The Monday Music Medicine Show – Out of this World Highlands

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This morning while making breakfast one of the songs I consider a most beautiful piece came on. It took me a minute to recall what it was. There are SO many that I feel are the most beautiful, so I had to rely on the fact that it was among the letter “C” group, alphabetically. Then it hit me, Celtic BSG was the actual way I titled it. For those who are not SciFi fans, and have not seen the second and updated Battlestar Galactica, this is one which belongs to Admiral Adama. It is a very poignant scene, and the music exemplifies the range of emotions within the scene. I named it Celtic because it has the bagpipes at the end, but also has that sense of Scotland and Ireland within the strains of the music.


So my beautiful Monday Music Medicine Show friends, if it pleases you to play, share with us: a piece of music – from a soundtrack or any other source – which you feel is a most beautiful piece. Don’t sweat if nothing comes to mind. Just throw something into the ring. You know I want to hear it! Share it there (your own blog with a ping back), or share it here.

BYOM and  remember: It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Don’t Send That PING!

Music is the Medicine in my Soul and I hope yours is as healing and nurturing as mine!

Singing Smiley

A to Z Challenge – Wonderful World of Dance

Day 23

April 27, 2016

The Winsome Letter: W

West Side Story

When I was a young girl, my family had a tradition for birthdays; dinner and a movie – sounds like a date to me. When I was turning thirteen – a real teenager, no longer pre-teen – I wanted to go see a movie called Diamond Head. Movies at that time had an increase from fifty cents, to ninty nine cents. But, hey, their daughter was worth it.

Anyway, it was at the amazing Valencia theater on Jamaica Man Avenue – where, upon the stage, beneath the screen, I’d be walking across to receive my JHS diploma in one year. But that’s not the point. Great theater, great movie. But wait! The lines! They were out the door and around the block! How could that be? On my birthday, I don’t get to see my chosen movie? My heart was breaking. Turning around I look at the RKO theater right across the street where some other movie was playing, and very few people were waiting to get in to see that film. I grudgingly agreed to go see that one instead.

Of course, I couldn’t know, in that moment, that this other movie would change my life – or at least make that coming of age birthday a whole lot better!

The movie begins with an overture, against the backdrop of an abstract painting of the skyline of New York City – my very own home town – in colors, one morphing into another.

 It’s like a little taste treats from most of the great tune in the picture. Leonard Bernstein wrote this wonderful soundtrack’s music, and Stephen Sondheim gave us the words for the different numbers.

The story centers around two rival gangs, The Jets and The Sharks.

Of course, at the core of this are two young lovers – think Romeo and Juliet since this is a contemporary telling of that story – Tony and Maria, who meet at the dance at the gym.

This is an obvious no-no for both sides which leads to all manner of trouble and becomes just another reason for the two gangs to get into a more serious rumble arena.

After the dance and after it is agreed upon to meet for a war council, The Sharks take to the rooftops to burn off their anger with their girlfriends.

Before the meeting at Doc’s Candy Store, we get to see how the Jets use comic relief to cool their heels.

At the war council, the time and place are set and the two representatives are chosen to fight. The night leading up to the rumble gives us glimpses into the moments of everyone involved.

What Bernardo believes is his chance to get back at Tony, turns out very different.

What started out as a fist fight turned into something not at all COOL:

We all know how Romeo and Juliet end up. West Side Story rewrites this:

What we don’t get to see after Maria collapses is that members from both gangs help to carry Tony’s body away. When Juliet lives, it seems, at least for a moment, that both sides begin to learn to put aside grievences in the wake of so much loss. Perhaps the world can learn something from rewriting a classic.

For me, West Side Story was the best movie I’d ever seen. This evidence is in the 40 times I went to see the movie over the years, until I found in Future World, the advent of the VCR would allow one of my dreams – to have a movie theater in my own home – to come to fruition.

West Side Story pushed me to pursue dancing in an effort to follow another dream I had then. I even tried out for the High School of Performing Arts (the venue where “Fame” took place). While I didn’t make the cut, I never stopped dancing, and I continue to hold West Side Story as truly one of my favorite ever movies.

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Monday Music Medicine Show – Perfect Union

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One of these songs is Mr Quantum’s favorite ‘US’ song. The other is my response to his, or perhaps it’s the reverse… His song is in response to my song… It should be easy to figure it out. Leave your answers in comments please

 

 

So my beautiful Monday Music Medicine Show friends, if it pleases you to play, share with us: What song represents you and your significant other? Don’t sweat if nothing comes to mind. Just throw something into the ring. You know I want to hear it! Share it there (your own blog with a ping back), or share it here.

BYOM and  remember: It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Don’t Send That PING!

Music is the Medicine in my Soul and I hope yours is as healing and nurturing as mine!

Singing Smiley

A to Z Challenge – The Magical Mystery Tour

Day 13

April 15, 2016

The Magical Mystery Tour Letter: M

MUSIC

Due unforeseen circumstances, todays post had to be re-written. It wasn’t finished, and I didn’t have the time to continue putting it altogether.

That being said, it’s obvious that M = Music. I wanted to keep that theme, but I’m making it easier on myself and doing what The Monday Music Medicine Show is all about.

There’s no way for me to put all the music that is part of my life in one post (and in retrospect, it seems I sure did try). But I can give a timeline representing how my own musical likes developed.

NOTE: due to technical problems, the links are not working as embedded videos, so just click on the link and you’ll get to hear the greatest music in the world.

When you grow up with something, it doesn’t always take center stage. But I do rememeber the first piece of classical music that I actually wanted to buy for myself:

Mozart’s 21st Piano Concerto, 2nd movement.

Over the years, many more pieces came to my attention, and I added to my collection.

Two specific pieces remain at the top of my favorites list:

 

Vivaldi’s Four Season, WINTER

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd movement

Did I say two? I meant three, or four.

D’Vorak’s New World Symphony: 4th movements

While I’m not a fan of opera, I do like choral music:

Carmina Burana – O Fortuna

One of my favorite pieces came from a woman I’d discovered when I first came onto the Internet, introduced to me by a woman from Portugal:

Spente Le Stelle sung by Emma Shapplin

While the afore mentioned pieces were specific to my parents combined likes in Classical, my mother had a wider range of musical tastes.

A favorite of mine from her collection, to which I’d dance, lost in the places the composition took me.

Malaguena – 101 Strings

My mother’s many loves in the other genre’s of music were myriad:

The Boogie Woogie – The Tommy Dorsey

Washington Square – The Village Stompers

And a fabulous keyboard favorite of mine:

Crazy Otto by Johnny Maddox

But my other influence in the house was my brother:

Back in the 50s and 60s he was listening to music I couldn’t help but love:

Donna – Dion and the Belmonts

Kind of a Drag – The Buckinghams

But as the 60s evolved, so too, did our rock tastes.

Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones

The first concert we attended together:

Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watch Tower

My own interests, during that decade was governed by the young teeny bopper’s heart:

I want to hold your hand – The Beatles (I still have the vinyl)

It’s A Beautiful Morning – The Young Rascals (my BFF and I were big fans)

Then I went to Colorado in the early 70s and found many other songs which would begin to widen my experience:

Black Magic Woman – Santana

White Bird – It’s A Beautiful Day

Oh and then there’s this:

Fresh Air – Quick Silver Messenger Service

Would that I could include everything which has brought me exquisite listening pleasure through the years, I’d do that. This is a lot like that question, if you could bring only (insert number here) songs on a desert island… you know the rest. As you can see, I do have a hard time just limiting myself to just a few.

Still, one or two selections from recent decades need to be represented:

Burn it to the Ground – Nickelback

Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger

this defines the genre which draws me more than the others, or maybe not.

Every song is a ripple to another, and on and on…

Ripple – Grateful Dead

This is just the tip of the iceberg which is my passion for music. Stay tuned to The Monday Music Medicine Show to continue discovering all of the nuggets I’ve gathered into my world.

Music is the medicine in my Soul, and I hope that yours is as nurturing as mine.

 

The Monday Music Medicine Show – For Your Listening Pleasure Part 2

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April will see a slight change in the Monday Music Medicine Show due to other commitments made for the month. Still, what’s a Monday without music? So, today, for your listening pleasure, the 79 Songs series will continue playing. Hopefully you’ll enjoy trying to recall where you heard these songs, or finally be able to put a name to those you may have wondered what they were.

Sit back and enjoy!


We will return with the regularly scheduled SHOW in May.

Singing Smiley

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