Category Archives: Music

A new kind of storytelling for the 21st century

A gamer friend introduced me to Sabaton, a heavy metal band on Youtube, but it was not Sabaton’s music that made my jaw drop. No, it was the combination of music, animation and history in their videos that has me gobsmacked.

In the first video I watched – First Soldier – I learned about a short, farm boy who became one of the most decorated heroes in France. In this video, I learned about a Serbian woman who became the most decorated woman in history.

Watch for yourself and tell me this is not storytelling for a new age?


9 minutes of brilliance

My heartfelt thanks to Esme for introducing me to an artist like no other. You may or may not like the music, but you will be mesmerised by the story. I loved both, and I really didn’t think I would. Just listen :


The audience as the choir? Yes!

I thought this was a joke, or at best a gross exaggeration. But it’s beautiful. Simply beautiful. I’m all choked up.


A song for the Tukti

I haven’t been on Soundcloud for a while, but their algorithms know me too well! This is the first song Soundcloud recommended for me when I logged in. Sweet yet eerie. Perfect for the Tukti. Wow…just wow. 😀


A bit of fun. :D

Disclaimer: this is all the Offspring’s fault!

Have a great weekend,

-runs and hides-

p.s. the music is Habanera from Carmen, a brilliant opera composed by Bizet. You’re welcome. 🙂

p.p.s. oh what the hell! This is my favourite video of Habanera:

And if Habanera doesn’t ring any bells, Aussie might remember a certain commercial for garage doors?…at 2:20. 😉

A song for our times

While exploring songs by Amaranth – thanks Matthew! – I stumbled across this one on Youtube:

According to Wiki:

Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996.’

I don’t know about you, but this is my kind of music…driving rhythm, powerful melody, glorious voices…and if you watch all the way to the end you’ll see what I mean about it being a song for our times.


Music of Ukraine – Jinjer

Rather than posting the complete video of this song, I’m posting a vocal coach’s reaction to it.

Warning: Do NOT eat or drink while watching this video.

You like?


The Music of Ukraine [2]

Another exceptional video from Khrystyna Soloviy :

It’s a great song but the visual are truly inspired.


Music from Ukraine – Khrystyna Soloviy

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that until 2014, I’d hardly heard of Ukraine at all. Even now, I know very little so I decided to learn. But where to begin?

Then today, I read a BBC article about young Ukrainian musicians becoming the voices of their country:

Music has always been one of the things that make human beings worthwhile, so what better way to get to know Ukraine than through its music?

May I introduce, Khrystyna Soloviy.

If you liked this song, please go onto Youtube and share the song with those you love. And if you learn something wonderful about Ukraine, please, share it with us.


Something to make you happy…

My good friend Carol, from Carol Cooks 2 introduced me to this video and the two glorious voices in it. Good things do happen. Enjoy.

The first time I saw this video I had no idea who either of the singers were, but I was so impressed I literally searched until I discovered that the girl – Celinde Shoenmaker – was actually playing the role of Christine in the Phantom of the Opera at the time.

You can’t see the very beginning of the duet here because the person filming didn’t get their phone working fast enough, but apparently the young busker – Stephen Barry – sang one song from the Phantom and then this strange girl from the crowd asked him to sing another. He demured, saying two songs from the same musical wouldn’t go down well. She said that if he did, she’d sing along with him.

lmao – he asked her if she was any good!?! The rest is history.

Youtube channel for Stephen Barry:

Have a wonderful day my friends,

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