The days of innocence and fun. Then again there was the Vietnam war (remembering the French with ‘Bataille de Diên Biên Phu’ being ignored by America / UK / Australia, et al.) the shadow of the The Bay of Pigs invasion, The Cuban Missile crisis and J.F.K assassinated, not forgetting a positive “one small step for man….”, and the present generation think they’re badly done by.
I don’t think so.
……I can see by your coat, my friend you’re from the other side
There’s just one thing I got to know
Can you tell me please who won?
Say can I have some of your purple berries?
Yes, I’ve been eating them
For six or seven weeks now haven’t got sick once
Probably keep us both alive……
“purple berries” (potassium iodine pills) taken prior to radiation exposure and help counter the effects of radioactive iodine on the thyroid.
I love this version of the theme tune from ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ the 1968 original with Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway.
As for the remake in 1999, the less said, the better.
by Lewis Carroll
When midnight mists are creeping,
And all the land is sleeping,
Around me tread the mighty dead,
And slowly pass away.
Lo, warriors, saints, and sages,
From out the vanished ages,
With solemn pace and reverend face
Appear and pass away.
The blaze of noonday splendour,
The twilight soft and tender,
May charm the eye: yet they shall die,
Shall die and pass away.
But here, in Dreamland’s centre,
No spoiler’s hand may enter,
These visions fair, this radiance rare,
Shall never pass away.
I see the shadows falling,
The forms of old recalling;
Around me tread the mighty dead,
And slowly pass away.
The magnificent voice of the late Luciano Pavarotti.
My introduction to opera, he was a sad loss.
“Hello children, everywhere!” for those in UK of rather advanced years – think ‘Light Programme’ Saturday mornings from 9.10 to 9.55.
Not made any music posts for some time – here is one of my Jazz favourites.
My SME series III arm and Ariston Transcription turntable.
Got my UK Hi Fi running after many years of being in semi storage, Vinyl was not practical in Oman, if you could even buy any !
I now have my Quad amplifier and record deck playing again; gave it a good service as capacitors do not like long-term storage – some needed replacing as they have a nasty habit of exploding with a messy bang when old and not used.
I don’t only use film cameras, I also have analogue audio 🙂
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 🙂