jackjanderson: (A Little Piece Of Heaven)
Those of you who read [personal profile] quantumcupcakes blog already know this but I broke my wrist at the weekend. I slipped on a damn LEAF, put my hand down to break my fall, broke my wrist instead and knocked myself out. Spent a day and a night in hospital for reasons of concussion and frightened the life out of poor Samantha who's been texting me all day to make sure I'm ok.

Today I'm looking at A song that moves you forward

There's something about Bach - Toccata And Fugue In D Minor that always gets the blood pumping

I had intended on posting a meme I've seen floating around but this cast is too cumbersome. If I thought I typed slowly beforehand, I'm even slower right now. I'd still be here at Christmas - and probably the one in 2018!
jackjanderson: (A Little Piece Of Heaven)
Samantha is at school, Lucy is at yoga and I've just come back from a walk with the dogs. Time to relax with some coffee and today's paper.

For my second Music Monday and continuing on with that much neglected 30 day meme we have A favourite song with a person's name in the title which gives us

A very uptempo version of Rossini - William Tell Overture: Finale. I love how passionate the conductor is and how into the music all the musicians are. A wonderful piece for blowing away the cobwebs on a Monday morning
jackjanderson: (Borealis)
1) How did you choose your LJ/DW username?I'm a very boring and unoriginal kind of guy when it comes to usernames... it's my name.
2. What has been your favourite day this year and why? July 3rd definitely stands out as one - Samantha was offered what is basically her dream job. May 17th when I went over to France with some RAF buddies to go fishing is another.
3. What is your favourite film you've seen in the past year and why? I think Wonder Woman. I'm not good at the explanations and the whys - but it was everything I could have wanted from the film and more
4. What is your favourite book you've read in the past year and why? Hello, is this planet Earth?: My View from the International Space Station by Tim Peake. Just amazing
5. You get to program a half-hour of music videos on MTV. What videos to you pick? The music I listen to doesn't really have videos per se and I'm pretty sure MTV's viewers wouldn't be impressed. Perhaps some 2Cellos or Lindsey Stirling to draw them in gently?
jackjanderson: (Moon Over Earth)
Has it really been a month since I last posted? It really doesn't feel like it. Where has the time gone? I suppose mostly I've been busy with various DIY projects and unpacking and other house-related activities.

I realised that a while ago I was posting a 30 day music meme which I never completed and although it's been... a few months I don't like leaving things incomplete. I noticed [personal profile] zhelana has been posting a 'music monday' which I've decided to shamelessly steal and will post the remaining tracks - and others - on a Monday.

The next one of the prompts on the list is A song that has many meanings for you and after careful consideration

Holst - Planets: Mars, The Bringer Of War is a very evocative piece. It can make me feel strong, powerful, angry or scared - or all at once.
jackjanderson: (Jack & Daniel)
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: (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: (Milky Way Blue)
I've seen a few people make this type of post, talking about what music they've been listenening to over the course of a week. I don't listen to enough music to do it weekly so I thought a monthly post would work for me.

According to my last.fm stats, my top played artists in March 2017 were:
Giacomo Puccini
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sir Edward Elgar
Camille Saint-Saëns
César Franck
Gabriel Fauré
Georg Friedrich Händel
Ludwig van Beethoven
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Robert Schumann
I'm surprised Puccini was higher than Rachmaninoff - he does tend to be my favourite. I'm surprised Beethoven & Williams were so low in the list but it's interesting to see what I've been listening to laid out like that

There were no albums or tracks I listened to more than any others, nor any that stood as being a particular favourite but I'm going to try and make an effort to note down favourites in April

Currently I am lstening to Hoedown from Rodeo by Aaron Copland
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[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
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As much as I like to try and stay young at heart, every once in a while my body decides to remind me of my ever-increasing age. Today is one of those days where my knees and back are quite loudly pointing out that I am in my 60s and have injuried myself numerous times over the last few decades.

I have spent much time today enjoying the relief brought to me by various analgesics and strategically placed hot and cold packs. My day has been mostly spent on the couch, with my legs up, a cat on my lap and my dog at my feet. Samantha and Lucy have been alternately curled up with me and caring for their old man. There was also some napping and some adult activities.

I've been reading 1984, playing Candy Crush Saga, listening to the Top Classical playlist on Spotify (50 best classical recordings from today's leading performers, including 2016 Grammy nominees) and watching season 1 of Bones. It's not a show that Lucy's a fan of but Samantha is a big fan of the 'here's a dead body, lets solve the case' type stories and I love detective.

Normally all of that would add up to the perfect rainy Satuday afternoon. But. Days like this when I'm feeling every single one of my years I start to wonder why my beautiful girls are with an old man like me. They're both younger than me and I can't help but think one day they'll wake up and realise I'm not in my 40s like I used to be. I've mentioned it before and Samantha always says she's not in her 30s any more either but I still think she's beautiful, which she is and I do. And then she smacks me and tells me to stop being so stupid.

And so I do.

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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