Posts Tagged 'today’s tunes'

today’s tunes: luck of the Irish?

well this was a slightly misleading title for the blog post, but timed well with St. Patrick’s Day.

today’s tunes is from the band The Gloaming, an incredible piece called “The Pilgrim’s Song” from their 2nd album.

the band has just a great overall sound, a nice mixture of classical and folk music, with fantastic violin/fiddle strung throughout all of their songs.

here are the English translation of the lyrics:

The land spoke like a temple
The Rivers journey was winding
to their knees the valleys genuflected
the sign of he cross on the branches

I heard the gospel on the wind
and holiness was upon the earth
This was where my first love lived
I’d not been this way for so long

I saw life like a tale from the Fianna
Long ago when it was morning
The way a magic wand takes the sword’s shape
In the hands of children

There is a vision, that I know well
Simmering in the womb of my imagination
A bright flame without substance, a breath,
Pleading for an appropriate shape.

more information on the song and the studio album can be found here via their label, Brassland.

I’ve posted one song previously by The Gloaming: “the sailor’s bonnet”

today’s tunes: undertow [Lisa Hannigan]

another great tune and incredibly cool video from Lisa Hannigan – this song is called “Undertow”:

in a strange twist of fate, it seems that my favorite band, The National, has some influence on Lisa, as Aaron Dessner of The National helped Lisa on this latest album.

I found the video via NPR – they have a neat article about the video, you can read it here.

There’s a bit of magic in this video. It feels as if time is moving backward — in part because of the slow motion, but something else felt reversed, too.

read the NPR interview for more details and a spoiler.

today’s tunes: Peggy-O [live @ Eaux Claires, 2015]

I’ve posted this song before, but here is another brilliant live version of The National performing their cover of the Grateful Dead song “Peggy-O”.  performed at Eaux Claires 2015.

today’s tunes: off the ground by the record company

this song is groovy.

Things are lookin clear as they’ve ever been
Don’t know how it’ll end but I know where to begin

today’s tunes: “I’m On A Boat” – with classroom instruments

a clever little revision to the “I’m on a boat” song by The Lonely Island, this time with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for the Tonight Show, with the music all from classroom instruments.

you can see the original version of the song here.

I’ve got a nautical themed pashmina afghan.

today’s tunes: the Grateful Dead’s “Morning Dew” by The National

one of the early releases from ‘Day of the Dead’, a tribute album to the Grateful Dead.

Day of the Dead was created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National.  The compilation is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long.  Day of the Dead will be released digitally, on 5 X CD, and as a limited edition vinyl boxed set.  All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization, a 501(c)3.  This is the 20th album of original music produced by Red Hot to further its mission.  Day of the Dead is the follow up to 2009’s Dark Was The Night (4AD), a 32-track, multi-artist compilation also produced by Aaron and Bryce for Red Hot.  Dark Was The Night has raised over $1.5 million for the organizations fighting AIDS to date.

additional information can be found at 4AD’s release.


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