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I just downloaded a free Emmylou Harris song:
Legendary and emerging female musicians from around the world have come together to support the Half the Sky Movement. One song available every day, 30 free songs in 30 days.
I'm coming in a little late, at day 8.
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Oh, this is fun (Delia's been listening to this song a lot lately).


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An adorable cover of the song by Malvina Reynolds made famous by Pete Seeger "Little Boxes" (appropriately enough, saw this on the Caine's Arcade Facebook page). All instruments and the set constructed from cardboard boxes:




And here's a video on the making of the video )
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I first heard this lovely song on [livejournal.com profile] marcgunn's Irish and Celtic Music podcast, and loved it right away. It's on Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer's album Stones on the Ground.

If you're wondering: that instrument Vicki's playing? It's a Swedish nyckelharpa. I've never seen it before, either. Here's a bit from a review of one of their performances:
Vicki was spectacular on her wooden flute and the Scottish smallpipes, but pride of place went to her fascinating Swedish nyckelharpa, which translates as "keyed instrument." Vicki was strongly influenced by her Swedish mother, and Swedes have played the nyckelharpa for 600 years. She was inventive and ambitious in blending the nyckelharpa with British songs, but the instrument really came into its own when Vicki played a breathtakingly beautiful Swedish minor waltz which segued into a delicate Scandinavian song. Jonny was the perfect accompanist, his dancing guitar and mastery on the accordion complementing Vicki's sheer musicianship.

One of the many appealing factors about Jonny and Vicki is that the duo fashion an old song and mould it into a sleek and beautiful work of art - for instance, the old chestnut Billy Boy suddenly became polished and sparkling when touched with their quiet, confident magic. Full marks to them!




Twice-monthly Celtic and Irish music by the best independent Celtic music groups. Irish drinking songs, Scottish folk songs, bagpipes, music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Wales, Nova Scotia, Galacia, Australia and the United States. Hosted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards.
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This song was a gift to my daughters' childhoods.

I first heard it when a music critic on National Public Radio brought this CD into the studio for a show about new music and talked about how utterly charming this piece was, how lovely the arrangement. And it was. I bought the cd, and everytime I played it for the girls, it would immediately snap them out of whatever funk they were suffering at the time. Delia turned it on in the car on the way to school today, and, as usual, just melted into grins when the mouse came in on the high descant.

Let's hear it for singing mice.


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Stunning as always. Man, I LOVE these musicians. This is really gorgeous.


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I haven't seen the episode itself. But I went and looked this up when I saw that Bill O'Reilly was railing against Glee including a transgender character, and what a terrible role model it was for children.

You know what? Watching this I think it's a great role model. What a bravura performance. Makes me incredibly happy. I'd put this right up there with Darren Criss' debut.




Makes a very convincing, sexy woman, yeah?
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HOW IS IT that I did not know that this beloved book had been made into a Broadway musical? I ran across the link to this song, and I really really like it. What a great song about a young girl brimming with life and hope, on the cusp of adulthood. Mothers, take note. Will probably investigate and buy the soundtrack tonight.

Fiona and Delia? This one's for you.

Love,

Your mother




("I just want to... cure disease and write a symphony and win the Nobel Prize like other girls.")

This video

Mar. 31st, 2012 10:00 am
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is absolutely delightful. I post it in honor of my mom, who has been playing the cello for over seventy years.

For a limited time, you can get the .mp3 for free. See the link on the Youtube page.


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Here's a great way to celebrate Women's History Month.


Really well done.
(This was done by the same people who did "Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration." You can download the .mp3 for that one here.)

Also: Here's a teaser video they did, which gives you some glimpses into the making of the video.
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Marc Gunn of the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast has just released his annual collection of Celtic songs for free for St. Patrick's day. Twenty songs, yours for the taking; just download the zip file here.
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Check out Emotional Bag Check. Here's an article about it in Wired magazine:
Life sucks, right? But music makes it better. That’s the worldview behind Emotional Bag Check — a site that lets you suggest songs to cheer people up.

It’s simple. Go to Emotional Bag Check, and choose whether you want to offload a problem or help out with someone else’s.

If you want to get something off your chest, all you need to do is type what the problem is, provide an e-mail address, and someone will read it and return a song they think is relevant along with (optionally) a message of support.

If everything’s going pretty well for you, and you just want to help other people out, then you’ll be confronted with someone’s problem and asked to pick a song that’ll make them feel better. Here, a sense of duty suddenly kicks in — you’ve got a direct line to someone’s heart, and you don’t want to waste it. You’ll find yourself taking a substantial amount of time to choose a song that’s just right for the situation, as if this person were a close friend.
The developer, Robyn, answers FAQ questions here. Also on Twitter at @emobagcheck.
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Here's a song that's on my Midwinter list, and it's a lovely song that touches upon Solstice, Advent, and the end of the year and beginning of the new. It's a good wish to send out to my readers near and far. I hope you have a lovely

Jiggernaut - Midwinter (Album: The Well. See it on CD Baby here and on iTunes here)

Blossoms of spring
are the green leaves of summer
then autumn's splendor
will follow the sun
carvings in stone and
seasons encircle
the old year has ended
a new one's begun

Chorus:

Set a light in your heart
to ward off the darkness
set a fire in your heart
to keep till the spring
let the Advent of love
keep us warm in midwinter
find a song in your heart and sing
find a song in your heart and sing

gather regrets
like deadwood for kindling
sweep out your soul
release doubt and fear
plant seeds of joy
let your light flourish
light a fire on the darkest
day of the year

Chorus

Make ready your home
and welcome the stranger
bring what you have
and take what you need
the table is set
the door it is open
love's feast is prepared
and time for to feed

Chorus

keep watch in the night
a new day is dawning
when love and peace
shall blanket the earth
hunger and war
will be all but forgotten
when death will give way to rebirth
when death will give way to rebirth

Chorus

(here's the song in Mog. If I'm doing it right, I think you'll be able to listen to it there.).
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Here's the NaNoWriMo song (Kristina Horner of the Parselmouths/All Caps).


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which it is. Maybe it's the cognative dissonance of the soaring score of the "Hallelujah Chorus" with the prosaic everyday scenes, the smiling faces of ordinary people.

It's a little early for the Hallelujah Chorus, maybe. But it's never too early to bring a smile to the face.


Jama Day

Nov. 11th, 2011 08:42 am
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I've been listening to Peter Mayer a lot lately. Best songwriter evah.

I think it's high time a for a Jama Day.


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Sometimes it takes an incredible, meticulous, endless, mind-boggling amount of work to get noticed, but that’s exactly what Kina Grannis and those behind her latest music video have done. Using 288,000 jelly beans, 30 people, 1,357 hours and 22 months, a production team created an awesome stop-motion video for her song “In Your Arms”. Check it out after the break.


And here's how it was done, which is quite fascinating:


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No house elves were harmed in the making of this video, which has some surprisingly good special effects.

You can buy the song at iTunes or Bandcamp. The group Not Literally is on Facebook here.

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But it's just as good a few days later. This is one of my favorite singers in the world, Peter Mayer, who has ALL SORTS of songs about light in dark places. Here is a bittersweet, lovely song about Jack O'Lanterns. And about seizing the day. A wonderful message, and really worth a listen.


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