Hullaba Lulu: The Dance of the Bots

I wanted to link this week’s Hullaba Lulu video to San Francisco’s Pride Week so I used an excerpt from a 1929 Dorsey Brothers cover of ‘Am I Blue’ sung by Irving Kaufman.

Virtual Reality image of dancing robots
The Dance of the Bots in Purple, Rob Goldstein

It’s an unusual cover for 1929 and you’ll know why I chose it when you hear the song.

Am I blue

Sunday the 26th is Pride Day in San Francisco.

A couple of friends have remarked on how weird it feels to celebrate Pride
while the Trump Administration kidnaps children for reasons too horrific
too contemplate.

Here’s what I think: when the opposition doesn’t show up, the bullies win.

Happy Pride Month everyone and be sure to check out this week’s episode of Hullaba Lulu on Teagan’s Books.

‘Am I Blue’ The Dorsey Brothers with Irving Kaufman
Illustrations and Video (c) Rob Goldstein 2018

Jazz Age Wednesdays – Am I Blue

Here’s a 40 second video clip Teagan Geneviene and I came up with for chapter 3 of our collaboration on Teagan’s Books, Hullaba Lulu.

Hullaba Lulu, Chapter 3, Teagan’s Books

A Silent film title card that reads Hullaba Lulu written by Teagan Geneviene and Illustrated by Rob Goldstein

 

Accept the Gift

First posted 12/11/2016 as The Night Bobby Found Christ in an Abandoned Subway Car

I read the Nativity story as the story of a God who decides to incarnate as an outcast among the poor and oppressed people of a barbaric civilization with a static class system.

Life was brutish and short for the poor.

The warrior God of Israel takes flesh as an impoverished Jewish outcast whose
life is in danger from the moment of conception.

It’s a great story!

I wondered how it might look today and saw a homeless youth who finds
the abandoned Christ child in an unused subway car.

Will he accept the burden of this gift?

An avatar that represents an alternate named Bobby is shown finding the Christ child in an abandoned subway car
A homeless youth finds the abandoned Christ child in an unused subway car.

I used VR to make a video of it.

I got the idea for the subway car from Dark Days, a documentary made in the 1990’s about a tribe of homeless people who live in the abandoned subway tunnels of New York.

I use two photo-shopped frames from the documentary as an homage to it.

I first came up with this idea in 2011 but didn’t have the skill I needed
to make it work the way I envisioned it.

I’m going to remake the video for next Christmas.

Merry Christmas to the World!

May we find our way back to the light.

The video is a series high-resolution panels staged and shot in virtual reality and processed in multiple apps.

I cropped a cover of Silent Night  found at the Internet Archives.

To the best of my knowledge the recording is in the public domain.

51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 26: Hot Butter – Popcorn

from Hugh’s Views & News

Hugh's Views & News

Here’s a little teaser for you. When is a song not a song? Have a little think about the answer while I whizz us off in my music time machine to the year 1972. Not only that, but I’m going to give many of you a handy tip that I know many of you will be thanking me for.

51 weeks 51 songs from the past poster

We previously visited the year 1972 back in week nine of this feature. Who could forget the week I introduced you all to a song that featured a pigeon and a 60-year-old lady who is still one of the oldest female artists to have had a number one hit single in the UK? Click here to relive that memory. But, what about the answer to that question I asked at the beginning of this post? Take a look at this video, and I’ll then give you the answer.

I’ve featured strange pop music videos in…

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