Friday, March 23, 2012

Tiffany Alvord

In this age of social media explosion, I am simply amazed by the amount of content being created and made available through music and video discovery tools.

Today's find: Tiffany Alvord, great voice... and  she does look a little like Emma Watson - no? :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Slow songs on a Sunday afternoon

Not a fan of the Twilight series, but this is a nice song and I like the blue in the video

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Downton Abbey Theme

Watching Season 2 of Downton Abbey. Such an exceptional show with strong characters, a beautifully woven storyline, great acting and this amazing theme music.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Interesting music videos

Hey Rosetta! - New Sum
I like this video, it reminds me of Take On Me by A-Ha

The Shins - September
Simple video, yet there's something intriguing about the way it goes with the song

With Lions - Leaving Me
Abstract, but at many points in the video I *think* I see more than was meant to be seen. #StrangeButTrue

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

LOTR - the continuation

My previous post *had* to have a follow on. Watched the trilogy and I'm in awe. When the Fellowship Of The Ring ended, I was like... where, what, how and I immediately started watching The Two Towers.
What the movies lack in detail (that I previously mentioned) they more than make up for it in awesomeness. One word to describe the movies #Epic.
Now to continue with the audiobook, back to the details... and to wait for The Hobbit (will hopefully not miss it this time around).

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Confession #1: I have not watched the LOTR movies. I do have a valid reason for this, which brings me to...
Confession #2: I have not read the LOTR books.
Point to be noted: I didn't want to watch the movies until I had read the books.

All that changed this week. I got this great unabridged version of the LOTR audio book. So, everyday on the way to work and back, this is what I've been listening to. To be frank, I don't mind traffic jams or delays any more, if anything I'm happy I have more time.
Since it's audio, I actually went through the foreword and the author's notes, which I usually skip when I'm reading a book. The other good thing about the audiobook, is the different voices/tones used when delivering lines of different characters. This makes the experience more interesting.
A wise person once told me that I should not wait until I finished the book - to watch the movie, for I would be disappointed. Taking his word, I'm watching the movie now.
An hour into the movie and I've reached the part of the story where I had stopped in the book.
The movie sure has sped through and missed out on so many details. But the upside is the visuals, the background score and of course the likes of Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler and the rest... So much for the LOTR weekend.

Beautiful LOTR Medley by @LindseyStirling

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Classical music and then some

Good music is music that moves us. Be it any genre, a music piece that stirs a certain emotion (or more than one) is something that we listen to over and over again.

A friend recommended the book An Equal music by Vikram Seth. It is a story about a love affair between two successful musicians who meet after a decade of separation.
The writing style is in first person, so it took me a lot of effort to get into the mode of reading the story as spoken directly from the author's point of view.
What I do like about the book is the description of the music pieces and references to the classical compositions. The first piece described in the book is Beethoven's C Minor Trio. So along with reading about the music, listening to it and actually understanding what the author describes adds to the effect.

I love the way the lady plays the piano so beautifully and effortlessly.

These are the other classical/based pieces that I've been playing in a loop recently:

Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi's Divenire. Listening to this piece as well as watching the musicians play it is a treat.

David Lanz's Christofori's Dream. There is something very subtle at the same time very intense about this tune.

And it is time to note that the CDs with the works of Beethoven and Mozart received as a gift eons ago are being put to good use :)