!

  28. 66 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Lowell Mason: The Father of Music Education

    This short documentary chronicles Lowell Mason’s career, the saving of his birthplace from demolition and the current status of the Lowell Mason House. Lowell Mason was responsible for the introduction of music as part of the regular school curriculum in Boston in 1838. For this and for his work professionalizing the training of music teachers, he is considered the Father of Music Education in America’s public schools.

    Produced and directed by Joseph Baron, the video shows that while much has been accomplished in saving the house, there is still much to be done. For more information on how you can help restore Lowell Mason’s birthplace and help support music education, please go to our website at http://www.lowellmasonhouse.org.

    (Mr. Richard DeSorgher, after reviewing the video, realized he said Arlington Street Church instead of Park Street Church.as the location for the first performance of “America”. Please note the correction.)

  29. July 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Alright, I’m now on Ep 3: This ain’t like no Paso Doble I’ve ever seen. It was awesome.

    • 69 Dudette
      July 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Watched that last night! Gorgeous dancing all around. I hate that they eliminate people. Just let ’em all dance every week and pick a winner at the end.

  30. 70 arapaho415
    July 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Did the west coasters (especially the Bay area) see this from yesterday)?

    California, the most populous state with the most thriving tech industry on the planet cannot afford a reporter at the state capital.

    We need ideas for the right way to fund the daily-grind type of reporting that is so important to democracy (corporate dollars get spent on the horserace speculation that is now considered “news.”

    (Incompetely posted on the previous thread; my system really doesn’t like TOD [but I do!!!] and is always one-step away from crashing, so I’m usually in a race to post and hope the system allows it).

  31. 71 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    • 72 jacquelineoboomer
      July 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Oh, sorry, didn’t see your post and just added this story downthread. He’ll be 95 on July 18! Never “mess with” 90-somethings – they keep going and going. I’ve known a few. Hopefully, he’s comfortable despite his medical struggles.

      • 73 Dudette
        July 10, 2013 at 10:35 pm

        No worries, dear!

        I hold no patents on articles or tweets. Duplicates are welcome in my book. Especially the ones with good news like this one. 🙂

        Doesn’t seem like he’s ready to go, so I’m happy he’s still here (as I’m sure millions are). I do hope he’s comfortable too.

  32. July 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Ok, last video post, I promise, but this couple is DEFINITELY my favorite. The chemistry between the two of them is off the charts, and the young lady Jasmine has legs for days and the big guy is such a great partner for her. I don’t know what I’m gonna do if they spolit them up or if they don’t get enough votes. I”ve never actually voted for a couple on SYTYCD, but I’m am soooo tempted with these two!!

  33. July 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    From that George Lucas guy:

  34. July 10, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    True story: one of the few pleasant memories I have of a bad love affair when I was in my 20s was visiting my lady love while she was interning in DC and going to see “Angels in America” at the Kennedy Center.

  35. 81 arapaho415
    July 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    re: Senate immigration bill.

    I’ve said before that I really don’t like this bill; Dems need to win in 2014 so that we can get a *reasonable* immigration policy in place, not this boondoggle for arming our (southern) border to the hilt and enriching those who need it the least.

    Don’t forget: $46 BILLION (!!!) after the wasted billions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    From Monday’s LAT:
    “But thanks in part to lobbying by security contractors, the Senate immigration bill that goes to the Republican-led House this week includes a computerized “biometric” exit system that could cost more than $7 billion.

    The plan is part of the bill’s $46-billion border ‘surge’ of security measures, a 10-year spending gusher that would produce a financial bonanza for some of America’s largest aerospace, technology and security companies, as well as some border states.”

    • July 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Well, this is the funny thing: even this flawed Senate bill is too “radical” for the House GOP. It’s dead. And even though it’s flawed, the Dems can and will use its demise to bludgeon the GOP in next year’s elections.

      • 83 arapaho415
        July 10, 2013 at 10:22 pm

        I grew up in the San Diego area, and one of our neighbors (for a short time, thankfully) was a Border Patrol agent.

        The US *really* doesn’t want to have these vigilante types with guns roaming our southern cities. Trust me.

        $46 billion could actually be put to some good use for the country and its citizens, instead of enriching the fat cats with the right ties (i.e., know the right palms to grease).

    • 84 amk for obama
      July 10, 2013 at 10:42 pm

  36. 85 arapaho415
    July 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Speaking of wasting the taxpayers’ dime:

    Congress is now “working” only 2 days a week, instead of the “grueling” 3-day a week schedule.

  37. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    South Africa: Nelson Mandela responding to treatment

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment and the 94-year-old’s condition remains critical but stable after more than a month in the hospital, South Africa’s president said Wednesday.


  38. 91 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Great Anna DeVeare Smith montage. Love her work! Love her!
    She has a special place in my heart as one of my favorite regulars from “The West Wing” — National Security Advisor Nancy McNally

    *The West Wing — best TV show EVAH!!

  39. 92 desertflower
    July 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm


    What is the Republican strategy on immigration? Lowry and Kristol complain that the Senate bill would reduce illegal immigration “by as little as a third or by half at most.” It is true: even the massive “border surge” and adoption of a worker verification system would not eliminate illegal immigration. I’d say this is because, as advocates of reform have always argued, ending illegal immigration is impossible. Perhaps Lowry and Kristol have in mind alternative reforms that would do more to reduce illegal immigration.

    But they don’t propose any such alternative methods, other than insisting that illegal immigration be stopped before opening a path to citizenship (without saying how they could accomplish it). The alternative they propose is to Kill the Bill. But this is a puzzle. The Senate bill might reduce illegal immigration by a third to a half compared with the status quo, but the Kill the Bill plan reduces illegal immigration by zero percent relative to the status quo.

  40. 93 isonprize
    July 10, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Ms. Joan!!! Wow, Joan Myers Brown. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Everybody wanted to dance with Philadanco. And all the dancers called her Miss Joan. Caring, exacting, a loving perfectionist. Joan Myers Brown deserves every praise that comes her way. She almost singlehandedly elevated dance in the Black community. What a treasure in Philadelphia!!

    I have friends who danced in Philadanco. I am so sure they are just bursting with pride. I know I am.

  41. 94 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Quick go to Lawrence’s show now! The brave, wonderful young woman who was dragged away from Texas legislature testimony yesterday for giving them a piece of her mind is on right now!!

    • 95 0388jojothecat
      July 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      I am so thankful LO is giving her a forum to speak out. She was getting to them so they cut her off….

  42. 96 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 10:42 pm

  43. 97 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I’m putting in a pre-order for my own personal T-1000 as soon my next payday rolls around!. 🙂

  44. 98 Dudette
    July 10, 2013 at 10:47 pm

  45. 102 nathkatun7
    July 11, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Great Post! Thank you so much, LL for sharing these pieces about these incredibly gifted and very humane people. Absolutely a surprise as I was anticipating all music. May be you have done it and I missed it, but I was hoping that one day you would do a piece highlighting Latin Ameica’s influences on Jazz.

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