Fear Not This Night

Fear not this night
You will not go astray
Though shadows fall
Still the stars find their way

Awaken from a quiet sleep
Hear the whispering of the wind
Awaken as the silence grows
In the solitude of the night

Darkness spreads through all the land
And your weary eyes open silently
Sunsets have forsaken all
The most far off horizons

Nightmares come when shadows grow
Eyes close and heartbeats slow

Fear not this night
You will not go astray
Though shadows fall
Still the stars find their way

And you can always be strong
Lift your voice with the first light of dawn

Dawn’s just a heartbeat away
Hope’s just a sunrise away

Distant sounds of melodies
Darting through the night to your heart
Auroras, mists, and echoes dance
In the solitude of our life

Pleading, sighing arias
Gently grieving in captive misery
Darkness sings a forlorn song
Yet our hope can still rise up

Nightmares come when shadows roam
Lift your voice, lift your hope

Fear not this night
You will not go astray
Though shadows fall
Still the stars find their way

And though the night sky’s filled with blackness
Fear not, rise up, call out and take my hand

Fear not this night
You will not go astray
Though shadows fall
(Still the stars find their way)

Fear not this night
You will not go astray
Though shadows fall
(Still the stars find their way)

And you can always be strong
Lift your voice with the first light of dawn

Dawn’s just a heartbeat away
Hope’s just a sunrise away

Blunting the haters

I’m not the biggest fan of James Blunt’s music, but I have to admit that I am a fan of his responses on Twitter to people who tweet that they aren’t fans either:

UPDATE: Whoops, looks like my Twitter post embedding is a bit broken.  I’ll have it fixed soon.

UPDATE 2: OK, it’s sort of fixed…

A potpourri of student drinking songs

My last-minute impulsive decision to insert a clip from The Student Prince into the previous blog post reminded me of Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, so I’m making the rest of you listen to it as well:

And, for those of you who would like some background, here’s the description, copied and pasted verbatim from the YouTube description:

This is Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (Akademische Festouvertüre), a much lighter counterpart to his Tragic Overture. He composed it in 1880 when he received an honourary doctorate from the University of Breslau (now Wroclaw), as a musical show of gratitude. The music is very light-hearted, warm and humorous, but Brahms uses the occasion as a tour-de-force in contrapuntal symphonic writing. The orchestra whisks through several pulsing, boisterous melodies, which Brahms described as a “potpourri of student drinking songs,” subtly mocking the academic institution for which he composed the piece. [Towards the end] the orchestra erupts into a joyous rendition of “Gaudeamus igitur” (“So let us rejoice,” a.k.a. “On the shortness of life”), a popular Latin graduation hymn which was originally a beer-drinking song.

The recording is by Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The images are of Solti, Brahms, the University of Wroclaw, and the beautiful old city of Wroclaw, Poland.

Need to relax?

Hit up the “Play” button if you need to relax for a bit.

Marconi Union is a British musical trio specialising in ambient music, and Weightless was produced in conjunction with the British Academy of Sound Therapy (back in October 2011) to be one of the most relaxing songs ever heard. With guitar, piano and electronic samples of “natural soundscapes”, one would kind of expect it to be somewhat relaxing… but, they were so successful (scientists measured a 65% reduction in anxiety and a 35% reduction in heart rate) that motorists have actually been warned not to listen to this while driving.

And yes, it works quite well on me too.

Trance on guitars

Earlier this week, I discovered some videos of some guitarists taking some trance classics, and reproducing them on their guitars.  Even if you don’t appreciate trance, or guitars, you have to admit that there’s some serious skill here.

For reference, here’s what our guitarist based his performance on:

1998 (Matt Darey Remix) by Binary Finary on Grooveshark

Not to be outdone, another guitarist (or is this Raiden?) has done an original “trance guitar” song here:

Question for the readers: any idea what to call this “genre”?  For some reason, my brain is rather disconnected at the moment, so I can’t think of any worthy name right now…

Roadtrip music

My sister and I are doing the Cape Town to Durban roadtrip in December (visiting the folks for Christmas).  Obviously, 20 hours of driving (per direction) is going to get a little bit tedious, so I’m trying to come up with the ultimate roadtrip playlist.

Below are what I’ve thought of so far.  If you know of any other good tracks to include, please mention it in the comments!

  • Alistair Griffin – Just Drive
  • Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes
  • AC/DC – Highway To Hell
  • Rascal Flatts – Life Is A Highway
  • Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
  • U2 – Beautiful Day
  • Andain – Beautiful Things
  • Tracy Chapman – Fast Car (how can I not include this?)
  • Daft Punk – Around The World
  • DJ Shah feat. Adrina Thorpe – Who Will Find Me
  • Jose Amnesia feat. Jennifer Rene – Wouldn’t Change A Thing
  • Willie Nelson – On The Road Again
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Road Trippin’
  • Armin van Buuren – Coming Home

And after coming up with the measly playlist above (which won’t get me past Worcester!), my brain has decided that it’s fried for the day…

Pure power

I discovered Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 a few days ago.

If anyone tells me that this is not the most powerful conclusion of any piece of music out there, I will hunt you down and slap you…