Song book – Elton John http://elton-john.net/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 12:53:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://elton-john.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Song book – Elton John http://elton-john.net/ 32 32 The essential Harry Styles songbook https://elton-john.net/the-essential-harry-styles-songbook/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 11:09:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/the-essential-harry-styles-songbook/ Global superstars don’t form overnight: Behind any “new artist” moniker is a lifetime of work – or, in Harry Styles’ case, a childhood spent singing covers on a karaoke machine that gave him his grandfather, and half a decade as the de facto leader of the world’s biggest boy band, One Direction. In the years […]]]>

Global superstars don’t form overnight: Behind any “new artist” moniker is a lifetime of work – or, in Harry Styles’ case, a childhood spent singing covers on a karaoke machine that gave him his grandfather, and half a decade as the de facto leader of the world’s biggest boy band, One Direction. In the years since the quintet broke up, 12 years in the public eye, Styles has cemented himself as the world’s most wanted man (and the first rolling stone cover star.) A dedication to 70s pop-rock sensibilities and anthemic arena rock are certainly factors – not to mention his silky baritone and undeniable charisma – but at the heart of it all are his award-winning songs. and their intergenerational appeal.

Throughout his three critically acclaimed solo records, and a taste of those early boy band ballads, here’s a collection of some of Harry Styles’ most essential songs; a crash course in the singles and B-sides that made his career and continue to cement his place at the top of the modern pop canon.

‘Sign of the times’

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When Harry Styles left his boy band, One Direction, to pursue a solo career, comparisons to Justin Timberlake and Robbie Williams ensued – for those familiar with the biggest pipeline band on the planet’s TV show contest, it seemed Harry Styles, the heart of 1D, was set up best for solo success. What no one expected is exactly what he delivered: a massive glam rock ballad, a young man exploring a 70s David Bowie myth through a 25-piece choir singing his harmonies, a searing declaration of his talents and aspirations. In the clip, he literally takes flight — the metaphors write themselves.

‘As it was’

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A lifelong admirer of classic rock and Americana (it was easy to confuse the title of his third album, Harry’s housewith a reference to Joni Mitchell — it’s actually an ode to Haruomi Hosono’s 1973 city-pop LP Hosono Housewhich Styles first heard when he was living in Japan years ago), leading his third album with a synth-pop single and his catchy production to the A-Ha was a surprising choice. Now in her late twenties, her affection for the mystical rockstar has been replaced by unbridled joy. And live, “As It Was” is a fan favorite…depending on where you are. In the United States, the line “Leave America, Two Children, Follow It” is muted, in the rest of the world – including the UK – it’s a rallying cry for Harry to find his home outside the US.

‘Mathilda’

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When Harry Styles started promoting Harry’s house, he told the press that his third album was his most intimate, the one that best reflected himself. Lyrically, that’s true: but his most heartbreaking songs use his sense of inwardness to write thoughtful odes to his loved ones. On ‘Matilda’ he sings a tender ballad to a friend who suffered childhood neglect and family trauma – named after the orphan character of Roald Dahl. If any of these songs evoke tears, this is it.

‘Clouds’

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“If we never come back down,” Styles sings on the chorus of One Direction’s often underrated track “Clouds,” “Yeah, we look at the clouds” her voice rising with a levity that perfectly mimics the subject. If a 1D song nods to where Harry’s house Styles would take is this one, with its massive drum fills and heart-pounding production.

Fall

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There’s no way to go through a list of essential Harry Styles tracks without including a heartbreaking ballad or two, and ‘Falling’ certainly comes near the top – it’s Harry at the piano! A rarely seen but deeply celebrated Harry! It’s also the source of Harry Styles’ huge cult following. when he sings, “And there’s no more coffee / At the Beachwood Café / What if it kills me ’cause I know we’ve run out of things to say.” Surely he was unaware that he was offering a place of pilgrimage for his diehard fans, a breakup mecca in Los Angeles for those of us who feel too much.

‘Medicine’

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If it seems unfair to include an unreleased Harry Styles song on this list, well, maybe you’ve never felt the true joy of watching the world’s most wanted pop star live in a crowd of his most ardent devotees. ‘Medicine’ takes the ‘fan favorite’ to the next level – it’s Styles’ hottest track, what Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield once called ‘the Stones’ sex-crazy depraved rock and roll’. It’s a happy good time, much like the ‘Kiwi’ rocking the arena, but most of all: he seems to flirt with sexual fluidity, and fans can’t get enough of him singing “Boys and girls are here / I have fun with them.”

‘lights up’

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An indiehead’s favorite song from Harry Styles, ‘Lights Up’ is Styles at his most existential, a body-pop melody of massive bridges and a single chorus, an experimental sound for the singer. He repeats, “All the lights couldn’t put out the darkness / Run through my heart,” at the end, offering some comfort in the journey: “Do you know who you are?”

‘Golden’

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Golden hour? California’s Golden Coast? The golden euphoria of being in love? Dusk, the golden world of a runner? The source of Harry Styles’ light on this Thin line the cut isn’t exactly obvious, but the shimmering effects are: his voice never sounded more exuberant than when paired with a glockenspiel and like a rising chorus. It feels like a vacation, so let it take you for a ride.

‘love you’

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Harry Styles’ falsetto is a rarely used sharp weapon (okay, in the year between Zayn Malik leaving One Direction and the band announcing an indefinite hiatus, he was certainly tasked with hitting those impossible high notes, but his natural lyrical baritone is what we’re most used to hearing.) Over the chorus of “Adore You” there goes – a charming pop-rock song delivered by the guy who does them best.

“Thin line”

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When Harry Styles said his second album was about “having sex and feeling sad”, the title track must have been in the lead: it’s a repetitive dirge, offering kindness in the lines, “We’ll be a fine line / We’ll be fine,” almost the end of the song. Most Styles songs work best when played out loud, with your best friends, in the special comfort and happiness of the community. This one is for introspectives and introverts, those who seek truth in tiny assurances.

‘What a sensation’

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In One Direction’s later years, particularly those following Zayn Malik’s departure, the boy band transformed into the vintage pop-rock band of their dreams (well, let’s be real, Harry). “What a Feeling” seems prescient: its Fleetwood Mac style structure laid the foundation for Styles’ future projects. It’s a boo!

‘Infinite’

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For years, Styles has been able to transition seamlessly from pop-rock ballad to rhythmic, stadium-sized multi-instrumentalist singles. ‘Infinity’ is a quieter moment: but it’s a perfect example of Harry’s vocal ability, a nod to how his octave range would soon expand and his ability to hit a high note despite the depth of his voice. It is everything about the voice.

‘Satellite’

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If Harry Styles wrote a better, more atypical and more extravagant deck than ‘Satellite’, it hasn’t been made public – and that’s such an unexpected blast! First, a gloomy ballad synthesized on the piano, Styles’ voice strong in the mix; then, distorted vocal effects and an explosive, experimental, vertiginous detour. He quickly became a fan favourite, perhaps for his outside lineup. It will hit you right in the gut.

“From New York”

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Narrative American and folk songwriting is at the heart of many Harry Styles songs – catch him with an acoustic guitar and he’ll sing you a confessional. “Ever Since New York” is one of the first and best examples of this“Oh, tell me something I don’t already know,” he sings, “Brooklyn saw me, empty on the news / There’s no water in this pool.” No wonder he chose her to play on Saturday Night Live back in 2017.

‘Best Song Ever’

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The most aptly titled song for a boy band purely for the purpose of making the listener elated, “Best Song Ever” is One Direction’s best song – or, best known, second only to 2011 career “What Make You Beautiful”. (That one you can still see in Styles’ solo live set — an ode to his early success and a celebration of all his fans who have been with him since day one, 12 years ago.) But “Best Song Ever”, and its major chord, the guitars of Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’, is utterly irresistible pop songwriting.

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(Songs From The Great American Song Book Vol 2) To transform the music of yesterday into that of today https://elton-john.net/songs-from-the-great-american-song-book-vol-2-to-transform-the-music-of-yesterday-into-that-of-today/ Mon, 22 Aug 2022 18:45:49 +0000 https://elton-john.net/songs-from-the-great-american-song-book-vol-2-to-transform-the-music-of-yesterday-into-that-of-today/ NEW YORK, August 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On September 11, 2022, an album nearly 4 years in the making, James A. Norkawich’s album Sophomore (part 2 of 2 in a series) of the great American songbook is set to be released. The album “Today”, which follows his debut album “Yesterday – Songs from the Great […]]]>

NEW YORK, August 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On September 11, 2022, an album nearly 4 years in the making, James A. Norkawich’s album Sophomore (part 2 of 2 in a series) of the great American songbook is set to be released. The album “Today”, which follows his debut album “Yesterday – Songs from the Great American Songbook, presents music from the 1940s to today. His new album presents songs of various styles, including original material never heard before. A special composition, “The Things You Are – Peter’s Song”, pays homage to his cousin who remains a major inspiration in James’ career. The album “Today” takes the listener through a more colorful look and introspective on the many styles that have influenced James.” It’s quite colorful in terms of the direction the album is taking. It takes the listener from a musical story to a canvas that the ear can translate” “Yesterday” is a musical collaboration that made this country great. “Today” responds to this call and shows the music from the 50s to today, where its roots lie and I guess where we are going.”

James’ hope for this album, for the younger generation, is to open their minds and explore how music across genres was created, how it impacts us today and why it is considered so immortal. and essential to his palette. “Music has become stale,” James said in a recent interview, “and we need to re-examine what makes us happy, sad, what got us through the good times and the bad times. Music now tends towards sounds more classic and revised. Since the pandemic. People are looking at music on all kinds of media platforms, and now they’re listening to music they’ve never heard before. From a big bang of the blues on the guitar or the lyrics to a song they loved but never really knew what the was about to put a new spin on an old classic, James said what’s old is new again and that’s what the “Today” album is about.

Yesterday can be found on all streaming media, and Today will also be available on September 11, 2022

The video debut of The Things You Are will also be available on YouTube on September 11, 2022 at 2:00 PM EST.

This 9/11 remembers those who lost their lives for our country and the sacrifices made by those who also served.

James A. Norkawich website – www.jamesanorkawich.com

Twitter- https://twitter.com/JNorkawichMusic

TikTok – https://www.tiktok.com/@jamesanorkawich

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jamesanorkawich/

Official Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/JamesANorkawich

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/6qi5IQRl3iahaR75zA6LuD?si=grs8MVfsTGOuPCYsRX3AFg

Amazon Music – https://music.amazon.com/artists/B09W32VGPQ/james-a-norkawich?marketplaceId=ATVPDKIKX0DER&musicTerritory=US&ref=dm_sh_m3sK4yjMp7L1BsdfwJ5fHS46F

Deezer – https://deezer.page.link/ekDRVg4mFX7vHyHP8

I-Tunes – https://music.apple.com/us/artist/james-a-norkawich/1615404089

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCruW2ckvS-OYoNRqIQsSJGA

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(Songs From The Great American Song Book Vol 2) To transform yesterday’s music into today’s https://elton-john.net/songs-from-the-great-american-song-book-vol-2-to-transform-yesterdays-music-into-todays/ Mon, 22 Aug 2022 18:41:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/songs-from-the-great-american-song-book-vol-2-to-transform-yesterdays-music-into-todays/ NEW YORK, August 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — About September 11, 2022an album of almost 4 years in preparation, James A. Norkawich The sophomore album (part 2 of 2 in a series) of the great American songbook is set to be released. The album “Today”, which follows his debut album “Yesterday – Songs from the Great […]]]>

NEW YORK, August 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — About September 11, 2022an album of almost 4 years in preparation, James A. Norkawich The sophomore album (part 2 of 2 in a series) of the great American songbook is set to be released. The album “Today”, which follows his debut album “Yesterday – Songs from the Great American Songbook, presents music from the 1940s to today. His new album presents songs of various styles, including original material never heard before. A special composition, “The Things You Are – Peter’s Song”, pays homage to his cousin who remains a major inspiration in James’ career. The album “Today” takes the listener through a more colorful look and introspective on the many styles that influenced James.” It’s quite colorful in terms of the direction the album is taking. It takes the listener from a musical story to a canvas that the ear can translate” “Yesterday” is a musical collaboration that made this country great. “Today” responds to this call and shows the music from the 50s to today, where its roots lie and I guess where we are going.”

James’ hope for this album, for the younger generation, is to open their minds and explore how music across genres was created, how it impacts us today and why it is considered so immortal. and essential to his palette. “Music has become stale,” James said in a recent interview, “and we need to re-examine what makes us happy, sad, what got us through the good times and the bad times. Music now tends towards sounds more classic and revised. Since the pandemic. People are looking at music on all kinds of media platforms, and now they’re listening to music they’ve never heard before. From a big bang of the blues on the guitar or the lyrics to a song they loved but never really knew what the was about to put a new spin on an old classic, James said what’s old is new again and that’s what the “Today” album is about.

Yesterday can be found on all streaming media, and today will also be available on September 11, 2022

The debut video The Things You Are will be available on YouTube at September 11, 2022, 2pm EST as well.

This September 11th remembers those who lost their lives for our country and remembers the sacrifices made by those who also served.

Website for James A. Norkawich – www.jamesanorkawich.com

Twitter- https://twitter.com/JNorkawichMusic

TikTok – https://www.tiktok.com/@jamesanorkawich

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jamesanorkawich/

Official Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/JamesANorkawich

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/6qi5IQRl3iahaR75zA6LuD?si=grs8MVfsTGOuPCYsRX3AFg

Amazon Music – https://music.amazon.com/artists/B09W32VGPQ/james-a-norkawich?marketplaceId=ATVPDKIKX0DER&musicTerritory=US&ref=dm_sh_m3sK4yjMp7L1BsdfwJ5fHS46F

Deezer – https://deezer.page.link/ekDRVg4mFX7vHyHP8

I-Tunes – https://music.apple.com/us/artist/james-a-norkawich/1615404089

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCruW2ckvS-OYoNRqIQsSJGA

THE SOURCE James A. Norkawich

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A songbook for music lovers https://elton-john.net/a-songbook-for-music-lovers/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/a-songbook-for-music-lovers/ Athishaya Vara Prasadini, by Maragatham Ramaswamy, contains lyrics and notations for 50 rare Carnatic songs by 24 composers Athishaya Vara Prasadiniby Maragatham Ramaswamy, contains lyrics and notations of 50 rare Carnatic songs by 24 composers Longtime musician and teacher Maragatham Ramaswamy has compiled songs chosen by 24 different composers, noting each one precisely. Having learned […]]]>

Athishaya Vara Prasadini, by Maragatham Ramaswamy, contains lyrics and notations for 50 rare Carnatic songs by 24 composers

Athishaya Vara Prasadiniby Maragatham Ramaswamy, contains lyrics and notations of 50 rare Carnatic songs by 24 composers

Longtime musician and teacher Maragatham Ramaswamy has compiled songs chosen by 24 different composers, noting each one precisely.

Having learned vocal music from a host of veteran musicians such as Musiri Subramania Iyer, Ramnad Krishnan, TM Thyagarajan, KV Narayanaswamy and B. Rajam Iyer, and training one-on-one with Thanjavur S. Kalyanaraman, it is a natural fit for Maragatham Ramaswamy to have a vast repertoire of compositions rendered in the authentic style.

Maragatham, a performing musician who moved to the United States, established the Ragamalika Music School in 1987 and became a sought-after teacher. She received Best Teacher Award at Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival and Sivan Arts Academy, and Sangeetha Acharya Ratnam from Kanchi Kamakoti peetam.

In the book Athishaya Vara Prasadini, published recently by the Ramapriya Arts Foundation, Maragatham Ramaswamy has chosen 50 compositions by various composers – from Purandaradasa and Trinity to contemporary composers such as Thanjavur Shankara Iyer, ‘Spencer’ R. Venugopal and NS Ramachandran – and presented the lyrics with meticulous notations. The book also includes a pronunciation and notation guide to help users learn the songs transliterated into English. Keeping things simple, she used lowercase and uppercase letters to express short and long vowels, respectively, in Tamil, Telugu and Sanskrit.

The kritis mentioned in this book, although created by well-known composers, are rarely heard on concert platforms.

The notations of one of the kritis given in the book.

The notations of one of the kritis given in the book.

Use the right symbols

The author’s violin training, under the guidance of many eminent musicians, including Trivandrum V. Harihara Iyer, MS Anantharaman, TN Krishnan and Lalgudi Jayaraman, may have served as the basis for noting gamakas (oscillations) and anuswarams (the previous note slide) using symbols correctly. Swaras for short fillers are also provided with notations in the book. For example, in the Muthuswami Dikshitar composition ‘Chandrasekaram sada bhajeham’ (Margahindolam), the phrase in the first line of the madhyamakala segment ‘Asta siddhi dayakam mukundam’, followed by a set of swaras in avarohanam (descending) highlights the raga lakshana.

The distinctly noted anuswarams in Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar’s raga Mandari composition, “Athishaya vara prasadini”, after which the book is titled, and in Mysore Vasudevachar’s “Hare paripahimam” in Kedaram provide instrumentalists with a flawless picture of Ni and Ga in these ragas. There is also a sign that suggests dividing the sahitya significantly.

The song and chittaswaram of Pallavi Seshaiyer’s rare composition “Entani vinnavintura” in Urmika’s raga is so skillfully notated that even if one is learning the composition for the first time, one can grasp the intricacies of the raga well.

The selfless work of Maragatham Ramaswamy, with a passion for sharing his knowledge, is reflected in the concise presentation of each of the compositions. The book will be a useful asset for any practitioner and student of Carnatic music. The book (₹750) is available at Srutilaya and Karnatic Music Book Centre, Chennai.

The writer specializes in Carnatic music.

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STAG Sings… The Gershwin Songbook https://elton-john.net/stag-sings-the-gershwin-songbook/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/stag-sings-the-gershwin-songbook/ Please note: this is a past event. Past events are archived for future reference. Bakehouse Jazz is back, with a new series of concerts, STAG sings The Gershwin Song Book. […]]]>

Please note: this is a past event.

Past events are archived for future reference.






Bakehouse Jazz is back, with a new series of concerts, STAG sings The Gershwin Song Book.


When:





friday 24



to Sunday June 26, 2022,

Where:

Blackbox Theater Bakery

Cost:

$30

Contact:

Nicky Pummeroy on 0408 361 893 or

Website:

stag-shepparton.eventbrite.com.au/

Time: 7 p.m., 6 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Inspired by one of the world’s most popular and celebrated composers of
of the 20th century, George Gershwin, join MC Laura Varapodio as she guides us through a journey of jazz with a hint of Broadway and Hollywood. Talented
singers Cindy Doherty, Stevie Renee, Stefania Panella and Robbie Maher,
will be accompanied by musos, Wade Gregory and Brian Matthews all supported by Master D Steve Condron.

Marvel at the transformation of the Bakehouse Blackbox as it becomes a warm and intimate pop-up jazz club, delivering soulful music that’s guaranteed to keep your winter blues away.

Cabaret that can accommodate 5 people per table. The public is invited to bring
their own trays

Strictly no BYO drinks. Drinks available at bar prices.
3 performances only – June 24 7pm, June 25 6pm and June 26 2pm, 2022
$30 tickets on sale May 20 at 9 a.m. at Eventbrite.

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Sionnach Rua’s Great Irish Song Book arrives at Ararat Town Hall on April 27 | The Ararat Advertiser https://elton-john.net/sionnach-ruas-great-irish-song-book-arrives-at-ararat-town-hall-on-april-27-the-ararat-advertiser/ Wed, 13 Apr 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/sionnach-ruas-great-irish-song-book-arrives-at-ararat-town-hall-on-april-27-the-ararat-advertiser/ reserved for subscribers, Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Gallie presents Sionnach Rua’s Great Irish Song Book at Ararat Town Hall on Wednesday 27 April. The stage show will give the audience the feeling of visiting an Irish bar without having to leave their home town. Gallie said the music would be “world class” and a night not […]]]>

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Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Gallie presents Sionnach Rua’s Great Irish Song Book at Ararat Town Hall on Wednesday 27 April. The stage show will give the audience the feeling of visiting an Irish bar without having to leave their home town. Gallie said the music would be “world class” and a night not to be missed. “We’re bringing the culture of a whole other country to Ararat and they’re really going to appreciate it,” he said. “I’m going to make them cry, laugh and stomp. Between the songs there will be stories and snippets of Irish history, there will be something for everyone.” South, Gallie said Ararat was very close to his heart. “I was in Austria and I saw this beautiful thing go by on a snowboard,” he said. “I chased her down from the mountain to get his number; that was 23 years ago, and we now have two children. “It turned out she was from Ararat, so I go to Ararat all the time now. Ararat was the first place I went to when I landed in Australia, so it’s a pretty special place to me.” For the past two years, Gallie has kept busy while unable to perform, although he looks forward to returning to the stage on April 27. a regular salary every week to, I think, do eight concerts in two years. “I’m not one to sit and wait, so during lockdown I went to college and studied visual arts because I’m also a painter. “Although it’s great now that the world seems to be opening up again and I encourage everyone in Ararat to come out and support my first gig.” Growing up in Ireland, Gallie said he was immersed in music from an early age. “In Ireland, there is music everywhere and everyone is playing, when we were kids that was all we did,” he said. “We used to meet in someone’s shed and play music. “There are only three ways out of Dublin. It’s boxing, football or music. I wasn’t much of a fighter and I was brutal at football so the only chance I had left was the music.” for Gaillie was playing a 1,000-seat sold-out show in Brazil in 2020. “I was invited to do a festival and they said they would have an orchestra for me,” he said. “I thought they would have a few violins and a cello, maybe. “They led me to the rehearsal space and I walked into this huge hall with a 46-piece orchestra and a conductor , it was so surreal, it was just amazing.” Sionnach Rua’s Great Irish Song Book stage performance comes to Ararat Town Hall on April 27 and is sponsored by Ararat Rural Town Council and Ararat Live.” We would like to thank them for helping us organize the event and we look forward to seeing the people of Ararat experience Irish culture,” Gallie said. “Ararat is a great town with great people , can’t wait to be there.” While you’re with us, you can now get updates straight to your inbox from the Ararat announcer. To make sure you’re up to date with all news from across Ararat County, subscribe here.

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Ezra Furman shares lyric video for new song “Book of Our Names” https://elton-john.net/ezra-furman-shares-lyric-video-for-new-song-book-of-our-names/ Mon, 04 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/ezra-furman-shares-lyric-video-for-new-song-book-of-our-names/ Ezra Furman shares lyric video for new song “Book of Our Names” New single out now on ANTI-/Bella Union; The tour starts next month April 04, 2022 By Mark Redfern Photograph by Buck Meek Ezra Furman has shared a new song, “Book of Our Names,” via lyric video. This is her second single since signing […]]]>

Ezra Furman shares lyric video for new song “Book of Our Names”

New single out now on ANTI-/Bella Union; The tour starts next month

April 04, 2022

Photograph by Buck Meek

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Ezra Furman has shared a new song, “Book of Our Names,” via lyric video. This is her second single since signing to ANTI-. The song is also released by British label Bella Union. Listen below, followed by Furman’s upcoming tour dates, which begin next month.

Furman had this to say about the song in a press release: “This song is about what it’s like to live together under an empire that doesn’t value your lives. I sing it as a Jew and as a trans woman, knowing well the stakes and the consequences of being part of a hated population. But it is a protest song intended to be used by any movement for survival and collective freedom. I noticed that the book of the Bible called Exodus in English, the one where the Hebrews escape from slavery in Egypt, is called the Book of Names in Hebrew. And I began to think that speaking names out loud, seeing individuals in their irreplaceable uniqueness, holds the seed of true liberation.

“Book of Our Names” follows “Point Me Toward the Real,” a new song Furman shared in early March that was his first single for ANTI-. “Point Me Toward the Real” was about someone coming out of a psychiatric hospital who made No. 1 on our Song of the Week list.

John Congleton (Angel Olsen, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten) produced, engineered and recorded the new song, as did “Point Me Towards the Real”.

Furman’s last full album was 2019 twelve nudes. In 2021 surprise Furman released a new EP which features songs she wrote for season 3 of the Netflix show Sex education. It was well titled Sex Education – Season 3 Songs and featured three new songs, as well as two previously released songs with his former band Ezra Furman & The Harpoons in 2011. Furman did the music for all three seasons. In 2020, Furman shared the official soundtrack for seasons 1 and 2 of Sex educationas well as a video for the song “Every Feeling”.

Check out our 2020 interview with Furman in episode two of the first season of our official podcast.

Read our 2018 interview with Furman.

Ezra Furman Tour Dates:

Thu, May 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*
Sat., May 21 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall*
Mon. May 23 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
Tue, May 24 – Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theater *
Wed. May 25 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
Thu May 26 – Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective*
Sat., May 28 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater*
Mon May 30 – Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp*
Tue. May 31 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line*
Wed, Jun 1 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall*
Thu, June 9 – Somerville, MA @ Crystal Ballroom (Ezra Solo)
Thu July 21 – Valencia, ES @ Diversity Festival
Sun. July 24 – Hertfordshire, UK @ Standon Calling Festival
Sun. August 14 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom ^
Tu es. August 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ UWM Panther Arena^
Wed Aug 17 – Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park ^
Sun. August 21 – Crickhowell, UK @ Green Man Festival
Tu es. August 23 – Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh International Festival
Mon. September 12 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
Tue, Sept. 13 – Toronto, ON @ Rec Room
Wed, September 14 – Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
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Yma O Hyd, the chants of Wales and the football supporters’ songbook https://elton-john.net/yma-o-hyd-the-chants-of-wales-and-the-football-supporters-songbook/ Tue, 29 Mar 2022 12:11:15 +0000 https://elton-john.net/yma-o-hyd-the-chants-of-wales-and-the-football-supporters-songbook/ WHEN a tear rolled down Dafydd Iwan’s cheek singing ‘Yma o Hyd’ before Wales’ World Cup play-off against Austria, many hailed it as a moment of national significance. In a sports-mad country often touted as the ‘land of song’, it’s perhaps unsurprising that when football and music collide, great excitement ensues. But Thursday’s performances – […]]]>

WHEN a tear rolled down Dafydd Iwan’s cheek singing ‘Yma o Hyd’ before Wales’ World Cup play-off against Austria, many hailed it as a moment of national significance.

In a sports-mad country often touted as the ‘land of song’, it’s perhaps unsurprising that when football and music collide, great excitement ensues.

But Thursday’s performances – first by the 78-year-old folksinger, then on the pitch by eleven men in red – seemed to elevate our collective spirit into a realm beyond sport, song or mere emotion. .

According to English folk singer Martin Carthy, the chants and football songs are “the only surviving incarnation of an organic living folk tradition” – and the adoption of Iwan’s nearly 40-year-old defiance anthem , by a wide range of the Welsh public certainly seems to confirm this.

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Written in the years after the landslide ‘No’ vote in the 1979 devolution referendum, and just before the seismic clash between the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher and striking miners in South Wales and elsewhere, ‘Yma o Hyd’ celebrates the survival of the Welsh people and the Welsh language for almost two millennia – since Macsen Wledig withdrew the Roman legions from the island of Britain in 383 AD.

Dafydd Iwan performs Yma O Hyd ahead of Wales’ World Cup semi-final victory over Austria. Photo: Chris Fairweather/Huw Evans Agency

The song has been popular, particularly with Welsh-speaking audiences, for four decades, and has been credited with contributing to the change in attitude that prefigured the Welsh Language Act 1993 and the second – successful – referendum. on decentralization in 1997.

It now takes its place in the long tradition of football anthems, songs that some academics have theorized as a form of popular crest, in which a group vocalizes its identity against an outside group.

Singing at football matches dates back to the early days of the professional game in the late 19th century.

A ‘war cry’ was recorded during the 1887 Scottish Cup final, and many Victorian music hall songs referenced the game’s popularity, including ‘The Dooley Fitba’ Club’ from Glasgow-born James Curran, better known as ‘Football Crazy’. .

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Welsh supporters were among the first known to develop chants to support individual players. “Give it to Ballie” – striker Billy Ball – was a popular song by Swansea fans in the 1910s and is referenced in the academic tome Sport, Music, Identities, edited by Anthony Bateman.

But despite these early examples – and songs like Portsmouth’s ‘Play Up Pompey’ and Newcastle United’s ‘Blaydon Races’ which have survived to this day – it wasn’t until the 1960s that the songs and chants were have become an integral part of football fan culture.

During the 1962 and 1966 World Cups, more affordable travel allowed international fans to mix en masse and adopt each other’s popular chants, songs and tunes.

It is therefore perhaps unsurprising that the recent development of what is perhaps the most eclectic songbook in world football has coincided with the most successful period in the history of the Cymru national team. , during which fans traveled in greater numbers, developing what comedian Elis James called “a bilingual counterculture”.

Until recently, songs more associated with rugby than football were seamlessly integrated into the canon, in keeping with the inclusivity encapsulated in the tagline ‘Together Stronger’.

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These include ‘Calon Lan’, a hymn written by Daniel James (Gwyrosydd) in the 1890s, and ‘Hymns and Arias’, a song specifically about rugby trips and other Welsh songs, written by the artist Max Boyce in 1971.

Frankie Valli’s 1967 hit, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” entered the repertoire via another modern folk tradition: advertising.

The National Wales: Singing and chanting are an integral part of attending football matches.  Photo: Chris Fairweather/Huw Evans AgencySinging and chanting are an integral part of participating in football matches. Photo: Chris Fairweather/Huw Evans Agency

John Morgan, head of presentation and promotions at BBC Wales, made a short film to advertise a televised match – the crucial and ill-fated World Cup match against Romania in 1993.

Despite Wales’ failure to qualify for USA ’94 – Paul Bodin, the crossbar and all that – footage of Rush, Hughes, Saunders et al ‘playing their hearts out’, in what are now Umbro kits vintage and highly sought after, have passed into legend, and the song into a standard.

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Fan favorites are often associated with particular games or periods in the team’s history. German DJ and producer Florian Senfter’s ‘Kernkraft 400’ – better known as Zombie Nation – became an unofficial anthem after Wales earned a goalless draw against Belgium in the Champions League qualifying campaign. Euro 2016.

The song was then played during Belgium’s visit to Cardiff, with a Gareth Bale goal giving Wales a 1-0 win and putting them on the road to historic tournament qualification.

Other songs popularized during Bale and Ramsey’s ‘golden age’ included ‘Don’t Take Me Home’, to the tune of Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’, and a whole series accompanied by the distinctive sound of eleven-piece brass ensemble The Barry Horns.

The National Wales: group of supporters of Wales THe Barry HornsTHe Barry Horns Wales Supporters Group

With the Horns installed atop the Canton Stand, or hidden in the corner of stadiums across Europe, Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody” has become indelibly associated with Joe Ledley.

“Push It” by Salt N Pepa with Hal Robson Kanu, “Gimme Hope Joanna” by Eddy Grant with Joe Allen and “Give it Up” by KC and the Sunshine Band first with Gareth Bale, then with Kieffer Moore.

Meanwhile, 2Unlimited’s ‘No Limit’ has taken on a number of Williams from Wales – from Ashley to Jonny, and now Neco.

It is no coincidence that many of these songs are laced with both joy and humour, expressing the sense of wonder and mild disbelief that many Welsh football fans – who have already endured for decades of disappointment – have felt since the rise of the national team’s fortunes, first under Gary Speed, then Chris Coleman and now Robert Page.

But there is also a current of real social change. Beneath the sea of ​​bucket hats and flags created to liquidate Florentino Perez, a new generation of football fans has grown up in a culture that is actively inclusive, genuinely bilingual and often independent in its feelings.

‘Viva Gareth Bale’ rejects the Union Jack. The Barry Horns released an independentist single, “Cymru Rydd”. And despite the noise of pop, rock, disco and techno, ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’ is still the piece de resistance.

No wonder Dafydd Iwan shed a tear.

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The book “The Philosophy of Modern Song” by Bob Dylan in 2022 https://elton-john.net/the-book-the-philosophy-of-modern-song-by-bob-dylan-in-2022/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 23:46:08 +0000 https://elton-john.net/the-book-the-philosophy-of-modern-song-by-bob-dylan-in-2022/ Bob Dylan is a very prolific songwriter, having been releasing albums longer than many other artists are still alive. He racked up accolades like a Nobel Peace Prize, of course, and expanded far beyond music to painting and literature. Speaking of literature, Dylan announced that his next book is coming out very soon. The Philosophy […]]]>

Bob Dylan is a very prolific songwriter, having been releasing albums longer than many other artists are still alive. He racked up accolades like a Nobel Peace Prize, of course, and expanded far beyond music to painting and literature. Speaking of literature, Dylan announced that his next book is coming out very soon. The Philosophy of Modern Song will be published via Simon & Schuster on November 8, 2022. This one appears to be a simpler music book than his previous work, Chronicles Volume 1which was a stream of consciousness style memoir released in 2004.

According to a press release, this new book includes “over 60 essays focused on songs by other artists,” including Stephen Foster, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams and Nina Simone. Dylan reportedly started working on the book in 2010, and the Simon & Schuster CEO thinks it will help us understand what the songs mean to all of us. “The publication of Bob Dylan’s brilliant and kaleidoscopic work will be an international celebration of the songs of one of the greatest artists of our time,” said Simon & Schuster President and CEO Jonathan Karp. “The Philosophy of Modern Song could only be written by Bob Dylan. Her voice is unique and her work conveys her deep appreciation and understanding of the songs, the people who bring those songs to life, and what the songs mean to all of us.

Check out the book cover below and pre-order it here.

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The Song of the Church. Published on 02/02/2022 https://elton-john.net/the-song-of-the-church-published-on-02-02-2022/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 13:15:02 +0000 https://elton-john.net/the-song-of-the-church-published-on-02-02-2022/ It is a rendering of the Catholic prayer and meditation Hallow App, which has seen a dramatic increase in popularity. CNS chart/courtesy Hallow word on fire The Psalms: The Church Hymnal Bishop Robert Barron Wednesday, February 2, 2022Culture Help us expand our reach! Please share this article on social networks I […]]]>

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The Psalms: The Church Hymnal


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I can’t think of a better description of what happens when we recite the Psalms: to the God who has poured out his heart for us, we pour out our own hearts.







Bishop Robert
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