Issue 32

The Struggle, Rejection and Salvation edition

A weekly dispatch from What We Seee. Part of an ongoing mission to fulfil the cultural promise of the internet. An enriching and eclectic collection of music, art, film and stories. Think of it as your digital 5-a-day.

The struggle and salvation of Shoshana Bean and Travis Wall

A beautiful, impassioned acoustic cover of Shoshana Bean’s This Is Me directed, choreographed and produced by the immensely talented Travis Wall is overwhelming to listen to and made devastating and, eventually, heart-warming to watch. A story of personal struggle, identity crisis, despair and motherly support is made magical with the combination of these two extraordinary artists.

 

One of the finest opening scenes put to film

The opening scene of There Will Be Blood is sparse, simple and lacking in anything exceptional. Which allows it to grip and terrify you with alarming music, intensity, loneliness and pain.

 

The woman who saved abandoned children in China

Lou Xiaoying has been hailed a hero after details of her astonishing work with abandoned children emerged.

Suffering from kidney failure, she found and raised more than 30 abandoned Chinese babies from the streets of Jinhua, in the eastern Zhejiang province where she managed to make a living by recycling rubbish.

She and her late husband Li Zin, kept four of the children and passed the others onto friends and family to start new lives.

Her youngest son Zhang Qilin was found in a dustbin by Lou when she was 82.

‘Even though I was already getting old I could not simply ignore the baby and leave him to die in the trash. He looked so sweet and so needy. I had to take him home with me. I took him back to our home, which is a very small modest house in the countryside and nursed him to health. He is now a thriving little boy, who is happy and healthy.’

YEBBA’s heart was broken. Now she will break yours.

Listen to YEBBA pour out the devastation of betrayal in My Mind, for Sofar Sounds in New York. She summons the energy of a gospel choir in a solo performance

My muse is not a horse.
A letter from Nick Cave to MTV.

This Letters Live performance of Kylie Minogue reading a letter from Nick Cave to the producers of the MTV Music Awards.

When released in 1996, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ ninth album, the beautifully haunting, sometimes terrifying Murder Ballads, attracted critical praise from far and wide and went on to reach a larger audience than any of their previous records. This heightened popularity also resulted in Nick Cave being nominated for an MTV Award in the category of Best Male Artist – a situation that left Cave feeling distinctly uncomfortable and which, in October of that year, provoked this wonderful rejection letter from the musician to the event’s bemused organisers.


Cover photo by Slim Aarons who made a career, in his words, “photographing attractive people who were doing attractive things in attractive places.”


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