Posts Tagged ‘music’

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Wonder Wednesday

July 31, 2019

Sometimes, one can only jam along to the glory that is before them:

Yes, the masterpiece that was 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12, officially titled the Pinball Number Count, debuting on Sesame Street in 1977.  Sung by none other than the Pointer Sisters (!) in a delightful funk/jazz/Caribbean melange.  Accompanied by wild visuals with fun themes.  And featuring sequence number 8 (titled Forest Follies) that ends with the best delivery of an “eight” ever recorded.

Great stuff.  It’ll be stuck in your head now* for the rest of the day, and that’s a good thing!

 

(When I used to teach at my previous job, if the class was getting a bit listless I would begin singing the tune and trail off starting around 6… never did it fail that at least a few people would carry the song all the way to 12.)

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Wonder Wednesday

February 13, 2019

Joe Hisaishi playing the main theme from the film Spirited Away.  A beautiful tune played with passion and elegant feeling.  Chill inducing.

(Hisaishi is also the composer of the piece)

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Wonder Wednesday

January 2, 2019

Some catchy music with crazy coordination and delightful fun!

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Philosophy Tuesday

November 6, 2018

It is like tuning an instrument

 

You cannot expect to do it just once

And have it stay perfect

 

You have to do it ongoingly

Daily

Tuning

And adjusting

So that it sounds better and better

 

So too with life

 

You cannot expect to transform something

Learn something

Gain wonderous insights

And get something, once

And have it stay perfect

 

You need to keep doing it

It is a practice

 

And with practice

You approach that more perfect state

Leading to evermore beautiful harmonies

And to evermore beautiful lives

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Wonder Wednesday

October 31, 2018

Some mighty fine old school animation, coupled with the absolutely powerful, marvelous, and moving score by Jerry Goldsmith…

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Wonder Wednesday

August 1, 2018

A voice of piercing clarity.  Backed by piano and strings.  Filmed deep within a decommissioned nuclear reactor.  A haunting beauty of layers and texture and acoustic magic.

(The electronic track is great too, in a different vein.)

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Wonder Wednesday

July 25, 2018

The Nagano Olympics opening ceremony finale.  A wonder because:

1 – It’s Beethoven’s 9th symphony 4th movement ‘Ode to Joy’.  That alone would render it wondrous.

2 – But it’s also being performed live from six locations across five continents.  The technical wizardry to pull this off was quite the feat, taking the orchestra and main choral from Japan and beaming it to the other five continents then taking the return stream, leading to six different feeds that, thanks to transmission delays, are all totally out of sync with each other, so that they then put it all back together and properly in time (constantly adjusting to prevent drift) and then piping it into the stadium.

3 – But the real piece de resistance is what’s happening within the stadium.  Not the dancers, but in the audience.  Because look at the crowd.  Standing.  And signing along.  In German.  That’s a love of music right there, and 100% perfect for the spirit of something like the Olympics.

Wonderful.