It’s time to take a break from work. Below are some musical videos to provide a few minutes of diversion. The first is one of my favorite songs, Andrew Lloyd-Weber’s Phantom of the Opera, this time with Sarah Brightman and Antonio Banderas.
You may have already seen the following video but I think this is one of the finest renditions of Lloyd-Weber’s Memory I have heard. Susan Boyle really masters Lloyd-Weber’s music.
One more Susan Boyle before moving on. Listening to her sing I Dreamed a Dream not only makes me smile but brings tears of joy. I find this rendition most inspirational, especially when I see the reactions of the judges and the audience. A true Cinderella story.
There’s something about an ABBA song that continues to enrapt audiences. Keeping with my “opera” theme, here is ABBA performing Dancing Queen at the Royal Swedish Opera.
Let’s close this interlude with one of my favorites from the 1960s — still the finest rock music era – Iron Butterfly’s In A Gadda Da Vida.
Now it’s time to get back to editing!
Sometimes in the rush of work and in thinking heady thoughts about language and books :), I forget that there are other senses that need coddling. With that in mind, I’ve decided to occasionally not write about books and language and instead to coddle some of my other senses with musical videos.
What follows are the first musical video interludes. Suggestions for future interludes are welcome. In the meantime, let’s soothe our savage beasts and enjoy these music interludes.
The first video is Stand By Me performed by musicians around the world.
This video demonstrates how realistic computer animation can be and the imagination that can be used to create a Fantastic Machine for music.
This final interlude is selections from La Traviata performed in a food marketplace. I would love to wander into my local food emporium and find the staff serenading me with opera selections; I’m a big opera fan.
I hope you enjoyed this change of pace. As much as I love books and language, our world has much more to offer. Partaking of food for our other senses can only be good.