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Music Passion

My Music Passion for March is The Dream Song by Joan Baez.

I’ve chosen this song, as a thank you to my English teacher at school — I won’t say how many years ago — who used to bring her guitar into class and sing us Joan Baez songs. Inspired by this, I bought a guitar and worked my way through learning a whole book of Joan Baez in my spare time: that is, in between writing novella-length science fiction or pop star romances for my classmates’ entertainment. For me, my English teacher and the songs of Joan Baez were two major influences in my life, and part of the reason I ended up as both a writer and singer.

You can join in with Music Passion and hear some other songs with the word “dream” in their titles at allaboutlemon.

Music Passion

My music passion for July is a “Medieval Bells Composition” by a quirky, comic, group of French performers who go under the name of  Companie Les Gueules de Loup. When I stumbled across this video on YouTube, it had me in stitches laughing, but I do have a very strange sense of humour, so be warned. I guess a piece of music that doesn’t have a proper title, isn’t taking itself seriously.

Just for a little snippet of information, the wonderful woodwind instruments accompanying the bells, are shawms, which were the double-reeded forerunner to the oboe.

Hear ye, hear ye! Come and join in with adollyciousirony’s fun at http://allaboutlemon.com/2013/07/01/july-music-passion-is-mainly-instrumental/

Also, go and say hi to moi, who chose this month’s instrumental theme, at http://cognitivereflection.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/music-passion-mainly-instruments/

 

Music Passion

This month’s music passion is for a song with the word “please” in its title, or in the song itself. My offering is Te Agrada Ti / It Pleases You, by Moi, sung in Spanish and English as a live recording at Calvary Chapel.

Moi Navarro is an independent Indie Rock musician from Los Angeles, known for his soulful and passionate singing of ballads with meaningful words. To learn out more about Moi and his music, visit http://www.moinavarro.com/story.php

If you would like to join in with May’s Music Passion, hosted by adollyciousirony at http://allaboutlemon.com/music-passion/. Do also visit Ghia at http://jaycee68.wordpress.com/ who chose the word “please” for our challenge.

Spring haiku #3 + my 1st video: close encounter of a foxy kind

Cornered by brown dog,
fox cub acquires fighting skills.
Boundary dispute.

This is my first video ever, so please excuse the quality. Today’s learning curve — transferring a video from my camera on to my PC, converting the file from AV1 to wmp, and uploading it on to YouTube. Now I know how to do these three things, I can dream about making a book promotion video in the next couple of years. (note: that last statement is an example of positive thinking)

You’ll see from video that my dog and the cub begin by having a long staring contest, followed by a confrontation that’s all bark and no bite. From watching this feisty cub close up, I’ve decided wild animals, even when they’re five-weeks’ old, are not sweet and cuddly things. Just nobody put their fingers near a cub’s mouth, or you might come away minus a few digits.

I telephoned the local animal rescue people to check whether they needed to move the cub to safety, but they said leave it for 12 hours as the mother vixen is probably moving her litter one-by-one and has deposited her cub in a safe place (bad choice) and will return to collect her cub later. Good news, she collected her cub by midday, so I don’t have to contend with another sleepless night while my dog overturns chairs in the kitchen and bays through the kitchen window at foxes crossing her territory to move dens. Let’s hope the vixen has finished transporting her cubs now, and doesn’t decide to deposit another one behind my garden shed this evening. And just so you can all go “ah, isn’t it sweet” here is a still I took of the cub.

foxcub

The voice of an angel – countertenor Philippe Jaroussky

The first time I ever heard the French countertenor, Philippe Jaroussky, was when they dubbed his voice into the franco-italian costume film The Amazing Farinelli which was about the great castrato soprano, Farinelli.

Having found the angel had a name, I decided to look him up on YouTube, where I found myself transported by his rendering of  the Marian Antiphon Ave Regina Coelorum (Hail Queen of Heaven) by the 17th century baroque composer, Andrea Mattioli.

And, to my delight, Philippe Jaroussky looks like an angel, too.

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