It is a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in New York City as I sit here with an open box of clementines keeping me company (and somewhat sticky) as I type this up. I am sure it is chilly outside but with the sun streaming through the window it is toasty. I feel like a cat on a windowsill barely being able to keep my eyes open. Ah, it is less than a week to go till I head off to warm southern climes where a pool and many juicy mangoes await me. My pool reading arrived yesterday via Amazon - two French pulp novels of yesteryear - Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief by Maurice Leblanc and Fantomas by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre.
Here are some selections from the soundtrack to the truly classic film, Tsui Hark's Once Upon a Time in China. Looking at the pictures that were included on the insert made me feel like I need to visit the film again soon - it is just a great movie - Tsui at his best and of course Jet Li as well. The main theme song is famous and always brings back instant images of Wong Fei Hung training his students on the beach. There are two versions of the song (written by the legendary James Wong) that is based on a Chinese folk song from the Ming Dynasty (according to Wikipedia) - the first here in Cantonese is from George Lam and the second is in Mandarin from Jackie Chan. The rest are instrumentals that I tried joining together with some software but I was unsuccessful. I thought it would be easier than having to click on each individual song, but such is life.