"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." –Noam Chomsky
Happy Birthday, Noam Chomsky!
Born December 7, 1928, Avram Noam Chomsky is an American author, linguist, philosopher, and cognitive scientist, among other pursuits. Chomsky is often regarded as the father of modern linguistics, and is known for his deep analysis of the relationship between grammatical composition and rationalism and ways of thinking. He is also known for exploring the relationship between language and power.
"What he had was endless curiosity combined with stubbornness. His work list is astonishing, including oratorios, musicals and concertos, as well as hundreds of jazz compositions. This quiet man of jazz was truly a marvel." –Music journalist Ivan Hewett, on Dave Brubeck.
Today in music, we celebrate Dave Brubeck, who passed away this week on Wednesday morning, a day before his 92nd birthday. Dave was an American jazz musician who is remembered for his influence on progressive jazz and heavily improvisational style. His mother Elizabeth was a pianist, whose classically–trained roots also left their signature on Dave's music. Brubeck also composed orchestral ad sacred music, and wrote soundtracks for the animated show, This is America, Charlie Brown. His most remembered compositions include "Take Five", "Time Out", and "Unsquare Dance."
"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."
Happy birthday Walt Disney!
Walt Disney (December 5, 1901—December 15, 1966) was an American animator, producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and business magnate. Along with his brother, Roy Disney, he founded the Walt Disney Company, which produced some of the most popular animated films of the 20th century including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), and many others.
Happy birthday Anton Webern!
Anton Webern (December 3, 1883—September 15, 1945) was an Austrian composer. He was a member of the Second Viennese School, working closely and being heavily influenced by Arthur Schoenberg and Alban Berg. He is best remembered as one of the pioneers of the 12-tone technique.
"That is the key of this collection, being yourself. Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live."
Happy birthday Gianni Versace!
Gianni Versace (December 2, 1946 – July 15, 1997) was an Italian fashion and costume designer. He produced many designs for theater and film, and was a friend of many celebrities, including Eric Clapton, Diana, Princess of Wales, Madonna, Elton John, Cher, and Sting.
Happy birthday Mary Martin!
Mary Martin (December 1, 1913—November 3, 1990) was an American actress. She appeared in several films, but is most remembered for her presence on Broadway. Some of her better known productions include Leave It To Me! (1938), Peter Pan (1959), and The Sound of Music (1959).
Happy birthday Billy Idol!
Billy Idol (born November 30, 1955) is a British musician. He got his start in the punk band Generation X, but his success grew mostly after he had moved to start a solo career in the United States. Some of his greatest hits include "Dancing With Myself," "White Wedding," "To Be a Lover," and "Cradle of Love."
Happy birthday Anton Rubinstein!
Anton Rubinstein (November 28, 1829—November 20, 1894) was a Russian pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher. He founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He is considered one of Russia's greatest piano virtuosos. He composed operas, orchestral works, piano solos. He is especially known for his seven consecutive concerts that covered the history of piano.
"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."
Happy birthday Bruce Lee!
Bruce Lee (November 27, 1940—July 20, 1973) was a Hong Kong-American martial artist and film actor. He was also the founder of his own martial arts schools where he taught Jeet Kune Do. He is remembered for changing the way Asian-Americans are depicted in cinema. Some of his best known films include Fists of Fury (1971), The Chinese Connection (1972), and Enter the Dragon (1973).
Happy birthday Tina Turner!
Tina Turner (born November 26, 1939) is an American R&B singer, dancer, actress, and author. She got her start singing with Ike Turner, but went on to have an extremely successful solo career. Some of her best known hits include "Proud Mary," "Let's Stay Together," and "What's Love Got to Do with It."