Archive for ‘music’

September 13, 2012

Climate Change – Symphony of Science

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April 13, 2012

New Blog Theme Song!

Hat-tip to Michael Barton!

April 23, 2011

Miserere Me

As an ex-Christian, I still find it pleasurable to acknowledge some of the holy days, in that they have often inspired brilliant music and art. Here is one of the treasures of my Christian heritage - Gregorio Allegri‘s “Miserere mei, Deus” ( “Have mercy on me, O God”). Traditionally sung over the Holy Week preceding Easter Sunday presents the music with footage from BBC’s Earth movie.

Jeremy Summerly leads the  Oxford Camerata.

April 4, 2011

The Dutchman

A post at Why Evolution is True reminded me of a song that lies close to my heart. I first heard it when performed by the Clancy brothers, so I’ll offer this version as sung by Liam Clancy. The song was written by Michael Peter Smith.

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November 23, 2010

A Wave of Reason

From Symphony of Science

“A Wave of Reason” is the seventh installment in the Symphony of Science music video series. It is intended to promote scientific reasoning and skepticism in the face of growing amounts of pseudoscientific pursuits, such as Astrology and Homeopathy, and also to promote the scientific worldview as equally enlightening as religion. It features Carl Sagan, Bertrand Russell, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer, Lawrence Krauss, Carolyn Porco, Richard Dawkins, Richard Feynman, Phil Plait, and James Randi.

More science music videos can be found at http://symphonyofscience.com.

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September 30, 2010

The Sound of Science

Hat tip to Greg Laden

“It won’t be by taking by sugar pills or standing on one leg for hours while eating flowers”

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August 29, 2010

Reminiscing: Steeleye Span

I first heard of the British folk rock group Steeleye Span in about 1978, while listening to CBC radio in my tiny basement bedroom. I was 17 years old then,  not long after returning to Canada after the family’s seven year sojourn in South Africa. Still suffering from culture shock, and seeing little in Canadian pop culture to appreciate, I found CBC radio a welcome stimulant. I can’t remember the name of the show (it may have been Max Fergeson) but the song I heard was the ballad of  Thomas the Rhymer by Steeleye Span. It was the lyrics that caught my attention, more than the rock guitar that accompanied it.The name of the song was evocative enough, but for this Silmarillion-soaked mind, it was the words, with the ‘Queen of Heaven’ and the long hard gallop to Elfland, that really captured me. It was enough to trigger a love for British folk that remains with me still. I soon found Hark! The Village Wait at the local library, which includes the following with vocals by Tim Hart and Maddy Prior.  Wait for the banjo…

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