Music and Other
I am not particularly a fan of a lot of the New Age philosophies basically because most are a mish mash of the old, the new and the crazy. A lot of the philosophies also tend to be very self centred. So New Age philosophies can include useful practices such as meditation (which is really "Old Age" regurgitated) but can also include things like crystals. However this said I must also say that I like some of the music that has come out of this genre.
Sacred Earth are a duo who are based in Queensland. Their music is great and I particularly like this song which I have heard them perform live. I seem to remember them saying at the time that it was a prayer or a call to Shiva, the Hindu God, to destroy all misconceptions so that they may see the world clearly as it really is. As I don’t understand the language that the song is sung in I can’t verify this. For really beautiful songs I don’t believe that it is necessary to understand the words.
Temple of Silence - Deuter
This is a little bit more music in the New Age genre. This music is very beautiful and relaxing.
Caoineadh Cú Chulainn (Lament) - Davy Spillane
This performance appeared in the middle of the Riverdance show and was easily the best aspect of the show. Davy Spillane playing the Uilleann pipes (which is the Irish version of the bagpipes). It is very mournful.
Nessun Dorma - Pavarroti
Pavarotti, the best tenor of our era singing one of the most popular operatic arias. Can't get much better than this. None Shall Sleep - not with that voice around.
O Mio Bambino Cara
Talking about popular opera, another hugely popular aria. This time sung by someone who has the one of the sweetest voices in opera.
Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
What can I say about this piece. It is so beautiful yet so sad. Which is understandable when you learn that the composer, Henryk Górecki, was inspired to write the music and words after reading the words scratched into the walls of Nazi concentration camp cells.
Moonlight Sonata - Wilhelm Kempff
For some beautiful light finger work you don’t get much better than Wilhelm Kempff. Brilliant touch. Some versions of Moonlight Sonata sound like elephants stomping on the keyboard – not this bloke. Thoughtful finesse. I love his expression – he is really feeling it.
Hildegard and Palestrina
I was only recently introduced to Palestrina and Hildegard and the music of the Middle Ages. Simply lovely. I will have to get more.
Hildegard Von Bingen - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3TgjlQD1qQ
Palestrina - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pp0XUU6Rmk
Concerto de Aranjuez - Pepe Romero
Another beautiful piece of music with a sad back story. It was written by the composer at a time he and his wife were mourning the loss of their child. The old couple pictured in the video are actually the composer Rodrigo and his wife. His sight was failing at this stage.
Pie Jesu – Angelis
Marble Halls - Enya
Often when a popular singer tries the classical repertoire it doesn't work. That is not the case with Enya. She sings it better than most operatically trained singer - you can understand each word of the song. (Often it is worse when classical singers try to tackle the popular repertoire - usually it doesn't work, their over trained voices just don't suit the style.)
Recent / Popular
To Her Door - Paul Kelly
One of my favourite singer songwriters.
From Little Things Big Things Grow
Kev Carmody, another of my favourite singer song writers. Why isn't he better known - his song writing is first class. Here he sings the popular song with the co-writer, Paul Kelly.
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Many have tried but none have succeeded in performing a better version of this song. He sings with a smile in his voice.
Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Roger Waters
Roger Waters, ex of Pink Floyd, singing a Bob Dylan
Roger Waters, ex of Pink Floyd, singing a Bob Dylan classic.
Song of Bernadette - Jennifer Warnes
Jennifer Warnes is the best interpreter of Leonard
Cohen's songs. Her CD "Famous Blue Raincoat" is a must
have for any music collection. I wonder why she never
did another CD after this one dedicated to the vast
repertoire of Leonard Cohen.
Jennifer Warnes is the best interpreter of Leonard Cohen's songs. Her CD "Famous Blue Raincoat" is a must have for any music collection. I wonder why she never did another CD after this one dedicated to the vast repertoire of Leonard Cohen.
Another Leonard Cohen song this time by Alison Crowe. Just disproved my earlier statement - others can sing Cohen songs very well. Its the quality of the music and writing that makes it so good (though what are the lyrics really about?)
Sisters of Mercy - Leonard Cohen
The master himself, Leonard Cohen. Some people don't
like his voice, thinking it to be a bit mournful. I
think it is perfect for the types of songs he writes.
The master himself, Leonard Cohen. Some people don't like his voice, thinking it to be a bit mournful. I think it is perfect for the types of songs he writes.
Thank You for Hearing Me - Sinead O'Connor
Another great singer songwriter. Great voice, great songs.
Everybody Hurts - The Corrs unplugged
I have a love hate relationship with the Corrs. I hate their over produced music that they generally release. It is produced to within an inch of its life, so much so it has no soul left. However I like their "unplugged" versions of the songs. Please Corrs, you've made enough money now, sack your producers and only do unplugged.
Father and Son - Cat Stevens & Yusuf Islam
Another singer song writer (yes he is only one person - two stages of life). It is great the way he varies his voice when he sings the Father's part to when he sings the Son's part. It is also interesting to hear how his voice has changed over the intervening years between the two versions. (He doesn't quite get the Son right in the second version.)
Cat Stevens - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q29YR5-t3gg
Yusuf Islam - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cpX1ZjuaiA
Stop - Sam Brown
Good singer, good song.
El Condor Pasa - Simon & Garfunkel
Solid Rock - Goanna
Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
This song has the great quality of pathos. You can hear the world weariness is the singing.
I was only 19 - Redgum
An unofficial anthem of the Vietnam vets. I am very
glad I was too young to be called up for that war, or
any war. I am sure it would have changed me
significantly as it has changed many who were
conscripted or volunteered to go.
An unofficial anthem of the Vietnam vets. I am very glad I was too young to be called up for that war, or any war. I am sure it would have changed me significantly as it has changed many who were conscripted or volunteered to go.
Two nice songs
I am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger - Joan Baez
Send In the Clowns - Judy Collins
Send In the Clowns - Judy Collins
One of the many documentaries available on YouTube looking at Climate Change. This bloke puts up a reasonable case.
A Machine To Die For - The Quest For Free Energy
An enjoyable study of eccentricity – and obsession. The lengths they would go to and the contraptions they would build. The big wheel is fantastic - I love the way he counted the spokes as they went past - giving each a little push as they passed. It is not perpetual motion (applied maths and physics teachers - get your Year 11 and 12 students to explain why it isn't). Still it is a remarkable construction. (So why does it go round? Well it would have low friction and a large angular momentum once it got going. And windmills also go round.)
The ball bearing track is great too - perhaps it is a perpetual motion machine! (I would have to know the inner workings in the central column before writing it off completely.) He should sell it to a museum with a money back guarantee if it has stopped working in two years. It would be a great hit. In fact I am sure every museum in the world would want one - if it works - so he could make a fortune manufacturing them and selling them to museums around the world and make a real name for himself in history. Instead he has it locked up in a vault at this house.
A lot of the people shown in this documentary don't understand the basics of physics, engineering and the laws of thermodynamics. This is their weakness - but it might also be their strength. Their imaginations are not restrained by the accepted wisdom allowing them to dream up and then experiment with ideas that anyone with the accepted knowledge would have dismissed soon after having the idea. It also means that they can waste an awful amount of time going down dead ends. However it is their time and if they enjoy it then why not. And who knows - they may stumble across something - a breakthrough that works - that others may have dismissed soon after the idea stage. But I won’t be holding my breath (nor, more importantly, investing my money.)
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