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In Greek mythology, the muses were the daughters of Zeus the king of the gods and Mnemosyne the goddess of memory. The muses inspired men to create what we commonly call the fine arts. In this digital realm, you will find music of both high and low culture, from literature to the visual arts to what we narrowly call music in English. Enjoy and be grateful for being human; for the muses have richly blessed our race.
Monday, June 29, A.D. 2009
What’s Up?

My favorite lesbian pop song of all time is the angry, alternative dyke anthem, “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes.

The song’s Wikipedia article mentions that the song makes both “top one hit wonders” lists and “worst songs ever” lists. I like it. There are so few female created rock songs that are fully and unapologetically rock and roll, and 4 Non Blondes fills the vacuum a bit with their hit.

I also wonder why the early nineties had such a fascination with looking ugly and dirty. “Grunge” as a name and style infected the youth culture at large—a sort of average, lazy boy’s punk.

Posted by Joseph on Monday, June 29, Anno Domini 2009
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Sunday, June 28, A.D. 2009
Bless the Lord, O My Soul

I love the first and second antiphons of the divine liturgy. Below you may hear the first antiphon beautifully sung in Slavonic.

The first antiphon is Psalm 102 (103 in the Masoretic numbering).

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all that He hath done for thee, Who is gracious unto all thine iniquities, Who healeth all thine infirmities, Who redeemeth thy life from corruption, Who crowneth thee with mercy and compassion, Who fulfilleth thy desire with good things; thy youth shall be renewed as the eagle’s. The Lord performeth deeds of mercy, and executeth judgement for all them that are wronged. He hath made His ways known unto Moses, unto the sons of Israel the things that He hath willed. Compassionate and merciful is the Lord, long-suffering and plenteous in mercy; not unto the end will He be angered, neither unto eternity will He be wroth. Not according to our iniquities hath He dealt with us, neither according to our sins hath He rewarded us. For according to the height of heaven from the earth, the Lord hath made His mercy to prevail over them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our iniquities from us. Like as a father hath compassion upon his sons, so hath the Lord had compassion upon them that fear Him; for He knoweth whereof we are made, He hath remembered that we are dust. As for man, his days are as the grass; as a flower of the field, so shall he blossom forth. For when the wind is passed over it, then it shall be gone, and no longer will it know the place thereof. But the mercy of the Lord is from eternity, even unto eternity, upon them that fear Him. And His righteousness is upon sons of sons, upon them that keep His testament and remember His commandments to do them. The Lord in heaven hath prepared His throne, and His kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the Lord, all ye His angels, mighty in strength, that perform His word, to hear the voice of His words. Bless the Lord, all ye His hosts, His ministers that do His will. Bless the Lord, all ye His works, in every place of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Posted by Joseph on Sunday, June 28, Anno Domini 2009
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Friday, June 26, A.D. 2009
Friday I’m in Love

It may perplex some folks that a rightwing reactionary would fancy such transgressive pop filth as The Cure, but it is so. Robert Smith’s weird band has given us some good tuneage over the years. As it is Frigg’s day, here is the catchy “Friday I’m in Love” from Wish.

Bizarre, indeed, but fun and oddly but charmingly warm. It reminds me of younger days.

Posted by Joseph on Friday, June 26, Anno Domini 2009
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Saturday, June 20, A.D. 2009
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

I have read several articles that listed Gustav Holst as the grandfather of all movie soundtracks. This is certainly true of “space opera” films; before there was John Williams, there was Holst. The English composer’s Planets suite is the definitive composition for our neighbors in the solar system.

Here, you can listen to “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets.

“Jupiter” is my favorite part of The Planets; the father of the gods deserves the best.

Posted by Joseph on Saturday, June 20, Anno Domini 2009
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Tuesday, June 9, A.D. 2009
How 1984 Killed Orwell

Last month, The Observer published a fascinating article on the circumstances under which Eric Blair, a.k.a. George Orwell, wrote 1984, “The masterpiece that killed George Orwell.”

In case you ask yourself, the David Astor mentioned in the article was the owner and editor of The Observer as well as an heir to the New York-English Astor dynasty.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, June 9, Anno Domini 2009
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Thursday, June 4, A.D. 2009
Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Enjoy some hillbilly gold today with “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs on the Grand Ole Opry:

I can’t help but like this song; I have Kentucky ancestors. Indeed, if it were not for the stylized vocals, I would love bluegrass more than I do. The singing does not accord well with me, which makes instrumental bluegrass like “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” ideal.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, June 4, Anno Domini 2009
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Monday, June 1, A.D. 2009
Come Monday Night

Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian has released a video for “Come Monday Night” from his God Help the Girl musical movie. I wrote about God Help the Girl in April, and now I’m glad to get a glimpse of it. Moreover, it is good to see and to hear more of Catherine Ireton.

In reviewing Murdoch’s new project, The Pop Cop perspicaciously notes:

Take a look at the cover artwork of Belle & Sebastian’s many releases and you would probably come to the conclusion that Stuart Murdoch has a thing for brunettes.

So perhaps that why he has taken this healthy fascination to its natural conclusion with GOD HELP THE GIRL, a project that sees an array of ladies on vocal duties with Belle & Seb playing the music.

The Scotsman has great taste.

As God Help the Girl will not be released until next year, I do not really know the plot. However, it seems that the character “James,” played by James Anthony Pearson, might be Murdoch’s self-projection.

Anyway, enjoy Ireton and the gals’ incarnation of Stuart Murdoch’s vision.

Posted by Joseph on Monday, June 1, Anno Domini 2009
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