Marguax – surf film of professional French surfer, Margaux Arramon-Tucoo, making her own board

 

Shaper Studios presents a another treat by Michael Weybret.

Filmed and edited: Michael Weybret

Music: “Je Suis un Go-Go Girl” by The Lumiñanas

 

Listen online to Fiona Apple’s new album – The Idler Wheel…

Emotions are so darn beautiful — that’s the message of music, much of the time. The giggling lilt of a melody, the ennobling swell of a crescendo: Popular songs, especially, often enhance our moods to lift us up, unbreak our hearts, drive us toward liberating confessions and cathartic climaxes. Courting the sublime so aggressively that it often gets ridiculous, pop music encourages listeners to imagine feeling in ways that make us bigger, better.

Fiona Apple’s music does something different. A classically lovely woman whose gorgeous, sultry alto once led her toward alt-divadom, Apple has always dared herself to be and do something else: to say no to simple beauty and instead express the urges and insecurities that more accommodating artists tend to avoid.

This has never been truer than on Apple’s first album in seven years. The feelings Apple takes on in her deliberately maddening, eventually addictive new songs are those that inch us along, filling up most of our lives: icky little feelings like petty jealousy, self-doubt, bored loneliness and shamed regret. This is the stuff we’d rather tamp down. Apple wraps her fingers around it and makes it unavoidable.

Listen to the whole album, or individual songsNPR – First Listen

Scientists have found the loneliest whale in the world

For decades now, scientists at the NOAA have been tracking a mysterious whale song that sounds like the ghostly howls of a drowned tuba player. The sounds have been identified as belonging to a single whale, who sings at a frequency unlike any other whale in the world.

Dubbed “52 Hertz” after the frequency range in which he typically sings, the animal has been called the loneliest whale in the world, since his love songs seem destined to go unanswered. Most other species of baleen whale, such as blue whales and humpbacks, sing at frequencies much lower, between the 15-25 Hertz range.

Not only does 52 Hertz sing at a much higher frequency, but his calls are also shorter and more frequent than those of other whales. It’s as if he speaks his own language– a language of one. Even stranger, 52 Hertz does not follow the known migration route of any extant baleen whale species. He sings alone and travels alone.

Could this individual be the last of a previously unknown species of baleen whale? That’s one possibility. Whale biologists have also proposed that he could be malformed, or maybe a rare hybrid– perhaps a blue whale and fin whale cross. Whatever the explanation, 52 Hertz is one of a kind.

learn more about this lonely whale, and hear his call52 Hertz: The Loneliest Whale in the World

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Will.i.am – "I will always be the best me I can be" – song on Sesame Street

Will.i.am sings “What I Am” as part of Sesame Street’s 41st season premiering September 27th, 2010, on PBS Kids.

 

If you like this also check out Richard Pryor doing the Sesame Street alphabet.

Will.i.am – “I will always be the best me I can be” – song on Sesame Street

Will.i.am sings “What I Am” as part of Sesame Street’s 41st season premiering September 27th, 2010, on PBS Kids.

 

If you like this also check out Richard Pryor doing the Sesame Street alphabet.