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 I found myself humming this one when I got up, so I've added it to the list:


PS.  Thanks to nmg, I've now bought a copy of Eye Level from here

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 I've been so happy today that I've been walking round humming all day.  They all seem to be really joyous pieces of music, so I thought I'd share some of them with you and brighten up your day.

Some I already own, some I'm just buying and one, rather to my annoyance, I can't find a copy to buy...












I can't find anywhere to buy the Simon Park version of Eye Level...

Sadly, 'rolling round the world' by The Yetties isn't on You Tube, so I can't share it with you, (though I highly recommend it) but I've just gone and bought the CD with some birthday money.

It's on this CD which happens to have several good happy songs on it.

And to end the selection - Bring Me Sunshine - Morcombe and Wise
















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I've been a fan of Artisan for many years - I'm a sucker for any good harmony singing and Artisan are really good.  They've a good sense of humour as well.  Even serious subjects can be given a lighter touch.

Here's the end of the world.



And for the serious side of the same subject, see here   - The 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since 1996.  -  and for the likely impact on the world's poor, see here.
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Last night, I went to the rapper party.  It's a gathering every couple of months of our local rapper sword dancers who invite any interested dancers, musicians, singers to come along for a good session.

Rapper is a dance that naturally works in pubs, it can be danced in a very small space and it's a good dance for the audience to be close to.

Tonight, the landlord said that there was a Welsh choir that had said they might be there later in the evening.  Would this be a problem?

Heck no!  We crossed our fingers all evening and were delighted when they showed up.

Talk about a marriage made in heaven.

They loved our dancing (and the dancers both rapper and clog did one of their best performances with a really appreciative audience.  Lancashire clog, not clog morris).  We loved their singing.  I've always loved male voice choirs and to have one singing live about ten feet away - and singing loads of songs that I really love - let's just say that I was a very happy bunny.

We sang songs, they sang songs.  It's hard to pick out highlights, but when their bass sang 'Old Man River' my hair was almost standing on end.  Our best one of the evening was probably 'Union Miners'

Here, so you can have the pleasure too of listening to them for a minute or so, are the Llantrisant Male Voice Choir



And because I've just found them singing 'Rhythm of Life', you can listen to that too.  (because it's even better than the first one!)







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A great song by Fishermen's Friends:


I've added it to my birthday list.  Henry is ahead of the rest of the family - he got me my belated birthday present (from last October) in time for Silvercon.  Richard and Kelvin are still lagging...  I daren't buy any more sock wool until I know if I'm going to be given some.  Or the book I've been eyeing....

Jew's Harp

Aug. 27th, 2009 07:56 pm
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I was taking a random stroll around the web, looking up the definitions of obscure phrases and found another entry for Jew's harp.  As the definition says that they were probably sold or imported by Jews, I shall consider this a non-defamatory use of the word 'Jew' and use that name rather than the alternative 'jaw's harp'.  (I dislike it when words are changed for PC reasons without even checking to see if the usage is actually intended to be offensive.  It actually removes positive versions of words.)




Anyway, I digress.  I've never heard anyone get a decent sound out of a Jew's harp, so I took a hunt on YouTube and found this guy!



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What would you personally regard as the pros and cons of MP3 payers as opposed to Ipods?

If you were getting a music player, what would you get and why?
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Spent the last six hours dancing (albeit including a break for lunch).  Our team taught 'Hartshead' and learnt Saddleworth and another dance beginning with 'P' whose name I have temporarily forgotten.

All dances are from the North West morris tradition.  Generally danced wearing clogs and holding short decorated sticks or 'slings'.  Slings vary in style but are generally pieces of rope roughly a foot long that can be swung from side to side or whirled over the head.

I had to stick to dancing on the left side of the hall as my neck only wanted to turn in one direction to look at the instructor, but people were very good at letting me choose a suitable position in sets to do this.

All in all, an enjoyable day.  I'm also getting better at playing some of the tunes, but I still can't manage to play with the band for very long as I find I can't pick up a tune once I've dropped it.  I'm great solo...  I'm sure this will improve with practice though.
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What does the first season of Voyager have in common with the last season of Deep Space 9?
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I found Corvus Corax while browsing around Facebook.  I forget which of my friends was part of a fan community, but I was curious (I can't resist a Latin name, and there was a mention of half-naked men with bagpipes)

The music is just amazing.  It's like a pagan processional.  They're singing in a mixture of German and Latin and there's a very medieval feel to it all. 

A quick look at Wikipedia says that they tried to research how old music would have been and they use apropriate instruments and the like.

Broad hint to family - a CD of one of their live concerts would be a very acceptable Xmas present.  (there is an English language web site with a shop)

Buying CDs

Oct. 28th, 2007 12:26 pm
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Having decided that I wanted a recording of Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady, I ventured forth, as one does, to Amazon.

The price made me recoil in horror as there were only two second hand copies and both were seriously expensive.  Ebay only had LPs of the show.  However, Amazon.com (as opposed to Amazon UK) had loads of copies and even with shipping to the UK was still massively cheaper than buying from Amazon UK.

It looks like a few US sellers are making a killing by selling stuff on Amazon UK at greatly inflated prices and get away with it because people don't think to check if they're cheaper direct from the USA.

Moral: check both sites.  Especially given that the dollar/pound exchange rate is so much in favour of the UK at present.
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I've just been listening to Desert Island Discs.  I'd never previously heard of Lord Joffe (he was involved in Nelson Mandela's trial) but his tastes in music turn out to overlap with mine a lot.

One of his songs was from 'My Fair Lady', which I've always enjoyed.  His choice, however, was from the original stage version with Julie Andrews, rather than the movie version that I'm familiar with.

Wow! 

It was a fantastic performance.  I think I need to hear her sing the rest of the show!
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[profile] exalted_mugwump is back from university and [profile] micavity is round for the day.  We've been playing board games, singing songs and trying to manage tunes on mouth organs.  Kelvin and I have pretty much equal skills here.  I think he probably won by one tune as his rendition of  'Good King Wenceslas' was just about recognisable, and Henry worked out he was playing 'Wild Rover' even if I failed to recognise it.  However, although my stab at 'The Keel Row' was recognised eventually, 'Dirty Old Town' failed to make it to the recognition level.

Methinks we both have a fair way to go with the harmonica!  (Recorders, bowed psaltry and concertina I can manage - mouth organs are a new venture and very different to play...)
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I don't even like Steve Knightly, but this really is brilliant.

It's a song about national identity and the place that English traditional music should have as a part of that sense of being English.  What are we without our roots?
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I recently bought a CD of Paul Robeson, mostly to get his rendition of 'Old Man River'. However the really outstanding song on the CD was 'Land of my Fathers'. Which kind of left me wondering why an American negro, who died while I was still young, could sing a Welsh national song with such incredible passion and love.

[livejournal.com profile] waveney mentioned a documentary he'd recently heard on the radio about an association that began when Robeson befriended some unemployed miners in London and carried on for most of the rest of his life.

http://www.agor.org.uk/cwm/themes/Life/international_relations/paul_robeson.asp

That's only a brief version of the story, but I fully recommend listening to the song (The CD only cost £2 in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill...)

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