"The World Is Not Enough" is the theme song of the 1999 James Bond film of the same name, performed by alternative rock group Garbage(pictured in 2012). The song was written by composer David Arnold, who also scored the film, and lyricist Don Black, previously responsible for four other Bond songs. "The World Is Not Enough" was composed in the traditional style of the series' title themes contrasting with the post-modern production technique and genre-hopping sound that Garbage had established on their first two albums. Garbage recorded the majority of "The World Is Not Enough" while touring Europe, telephoning Arnold as he recorded the orchestral backing in London before travelling to England themselves. Afterwards the band finished production of the song in Canada. The lyrics reflect the point of view of the film's antagonist Elektra King, with themes of world domination and seduction. The song and accompanying soundtrack were released by Radioactive Records as the film premiered around the world at the end of November 1999. Upon release, "The World Is Not Enough" was widely acclaimed by reviewers, and reached the top forty of ten singles charts. (Full article...)
The Heart of the Andes is an oil painting on canvas completed by the American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church in 1859. It shows an idealized view of the Andes, which Church visited in 1853 and 1857. When it was first exhibited, the painting was a popular success, viewed by more than 12,000 people in a little less than a month. Poetry and music were written about it, and the painting was ultimately sold for $10,000 – at that time the highest price ever paid for a work by a living American artist. The Heart of the Andes was bequeathed by the owner, Margaret Dows, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art upon her death in 1909.