I am most intrigued by the lyrics and what they mean! Watch a live performance of the song, and read Springsteen’s words.
In this video you can see Gary playing Fender Rhodes piano. Other instruments include Hammond Organ, Minimoog and ARP String Ensemble (from Wikipedia).
Watch the video, enjoy this music and follow the lyrics. You probably remember this music used in Wayne’s World.
“Nights in White Satin” was released in 1967 (and later reissued in 1972) and was one of the first “symphonic rock” songs I heard. The other is the Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale”.
The song uses an orchestra to provide lush string sounds.
Procol Harum’s single “Whiter Shade of Pale” was released in 1967 and was one of the first “symphonic rock” songs I heard. The other is the Moody Blue’s “Nights in White Satin“. I particularly like the sound of the Hammond organ.
There is a lot of discussion of how the music was influenced by J. S. Bach and you can read more on Wikipedia about this.
So let’s hear the original song, follow the lyrics then watch a more recent live version.
I enjoyed the film very much and there were so many aspects that gave me deep satisfaction – sending my imagination into outer space, exploring the universe, thinking about human survival and what it means to be human.
Sarasate was born in 1844 and died in 1908. In this article I have located videos of my favourite Sarasate compositions including the Carmen Fantasy which is often performed in violin competitions. as well as Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Tunes). I have also enjoyed performances of Navarra – for two violins and piano.
In the early 1980’s I watched the wonderful 13 part Cosmos series written and narrated by Carl Sagan. The music used in the series included electronic music by Vangelis and Tomita, classical music by Vivaldi, J S Bach, Shostakovich, Takemitsu and Stravinksy. World Music was also included with a traditional song from Bulgaria and shakuhachi music from Japan.
What I love about soundtrack albums is discovering new music, and this album is wonderful aural feast.
The purpose of this blog post is to share images of the record cover as well as the soundtrack on YouTube. Listen to the music and be transported into the cosmos!
I loved this song and was captivated by the exotic sounds of South American instruments including flutes and charango – an Andean string instrument made from the shell of an armadillo.
Paul Simon added lyrics which I have included below. I discovered that the song is not by Paul Simon but composed by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomía Robles in 1913 and based on traditional Andean folk tunes.
Here is the Simon and Garfunkel version, then the original song.
In a recent post I listed my favourite Beatles songs. At the top of the list is Hey Jude. It just so happens that I own a 45 rpm single of this song and it is in reasonable condition.
Considering it would be just over 40 years old I thought it might be worth something so I checked eBay (click the link to seach eBay) and found a few copies at very low prices. I have decided to keep the single for nostalgic reasons.
In this post I share scans of both sides of the single, its packaging and a book of piano sheet music.
Recently I made an audio CD compilation of my favourite Beatles songs. A friend asked me for my favourite ten songs which got me thinking about my almost life-long appreciation of the Beatles.
I was able to put 22 songs on the CD and here is the list. I don’t have an all-time Number 1 song but these songs are by favourites:
I searched YouTube for a selection of songs for you to hear.