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Day 19 - A song that makes you think about life:


Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler, known as the Resurrection Symphony, was written between 1888 and 1894, and first performed in 1895. Apart from the Eighth Symphony, this symphony was Mahler's most popular and successful work during his lifetime. It was his first major work that established his lifelong view of the beauty of afterlife and resurrection
jackjanderson: (Black Canary)
Day 17 - A song that you would sing as a duet on karaoke:
There's a very easy answer to this question and that is n/a - I don't sing, I don't karaoke.
Samantha and Lucy, on the other hand, have been known to do a very loud and out of key rendition of Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin - Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves


Day 18 - A song from the year you were born:

I had to have a quick google to answer this and the answer is Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson "Pops" Concert Orchestra which I have vague memories of hearing as a small child.

Who Am I?

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:13 pm
jackjanderson: (Borealis)
I know I shouldwant to keep posting videos for the music meme but right now I don't want to have music playing. Both Lucy and Samantha are actually asleep and even though they're upstairs, I don't want to risk disturbing them. Neither of them are sleeping very well lately so while they're actually sleeping, I'm going to leave hem.

I did come across from a friend on facebook some random quizzes. I ended up taking them and I was very amused by the 'answers' I got.

The first one is Can We Guess Your Real Identity By The Picture You Pick and the result I got was
You are a guy in your mid 20's. We're guessing around 24 years old. Maybe 25?
You like thrills.
You like to have fun with your friends and enjoy nonsense.
You have a girlfriend and you love her. (She loves you too!)

Yes, I'm a guy. I'm not in my mid-20s, left those behind many years ago. I definitely enjoy thrills, having fun with my friends altough I'm not sure about 'enjoying nonsense' but perhaps the simple fact I'm taking these kinds of quizzes proves I do? And I do love my girlfriend - and my wife!

The second one is Can We Guess Your Age Based On Your Taste In Music and the result I got was
Based on your taste in music you’re sixty-eight!
You’ve got a record collection that would make most modern hipsters insanely jealous. You’ve been to more than one reunion tour and have the t-shirts to prove it.

The age is a little closer to the mark but reunion tours would be difficult considering most of the composers I listen to have been deceased many centuries.

They're just silly quizzes I know but they amused me so I thought I'd share the results!
jackjanderson: (Crossword)
1) Do you want to get married? I already am married, very happily for the last 13 years to the beautiful Samantha.
If the laws ever changed, we would also get married to Lucy
2) Where would you like to get married? We got married in a registry office, nothing fancy, just the two of us. Me in a suit, her in a beautiful dress
3) If you were getting married in a week, who would be in your wedding party? God now there's a question. We'd keep it small and intimate again; my son, Lucy, Samantha's father and brother.
4) What would your wedding colours be? I have no idea. Pale blues, greens and pinks? Our favourite colours.
5) Does marriage mean to you 'til death do us part?' This time around it does.
jackjanderson: (Borealis)
Day 16 - One of your favourite classical songs:

To start with, there aren't really songs in classic music. Songs imply singing. Classical has pieces which are played. And the last 15, in case you failed to notice, have all been classical pieces...


Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
jackjanderson: (Milky Way Blue)
Day 15 - A song that is a cover by another artist:



2Cellos's arrangement of Thunderstruck by AC/DC
Lucy introduced me to 2Cellos earlier this year and their 'duelling cellos' are nearly as much fun to listen to as they are to watch.

This was a hard one to pick a song for. Technically, the majority of classical music are cover versions since we're not sitting listening to the original composer, but other (usually)incredibly skilled musicians playing their pieces.
jackjanderson: (Moon Over Earth)
Day 14 - A song that you would love played at your wedding:

Felix Mendelssohn - "Wedding March" in C major, from his suite of incidental music (Op. 61) to Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

It was, in fact, played at both of my weddings. I'm not planning on having another, unless polyamory gets legally recognised and Samantha & I can marry Lucy. And that's not likely to happen in my lifetime
jackjanderson: (Milky Way Blue)
Day 13 - One of your favourite 70's songs:

(yes, that's the full ballet. No, I don't expect anyone will watch it.)

Continuing on the theme of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and ballet we have Swan Lake. (Hey, it never specified a century and Swan Lake had it's premier in '77's... 1877!)
jackjanderson: (Jack & Daniel)
Day 12 - A song from your pre-teen years:

Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker: March

My mother, rest her soul, loved the ballet. My brothers and I would get dragged out to see The Nutcracker every Christmas. We'd get new suits, new shoes, haircuts. It was a very formal affair. I, admittedly, fell in love with the music and it's entire possibly my mother and Tchaikovsky are the root of my love of classical.

I still try and catch at least one performance of The Nutcracker every year.
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Day 11 - A song that you never get tired of:

Georg Friedrich Händel - Messiah: Part II: Hallelujah

One of my favourite pieces of choral music. I adore all of Handel's Messiah but I would think it safe to say the Hallelujah Chorus that closes part II is the most well-known section of it. I always end up stopping wht I'm doing to listen and pretend I'm conducting!
I love how it has this deceptively light orchestral opening before rising and swelling with almost contagious enthusiam, then closing on a final solemn note. Truly remarkable.
jackjanderson: (Han Solo)
Day 10 - A song that makes you sad:

Ludwig Van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2, popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata.

There's something very evocative, very austere about the piece, it's almost funereal yet beautiful. Imagine listening to it, on a stormy sunday afternoon, when it's dark and the sky is only lit by lightning. A drink in your hand and a book. Beautiful.

Or a film noir seduction followed by death.
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That went really well, didn't it? Apparently I don't come on line often enough to do a daily posting but I am enjoying sharing some of the music I love (even if no-one else does!) so I'm just goingto go ahead with Days 3 to 9 in this post:

Day 3 - A song that reminds you of summer )

Day 4 - A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget about: )

Day 5 - A song that needs to be played LOUD )

Day 6 - A song that makes you want to dance )

Day 7 - A song to drive to )

Day 8 - A song about drugs or alcohol )

Day 9 - A song that makes you happy )
jackjanderson: (Crossword)
Day 1 - A song you like with a colour in the title

Day 2 - A song you like with a number in the title

Beethoven: 9th Symphony - Movement IV - "Ode to Joy"

Admittedly, this is a little bit of a cheat since due to naming conventions so many pieces have a numer in the title. It's still a favourite piece of music and a joy to share, and it's considered by many critics as one of his greatest works. Many consider it one of the greatest compositions in the western musical canon and in my opinion it's probably one of the best-known works in classical music. The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony (thus making it a choral symphony) and giving rise to its full title: The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: The Choral
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I've never tried one of these before but I've seen a few people posting these so I thought I'd give it a go (with some help from [personal profile] lucymorningstar on how to embed a youtube file)

Day 1 - A song you like with a colour in the title

The Blue Danube (or for it's full translated title By The Beautiful Blue Danube)
An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314, a waltz by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, composed in 1866. This version is played by André Rieu & his Johann Strauss Orchestra playing and is recorded live at Empress Sisi's castle; Schönbrunn Palace Vienna, Austria with dancers from the famous Austrian Elmayer Dancing School

Samantha and I danced to this at our wedding. And yes, we waltzed. It still makes me want to dance with her.
jackjanderson: (Crossword)
It's a little before 6am on a Sunday morning, I'm full of cold, home alone and wide awake. The wide awake is mostly a combination of an empty bed and not breathing - but the home alone/empty bed is no related to having a cold.

Lucy's sister Susan went into labour early, two beautiful girls born late Friday night. Amelia and Olivia (Millie and Vivi). Small but healthy as expected for being born 2 months early. Samantha has taken Lucy to be with them and will be back later this morning.

I'm killing the sleepless hours online and came across this 25 Questions survey. Answering and sharing it seemed like a good idea.

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Closed. Leave them open and it'll cast weird shadows and freak the dog out, or one of the cats will get in there.
2. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer? Bullet journal layout idea
3. Do you sing in the shower? Yes I do. This morning the girls were very entertained by my rendition of Time To Say Goodbye
4. What inspires you? Passion
5. Would you bungee jump? 'Would'? I have and it was great fun
6. Do you have any pets? We have four right now - two cats and two dogs. Samantha would have horses if she could/we had the land and I know Lucy wants rabbits so this may change
7. What book are you reading? Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
8. Last book you read? Dan Brown - The Da Vinci Code. Jack re-reads Robert Landgon 2017
9. Are you a sports fan? Yes. I support Manchester City and my local team in football. I also enjoy rugby, ice hockey and formula 1 racing
10. Last Person You Talked To On The Phone? Samantha
11. Favourite foods? Roast beef, yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, parsnip, broccoli, peas, carrots, mustard and gravy.
12. Mountain Hideaway or Beach House? Can I have a place on the beach with the mountains behind it? No? Oh just the beach house then
13. Last thing you listened to? Strauss - The Blue Danube
14. Growing up, which were you favourite cartoons? Oh God. Woody Woodpecker, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons... I was a big Hanna Barbera fan
15. What are you listening to now? Birdsong from the garden
16. Relationship Status? In a committed poly triad
17. Biggest Fear? Losing my mind
18. Dream destination? I would love to experience Las Vegas
19. Are you in school? If so what are you studying? I'm thinking of taking some online classes in psychology
20. What is your favourite song at the moment? I don't think I have a favourite per se. Bring Him Home from Les Miserables has been rattling around inside my skull recently.
21. Favourite Movie? Star Wars
22. Favourite color? Green.
23. Where do you want to be in 5 years? Alive
24. Batman or superman? Yes.
25. Who is your favourite villain? There's so many good ones to chose from. Darth Vader, The Joker, Hal 9000, Voldemort, Moriarty, Red Skull, Loki, Ra's Al Ghul, Magneto, Lex Luthor...
jackjanderson: (Milky Way Blue)
[personal profile] katiedid717 asked:
Top five books?
Good question. Difficult question. Let me see.
Arthur C Clarke - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Frank Herbert - Dune
Dan Brown - Angels & Demons
Andy Weir - The Martian
Aldous Huxley - Brave New World

Top five authors?
and I'm going to make an effort to not list the same authors again...
George Orwell
Douglas Adams
Isaac Asimov
HG Wells
Orson Scott Card

Top five movies?
Star Wars. All of them but especially A New Hope
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
X-Men
Avengers Assemble

Top five albums?
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
London Philharmonic: The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music
The Music of John Williams: 40 Years Of Film Music
Hans Zimmer: The Classics
Beethoven - Symphonies No. 5 & 7 (Kleiber, Vienna Philharmonic)


[profile] gwendraitth asked:
Top 5 Places to visit?
Paris
New York
Rome
Edinburgh
Berlin

Top 5 Sports?
Football
Rugby
Ice hockey
Formula One
I don't think I have a 5th

Top 5 Foods?
Roast beef & all the trimmings
Macaroni cheese
A full English breakfast
Chocolate fudge cake
Meat lovers pizza

Top 5 Pastimes?
Fishing
Astronomy
Watching movies
Crosswords
Sex

Top 5 People dead or alive you'd like to have dinner with?
I'm guessing Samantha & Lucy don't count?
Neil Armstrong
Homer Simpson
Stan Lee
Galileo Galilei
Mary Steenburgen

About Me

I'm Jack, a recent retiree looking for a new hobby. Apparently 'annoying my girlfriend' isn't the best use of my days. Her opinion, not mine

I'm a life-long science-fiction and superheroes fan, and a voracious reader. I enjoy movies, fishing, astronomy, and gardening.

I live in Wales with my wife, our girlfriend and an ever growing collection of four-legged friends.

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