Swinging and Singing on the Sidebar

If you’re in search of an up beat for your feet today, then explore the music on the sidebar–that vertical column area to the left of the main post text. Aside from Chopin’s Nocturnes, Catch 22, Martin Luther King’s speech “Beyond Vietnam” and Medicine Buddha song/mantra the offerings are new discoveries and explorations for moi. The Speakeasy Three harken back to a bygone era and make it all their own–as do all the other vocalists and dancers. Some of them fall into the music genre of electro-techno swing–which is quite a lot of fun for my feet. Might be for yours too. I had some fun comparing and contrasting the videos as small and full scree for the visual fun. This isn’t a full blown Music Theme post, but it works fairly well by default. Enjoy.  If you’re in search of a music theme just surf the links via my last Music Theme post to explore what’s playing elsewhere.  Okay, I’ve got eggs to poach  .  .  .  .

Classical? Will Chopin, a little cello, The Pianist from Warsaw Radio, and maybe a train ride do it for you? ~ Oh yes, of course, this is a Music Theme for December 18, 2013.

Perhaps I should say a few words about how and why we’re here in classical music land. Or maybe not. Johnny picked it. Yes, the R.E.M man selected this Classical Music Theme.  Time for a non sequitur: I’m partial to certain music at certain times. While doing this post I indulged in Chopin, animation and a piece about history which found its way into book and film art via The Pianist.  One could truly go wild with this classical theme. Let’s face it, we could be all over the globe with classic this and classical that. At the moment, about all I can muster is a slow waltz. But the once scandalous waltz is better than nothing, is it not?

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Chopin ~ Fantasie Impromtu  A short animated film in black in white in honor of keyboards of all instruments.

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Chopin ~ Waltz Op Posth. in A minor  

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On The Waltz from Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waltz

In the 1771 German novel Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim by Sophie von La Roche, a high-minded character complains about the newly introduced waltz among aristocrats thus: “But when he put his arm around her, pressed her to his breast, cavorted with her in the shameless, indecent whirling-dance of the Germans and engaged in a familiarity that broke all the bounds of good breeding—then my silent misery turned into burning rage.”[4]

Vraschta’s Waltz [Improvised] – by Alexy Papazian

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Shocking many when it was first introduced,[10] the waltz became fashionable in Vienna around the 1780s, spreading to many other countries in the years to follow. It became fashionable inBritain during the Regency period, having been made respectable by the endorsement of Dorothea Lieven, wife of the Russian ambassador.[11]Almack’s, the most exclusive club in London, permitted the waltz from about 1812 on, though the entry in the Oxford English Dictionary shows that it was considered “riotous and indecent” as late as 1825.

What would they make of Lady Gaga and Madonna and the rest of the sex song singers? Hmm. There might be a lot of bonfires……..

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Departures ~ Cello solo ~ Ave Maria Gounod and movie theme.  We’re all born and we all die. It’s good to go out in style.  When his music world goes bust, a cellist has to find another way to put rice and fish on the kitchen table.  A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

How many stars do I give Departures as a film? *****  5 out of 5. IMDb  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1069238/

Ala Braulio

Geese? Geese? Yes, Geese again.

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Liszt in (less than) 200 seconds  Yeah, musicians have always been HOT STUFF–even way back then. I just could not resist sharing this creative music history lesson.  It’s fun. It won’t hurt.

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Mandelbrot Fractal Zoom: Bach, Fractals and the Art of Fugue —Fractals, math art, oh yeah, music deals with numbers and a lot of them. Huh, who knew? Maybe that’s why children who receive some form of music instruction while in school get stimulated to do things.  Oh I’m not saying what kind of things. Just things. Like thinking and such.

Harlan Brothers :

There is a poetic connection between the music of Bach and the famous fractal known as the Mandelbrot set. Bach’s compositions represented the height of Baroque sensibilities; intricacy, nested levels of adornment, and the suggestion of infinite space were compelling structural properties in the art and architecture of his day.

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The Lone Ranger & Tonto versus the Iron Horse Makers aka The Corrupt Military Industrial Complex ~~ Does Disney have any clue what a subversive film The Lone Ranger truly is?  I sincerely doubt it.  Neither do a lot of people who post bs on online about Depp’s makeup and the rest of the basically unimportant shyte. The important shyte is what’s going on–and still going– with the military industrial complex’s death grip on the world.  As for the music and the film, well,  hold onto your hat, because these guys are playing with dynamite! Not to mention that gun inside Red’s leg.

halonah paiss   “Guillermo Tell – Obertura – Gioacchino Rossini” 

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I can’t help but return to Chopin and a touch of history portrayed in film with this last piece. Here everything comes together–the actual pianist playing the music of specific historical moment in time. Can you imagine playing anything while under military attack?

The Pianist ~  W. Szpilman  Information on the film and the music ~> The Pianist on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pianist_(2002_film)

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Wladyslaw Szpilman plays F. Chopin: Nocturne C sharp-minor Op.[20] posth. Recorded in Warsaw at home in 1997. Cameraman Jaroslaw Mazur. Copyright 1998 by Andrzej Szpilman
Wladyslaw Szpilman (Wladek) played this music in the last live broadcast for the Polish Radio on 23.9.1939 . An hour later German bombs destroyed its power supply and the Warsaw Radio closed for long 6 years.

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Speaking of Warsaw Radio  — There is a new band which takes its name from the musicians who played on the Warsaw Radio Station in 1939. I stumbled upon the band while searching for another info video regarding the historical radio station. You can discover them online —>> http://www.warsaw-radio.com/ . Oh and they’re currently performing in the side bar videos. Their most recent video release is Light Up The Night and it’s headlining the recent post list aka mixed relish. Their music is  not classical, but the connection to the last musical selection above warrants drawing a line to their dot.  

Thanks Johnny.  I might never have discovered Warsaw Radio if not for your Classical Music Theme choice, and my own adherence to Dirk Gently’s holistic detective paradigm.  True story.  Yeah.

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Bear:  CLASSICAL   http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/music-themes-classical/
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Johnny: CLASSICAL COMPOSITION    http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/music-theme-december-18-classical-composition/
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Eva: CLASSICAL? WILL CHOPIN, A LITTLE CELLO, THE PIANIST FROM WARSAW RADIO, AND MAYBE A TRAIN RIDE DO IT FOR YOU? OH YES, OF COURSE, THIS IS A MUSIC THEME —                         https://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/classical-will-chopin-a-little-cello-the-pianist-from-warsaw-radio-and-maybe-a-train-ride-do-it-for-you-oh-yes-of-course-this-is-a-music-theme-for-december-18-2013/
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Deborah:  home page    http://myriad234.wordpress.com/
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Willow:   home page    http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/
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D.S. Nelson: home    http://hatpaintladdersandwonkypooh.wordpress.com/

 

 

Freedom To Be Free ~ Who Said There Could Be Music?

freedom

being free

is a not a package bought in a store

often fought for

mental, physical, political, social, spiritual, emotional . . .

wars in many forms

outworn hearts torn

open

freedom

if everyone wants to be free

why aren’t we?

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Song Of The French Partisan  via Buffy Sainte Marie

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Freedom ~~ Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton   frrom Django Unchained soundtrack

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“FreeDUMB”  John Trudell

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Electricity

Billy Elliot film images

Lyrics: Billy Elliot the Musical “Electricity” by Elton John

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Kundun  music by Philip Glass

“I will liberate those not liberated. I will release those not released. I will relieve those unrelieved. And set living beings in nirvana.”

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Cry Freedom  by  Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds

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Poland’s Dirge  by Chopin

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Chopin left Poland around 1830, just before the uprising of the Polish people against the government… This song, which was never meant to be published, was one of the songs that he composed for friends and private occasions, or just for himself… although it was not dated, I think it was about the tragic end to that uprising, when he was afraid for his family and friends still in Poland, and for the Polish people, and their hopes for freedom… Aleksandra Kurzak sings this patriotic song with a lovely legato line and a heartbreaking and exquisite sensitivity to the text and music…
Nelson Goerner is her excellent accompanist.

The words are important – here they are in English

Tree, so free and noble, fast thy leaves are falling!
From the grave a bird with mournful note is calling:
O! Poland misfortune hate thy home o’ertaken,
thy truehearted children from death shall never waken,
Ev’ ry town and village lonely watch is keeping,
Through the fields deserted wander women weeping,
All the sturdy reapers hath the wartime needed,
And the corn, fully ripened drop the grains unheeded

Warsaw saw the banners which our youths unfolded
Free united Poland shall in glorious form be molded.
And they fought in winter, fought when suns were burning
and the autumn found us still for freedom yearning
All in vain for freedom strove our valiant brothers
None were left to comfort Poland’s mourning mothers.

Did they fall in battle? Captive were they taken?
Did they haply wander homeless and forsaken?
Heaven itself hath left us, left us here to languish:
God and man desert us in our bitter anguish

O! unhappy Poland! unhappy Poland! O! Poland, O! Poland,
Were thy sons restored to us, could the brave that perished
Help once more afford us… All dismay and terror
from our breast would vanish, war no more our dear ones
from our homes would banish.

Though by hands of traitors, Poland’s freedom perish,
Still of Poland’s heroes shall the mem’ry flourish..

For information about when Poland was partitioned and ceased to exist –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poland

(note: all of this may change w/o notice as I reserve the right to revise freely)

Thanks to Johnny I have learned that we have a new player! Welcome, D.S. Nelson.  I swiped Johnny’s live links for your cyber blogging ease. 🙂  Do not miss the lovely Sea song at Johnny’s blogcasa–what a voice!

D.S. Nelson

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Willow http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/musical-theme-freedom/

Deborah

Johnny    http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/freedom-music-theme-for-november-17/

New addition to ‘the menu’–no fear, those pieorgies are here to stay!

Oh yeah, potato and onion pierogies boiled, then sauteed in real, and I do mean REAL , butter with chunks of white onions gently warmed is the stuff kitchen gods dream about.  Ahh…what could possibly improve upon the  accompanying spread of  Italian tuna, penne with red peppers, and chocolate ice cream? Polish Hamm, of course!!! Oh yes, momma! Dish up some thinly sliced Krakus Polish Ham on wheat bread with some whipped butter, red leaf lettuce, extra sharp cheddar cheese with sweet sweet gerkins on the side and there is my current answer to Yi-Ching Lin’s photos of cakes and dripping sandwhich dressings and hot dog vender carts at night and … oh just surf her blog and you’ll get hungry too!

She’s even got a red table ready and waiting! I kid not–http://ylphoto.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/sidewalk-performance/

Ahhh the clear decadance of Chopin Vodka straight up and neat, on the side please. ( Oh yeah that temptress passing herself off as a photographer has a bar scene too.) Speaking of Chopin, hmm is Rubenstein the best with those Nocturnes? Care to cast your vote for who piano-s Chopin best? You vote while I eat!!!

Oh while we’re talking food, let’s break out The Ravenous Muse, A Table of Dark and Comic Contents, a Bacchanal of Books— by Karen Elizabeth Gordon–delicious! Now the menu is set–for the moment at least. All that’s lacking is hungry company–all writers/bloggers are invited!

Joyride or Another Ed Adventure in Driving

Ah yes, talk about indulging in guilty pleasures: some people indulge in triple chocolate ice cream, others wallow in fine Polish vodka—yeah, all things Chopin, and others pursue an escape from the insanity of this American Life via illegal substances.  I indulge in relating  tales, not from the crypt, but from the escapades of the little brother I never wanted. It’s true, I confess to going on a tantrum deluxe when I learned that my mother had given birth to, eegads, a boy. I was swimming in boy cousins from sunrise to sunset and their nefarious deads by the dark of the moon and in broad daylight–quite gleefully too as they remind me at every funeral we meet at these days. Yeah, I helped paint Uncle Tommy’s car white, inside and out and the gas tank too. So what? That didn’t mean I needed yet another vandalizing minded imp to romp with. But I digress….back to Ed, yes, the same baby goat bottle feeder of another post.  Some people pursue their fifteen minutes of fame, catch it and are satisfied. Not so with Ed. He got his fifteen minutes of fame, albeit small town fame–or infamy depending on your perspective–several times and then again and again and again. This particular tale lasted much longer than fifteen minutes and the fame has followed him for decades ever since.  If he’d really wanted to evade it then he ought to have migrated out of them there backwoods and into a nice big big city and commenced to obey all traffic laws all the time.  He did not. He eventually got himself to the point where he was prohibited from driving even a riding lawn-mower. Yep, true stuff—no mechanical horsepower at all for Ed–unless he wanted to do time in the local pokey. 

Lots of folks like to watch cars race round and round a track. Not my brother. He doesn’t like to watch cars race at all. Nope. He likes to race them. But not around a track. And he has no interest in NASCAR driving competition methods. No, my brother has more invested fish to fry on an engine.  Now what I, a non-car worshipper–though I do relish going fast, faster and fastest too–recall about this most delightful speed demon dream was that it was a four door blue Mercury with fourth gear of 1950s origin–and the capacity to attract the jealous attention of local authorities. 

Hwy 13 is a long and often straight highway that runs past a 24/7 truck stop with a huge billboard sign squatting low to the ground at the south end–a perfect speed trap location if there ever was one. Ed knew this well. Ed did not care about this fact. Why did  Ed not care about the nearly always staffed truck stop billboard speed trap? Ed did not care because he had infinite confidence not only in the ability of his Mercury to beat out any automobile for miles around, he also had infinite confidence in his ability to out drive any other driver, local gun toting authorities included, for miles and miles around.

So, on one summer afternoon Ed gleefully offered a ride to the middle-aged farmgate peddler who made the mistake of admiring said vintage Mercury. In less than a minute the Mercury was clocked at 90 miles per  hour and rising by the truck stop billboard speed trapping officer on duty. Said small town policemen immediately went on the usual fundraiser. Brother Ed duly noted the flashing lights attempting to close the distance between him and said officer. Brother Ed grinned and assured the farmgate peddler that all would be well–as he slammed on the gas and shifted gears and increased the distance between himself and the gun toting speed trapper.  I  don’t think it’s necessary to relate at great length just what a gun toter in pursuit of a speeder who won’t stop speeding is likely to do. In short,  back-up was requested.  And back-up came in the form of State level gun toters in fast cars. This only sweetened the pot in brother Ed’s eyes. He was so delighted with the new arrivals that he decided to take them to his favorite fishing spot, then then down the dying so called road to the banned bridge crossing, and then through the dairy farm, through the cornfields, over the river and into the woods and out to the turkey farm. I suppose curiousity kept them gun toters  following him even when there was no road to follow on.  They invited some guys in a crop plane to play along and then some fellows with a helicopter too. 

It was the helicopter that put an end to all the fast fast fun when it got lucky and anticipated correctly brother Ed’s intended path and set itself down to block the way.  As all the gun toting parties gathered around with guns no longer toted but out and ready, brother Ed exited the Mercury, happy as a catnip stuffed cat, and said, “Hey, you guys wannna go again? That was fun! You’d have never have caught me if I hadn’t messed up fourth gear on last night’s run.”

 

More Ed: “New Star Trek Stunt brings back memories”;  “Yet Another Ed and his Car Adventure”  –and more Ed on the way–oh yes indeedy!

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