New Year’s Day, 2015

Happy New Year from Google!

Happy New Year, everyone! May you all make some great days in 2015..

As you can see, I admire Google’s New Year’s Google Doodle. Here’s a celebratory jigsaw puzzle as well.

Here’s a list of popular songs for New Year’s 2015.

And if you’re not in the mood for rock or pop, here’s something from the world of classical music. Andre Rieu’s New Tear’s in Vienna:

 

 

 

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What It’s Like for a Deaf Person to Hear Music for the First Time- listening to Mozart.

There’s not much more I can add here. Beautiful!

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What It’s Like for a Deaf Person to Hear Music for the First Time- listening to Mozart

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How do you feel listening to Mozart’s Lachrimosa? Upon listening to it shivers descend down my spine, and I am stirred;  no one could say it is too fanciful to say this is not an otherworldly, sacred piece of music that reaches deep into the soul….

But imagine you were born deaf, had never heard music before, didn’t really know what music even is. Then one day you get implants and you hear this…

For a hearing person the Lachrimosa is a powerful listening experience; how much more so would it be for someone born deaf and then able to hear this?

Austin Chapman was born profoundly deaf. Hearing aids helped some, but music — its full range of pitches and tones — remained indecipherable. As Chapman explains: “I’ve never understood…

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A Welsh Carol — Parti Fronheulog: Carol Plygain: ‘Ar Gyfer Heddiw’r Bore’

A friend shared this Welsh carol with me. Although I don’t know the language, I still felt it was very pretty. The song is new to me. Many thanks to the person who posted it originally!

I also learned something about YouTube’s “Show More” tab, where the lyrics were posted.

Enjoy!

 

For this day’s morning, as a little babe, as a little babe,
Was born the root of Jesse, as a little babe;
The Strong One from Bosra,
The Lawgiver on Sinai,
The Just One on Calvary, as a little babe, as a little babe,
Suckling on Mary’s breast, as a little babe.
The living water of Ezechiel on Mary’s knee, on Mary’s knee,

And Daniel’s true Messiah, on Mary’s knee;
The wise boy of Isaiah,
The promise made to Adam,
The Alpha and Omega, on Mary’s knee, on Mary’s knee,
In a stable in Bethlehem of Juda, on Mary’s knee.

Christ took off his crown, so he willed, so he willed,
To place a crown on Sion, so he willed;
To bow his kingly head,
To wear a crown of thorns,
To face ferocious mocking, so he willed, so he willed,
To lift up the guilty head, so he willed.

So now, you sinner hasten, as you are, as you are,
To ask for the sanctuary, as you are;
To you a fount now opens,
To wash your wounds of darkness
Like whitened snow in Salmon, as you are, as you are,
Come therefore in good time, as you are.

About the plygain tradition:http://www.nantlle.com/history-llanll…

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‘Ar Gyfer Heddiw’r Bore’, a sacred song from 19th century Wales, is quite unlike the Christmas carols we know in English but it has a vivid grandeur all its own. I regret that this translation is not capable of being sung to the original melody and is provided simply to give some idea of what it is all about.

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An carúl seo sa Ghaeilge: This carol in Irish: Y carol hwn yn y Wyddeleg:

http://www.ballinagree.freeservers.co…

This version in Irish is my own and as far as I can see it scans and rhymes in such a way as to be singable in Irish using the same tune as the original version sung on this video. Bain triail as! Give it a go! Rhowch gynnig arno!

 

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to share some favorite Christmas carols. I love too many to list them all. Merry Christmas!

Joy to the World

Silent Night

Mary’s Boy Child

Christ Child’s Lullaby

12 Days of Christmas

The Holly and the Ivy

I Saw Three Ships

The First Noel

The Wexford Carol

Wexford Carol
Christmas Hymn & Carol Lyrics

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending His belovèd Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day;
In Bethlehem upon the morn
There was a blest Messiah born.

The night before that happy tide
The noble virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark how all things came to pass:
From every door repelled, alas!
As long foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble oxen stall.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom God’s angels did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
“Prepare and go”, the angels said,
“To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you’ll find, this happy morn,
A princely Babe, sweet Jesus born.”

With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the babe to find,
And as God’s angel has foretold,
They did our Savior Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by His side the virgin maid
Attending to the Lord of Life,
Who came on earth to end all strife.

 

Dvořák – Symphony No. 9, New World – Conductor Herbert von Karajan – Vienna Philarmonic

Thanks to I Write The Music again for blogging about my favorite Dvorak symphony. This composer did so much more, as well. I will try to listen to more.

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Great presentation of the Great Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan, playing the 9th Symphony of Antonin Dvorak “From the new world”.

Gran presentación de la Filarmónica de Viena conducida por Herbert von Karajan, interpretando la novena sinfonía de Antonin Dvorak “Sinfonía del Nuevo Mundo”.

(C) Telemonde 1992, UMG and all their respective owners. No commercial use of this material.

(0:37) 1st mvt (Adagio, Allegro Molto)
(10:42) 2nd mvt (Largo)
(23:30) 3rd mvt (Scherzo, Molto Vivace)
(32:07) 4rth mvt (Allegro con fuoco)

Greetings to FahrenheitJethro

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A Merry Christmas From The Piano Guys

I just love this! Slowly getting into a Christmas mood….

I Write The Music

O Come Emmanuel   –   ThePianoGuys

Angels We Have Heard On High

Carol of the Bells

We Three Kings

Where Are You Christmas

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A Collection of Christmas Carols

I meant to get out all my Christmas and holiday music out at Thanksgiving and begin playing it. Perhaps in a few days I’ll write about my own favorites.

Anyhow, many thanks to Rich at Good Music Speaks blog for this post on Samuel Barber and some beautiful Christmas carols. At some point, I’ll listen to Barber more.

Gershwin’s Cuban Overture

I’ve always liked Gershwin’s Cuban Overture because it has so much energy, is very tuneful, and makes you want to dance. However, you may not want to do all that at 7:00 in the morning. This piece, like a cup of coffee, will get you going in the morning. Of course, if you don’t feel like getting up, just turn off the radio and go back to sleep for a bit–if your schedule allows it.

Locally, this piece was on the program at Strathmore one night several years ago. Sadly, we couldn’t get tickets.  Maybe someday…

It’s fun listening to the Cuban Overture to guess which instrument is being played during the various parts. And it’s also interesting to see how different orchestras interpret the same music. The first video is from someone’s recording. The second is Lorin Maazel conducting the Cleveland Orchestra.

 

 

 

I Got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night

Several days ago, I was watching a rerun of Hawaii Five-O.  Carol Burnett guest-starred. At the end of the show, she sang, “I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning.” I loved her rendition of it. It’s also special to me because my aunt used to sing it to me at various times when I was a kid . I think she’d still remember the melody even if she doesn’t remember the words anymore. We’d pretend we were performers at what we called “The Stardust Ballroom.” She was always the best singer–and still is, when she feels like doing it.

I couldn’t find a YouTube clip with Carol Burnett singing the song, so I found one with Doris Day’s recording of it. Incidentally, Doris Day was one of my aunt’s favorite actresses and singers when she was young. But that is best left to a separate post.

Irving Berlin wrote it. The song was made famous in the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”

I Got The Sun In The Morning Lyrics

Taking stock of what I have and what I haven’t
What do I find?
The things I got will keep me satisfied
Checking up on what I have and what I haven’t
What do I find?
A healthy balance on the credit side
Got no diamond
Got no pearl
Still I think I’m a lucky girl
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
Got no mansion
Got no yacht
Still I’m happy with what I got
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
Sunshine
Gives me a lovely day
Moonlight
Gives me the Milky Way
Got no checkbooks
Got no banks
Still I’d like to express my thanks
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
And with the sun in the morning
And the moon in the evening
I’m all right
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Got no mansion
Got no yacht
Still I’m happy with what I got
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
Got no silver
Got no gold
What I got can’t be bought or sold
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
Sunshine
Gives me a lovely day
Moonlight
Gives me the Milky Way
Got no checkbooks
Got no banks
Still I’d like to express my thanks
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
And with the sun in the morning
And the moon in the evening
I’m all right
[3]
Sunshine
Gives me a lovely day
Moonlight
Gives me the Milky Way
Got no heirlooms
For my kin
Made no will but when I cash in
I leave the sun in the morning and the moon at night
And with the sun in the morning
And the moon in the evening they’re all right