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Songs of the Auvergne

auvergneSongs of the Auvergne is an arrangement of traditional folk songs by Joseph Canteloube.  I first heard these years ago. Someone had taped a version (I have no idea who the singer was, I have it in my head that it was maybe Kathleen Ferrier) and given it to my husband.  I loved them and when the tape started to wear out I went and bought this recording of them by Kiri Te Kanawa Over the years it has degraded and by the time I copied it on to my PC (where I listen to most of my music these days) all but the first few tracks were skipping.  Kiri Te Kinawa recently announced her retirement and this finally prompted me to order a new copy of the album I had.  It’s actually a double album but I tend to listen to just the first disc as I prefer it to the second.

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What A Voice!

I listen to a lot of songs.  I have many favourites that aren’t my favourites because they have great lyrics, I often find it hard to catch exactly what the lyrics are saying or they are in a language I don’t even understand, it is because I just love the music and the voice is merely another instrument creating that music.  The selection in this post are all tracks where there are no lyrics or where they are obscured (mostly by design).  Most of the songs are a showcase for the voice as an instrument rather than telling a story or where they convey something without words (as in the case of Yoiking).   All the singers are very different and have been chosen not because they complement each other but more a demonstration of what an amazing instrument the human voice is.

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Debateable Lands

This is a sort of continuation from last week in that I came across this indirectly as a result of the musical journey BBB started me on.  In an idle moment, whilst listening to Afro Celt Sound System I hit Wikipedia to find out more about Uilleann Pipes.  From there I looked at Northumbrian Smallpipes and that page lists notable players of the Northumbrian Smallpipe at the bottom.  I was intrigued to see a woman listed there as women folk musicians seem to be in the minority.  I went to  look at the page about Kathryn Tickell and then hit YouTube….and then Amazon.  The album I came away with (and it was very hard to only pick one!) was Debateable Lands.  I will buy the rest when I win the lottery!

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One Thing Leads To Another

Almost a year one of my favourite WoW bloggers posted a song on his blog and having really enjoyed it I tracked it down and bought the album.

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The Same but Different

This week’s music post is later than I wanted but real life interfered and although I knew what I wanted to post I just couldn’t find the time to sit down and do it.  This week’s music is from just 2 albums.  Although very different both albums had the same attraction for me, music I was already very familiar with played in a way I wasn’t used to hearing them.  Incidentally I came across both whilst listening to ClassicFM. I don’t listen to the radio much apart from travelling to and from work.  On weekdays I usually listen to Radio 2 because I really like to listen to Sarah Kennedy in the morning; she’s just right for such an ungodly hour and always manages to make me smile.  In the evenings, if I’m heading in on nights it’s Chris Evans or whatever happens to be on if I’m heading home from a day shift.  At weekends though (and occasionally in the evening if I don’t like what ever’s on after 7pm) I listen to ClassicFM although the ads irritate the life out of me they irritate me less than Mo Dutta, there’s something about his voice that’s like chalk on a blackboard and it sets my teeth on edge.

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All Our Yesterdays

Last weekend I was over at Ro’s site and found myself browsing through the mp3 player in his side bar (I am very envious, I wish I could find one for WordPress that would hold that many songs!).  I started listening to stuff and then, as if by magic, found myself at Amazon ordering a stack of CDs.  All stuff that I used to have on vinyl at one time that is either gone or so warped now it’s unplayable.  I had planned something completely different for my mp3 player this weekend but now you will have a selection from my new acquisitions.

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Martyn Bennett

For this week’s musical offering I knew I wanted to include a couple of tracks by Martyn Bennett but when it came down to it, I just couldn’t pick 2 or 3.  Sadly this wonderful musician died tragically young.  It’s impossible not to listen to his music and yearn to know how he would have developed and progressed.  Most of the tracks are taken from his album Grit, written when he was dying.

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Currently Playing…

I love gadgets and gizzmos.  I also love them on my blog and have installed an mp3 player on my sidebar.  I’d like to try and change the music regularly. probably a couple of different tracks of 4 or 5 different albums.  I spend a lot of time at my PC and every second of that is plugged into some music!  Hopefully people will find stuff that they haven’t come across before but also maybe you’ll hear something and do a “if you like that, you’ll love this” kind of thing. More tripe »

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