07. May 2020 · Comments Off on Julia Bullock and Christian Reif · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , , , ,

I can’t get enough of these two … they are so musical!

Langston Hughes wrote: “To make words sing is a wonderful thing, Because in a song words last so long.”

The following poem by Langston Hughes was originally entitled, “Prayer.” John Musto’s song (even in this slightly abbreviated version) gives a resounding recognition that individual struggles are shared and felt by us all.

LITANY
Gather up
In the arms of your pity
The sick, the depraved,
The desperate, the tired,
All the scum
Of our weary city

Gather up
In the arms of your pity.
Gather up
in the arms of your love—
Those who expect
No love from above.

06. May 2020 · Comments Off on THIS! · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , ,

This is really fantastic. Please watch and listen to the whole thing.

Music and words: Richard Barnard
Soprano: Elizabeth Karani
Piano: Edmund Whitehead
(With thanks to Thomas Atkins for cameo appearance)

A.Vivaldi “Eja Mater” – Jakub Jozef Orlinski & Aleksander Debicz

Jakub Józef Orlinski & Aleksander Debicz

A.Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
Stabat Mater, RV 621
VII. Eja Mater

Jakub Jozef Orlinski – Countertenor
Aleksander Debicz – Piano

Arrangement – Aleksander Debicz
Recording / mix – Bartosz Baltazar Zbroszczyk / Robert Szczytowicz – Paradox Studio

When: 12:00 pm, April 09, 2020
Where: Home

Latin Text:
Eja Mater, fons amoris
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.

Translation by Geoffrey Dunn:
Hail thee, Mother, fount of loving,
let me learn the pow’r of sorrow,
let me mourn for him with thee.

18. April 2020 · Comments Off on Lovely · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , ,

I have no idea what they are singing, but this is lovely.

A sea that lulls to rest (danish: et hav der vugger sig til ro)
Music: Matti Borg
Lyrics: Juliane Preisler
Arrangement: Michael Bojesen

Performed by the DR Danish National Girls’ Choir and their conductor Phillip Faber as part of the programme ‘Morgensang med Phillip Faber’ (morning song) on the main Danish public service-channel DR1, Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

A fifth of Denmark’s population has tuned-in to live sing-alongs hosted by state broadcaster DR. On 16 March, Danes woke up to their first day in self-isolation and the conductor Phillip Faber made a short broadcast from home via Facebook. From his own piano, Faber invited viewers to sing along to favourite songs from Denmark’s High School Song Book, Hymn Book and from classic films.
Read more about how singing together creates a community despite corona-isolation: https://www.dr.dk/om-dr/about-dr/broadcast-community-sing-along-gathers-danes-through-corona-isolation

Learn more about the DR Danish National Girls’ Choir here:
www.drpigekoret.dk
www.facebook/drpigekoret
Instagram: @dr.pigekoret

16. April 2020 · Comments Off on Stay Home · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , , ,

Jakub Józef Orlinski & Aleksander Debicz have a message for you.

stay home, stay home

it ain’t easy, the same four walls
feeling stuck here all day long
only going to a grocery store later to buy some food and toilet paper
don’t be selfish, don’t buy it all
don’t act so stupid
toilet paper ain’t no gold

stay home, stay home

and even if you have to go outside
it’s better not to be for a pleasure ride
strutting around your neighborhood
it’s a bad idea, it ain’t good
do you want to put the rest at risk
that might die when they get sick
no you don’t want that so please just stay inside

stay inside

don’t be selfish, don’t get infected
cause otherwise you might be from society rejected

stay home, stay home

and of course i’m staying at home too,
struggling a lot like all of you
walking with my tied dog frequently
just to be outside sort of legally
pa pa pa, pa pa pa…

don’t be selfish and don’t just roam
seriously i’m telling you, just stay home

stay home, stay home

stay home, i’m telling you stay home
stay home, please stay home
stay home, please stay home

04. May 2011 · Comments Off on Double Piano … But Can He Make A Double Reed? · Categories: Videos · Tags: ,

Huh? Huh? I’ll just bet not! And what good is anyone who can’t send me a reed? (But maybe he’ll prove me wrong and mail a reed to me. I will gladly accept one. Or more.)

… and then there this … on a more serious note, but in a light-hearted way: Super Mario Fights Cancer