"I think I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to sound like a dry martini."
Happy birthday Paul Desmond!
Paul Desmond (November 25, 1924 – May 30, 1977) was a jazz alto saxophonist. He is best remembered for his work in The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Along with Brubeck, he became a poster child of the West Coast's "cool jazz" scene.
"Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house. Slowly you see more details of the house-the color of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows. The notes are the bricks and the mortar of the house."
Happy birthday Benjamin Britten!
Benjamin Britten (November 22, 1913—December 4, 1976) was a British composer and pianist. He wrote orchestral music, operas, and many vocal pieces, as well as film scores. He is considered one of foremost figures in 20th century British classical music.
"Singing is like a celebration of oxygen."
Happy birthday Björk!
Björk (born November 21, 1965) is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. She became popular in the 1990s after emerging with the Icelandic goth rock band KUKL and then pursuing a solo career. Her experimental music has taken root internationally, with some of her best known songs including "Human Behaviour" and "All Is Full of Love."
"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him
and calls the adventure Science."
Happy birthday Edwin Hubble!
Edwin Hubble (November 20, 1889—September 28, 1953) was an American astronomer. He made some of the most important contributions to astronomy to date including his discovery of galaxies beyond the Milky Way and his finding that the velocities of galaxies receding from the Earth increase with distance from the Earth, implying that the universe is expanding.
"The cinema began with a passionate, physical relationship between celluloid and the artists and craftsmen and technicians who handled it, manipulated it, and came to know it the way a lover comes to know every inch of the body of the beloved. No matter where the cinema goes, we cannot afford to lose sight of its beginnings."
Happy birthday Martin Scorsese!
Martin Scorsese (born November 17, 1942) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. Some of his most famous films include Raging Bull (1980), GoodFellas (1990), and The Departed (2006).
"There is no story that is not true, [...] The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others."
Happy birthday Chinua Achebe!
Chinua Achebe (November 16, 1930—March 21, 2013) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, essayist, and writer of short and children's fiction. He was also a professor and critic. His most widely read novel is Things Fall Apart (1958), but he wrote several others as well as the influential essay "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness" (1975). He is remembered as one of the greatest storytellers of African culture as well as a preeminent postcolonial scholar.
"Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity."
Happy birthday Daniel Barenboim!
Daniel Barenboim (born November 15, 1952) is an Argentine-born conductor and pianist. He has been the musical director of many major symphonies including the English Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin State Opera, the Staatskapelle Berlin, La Scala, and many others. He is known for his work with Palestinian scholar Edward Said on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
"I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."
Happy birthday Monet!
Claude Monet (November 14, 1840—December 5, 1926) was a French painter. He is remembered as one of the first Impressionist painters. He has become one of the most important artists of the late 19th century. Some of his most famous works include Camille (The Woman in the Green Dress), Impression, Sunrise; Mornings on the Seine, and Water Lilies.