Friday, 24 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 417 – Veronika Skuplik

 

Veronika is one of three musicians today but since, twice already, she has appeared as a soloist within a group I thought she should get top billing.  Her previous appearances are here: 2010 and February 2014.

Unknown                                                                           Veronika Skuplik

[Note: the first 5 minutes are taken up with a spoken introduction in German and so we start as the music begins.]

Along with Veronika are Adrian Rovatkay on dulcian [a Renaissance woodwind instrument] and Tobias Götting on cembalo [‘cembalo’ is normally translated as a harpsichord but this one is more organ-like].

 

Unknown the music may be but brilliance and beauty are present.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 416 – King Charles

 

No!  This one’s very much alive.  Born Charles Costa, King Charles is different.  Is he too different for you?

Remember my sole criterion for inclusion here is that I MUST love the music.

Ivory Road                                                                             King Charles

 

Have I sailed away without you?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 415 – Brian Finnegan

 

According to Wikipedia, Brian is incredibly versatile being both an Irish flute and tin whistle as well as being a player.

Finnegan1

But we’re only interested in his music.

Fly                                                                                         Brian Finnegan

 

Thanks, Brian.  You’re welcome back any time.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 414 – Jack Savoretti

 

Another newcomer greets you this morning.  I wonder what you will make of him.

Written in Scars                                                                   Jack Savoretti

 

Well?

Monday, 20 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 413 – First Aid Kit

 

Today we welcome sisters, Johanna and Klara Söderberg.  Sit back and relax as this Swedish duo brings you the title track from their most recent album.

 

Stay Gold                                                                                  First Aid Kit

 

What a lovely addition to this series!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 412 - Praise the Lord

 

A traditional hymn is our worship this morning but let us not forget that worship is so much more than the words, the music and our singing. 

Are our hearts truly with the Lord?

Do we bow down before the cross?

 

Father, may I bring myself before You and show myself for whom I truly am.
My distance from You is what I omit. 
Oft times I fool myself but not You.
Today, Father, may I not be a fool.
In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, I pray.

 

Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven         Choir of Westminster Abbey

 

 

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like me His praise should sing?
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise the everlasting King.

Praise Him for His grace and favour
To our fathers in distress.
Praise Him still the same for ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Glorious in His faithfulness.

Father-like He tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame He knows.
In His hands He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Widely as His mercy flows.

Angels, help us to adore Him;
Ye behold Him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before Him,
Dwellers all in time and space.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise with us the God of grace.

 

 

May the Lord be with you today and every day.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 411 – Mundy and Sharon Shannon

 

Whilst I’m in the same place as yesterday here’s a piece which will have you moving …. possibly more!  Mundy and Sharon Shannon play Steve Earle’s ‘Galway Girl’.

 

Galway Girl                                                      Mundy and Sharon Shannon

 

Oh yes! 

 

Oh no!  I’m so unfit: I can hardly last this out.

Friday, 17 October 2014

No Woman Can Resist

 

 

“No woman can resist being promoted to head of something

 

Not my words!!!

I came across the words this morning in a post on Nourishing Obscurity, the story being that Ukip will lose funding from the European Parliament because, with the promotion of Iveta Grigule, there grouping does not meet funding criteria.  Here is the relevant part of the story.

NO 1A

The highlighted sentence is irrelevant to the story or so one would imagine.

It’s inclusion says more about the author than about the target.

 

I’ve ‘known’ James, the author, online for 7 years.  Our politics are very different: he’s of the right and I’m of the left.  Many times we’ve had run-ins over his labelling of the left.  Others have accused him for his attitudes to women.

In light of this I left a comment this morning which did not last long before James binned it.  Unfortunately I have no copy but it was along the lines of,

‘No woman can resist being promoted to head of something.’  Labelling again.  Perhaps the labels others have used of you are correct.’

Not content with removing my comment, James felt the need to preface another post with his views on me and my words. 

Can you make sense of them?

NO 2

 

Somehow, I don’t think James has cleared himself of charges.  Do you?

Music in the Morning No. 410 – Ray Bonneville

 

Who?

I know.  Ten minutes ago I didn’t know of Ray but a few bars was enough to bring him to the top of my playlist.  I’m not saying anything about him or his music.  You’ll need to listen!

 

I Am the Big Easy                                                                    Ray Bonneville

 

Top man!  Thanks, Ray!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 409 – Shovels and Rope

 

This great husband and wife team - Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst - return for a second outing [first here].

 

After the Storm                                                                    Shovels and Rope

 

If this series continues then you’ll hear more from Cary Ann and Michael.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 408 – Mozart

 

Hope you have time this morning for 16 minutes plus of ‘magic’.  Aligi Voltan plays all three movements of Mozart’s bassoon concerto in B-flat major.

Mozart Bassoon Concerto B-flat Major KV 191                     Aligi Voltan

 

Sheer brilliance!  Beauty beyond all understanding!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 407 - Raziel Mérida

 

Oh, you’ll enjoy this!

This morning we go back almost 98 years to the Mexican revolution.  Wikipedia has this to say,

"Jesusita en Chihuahua” is a Mexican polka which was written by Quirino Mendoza y Cortés while he was serving as a Lt. Colonel in the Mexican Revolution and directing the military band in Puebla.  Its premiere was held on Christmas Day 1916 and it has since been covered by a multitude of artists, under a variety of names. The composition became a trademark of the Mexican Revolution and was Pancho Villa's favorite musical piece to have his bands play during combat.  The piece centers around soldaderas; women who accompanied the revolutionaries, tending to their needs and on occasion even taking up arms to participate in combat.

"Jesusita en Chihuahua" came to be known by some as the "J.C. Polka" for short and overtime this developed into the "Jesse Polka" (or the "Jessie Polka").

Jesusita en Chihuahua                                                        Raziel Mérida

 

Told you! Brill? Eh?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 406 – Praise the Lord

 

Many worship songs are bouncy and bright.  This is not.  This is deep!

 

Communion Hymn                                                          Stuart Townend

 

 

Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away,
Slain for us: and we remember:
The promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgiveness at the cross.
So we share in this Bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice,
As a sign of our bonds of peace
Around the table of the King.

The body of our Saviour, Jesus Christ,
Torn for you: eat and remember
The wounds that heal, the death that brings us life,
Paid the price to make us one.
So we share in this Bread of Life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of love
Around the table of the King.

The blood that cleanses every stain of sin,
Shed for you: drink and remember
He drained death's cup that all may enter in
To receive the life of God.
So we share in this Bread of Life,
And we drink of His sacrifice,
As a sign of our bonds of grace
Around the table of the King.

And so with thankfulness and faith
We rise to respond: and to remember
Our call to follow in the steps of Christ
As His body here on earth.
As we share in His suffering,
We proclaim: Christ will come again!
And we'll join in the feast of heaven
Around the table of the King.

 

Father, thank You for Your Son.
In Him, and through Him, is our salvation should we choose to give ourselves.
We choose but so often we distance ourselves from Him.
Father, we try but come up short time after time after time
But still you are patient where You see us strive and struggle.
May You see and hear us meeting with You and Your Son as we worship and as we receive communion.
Father, in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, we pray.

Amen

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 405 – Dominique Dupuis

 

Better stand up because you’re going to want to move as Canadian Dominique plays a bright medley.

Unknown                                                                           Dominique Dupuis

 

Phew!  Now I can sit for a rest.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 404 – Bach

 

JS returns with a brilliant ‘Little’ fugue.

Fugue in G minor, "Little", BWV 578                                             J S Bach

 

‘Little’ but large in brilliance!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 403 – Eva Cassidy

 

The wondrous Eva Cassidy graces our hearing.  Famous only after her death, Eva’s voice is phenomenally pure.  An angel?

Fields of Gold                                                                            Eva Cassidy

 

The voice of an angel: Sting’s song has never been sung better!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 402 – Beethoven

 

Enjoy. 

 

Variations on a Theme from Mozart's Don Juan                        Beethoven

Joakim Dam Thomsen - 1st oboe; Rixon Thomas – 2nd oboe; Sven Buller - English horn  
Royal Danish Orchestra Oboe Trio

 

And you did!

 

 

 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 401 – Bert Jansch

 

Most play the guitar, few are the guitar.

Bert Jansch was.

Angie                                                                                       Bert Jansch

 

Oh! How he was!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 400 – Dubliners

 

400! 

Just 3 days back and I’ve reached another milestone.

 

I’m still hurting from 18th September.  I couldn’t play a Scottish song without crying.  This is the closest I can get, Luke Kelly fronting the Dubliners.

Song for Ireland                                                                     Dubliners

 

Thanks, Luke. 

Our time will come!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Music in the Morning No. 399 – Praise the Lord

 

This Sunday morning we praise the Lord by singing along with Matt Redman.

Mercy                                                                                      Matt Redman

MERCY

 

I will kneel in the dust
at the foot of the cross,
where mercy paid for me.
Where the wrath I deserve,
it is gone, it has passed.
Your blood has hidden me.

Mercy, mercy,
as endless as the sea.
I'll sing Your hallelujah
for all eternity.

We will lift up the cup
and the bread we will break,
remembering Your love.
We were fallen from grace,
but You took on our shame
and nailed it to a cross.

 

Mercy, mercy,
as endless as the sea.
I'll sing Your hallelujah
for all eternity.
[repeat]

May I never lose the wonder,
oh, the wonder of Your mercy.
May I sing Your hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Amen.
[repeat 3x]

May I never lose the wonder,
oh, the wonder of Your mercy.
May I sing Your hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Amen.
[repeat]

I will kneel in the dust
at the foot of the cross,
where mercy paid for me.