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Friday, February 15, 2008

February Ramblin'



Lots of things that interested me recently, many of them dealing with music.

This website is quite interesting and has several fascinating SOUND CLIPS from Aerosmith to Pavarotti including Joan Sutherland and harmonics singing. Even if you don't read the whole article, it is fun to listen to the singers clips and read the short info about their sounds. The sound clips and "infographics" of the vocal instrument are located in a box on page one of the article entitled "ALSO IN THIS ARTICLE".
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There's a film called The Singing Revolution which was shown in L.A., opened in NYC recently, and has been shown in a few other places in the U.S. It is a full-length documentary about the relationship between singing (much of it choral singing) and the struggle for Estonia's independence from the Soviet Union.
You can see and hear film clips and request that the film be shown in your community
by going to the film's website.
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Ever see Now Play it, a YouTube variation? It contains tutorials that explain how to play specific popular songs -- many posted by the recording artists themselves. This page, for example, lets you download a 27-minute video tutorial of Paul McCartney explaining how he played the parts on a single from his last album. Other entries: Iggy Pop ("Lust for Life"); David Bowie (several, including "Heroes" & "Space Oddity"), Radiohead, others. The downside: The site bills for downloads. Let's see how long THAT lasts.
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I know they're over, but I still enjoy Ask Vulture: Should You Watch Sunday Night's Grammy Awards?
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Subject: A RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES?
Not an inalienable right, it turns out.
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There have been dissenters of Brahms' work since the nineteenth century, some of them heavyweights, e.g., Tchaikovsky and Britten. The blasphemy continues in this piece from the Washington Post by Anne Midgette.
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HEMA is a Dutch department store. The first store opened on November 4, 1926, in Amsterdam. Now there are 150 stores all over the Netherlands. HEMA also has stores in Belgium, Luxemburg, and Germany. In June of this year, HEMA was sold to British investment company Lion Capital.
Take a look at HEMA's product page. You can't order anything and it's in Dutch, but just wait a couple of seconds and watch what happens.
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Why I'm supporting John McCain:

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A recent event that I missed, unfortunately. Compleat with Waxmagik and even More Wax.


ROG

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Friends,

February 24th is the 90th anniversary of Estonian independence. In honor of that celebration, we have arranged for special screenings of The Singing Revolution in New York City.

The Singing Revolution will play at a new theater in the Village:

Cinema Village Theater
22 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
212-924-3363
http://www.cinemavillage.com/chc/cv/coming_soon.asp

Show times are:
Saturday, February 23rd at 10:30am
(allowing time after the film to get to the 1PM Estonian Independence Day Celebration at 28 East 35th Street)
Sunday, February 24th at 1:00pm AND 4:00pm
The Cinema Village Theater is doing this in respect for Estonia's Independence Anniversary. Let's support their gesture.

And happy independence day!
Maureen and Jim Tusty
Producers/Directors of The Singing Revolution
www.singingrevolution.com

Roger Green said...

Choral Singing has the power to bring peace to nations and freedom to people. Differences in culture, political ideology, race and religion can disappear when people come together to sing.

While most people don’t think about singing when they think of revolutions, in Estonia song was the weapon of choice when, between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of Estonian people gathered to sing forbidden patriotic songs and rally for independence, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for a free country.

The Singing Revolution documentary film illustrates how the simple and defiant act of singing brought hope and liberation to a people.

The Singing Revolution will be playing in Albany, NY, March 21st – March 27th at Spectrum 8 Theatres, 290 Delaware Ave.. For theater information and show times, visit: www.spectrum8.com

For more about the film, drop by: www.singingrevolution.com

Roger Green said...

Dear Friends,

Choral Singing has the power to bring peace to nations and freedom to people. Differences in culture, political ideology, race and religion can disappear when people come together to sing.
While most people don’t think about singing when they think of revolutions, in Estonia song was the weapon of choice when, between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of Estonian people gathered to sing forbidden patriotic songs and rally for independence, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for a free country. The Singing Revolution documentary film illustrates how the simple and defiant act of singing brought hope and liberation to a people.
The Singing Revolution will be playing in Albany, NY, March 21st – March 27th at Spectrum 8 Theatres, 290 Delaware Ave.. For theater information and show times, visit:

www.spectrum8.com

www.singingrevolution.com

The New York Times also gave the movie a very favorable review. You can read it here: http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/12/14/movies/14revo.htmlem&ex=1197781200&en=f8e19ae792442f8f&ei=5087%0A&em&ex=1197781200&en=f8e19ae792442f8f&ei=5087%0A&8mu&

We believe you’ll be inspired and energized by the remarkable events in Estonia in the late-1980s, and hope you can make it to see The Singing Revolution in Albany.

Thank you!
Maureen and James Tusty
Producers/Directors of The Singing Revolution
www.singingrevolution.com