Flights of the Bumblebee


Something for the weekend.  Flight of the Bumblebee (1900) by Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov. (I have a hive of bumblebees above my backdoor, so you can blame them for all this!)














May the Fourth Be With You



Something for the weekend.  The Saga Begins by Weird Al Yankovich.  Bonus, hattip to my bride:

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring




Something for a weekend in Lent.  Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach.  Written in 1723 few pieces of music better celebrate the desire of Man for Christ the Savior.





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Fly Me to the Moon


Something for the weekend.  Fly Me to the Moon seems appropriate for a year in which we observe the 50th anniversary of Man first setting foot on our celestial neighbor.  Written in 1954 by Bart Howard, and originally entitled In Other Words, it was first sung by Kaye Ballard who passed away only last month at age 93.  The most famous rendition was that by Frank Sinatra in 1964.


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Winter War 46

Something for the weekend.  Finlandia Hymn.  My Bride and I and our son are off to Winter War 46, a war gaming and rpg convention that I have been attending since 1976.  Go here to read about it.  We usually pick up some new games from the vendors and more at the game auction.



For the more venturesome, or crazed, among you, here is a link to a demo of Civilization 6.  Happy gaming!



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Enough Africa!


Something for the weekend:  Africa by Toto.  I apologize to all of you who will have this tune stuck in your brain for the next day or so.  Feel free to post other renditions and variants in the comboxes.













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Compare and Contrast


Something for the weekend.  Two versions of Franz Waxman’s immortal Ride to Dubno, aka Ride of the Cossacks:   dueling pianists and the full Hollywood treatment in the 1962 movie Taras Bulba for which the song was composed.  Great to listen to if you need an energy boost.

Published in: on September 8, 2018 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Compare and Contrast  
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The Incredibles

Something for the weekend.  The theme song from The Incredibles (2004).  My bride and I saw The Incredibles with our kids back in 2004 and greatly enjoyed it.  We will be seeing Incredibles 2 this weekend with our now adult kids, and a close friend of the family who has been an unofficial “aunt” of the kids since their birth.  Time is a river and in this Vale of Tears we can simply enjoy the view.



Full review of the movie to follow later next week.

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The Ride to Dubno

Something for the weekend.  Whenever I need cheering up, or simply an energy boost, Franz Waxman’s Ride to Dubno always does the trick.  It was written for the movie Taras Bulba (1962) and the video clip below is the amazing sequence where the song is played as the Cossack army gathers on its way to Dubno:



Here is a magnificent duet rendition of the song:

And here is an orchestral version:



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Just As I Am


Something for the weekend.  On the week in which Billy Graham died there can only be one song:  Just As I Am.  In his crusades Graham used his hymn in his altar calls.  Written by Charlotte Elliott in 1836 the hymn powerfully conveys the humble dependence of all Christians on the power, grace and mercy of Christ:


Just as I am – without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – though toss’d about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above,
-O Lamb of God, I come!


Published in: on February 24, 2018 at 5:30 am  Comments (1)  
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