With different instruments….still as beautiful

One of my friends shared this clip with me yesterday

And I’d like to share it with you.

I love this cover!  

In addition to being played in a beautiful traditional Japanese way……do those instruments ever sound amazing!!…….BUT also being one of my most FAVIEST of songs!! And it wasn’t because of its popularity that I’ve always loved the Zeppelin version, but that there’s always something about it that seems to strongly resonate with me in the musicality of the song.

These Japanese players have given it a similar feel – I had goosebumps!!

I searched on youtube for this clip, as the original came from another source….and the BONUS part is at the very beginning they have added in some educational information on this unique instrument….the Nijugen-Koto.  And there’s the other quite similar instrument….the Jushichigen-Koto.  The flutes are called Shakuhachi.

Always something new to learn!

 

Saying Good-bye to Mary

Saying good-bye to another inspiring, beautiful soul.

 

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(photo courtesy of Google images)

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She made me laugh; she had me smiling; she had me thinking.

Mary Tyler Moore inspired me. From the days of the Dick Van Dyke show and with her own show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I loved those shows. Great stories – well written and acted dramatic and comedic bits.  She became a role model for me to be confident and take on challenges and face the world with optimism.

Thank you, Mary.

And…..

I just found this video clip today.

 

COOL!

Good to see Joan Jett put her spin on The Mary Tyler Moore show’s theme song, “Love is All Around.” 😀

A fun tribute!

“Who can turn the world on with her smile?

Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?”

 

 

A Taste of….Wrongful Conviction!

As I have mentioned on a few previous posts, in addition to writing and blogging and other jobs, I also am busily involved with music, having experienced being in bands and performing live as well. (And I started eight years ago, when I took up drumming lessons)

Here in the Ottawa area is an organized opportunity – called the League of Rock – for aspiring musicians to take part for 10-week sessions in being put together in bands, learning 3-5 songs, having weekly rehearsals, getting coached from mostly local professional musicians, getting to perform live, as well as going into a recording studio to experience the process of recording one song.

I have taken part in four sessions – started in the fall session 2015 and finished with this last fall session – and it’s been an amazing experience!  I have met so many keen and talented musicians and had a LOT of fun.  There are a lot of friendships made, and also a sense of family created amongst the participants.

Truly memorable moments.

Here is the video that my band finally received from the photographer about our part of the finale live performance, where all five of the bands in this fall session showed the appreciative audience what they’d been working on.

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Videographer – Christopher Paine

The Hang…part Two

A girlfriend just shared a youtube link, featuring a young man who’s performing fascinating, rhythmic, and melodically rich music with his hang drum.

And since I have a particular interest in hang drums, as I described in an earlier post – from September 14th, you can see it here – I decided to share this clip with you as well. This street player is self-taught and he incorporates a diversity of sound in his playing; even adding in separate percussive elements!  Wow!

As I was doing a bit of research, as a result of what the young man says to the street crowd before he starts playing, I learned that the instrument is correctly referred to as The Hang.

The Hang “is a musical instrument in the idiophone class created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Bern, Switzerland (developed in 2000).” – Wikipedia

I invite you to check it out!  😀

 

Six Word Story #4

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The show is about to begin!

 

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My selfie from last night as I was sitting down at the drumkit and getting ready….just minutes before my band mates and I rocked out on stage at the League of Rock’s finale showcase, where five bands who have been diligently working for the past ten weeks to learn four songs, get expert coaching during that time, and then show what they have achieved in that final performance

Ooooh, what a night!  ❤

 

The Wonder of Street Magic!

My boys recently introduced me to the street magic of David Blaine.  They kept telling me, “Gotta watch him, Mom!  He’s amazing!”  They told me tidbits without giving too much away.  And so I went searching for him….found him…..and have enjoyed all that I’ve seen so far!

His magic is mind boggling!  THAT good!

Have a look for yourself…

 

 

I just watched the top one; the bottom one I watched two days ago (it’s shorter in length)….my introduction to him – David is charismatic, cool, fun, and incredibly good at what he does!

 

 

 

A Soundtrack that infused so much “atmosphere” into this space movie

Yup, I am a movie buff.

Except I don’t know if that really describes it well enough.

It’s more of a deeper, in-depth appreciation of movies and the work that goes into the making of them. I have been fascinated about the process…..for years! Always those questions, how do they create that….the sets……the stunts……the music? So MUCH work can be put into a 2-hour film. So much that we as viewers don’t know.

It’s been an exciting journey to see the progression over the years….from times when one could only see a new movie in the cinema and then have to wait a few years before it showed up on TV as an evening featured movie – which is why I tended to buy the novels of my favourite movies in order to read and re-read them, so I could keep the memory of them alive and fresh in my mind.

Then came videos! That opened up a whole new world of getting to view favourites again….and sooner! And as often as one liked!

Okay, that there…..was heaven on earth! ^_^

And then VHS moved towards DVDs…..AND then came movies with the option of seeing background footage, deleted scenes, makings-of, and excerpts of the creators at work.

At that point I was in bliss!

Whenever I saw mention of BONUS MATERIAL, the excitement would be heightened in the watching of a movie on DVD. AND to make extra mention of those films where an incredible amount of detailed work was put into that material for the fans to enjoy – not all DVDs bonus material was at the same level of depth – but usually for the ones my kids and I loved.

Take the movie “Interstellar” for example. Mind you, we were Chris Nolan fans at this point, and even so, Interstellar took us for a humdinger of a ride!

Even though we are keenly aware of the amount of work that went into the making of that film, on occasion we still find something to boggle our minds once again, which brings me to this youtube clip that my lads just found about the process of the creation of the distinctive soundtrack……AND the organ and incredibly skilled organ player who took it to the next level – OMG! Absolutely cool and amazing!!

 

The Lady with the Harp

Over 20 years ago a close friend introduced me to a Canadian musician – Loreena McKennitt – who has been a dear favourite of mine ever since.  From the first time I heard her singing and harp playing, I was entranced and enthralled and only wanted to hear more of her songs.  She is also known as a composer, accordionist, and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes.

Luckily, I have had the utmost pleasure in getting to see her giving a live performance at a music festival in Ottawa a few years back – at an open air festival – and even though it rained heavily that day, all of her staunch and keen fans endured the wet in order to see her show.  I was in that audience!  A cherished experience for me.

Even though in addition to her harp playing, I saw her play the keyboard and accordion, equally well, I primarily think of her as “The Lady with the Harp.”

Here is a youtube link to one of her well-known songs, The Lady of Shalott.  It’s a poignant tale within a song, taking place during the time of Camelot.

 

 

In some of her songs her singing adds a haunting quality to the lyrics.  As also in this next one, called “The Bonny Swans.”

 

 

As I was looking through more youtube links featuring her songs, I also came across this one – “Greensleeves” – which is a particular favourite of mine; firstly, because of her beautiful version of it, and secondly, it was the first full-sized classical song I learned to play on my guitar in my pre-teen years.  It’s a lovely old-English song, and here’s the link below….

 

 

 

 

“Ophelia”

Since I took the plunge into playing music again when I took up the drums eight years ago, I have enjoyed this change in my life’s path immensely!  So much to learn.  Amazing people that I have met, still meet, and some have become friends.  And lots of music making!  One example being open jams.

I got my feet wet going to blues jams, and those became a regular monthly treat – hang out with friends, see some wicked blues playing, laugh, and get up for my turn to jam with all kinds of highly skilled and talented musicians.  I always felt humbled in such superb company, and they were always supportive and encouraging to me.

On a few of those occasions, this song – “Ophelia” – would crop up, and it immediately became one of my favourites.  It has such a wonderful feel and groove to it.  Whenever I’d hear the song, I would always wonder who the original artists were…and I’d keep forgetting to ask.

Imagine my surprise when my wish was finally answered from an unexpected source!  I went with a girlfriend to a local small theatre a few months ago, where there was a special viewing of the film, “The Last Waltz,” a 1978 documentary-style film, featuring mainly The Band as well as other music greats.  Prior to that another friend had recommended that I see that movie whenever I get that chance.  So I did.  And my friend, Micheline, and I loved every minute of it.  On the theatre screen and with surround sound, watching that film felt like ACTUALLY being there for The Band’s concert – what an exhilarating feeling!  And what a show!

And yes, “Ophelia” is one of several songs performed in the film by the original artists ie. The Band!  Such a thrill!

Here it is…

 

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BONUS TRACK!

The Band – “The Shape I’m In”

 

 

When Music is a Racket…

….as in a tennis or squash racket?

But yes, here is another example of, well, when there is no limit to what the human mind can conceive and construct with which to create cool music.

Check it out!