My Favourite Albums #2

Carrying on in this series….

 

Day 2 of 10 days. In no particular order – 10 all time favourite albums. What really made an impact, and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover.

To veer off in a different direction, I decided to go pick a favourite album in the movie soundtrack category. Again, hard to pick as I have several favourites that I go back and listen to again periodically. Although at the time that they came out, I listened to them constantly! Haha! Movies with amazing soundtracks have that effect on me. ^_^

I am a HUGE fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy – books, movies, and soundtracks. Since the Fellowship of the Ring sets the whole adventure into motion, I chose that album. So, here is the album cover…

 

Lord of the Rings; Fellowship of the Ring album cover, google

 

…..and one of my favourites from this album is the song titled “Concerning Hobbits.”

Yes, yes….because I was smitten with those funny, adorable, and at times brave hobbits.

 

Here is the youtube video link:

 

 

 

 

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MY Favourite Albums #1

A few days ago I was nominated by a friend in a music sharing activity on Facebook.  For ten consecutive days, the nominee is encouraged to post a favourite music album with this repeating caption:

Example – “Day 1 of 10 days. In no particular order – 10 all time favourite albums. What really made an impact, and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, and nominate a person each day to do the same.”  For each separately numbered day, a new favourite album cover.

And if you know me, I am not one to just post the caption and the photo.  Haha!  I feel inspired to add some story along with it.

So, today, as I posted the 6th album in this series on my Facebook wall, I thought, well, why not do something in a similar vein on my blog?  Except without nominations.  I would just post my ten favourite album covers with the added background stories.  I have seen some of my other blogging friends posting about favourite songs and musicians.  And I have posted an occasional music post in the past, featuring a performer of tremendous skill, talent, and imagination…and some with unusual instruments!

 

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And so for album #1, I share with you….this iconic cover photo, Abbey Road.

 

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Ever since I was quite young, the Beatles have held a special place in my heart. I love their songs…their musicality….their stories. It never fades for me.

If I come across an old interview or song clip, even now, I will check it out….as I did again this past weekend. I may focus on other musicians for a while, but I always come back to these guys.  

Hard to pick one song to include here, but from the Abbey Road album, I offer you this one…..

Just because it pertains to how I feel these days with bidding adieu to winter and welcoming our hoped-for spring!

Here Comes the Sun! ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

The Sound of an 18-string Guitar!

Here is a video clip that I discovered last week.

 

 

A talented musician – sitting in a picturesque forested area – playing this beautiful sounding 18-string guitar, and the song is an old classic from Simon and Garfunkel, “The Sound of Silence.”

Click here to watch and listen.

 

 

 

 

Overcoming Tremendous Challenges As They Pursue Their Dreams

I enjoy stories

Reading them, hearing them read out loud, listening to a storyteller.

Among my favourites are those featuring people who were faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges and with their inner strength along with the love of others at their side, they managed to climb those mountains and reach the summit.  And what a joy it is to witness them in those sweet moments of their achievement.

I give you two such stories that were shared with me a couple of weeks ago.  They feature two different young people whose big dreams – at their particular summit – were to share their love of singing.

Here are youtube links to watch, and I hope they bring you inspiration, as they did for me.

The first one features a young lady, Kechi Okwuchi…

 

 

 

And for the story featuring Christian Guardino, I couldn’t find a link that had everything combined, so the first link gives you his performance, and the second one gives you his background story.

 

 

*****

 

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!

 

An Unusual Singer

Yesterday I found heart-warming inspiration from an unexpected source.

I happened to glance at the activities of some of my Facebook friends and stopped at one where I read that one of my friends had liked a particular video post…..about a deaf singer performing at a talent show.

One other time I had come across a Ted Talk in which a woman was talking about her experience about being deaf and being involved in music, and she had been deaf at a young age.  She had overcome various challenges in her life and had fulfilled her dream of being a professional musician, or more precisely, a percussionist.

So, with that in mind, I was especially intrigued with this new post.

What increased the intrigue was that this other young woman – singer/songwriter – was appearing on the show, “America’s Got Talent,” which I generally don’t watch.  But now being somewhat savvy  that deafness doesn’t mean that a person can’t achieve their musicianship dreams,  I had a hunch this would be a ground-breaking experience.  Ever since Susan Doyle wowed the judges on the British equivalent show – where she overcame her hurdle of no formal training and wavering self-confidence – I keep a keen eye and ear open to those more “unique” aspiring singers.

Well.

What an incredibly momentous experience for this young lady!

Mandy Harvey – inspiring and amazing – how she handled overcoming her biggest obstacle….herself.

No spoilers from me, but I encourage you to watch this clip.

 

 

Singing in Unison…But Not Together

That sounds like a bit of a paradox, right?

How can a group of people, or more precisely, over 2,000, be singing together on one song as a choir….and yet, not be in the same room at the same time.

That’s where the innovative thinking and composing skills of Eric Whitacre come in.

Come and have a look and listen to one of….’his “Virtual Choir” projects, bringing individual voices from around the globe together into an online choir.’  (Wikipedia)

Here is “Fly to Paradise”…..

Saying Good-bye to Mary

Saying good-bye to another inspiring, beautiful soul.

 

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(photo courtesy of Google images)

*****

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.

*****

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!  😀