January 23, 2010

A little favor to ask of you...

To cut to the chase:

That's right, folks. I now have a PayPal button. (No "what took you so long?" wisecracks, please.)

Up until now, I've never asked people for donations. The reason for the change is in three words: Promenade Digital [Mediaworks], my little hole–in–the–wall studio (and the force behind the Just One Story… series).

Promenade Digital [Mediaworks] exists by living within or beneath its means. I would like to build on what I've done thus far — and maybe even do feature–length masala movies if the spirit and imagination are up to it. The one issue is, of course, one of money. This is PD[M], not PBS, after all, and I have no corporate sugar daddies to speak of (and wouldn't want any to begin with). Your donations will make a huge difference in everything PD[M] does, whether its merely maintaining our website (kudos to our webhost Fat Cow, by the way) and this blog, or something bigger such as getting our Mac Mini repaired (and perhaps raising funds for an upgrade, hopefully to a more powerful iMac). All you do will help.

Just click on the button above to go straight to PayPal and donate whatever you feel capable of giving. As always with PayPal, your bank or card information is secure every step of the way, so give with confidence.

Thank you on behalf of my mouse–sized dream. May it become the mouse that roars.

January 19, 2010

Just One Story… Episode 2: Diane Wolkstein

My apologies for the delay in embedding the latest Just One Story… episode, made last month at New York City's Orchard House Café (on a cold January night) and again featuring my belovéd friend Diane Wolkstein.

This particular episode is way too brief, only because the story itself was a bit brief, but hey…

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Hopefully we'll have another (much longer) episode in the coming weeks.

Adieu et merci, Kate McGarrigle

Your Projectionist has been saddened, as has the entire Canadian folk scene, by the passing away of Kate McGarrigle at the age of 63.

For some of you, the surname alone will be sufficient. Kate and Anna McGarrigle made music that had a distinct sound and character, that sounded like nothing else in the genre.

Thanks to the efforts of CBC producer Sarah Liss — who writes more on the CBC's Things That Go Pop! blog — we can at least view this short concert piece together, made at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England last year:

Be sure to read the post; there'll be more to watch there.

There's also a welcome appreciation on the NPR Music site. Please don't miss it.

January 15, 2010

How to bring Haitians to their knees (the hard way)

As with you no doubt, your Projectionist has been haunted by the tragic earthquake (7.0 on the Richter scale) in Haiti on Tuesday January 12th. By now you've probably digested the grim statistics and the "how you can help" stories, but have you ever given some thought about how much this adds further misery to an already persistent pain that has become ingrained in practically every person who lives there?

Thankfully, the Al Jazeera English service did. Back on July 4th, 2008. And here is how they responded on Inside USA (split in two halves for the sake of YouTube):

©2008 Al Jazeera.

Message to Pat Robertson: Haiti did not make "a pact with the devil" Our country did.