I thought today needed some Sinatra, so here’s one of his best. He’s probably one of my favorite musicians of all time.
This song also plays at the end of Space Cowboys (a Clint Eastwood film).
I stumbled across this video while doing some poetry research (and by research I mean going around and listening to/reading great poetry). I’ve also been having quite a few conversations with my poet friend because of my recent interest in choral music and the poetry in them. All this talk of poetry may lead you to believe that I love poetry, which is certainly true. I’ve always found poetry to be inspiring when written or performed well. Writing poetry is also another pastime of mine; I sometimes resort to writing poetry during times of hardship when writing music is not possible.
Anyhow, even if you hate poetry, you should still give this video a listen. The poems performed here are relevant, well-crafted, and most of all inspiring. If you don’t have the time to listen to the whole clip, at least watch the third poem (8:35). I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more brilliant poem in my life.
Re-discovered this piece while researching choral music. It seem that poetry and their connections to choral pieces may be my topic of interest nowadays. Perhaps it has something to do with the recent poetry unit in my English class.
I know for sure that the last third of the video has been featured in a trailer to a very famous movie, but I can’t quite name it. Anyone?
Summer is here. Let us return to the epic music to combat the heat.
The year was a busy one, with two other concerts that we had already given, numerous football games that we played for, and a parade that we have yet to attend. But the last concert of the year is always a special one. It’s the time when we thank our band director for all that she’s done for us. It’s the time when we recognize our Seniors who have been with us for four years and send them off with a heartfelt goodbye. It’s the time when we pat each other on the back and laugh about the mistakes we’ve made.
“Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime.” This was the quote that our band director chose to share with our Seniors this year. It could not possibly be more true. These brief moments that we share in band every day add up to something greater, something larger than all of us. And when we look back upon these high school years, I think many of us will find that we’re smiling because of a memory from band. I know I sure will.
Whether it be the beauty of the music we play, the skills of the musicians we have, or the dedication of the director that leads us all, our band is comprised of some very special things that make our not-so-little group what it is today. Wherever life may lead us next, be it on separate roads or even opposite paths, we know that the bond created here last night will last within each of us. And that, surely, is the magic of music.
I’ve posted the fourth movement of this piece before, but I didn’t come to appreciate the beauty of the third movement until just a few weeks ago. At times when I need a bit of comfort (or a lot), it’s pieces like these that help me sleep peacefully.
Fun to listen to, fun to play (I know, I’ve sightread it). It seems to be a favorite among most band kids. And talk about imagery! I can definitely picture the king Xerxes leading his huge army while listening to this.
Suggested to me by my band director. I think it quite accurately captures the spirit and image of an aurora.