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The Cranberries - Zombie terrorism as projection of internal conflict
It's a long while since Planet Earth's most depraved species invented terrorism. The history of terrorism is a controversial subject, since those accused of it inevitably think either they are maiming 'guilty' targets, or the opposition are the terrorists, or, of course, both. Following the post of Soprano Joyce DiDonato raising the emotional horrors of orchestrated violence with her music

consciousness, female vocals, guitar, hope, music, peace, projection, psychology, rock music, singing,

Ange Hardy folk singer songwriter multi-instrumentalist
Whilst homeless in Ireland Ange was given a guitar by a stranger - to improve her chances of being the price of bread. Now an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, she has plenty of 'material' to inspire her songs video Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - The Call / Daughters of Watchet / Caturn's Night From the 2016 release Findings by Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater Ange Hardy (vocals, guitar,

female vocals, folk, guitar, music, photos, singing, whistle,

Nina Simone - I put a spell on you
To celebrate her 'lifetime award', due to be given next year video Nina Simone - I put a spell on you Lyrics I put a spell on you because you're mine You better stop the things that you do I ain't lyin', no, I ain't lyin' I just can't stand it babe The way you're always runnin' 'round I just can't stand it, the way you always put me down I put a spell on you because you're mine

female vocals, improvisation, jazz, music, singing, soul, video,

Danielle de Niese: Handel Arias
Soprano Danielle de Niese singing Handel and brief interview. Soprano Danielle de Niese showcases her Decca debut album 'Handel Arias' in this exclusive video performance and interview. Danielle de Niese singing one of my favourite operatic songs Danielle de Niese sings "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Handel's Rinaldo.  Compare to, or just plain enjoy, another sopranos interpretation of

female vocals, music, opera, singing, soprano, video,

Soprano Joyce DiDonato - War and Peace project
The lyric coloratura mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is especially well known for her performances of Handel and Mozart. I was 'educated' about Joyce this past week (21st November) by an excellent program on Radio 3 hosted by Sean Rafferty. The good news is ... the program is still available on catch-up for a month. The program features live interview with Joyce DiDonato, and 3 recordings

female vocals, music, opera, popular, singing, soprano, video,

piano lessons free online part 2
Take no notice of 'part 3' (on Youtube)! This is the second video in the course:  complete free online learning to play the piano.  As ever, take your time and learn good habits from a pro, before you make a habit of doing whatever seems easiest!  Complete beginners might like to sit slightly left of middle C, but will gravitate towards middle C as they use the whole keyboard. Tags:

education, music, music lessons, piano, piano lessons, video,

rachmaninoff paganini Stephen Hough piano video music
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - BBC Proms 2013 (Stephen Hough : Piano )  With educational introduction featuring the pianist video - music and composer   Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - BBC Proms 2013 (Stephen Hough : Piano ) Sakari Oramo: conductor (The BBC Symphony Orchestra's Chief Conductor ) Presenter: Katie Derham at the Royal Albert Hall - London

education, music, piano, video,

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light
Nicholas Merryweather, bass, sings "The people that walked in darkness I woke this morning with this going through my mind. It's surprising since it isn't exactly my regular fare! The sky is black, it is pouring with rain and threatens to do so all day, and despite allegations on BBC weather and the news media that this is summer, it is hard to believe. The UK have voted to abandon Europe

bass, Handel, hope, music, singing, video,

Abide With Me Kings College choir
Abide With Me with lyrics words by Henry Francis Lyte The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, with treble solo by Bruce Blyth. According to the traditional story given in the Remains, Henry Francis Lyte wrote it a few hours after conducting the final service at his church, which was probably 5 September 1847. tags: choral, hope, music, singing, spirit, video, lyrics

choral, hope, lyrics, music, singing, spirit, video,

Sunrise - "Daphnis & Chloe" - Ravel
Having been amazed by the middle section of Ravel's Piano Concerto In G, I had another surprise this morning on Radio 3. Ravel certainly had a knack for evoking images and feelings in music without words. embedding disabled, so follow the,link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PklZbyPUvM Live recording www.UNYouthOrchestra.org this is a "greed & fake free" project The United World

classical music, music, orchestra, Ravel, video,

learning piano #1
From the same tutor as learning the violin An introduction to the keys on the piano - the meaning of the octave. Alison has 40 lessons on YouTube for budding pianists. One a week would see you a reasonable pianist within a year! Related: education, music, music lessons, piano, piano lessons

education, music, music lessons, piano, piano lessons,

Violin - Lessons 5 - Learning the open string notes
This lesson introduces open string exercises with very basic (simple) sheet music. crochets (1 beat), quavers (1/2) and minims (2). As Alison says, it is a really good idea to form good habits, before you develop any bad ones! Related: music, music lessons, violin lessons #1, education, free lessons

education, free lessons, music, music lessons, violin lessons,

Veronika Eberle violin
Veronika Eberle (born 26 December 1988) is a German violinist. She is currently a BBC New Generation artists scheme member, and the proud borrower (!) of the "Dragonetti" Stradivarius (1700), on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. Earlier this year they auctioned one of their Strads to raise money for the flood victims, and it sold for $9m (if memory serves) so I hope the insurance is solid :)

music, photos, Veronika Eberle, video, violin,

Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore
Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791). A live music recording of Mozart, featuring choral harmony and soloists. Soprano and mezzosoprano female vocalists; Tenor and bass (male). Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus, & orchestra, K. 339: II. Confitebor (Psalm 111). • Santal Santon-Jeffery: soprano • Marianne Crebassa: mezzosoprano • Julian Behr:

choral, female vocals, harmony, Mozart, music, singing, soprano, video,

Stand Up - Jethro Tull
Tethro Tull vinyl LP featuring Ian Anderson - flute, Martin Barre - electric guitar, flute, Clive Bunker -drums and Glenn Cornick - bass guitar. 2 videos and a photo from their early days in rock music 1969 LP for sale. Fairly good condition. The sleeve has a few marks. Musicians on the Record Ian Anderson - flute, acoustic guitar, hammond organ, piano, mandolin, balalaika, mouth organ,

flute, guitar, Jethro Tull, music, rock music, video, vinyl LPs,

Carolyn Sampson - Bach "Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht"
Soprano Carolyn Sampson sings Bach. A live version would have been even better ... I'll see what I can do. Music video and photos of Carolyn Sampson and other sopranos / female vocalists are listed under music (generally) and female vocalists (specifically). Any suggestions ... please leave a comment.  BR Orch. & Chor & Andrea Marcon Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the BR under the direction

Bach, Carolyn Sampson, female vocals, music, photos, singing, soprano, spirit, video,

Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble
Before I forget - an interview with Meredith Monk : interview.mp3 her website: http://www.meredithmonk.org/ She was interviewed on BBC radio yesterday and described how, as a student mainly of dance and art, she was sitting at the piano one day and realised the voice was 'allowed' to try anything, and she never looked back! The interview linked above also describes some of this crucial

female vocals, harmony, music, singing,

Handel – Chi sprezzando il sommo bene Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Video with the vocal score, for fans of Handel :) Handel - Chi sprezzando il sommo bene  It's a treat to have a bass solo by Dmitri Hvorostovsky :) and more>  Netrebko and Hvorostovsky Live from Red Square, Moscow Anna Netrebko and Dimitri Hvorostovsky in Moscow:

Anna Netrebko, baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, female vocals, music, opera, singing, soprano, video,

The Best of Italian Opera
Fair condition vinyl LP, but the LP sleeve shows its age ... 1. La Traviata, opera: Libiamo, libiamo 2. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile 3. Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Una voce poco fà 4. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina 5. Rigoletto, opera: Gualtier maldé Caro nome 6. Il Trovatore, opera: Vedi! le fosche (Anvil Chorus) 7. Il Trovatore, opera: Il

classical music, Italy, music, opera, vinyl LPs,

And So It Goes - choral
A gorgeous version of the Billy Joel song. And So it Goes - Billy Joel, arr. Bob Chilcott video June 22, 2013 Concert Mesquite Arts Center Brad Olesen, tenor  and a 4 part a capella  

choral, harmony, lyrics, music, singing, video,

Helene Grimaud Ravel Piano Concerto In G
Helene Grimaud Ravel Piano Concerto In G This recording of Ravel was played on BBC Radio 3 this morning. The middle (slow) section is so sensitive I'm surprised the small orchestra don't melt. Don't let the sublime piano playing distract from the rest of the orchestra. A work of art. I hope Maurice Ravel can hear this performance from beyond ... Helene Grimaud Ravel Piano Concerto In G

Helene Grimaud, music, orchestra, piano, Ravel, video,

Dvorak, New World Symphony
I heard this morning that Dvorak was inspired by the native Indians' music, whilst visiting the USA. Now I know why the New World symphony occasionally reminds me of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Hiyawatha's Wedding feast (my second ever experience of singing in a choir, if memory serves ...). In places there is a mystical sense of surveying a pristine New World in all its natural perfection.

classical music, Dvorak, landscape, music, orchestra, symphony, video,

Benedetti, Grimaud, Whitacre - music news Nov 2012
The 2012 Tartan Clef Awards (I mislaid this post at the time - better late than never!) in Scotland included an award for Nicola Benedetti: Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland’s Special Recognition Award supported by Glasgow City Council – Nicola Benedetti November 17th 2012 Helene Grimaud has begun recording sessions this week of Brahms’ Piano Concerto no.2 with the

classical music, Eric Whitacre, Helene Grimaud, music, Nicola Benedetti, photos, singing,

Metamorphosis – Iron Butterfly
Metamorphosis - Iron Butterfly Record in good condition, cover fair. 1. "Free Flight" – 0:50 2. "New Day" – 3:20 3. "Shady Lady" – 3:55 4. "Best Years of Our Lives" – 3:59 5. "Slower Than Guns" – 3:49 6. "Stone Believer" – 4:25 7. "Soldier in Our Town" – 3:22 8. "Easy Rider (Let the Wind Pay the Way)" – 3:06 9. "Butterfly Bleu" – 13:57 IRON BUTTERFLY Soldier In Our Town video

guitar, Iron Butterfly, metamorphosis, music, rock music, video,

Sting Jo Lawry live in Berlin
A CD/ DVD combo of Sting's 2010 performance in Berlin. The ratings (Amazon) and reviews (all over the web) are as 5 star as ever. Not just for Sting but for his line up of fellow musicians, and orchestra too for this tour (The Royal Philharmonic). Sting's core group, consisting of Ira Coleman (bass), David Cossin and Rhani Krija (percussion), the ever present Dominic Miller (guitar) and

female vocals, guitar, Jo Lawry, lyrics, music, popular, singing, Sting, video,

Free Voice Training exercises
Vocal training exercises for beginners (and beyond). These are explained well, and there's lots more from Eric Arceneaux for keen singers. Vocal Warmup - Opening Up The Voice Vocal Warmup - Increasing Vocal Range Vocal Warmup - Improving Vocal Tone (Freeing The Throat) Vocal Warmup - Strengthening The Voice Typical comments: "I'm literally amazed right now

education, health, music, music lessons, singing, video, wellbeing,

Year of Meteors Laura Veirs
Laura Veirs' 5th CD, published by Nonesuch Records, August 2005, featuring one of my favourite songs - Galaxies. Songs on Year of Meteors Laura Veirs CD Fire Snakes: 4:57 Galaxies: 3:35 Secret Someones: 5:16 Magnetized: 2:37 Parisian Dream: 3:05 Rialto: 4:00 Through the Glow: 2:42 Cool Water: 2:52 Spelunking: 3:06 Black Gold Blues: 3:11 Where Gravity is Dead: 3:40

acoustic, female vocals, guitar, Laura Veirs, music, singing, video,

musical narrow minds or open?
Music On BBC radio 3 this morning; a discussion about people having to apologise to their peers for liking classical music. In this era of potentially free access to all music, the pigeon holes could even be discarded altogether. Apologising for liking classical music: I recently saw Sting - Live in Berlin ... white man's reggae, with rock guitarist and drummer, an Arabic drummer, female

BBC, classical music, creativity, music, open minds, radio 3, wisdom,

Jo Lawry on tour
It's great to see Jo Lawry on tour again, with Sting and buddies. But the downside is - she doesn't have time to record more CDs. Fortunately, there are some new videos of Jo Lawry on YouTube: Sting and Jo Lawry Live in Viña del Mar The whole concert (nearly) in HD Jo Lawry - The Water Is Wide Here Jo is in improvisational mood Jo Lawry - I'm Old Fashioned The song is

female vocals, improvisation, Jo Lawry, music, singing, Sting,

Tango Por Una Cabeza - Nicola Benedetti
A newly released video from Nicola Benedetti's EVO channel: Nicola Benedetti live Music video for Nicola Benedetti, Ksenija Sidorova, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk - "Tango - Por Una Cabeza". (C) 2012 Decca Music Group Limited

music, Nicola Benedetti, video, violin,

King Crimson - Lizard
Both Haskell and McCulloch joined King Crimson in time to participate in the recording sessions for the band's third album, Lizard, but had no say in the writing of the material. Fripp and Sinfield, now effectively equal artistic partners, had written the entire album themselves and had also brought in a squad of jazz musicians to help record it - Keith Tippett, cornet player Marc Charig,

guitar, King Crimson, music, rock music, video,

John Renbourn and Bert Jansch bluesy acoustic guitar videos
Bert Jansch & John Renbourn - Dissatisfied blues First Light Bert Jansch and John Renbourn comment by Greg Joy: In my mind, these two guys are the most inspired and innovative acoustic guitar players of all time. I have played acoustic guitar for 45 years and have greatly appreciated their contribution to music. May they rest in peace knowing they have shared some incredible music with

acoustic, Bert Jansch, blues, guitar, John Renbourn, music, video,

Maria Callas A Musical Biography
by Robert Levine. A biography of Maria Callas, operatic soprano with over 100 black and white photos and 240 pages. "Her voice was controversial; there were those who had negative visceral reactions to it, finding it ugly and weird. Millions of others worshiped it - and her. Listening to her now, more than 30 years after her early death at 54, there is no real argument: listen for

biography, books, Maria Callas, music, photos, singing, soprano,

Heavy Cream - The Cream
Classic double LP, featuring Eric clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. Also Felix Pappalardi. Side one 1. "Strange Brew"(Clapton, Collins, Pappalardi) – 2:45 2. "White Room"(Bruce, Brown) – 4:37 3. "Badge"(Clapton, Harrison) – 2:45 4. "Spoonful"(Dixon) – 6:31 5. "Rollin' and Tumblin'"(Waters) – 4:41 Side two 1. "I Feel Free"(Bruce, Brown) – 2:54 2. "Born Under a Bad Sign"(Jones, Bell) – 3:

Eric Clapton, guitar, music, rock music, video,

The Very Best of Maria Callas CD
Full title : The Very Best of Maria Callas [Original recording remastered] At $7.99 (less than half price) at Amazon, this CD is such a bargain for opera lovers. Typical review: There has never, ever been a singer, whether popular or classical, who can even begin to approach the profound depths of Callas' musical consciousness and genius... She said many times "It is not enough

CDs, female vocals, Maria Callas, music, opera, singing, soprano,

Ulrika Boden - Ranarim
Ulrika Boden is (sadly 'was') the lead singer of Ranarim. The band: Ulrika Bodén – vocals, flute Sofia Sandén – vocals, violin Niklas Roswall – nyckelharpas, vocals Daniel Ek – guitar, cittern are having their farewell tour now (Christmas 2010) having decided to go their separate ways, largely due to increasing family commitments. Ranarim - Jorden sjunger /

female vocals, folk, music, Ranarim, singing, Sweden,

Morning Star - Ranarim
The Swedish folk bands 2nd album (I think), though it was released earlier than this in Swedish! The lead singer, Ulrika Boden, and the rest of the band, have a few videos (live performance) to follow. Their 1st album was Till the Light of Day. songs on the CD: 1. Welcome Blessed Spring 2. Farmer's Almanac, The 3. Bless These Sheep 4. I've Got No Money But I'm Not Broke 5. Falkvard 6

acoustic, female vocals, folk, music, Ranarim, singing, Sweden,

Keith and Julie Tippett youtube video
The great couple is joined here by Paul Dunmall for a beautiful improvisation.    Famous as Julie Driscoll before her marriage, since the 1970s she has concentrated on experimental vocal music, married jazz musician Keith Tippett and collaborated with him. Her name is now 'Julie Tippetts', thus using the original spelling of her husband's surname. She participated in Keith Tippett's big band

favourite songs, female vocals, improvisation, Julie Tippett, Keith Tippett, music, piano, singing,

Max Bruch - Kol Nidrei video
Kol Nidre (All Vows) is the traditional music played on the eve of the holiest Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur. This piece features Jacqueline du Pré (cello), Gerald Moore (piano), Ray Jesson (organ),Osian Ellis (harp), and John Williams (guitar). The writings, visual arts, and photography in this presentation are the creations of Matthew Schwartz. Bruch completed the composition in Liverpool

Max Bruch, music, photos, spiritual music, video,

These Days - Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne, vocals and acoustic guitar Well I've been out walking I don't do that much talking these days These days-- These days I seem to think a lot About the things that I forgot to do For you And all the times I had the chance to And I had a lover It's so hard to risk another these days These days-- Now if I seem to be afraid To live the life I have made in song Well

acoustic, guitar, Jackson Browne, lyrics, music, video,

Anna Netrebko - Pergolesi Stabat Mater
2 CD set released in July 2010,  Antonio Pappano - conductor Anna Netrebko and Marianna Pizzolato Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Description: For her concerts in July 2010, Anna Netrebko chose to take a risk. Rather than stick to the tried-and-tested route of Russian repertoire (her Iolanta in Baden-Baden in 2009 received dazzling reviews) or recitals of opera

Anna Netrebko, female vocals, Maria Pizzolato, music, singing, soprano, spirit,

Analog Man - Joe Walsh
To keep Marty happy! Welcome to cyberspace, I'm lost in the fog everything's digital I'm still analog when something goes wrong I don't have a clue some 10-year-old smart ass has to show me what to do Sign on with high speed you don't have to wait Sit there for days and vegetate I access my email, read all my spam, I'm an analog man. the whole world's living in a digital dream it's

alienation, guitar, Joe Walsh, lyrics, music, video,

Maria Callas: The Scala Years
A biography of Maria Callas covering her time with La Scala opera, by Vittoria Crespi Morbio.  Imprint: Umberto Allemandi & Co; 160 pages with 94 black and white photos and 48 in colour.  ISBN 10: 8842215600  Publisher: Umberto Allemandi & Co  Publication Date: 15/02/2008  Maria Callas (1923-1977) sang on the stage of La Scala for thirteen years. She made her debute in 1950 with Verdi's "

biography, books, female vocals, Maria Callas, music, opera, photos, singing, soprano,

Farewell to Stromness Peter Maxwell Davies
Farewell to Stromness Peter Maxwell Davies Harp solo by Lauren Scott A beautiful composition about a beautiful place in Scotland that was untouched by 'development' at the time ... unlikely to remain so. The same could be said for us. Farewell to Stromness Peter Maxwell Davies Piano  BBC excerpt: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, holder since 2004 of the ancient royal post of Master of The

harp, Lauren Scott, music, Peter Maxwell Davies, piano, video,

Carolyn Sampson I know that my Redeemer liveth
Discovered today on BBC Radio 3. "I know that my redeemer liveth" is taken from the book of Job (and Corinthians). I can imagine Job saying, thanks for the camels and sheep, your Majesty - but it's only worldly wealth. I'd rather have a voice like Carolyn Sampson ... maybe an octave lower, on account of having a beard :)     Lyrics I know that my Redeemer liveth,  and that he shall stand

Carolyn Sampson, female vocals, lyrics, music, singing, soprano, video,

Carbon Glacier Laura Veirs
Carbon Glacier, by singer / songwriter Laura Veirs, was published in 2004. Wonderful atmospheric poetry with subjective awareness painted onto the landscape and starscape with acoustic guitar Carbon Glacier - Laura Veirs songs on the CD ; Ether Sings – 3minutes 44seconds Icebound Stream – 3minutes 04seconds Rapture – 3minutes 06seconds Lonely Angel Dust – 2minutes 38seconds The Cloud

acoustic, contemporary composers, dreams, gardens, guitar, landscape, Laura Veirs, music, photos, songs, symbolic, video,

Tales From Topographic Oceans – Yes
An instrumental masterpiece, double LP from 1973. Steve Howe of Yes Playing Side 3 of Tales from Topographic Oceans A write up on Amazon says: TALES FROM THE TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS (1973) -- an album that (to me) is one of the most unique, transcendent, ethereal and spiritual records I've ever heard. The material on this album I can't recall hearing on any other Yes album, the melodies, the

guitar, music, rock music, spirit, Steve Howe, Yes,

"Rhythmesque"; Sachal Pakistani Jazz
11/8 time!! Try to play this time signature using your mind and you'll have a migraine! Rhythm belongs to the body ... 1234 1234 123, 1234 1234 123, ... ! Sachal Studio video  There was a much better studio version of this on YouTube, but it seems to have vanished :(

drums, guitar, improvisation, jazz, music, Sachal Studios, sitar, video,

Sachal Studios' Take Five
Recorded at Sachal Studios, Lahore, Pakistan - the premiere of Take Five's Official Video! Wonderful performance. It even managed to provoke a bout of enthusiasm from me: I renovated a 25 year old acoustic guitar (I don't have a sitar!). Cleaning, polishing, fretboard conditioner and a custom set of strings to suit my taste and it sounds like new. slightly better, really, due to the strings.

drums, guitar, improvisation, music, Sachal Studios, sitar, video,

Genesis Live
A live recording from the De Montford Hall, Leicestershire and Free Trade Hall, Manchester; February 1973 The tracks on the LP are; Watcher of the skies Get 'em out by Friday the return of the giant hogweed Musical box The knife Genesis Live LP cover Genesis Live LP rear cover Watcher of The Skies - Genesis - Live Shepperton 1973 same year, different venue Genesis

Genesis, guitar, music, photos, rock music, video,


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