Americana ~ 20th Century Family Portraits ~ The Black & White Years ~ 1900 to 1957. A Pinterest family album I’ve started. In browsing through my old photos I realized that they resembled an American Gothic scrapbook. Wonderful portraits, Many more to come.
This has to be one of the saddest things I’ve ever read. I knew that Saturday morning cartoons were virtually extinct, but it’s now been confirmed, Bugs Bunny, Space Ghost and Scooby Doo have all been consigned to Cable TV purgatory.
Saturday morning American broadcast TV was once animation’s home field. Filling a cereal bowl with artificially colored sugar pebbles and staring at the tube was every kid’s weekend plan. Not any more: For the first time in 50-plus years, you won’t find a block of animation on broadcast this morning. It’s the end of an era. Yes, The CW, the final holdout in Saturday morning animation, ran its last batch of Vortexx cartoons last weekend.
It’s the end of an era, but it’s been a long time coming: NBC ditched Saturday morning cartoons in 1992, CBS followed suit not long after, and ABC lost its animated weekend mornings in 2004. The CW, a lower-tier broadcast network, was the last holdout in a game that the Big 3 left long ago.
What killed Saturday morning cartoons? Cable, streaming, and the FCC. In the 1990s, the FCC began more strictly enforcing its rule requiring broadcast networks to provide a minimum of three hours of “educational” programming every week. Networks afraid of messing with their prime-time slots found it easiest to cram this required programming in the weekend morning slot. The actual educational content of this live-action programming is sometimes debatable, but it meets the letter of the law.
But more importantly, with hundreds of cable and satellite channels to choose from that don’t have to abide the FCC’s guidelines, kids these days can get their animation fix any day of the week. With the rise of cable and satellite, advertisers no longer had to cram all their kid-aimed commercials into the four-hour Saturday morning block. When the money left Saturday mornings, so did the cartoons.
Owen Wister’s The Virginian was published in 1902 establishing the standard for the classic American Western in literature. In 1914 the first film version was made. We’re proud to present it here in its entirety. Other versions following, notably the 1929 talkie starring Gary Cooper and the TV series that aired on NBC from 1962 to 1971.
The Virginian (otherwise titled The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains) is a pioneering 1902 novel set in the Wild West by the American author Owen Wister. Describing the life of a cowboy on a cattle ranch in Wyoming, it was the first true western written, aside from short stories and pulp dime novels. It paved the way for many more westerns by famous authors such as Zane Grey, Louis L’Amour, and several others.
This is the first film adaption of Wister’s classic novel. The 1914 motion picture is based upon the novel The Virginian by Owen Wister. The film was adapted from the successful 1904 theatre play Wister had collaborated on with playwright Kirke La Shelle. The Virginian starred Dustin Farnum in the title role and was directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
Note: This film is in the Public Domain
An original guitar mediation based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Listen to the voices of the song, they seem to be holding a conversation. Can you hear what they’re saying?
Invocation ~ My soul is wrought to sing of forms transformed to bodies new and strange! Immortal Gods inspire my heart, for ye have changed yourselves and all things you have changed! Oh lead my song in smooth and measured strains, from olden days when earth began to this completed time!
And He ordered mist to gather in the air and spread the clouds. He fixed the thunders that disturb our souls, and brought the lightning on destructive winds that also waft the cold. Nor did the great Artificer permit these mighty winds to blow unbounded in the pathless skies, but each discordant brother fixed in space, although His power can scarce restrain their rage to rend the universe. At His command to far Aurora, Eurus took his way, to Nabath, Persia, and that mountain range first gilded by the dawn; and Zephyr’s flight was towards the evening star and peaceful shores, warm with the setting sun; and Boreas invaded Scythia and the northern snows; and Auster wafted to the distant south where clouds and rain encompass his abode.—and over these He fixed the liquid sky, devoid of weight and free from earthly dross.
Performed by the Mystic Hedeghog
Copyright Donivan-Cross 2014
An original guitar mediation based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Listen to the voices of the song, they seem to be holding a conversation. Can you hear what they’re saying? This mix features the electric guitar more prominently. Listen carefully to the subtle differences from the
Performed by the Mystic Hedeghog
Copyright Donivan-Cross 2014
Watch this mesmerizing video as it seems almost to come alive as it moves across your screen. A 21minute, High Quality Video edit of our popular 2 1/2 hour Kama Sutra video for Zen-Sex Meditation. Please listen closely to this complex musical-pictorial odyssey. You will hear during this video an original mix of New Age Artist Randy Cross’s classic compositions using innovative back-masking effects employed to maximize the euphoric joy of the Kama Sutra in concert with the classic imagery of some of the world’s greatest painters. Watch as some of the paintings seem to come to life and vibrate across the screen. Stimulate Alpha Wave production.
The Kama Sutra is the oldest and most notable of a group of texts known generically as Kama Shastra (Sanskrit: Kāma Śāstra).
Through the use of Theta Rhythms, this video may improve many aspects of personal health and spirituality.
Musical compositions include Ghosts of Ravi Shankar, in and out of FOCUS and Up and Down. All music was written and performed by Randy Cross, produced and mixed by Mystic Hedgehog Productions. Copyright 2014 Randy Cross and Donivan-Cross