This is a good version of ‘Astounding Eyes of Rita’ with a lot of improvisation.
I remember going to a party quite a few years ago (excuse for drinking some beers with good people) at Khasab Oman; they had a local Oud player as guest of honour who when improvising was amazing. This reminds me of that evening, although I think we all got a little less compos mentis than we should have been. 😎
I complain about UK weather ! but this is the real thing.
Edward Elgar Statue – Great Malvern.
Buried in Little Malvern cemetery.
1st Movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto as performed by cellist Jacqueline Du Pre with Daniel Barenboim
P.S – sorry about the video pop-ups – it’s the only version I can find.
These albums conjure up thoughts of the desert, camels & an uncomplicated life: no crowds of people rushing, I don’t know where, no cars, no cacophony of discordant sounds.
If you like minimalist music then listen to this by Simeon ten Holt. who was a Dutch contemporary classical composer.
You need 1 hour 11 mins & 47 sec. I suggest a good bottle of wine and a quiet time without distraction: enjoy !
Alma Deutscher: Born February 2005 in Oxford.
In response to her music – some people have said that one should not compose beautiful melodies in the 21st century, but that music must reflect the complexity and ugliness of the modern world.
Her answer !
“But I think that these people just got a little bit confused. If the world is so ugly, then what’s the point of making it even uglier with ugly music?”.
I thought I would wake you all on this sleepy Sunday 🙂 Her voice has some power !
A great jazz version of the well-known Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo: taken from the album Concierto by the Jim Hall sextet.
With a glass of Chateau Musar: A red wine from grapes grow in the Beqaa Valley Lebanon.
Please click the link for the wine & get an interesting insight into a family run vineyard that has gone through great travails keeping this wine in production.
Gosh……. what more can I say.
How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice.
It’s been downhill ever since……..
I am not sure how long this will stay – it is well worth the 29 mins spent listening and then go to the version below and be transported to another reality: I have 15 different recordings (obsession – no… I just love music that can make one stop & listen without distraction) my excuse anyway 🙂
The extended ‘C’ is delightful and without strain or vibrato in the version below.
I like this and for a Heavy Metal band, which is not normally my choice of music, it’s an exceptional version IMHO.
The accompanying video is not bad either 😉
And now my memories are fading
Like melting footprints in the snow
It’s a long time since I last listened to John Mayall – very remiss of me ……… but rectified with a complete discography being donated my way 🙂
Simon & Garfunkel – Silent Night / ABC News
Nothing else needs to be said.
“And once you are awake, you shall remain awake eternally…”
Friedrich Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
I stumbled on this … make your own mind up 🙂
The Tallis Scholars under the direction of Peter Phillips.
Wonderful stuff !
The Oud played by Omar Metioui with words from the poem:
A garden among the flames
a garden among the flames!
My heart can take on
a meadow for gazelles,
a cloister for monks,
For the idols, sacred ground,
Ka’ba for the circling pilgrim,
the tables of the Torah,
the scrolls of the Qur’án.
I profess the religion of love;
wherever its caravan turns along the way,
that is the belief,
the faith I keep.
A poem by:
Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad ibnʿArabī al-Ḥātimī aṭ-Ṭāʾī.
Better known as: Ibn Arabi – I think you can see why. 25 July 1165 – 8 November 1240.
He was a renowned Andalusia Sufi mystic and philosopher.
One of his students asked Buddha, “Are you the messiah?”
“No”, answered Buddha.
“Then are you a healer?”
“No”, Buddha replied.
“Then are you a teacher?” the student persisted.
“No, I am not a teacher.”
“Then what are you?” asked the student, exasperated.
“I am awake”, Buddha replied.
“La nina de las flores” from La Juderia album, Yasmin Levy.
I gave a girl a flower
And I called her the flower girl
Thus, for many years
His head was adorned
And I smelled her scent
And one day the girl disappeared
And I knew I would not see her any more
And in the middle of the road
I saw a flower a little tired
And I knew that was the flower
From my girl
From flower girl.
Been playing this album on my Landrover stereo and all I can say is …….. Gosh what a voice !
Radio Luxembourg on the wireless – now that takes me back 🙂
Click on YouTube link bottom right – embed has been disabled.
Looking at Murray Foote’s travelogue from India, I thought I would enjoy some music by Anoushka Shankar, the daughter of Pandit Ravi Shankar: it must be in the blood ! But she is a wonderful musician in her own right.