Monday, January 21, 2013

Perspective...The Old Heart Pinch





You probably thought I was going to discuss something deep and meaningful but what I have been thinking about was sort of sparked by hearing Cliff Edwards sing When You Wish Upon a Star yesterday while I was working, oh boy I had forgotten how I always reacted to that song, why it always brings a tear I don't know. I thought of it again this morning while I was walking and interviewed myself...Self to self thought bubble, "oh really, do any other songs or music affect you in the same way? Yes I said to myself The Ave Maria it gives me chills and makes me cry every time and there's another one that brings me to my knees What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. I just thought I'd share that with you, now you know how to slay me, just get out a CD you don't need a sword or a ray gun.

How about you, do you feel like sharing?

xoxo Ro

ps, I have goosebumps after copying those videos :P

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  1. I love Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World! I love Iz's medley of Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World too. You hear it all the time, but it still affects me.
    I'm with you on the Ave Maria too. I was at a restaurant once and a man at another table was going on and on about how he thought the Ave Maria was so overdone and he was sick of it blah blah.... I wanted to go over there and smack him upside the head but managed to restrain myself haha :)
    Totally different type of song, but Iron and Wine's cover of Love Vigilantes always gets me too.

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    1. DJ, I like your style, and your defense of music you love. :-)

      And this Protestant girl always thinks the "Ave Maria" should be performed more often.

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  2. Thank yo for being so brave as to share DJ I LOVE Over the Rainbow by Iz too, it's beautiful!

    The image of you smacking that guy upside the head has me in hysterics!!!!!
    I know you were in your mind :)

    I don't Love Vigilantes, I'll check it out....

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    1. I don't love should be "I don't know", geez I think I was laughing!!

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    2. I knew what you meant, glad I could give you a laugh :)

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    3. I just listened DJ.....oh my I was not prepared for that ending, so pretty and simple.......THEN, ugh!

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  3. Okay, I'm climbing on the Louis Armstrong "What a Wonderful World" bandwagon--incredible rendition.

    I'm sucker for Pachelbel's "Canon in D," practically any version. I stop the vehicle for George Gerschwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," whether as a piano solo or the original version with piano and orchestra. When United Airline used a theme from that piece for their commercials, I was thrilled.

    And I should have an "I brake for Beethoven" bumper sticker, because any of the symphonies or the five piano concertos just do me IN. I can't help it--I pretty much become oblivious to anything else going on when I hear one. I read an interview with Leonard Bernstein once where he described Beethoven's music as one manifestation of the universe's intangible joy and love, and I've been undone since then because he was RIGHT.

    Well, you asked...and it's a marvelous question!
    xo

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    1. "Gershwin"--sorry about the spelling--too much writing today, all the keys are under my fingers...

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    2. Oh, I love Pachelbel's Canon! I have a CD that is just that one piece, all different versions of it.
      I agree on Beethoven too. There's this really weird Nicholas Cage movie that has my favorite Beethoven symphony in it(I always forget which number is it) but I always say that the movie wasn't a total waste of time since I got to hear that piece :)

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    3. Yes I know Pachelble's Canon it makes me feel happy! Good to know your heart pinches, music certainly can swell the emotions.

      You would have to bring up Beethoven and here I was cracking up at a cricket :)

      ♥♥

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    4. Me, too. Reminds me of all the great British sagas I watch and adore. (Seven more sleeps until season 3 of Downton is released on DVD!) =)

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  4. Me too, Louis.
    Amazing Grace, Hallelujah {Cohen, Buckley}, Christmas tunes...
    For me, they seem to remind me of the precious, fragile lives of those* I love...And the inevitable losses to come...
    Ugh.
    Most times I won't even listen.

    I just Love those two middle photos...Postcard and print worthy!
    xo

    *people & pets

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    1. Ah well I know what you mean about those two, I love the KD Lang version of Hallelujah.
      A young girl sang the Ave Maria at my mothers funeral right before I was to speak, let me tell you it was a killer and I had no idea, it just hit like a freight train.

      You are SUCH a talented photographer Dee I appreciate it!

      xo to you and your pets :)

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  5. ps. Your store links at right aren't working...

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    1. They are working for me, must be a Canadian thing :)

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    2. I have but one word to say to you Caroline on your spelling error, YO!

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  6. I always get choked up with "What a Wonderful World".
    When my oldest daughter was in second grade her teacher taught the class how to "sign" that song as they sang along to Louis Armstrong's version. I don't think there was a dry eye in the place. My daughter is now 26. It's still one of my favorites.

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  7. Awwww, You will never forget that precious moment, etched for all time!

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  8. (Weird. I posted a comment this morning but it managed to delete itself! Those darn gremlins!)

    Aw, many of these make me sniffle, too. (I still get teary-eyed when I listen to Somewhere Out There...the Fievel and Tanya version!) =)

    I've been listening to this a lot lately...sung by a brave and inspiring young man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDC97j6lfyc

    xxx

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  9. Those photos, Ro...perspective indeed. Thanks MUCH for sharing those.

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  10. It's after 1 AM, when will I ever learn to go to bed at a decent hour?! Still, I just wanted to make sure I commented what a great bunch of truly great and classic pieces of music you all have put out there (Canon in D, especially, never gets boring for me, nor fails to move me).

    I love music so much that I would be up the rest of the darn night if I shared even a small segment of what makes my heart get all tight and full, but I did instantly think of this one song... mostly because I'm not exactly sure what is so powerful about it for me. The original song by Matisyahu (yeah, won't be at all surprised if no one's heard of him -- a beatboxing alternative music Jew, no less!) is no big deal. But, add in some kids from a NY public school chorus and it just slays me. The combo of hopeful lyrics about peace, the catchy melody, but most of all the sheer JOY and SINCERITY of the kids singing. I honestly never fail to tear up (in a good way!) when I watch this video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik2dV3r66CA

    Ro -- beautiful photos today and gorgeous flying lovelies yesterday!

    xo

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    1. Hooty hoot night owl!

      I just listened, wonderful, oh my goodness that little girl is SO talented! I can see why it has that effect on you!

      xoxo

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  11. beautiful photos and *love* the contemplative post:
    all this BLUE.

    this good catholic girl enjoys a cathedral-stirring "ave maria"....but hearing leonard cohen belt out "hallelujah" gets me every time, too....

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    1. This is one of the best clips I have found of him singing live:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FpwjQLZTTs

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    2. whoa, ash....! thank you for that link!
      and, amen to pachelbel, too, songbird!

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    3. Well you can never shake the Hallelujah's or the Ave Marias out of a former Catholic can you? :)

      I love them both!

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  12. Amen to Ave Maria and Hallelujah...Pachelbel's Canon too :).

    Tender songs for me at sentimental times are:
    *Persuasion by Teddy & Richard Thompson
    *High Tide or Low Tide by Ben Harper & Jack Johnson
    *Scarlet Ribbons by Harry Belafonte
    *and you better have a tissue near by for me with The Prayer by Tracy Chapman (I make it sad I think...I associate with my losing my mom) Jeesh.

    On a happier note, I love:
    *Pata Pata by Mariam Makeba
    *Make Someone Happy by Jimmy Durante
    **Oh Me, Oh My by Aretha Franklin

    Glad to know of Iron & Wine's song...I know of "Such Great Heights" and love that one :).

    Great post, Ro! So fun ♥. Happy day ladies!
    xxxooo

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    1. Oh mu goodness Lisa, "The Promise" where was I, I've never heard it, it's beautiful, yes it made me well up too, thinking your mom :(

      xo

      I like the rest of your varied play list as well!

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  13. Is that The Promise by Tracy Chapman, Lisa? What a beautiful song to remember your mother by. I have loved Tracy Chapman since I was about ten. I used to play her and Traveling WIlburys on my nifty portable cassette player (whee!) until the tapes started to stretch.

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    1. I love both of them Ash!

      Remember tape and how they'd get clogged and chewed?

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  14. Oh us, Ash! My mistake....you got it!! XO

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  15. I love these runaway blog posts! I need to look up all your links..

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  16. I can see why you chose those Ash but the link......oh how sad!

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  17. Ave Maria, definitely ! and, Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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  18. Hi Rae,
    I think The Ave Maria is the winner. I love Somewhere Over the Rainbow too and the film too, it's a beauty!

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