The March issue of Smithsonian magazine featured an article about banjo-playing singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens, who researches the African roots of America’s musical heritage. Her face seemed familiar to me, but I couldn’t recall where I’d seen her, so I searched YouTube. Her voice sounded familiar, too, but I couldn’t remember when I’d ever heard her.
I am now streaming her on Amazon Prime. Her voice is rich and versatile. Her songs remind me of the songs I grew up on, the protest songs, the folk music, like Joan Baez; Peter, Paul, and Mary; Simon and Garfunkel. Except hers are authentically African American.
In addition to banjo prowess, Giddens has mad fiddlin’ skills.
And here she is singing in Gaelic. (Hey, that’s Chris Thile on mandolin.)
I am so impressed with Rhiannon Giddens–her beautiful voice, the gorgeous songs she writes, and her musicology work. She is my latest musical obsession.
“The Last Supper” by Ugolino di Nerio shows the scene of the Last Supper of Jesus with his apostles, as it is told in the Gospel of John. This painting formed part of the predella, which is the lowermost horizontal part, of a dismembered altarpiece. In this scene, Christ, on the left, informs his disciples that one of them will betray him, a prophecy that was fulfilled by Judas, who is positioned at Christ’s right without a halo. In this painting, we can also see how Ugolino explored how to paint perspective as seen with the ceiling and the table settings. Leonardo da Vinci was born over 100 years after this painting was made in Florence.
The Removal of Wrinkles
The process requires a heat source with a handle.
Also, a flat surface.
And the item from which the wrinkles will be removed. (In my experience, this is most often a man’s garment, one which usually covers the upper body.)
You will remove the wrinkles from one section of the item at a time.
Place the item on the flat surface with the section located optimally.
Be sure to smooth the section with your hands before you apply the heat source.
Gently glide the heat source across the section, guiding the heat source with the handle.
When the section is free of wrinkles, reposition the item
so that the next section is optimally located on the surface.
Repeat the steps of the process: position, smooth, and glide
until the entire item is devoid of wrinkles.