“Other Voices” is a television series broadcast on RTÉ Two in Ireland, usually on a Wednesday night. It features live musical performances & interviews from many Irish and international musicians. Filming of the live performances is usually in the intimate setting of the 200-year-old Church of St James in Dingle, County Kerry.
I watched “Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came To Dingle” on BBC4 last weekend, and was again reminded of what a talent she was, and how it went wasted. These clips are from her performance on “Other Voices”.
‘Awaiting the midshipmen. Commander-in-chief trophy, Rose Garden’. Photo by PeteSouza
President Barack Obama listens as Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo speaks during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Navy linebacker Cody Peterson
US News: Obama Presents Commander-In-Chief Trophy To Navy Football Team At White House
President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well. The military service academies had to suspend some sporting events last fall amid budget fights in Washington. But Obama says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel intervened to make sure Navy’s match against Air Force would go on. Obama joked as he accepted his commemorative jersey that he’s going to have enough to dress a whole team. Obama says that even more impressive than their football record is the Navy team’s commitment to its country.
Local rock ‘n’ roll band Comfort Tech can add “serenading and meeting President Barack Obama” to its list of accolades. The four band members and housemates happen to live a stone’s throw away from the Community College of Allegheny County’s West Hills Center, where the president and Vice President Joe Biden spoke Wednesday about federal funding for community college programs. When singer and guitarist Sean Conner, 24, realized POTUS and VPOTUS would be in their back yard, he said he knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But how to get the attention of the leaders of the free world? They made a red, white and blue banner reading “Welcome Mr. President!” and hung it on their porch, above the driveway-turned-stage. The plan was to be respectful and not disruptive, he said. As the motorcade drove by, Comfort Tech belted out an original, “Lumberjack.” “I definitely hit wrong notes because I was looking out in awe,” said bass player and singer Brett White, 25. “It was surreal. It’s not every day you get to play your music as the president drives by your house.”
In the back of his mind, he said he thought: “What if he actually comes over? But it was far-fetched as far as I was concerned.” Soon after, the Secret Service did show up. “We thought for sure we were going to get shut down,” Mr. Conner said, but they just wanted to tell the band how much they liked their music. While talking about gear, more unmarked cars and police arrived. “Who’s in the band?” they asked. Mr. Obama wanted to meet them. Before they even saw him, they heard the president saying, “Where’s Comfort Tech? Where’s the band?” After shaking hands and casually talking about the blues-influenced band’s music for a bit, Mr. Obama told them to send him their CD when it’s finished. “He said he wanted to come over and hear us play but the Secret Service wouldn’t let him,” Mr. White said. They were invited to stay for the speech, after which, as the crowd cheered, Mr. Obama pointed to the band in the audience and said, “All right, Comfort Tech,” with a smile and a thumbs up. In a room of the “most important people in Pittsburgh, among these highly respected individuals,” Mr. Conner said the band felt like it had an inside joke with the president.