What music are you listening to?

Let It Go-

(For the record, I really don't like the Demi Lovato version, and neither does my daughter, through whom I was introduced to this song.)

So this years winner of the Junior eurovison is the very talented Vincenzo Cantiello, a very nice typical Italian tune, reminds me of the style from Mia Martini. Bulgaria placed second, Armenia third and Malta forth. Cyprus song was very good and surely deserved a better place. But all these young singers are so amazing for their age.
So this years winner of the Junior eurovison is the very talented Vincenzo Cantiello, a very nice typical Italian tune, reminds me of the style from Mia Martini. Bulgaria placed second, Armenia third and Malta forth. Cyprus song was very good and surely deserved a better place. But all these young singers are so amazing for their age.

I'm not normally a fan of young kids singing adult tunes with adult mannerisms, but you're right, he's an amazing performer for someone his age, and he does have a Mia Martini sort of vibe...he's even the same type physically.

I saw this on youtube a while ago and saved it. It's a Mia Martini medley from before she ruined her voice. Minuetto starts about 8:30.

Shania Twain....Sassy and Sweet, Naughty and Nice. Not great art, but great for certain times and places...

In her sassy mode she's sometimes my exercise buddy. :)


That Don't Impress Me Much:

I'm Gonna Getcha Good

I call this the "Get A Grip" song but it's actually "Come On Over"

She can be sweet too: Forever and For Always
From the AMA music awards:
Sam Smith: I'm Not The Only One

They should never him sing in public again. He was so much worse in person at the AMA awards. I may decide not to like him anymore.:)

Speaking of the AMA Awards, I'm not sure what to make of Lorde...

The rest...meh

Are those of us who don't get the whole Taylor Swift thing really a minority?

Even Mary J. Blige was disappointing. It sounded like an Adela song.

As for the rest....I don't get it at all, even on the level of mindless music. Selena Gomez? Angel wings? Really? Ariana Grande? IGGY??? How do you spell GROSS.
That's some classic stuff, for sure - a trip down nostalgia lane.

I don't let go of things I love easily. :) I play them quite often, especially when I need soothing, and given the news, I needed soothing. There's a lot of wisdom as well as poetry in their songs, but people don't really listen. I also love Art's vocals...that sort of choir boy sound.

Anyway, I love Sarah MacLachan, and especially that song. I like Roger Daltry too, although I haven't played him for a long time.

I play Springsteen a lot...still going to his concerts too, and probably will continue to go even if he comes out with a walker.

He sings about fire too, of course:
I'm On Fire:

The ones that I actually was playing last night were these however...they seemed apropos.
My Hometown

Glory Days:

No Retreat, No Surrender:

Human Touch:

This Land Is Our Land:

Although it's on a totally different level, I guess I should include Dancing In The Dark.:)
Vespri Siciliani-a Verdi opera which could be subtitled, “Beware of ****ing Off Sicilians." I listened to it last night (it's available on youtube). What can I say...I love Verdi...plus, an obsession with Sicilians is an internet disease which I seem lately to have caught. I thought I was safe here, a sort of refuge zone, but apparently not.:grin: Not that I bear any animus against them, I hasten to add, rather the opposite, as I married one of their cousins (well, part cousin) from across the Strait of Messina. :)

I think this opera would have been a better choice as a backdrop to The Godfather III than Cavaliere Rusticana. (I would be even more leery of antagonizing anyone in this subgroup! They have very long memories. The only people who have a bit of immunity are honest prosecutors and FBI people. After all, even they don’t have a death wish, and slaughtering “clean” law enforcement people would bring down the whirlwind.)

The opera celebrates the revolt of the Sicilians against French rule in 1282, which began at Vespers or sunset prayer time on the night before Easter Monday. There are a number of versions of how it started but all of them involve the insolence of dastardly Frenchmen toward Sicilian women. (Messing with their women is also not a good idea, even today, and trust me on this, the Calabresi aren’t much better. :petrified:)

From Wiki:
“the Sicilians at the church were engaged in holiday festivities and a group of French officials came by to join in and began to drink. A sergeant named Drouet dragged a young married woman from the crowd, pestering her with his advances. Her husband then attacked Drouet with a knife, killing him. When the other Frenchmen tried to avenge their comrade, the Sicilian crowd fell upon them, killing them all. At that moment all the church bells in Palermo began to ring for Vespers.”

This is another version:
“In the version according to Leonardo Bruni (1416), the Palermitans were holding a festival outside the city when the French came up to check for weapons, and on that pretext began to fondle the breasts of their women. This then began a riot, the French were attacked first with rocks, then weapons, killing them all. The news spread to other cities leading to revolt throughout Sicily. "By the time the furious anger at their insolence had drunk its fill of blood, the French had given up to the Sicilians not only their ill-gotten riches but their lives as well."

I've linked to three nice pieces to hopefully whet some appetite to hear more...if not of this opera, of Verdi in general.

Here is the overture, brilliantly conducted by Riccardo Muti. (I adore him and have done for decades. He’s a conductor of passion and style who seems to have channeled Verdi. A rock star of a conductor!)


“ O Patria…O Mu Palermo. “ For once, the tenor didin’t get all the glory. (Has anyone ever noticed the basses and baritones are usually better looking than the tenors? Would it have just been too much to give them good looks too? Or is it just me? Wait…there’s Placido Domingo…he was always easy on the eye, so maybe I take it back…And what about Franco Corelli? Ok just forget I said anything. :)) This is my favorite version of it. The singer is Ferruccio Furlanetto.

O patria, o cara patria, alfin ti veggo!
Oh fatherland, Oh dear fatherland, at last I see you!

L’esule ti saluta dopo sì lunga assenza.
The exile greets you after too long an absence.

Il fiorente tuo suolo ripien d’amore io bacio.
I kiss your flowering soil with kisses of love.

Reco il mio voto a te, col braccio e il core!
With my arms and my heart I'll keep my vow to you!

O tu, Palermo, terra adorata,
Oh Palermo, beloved land,

a me sì caro riso d’amor,
Laugh of love so dear to me,

alza la fronte tanto oltraggiata,
Raise youe outraged brow,

il tuo ripiglia primier splendor!
Reclaim your former splendor!

Chiesi aita a straniere nazioni,
I sought help from foreign nations,

ramingai per castella e città.
I wandered through castles and cities.

Ma, insensibil al fervido sprone,
But, insensible of my fervid urging,

dicea ciascun:
Every one of them said:

Siciliani, ov’è il prisco valor?
Sicilians, where is your former valor?

Su, sorgete a vittoria, all’onor!
Go on, rise up to victory, to honor!

You get the drift I’m sure….

This is also a nice piece: Maria Callas singing Arrigo…A parli a un core
It means you speak to a heart already prepared to forgive you. It’s a very difficult piece to sing and she does a superlative job.
I don't listen much to music, but when I do it is usually classical. For instance:

Dramatic enough to think about Indo-European migrations. ;)

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