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#917647 - 01/03/06 07:05 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006
Euan Morrison Offline
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Not many composers have worked with Elvis Presley, Cliff Richards, The Dubliners, and Planxty. Such is the strange musical world of Phil Coulter, who has recorded a series of Tranquility records that emphasize lush orchestral arrangements of various national folk music from Ireland to America, and on this title, Scotland. "Lush" is the operative word here, as he spins classic Scots melodies like "Ye Banks and Braes" and "Auld Lang Syne" into Mantovani-like flourishes for piano and orchestra, punched up with a fuzzy but gentle electric guitar and drums to give it "punch". It's the apex of Celtic nostalgia, and you will love it or hate it based solely on your tolerance for lots of airy strings, rippling piano lines, and reverbed, mountainous flute sounds. Coulter has had a lot of gold and platinum recordings over the years, so there's plenty of fans for his Celtic lounge act. --Louis Gibson

Hmmm, sounds interesting! Might have to give it a try, although I promised to wait for my next paycheque before buying new music. And it takes '1 to 2 weeks' for me, anyway. Still, gotta be worth a shot! Thank you!

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#917648 - 01/03/06 07:17 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006
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You are welcome. I just got through trying to play "Auld Lang Syne" on the piano.

There is something about Scottish music...what is your opinion?

ILM

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#917649 - 01/03/06 08:24 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006
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Am writing this after several alcoholic beverages, and just before i head for some sleep, so dont take this as serious opinion:

I feel like there is a feeling of 'the grass is always greener...'. Sort of thing. Maybe coming from a different place, you listen to Scottish music and picture the romance, the atmosphere and the landscapes and this helps with your appreciation of the music (i am probably miles off course, but nevermind!)

In the same way, I have a CD of Russian folk songs, and i love listening to the language as well as the unusual melodies and dynamics.

Maybe there is a case of liking things that are different to the 'everyday' things you hear. We want to picture ourselves in a different land, and almost have a certain fantasy about music and a place, which makes you like it even more.

To give me a better picture - what is it you like about scottish music? Words, music, imagery, romance, scales, instruments?

And i suppose that living over here installs a certain aspect of rebellion (not very much, but subtle) in that it is 'uncool' to like scottish things when they have been pretty much rammed down our throats all our lives. In the same way as a tourist might love the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, or marvel at the tranquility of Scotland, if you live here all your life, it becomes normal.

Therefore 'Scottish' music to me is nothing more than a regular occurance on certain radio channels, and things that i hear very often. I wouldnt call it 'special', more like 'normal'. (although it is played less than popular music).

I can certainly appreciate the talent required to play scottish music, as it is certainly not easy.

When I first went to university, I was walking towards my room, when I could hear accordian music coming from two doors down. It was quite loud, but I remember thinking to myself 'I dont mind if that guy plays all day long - it sounds fantastic!'. He was very good scottish accordian player and had been on tv before. Needless to say, we got all our friends together for an impromptu ceilidh in one of our rooms (until the warden stopped us!).

I dont know - Scottish music. Lovely or kitsch. Cant decide.

I'm gonna shut up now as I am probably just embaressing myself now.

Sleeep!

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#917650 - 01/03/06 09:55 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006
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Good morning Euan (by the time you read this),

Some of the words and melody makes me pictures someone listening to it while downing several drams of Scotch.

The words and melody of some of the songs seem so defeatist, but it sure can be fun listening sometimes. Kind of like some of Schuberts pieces that sound like he wrote them during rough times.

Oh well, Auld Lang Syne and a Happy 2006 to you. I think I will now listen to some Phil Coulter's Scottish Tranquility. \:\)

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#917651 - 01/04/06 12:38 AM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006
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Registered: 04/19/05
Posts: 1471
Loc: Encino, California
Now that I have reached perfection, I don't make New Years resolutions any more. \:D
I would like to stop working, but somehow work brings a certain order to one's life.
I would like to stop drinking, but somehow drinking brings a certain disorder to one's life.
I would like to learn to REALLY play the piano, but who has the time to practice with all that work and late night brandys.
I would like to become a better person, but I'm afraid I would be totally boring.
So, as you can all see, there is no hope. I'll just continue on as I have till now and be a burden to my family as I get older.
As Piet Hein says:
Den bön man mest forgjeves bad
er den gamle: Gid jeg gad.
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#917652 - 01/04/06 05:04 AM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006
Euan Morrison Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1588
Loc: Edinburgh
 Quote:
Originally posted by ilikemozart:
Good morning Euan (by the time you read this),

Some of the words and melody makes me pictures someone listening to it while downing several drams of Scotch.

The words and melody of some of the songs seem so defeatist, but it sure can be fun listening sometimes. Kind of like some of Schuberts pieces that sound like he wrote them during rough times.

Oh well, Auld Lang Syne and a Happy 2006 to you. I think I will now listen to some Phil Coulter's Scottish Tranquility. \:\) [/b]
Morning!

You're absolutely right with the idea of 'defeatist lyrics', but then I suppose Scottish attitudes are fairly defeatist sometimes (thats a sweeping statement). All i mean is that nowadays, Scotland has become synonomous with failing, especially in sport. And i'm not sure if you have seen the movie Trainspotting, but there is a classic quotation about just how rubbish Scotland really is!

Still, I am tempted by the idea of picking up the violin in my attic and learning some pieces (i suppose it would become a 'fiddle'!)

And lastly, in the same way that tourists have a habit of mis-pronouncing Edinburgh, or Toronto - the word 'Scotch' does not exist over here \:\)

Happy listening!
All the best,
Euan.

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#917653 - 01/04/06 05:05 AM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006
Euan Morrison Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1588
Loc: Edinburgh
 Quote:
Originally posted by ilikemozart:
Good morning Euan (by the time you read this),

Some of the words and melody makes me pictures someone listening to it while downing several drams of Scotch.

The words and melody of some of the songs seem so defeatist, but it sure can be fun listening sometimes. Kind of like some of Schuberts pieces that sound like he wrote them during rough times.

Oh well, Auld Lang Syne and a Happy 2006 to you. I think I will now listen to some Phil Coulter's Scottish Tranquility. \:\) [/b]
Morning!

You're absolutely right with the idea of 'defeatist lyrics', but then I suppose Scottish attitudes are fairly defeatist sometimes (thats a sweeping statement). All i mean is that nowadays, Scotland has become synonomous with failing, especially in sport. And i'm not sure if you have seen the movie Trainspotting, but there is a classic quotation about just how rubbish Scotland really is!

Still, I am tempted by the idea of picking up the violin in my attic and learning some pieces (i suppose it would become a 'fiddle'!)

And lastly, in the same way that tourists have a habit of mis-pronouncing Edinburgh, or Toronto - the word 'Scotch' does not exist over here \:\)

Happy listening!
All the best,
Euan.

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#917654 - 01/04/06 10:34 AM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006
ilikemozart Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 378
Loc: USA
Good Morning,
Non-piano goal for 2006 is to make it into work this morning with a good attitude.

Thank you for writing, ILM

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#917655 - 01/05/06 12:25 AM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006
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Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 115
Loc: Nutter Fort, WV
2006 Goals

1. Make a decision on which digital piano to buy or join a 12 step program for my shopping/waffling addiction

2. Lose 20 lbs & Eat less chocolate

3. Actively search for my mind that I've lost raising preteen boys

4. Pay the gas bill so I DON'T have to take cold showers... brrrrr I'll take a massage for circulation over a cold shower

5. Become employed in my new town

6. Become less "midi-challenged"
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#917656 - 01/05/06 12:00 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006
Euan Morrison Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1588
Loc: Edinburgh
 Quote:
Originally posted by Shammy:
2006 Goals


4. Pay the gas bill so I DON'T have to take cold showers... brrrrr I'll take a massage for circulation over a cold shower


6. Become less "midi-challenged" [/b]
One of my goals was to actually take a cold shower every day. Unfortunately, that only lasted until the 4th January. The problem was that it was just too cold outside. I'm fine doing it in summer. I love the sensation after a cold shower!

I should maybe join you with number 6. I have a computer, a digital piano, and no idea what to do next. I dont even know what midi can do for me. I just hear the jargon (controllers, interfaces, channels) and i switch off.

Let us know how you get on,
Euan.

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#917657 - 01/07/06 11:47 AM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006
Shammy Offline
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Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 115
Loc: Nutter Fort, WV
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One of my goals was to actually take a cold shower every day. Unfortunately, that only lasted until the 4th January. The problem was that it was just too cold outside. I'm fine doing it in summer. I love the sensation after a cold shower!

I should maybe join you with number 6. I have a computer, a digital piano, and no idea what to do next. I dont even know what midi can do for me. I just hear the jargon (controllers, interfaces, channels) and i switch off. ]
I confess I DO take cold showers in the summer, usually at summer camp. You get really cold, then you can sleep in the hot tent.

I've finally decided on an RD700sx and will be ordering that this week from Full Compass. After I figure out the keyboard, I'll attempt to figure out how to connect it to the computer and try some simple recording. Maybe I should get some prozac first.... They need to start a new forum topic for the "midi challenged"

I'll keep you posted.
Shammy
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