Daily Archives: June 10, 2019

Watch “I Won’t last a day without you – Carpenters” on YouTube


Day after day, I must face a world of strangers
Where I don’t belong, I’m not that strong
It’s nice to know that there’s someone I can turn to
Who will always care, you’re always there

When there’s no gettin’ over that rainbow
When my smallest of dreams won’t come true
I can take all the madness the world has to give
But I won’t last a day without you
So many times when the city seems to be
Without a friendly face, a lonely place
It’s nice to know that you’ll be there if I need you
And you’ll always smile, it’s all worthwhile
When there’s no gettin’ over that rainbow
When my smallest of dreams won’t come true
I can take all the madness the world has to give
But I won’t last a day without you
Touch me and I end up singing
Trouble seems to up and disappear
You touch me with the love you’re bringing
I can’t really lose when you’re near
When you’re near, my love
If all my friends have forgotten half their promises they’re not unkind
Just hard to find
One look at you and I know
That I couldn’t learn to live without the rest
I’ve found the best
When there’s no gettin’ over that rainbow
When my smallest of dreams won’t come true
I can take all the madness the world has to give
But I won’t last a day without you
When there’s no gettin’ over that rainbow
When my smallest of dreams won’t come true
I can take all the madness the world has to give
But I won’t last a day without you
Songwriters: Paul H Williams / Roger S Nichols
I Won’t Last A Day Without You lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Watch “☆Bernstein/ Beethoven: Leonore Overture Nº3 in C major, Op. 72b” on YouTube


Beethoven reworked his only opera, Fidelio, over a period of 10 years, and in the process composed four separate overtures for it. (Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820)

It’s widely known that Beethoven wrote only one opera. But some experts would beg to differ.

Beethoven’s Fidelio premiered with great success in Vienna, on May 23, 1814. But Beethoven had been fine-tuning Fidelio for nearly 10 years.

At its debut in 1805, Beethoven’s opera was called Leonore, and it flopped. There was a slightly different take on the basic plot, fueled by quite a bit more music than the Fidelio that came later.

For ages, Leonore was viewed as little more than a flawed first draft of Fidelio. But over the last decade or two, interest in Beethoven’s earlier version has increased, even resulting in several recordings.

Some conductors who have taken interest in Leonore, like Nicholas McGegan (who conducts this concert), feel that the emotional content of Beethoven’s earlier version is more pure, intense and immediate.

The opera is imbued with Beethoven’s vision of freedom from political oppression, sparked by the ideals of the French Revolution. One writer described it as the story of “a woman, disguised as a prison worker, who liberates her husband, and strikes a blow for freedom, feminism, and prison reform.”

For a brief period, Beethoven saw Napoleon as a champion for human rights, fighting against the old aristocratic order. But by 1805, Napoleon had invaded Austria and Beethoven had reversed his opinion. Some of that white-hot emotion, scholars say, found its way into Leonore, but was toned down later in Fidelio, as Beethoven’s hopes had become diluted.

With all the agonizing Beethoven went through over his opera, one would hope that he would have come to a final acceptance. But he was never really happy. Just before the debut of Fidelio in 1814, he admitted to a colleague that he was “dissatisfied with most of it.”

Fortunately for us, Beethoven was fussy. As a result of 10 years of re-tooling, he composed four separate overtures for his opera, known as Leonore No. 1, Leonore No. 2, Leonore No. 3, and Fidelio.

McGegan begins this concert with the first Leonore Overture, then moves on to a duet between the characters Leonore (disguised as a man) and Marcellina (the jailer’s daughter who has a crush on Leonore). Next, there’s a small march, and finally the recognition scene—a duet between Leonore and her husband, Florestan, whom she has rescued from the depths of the Spanish prison.

Watch “Harry Belafonte – Jamaica Farewell (Kingston Town) High Quality” on YouTube


Down the way where the nights are gay
And the sun shines daily on the mountain top
I took a trip on a sailing ship
And when I reached Jamaica I made a stop

But I’m sad to say I’m on my way
Won’t be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is turning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
Down the market you can hear
Ladies cry out while on their heads they bear
‘Akey’ rice, salt fish are nice
And the rum is fine any time of year
But I’m sad to say I’m on my way
Won’t be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is turning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
Sounds of laughter everywhere
And the dancing girls sway to and fro
I must declare my heart is there
Though I’ve been from Maine to Mexico
But I’m sad to say I’m on my way
Won’t be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is turning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
Down the way where the nights are gay
And the sun shines daily on the mountain top
I took a trip on a sailing ship
And when I reached Jamaica I made a stop
But I’m sad to say I’m on my way
Won’t be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is turning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
Sad to say I’m on my way
Won’t be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is turning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
Songwriters: Irving Burgie
Jamaica Fairwell lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Watch “Harry Belafonte – Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” on YouTube


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    Day-o, day-o
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home
    Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
    Me say day, me say day-o
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home

    Work all night on a drink of rum
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home
    Stack banana ’til de mornin’ come
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home

    Come, mister tally man, tally me banana
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home
    Come, mister tally man, tally me banana
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home

    Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home
    Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home

    Day, me say day-o
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home
    Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home

    A beautiful bunch o’ ripe banana
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home
    Hide the deadly black tarantula
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home

    Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home
    Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home

    Day, me say day-o
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home
    Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home

    Come, mister tally man, tally me banana
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home
    Come, mister tally man, tally me banana
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home

    Day-o, day-o
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home
    Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
    Me say day, me say day-o
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home

    Songwriters: Dave Tanner / William Attaway / Harry Belafonte / Lord Burgess

    Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) lyrics © Semi, Music Sales Corporation

Horoscope ♉: 06/10/2019


Horoscope ♉:
06/10/2019

Recent hesitation on your part may have suddenly put you in a bind, Taurus. It may feel like you’ve reached gridlock and your choices are limited. You can no longer get a solid handle on things. Instead of trying to make a move now, you may have to wait until the dust settles and you can see clearly again. Let the situation release before you add any more friction.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Sprangprocession (Dancing Procession)


Today’s Holiday:
Sprangprocession (Dancing Procession)

The Sprangprocession in Luxembourg has been held on Whit Tuesday, which falls 52 days after Easter, since the eighth century. It honors St. Willibrord (St. Wilfred), the patron saint of Luxembourg. The dance that is performed by thousands of participants in the procession through the narrow streets of Echternach has remained basically unchanged, and local bands play the same melody that was played more than 500 years ago. The procession ends up in the basilica, where the remains of St. Willibrord are buried. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847)


Today’s Birthday:
Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847)

An English suffragist and social reformer, Fawcett rejected the violent acts of some of her contemporaries in the suffrage movement, believing that the enfranchisement of women could be achieved by peaceful means. Her efforts as president of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies from 1897 to 1919 are considered to have been instrumental in earning women over 30 in the UK the right to vote in 1918. Her older sister, Elizabeth, was the first woman licensed to do what in Britain? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847)


Today’s Birthday:
Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847)

An English suffragist and social reformer, Fawcett rejected the violent acts of some of her contemporaries in the suffrage movement, believing that the enfranchisement of women could be achieved by peaceful means. Her efforts as president of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies from 1897 to 1919 are considered to have been instrumental in earning women over 30 in the UK the right to vote in 1918. Her older sister, Elizabeth, was the first woman licensed to do what in Britain? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: King Alexander I of Serbia Assassinated (1903)


This Day in History:
King Alexander I of Serbia Assassinated (1903)

Twelve-year-old Alexander Obrenovic became king of Serbia in 1889, when his father, King Milan I, abdicated. Proclaiming himself of age in 1893, he took over the government, abolished the relatively liberal constitution of 1889, and restored the conservative one of 1869. In 1903, after Alexander temporarily suspended the liberal constitution he had granted in 1901 so that he could replace certain government officials, he and his wife were assassinated. Who succeeded him? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Mark Twain


Quote of the Day:
Mark Twain

To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: “The Walrus and the Carpenter”


Article of the Day:
“The Walrus and the Carpenter”

“The Walrus and the Carpenter” is a narrative poem that appears in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. In the book, the poem is recited to the protagonist, Alice, by Tweedledee and Tweedledum. After hearing the poem, in which the titular characters lull a group of oysters into a false sense of security and then eat them, the good-natured Alice attempts to determine which of the two might be the more sympathetic. In what ways has the poem been interpreted? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: home sweet home


Idiom of the Day:
home sweet home

An expression of pleasure or relief upon returning to one’s home, especially after an extended period away from it. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: nuptial


Word of the Day:
nuptial

Definition: (adjective) Of or relating to a wedding.

Synonyms: bridal, spousal

Usage: My fiancé was less than thrilled when I suggested that we write our own nuptial vows.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch