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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on December 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Ludwig van Beethoven, , , , Twentieth Century Blues, Yosemite Sam   


    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” –Aldous Huxley

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    I consider myself to be both a lover of ‘adult’ music and a pretty fair writer, but I’ve never felt capable of being an authoritative writer about music. For example, when I listen to music that moves me, I’m at a loss for words to express why it does so — case in point, the joy of re-experiencing this clip which I’d posted once before (OH, THE JOY! on 7/21/15):

    I’ve played this clip several times, and it draws me in every time. Why? Is it the power of the music, the build-up of the way it’s staged, my identification with the gathering crowd, especially the children, reacting like they can’t resist the allure of beckoning Christmas or birthday presents? Beats me.

    Speaking of Christmas and birthdays, Dec. 16 is the birthday not only of ODE TO JOY composer LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, but of another composer (as well as playwright, singer, actor, etc.) whose sophisticated songs are always like Christmas presents to my ears, NOEL COWARD. Here, from the 1933 Academy Award-winning best picture CAVALCADE, is one of my favorite Noel Coward songs:

    But wait — there’s more! What’s more, I saved it more or less as the best(?) for last. I refer to none other than YOSEMITE SAM, who made his entrance into the world in STAGE DOOR CARTOON on Dec. 16, 1944. So, without further ado, I present for your listening pleasure, my man Sam performing a looney tune which is, without question, the most magnum opus of merry melodies since Ode To Joy (eat your heart out, Ludwig):

    So, if you were born tomorrow (Dec. 16) and haven’t yet joined your birthday brothers in pursuing musical fame and fortune, I hope you will take note and give it a shot.

    That’s all, folks!

  • mistermuse 2:51 pm on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    OH, THE JOY! 

    No way can today’s girls and boys
    Hear music that’s more than mere noise?
    Then along comes Ludwig van B. —
    Though deaf, his sound still resounds. See:

    • arekhill1 7:20 pm on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I knew a euro bought more than a dollar, but I didn’t know it was quite so much more.


    • mistermuse 7:36 pm on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well said, Ricardo (the setting is Sabadell, Spain, on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell).


    • scifihammy 8:33 pm on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much for this uplifting clip. Beethoven, speaking through the decades- Magic! And how lovely to see a mass of people united in the enjoyment of his music.

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    • mistermuse 10:54 pm on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I got goosebumps the first time I watched this clip, and then I knew I had to compose a short poem to introduce it into a post.


    • Don Frankel 6:37 pm on July 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Nice poem Muse and a really nice film clip. But gee I sure hope these people get paid better for their next gig.


    • mistermuse 10:20 pm on July 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sure those musicians do what they do for love, Don – if they wanted to make money, they would become poets like me (believe that, and I’ll tell you another whopper).


    • mistermuse 6:29 am on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      A note to Enigma (Superduque): Gracias for the “like.” I very much like your most recent post “Hay vida en Marte?”, but cannot find a way to click “like” on your post. This is just to let you know I tried.


    • Cardboard Express 8:57 pm on July 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I got chills just from watching the video. You can see people’s faces light up as the individual musicians join in the performance. Beautiful.

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    • mistermuse 10:57 pm on July 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s the same reaction I had the first time I watched the video. I’ve probably watched it 4 or 5 times since then, and I react the same every time. The shared emotional involvement with everyone there grabs you and doesn’t let go.


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