Sunday morning music

I’m not feeling terribly musical this morning.  It’s been a long week, filled with bad news about the coronavirus pandemic and its effects.  We’ll muddle through it, and come out the other side, but it’s going to leave long-lasting disruption and changes in its wake. I’ll let Harve Presnell sum it up with his famous song from the musical movie “Paint Your Wagon“, long a favorite of mine.  (A quick note:  if the embedded video below won’t play, it’s because of the slowed-down streaming speeds implemented by many service providers, to allow for more home-based Internet traffic during the coronavirus quarantine.  You

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Sunday morning music

One of the advantages of the so-called “digital age” is that it allows us to recreate sounds and sound effects that had long been lost to history.  One can electronically alter what one hears so that it resembles sounds that were made long ago, but which can’t be accurately reproduced today for any number of reasons. One of those sounds is the Orthodox liturgical chant used in the Hagia Sophia cathedral in Constantinople, later a Moslem mosque following the fall of that city in 1453, and today a museum.  The acoustics of the Hagia Sophia were legendary, and added greatly to the impact of the liturgical

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Sunday morning music

This video clip (or, rather, a link to it) was sent in by one of my readers, who wishes to remain anonymous – presumably for fear of the composer’s revenge!  It’s the legendary Spike Jones and his orchestra, playing what’s described as a “Tchaikovsky medley”.  I bet the even more legendary Russian never even dreamed that his music would be subjected to torture re-interpretation like this! Oh, well . . . There are many Spike Jones videos on YouTube, where his musical and comic genius shines through.  Great fun, if you’re in the mood for some really light (and light-hearted) music.  Here, for example, is a not-quite-performance of the Poet and

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Sunday morning music

A few weeks ago, friend, fellow author and fellow blogger Cedar Sanderson sent me a link to the video clip below.  It features the guqin, an ancient Chinese zither-like instrument that defies precise comparison with Western instruments.  It’s a lovely piece. Wikipedia describes the guqin as follows: The guqin is a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family. It has been played since ancient times, and has traditionally been favoured by scholars and literati as an instrument of great subtlety and refinement, as highlighted by the quote “a gentleman does not part with his qin or se without good reason,”

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Sunday morning music

A few days ago I was browsing through some blogs when I came across a piece of music at The Feral Irishman’s place.  I’d never heard it before, and never heard of the group – Airbag.  It reminded me strongly of Pink Floyd’s music, so I decided to find out more about them. The group’s Web site doesn’t appear to have been updated since 2016, but it contains this bio of the band. Airbag was formed in 2004 by five classmates from Oslo, Norway. The band recorded their first EP, Come On In, the same year, followed by Sounds That I Hear (2006)

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Sunday morning music

A few days ago I was browsing through some blogs when I came across a piece of music at The Feral Irishman’s place.  I’d never heard it before, and never heard of the group – Airbag.  It reminded me strongly of Pink Floyd’s music, so I decided to find out more about them. The group’s Web site doesn’t appear to have been updated since 2016, but it contains this bio of the band. Airbag was formed in 2004 by five classmates from Oslo, Norway. The band recorded their first EP, Come On In, the same year, followed by Sounds That I Hear (2006)

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Sunday morning music

A discussion with another writer brought today’s topic to mind.  She told me she selects background music with specific reference to the genre in which she’s writing.  For example, if she’s writing fantasy, she’ll play music from a movie in that genre, or general music that focuses on that sort of theme.  She’ll even tailor the music to suit the specific scene (so that, say, a battle scene will involve fairly martial, warrior-type music, perhaps from Scandinavian thrash metal groups).  I don’t take it that far, but I realized that I do pick music to write to so that the former “fits”

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Sunday morning music

Britain is to officially leave the European Union on January 31st, 2020.  It’ll continue to observe EU rules and regulations for the rest of the year while an agreement on future relations with that body is hammered out, and will become fully free of their encumbrance at the end of this year (at least, that’s the current plan). To honor Britain and its people as they regain some of their independence, and in the hope that the island nation may be restored to at least some of its former glory, here’s a quintessentially English anthem.  It’s “Jerusalem”, a poem by William Blake set to

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