Daily Archives: August 30, 2012

Regina Spektor’s new album, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” – May 29, 2012 Firewood Track No.4


Regina Spektor - What we saw from the cheap seats Album

Regina Spektor – What we saw from the cheap seats  (Album)

Firewood lyrics

The piano is not firewood yet
They try to remember but still they forget
That the heart beats in threes
Just like a waltz
And nothing can stop you from dancing

Rise from your cold hospital bed
You’re not dying
Everyone knows you’re going to live
So you might as well start trying

The piano is not firewood yet
But the cold does get cold
So it soon might be that
I’ll take it apart, call up my friends
And we’ll warm up our hands by the fire

Don’t look so shocked
Don’t judge so harsh
You don’t know
You are only spying
Everyone knows it’s going to hurt
But at least we’ll get hurt trying

The piano is not firewood yet
But a heart can’t be helped
And it gathers regret
Someday you’ll wake up and feel a great pain
And you’ll miss every toy you ever owned

You’ll want to go back
You’ll wish you were small
Nothing can slow the crying
You’ll take the clock off of your wall
And you’ll wish it was lying

Love what you have and you’ll have more love
You’re not dying
Everyone knows you’re going to love
Though there’s still no cure for crying     (from Here)

Firewood is the forth song from Regina Spektor‘s new album, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” – May 29, 2012.
–Track Listing–
1. Small Town Moonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU_YMzHtjhk
2. Oh Marcello: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZiZC5DaWnY
3. Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi6j48HOLBI
4. Firewood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgMutAOEQ5I
5. Patron Siant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn7x1KwE_Ho
6. How: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8H3LbxO44k
7. Open: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK9jb4fVBug
8. All The Rowboats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7RTyNObpaE
9. Ballad Of A Politician: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnYDuKSzQpM
10. The Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzyixV-eGRI
11. Jesicca: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FceDSfo8DAo
12. Call Them Brothers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho1ShVDMtx4
13. The Prayer of François Villon (Molitva): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6Lr8ggJWi4
14. Old Jacket (Stariy Pidjak): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmzfaapaPMA

Full Album Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL77EA59C56F2E4A11&feature=view_all

Regina Spektor
Regina Ilyinichna Spektor is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered in New York City’s East Village. Wikipedia
Born: February 18, 1980 (age 32), Moscow
Height: 5′ 2″ (1.58 m)
Record labels: Warner Music Group, Sire Records, Warner Bros. Records
 
 
Song Year Album
Ne Me Quitter Pas 2002 Songs
Fidelity 2006 Begin to Hope
The Call 2008 Box Office Hits
Samson 2002 Songs
Us 2004 Soviet Kitsch
Eet 2009 Far
On the Radio 2006 Begin to Hope
How 2012 What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
All the Rowboats 2012 What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Hero 2006 Begin to Hope
Don’t Leave Me 2012 What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Laughing With 2009 Far
Better 2006 Begin to Hope
Après Moi 2006 Begin to Hope
Blue Lips 2009 Far

 

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Regina Spektor – Laughing With (Official Video) [with lyrics] [con letra en español]



Laughing With lyrics
Songwriters: Spektor, Regina;

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God
When they’re starving or freezing or so very poor

No one laughs at God
When the doctor calls after some routine tests
No one’s laughing at God
When it’s gotten real late and their kid’s not back from the party yet

No one laughs at God
When their airplane starts to uncontrollably shake
No one’s laughing at God
When they see the one they love hand in hand with someone else
And they hope that they’re mistaken

No one laughs at God
When the cops knock on their door
And they say we got some bad news, sir
No one’s laughing at God
When there’s a famine or fire or flood

But God could be funny
At a cocktail party when listening to a good God themed joke or
Or when the crazies say He hates us
And they get so red in the head you think they’re ’bout to choke

God could be funny
When told he’ll give you money if you just pray the right way
And when presented like a genie who does magic like Houdini
Or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket and Santa Claus
God can be so hilarious

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God
When they’ve lost all they’ve got and they don’t know what for

No one laughs at God
On the day they realize that the last sight they’ll ever see
Is a pair of hateful eyes
No one’s laughing at God
When they’re saying their goodbyes

But God could be funny
At a cocktail party when listening to a good God themed joke or
Or when the crazies say He hates us
And they get so red in the head you think they’re ’bout to choke

God could be funny
When told he’ll give you money if you just pray the right way
And when presented like a genie who does magic like Houdini
Or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket and Santa Claus
God can be so hilarious

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war

No one laughing at God in a hospital
No one’s laughing at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God
When they’re starving or freezing or so very poor

No one’s laughing at God
No one’s laughing at God
No one’s laughing at God
We’re all laughing with God
(From  Here: )

Regina Spektor – “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)” Official Music Video


 

Ne Me Quitte Pas

Down in Bowery
They lose their ballads and their lipped-mouths in the night
And stumbling through the street, they say
Sir, do you got a light?
And if you do then you’re my friend
And if you don’t then you’re my foe
And if you are a deity of any sort then please don’t go”Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pasDown in Lexington they walk in new shoes stuck to aging feet
And close their eyes and open
And not recognize the aging street
And think about the things were right
When they were young and veins were tight
And if you are the ghost of Christmas past
Then won’t you stay the night?Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ooh ooh ooh
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas

Down in Bronxy Bronx
The kids go sledding down snow covered slopes
And frozen noses, frozen toes
The frozen city starts to glow
And yes, they know that it will pass
And yes they know New York will thaw
But if you’re a friend of any sort
Then play along and catch a cold

Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ooh ooh ooh
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas

I love Paris in the rain,
I love Paris in the rain
I love, I love, I love in the rain
I love Paris in the rain,
I love Paris in the rain
And I Love I love I love in the rain
I love, I love, I love in the rain

Down in Paris they walk fast
That is unless they’re walking slow
And in cafes they look away
That is unless they look right in
And in the gardens I get lost
That is unless I’m getting found
And if you are the ghost of New York City
Then won’t you stick around?

Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ooh ooh ooh
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas

I love Paris in the rain,
I love Paris in the rain
I love, I love, I love in the rain
I love Paris in the rain,
I love Paris in the rain
I love, I love, I love in the rain
And I love, I love, I love in the rain…

And I love, I love, I love, in the rain
I love, I love
In the rain, in the rain
Oh I love in the rain
In the rain, in the rain

Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas


Directed by: Ace Norton

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Thurday Evening at the Concert: Forrest Gump Theme by Alan Silvestri (enthusiastic in perpetuity)


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
 
Alan Silvestri

Silvestri in 2009
Background information
Birth name Alan Anthony Silvestri
Born March 26, 1950 (age 62)
New York City
Genres Film score
Occupations Composerconductor
Instruments GuitarPianoSynthesizer,SynclavierDrums
Years active 1972–present

Alan Anthony Silvestri (born March 26, 1950) is an American film composer and conductor.

Silvestri is best known for his collaborations with director Robert Zemeckis, having scored Romancing the Stone (1984), the Back to the Futuretrilogy (1985, 1989, 1990), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Death Becomes Her (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), What Lies Beneath (2000), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007), A Christmas Carol (2009) and Zemeckis’ upcoming film Flight(2012).

Silvestri is also known for his work on Predator (1987) and Predator 2 (1990), both of which are considered preeminent examples of action/science fiction film scores. He has also begun a collaboration with director Stephen Sommers, scoring the films The Mummy Returns in 2001, Van Helsingin 2004, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in 2009. His most recent work included The Avengers in 2012.

Silvestri has also composed music for television shows, including TJ Hooker (one episode), Starsky & Hutch (three episodes), CHiPs, andManimal (all but one episode).

Silvestri was 21 years old when he started his film/television composing career. His style is marked by a strong use of the octatonic scale, as well as the use of different notes and instruments.

Personal life

Silvestri grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey[1] and attended Teaneck High School there.[2]

Silvestri also owns a vineyard, Silvestri Vineyards, located in Carmel Valley, California.[3]

Awards

Silvestri has received two Academy Award nominations, one for Best Original Score for Forrest Gump (1994) and one for Best Original Song for “Believe” on The Polar Express soundtrack. He also received two Golden Globe nominations: Best Score for Forrest Gump and Best Song for The Polar Express.

He has also received four Grammy Award nominations, winning two awards – Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, for “Believe” from The Polar Express in 2004 and Best Instrumental Composition, for “Cast Away End Credits” from Cast Away in 2002. His other two nominations were for Best Soundtrack Album (for Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit). During the 2005 Grammys, Josh Groban performed “Believe.” [4]

On September 23, 2011 he was awarded with the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award by the City of Vienna at the yearly film music gala concert Hollywood in Vienna.

Discography

1970s

  • The Doberman Gang (1972)
  • The Mack (1973) (1983 video reissue)
  • Las Vegas Lady (1975)
  • The Amazing Dobermans (1976)
  • The Fifth Floor (1978)
  • CHiPs (1978–1983)

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

 

Thursday evening at the Concert (II): Hans Zimmer – Maestro (The Holiday soundtrack)


Thursday Evening a the Concert: Schubert – Der Tod und das Madchen (“Death and the Maiden”) , Strings Quartet in D Minor, Op. 14, D810


Franz Schubert
String quartet No. 14 d minor, D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’

I. Allegro


II. Andante con moto


III. Scherzo: Allegro molto / IV. Presto

Nachum Erlich
Chamber orchestra of the Music Conservatory Karlsruhe

Live Recording 24.1.2011 Crown Hall, Jerusalem

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)

String quartet no. 14 in D minor “Der Tod und das Madchen” D810

Performed by the Takacs Quartet

HIGH QUALITY: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=azGjSn52KRo&fmt=18 

*The String Quartet in D minor was written in 1824, just after Schubert became aware of his ruined health. It is popularly known as the “Death and the Maiden” Quartet because the second movement is adapted from the piano accompaniment to Schubert’s 1817 song (or lied), “Death and the Maiden”.

Ariel Dorfman‘s 1991 play “Death and the Maiden” and its 1994 film adaptation (directed by Roman Polanski) take their names from the quartet. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
 

Original manuscript of Death and the Maiden quartet, from The Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection, Morgan Library, NY

Original manuscript of Lied Death and the Maiden

The String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, known as Death and the Maiden, by Franz Schubert, is one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire. Composed in 1824, after the composer suffered through a serious illness and realized that he was dying, it is Schubert’s testament to death. The quartet is named for the theme of the second movement, which Schubert took from a song he wrote in 1817 of the same title; but the theme of death is palpable in all four movements of the quartet.

The quartet was first played in 1826 in a private home, and was not published until 1831, three years after Schubert’s death. Yet, passed over in his lifetime, the quartet has become a staple of the quartet repertoire. It is D. 810 in Otto Erich Deutsch‘s thematic catalog of Schubert’s works.

1823 and 1824 were hard years for Schubert. For much of 1823 he was sick with an outburst of tertiary stage syphilis, and in May had to be hospitalized.[1] He was broke: he had entered into a disastrous deal with Diabelli to publish a batch of works, and received almost no payment; and his latest attempt at opera, Fierabras, was a flop. In a letter to a friend, he wrote,

“Think of a man whose health can never be restored, and who from sheer despair makes matters worse instead of better. Think, I say, of a man whose brightest hopes have come to nothing, to whom love and friendship are but torture, and whose enthusiasm for the beautiful is fast vanishing; and ask yourself if such a man is not truly unhappy.”[2]

The quartet takes its name from the lied “Der Tod und das Mädchen” (“Death and the Maiden, D.531), which Schubert wrote in 1817. The theme of the song – a setting of a poem by that name by Matthias Claudius. – is the theme of the second movement of the quartet. The theme is a death knell that accompanies the song about the terror and comfort of death:

Death and the Maiden

Peter Schöne (baritone) and Boris Cepeda (piano)

 

Der Tod und das Mädchen, Hans Baldung Grien, 1517

The Maiden:

Oh! leave me! Prithee, leave me! thou grisly man of bone!
For life is sweet, is pleasant.
Go! leave me now alone!
Go! leave me now alone!

Death:

Give me thy hand, oh! maiden fair to see,
For I’m a friend, hath ne’er distress’d thee.
Take courage now, and very soon
Within mine arms shalt softly rest thee!”[12]
 Takacs Quartet has a great interpretation of this string quartet        here

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=azGjSn52KRo&fmt=18 

Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Pushes Democracy Now! Staff, Seizes Camera at RNC


Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Pushes Democracy Now! Staff, Seizes Camera at RNC

Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Pushes Democracy Now! Staff, Seizes Camera at RNC (click to access story)

Cameron Diaz


Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

There is something about Cameron Diaz at 40….Happy Birthday Cameron!


There is something about Cameron Diaz at 40....Happy Birthday Cameron!

There is something about Cameron Diaz at 40….Happy Birthday Cameron! (Click to

access the slide show-a collection of pictures from Cameron’s film acting
career)

From Wikipedia:

Cameron Diaz
 Diaz at the 2012 premiere of What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Born Cameron Michelle Diaz (1972-08-30) August 30, 1972 (age 40) San Diego, California, United States
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1988–93 (model) 1993–present (actress)

 

Actress Natalie Wood’s death certificate amended by coroner (from Reuters)


Actress Natalie Wood's death certificate amended by coroner (from Reuters)

Actress Natalie Wood’s death certificate amended by coroner (from Reuters) (click to access story)

Iubire Dinainte (By George-b) –


Iubire dinainte 

(By George-b)

 Invesminteaza-ma in pielea ta,
Acopere-ma-n parul tau,
Invita-mă in incaperea ta –
Apoi vom mai putea privi in Lună….

Dar nu-nainte…  In a ta presenţa privesc in jos,
Cu stîngacia primelor dorinte-
cu cît mai arzatoare, cu-atat mai nepatrunse…

O dorinţă de-a privi la stele, împreuna, 
ca si cum toata lumea–i contopita-ntr-una noua,
inca nenumită , la început de inceput si mai-nainte….

Oh,  dar invesmantaza-ma in pielea ta si vom vedea-mpreună

O Luna…numai nouă…

——————– ///  ——————–

Love from long ago  (by George-b)

Dress me in your skin,
Cover me in your hair,
Invite me inside-
Then we could still look at the Moon…

But not before – as in your presence I stare down
With that awkwardness of first desires-
The more ardent, the more kept deep inside,
where only though exist without expression…

Oh, desire to observe the stars, together,
As if the world entire’s blend anew
yet unnamed, at the beginning of beginnings and beyond…

Oh, but dress me in your skin and we shall see together
A Moon…only new.

Isle of Man: the 166th country I have the honor to have been visited from! Thanks and come back soon!


Isle of Man

Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Quocunque Jeceris Stabit  (Latin) Whithersoever you throw it, it will stand.[1]
Anthem: O Land of Our Birth” “Arrane Ashoonagh dy Vannin(Manx) Royal anthem: God Save the Queen
Location of  Isle of Man  (Red)
Location of Isle of Man  (Red)
Capital (and largest city) Douglas (Doolish) 54°09′N 4°29′W / 54.15°N 4.483°W / 54.15; -4.483
Official language(s) English, Manx[2]
Demonym Manx
Government British Crown Dependency Parliamentary democracy (Constitutional monarchy)
Lord of Mann Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood
Chief Minister Allan Bell
Legislature Tynwald
Upper house Legislative Council
Lower house House of Keys
Status Crown dependency
Lordship of Mann revested in British crown 1765
Area
Total 572 km2 (196th) 221 sq mi
Water (%) 0
Population
estimate 84,655 (202nd)
Density 140/km2 (109th) 362.4/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2010 estimate
Total $2.113 billion (162nd)
Per capita $35,000 (12th)
Gini 41[3]
HDI (2010) 0.849[4] (very high) (14th)
Currency Pound sterling1 (GBP)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Summer (DST) (UTC+1)
Date formats dd/mm/yyyy (AD)
Drives on the left
ISO 3166 code IM
Internet TLD .im
Calling code +44 specifically +44-1624      (landline) area code +44-7524, +44-7624, +44-7924      (mobile)
1 The Isle of Man Treasury issues its own sterling
English: The Three Legs of Man, Ronaldsway Air...

English: The Three Legs of Man, Ronaldsway Airport. By Bryan Kneale R.A. The motto “Quocunque Jeceris Stabit”, which translates literally as “whithersoever you throw it, it will stand” accompanies the three legs on the Coat of Arms of the Isle of Man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quotation: Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) on Childhood Experiences


Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Muriel Ellen Deason, AKA Kitty Wells (1919)


Muriel Ellen Deason, AKA Kitty Wells (1919)

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Wells sang gospel music in church as a child and performed on radio in the 1930s. She achieved fame with her 1952 hit, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” a rebuttal to a popular song about wayward women. It made her the first female musician to top the country music charts, paving the way for later female country stars such as Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. She sang about topics such as drinking and divorce. How did radio stations react to her first hit? More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: Thurgood Marshall Confirmed as First African-American US Supreme Court Justice (1967)


Thurgood Marshall Confirmed as First African-American US Supreme Court Justice (1967)

The great-grandson of a slave and the first African American to serve on the US Supreme Court, Marshall was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson at the height of the Civil Rights movement. As a lawyer, he won 29 of the 32 cases he argued before the Supreme Court, including the landmark Brown v. Board of Education and others that established equal protection for African Americans in housing, voting, employment, and education. What church has included Marshall in its calendar of saints? More… Discuss

Sugar Molecule Spotted Near Sun-Like Star


Sugar Molecule Spotted Near Sun-Like Star

For the first time, astronomers have discovered sugar—one of the building blocks of life—in a gas cloud near a star. The simple molecule, called glycolaldehyde, is essential to the formation of ribonucleic acid (RNA), which is present in all living cells. The 10,000-year-old star, known as IRAS 16293-2422, is similar to the Sun and is approximately 400 light-years from Earth. Scientists believe the glycolaldehyde may have been formed as a result of the star’s radiation hitting even simpler molecules. More… Discuss

Wilkins Micawber (Some charater comes to life…and what a life!)


Wilkins Micawber

Micawber is a character from Charles Dickens’s 1850 novel David Copperfield. Though eternally optimistic, he persistently falls behind financially. As a result, he is sent to a debtor’s prison, much like Dickens’s father, the real-life inspiration for Micawber. He eventually exposes his employer, Uriah Heep, as a criminal, and is able to start a new life in Australia. One of Micawber’s memorable quotes pertaining to personal finance is known as the Micawber Principle. What is it? More… Discuss