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Yay! 3 correct then! 🤓 The Farewell song of The Sound of Music is really a very nice song to end a show, I would say.

The band sounds so talented! 😃 To be carried away by a solo interpretation demonstrates the skill of the musician in conveying the message of the melody to the listeners. Great musicians who can accomplish this feat are so "in tune" with their instruments and the piece they're performing. It is a joy or rather a treat to listen to such a performance. 😄

I think that when you have to be constantly practicing new music and songs, your performance gets better and you keep improving as a band because you get to practice together regularly. 🎵🎶
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Hi Judith,

It is a very interesting question. In my case, I like very wide musical styles, it depends on my mood or what I am doing. For example, when I am programming I listen electronic music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_XO9_hhJUY&t=727s). When I'm reading I hear something quieter, classical for example. When I am driving I listen some thrash metal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lsrU5afok0).

And other times, when I don't need too much concentration, it's very good to put a random list on youtube and discover new styles. 😀
@Clarise , you are so wise. Yes, by knowing you will frequently perform, you need to keep your musical skills as sharp as possible, so you practice more. A Band also needs to feel comfortable with its players. For example, our oboist plays softly so whenever there is an oboe solo we have learned to play very softly in the background...but we have a powerful trumpet section. We can play as loud as possible and still never cover them up, LOL! By working together frequently, you also learn to watch the conductor more frequently and to understand all
of his or her cues.
Ending with the Farewell Song was such a good idea.The crowd loved it! Hopefully there will be a YouTube post of this concert so I can post it. We have a few other pieces online I can post if this concert wasn’t recorded.

@leandro_f_rocco , I agree that having a collection of different music in our lives is important.I always play a Beethoven Symphony when I need to do a lot of heavy cleaning. My floors will shine as the orchestra plays powerfully! If I have to drive a long distance I prefer to listen to a song that iz can singalong to and stay awake.
Electronic music
seems to be growing in popularity these days. Thanks for sharing your links with us. 😀
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Hello Judith,

Your band sure does know how to work together in perfect harmony! 🙂 I'm so glad your performance was a success, and if there is clips available it would be great. 👍🏻

Well, I thought I'd better post some contributions and not come here empty handed. So, here are a couple of movie soundtrack songs that were fun to listen to for me:

I hope you enjoy them too. 😊
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=

@Clarise ! I found one of our band’s performances on YouTube to play for you.
Here is my band performing one of the pieces of music you mentioned.
Can you...or anyone else guess which show this is from?
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@Judith that was lovely. I am afraid I can't guess what show your piece is from, but I am sure @Clarise will be able to do so.
You had such a beautiful venue to play in, too, the pure blue sky to play under, the trees so vibrantly green and the bright red of the band's shirts as well as the duller red of the bricks on the building behind you adding contrast to the scene.
It would seem to be an ideal way to spend a late summer afternoon, in the park, in the shade of one of those marvelous big trees, with the gentle breeze blowing on you, playing stirring music. Or listening to it. Thank you for inviting us along.
@Halla , you so perfectly described what it felt and looked like!
It was all that and more...
Sadly, tonight is our last performance of the season. We will be combining with a local church who will be barbecuing chicken. It’s billed as a “Barbecue and Music Concert”. It will be held right down the road at “Fiddler’s Green” a magnificent field where historically , fiddler concerts were held.
There is something so traditional and historic about a community band coming together to perform a free concert for the community. Everyone is always happy. Our audiences appreciate the music, often singing or clapping along. Of course our last piece of the summer will be “Stars and Stripes Forever” a timeless Sousa favorite.
I treasure these concerts!
The only mishap happened 3 years ago, when we took our puppy to the concert. My husband was listening to the music and didn’t pay as close attention to the pup who saw another dog and broke loose, started to gleefully run around the crowd....but then he noticed me and flew up to me, jumping up to lick my face while I was trying to play! People thought it was cute...but at the time I wished I could have. disappeared, LOL.

@Clarise , I hope you can tell us what was being played! If not, I will later. 😀
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@Judith and @Halla, I believe it is a couple of songs from the musical Les Misérables! It was really beautiful, thank you so much for sharing Judith. 🙂 I love that you ended with Do You Hear The People Sing.

The place where you performed looked lovely. And, it sounds like a great way to end the season by performing your last presentation at a place that has been known historically as an area where fiddlers performed. 🙂

Your puppy sounds like such a cute dog, but I completely understand how you must have felt! 😄 Luckily, the people saw the cuteness of the puppy! 🐕
@Clarise , Yes! You are correct! You really do know your show music!
When I read that one of your favorites was “Do You Hear the People Sing”, I had to send you this video. 😀

It’s a perfect night for a concert, but we need to start at 6 PM since it now gets darker earlier.
I like to imagine how hundreds of years ago, on this very same lawn, people gathered to listen to music too.

I have to present the Conductor with a present we all collected for to give him...so I have to make a short speech. We’ll all get together in December to perform a Holiday concert, but it’s not the same as playing in town on a beautiful summer day.

my puppy is finally a dog now, but we don’t trust her at concerts, LOL! She will be staying home later.
For anyone else wanting to know which other songs we played in this video from Les Miserables, they were:
At the End of the Day, I Dreamed a Dream, Master of the House, On My Own, Do You Hear the People Sing.
Anyone guess these all correctly? 😀
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Hi @Judith, thank you! You're making me blush. 😊

It's lovely to know you'll be performing where other musicians have performed too. In a way, you're connected to those musicians from years gone by. 🙂 I'm sure your speech will go very well! 😃 And I believe the Conductor will appreciate your present. I guess in December you'll be playing festive music? 🙂

I just had a good laugh at your comment about your dog. 😆 Our pets are sometimes so weird but they're impossible to be angry at. 🤗🐶🐱
Thanks, @Clarise for your encouraging words. The concert was fabulous, the weather perfect and everyone gave the Conductor a standing ovation after my presentation, so it all went well.

I am going to perform Renaissance music this weekend for our annual Shakespeare production. There are some lovely songs from that time period to play. I have created a Renaissance Musical, LOL! We are performing 12th Night.

And you are so right about our pets. They bring us such pleasure. They are filled with so much love and kindness towards us.
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Hi @Judith , I'm so glad! 😃 The Renaissance Musical sounds interesting. 🎶 I'm sure you'll have great success with the audience. 😄

I agree, our pets are really sweet and cute. They feel definitely like a part of the family. 💕🐕🐈
Hi @Clarise , I wanted to share a song from our Renaissance Musical, which was Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It is written by Thomas Morley a famous composer of that time period.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUUfJ6GbXVk

I spend many hours researching music from that time period trying to find the exact song Shakespeare has referenced in his play. When I find it, I teach it to a small group of people who sing it in the show. Then I also arrange it for a small group of instrumentalists. It becomes a challenge when there is no music available, so I write a melody and arrange it to go with the song in the script.
The song I excerpted here is "O Mistress Mine" which is what the "Fool" sings when asked to sing a song about love. It gives you an idea of the kind of music played. In between scenes we play music of the time period too, so the show flows like a typical musical. It's a lot of work but I have grown to love this style of music and have found many songs I enjoy singing of that time period.

Anyone else appreciate Renaissance music?
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Hello @Judith,
Sorry it took me so long to reply, I just slipped away from my new course I'm busy with. Thank you for sharing that lovely Renaissance song. 🙂

It sounds like a lot of work preparing for your show by researching the correct music from a certain time period to play. But I believe it must be rewarding finding the correct songs and musical pieces and playing them to an audience! 😃 And the performance sounds like a lot of fun. It is a very nice way to help people discover different music genres.

At the moment, I can only think of two Renaissance songs I like:
Now I should probably go back to my course! 😁
@Clarise , hi. I hope you are enjoying your new course. What is it?

The 2 songs you just shared with us are classic! They are both so beautiful.Thank you so much for sharing them.

I enjoy finding what I think might have been the actual song that was sung in a Shakespeare play back in the 1600's! We have lots of fun with this performance.Perhaps the practices are even more fun than the event. People perform, sing, act and eat in between.

I had wanted to share music from the early music ensemble I played with this spring. Unfortunately, only one of the pieces was put onto YouTube, and not one of our best either, LOL. The video person didn't even show me...except for at the end where you see the back of my head. I was playing the lead recorder. The other instruments were a lute and various Viols which look like cellos but are softer. This is music by S. Rossi an Italian Renaissance composer who was Jewish. The music was lost for over 200 years. The Chorus did an all Rossi concert and invited Renaissance instruments to accompany them. I just thought it would be fun to post me playing recorder, even if you only see the back of my head at the end! . I do love this period of music because I love playing recorder.

Anyone else play recorder?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXECGcMz0E0
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Hi @Judith,
Yes, I'm enjoying my course. It is the 1st course in the 2nd part of the Teach English Now! Specialization. But, it keeps me quite busy! 🙂

Your musical performances sound like such fun events, both for the performers and audience! 😃 About S. Rossi, that is so interesting! Thank you for sharing that beautiful video of you playing the recorder. 🎼 The chorus sang so wonderfully, I really enjoyed it. 😀🎶

Now, I should head back to my assignments, 😉 but I'll contribute by leaving here this pretty little piece:
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Interesting question! My music tastes are quite different but give me great enjoyment because of the nuance. I like to listen to hard rock, some pop music (mainly 2000s), Disney, Hawaiian music, barbershop quartets, accapella covers, but what I have really been getting into lately this year is symphonic metal. Some of the bands that i absolutely love are Nightwish, Epica, Within Temptation, Xandria, and the like. Here are some of the songs that i have enjoyed from each of these bands:

Creek Mary's Blood Nightwish
Ghost Love Score Nightwish
Shudder Before The Beautiful Nightwish
Nemo Nightwish
The Islander Nightwish
Sleeping Sun Nightwish
Bless the Child Nightwish
The Siren Nightwish
Last Ride of the Day Nightwish
Turn Loose the Mermaids

Kingdom of Heaven Pt. 1 Epica
Santa Terra ft. Floor Jansen (Nightwish)
Never Enough Epica
Unchain Utopia Epica
Essence of Silence Epica
Sense Without Sanity Epica

The Whole World is Watching Within Temptation
Paradise (What About Us?) ft. Tarja Turunen Within Temptation
The Reckoning Within Temptation
Mad World Within Temptation
Raise Your Banner Within Temptation
Angels Within Temptation
Mother Earth Within Temptation
Our Solemn Hour Within Temptation
In Perfect Harmony Within Temptation

Nightfall Xandria
Sacrificium Xandria
Stardust Xandria
Come With Me Xandria
Betrayer Xandria
Prophecy of Worlds to Fall Xandria

There are so many more songs from each of these bands but these are the ones that I absolutely adore! I hope you all check them out and support the artists if you can!
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Hi @catieh96 . Thank you for sharing some of your favorite music with us.
Metal has come a long way since my day, I date with it from the '70s with bands such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Kiss and so on. Back then it was just all called metal -today there are so many subdivisions to the genre. It is interesting to note what has changed and what has stayed the same over the years.
One thing I am particularly interested in in these clips you shared is the presence of women as lead singers. Now to get more women guitarists, drummers, etc.
One thing that has not changed over the years is the machine-gun guitar riffs
And the dark imagery is still the same, too.
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Hi @catieh96 . Thank you for sharing some of your favorite music with us.
Metal has come a long way since my day, I date with it from the '70s with bands such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Kiss and so on. Back then it was just all called metal -today there are so many subdivisions to the genre. It is interesting to note what has changed and what has stayed the same over the years.
One thing I am particularly interested in in these clips you shared is the presence of women as lead singers. Now to get more women guitarists, drummers, etc.
One thing that has not changed over the years is the machine-gun guitar riffs
And the dark imagery is still the same, too.

No problem, this music I feel is revolutionary and should be known to more people on a global scale. And yeah, things have definitely changed over the years when it comes to metal as a genre! I’m new to it myself, but I love to experience this type of music. And right, there are a lot of female lead singers especially in the symphonic metal genre. I believe Tarja Turunen, who was the first lead singer of Nightwish, helped pioneer this trend because there are a lot of bands that have this dynamic within the genre especially nowadays. I believe there are some all girl bands within the genre as well, I just can’t remember their names at the moment, but yeah. Listening to this type of music has changed how I listen to music and I will be forever grateful for discovering it. 🙂
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I just thought I would share a couple of clips here. This Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit concert was in New York State this last Saturday evening, September 14th. Being 2/3 of a continent away, I wouldn't have gotten the chance to see it but by the magic of the internet, It was live streamed for free. These are a couple of clips from the show, the first is the teaser that got you to go to the streaming site and sign up to be able to see the whole show (yeah, I had to give 'em my email address -the show was worth it, trust me) and the second is from towards the end of the show of them covering Hendrix's Little Wing.
I hope you like it, he is one of my favorite artists right now.


@catieh96 , this is the first time I have heard of symphonic metal. Thank you for sharing this with us here.
You say that this type of music has changed how you listen to music. What do you mean by this?

@Halla , I never heard of Jason Isbell before. Thank you for introducing us to him. He’s quite the guitar player! I looked him up to hear other examples and found him playing acoustic guitar as well, which was wonderful! Does he mostly play electric?
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@Halla , I never heard of Jason Isbell before. Thank you for introducing us to him. He’s quite the guitar player! I looked him up to hear other examples and found him playing acoustic guitar as well, which was wonderful! Does he mostly play electric?
@Judith he switches between acoustic and electric as the song demands, but i would say it is about 2:1 in favor of the electric I don't know if it appears in these clips or not, but he has a resonator with a whammy bar on it, which he says he bought and brought home because it was the stupidest idea he'd ever seen. Much to his surprise, and I must say mine, too, the idea works. 😆
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@catieh96 , this is the first time I have heard of symphonic metal. Thank you for sharing this with us here.
You say that this type of music has changed how you listen to music. What do you mean by this?

@Halla , I never heard of Jason Isbell before. Thank you for introducing us to him. He’s quite the guitar player! I looked him up to hear other examples and found him playing acoustic guitar as well, which was wonderful! Does he mostly play electric?

@Judith you're welcome! The more people I can expose this wonderful music to the better! And what i mean by this genre has changed how i listen to music is that when i was growing up i would often listen to whatever was on but only passively, and very few songs and artists could really make me think about the world, relate to personal problems, etc. Whenever i look up the lyrics to the songs that intrigue me by the bands i mentioned earlier i feel more connected to the artists who made the songs than i ever have before. For example, in the song "Creek Mary's Blood" by Nightwish it is about the wrongdoings to the Lakota tribes back in the 1800s (?)

It was the first song that made me actually listen and pay attention to what happened all those years ago, and it has such a beautiful message behind it that i believe needs to be shared with the world so that way more people can understand the pain of the tribes. Some of my favorite lyrics from that song are "Soon I will be here no more, you'll hear my tale through my blood. Through my people, and the eagle's cry. The bear within will never lay to rest. Wandering on Horizon Road, following the Trail of Tears, once we were here, where we have been since the world began since time itself gave us this land. Our souls will join again, the wild. Our home in peace and war and death."

Another great example is "Unchain Utopia" by Epica. Or as I like to call it "My Anarchist Anthem" Lol. To me, this song is about taking back our own autonomy as individuals and not succumbing to traditional ways that ultimately don't work anymore and are not ideal for us as a species. And rising up to power so we can create a new, better system that works for everyone and not just a handful of people. My favorite lyrics from the song are " We're in a time where all/ enterprises fall/ we should beware of the wolves that haunt us/they are not all the same, cannot take the blame, await the time to unchain utopia.... Why should we all believe you carry your own burden? We won't succumb to your delusion now." There are way more moving songs from these bands, but those two on really touched me emotionally and I hope more people see them as time goes on.
@catieh96 I really appreciate your thoughtful response and explanations of how this music has effected you. It helps to understand the music and why it is so meaningful to you.
Are you a Native American?
The cultures of Native Americans are fascinating to know. Music has played such an important role in the culture, as it does in all cultures.
Music can touch you in a way that is unique and wonderful. You really showed us how it has touched you. Thank you.

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