And the band played on

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Was talking with a sister last week about her eldest daughter’s engagement to an Australian and she brought up the song “Waltzing Matilda”, how she was unfamiliar with it and he’d introduced her to the song during his Christmas stay with the family. My mind went immediately to “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” done originally by Eric Bogle, later …

Wildly imaginative worlds of Yannick Puig

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A couple of wonderful whimsical offerings. H.o.p. loves the animations of Yannick Puig, such as the below “I Lived on the Moon”. Another is the delightful “Krapooyo”. I like Puig’s animations as well. P.S. “I Lived on the Moon” was replayed over and over here today and probably will be for a while. I showed it to Marty when he …

Monteverdi's Orfeo

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How I came across Marilia Vargas was looking up Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” at Youtube. “Mom, look up some opera for me,” H.o.p. said. He meant something like Mozart’s “Requiem” but he’s never seen Ponnelle’s 1978 staging of “Orfeo”. Instead I found clips from the Jordi Savall/Brian Large 2002 production. The opening is promising… Marilia Vargas as a nymph blessing the marriage …

Just Became Aware of Marilia Vargas This Morning…

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Marilia Vargas singing Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilerias No. 5. To listen is to breathe more deeply, it is that affecting. Vargas’ voice strikes me as alternative, faithful yet modern, and I’m not even sure yet how so. Something in her expressiveness that is as open to the concert hall as the corner food mart, as if she wants that voice …