Sunday Music

The new year is already a bit used ; it’s still shiny, full of promise and all, but this special new-year-smell fades, and now we simply have to use it – because that’s what it is made for.
The American Leader is now one year in office – no, don’t worry, I will not speak about this creature here in abundance. With a little luck he’ll be gone in another twelve months. One may wonder who or what will replace the orange ham actor. I see a good chance that the US will implode when The Leader survives the whole four or – GOd forbid ! – eight years in office. There will be no more “democracy” left. But we can not change the c(o)urse of history, and if America wants to wreck herself, so be it.
The week was uneventful. I worked, I slept, I looked out of the window.
A bit more windy than usual. This heavy & strong wind came from the West, so it would be a Ζέφυρος, a Zephyr (Ger., Eng.). But I think the ancients would not count this storm as Zephyrus, who usually is understood to be a mild messenger of spring. It was more of a brutal Northern Βορέας (Ger., Eng.), just from the wrong direction.
And Βορέας brings us easily to this Sunday Music, a sweet little nothing from M. RAMEAUs (Ger., Eng.) (last) opera Les Boréades (Ger., Eng.) (Boreas’ children), performed by Les Ambassadeurs under the French musician & conductor Alexis KOSSENKO (Eng.).
I hope you like the music. If you have snow in your part of the world, just be a little more careful please. Especially inhabitants of Devon seem to have a fondness for falling into the mud, what would Freud say ?

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Sunday Music

And this Sunday just in time – shocking, one can not rely on nothing these days, not even the own unreliability.
Here I sit and look out into the first (very) early spring day, the sky is of a very light blue, a grumbling sun works herself through whitish veils, daisies are poking their heads out of the ground. Of course Mr Winter will shovel some snow on these over-optimistic little lovelies, freezing days will come, probably in February, perhaps around Easter that is end of March this year.
I should go out, but I’m much too lazy. Sunday is for relaxing, for doing nothing – what is of course nonsense, because we always do something. So I prefer to sit on my sofa and look out of the window & watch people wandering over the steep hill through the wineyards – good for you, carry on !
This Sunday Music is dedicated to those of my venerated readers who share the company of chickens – yes, I think especially of the Norfolk brood, they have some really nice flocks there : Now lets hear Mr SOKOLOV (Ger., Eng.) with RAMEAUs (Ger., Eng.) La Poule.
I hope you enjoy the music – may the coming week see no “historical event”, this usually means something no good.

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Sunday Music, Monday Edition

I hope the New Year started on a happy note for you, mine did. I was sick over Christmas, coughing & wheezing, so I had to spend those days in bed and isolation. It became better afterwards and before Sylvester I travelled to Suebia. I felt absolutely no inclination to use a computer, or another electronic device, read news etc. – all good, very calming. I think this is nowadays called “electronical detox”, what a strange word.
The world does what the world is supposed to do, it spins around and does not care for our silly human shenanigans, what I find consoling, most of this sublunar hassle is absolutely unimportant.
I think it is good to start this new week with a little feel good music – Vince GUARALDI (p) (Ger., Eng.) and Bola SETE (g) (Ger., Eng.) give a well-known piece by MOZART the bossa treatment. Sadly Bola’s guitar is a little quiet – or Vince’s piano a bit too loud, as you please – but I found no other take, perhaps electronic sound whizzardry will one day strengthen one and tone down the other. But this is a minor critique. I hope you can enjoy the music, and it may make you feel good, relaxed, and may set the groove for this week.

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Sunday Music

Sunday again, and this time a birthday too,  a boy named Jesus has his 2017th – congratulations.
Whether You are Christian or not, identify with this religion or not, I am sure that the idea that God became human can address everybody. It is re-enacted in every birth, in every human being is a divine spark. From this insight can follow ideas about how to live, a whole ethical system based on respect & values, but man’s freedom allows him to do otherwise. I think greed (avaritia) is the most common self-depreciating deviation and explains most of the world’s actual situation. There are a lot of learned people armed with impressive numbers to “explain” it, how the world works and why it must be as it is. I am stupid, especially with numbers, but I recognise greed when I see it, I just need to look around with open eyes.
If this was a sermon now the Frohbotschaft or eu-angelion, the “good news”, should follow. But I am not sermonising here, and You, venerated reader, may be old enough to be the master of Your own fate & faith, You do not come here to be lectured.
And so be it.
This Sunday’s Music is Nocturne 4 by Eric SATIE, performed by Klára KÖRMENDI (Ger.). (Here is a notably different version, by Jean-Yves THIBAUDET (Ger., Eng.), where you can follow the notation.)
Frohe Weihnachten, dear reader. I hope you like the music. May the coming week be peaceful for all of us.

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