"The disposition of noble dogs is to be gentle with people they know and the opposite with those they don't know... How, then, can the dog be anything other than a lover of learning since it defines what's its own and what's alien." - Plato
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Tuesday Holiday Tune Session
Merry Christmas to everyone out there... Be it your faith or not, be merry.
As it is well known, I am not really big on Christmas, but the Red Queen can be. Work has her super stressed right now, but she usually loves it. So much so, that of all the music I have loaded on iTunes over 400 of them are Christmas music of some strain. Classical, Baroque, Celtic, Traditional, Religious, Blues, Jazz, or Pop; take your pick, it's there. Some 20 plus hours of Christmas music.
There are no less than 10, count 'em TEN Silent Nights. Eight Ave Marias, Joy to the worlds, and O Holy Nights sung by monks, choirs, artists of every strain or just instrumental in English, Italian, German, Spanish and (I kid you not) Gaelic... At a minimum.
It's a bit daunting, I tell you.
Since Christmas comes but once a year, and since there is such a wide variety here, This Tuesday Tune Session will contain not the usual 10 songs (Heck, I could have just done Silent Night 10 times) I'm doing twenty. Also if a title repeats, I will only include it once by the most unusual artist that comes up.
With out further delay; Tuesday's Tunes:
1. I'll Be Home For Christmas - Tony Bennett
2. Jingle Bells - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
3. Wexford Carol - Nightnoise
4. Ave Maria - Harry Connick Jr.
5 Salve Regina - Boston Camerata
6. Silver Bells - Lou Rawls
7. Little Drummer Boy - Peggy Lee
8. Good King Wenceslas - The Irish Tenors
9. Exultation - Waverly Consort
10. Praesta Quaesumus - Benedictine Monks of St. Martin Beuron
11. O Holy Night (Italian) - Pietro Ballo & Massimo Children's Choir
12. Skating - Vince Guaraldi Trio
13. Benedicamus Domino - Chanticleer
14. Carol of the Bells - Andy Williams
15. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Canadian Brass
16. Baby It's Cold Outside - Willie Nelson & Nora Jones
17. Let It Snow - Dean Martin
18. Silent Night, Holy Night - Mahalia Jackson
19. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Etta James
Oh, Canada! "A" the long tall beauty is a northern neighbor just in town for a visit. She was very gracious about letting me get a shot of this awesome artwork... And since she towered over me at six feet, two inches, gracious is the word of the day. In fact, I'll say it again, "Gracious". I have to say, this "tree of life" is impressive, and so was she. Thanks, doll for sharing.
Pearl Harbor Day. With all my running around this week, I almost forgot. Here's to my Pop and all the others who went through that Hell Sunday morning so long ago.
Sorry for the sparse posting, but the Red Queen was home from working in NYC so she takes priority over most everything else. She came home just in time for the worst cold snap yet... and no heat in the old home except plug ins and propane... Tough duty for my best girl, especially since it was a whopping 16 degrees this morning. But, she's back up north where heat is the flick of a switch, and I'm OK with fire from a tank... For now.
Well, I'm cold and tired, let's see what's in the music files.
1. Sloop John B - The Beach Boys
2. Tin Pan Alley - Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble
3. Moonlight Mile - The Rolling Stones
4. Si Puo? (La Boheme: Act 1) - Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Etc.; Herbert Von Karajan: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Oper Chorus
5. That Man Will Not Hang - Mclusky
6. Lover's Prayer - Van Morrison
7. The Captain - Kasey Chambers
8. Mass IV Sanctus, Sanctus - Huelgas Ensemble with Paul Van Nevel
A divorced northeastern North Carolina farmboy back in Carolina via Washington DC, a small Carribean island and Texas. Mostly self-educated I am the product of public schools, a few trips to college, the school of life (& hard knocks), a WWII veteran father who could build anything, and a Sunday School teacher mother who loved to read anything she could lay her hands on. As the youngest of five I am no stranger to having to defend my actions (not to mention myself).
"Mom and Dad say I should make my life an example of the principles I believe in. But every time I do, they tell me to stop it."
-Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes)
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.