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January 08, 2008

At long last…

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5B6nysheec

Der Erlkönig

When I was in elementary school, we used to have a special assembly every week where one of the teachers would talk about a subject they were particularly interested in. I don't remember many of the subjects (bearing in mind this was nearly 15 years ago!), probably because it was little more than a teacher's show and tell. But one of the assemblies that I remember vividly involved our humanites teacher. He brought in his music player and gave a brief introduction about why he loved classical music. Then he told us all to close our eyes and listen. And he played a German piece for us.

At the time I didn't know much German except for the odd phrase, so the meaning was completely lost on me, but I remember that when I was listening blind to the peice, I found it intensely moving and one phrase stuck with me "Mein Vater, mein Vater". I would repeat that line to myself every-so-often throughout the years, but I was never really able to find the song (this is long before wikipedia and google ladies and gentlemen!).

I was thinking about it the other day, so I flexed my google muscles and within moments I'd found it: Der Erlkönig. A Schubert piece written to the words of a Goethe poem. I can't comment on the history of it or the politics about it, but I'm going to try to learn more. It's a great piece.

Close your eyes and have a listen.


May 15, 2007

Song of the Week: Naruto Shippuden

Writing about web page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naruto

Naruto ShippudenThose of you who are fans of Naruto will no doubt already be watching Naruto: Shippuden and will have already heard the song I'm linking. It's performed by some sort of rap/pop band and it's really quite catchy. I'd recommend closing your eyes when it plays because all I can think of when watching them dance like smacktards is "Kevin Federline crossed with Jin". It's a nice song - give Naruto: Shippuden a watch!



December 01, 2006

Chinese Music of the Week

1) 爱相随 – Ai Xiang Sui – “Love Follows Us” – This song is by 周华健 (Zhou HuaJian – Emil Chau Wakin It’s quite a nice song though, like many of his other songs, it’s very much a pop song. But, like many of his other songs, it’s also a good song.

You can download this song from Here

2) 味道 – Wei Dao – (Your) Scent – By 辛晓琪 (Xin XiaoQi). I like this song. It’s quite soft and sorrowful and at the same time shows quite a passion in the lyrics:

想念你的笑
XiangNian Ni De Xiao – I yearn for your laughter.
想念你的外套
XiangNian Ni de WaiHao – I yearn for your coat.
想念你白色袜子
XiangNian Ni De BaiSe WaZi – I yearn for your white socks.
和你身上的味道
He Ni ShenShang De WeiDao – And your body’s scent.

Quite moving although seemingly ridiculous.

You can download the song here


November 23, 2006

Videos of the Day

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com

Today’s Theme: Random Videos in different Languages

(Videos mostly sieved from a thread in a forum I frequent)

He-Man Intro in Spanish – I really liked this one. They even had a song for the underlying theme. Brill.

The (Mandarin) Chinese version of “I’ll make a man out of you” from Disney’s Mulan. Sung by 成龙 aka Jackie Chan , who’s also responsible for this , the theme song from 黄飞鸿 or Once Upon a Time in China .

A (Hindi?) Song that rips of Michael Jackson’s Thriller? Gotta be fun (and painful) to watch!


November 22, 2006

Links of the Day

Writing about web page http://www.pandora.com/

http://www.pandora.com/ – I know this has been around for quite a bit of time now, but I’ve only just recently discovered it. Great site that tailor-makes a radio station for you. You set the ball rolling by telling it what Music you like, then it starts playing random songs (ie suggestions) and you tell it whether you like it or not, and keep moving on. Really great idea.

http://widgets.yahoo.com/ – Yay widgets for windows! The windows widgets have been around for a while (and Yahoo widgets is more-or-less just Konfabulator), so it’s nothing really new here. I use it just for the handy Weather, Shortcut Launcher and Currency Exchanger. I’ve also downloaded a neat little Gmail alert. Bound to have widgets for whatever you like.

Virtual Dimension – Really handy desktop organisational tool that’s perfect for computer-literate students. Wished I was using it back in the day! :’( Basically allows you to create multiple virtual desktops which you can instantly switch to, containing the different windows of your various programs. So for example desktop one might have Microsoft Word open with your latest essay, and you might also have a firefox window open with plenty of Jstor tabs. Desktop two might feature your MSN windows and a VLC window playing the latest ep of Prison Break (which I’m sure you’ve obtained legally!). It’s also open source, which means that all you geeks out there get to modify it without violating copyright. (DOWN WITH LINUX!)


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