"Art has never been a popularity contest." -James Levine Sometimes, you might feel like you've heard it all, seen it all, and that nothing's original anymore. But I beg to differ. Just because great things have come before doesn't mean that there aren't great things happening right now. While it might "only" be a cover of a Kanye West song (which itself heavily samples a Ray Charles song, at one time featured here), I encourage you to listen to the Automatic's brilliant version of Gold Digger. And while the stories of the Universe I tell you about here don't tend to be my personal, original…
tags: NYC, Upper West Side, Manhattan, flowers, nature, image of the day Red rose bud, Rosa species. Photographed on Manhattan's Upper West Side near the corner West 83rd street and Amsterdam. Image: GrrlScientist, 27 May 2009 [larger view]. Roses originate in Central Asia. The rose has long been valued by people. For example, it was considered the "Flower of the Kings" by the Chinese. The Romans used the fragrant rose petals to produce perfume and as a symbol of luxury. Today, a red rose is typically considered a symbol of love and romance.
tags: NYC, Upper West Side, Manhattan, flowers, nature, image of the day Rose. 83rd and Amsterdam Avenue (Upper West Side of Manhattan). Image: GrrlScientist, 23 April 2009 [larger view]. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." -- Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2).
Macrosiphum rosae - Rose aphids Arizona