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Natuya Kaosu

I love old people!

9/20/2010 #781
Morthoron

I love old people!

Like when grandpa slips you the tongue?

9/20/2010 #782
Olorime

Helloooo

9/20/2010 #783
AltearazCreator

I love this song. I think it's brilliant.

Sentient 6 by Nevermore

9/20/2010 #784
Natuya Kaosu

Like when grandpa slips you the tongue?

Verily. XD

9/20/2010 . Edited 9/20/2010 #785
Virtuella

I love old people!

How old do they have to be to qualify?

Like when grandpa slips you the tongue?

You seem to have had some really disturbing experiences, Morth.

9/21/2010 #786
Morthoron

You seem to have had some really disturbing experiences, Morth.

Hey, cannibalism is acceptable as a last resort. There was no more pizza in the house!

9/21/2010 #787
Just a Wili

I love John Denver. And I cry everytime I listen his duet with Placido Domingo in Perhaps Love.

9/22/2010 #788
AltearazCreator

I never posted this, and did so in order to break up the mass of Dio stuff I posted before, but I think I will now. Jørn Lande's tribute to Dio, Song For Ronnie James, really struck a nerve with me. It really stuck with Dio's spirit and what the man was about. I dunno. Maybe it helps that I consider myself part of the metal community that I can get what Dio was really talking about in a lot of his songs. In any case, although it wasn't planned that way, it's a great send-off for a great man who rose well above his small stature to speak his mind and give people some encouragement. It saddens me that I never got to see Dio himself perform, even though I had one chance I was unable to take, but I was heartened to see, after so long of thinking he was a very much forgotten icon of a past era, so many tributes come out honouring him after he died. Jørn's is the only one thus far that a professional musician has put out, that I've seen anyway, and his song is amazing, full of Dio's own words.

"We rock forever" is, I think, the best sentiment any fan of Dio could ever give.

9/26/2010 #789
Morthoron

I saw Dio with Rainbow and then with Sabbath. Powerful, unique voice and great in concert. But as I said before, his lyrical abilities were something less than desirable.

9/27/2010 #790
Morthoron

The Dark Elf Blog traces the use of classical music in rock-and-roll in my newest installment "Classical Rock! The influence of Wolfgang, Ludwig and Johann Sebastian on Rock Music", found here: http://darkelffile.blogspot.com/2010/09/classical-rock-influence-of-wolfgang.html

I'd also like to thank whomever originally posted the YouTube link to Rob Paravonian's rant against Pachelbel. I couldn't find the original post here, but I want you to know that the link was the perfect segue into the rest of the article.

9/27/2010 #791
AltearazCreator

I think that it depends on what song you listen to. A lot of Dio's lyrics were not so hot, but I noticed more depth to his later work. Shadow of the Wind is a perfect example.

9/27/2010 #792
Morthoron

P.S. In addition to the Dark Elf Blog, I've also signed on as a reviewer for blogcritics.com. And what would be the first album I reviewed? Well, Progressive Rockasaurus that I am, I chose Jethro Tull's Aqualung, of course: http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-jethro-tull-aqualung1/

After all, you're never too old to rock 'n' roll if you're too young to die!

9/27/2010 #793
Morthoron

My latest album review on blogcritics.org has been chosen as an editor's pick: http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-nitty-gritty-dirt-band/ (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken). Great album, and therefore an easy review to do.

10/3/2010 #794
Olorime

From Rock to Opera. This is the aria that I am currently learning.

Color me pink and call me Juliet

Je veux vivre from the Opera Romeo and Juliet by Gounod.

If I find the courage to sing this for my recital I will tape it and upload it in YouTube so you can all throw the virtual rotten eggs at me. :)

10/5/2010 #795
Morthoron

Olivia Hussey was hot in the 1968 Zeffirelli version. Oh...sorry...I was just thinking aloud.

10/5/2010 #796
Olorime

Erm, there are no topless scenes in the Opera, thank goodness, just jolly good singing.

:P

10/5/2010 #797
Morthoron

Erm, there are no topless scenes in the Opera...

It might just make it a more popular medium. The public may...ummm...embrace it. P

10/5/2010 #798
Olorime

It might just make it a more popular medium. The public may...ummm...embrace it. P

LOL!

Maybe the Met will adopt this marketing strategy to drive more people in. :P

10/5/2010 #799
Morthoron

Maybe the Met will adopt this marketing strategy to drive more people in. :P

I think the best way to get more people to go to operas is to get rid of all the singing.

10/6/2010 #800
Olorime

I think the best way to get more people to go to operas is to get rid of all the singing.

Do you practice every day in front of the mirror in order to be this charming, Morth? ;P

10/6/2010 #801
Morthoron

Do you practice every day in front of the mirror in order to be this charming, Morth? ;P

I believe the gift is entirely inherent, my dear. It just comes naturally.

10/6/2010 #802
Just a Wili

Tom Jones' Sex Bomb! I loved it, love it, love it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KUJE2xs-RE

10/6/2010 #803
Morthoron

Here's another review over at blogcritics.com -- http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-al-dimeola-john-mclaughlin/

Friday Night in San Francisco by Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Paco DeLucia should interest both Just a Wili and Viv, as the flamenco-style jazz is absolutely breathtaking, and there is a version of the great Brazilian composer Gismonti's 'Frevo Rasgado'.

10/10/2010 #804
Just a Wili

Thanks for the link, Morth, I laughed hard when I read the part about "Godzilla's bare behind!"

Some links for you:

The late Raphael Rabello playing with his guitar (a "choro" called Odeon):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY8bWmY-xok

A four-handed version on the same guitar of the "choro" Tico Tico no Fubá:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcsSPzr7ays

And since I'm a helpless romantic, Tarde em Itapoã (Afternoon in Itapoan):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHSiHf0b4T4

10/10/2010 #805
Morthoron

Thanks for those Wili! I enjoyed those thoroughly.

I actually found a video from the album I just reviewed. The sound quality is only fair (particularly in comparison to the remastered disc I have), but you will get a good idea of just how great DiMeola and DeLucia were together that night. Watch closely and you will see their fingers blurring on some of the faster scales...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlaCZ106b5w&feature=related

10/10/2010 #806
Gomro Morskopp

Grand old man of folkrock and general madness Neil Young has just released a new disc, titled "le Noise"... it's just him and his guitar, but it's NOTHING like anything you'd expect. He's grabbed hold of the distortion and monolithic sound of Frippertronics, Richard Pinhas/Heldon, and combined them with Steve Reich's early tape loop experiments and a healthy dose of noise -- then built his folksongs out of THAT. Here are some examples:

"Angry World:"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uDwvJK0YdI

"Walk With Me"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUGej_ofcAQ

"Hitchhiker"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39v3qAqI7qQ

"Someone will Rescue You"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyVtaFXzrEc&p=582637CCD1473F99&playnext=1&index=2

10/10/2010 #807
Just a Wili

Watch closely and you will see their fingers blurring on some of the faster scales...

Yeeeeeees, they are both amazing!

And now for something completely different... A solo in a berimbau (the Brazilian one-chord instrument that is used to play/fight capoeira) by the great Ramiro Musotto. He was Argentinian, but lived here in Brazil and died of cancer last year at only 45. :''(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY9wafSzzQQ

10/11/2010 . Edited 10/11/2010 #808
AltearazCreator

Arpeggios from Hell - Yngwie Malmsteen

Descent of the Archangel - Kamelot

Princess of the Night - Saxon (These guys have to be one of the most underrated bands I can think of)

If I have posted this before, I apologise. If I have not, then I present to you the most ridiculous/awesome music video ever made. Battle Metal!

10/16/2010 #809
Morthoron

Two Album reviews for your persual over at blogcritics.org...

The first, The Pogues -- If I Should Fall from Grace With God http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-the-pogues-mdash-if/

And the second, The Moody Blues -- Days of Future Passed http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-the-moody-blues-mdash/page-3/

Both reviews were selected as editor's selections (eds-picks), which is getting to be routine for the ol' Dark Elf. It's most likely because everyone else's reviews are about as interesting as dried pigeon guano on a sidewalk.

10/16/2010 #810
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