Posts Tagged ‘Music’

I happened to be listening to a fascinating book that among other things has a discussion on how algorithms combined with powerful high-speed computing have affected our world. The consequences of unleashing powerful algorithms to make real world decisions affecting millions of people without any human intervention (because of the speed at which the decisions based on the algorithm take place) should give every thoughtful person pause. That is not, however, the reason for this post.

David Cope, a computer scientist, composer and otherwise very smart guy worked to create a computer program (actually several) that is more or less able to produce “new” and brilliant works in the style of long dead composers. He has created a storm of controversy with his works (no surprise there). I just listened to one of his “Vivaldi” works and truth be told, it is quite lovely. Judge it yourself at: http://youtu.be/2kuY3BrmTfQ/.

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The Rainbow-2

This is was a humdinger of a rainbow. Humdinger or not, just try to catch it and you’ll find it to be quite intangible.

I am probably cheating a little bit but my quote is actually the lyrics from one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs I have ever heard. The song is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole from his album Facing Future. When I first heard these lyrics and the accompanying song, I searched for weeks trying to find out where to get it. If you get a chance, listen to the song. I know that parts of it have become ubiquitous since commercial exploitation of the tune and lyrics exploded after Izzy’s death (I did not know him personally, but my wife and I met one of his nurses who told us he was called Izzy) but listening to the whole thing really is special. I hope the lyrics will encourage you to listen to and buy his music. Since the lyrics are widely available on the Internet I am willing to publish them here, but solely for the purposes of educating people about Izzy way of putting things. So here is my quote for the intangible rainbow.

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole from his album Facing Future.

Somewhere over the rainbow/Way up high/And the dreams that you dreamed of/Once in the lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow/Blue birds fly/And the dreams that you dreamed of/Dreams really do come true

Someday I’ll wish upon a star/Wake up where the clouds are far behind me/Where trouble melts like lemon drops/High above the chimney tops that’s where you will find me/Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly/And the dreams that you dare to, why, oh why can’t I?

Well I see trees of green and/Red roses too./I’ll watch them bloom for me and you/And I’ll think to myself/What a wonderful world

Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white/And the brightness of day/I like the dark and I think to myself/What a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky/Are also on the faces of people passing by/I see friends shaking hands/Saying, “How do you do?”/They’re really saying, I… I love you/I hear babies cry and I watch them grow,/They’ll learn much more/Then we’ll know/And I think to myself/What a wonderful world

Someday I’ll wish upon a star/Wake up where the clouds are far behind meWhere trouble melts like lemon dropsHigh above the chimney tops that’s where you will find me/Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly/And the dreams that you dare to, why, oh why can’t I?

A Word A Week Photo Challenge - Music

This is a photo of Tops In Blue during one of their as usual packed performances in Minot, North Dakota. Tops In Blue is a touring ensemble made up of active duty members of the United States Air Force. All of the members take one year off from their regular duty job to volunteer to tour with the company. This cast had a pretty interesting group of performers with “regular duties.” One was a Dental Assistant while another was a “Cryptologic Language Operator.” A couple were “Cyber Systems Operations” personnel. They ranged from a Captain and a several Lieutenants to various flavors of Sergeants and Airmen. It was a fun show although I think some older members of the audience were a bit taken aback by the tribute to Michael Jackson. This is a little piece of Americana (or actually probably a lot bigger piece of Americana than I realize) that I don’t get to see much in Madison, Wisconsin. Fortunately I married a woman from Minot who has given me the opportunity to experience quite a few things I would never otherwise have seen. Another Word A Week Photo Challenge experience.

A Word A Week Photo Challenge - Music

The trombone section of the University of Wisconsin Band fills up their lungs, puffs out their cheeks and lets the music rip during a break in the game making for a great Word A Week Photo.