Someone asked me a question about a piece of music the other day and I didn't know the answer so I thought, right I'm going to have to find the answer on the inter web other wise it's going to just bug me.
I didn't know where to start because I needed to find the name to a piece of music but all I had really was the tune in my head and how do you put 'do do do do do do' in Google? I knew it was classical, it was a dramatic piece and maybe in a horror movie. Someone suggested it was in The Shining, I thought no. I was sure it was in The Omen so I searched the soundtrack.
I found it, not sure in the end how I did because it was never in the movies that you would have thought and definitely not in The Omen. It is however featured in Only Fools and Horses when Rodney sees his nephew Damian and there is the link to The Omen. This is a common misconception that the music actually featured in the movie.
This music has been played no end of times this week as they use it on a fairground ride on Markeaton Park in Derby, nice touch to get you even more scared than you need to be before being swung upside down and round and round. What happened to 'scream if you wanna go faster'?
The music is O Fortuna - Carmina Burana by German composer Carl Orff and you will know it straight away when you here it. It is the music used when the judges make an entrance on X factor so that is, I think how I found it in the end.
Here it is on You Tube........
Phew, thank goodness I worked than one out, made my brain ache that one but it is a great piece of music. I will be back tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now, enjoy this lovely sunny weather and take care.
I bet you're thinking what has happened to Rock Choir, well we are resting for the Easter break. Yes only two more weeks and we will be back for a new term and to start some new songs.
We start back with one I have personally been waiting for. It was bound to come around sooner or later, well we are a choir so surely we must be singing something from The Greatest Showman. I loved this film and all of the music too, how can you not? Let's face it you would have to have been on a different planet not to know anything about this movie.
'This Is Me' will be our first song to learn and I think most of us won't need our lyrics as I am sure all of us Rockies have had a diva moment at one point, can't be just me. It is a very emotional, empowering song which says I don't care what you think of me, suck it up buttercup as this is who I am .......this is me!!!
I can't wait, so excited, to get back singing again and to sing this song. I wasn't too sure about our other offerings though. Oh I've said that a million times before haven't I? I can think that I don't like a song and then when we learn the Rock Choir arrangement I end up liking it better than the original so I am not making any judgement at all.
The other two songs are 'Mandy' by Barry Manilow and Stevie Wonder's 'Don't You Worry Bout a Thing'. Out of all the Stevie Wonder songs this was the one I least expected to do really but we'll see, I won't worry, bout a thing. I do love the song Mandy but another one I wasn't expecting and another I'm not sure of again but I know Rock Choir are gonna prove me wrong and I'll be saying that I love em'.
We also have to bear in mind too that some of the Rock Choir members request these songs and we must respect that, they probably have a deep meaning for others and we all have different tastes. I suppose it is hard to please everyone with every song. I often wonder what I would do if my wedding song popped up? I'm no longer married but I like my song, would I bunk off for a couple of weeks or would I hold it together and sing it? I'll let you know it it ever appears.
Ha got you thinking now haven't I? Some will know it, those that attended the wedding. Oh ya can't beat a bit of Bazza, no I didn't have one of his songs but he is great though. I'm going to just shut up and get on with it after all I could sing the alphabet and be happy and actually we do sometimes in warm up.
Thank you for being here my lovelies and reading my posts. I will return tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now......you all take care.
One of the greatest songs ever created I have no doubt and I do love this song but is it a love song? I got into a bit of a debate yesterday as this classic from 1975 was played on Steve Wright's Radio 2 programme 'Sunday Love Songs'. Well I've never spent a lot of time thinking about what the song really meant, until now.
You see I thought it was just some bitter dumping song. A bloke a bit fed up about being chucked by his woman and just hating love and everything that went with it. When I looked into it further though it is in fact the opposite. This is a explanation which I've taken from Wikipedia but I have read other sources and the explanation is the same and it goes like this......
Eric Stewart came up with the idea for the song after his wife, to whom he had been married for eight years at that point, asked him why he didn't say "I love you" more often to her. Stewart said, "I had this crazy idea in my mind that repeating those words would somehow degrade the meaning, so I told her, 'Well, if I say every day "I love you, darling, I love you, blah, blah, blah", it's not gonna mean anything eventually'. That statement led me to try to figure out another way of saying it, and the result was that I chose to say 'I'm not in love with you', while subtly giving all the reasons throughout the song why I could never let go of this relationship."
When I read other comments from people and their interpretations they seemed to think is was a man in denial, that he was really in love but didn't want to admit to it or know really how to express it properly.
So you see which ever way you look at it and when you delve deeper and look for the real meaning it is actually a love song and I hold my hands up. I was wrong to think it didn't deserve a place on Sunday Love Songs because it is in fact one of the biggest love songs of all time.
It was nearly binned and never to be heard but with a bit of re editing it was released as a single topping the charts and also winning three Ivor Novello awards in 1976. There was also some controversy over the timing as the original single was over six minutes long, too long for air play on the BBC (that would become a regular thing eh?) but after public pressure it was played and has been played in it's entirety ever since.
A great song and I'm glad I have now taken the time to understand it more. I do love the way we all see something different in a song. That happens a lot in other arts such as poetry and paintings, we can interpret it in a different way and not always how the artist intended it to be in the beginning.
The moral of this post? I guess as well as never judge a book by it's cover, never a judge a song by it's lyric.
Thank you for reading today, I will be back tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now.....
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