Schumann looking way too intense. Image from Wikipedia

Schumann’s life could not fit better with the Romantic period:

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La Llorona – Chavela Vargas

The amazing Chavela Vargas. She was an alcoholic, loved to party, and came out of the closet at around 80, when she declared to the world that she was a lesbian (Frida Kahlo is one of the people she fell in love with). Here she is singing La llorona (The weeping woman). La llorana is a popular folk tale in Central America (you can read about the folktale here), though the song is not about her but rather about the singer’s struggles in love. The video is from the Frida Kahlo movie, but since I have not seen it I cannot comment on it (on the Youtube video the song restarts at the end, but this time showing Chavela Vargas singing in the movie). The lyrics of the song are intense and tragic to the next level.

Versatile Blogger Award

I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award recently, by the awesome guys at eyelaugh, so I finally did my homework. These are the rules of the award:
1)  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
2) Include a link to their blog.
3)  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
4) Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
5) Tell 7 things about yourself.

2) is done. 1) Thanks eyelaugh! 3,4) Here is my list (in no particular order)


And now 5) 7 things about me:

1. I read mostly “classic” literature, I listen to random music, I enjoy movies that are, to be fair, terrible, and I cannot stand watching television.
2. I believe in solitude, in friendship, in the perfect combination of bread, cheese and wine.
3. I believe in our vain efforts to avoid being vulgar, or unoriginal.
4. I believe in myself, in the hidden, amusing beauty of my sometimes chaotic life.
5. I can barely believe how much love I have received, even when it was disguised as hate.
6. I have wronged people, and I have been wronged too, but not in equal amounts (life is not about reaching a balance), and never intentionally. That is the wrong doing that hurts the most though, the one that cannot be followed by revenge.
7. Here is a more concrete one: I play some guitar. I am really out of shape when it comes to playing classical music, but here is a video of me practicing “Asturias”, filmed with a friend’s camera (it was more about testing the microphone to be honest) two days ago. It has a ton of errors, but whatever, I went back to playing it only recently! I won’t leave this online for too long since it is only a practice, and I think the main reason I put it here is to play along with the good spirit of the award. The video ends abruptly half way through the song, but that was not intentional; it was the memory card getting full. If I ever record a decent version in the future I may upload that one to a post.

Chaconne for Solo Violin (Bach)

This is taking the violin to the top, where it belongs. Bach, of course, showing us some of the expressive limits of the violin.

The one playing is Itzhak Perlman, who besides his Classical albums has one playing Klezmer music that I love (Live in the Fiddler’s House).

This Chaconne is out of this World, like anything Bach did.