Just for Laughs - Maria Bamford - Patrice O'Neal

Just for Laughs - Maria Bamford - Patrice O'Neal


- Free Speech Show - 

-  Predictions for the Next Century -

 - Television Pilot- 

Videotaped in December 1998

The Free Speech Show is a comedy/talk format program hosted by Bill Bronner. Each show focuses on a specific topic. Comedians take turns delivering a monologue on the topic followed by a panel discussion.

Comedy Nation
Host: Bill Bronner
Performer: Warren Thomas
Performer: Rick Overton

Performer: Maria Bamford

Performer: Patton Oswalt

Performer: Peter Spruyt
Executive Producer: Fred Joyal
Director: Eric Swanson
Producer: January Thomas
Technical Director: Dave Plunkett



The Danish Poet

I am thrilled to little pieces to be able to share The Danish Poet with you.  Created in a 2006 this animated short film was written, directed, and animated by Torill Kove and narrated by Liv Ullmann.

This delightful animated film focuses on Kasper Jørgensen a sad and lonely Danish poet in the 1940s.  His psychiatrist suggests that he travels on the ferry from Copenhagen to Norway to meet his favorite author, Sigrid Undset.

He agrees but gets waylaid by the Norwegian weather and takes refuge at a farm where he meets Ingeborg, the farmer’s daughter.

The two fall in love but fate gets in the way.  How Kasper and Ingeborg finally get together is something, I think, for you to discover for yourself but (without spoiling any surprise) it is more than their own fates that are at stake here.

The Danish Poet is a co-production of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and 

Mikrofilm AS 

of Norway, it has won both the Academy Award (the Oscar!) and Genie Award for best animated short film in 2006.

Is it possible to trace the chain of events that led to our own birth? Is our existence just coincidence? Do little things matter?
In The Danish Poet the narrator ponders these question as we embark on a holiday to Norway with Kaspar, a poet whose creative well has run dry.

The Danish Poet received the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2007!

Norwegian Title: Den danske dikteren
Director: Torill Kove
Screenplay: Torill Kove
Producer: Lise Fearnley, Mikrofilm
Co-production: Marcy Page, The National Film Board of Canada
Animation team: Astrid Aakra, Torill Kove, Bjarte Agdestein, Stephanie Duong, Yin Ko Lee, Siv Nordsveen, Anja Ruud, Helene Bisgaard, Morten Nyutstumo,Magnhild Winsnes, Randall Finnerty, Anne Ashton, Annely Põldsaar, Linn Høyer-Pedersen, Ketil Bruun Andersen, Yin Ko Lee, Neerajkumar Patel, Jason Smalridge, Jason Smalridge, Martin Ciastko, Sue Gourley
Narrator: Liv Ullmann
Sound design: Håkon Lammetun, Lydhodene AS
Music: Kevin Dean
Editing: Phyllis Lewis


Patton Oswalt - My Weakness is Strong

Patton Oswalt's 2009 Stand-Up - My Weakness is Strong!

Forget that it opens with a sweet story about getting an "I Love You" text from the Wife; it doesn't take long for 'My Weakness Is Strong' to get to one of those great, gross, and strange Patton Oswalt lines, which in this case is ".. Bring forth my doom spawn from your stink crevice and prove the Gypsy wrong!" 

First Aid Kit på Skavlan - sings 'EMMYLOU'

Our Wedding Song | cdza Opus No. 18

For Valentine's Day, CDZA takes a trip to a Senior Living center to share the stories of four couples and perform the songs they were married to.

Very very special thanks to Whitney Bryant and Brookdale Senior Living -- The Hallmark Battery Park City, New York City.

Download "My Funny Valentine" as performed by cdza for free @






This old early song by me -Jim- illustrates how bad i felt...when...im not sure 2005 or 06 perhaps. I did mean the words -if you are able to understand the harsch vocals- literally...I had this feeling that soon i was gone out of all now livings active memory and...then what...nothing of course, and it wasnt so. 
But what you hear was true then..today i more and more see myself as one of the lucky ones...not sure how...anyways....phuuiiuuu that isolation isnt cramming me now....=D  JimB

Strömstedt och Freud på turné - Terapi från teaterscenen

Show, föreställning eller vad ska man kalla det? Niklas Strömstedt och terapeuten Per Naroskin är inte helt säkra själva, men musik och terapi blir det i en annorlunda mix när de nu möts på teaterscenen. ABC besökte repititionerna som regisseras av Sissela Kyle.

Premiären på Strömstedt och Freud är i Gävle 20 februari och sedan turnérar föreställningen runt i landet. 6 mars spelas den för första gången i Stockholm på Rival.


Eddie Vedder - Society Into the Wild HD

Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama film directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer based on the travels of Christopher McCandless across North America and his life spent in the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s. The film stars Emile Hirsch as McCandless with Marcia Gay Harden andWilliam Hurt as his parents and also features Catherine KeenerVince VaughnKristen Stewart, and Hal Holbrook.
The film premiered during the 2007 Rome Film Fest and later opened outside of Fairbanks, Alaska on September 21, 2007. It was later nominated for two Golden Globes and won the award for Best Original Song "Guaranteed" by Eddie Vedder. It was also nominated for two Academy Awards including Holbrook for Best Supporting Actor.[4]

he film is presented in a nonlinear narrative, jumping back and forth between McCandless's time spent in Alaskan wilderness and his two-year travels leading up to his journey to Alaska. The plot summary here is told in a more chronological order.

In May 1992, Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) arrives in a remote area just north of the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska and sets up a campsite in an abandoned bus. At first, McCandless is content with the isolation, the beauty of nature around him, and the thrill of living off the land. He hunts wild animals with a .22 caliber rifle, reads books, and keeps a diary of his thoughts as he prepares for himself a new life in the wild.

Two years earlier in May 1990, McCandless graduated with high honors from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly afterwards, McCandless rejects his conventional life by destroying all of his credit cards and identification documents. He donates nearly all of his entire savings of $24,000 to Oxfam and sets out on a cross-country drive in his well-used, but reliable Datsun to experience life in the wilderness. However, McCandless does not tell his parents Walt (William Hurt) and Billie McCandless (Marcia Gay Harden) nor his sister Carine (Jena Malone) what he is doing or where he is going, and refuses to keep in touch with them after his departure, leaving them to become increasingly anxious and eventually desperate.

At Lake MeadArizona, McCandless' car is caught in a flash flood causing him to abandon it and begin hitchhiking instead. He burns what remains of his dwindling cash supply and assumes a new name: "Alexander Supertramp." In Northern California, McCandless encounters a hippie couple named Jan Burres (Catherine Keener) and Rainey (Brian H. Dierker). Rainey tells McCandless about his failing relationship with Jan, which McCandless would rekindle. By September, McCandless stops in Carthage, South Dakota to work for a contract harvesting company owned by Wayne Westerberg (Vince Vaughn), but he is forced to leave after Westerberg is arrested for satellite piracy.

McCandless then travels to the Colorado River and, though told by park rangers that he may not kayak down the river without a license, ignores their warnings and paddles downriver until he eventually arrives in Mexico. There, his kayak is lost in a dust storm and he crosses back into the United States on foot. Unable to hitchhike, he starts traveling on freight trains to Los Angeles, California. Not long after arriving, however, he starts feeling "corrupted" by modern civilization and decides to leave. Later, McCandless is forced to switch his traveling method back to hitchhiking after he is beaten by the railroad police.

In December 1991, McCandless arrives at Slab City in the Imperial Valley region of California, and encounters Jan and Rainey again. There, he meets Tracy Tatro (Kristen Stewart), a teenage girl who shows interest in McCandless, but he rejects her because she is underage. After the holidays, McCandless decides to continue heading for Alaska, much to everyone's sadness. While camping near Salton City, California, McCandless encounters Ron Franz (Hal Holbrook), a retired man who recounts the story of the loss of his family in a car accident while he was serving in the United States Army. He now occupies his time in a workshop as an amateur leather worker. Franz teaches McCandless the craft of leatherwork, resulting in the making of a belt that details McCandless' travels. After spending several months with Franz, McCandless decides to leave for Alaska despite this upsetting Franz, who has become quite close to McCandless. On a parting note, Franz gives McCandless his old camping and travel gear along with the offer to adopt him as his grandchild, but McCandless simply tells him that they should discuss this after he returns from Alaska; then departs.

Four months later at the abandoned bus, life for McCandless becomes harder and he becomes less discerning. As his supplies begin to run out, he realizes that nature is also harsh and uncaring. In the pain of realization, McCandless concludes that true happiness can only be found when shared with others and seeks to return from the wild to his friends and family. However, he finds that the stream he had crossed during the winter has become wide, deep, and violent due to the thaw, and he is unable to cross. Saddened, he returns to the bus, now as a prisoner who is no longer in control of his fate and can only hope for help from the outside. In a desperate act, McCandless is forced to gather and eat roots and plants, but he confuses similar plants and eats a poisonous one, thus as a result falls sick. Slowly dying, he continues to document his process of self-realization and accepts his fate, as he imagines his family for one last time. He writes a farewell to the world and crawls into his sleeping bag to die. Two weeks later, his body is found by moose hunters. Shortly afterwards, Carine returns her brother's ashes by airplane from Alaska to Virginia in her backpack.

Kurt Weil - Lotte Lenya - September Song

September Song

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"September Song" is an American pop standard composed by Kurt Weill
with lyric by Maxwell Anderson, introduced by Walter Huston in the 1938 Broadway musical 
It has since been recorded by numerous singers and instrumentalists. 
It was also used in the 1950 film S
and for the credits in the television series 
(a quote from the opening line of the song).

Nick Cave - Tributes - Mack The Knife

Tom Waits - Kurt Weil - What Keeps Mankind Alive

Television - Little Johnny Jewel, Live '78

A standout track from The Blow Up, a '78 live show released as an official release cassette on the ROIR label in the early '80s, followed by an unauthorized CD. Previously, vinyl LP & cassette bootlegs of the show had circulated. It's a recording of a March 20, 1978 Television show at the Long Island, NY club "My Father's Place". 

Discography trivia: I've seen "The Blow Up" sometimes described as a compilation of songs from various '78 shows, but my impression of its origin's different. 'Cause, when The Blow Up first came out on cassette, I was sure (was I mistaken?) the whole tape was identical to a bootleg cassette I already had of one specific '78 show from My Father's Place club, except The Blow Up inexplicably left out the song "Poor Circulation" the bootleg tape included. 

More trivia: A small section of the song never got recorded, as the audience member taping it had to change cassettes before the song ended. Can you hear where Tom's solo near the end stops abruptly, & then they're already into the last section of the song? It was more noticeable on cassette bootleg circulated in the late '70s, as a short, silent gap was left on the bootleg tape versions. By the time it was issued on The Blow Up, they'd edited it together tidily.

Feb. 2012 Update: For those interested in old/rare Television/Tom V. articles, here's a link to a file I uploaded of scans of approx. 60 articles/interviews (most contain interview content):


I collected them between 1978 & 1990, & the articles date from '74 to '90. The Wonder fan site has an excellent articles collection (mostly text files), but many of my articles aren't yet available there. I finally got around to digitizing mine & making them available to other fans to download. Also, here's a link to a file of scans of my copy of book "The Night", a poetry book(let) by Tom Verlaine & Patti Smith, published 1976: 


Mark Knopfler AND Emmy lou Harris - I Dug up a Diamond

Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris performing live during their tour 'All the roadrunning'. 


Universal Newsreel December 10, 1945 - Christmas/Eisenhower/Stilwell/War Relief/Aviation - 1945


A Universal Newsreel from December 10, 1945 featuring a Christmas report and Dwight Eisenhower.



► Christmas Brings Joy To Everyone
► Gen. "Ike" New Chief of Staff
► Gen. Stilwell Gives DSC To Hero's Sister
► Archbishop Speaks For War Relief
► Aviation In The News

• DATE • December 10, 1945 



Why Measurement Matters | 2013 Annual Letter from Bill Gates

Here's How Data Can Solve the World's Most Challenging Problems

Swedish academic and Gapminder Foundation co-founder Hans Rosling says data doesn't always back up our conceptions about the world. In the video above, Rosling explains that our ideas about developed and developing countries largely reflect the reality of fifty years ago, rather than today.
The video, The River of Myth, was released to coincide with Bill Gates' annual letter, and shares its emphasis on the power of measuring to achieve progress.
Rosling begins by examining the huge gap between child mortality rates in developed and developing countries fifty years ago, in 1963. By 1990, many countries had made progress, while others, such as Ethiopia, had hardly moved. In the last decade, however, Ethiopia caught up significantly. Rosling says that the East African nation's rapid progress can be an example for the countries where child mortality rates are still crippling.
"To ensure that happens, we must measure the progress of countries. It's only by measuring that we can cross the river of myth," he says.
If others follow Ethiopia's lead, Rosling says, preventable child mortality can be history by 2030.

Thumbnail image courtesy of The Gates Notes

'Round the World in 18 Songs (Live at Google Zeitgeist '12) | cdza Opus No. 15

CDZA had the honor of performing at Google Zeitgeist, the annual intellectual summit held in Arizona. A global medley for global people. 

1) New Orleans - Saints Go Marching In
2) Jamaica - Stir it Up, Bob Marley
3) Peru - A traditional Peruvian melody
4) Argentina - Por una Cabeza
5) Ghana - Atwer Abroba by Ebo Taylor 
6) Spain - Traditional Spanish melody
7) Ireland - Rickett's Hornpipe
8) Italy - Paganini Caprice #24
9) Germany - Bach Prelude to Cello Suite #1
10) Hungary - 
11) Turkey - A traditional Turkish melody
12) Israel - Hava Nagila
13) North Pole - duhhhhh
14) South Korea - Gan
15) China - Galloping Horses (A traditional Chinese melody)
16) Australia - Down Under by Men at Work
17) My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
18) Sweet Home Chicago by Blues Brothers



The European Odyssey | Opus No. 14

Publicerad den 20 nov 2012
CDZA went to Europe having no real plan for creating experiments. As a result, all four experiments were inspired spontaneously by circumstances and surroundings in four cities along the trip: Paris, Berlin, Salzburg, and Prague. Which experiment do you like the most? Obviously #3 for us.

Special thanks to Leo Heubach and Peter Man Peterson for making the grand tour possible.

Also, visit that guy's music shop in Prague:
Radek Bubrle's shop: HUDEBNI NASTROJE
Naprstkova 10
110 00 Praha 1

Michael is playing a bass from NS Design 

       idiotjim is true and the truth shall set us free



History of Misheard Lyrics | Opus No. 13

Publicerad den 6 nov 2012
A couple of months ago we set off to create our most challenging "History" yet: a live-performed montage of favorite misheard lyrics throughout 70 years.

Featuring Ryan Melia and Loralee Gayer on Misheard Lyrical Activity
Michael is playing a bass from NS Design 

Evan Shinners on Piano
Allan Mednard on Drums
Michael T on Bass

Thanks to friends of cdza and kissthisguy.com for helping with research.


Filmed on: September 29th, 2012
Location: Terminus Recording Studios, NYC 

How to Get Kids Into Classical Music | Opus No. 12

How do you teach the classics to students today? How do you get students thinking critically about how Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach are relevant to music today? These composers provide the building blocks of modern music, and are necessary knowledge to a well-rounded musical education, but how do you get students to pay attention to these long-deceased classical music masters?

CDZA presents an innovative way to connect with students and teach them the classics.


American educator Ernest Boyer said that "aesthetic literacy is as basic as linguistic literacy." How are your students to learn about the rhythm of language, and non-verbal expression without a mastery of the basic concepts of music composition?

President Ronald Reagan said, "Civilizations are most often remembered for their art and thought." Giving students an entry point into eighteenth and nineteenth century music can interest them in the history of the music and study the society that produced it. Liberal arts education is unfortunately under threat with budget cutbacks across the U.S. But education in the arts is necessary to create a well-rounded person, foster intellectual development, and provide a cultural framework and aesthetic lens to appreciate great works of art. Furthermore, getting students interested in classical music through popular music today, can help drive interest and hopefully engage the next generation of great musicians to create their own work.


Teachers can use these entertaining exercises by CDZA as an entry point to teach their students the fundamentals of music. Why do the lyrics of a Katy Perry song work well with classical music? What underlying principles of music make this mashup happen? What underlying conventions of music composition allow two songs, written hundreds of years apart, come together as one?

In these exercises, teachers can help their students evaluate the songs in terms of the following:

- Timbre
- Beat and tempo
- Meter
- Pitch and mode
- Tonality
- Melody
- Texture and Harmony
- Understand principles of concise writing through song lyrics

Although many pop lyrics are dismissed as being overly simple, they show how one can convey emotions and ideas in the fewest words possible. Lyric writing is often quite difficult, and their brevity can help students better understand the writing process and how to pare down and edit words to crystallize an idea. Teachers can use these exercises to teach students writing fundamentals, such as how to communicate a single idea in a well-crafted and direct sentence.

These are just some examples of how the music discipline provides skills that transfer beyond listening to and playing music, and transfer to study, cognition, and communication skills. Can you identify more ways that these exercises create transferrable skills for students?

- Dr. Matt Werner
Philosopher Emeritus at CDZA University
Department of Musical Pedagogy

Starring Alyssa Lower and Aiden Medina

Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik meets LMFAO's Party Rock
Offenbach's "Can Can" meets Gaga's Bad Romance
Beethoven's Fur Elise meets Adel's Rolling in the Deep
Grieg's Peer Gynt Overture meets Carly Rae Jepson's Call Me Maybe
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony meets Katy Perry's "Wide Awake"
Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy meets One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful
Haydn's Surprise Symphony meets Justin Bieber's Baby
John William's Jurassic Park Theme meets Psy's Gangnam Style

Filmed on: August 3rd, 2012
Location: Terminus Recording Studios, NYC (http://www.terminusnyc.com)

City Streets, Famous Musicians | cdza Opus No. 11

In Lower Manhattan, streets are turned into music.

See a map of where we walked on Google Maps by clicking here:http://www.cdzastreets.com

Featuring Sam Reider, accordion [http://www.samreidermusic.comhttp://www.thetresamigos.net]
Eddie Barbash, saxophone [http://www.thetresamigos.net]
Mark Johnson, guitar
Allan Mednard, percussion [https://twitter.com/AllanMednard]

cdza. We create musical video experiments. New video every other Tuesday.


8 Milestones in Recorded Sound | cdza Opus No. 10

From Edison to T-Pain: cdza co-founder Matt McCorkle goes over the ways in which recording methods have changed, as we hear how music sounded like in each era.

cdza. We create musical video experiments. New video every other Tuesday.

Recorded at Terminus Recording Studios NYC 



The Human Jukebox | cdza Opus No. 9

Donations as votes. A fun and democratic way for street musicians to receive money.

cdza. We create musical video experiments. New video every other Tuesday.

Charles Yang on Violin: http://www.charlesyangmusic.com/
Michael Thurber on Bass http://www.michaelt.org
Eddie Barbash on Alto Saxophone: http://www.thetresamigos.net/

Money was sent to Wingspan Arts [http://www.wingspanarts.org], a non-profit that aims to expose diverse and young groups of people to the arts.


History of Wooing Women | cdza Opus No. 8

Men just don't romance ladies the way they used to...

Pianists in Paris | cdza Opus No. 4

No Steinways were harmed in the production of this video


We create musical video experiments.

Download the mp3 here: 


An Abridged History of Western Music in 16 Genres | cdza Opus No. 7

An abridged history of Western Music, performing 

"What a Wonderful World" in 16 different genres.

cdza. We create musical video experiments. 

Aces of Bass | cdza Opus No. 6

A literal tribute to the swedish pop sensation using 5 acoustic upright basses.

cdza. We create musical video experiments. New video every other Tuesday.

Download the mp3 here: http://cdzamusic.bandcamp.com/

NYC Phoneharmonic | cdza Opus No. 5

A wondrous orchestral medley of the iconic ringtones belonging to cell phone companies.

cdza. We create musical video experiments. New video every other Tuesday.

Download the mp3 here: http://cdzamusic.bandcamp.com/


Filmed on: May 20th, 2012
Location: Terminus Recording Studios, NYC

Fresh Prince - Google Translated - cdza Opus No. 16

CDZA co-founder Joe Sabia shows us what happens when we translate the lyrics of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through every language in Google Translate (64 times), and then taking what remains and translating it BACK into English.

Featuring Jeremie Harris as Will Smith.

Technically speaking, all but the first verse were translated. The lyrics were translated from English to the world's most spoken language (Mandarin), to the second most (Spanish), to the third most, to the fourth most, ETC, putting all 64 languages in order by finding the demographic population size on every language on Wikipedia. 

Fun facts: 
The last translation we put it through was "Esperanto", because apparently, only 10,000 people speak it.
No one has an official language of "Latin", but we had to assume a lot of people are still able to speak it. So that was a bit ambiguous. 
Proper Nouns never really changed. Neither did numbers, as you can tell in the last stanza, "7,8".
We have no idea why we did this.

Filmed on: December 10th, 2012
Location: Terminus Recording Studios, NYC (http://www.terminusnyc.com)