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 🙂
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 🙂