One of my very favorite things in life...music, I completely loose myself in the fascinating sounds of it, become inthralled in its beauty, its emotion, and its language.... For music is truly a reflection and one of the languages of the soul.
Earth carries her resonating sounds, throughout her vast and varied continents, sounds so unique as her nations and as the ethnic groups of people she inhabits.
The most influential sounds are Mother Nature's , great composers have tried to imitate her sounds, as the italian composer Antonio Vivaldi composed the Four Seasons in four violin concertos. Vivaldi evoked the feeling of spring, the exuberance of summer, the nostalgia of autumn and the coldness of winter in his high strings concertos, all concerts reached a crescend which brought to life Mother Nature's magical sounds.
As music imbeds her enchanting and rhythmic sounds into our lives, she creates the ambiance to our present moments, delighting and mesmerizing us with her pleasures.
From the earliest of times, mankind has been touched by music and its meanings, every country on this planet we call Earth has its very own sound, creating traditions throughout the world. As soon as we hear Bob Marley....we imagine the Caribbean Islands...Jamaica, Trinidad, The Bahamas, their beautiful sea shores, their beautiful people and sunny beaches.
When we listen to the African drums, we steal away to the wild jungles of both The African Continent and Brazil, black slaves were brought to work in the early 1600 for the white settlers, thus bringing with them their beautiful sounds such as the ''samba'' and lundu, a forthrunner of the samba sound which originated also in Africa.
Everywhere we go in the world, music is a part of our lives , I myself could not imagine a world without it, one of the most delightful things about music is that even Nature has her own sounds.
Have you ever really listened to the sounds of rain? I mean really listened... how its drops saturate the ground with her melodious soothing sound? And tell me about sitting on a rock by the ocean shore...ahhhh.... I can bring myself there and hear the waves crashing against the rocks and feel its powerful force ! What about a starry night... you lay in the grass and listen to the melodious sounds of crikets.... you are immediately wisped away into the night!!
And thunder!! I love thunder and its magestic power, it leaves you with a feeling of awe!
Another favorite of mine is the wind.... I love to go out in an open area and spread my arms out and feel it touching, caressing my face, moving my hair, ....listening to the wind under a tree as the leaves gently make the most soothing of sounds. When I was a little girl I thought that God wisphered thoughts to us humans thru the wind.
The beautiful songs of birds in the early morning , mere words cannot express their beauty!!
And how about the magical sounds of thousands of butterflies in flight?
In all of Natures realm, from the exquisite songs of dolphins whales and birds, there are certain mystical musical sounds that not only inspire, but bring peace to our minds and our world.
It is difficult to say: "I like a certain kind of music", for there are so many varieties as there are people in this world! As for me... ohhh.... music is the mediator such as prayer, to my soul!
I can loose myself in Bob Marley and dance ragaee barefooted for hours !!
Or listen to Chris Cornell and sing to the top of my lungs... along with him "Like a stone"!! or Show me how to Live! I LOVE THE DRUMS HERE !!
Or Kings of Leon ....Closer... a mixture of blues and rock ! And tell me of Metallica's song 'Nothing else matters" I love the guitar here.......so close no matter how far...could'nt be much more from the heart..forever trust in who we are, and nothing else matters...never opened myself this way.....
If you have listened to the soothing sounds of Sade...like Cherish the Day...moving the way that I move...and I breathe your air...you only can rescue me, this is my prayer...just listen to this song and feel the energy of the songs vibration, they will take you and lift you to amazing heights!!
Another great sound is sambas from Argentina, they play as if crying with the guitar, and they touch my heart! Specially Jorge Cabrune from Argentina singing "Que seas Vos" That it may be only You.... and Mercedes Sosa an Argentine folk singer.. I love her powerful voice in ''Solo le pido a Dios" I only ask God... and Andean sounds from my ancestors...I love the instruments such as the zamponas, charango. Another group i love is IntiIllimani from Chile, their sounds can bring me to tears... find them on you tube and listen to ''Alturas , Dolencias...a piece from Ecuador...they are amazing!!
Eduardo Gatti, a folk singer from Chile, one of my favorites... singing ''Los momentos''. 'The Moments ....find him in You Tube...he is amazing...this song and many he has written touch you to your core! I love my country of birth!!
Now to the guitar sounds...I absolutely adore Andres Segovia classical guitar sounds...Asturias and concierto de Aranjuez ..... Fantasias para un gentil hombre are some of my favorite! I go to another world when I listen to this music!!
Cannot not mention Shakira!! Her voice is mesmerizing and her energy is surely transmitted to her audience as she sings and performs....one of my favorite songs of her are: La tortura... a mixture of regaetton and reggae/rock and When ever... Where ever.... she mixes the zamponas and middle eastern sounds..
Have always been fascinated with middle eastern sounds, lately I listen to a group called Vas, where the lead singer or vocalist is the prominent artist Azam Ali, she has a hauntingly beautiful voice, the album called Sunyata has the most beautiful songs..one of my very favorites of her is ''Refuge" and from the album 'In the garden of Souls..the song 'Prayer for Soheil" is amazing!! Her song "The Promise and video is absolutely beautiful!! Definetly check them out!
Love to listen and belly dance to middle eastern sounds, there is nothing more inspiring!!
Then there is the blues, a roots music that evolved from african/american work songs my favorite being Janis Joplin singing Gershwins's beautiful, haunting classic ''Summertime".
I can really feel the pasion of her art as she sings!!!
And lets never forget The Beatles!!! All you need is Love!!! and My guitar gently weeps!! Michelle.. my belle....Penny Lane.....I love the Beatles!!!
Oh and another favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd's ''Simple Man''...the best song!!
And David Bowie's "Wild as the wind" has got to be one of my very favorite tops!! Love me ...love me.. love me.. love me...say you do....let me fly away with you...for our love is like the wind...wild as the wind.....
There is also Danish music, while i lived in Europe was introduced to the different groups and one i really love is the old danish group... Gasoline, Kim Larsen being the lead singer, one of my favorites songs from them is ''Kvinde min'' meaning = My woman and Langebro =The long bridge and love Sanne Salomonsen a song called ''Uden Dig" = Without You as well as "Den jeg elsker..elsker jeg'' = The one i love..I love...
I can go on forever on music!! Love ..love classical music!! Love the great composers like Beethoven, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach, Tchikosky, Love the sounds of Opera!!
Madame Butterfly is one of my very favorites, and Bizets' Carmen.
And I must add Smetana's composition of The Moldau, is literally a musical poem that takes our soul in flight to magical places!
The sounds of New Age with Sarah Brightman and so many other wonderful singers!!!
I wll end this by saying... Thank You!!! to all of the worlds greatest composers, singers and writers that create such beauty! Thank You for moving my soul and my feet ......
Music is the stuff Life is made of.....
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