xlonerinacatastrophicmindx:

Spanish Bombs, yo ti quiero infinito - yo ti quiero, oh mi corazon.

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alwendil:

'Through Rohan over fen and field…,' Ainulindalë

alwendil:

The Tolkien Ensemble, “The Song of Eärendil”

The Power of Music in Tolkien’s Universe

alwendil:

Music is one of the first things that comes up in discussion when I talk about reading The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit with ‘normal’ people: “Oh yeah, I liked that book! But I just skipped through all the songs.” “Yeah, I’d probably have liked it better if there was more action and less singing…” It’s understandable, if one is reading Tolkien for the ‘action.’ But the fact that there is so much music in these works is important, and there’s far more to it than a few songs about Elbereth or Luthian or one of the many characters and events that exceedingly few people recognize. The world is brought into being by the Music of the Ainur, Sauron and Finrod duel through song, Tom Bombadil describes Old Man Willow as a “mighty singer” (LotR, Fellowship of the Ring, Book I Chapter VII), and so on. It seems clear from these brief examples that music is not simply a form of entertainment, a way of sharing history, or of expressing oneself. Music is, essentially, power. (One might also say it is magic, but since this term is very vague within Tolkien’s universe, I will use the word power instead, which is equally vague but less misleading.)

In this short exploration, I will consider the power of music within Tolkien’s universe. I do not expect to come up with any important answers here, but rather I intend to look at this idea of music as power, study a few examples, and raise questions for further research.

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Tags: tolkien essay

I really, really, really, want to learn this with my choir at home. Like. Really badly.

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Beethoven, ‘Pathetique Sonata’, 2nd movement

Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto, 2nd movement

This is the first Beethoven piece I learned on piano in full (I started Ecossiase in E flat first, but didn’t learn the whole thing until later). It’s still one of my three favourite Beethoven pieces.

rembrandtswife:

turifer:

jessamygriffith:

artsquid:

bourbonandclove:

That is not a record - that is a cross-section of a fucking tree. And it sounds like this.

Oh my gosh.

Amazing. Melodic and modern.

Go forth and listen. It’s lovely.

WOW.

Okay, but actually go listen to this. Just. Go. x

rembrandtswife:

turifer:

jessamygriffith:

artsquid:

bourbonandclove:

That is not a record - that is a cross-section of a fucking tree. And it sounds like this.

Oh my gosh.

Amazing. Melodic and modern.

Go forth and listen. It’s lovely.

WOW.

Okay, but actually go listen to this. Just. Go. x

rembrandtswife:

callmebliss:

sorceressofwildwood:

bloodandthunderp:

twintrolldevon:

brokenponycutiemark:

celticdreamz:

Icelandic descendants of Vikings singing a hymn in a German train station. They totally need to be on the next Thor soundtrack.

Oh man oh man oh man. 6 guys, and it FILLS THE SPACE. Luck of the architecture - and they know how to pull it off. Nothing is easy making vocal music in a space not built for it. I want to do this kind of thing - randomly perform multipart harmony in public spaces.

And it reminds me of Bjork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiN_YTyaNtI

My god this is beautiful.

Oh my god, the bass voice is superb.

This makes me feel so many things. Gods, it’s gorgeous and so evocative and wow. I need to find out what hymn this is.

This is the kind of non-porn thing I want to post to my NSFW tumblr because it gets me hot.

Ohmyzod and you can download it free!
https://arstidir.bandcamp.com/track/r-g-unni

The joy of an acoustically live space….

I have done something like this a couple of times, that is, sung a multipart piece of music in public, with friends, usually a reprise of something we had just sung in a concert. These guys are glorious.

nabokovette:

She walked up to me and she asked me to dance

I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice she said Lola

L-O-L-A Lola, la la la la Lola

M

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