May 21, 2017

100 'Excellence in Entertainment' Performances

This might be the only post on my blog that has nothing to do with veganism and little to do with social justice. Thankfully, there is a side of me that appreciates and acknowledges excellence in humans. In random order, I share with you 100 inspiring performances. Included are sensational vocalists singing brilliant lyrics of various genres, from past to present. Also included are uplifting dance scenes, talented children, superb first auditions, and a few soul-thrilling 'oldies but goodies'.

I use YTD Downloader and download all these and many more (in best quality) and drag them into a 'VLC media player' playlist, then watch the best in entertainment with no commercials. (Also when watching them individually, go to settings (lower right corner) and watch in high definition.) 
Love Changes Everything by Michael Ball and Il Divo

A production of the humorous: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

(Irish Dancers) Riverdance: Reel Around the Sun

Amazing A Capella Group: Voctave - 'Someone Like You' 

Diva Duet: Barbra Streisand/Celin Dion duet - Tell Him

Cirque Du Soleil opening act of the Bafta Awards

'Good Morning' Song and Dance from Singing in the Rain

100 Voices of Gospel audition: 'This Little Light of Mine'

Bring Him Home - Alfie Boe/Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Jolly Holiday: Dick Van Dyke/Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins

The One and Only: Il Divo - formed by Simon Cowell 

Emile Sande: Nina Simone's: I Wish I Knew-Anti-Slavery Spiritual

Leona Lewis X-Factor Winner: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Josh Groban - Bring Him Home (Les Miserables) 

Pop-Opera singers: Il Divo - The Impossible Dream

Josh Groban - You'll Never Walk Alone

Andrea Bocelloi and Katharine McPhee - The Prayer 

Katherine Jenkins and Andrea Bocelli - I Believe

The best 'flash mob' ever!

Brilliant lyrics: 'Colors of the Wind' from Pocahontas

Let there Be Peace on Earth - Voctave A Capella

Sia - 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without a SMILE' - Annie

Blind Audition of We McDonald - Feeling Good

Classical 'Nessun Dorma' from BBC Proms 2015

Il Divo - 'Tonight' from West Side Story

'Goodnight My Someone' - Rebecca Luker

First audition of 'The Voice' winner: Tessanne Chin - 'Try'

'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' - Celin Dion

'A Whole New World' - Il Divo and Lea Salonga

Child Prodigy Jackie Evancho - 'Arms of an Angel'

A Capella group Voctave - When you Wish Upon a Star 

Best Song: 'Glory' from the movie Selma - Common/John Legend

Audition: Crooner: Sal Valentinetti on America's Got Talent

I See the Light - (Mandy Moore/Zachary Levi)

Linda Eder - Gold

Laura Osnes/Mormon Tabernacle Choir - If I Loved You

Il Divo / Celin Dion - I Believe in You

How to Handle a Woman - Santino Fontana/Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Gene Kelley "Singing in the Rain" scene

Jayna Brown audition singing 'Rise Up'

Laura Osnes/Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Climb Every Mountain

Cirque del Sole - breathtaking: Worlds Away

My Heart is Yours - Alfie Boe 

Solomia - The Voice Kids 2015 - Time to Say Goodbye

Beau Dermott - audition on BGT: 'Defying Gravity'

Il Volo - Beautiful Day

Colm Wilkinson - Bring Him Home - Les Miserables

Il Divo -  The Impossible Dream

Dick Van Dyke - Penguin Dance from Mary Poppins

Il Volo - This Time

The Tenors - Lead With Your Heart

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - Swingtime

Michael Ball Il Divo performing Love Changes Everything

Il Divo - Can You Feel the Love Tonight

The Great Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables

Josh Groban - To Where You Are

Andrea Bocelli - Can't Help Falling in Love

Collabro First Audition 'Stars' - won Britain's Got Talent

84 Year Young Ray Jessel with his hilarious original song

Auditioning on Asia's Got Talent - 'Speak Softly'

Donovan / Crystal Gayle - 'Catch the Wind'

Happy Days are Here Again - Barbra Streisand/Judy Garland

Placido Domingo and John Denver Delightful Duet

Forever Young - The Tenors

Yolanda Adams 'Change is Going to Come' at the White House

Amazing young acrobatic dancers on India's Got Talent

10 year old Jackie Evancho's mind-blowing audition on AGT

Introducing 'Riverdance' at the Eurovision Song Contest

Russian Boy Beautiful Rope Acrobatics - Super Kids

Sofie Dossi 14 year old contortionist act on AGT

Amazing synchronized jump roping act - Super Kids

Josh Groban - Pure Imagination

Alfie Boe - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Linda Eder - Powerful Rendition of Man of LaMancha

Alison Jiear audition BGT - You'll Never Walk Alone

12 year old songwriter Grace WanderVaal - wins AGT

Il Divo - Every Time I Look at You

Josh Groban - Live - 'You Raise Me Up'

Bars and Melody audition - anti-bully rap song: Hopeful

Spellbound Gymnasts audition on BGT - and won!

The Seekers - For the Times; They are a Changin'

Linda Eder - Someone Like You

All I Ask of You - Josh Groban/Kelly Clarkson

Brian Justin Crum's powerful version: 'Man in the Mirror'

Katherine Jenkins - 'Love Never Dies' (Andrew Lloyd Weber)

I Didn't Know My Own Strength - Andrea Faustini

Sam Bailey - My Heart Will Go On

'Somewhere' - Josh Groban / Charlotte Church

Sarah Bareilles 'You've Got a Friend' (Tribute to Carol King)

Lara Fabian - Broken Vow

Look For The Silver Lining / Tomorrow - Andrea McArdle

Julie Andrews - 'The Sound of Music'

Jennifer Hudson - Feeling Good

Leona Lewis - One Moment in Time

I'm Here - Jennifer Hudson honoring Oprah Winfrey, from The Color Purple

A scene from Lord of the Dance

A scene from Lord of the Dance with Michael Flately

May 14, 2017

Vegan Chalking Activism

I sometimes wonder about the cost of certain vegan educational events versus their effectiveness. Vegan "chalkavism" can be an effective and cheap form of vegan activism, while being meditative, artistic, and fun for the activist. Without verbally debating or arguing, you might spark someone thinking and searching for information. You just might peacefully and quietly make a vegan or two. As a sign-writer, may I advise that you use a ruler for straight lines and use block lettering. Red and white are the best stand-out colors with black lines for shadowing and highlighting,. Signs using fewer words are generally more effective. Think about the location and not putting it somewhere it will get rubbed out right away. It could also be advantageous to leave a link for further education. Hope these examples will inspire more. 

Vegan Chalk Challenge on Facebook

May 3, 2017

My Life's Philosophy - Briefly

My life's philosophy is opposed to 
oppression and injustice.

I am deeply offended when I hear of another innocent black youth
 that was killed by a U.S. police officer.

I'm appalled when I see a young girl shot 
for speaking up that girls should also have access to education in her country.

I'm shocked when I hear that gay people are 
put to death in some regions.

It is heart-wrenching when 
I watch documentaries on 
slavery, genocide, wrongful convictions, 
the Holocaust...

I'm appalled when world "leaders" 
threaten nuclear war

I am heartbroken by societal acceptance of unnecessary violence that's intentionally inflicted on feeling animals. We know that humans can live vegan, so why are humans
still torturing and killing animals?

Live Vegan for Peace on Earth, finally, 
once and "FOR ALL".

~ M Butterflies Katz
May 2017

April 7, 2017

Heartwarming Short Videos of 'Humans and Animals'

As seen in the following short videos, animals have feelings. They are beings capable of deep emotion. They seek comforting and attention, as we do - and we often find this in our inter-species bonds. All animals, including humans, care for their young. Animals love and want to be free from harm. Some of these are tear-jerkers! Some are just plain adorable. Some of them are brilliant rescues caught on film. Enjoy, and hopefully see that we should live respectfully towards other species. The least we can do is live without intentionally exploiting and harming animals. Living nonviolently necessitates living the vegan way of life. (If you want to see the videos on a larger screen, after opening them, you can click the "YouTube" icon, lower right corner.)

Beautiful man loving a calf

A truly amazing rescue!!!!!

Feeding Daisy (rat friend) is so cute!

Surprise guest found in closet. 

A reunion with a lion friend, now in the wild.

Short film of Albert the turkey hugging his dad. 

A boy sleeping with his duck friend.

A welcome home greeting from goose friend.

Cow lays on the dog bed. 

Wonderful footage of cow hugging. 

Runner stumbles upon animal needing rescuing.

Chicken hugging boy friend.

Inter-species bonding at an animal sanctuary.

Girl and her chicken friend.

African man brings water to thirsty animals.

Human - Gorilla Reunion

Respecting animals at vegan animal sanctuary.

Rescuers pull baby elephant from mud pond.

Helping pull ducklings from sewer.

Humpback whale rescued from fishing net.

A duck and young girl closely bonded.

A Monarch butterfly and Koala bear

Guy doing push-ups while kissing a rabbit.