The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun”

Eric Burdon and the Animals sing their 1964 hit song The House of the Rising Sun.  Who could forget this memorable tale of a life gone bad (spent in sin & misery).  Turns out, people have been singing this song for a few hundred years, in one version or another, and the origin & author of the song are lost to history.  Hmmm, it must tell a story that still resonates today!  Mothers, tell your children, not to do what I have done!

 

Teremtés by Márta Sebestyén

Some years ago, I stumbled upon an audio CD:  The Best of Márta Sebestyén, a Hungarian singer.  Her soothing vocals and folk instrumentations are a thing of beauty.  Of course, not speaking Hungarian, I had no idea what the lyrics or titles meant, that is, until now!  Here is the translation for the song Teremtés, which was written by Sebestyén:

Creation (Teremtés)

Let’s the man knead God from clay,

Who will create world for him,

Where the man could fold paperboat for himself

and can get away with it the Flood.

Always look for new shores

to become dry.

Always look for new shores,

Until the last tide will wash him away.

Always look for new shores

to become dry.

Always look for new shores,

Until the last tide will wash him away.


Here’s a cool thing:  Google the word Teremtés, and click on “Images”.

Dweezil Zappa plays “Peaches en Regalia”

How does one describe Frank Zappa?  I had a Zappa fixation back in my college days circa 1969-1973 and sort of drifted away from it after that formative period in my life.  He was a musical iconoclast whose influences ran the gamut from cultural trash to the most refined musical tastes.  He music was progressive, experimental, touched with sarcasm and humor.  His output was prodigious.  One album that is forever etched in my mind is Hot Rats which was issued in 1969, and featured the instrumental “Peaches en Regalia”. The album was dedicated to Zappa’s newborn son Dweezil, …and so, here is Dweezil Zappa performing “Peaches en Regalia”, almost 40 years after Hot Rats was released by his father, Frank Zappa (1940-1993).

Stan Freberg R.I.P. (1926-2015)

stanfrebergfeaturingdawsbutlerandjuneforayandpe-thebestofthestanfrebergshowsWhen I was a kid, my Mom & Dad had a handful of “Comedy Albums”* in their record collection, and my favorite one was The Best of the Stan Freberg Shows (pictured at left):  a double album filled with hilarious comedy sketches which made fun of pop culture and politics (many of which I did not fully understand, but thought they were funny just the same).  His supporting cast included such notables as June Foray (voice of Rocky the Squirrel), Daws Butler (voice of Yogi Bear) and others. Mr. Freberg passed away on  April 7, 2015.

* I also remember albums by Shelly Berman & Bob Newhart.  One joke I remember was something like “… my Mother-in-law, she’s like really old, really old.  Her Social Security number is like, 2 …”, or another one was like “… I hear that women from the moon have their boobs on their backs instead of their chests. (pause) Must be great dancing with them!”.

Twelve Tones by Vi Hart

Self proclaimed “Recreational Mathemusician” Vi Hart has created a wonderful video Twelve Tones, ostensibly “about” twelve tone music, randomness, creativity, pattern recognition and much much more.  This beautiful work will amaze and elucidate, and yet will leave you filled with awe at the Mystery of Creation.