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51  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: September 03, 2019, 10:58:19 AM
We're a month further down the line and now I'm listening to another symphony, Carl Nielsen's third, subtitled Sinfonia Expansiva, under Leonard Bernstein. Funny how I used to pooh-pooh Lenny as just another brash American. But since learning of his involvement with Brian (however tenuous) I've come to love the man. I also learned that when Serge Koussevitsky was taken ill and couldn't conduct Oliver Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie, a large-scale work he had commissioned from the Frenchman, the 31-year-old Bernstein took over the formidable task.

I've said before that it's wonderful to lose yourself in a symphony or a landscape and this work fits the bill perfectly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E_yy28_4A4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._3_(Nielsen)
52  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: September 03, 2019, 06:50:47 AM
Check great educational AND sweet video that special needs cat Rocky's "mom" shared: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2556428954591325&id=2206677982899759&anchor_composer=false

Amazing lady.

Love the cat toy! God yes, what dedication. My daughter has two cats. Maybe I've posted this spooky picture of one of them before:

53  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: Welcome thread on: September 03, 2019, 04:04:27 AM
77. 3D

Thanks. Shows how much I know about anything. They say it's the thought that counts. Wink
54  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Happy Birthday, Alan! on: September 03, 2019, 03:04:28 AM
Many happy returns to Alan Jardine, who turns all of 76 77 today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V3rbs2r4V0

55  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / It Takes Two--The Duets Thread on: September 03, 2019, 02:47:20 AM
There had been a duets topic on my old hobby forum before it was scuppered and for some reason it hasn't been revived on the new one. Reason enough to start one here.

I was prompted to do so by a remarkable Mozart duet I heard this morning. "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" (Men who feel the call of love) is sung by Pamina and Papageno in Act One, scene two of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte). The interesting thing is that they are not singing to or about each other! Pamina is singing about her Tamino and Papageno about his Papagena, although you wouldn't know it from the lyrics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV82NkhnD0o

https://www.oxfordlieder.co.uk/song/1387

There is at least one example of this state of affairs in pop. Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange", which initially seems like a love duet between them, ends with this exchange:

"Sylvia"
"Yes, Mickey"
"How do you call your lover boy"
"Come here, lover boy"
"And if he doesn't answer"
"Oh lover boy"
"And if he still doesn't answer"
"I simply say
[sung] Baby, oh baby
My sweet baby, you're the one"
[sung by both] "Baby, oh baby
My sweet baby, you're the one"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mvN05MSa48

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Is_Strange
56  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Who on: September 02, 2019, 01:57:57 PM
It's Hard is back on my playlist. To be continued. Wink 
To be 100% honest, it's actually one of my favorite Who albums. Many people say it's the worst of the post Moon albums, but I think it's the other way around. I've never cared for Face Dances much. But we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.  Grin

Exactly! LOL

I got round to listening to It's Hard after taking a break (from Smiley, music, everything really) and loved it. Every track a winner, including "One Life's Enough". (Some beautiful piano on that.) "I've Known No War" is a fantastic anthem!

So far, so incredibly good. Thanks, Jay, for getting me to (re)visit these great albums. Next up? Face Dances. Smokin
57  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 02, 2019, 01:27:55 PM
Saw Lawrence of Arabia yesterday on the big screen. I went alone as my sister, a huge TE Lawrence fan, was in the hospital and now needs oxygen - waiting for a portable tank.
It was great to see the movie in a theater filled with fans - to not hear, "Good Lawd, this is only half over?" at the Intermission - and the conversation about the film and the actors
 An amusing thing happened while Lawrence and company made their long, dangerous trek through the desert on their way to Aqaba, trying not to die of thirst. I heard pounding all of a sudden on the roof of the theater. Heavy rain for a few minutes. : -)

So sorry to hear about your sister, E.

It's good to know the film had a loving audience. I was too young to remember how the audience reacted back at that early screening in London. The big screen... Wow, I'm jealous! Roll Eyes

That's golden, the downpour during the desert trek. LOL
58  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 02, 2019, 01:19:43 PM
Yeah, tell what they answered.

This evening I spoke with my ten-year-old grandson about the new Lion King and he got quite animated (no pun intended). Said there was a lot of fire at the end. It clearly made a big impression on him. I'll check with my eight-year-old granddaughter when I think of it. 

We took our daughter to see the original cartoon in the '90s--I can't remember much about it to be quite honest! That says a lot perhaps...
59  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The Quotes Topic on: September 02, 2019, 03:51:08 AM
"It was ironic that by trying to keep the summer alive, they were hastening autumn, if not winter."

(the captain at PSF, on The Beach Boys and advancing age)
60  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Old Record Parade on: September 02, 2019, 02:06:05 AM
Ranked as the #3 song of 1959 by Billboard, it's been popping into my head all summer! It's infectious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvPU-cvaKCM

It is indeed infectious! Lloyd Price recorded one of my all-time favourite r&b 45s, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy". Dating from 1952, it's more rock and roll than r&b to these ears. That's Fats Domino on piano (see PJ Riverdale's comment):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vre2POdgJbs
61  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favorite instrumentals on: September 02, 2019, 01:55:17 AM
Looking around for music inspired by the hair-raising world of author H.P. Lovecraft (initially for a topic on my "hobby" forum), I happened across this instrumental by Metallica. "The Call of Ktulu [Cthulhu]" shows them moving away from the hellbent-for-leather style of Kill 'Em All into more melodic and thoughtful realms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1RTgznup5c

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ride_the_Lightning
62  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Old Record Parade on: September 01, 2019, 02:40:28 PM
Heard this Roy Orbison classic played live yesterday by an excellent trio during the open day held at the farm that provides our weekly organic fruit and veg.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KFvoDDs0XM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh,_Pretty_Woman
63  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Ambient Music--Mood before Melody on: September 01, 2019, 03:57:10 AM
Many years ago I bought a book called The Ambient Century: From Mahler to Moby by Mark Prendergast. I then bought a dozen albums in a matter of weeks on the strength of what I'd read. One was Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II. I had disc one playing on the stereo last night as I sat out on the terrace, the sparse ambient sounds mixing naturally with the hum of the local traffic and other outdoor noises...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVQuNZfKSI0



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selected_Ambient_Works_Volume_II
64  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: August 30, 2019, 09:47:43 AM
Forgot to say I really enjoyed the new "Lion King", aka "live action" (boy, isn't it dumb term). MUCH better than '94 cartoon? You bet. 3D I hear it's been met with negative reactions. I'm puzzled, tbh. To start, the plot that LK fans nostalgic about the 'toon loved is intact - practically zero changes save Beyonce sings songs plus new song added she sings as well (it's fine). Next, the characters look, as I said previously, very huggable, very adorable, the way Scar is going, his serious sulky hermit introvert face/  attitude looks utterly sweet. He doesn't look very evil but beneath the harmlessness there's running various schemes. I got this vibe about his speaking with Mufasa & Simba. Simba little & adult is definition of "d'aww". Sarabi looks good. I liked voice characters this time around too. Jeremy Irons gets praised for Scar. Fair but Chiwetel Ejiofor did splendid voice work as well. Can't either be liked simultaneously? I say yes. Beyonce did well as Nala, if she didn't, it wouldn't be big deal - point is, I never care about Nala in LK. Everybody can feel free to start Nala fan club. The fight scene is super! AND Hans Zimmer orig. composer's back. 9/10. At least fans agree that visually it's "stunning". Glad. But it's puzzling to read that they prefer when characters convey feelings facially. Why? Riddle of the year. I mean, voices can do conveying very well, can't they? Radio plays, anybody?

My son and his kids saw The Lion King the other week. I'll ask them what they thought of it.

Yes, Hans Zimmer is a brilliant composer.

As for radio plays, I listened to dozens back in the '50s and '60s. I like them--they leave so much to the imagination...  Wink
65  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Entertainment Thread / Re: Drives a cartoon around--animation in cinema and on TV on: August 30, 2019, 07:14:31 AM
Alright then!  Grin Here's one of my favorite Mickey cartoons.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PYQYGnQeXw  The opening bit with Mickey mixing the potion is my all time favorite Disney animation moment.

Sheer genius! LOL

In view of your warning, I may watch The Little Match Girl another time. Wink
66  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Entertainment Thread / Re: Your favourite movie clips on YouTube on: August 30, 2019, 05:45:13 AM
I'm not well acquainted with Tarantino's films generally but I really enjoyed Inglourious Basterds!

I just love this scene. Note how Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz in stunning form) checks his medals after his fit of laughter. And those Italian accents, particularly Brad Pitt's. LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzsNz9CbXNY
67  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Pink Floyd Appreciation Thread on: August 30, 2019, 05:23:35 AM
Although my personal favourite from Piper is "Matilda Mother", I'll link "Flaming" instead, as it holds special memories for me. In mono--of course!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGU9fAkrc98
68  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Blues through Rhythm and Blues to Soul on: August 30, 2019, 01:55:13 AM
Thanks for the Sleepy John Estes link. Beautiful!

You're welcome. My brother has been a big fan of SJE ever since seeing Estes named as the author of Eddie Cochran's "Milk Cow Blues":



Here's the original from 1930. That's Jab Jones on piano and Yank Rachell on mandolin. No mention of a cow anywhere! LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU9kntOj22Q
69  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Songs you are obsessing over. on: August 29, 2019, 10:59:26 AM
Hello, everybody. Back to Smiley ranks (& flat with cat). 3D Kitchen radio played today cool song "Star Of The Show" by Grady & Brady. It may be in youtube.

A cool song indeed. Thanks! And welcome back. Wink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5ig0JGremk
70  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Blues through Rhythm and Blues to Soul on: August 29, 2019, 09:01:27 AM
Thank you, but that album was cut in the studio and then overdubbed with an audience. I was/am looking for legit live audio recordings. There are live videos on youtube which are great.

Eek! That's not good. Shocked

Yes, I noticed some videos from The Joe Tex Show.
71  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: Welcome thread on: August 29, 2019, 08:58:13 AM
Glad you came back. Sometimes we just need a break.
Thought of you - got tickets to see Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen this Sunday. Will also be playing on Wednesday - might go to that showing as well lol.

Thanks, E. :=)

Yes, we do need a break at times, for the clearing of heads and gathering of thoughts.Grin

I wouldn't blame you if you did both days--Lawrence on the big screen is a feast! Whatever you decide, enjoy!
72  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Blues through Rhythm and Blues to Soul on: August 29, 2019, 05:24:08 AM
I guess this thread could be the right place for this question. Are there any live audio recordings of Joe Tex?

Here you go, sir:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL94gOvpr5yt2At2JQdFie1wJmSj4pBoMC

73  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Who on: August 29, 2019, 05:20:13 AM
It's Hard is back on my playlist. To be continued. Wink 
74  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: Welcome thread on: August 29, 2019, 05:14:56 AM
Two weeks ago I decided I was leaving Smiley. There were aspects of it that were getting me down (all of my own making, needless to say). But there are other aspects of it that I've missed. So here I am again. Let's hope I tread with a little more care this time. Smokin
75  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: August 29, 2019, 04:55:51 AM
Being SanFrancisco-sick. Wish I stayed in it. Bought there entire DVD collection with fave Perry Mason. I've DVD player with screen built in - aunt's gift decade back to 18's birthday.
This travel didn't disappoint. Except few weeks is too little time to look around San Francisco, the various sightseeings, I may've seen just 5-9 % of it. But, the lady we, I & Daiana, lived with got great house with cool interior design. She'd been great host, polite & generous. We liked her simultaneously. & she got pool which Daiana basked in to get joy & fun. She's good diver, you see. Despite being dwarf. Btw, lady is marvellous cook, especially liked pancakes & pecan pie which knew/read about & even tasted pecans b4, they sell it here, in this city, but didn't taste real American pecan pie. She did it with caramel. Ditto about real chocolate chip cookie. I got to bite it too. It's got good crisp.
Put chocolates bought in SF in special attache case, it's keyed, then you retrieve chosen candy to eat. It's sweet food savings. Made good bargain deal buying 2 interesting chairs to the flat - to cat & I. & few useful house items. f.ex. lamp in sun shape which been dream since about 10, copy-book to paint in it, pic frame.

Glad you enjoyed the trip, RR. I can imagine it was too short to see everything in San Fran.
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