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M.C. Escher

My own entry in the Six Word Story Challenge: Puzzle

The challenge continues, even after completion.


Maurits Cornelis Escher (17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972), usually referred to as M. C. Escher, was a Dutch graphic artist. He is known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. These feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture, and tessellations. Click and take a look at his amazing art!

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My second entry in the 6WSC, theme music:



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This musician played in Barcelona, all by himself, at a quiet spot in a park. He created magical sounds and rhythms with this metal music instrument and had me listening for a long while. Does anyone know what this instrument is called? 

Update: my friend from The Life and Times of a Leo Woman has found more information: it seems to be a Hang Drum. Take a minute to listen to its voice…

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Kate Bush

Do you remember Kate Bush? When I think of her (English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer), I see graceful arms and huge expressive brown eyes, hear her rich voice. But I did not really remember that she was such a talented dancer! I have gathered a couple of music videos for you.

Great choreograhpy in Running Up That Hill:

Of course this classic: Wuthering Heights, after Emily Brontë’s only novel:

Don’t give up
– together with Peter Gabriel:

I love the Irish influences in The Sensual World:

And last but not least this pearl. The song is called Mná na hÉireann which translates to ‘Women of Ireland’:

Catherine ‘Kate’ Bush was born on 30 July 1958 in Welling, South East London, to English physician Robert Bush and his Irish wife, Hannah Daly. She was raised in their farmhouse in East Wickham with her older brothers, John and Paddy. Bush came from an artistic background: her mother was a former Irish folk dancer, her father was an accomplished pianist, Paddy worked as a musical instrument maker and John was a poet and photographer. Both brothers were involved in the local folk music scene.

Her family’s musical influence inspired young Kate to teach herself to play the piano at the age of 11. She also played the organ in a barn behind her parents’ house and studied the violin. She soon began writing her own tunes and eventually added lyrics to them.

At the age of nineteen, Bush topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single Wuthering Heights.  She has since released ten albums, three of which topped the UK Albums Chart, and has had twenty five UK Top 40 hit singles.

Her accomplishments are quite impressive! Did you know that Kate Bush:

  • is the first women to have a UK number one with a self-written song
  • won a Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist
  • had her songwriting ability recognized with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music
  • has been nominated for three Grammy Awards
  • is the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts
  • is the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at Number 1
  • has been the first (and to date only) female artist to have Top 5 albums in the UK charts in 5 successive decades
  • gave only one concert tour in her career.

A unique artist.

Information: Wikipedia
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The Ultimate

Day 27 of the ‘Post A Day 2011′ challenge: If stranded on a desert island, and you could only bring one music album with you, which would it be? What is it about this music that never gets old for you?

This is an extremely tough question! My music preferences vary from classic to Gothic rock, and lots in between. Better give you a glimpse of my personal collection:

  • Adele
  • Al di Meola
  • Alanis Morisette
  • Alessandro Safina
  • Alicia Keys
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Anastacia
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Anouk

Oh this is going nowhere, still at the A. Let me make this list shorter:

  • Beth Hart
  • Billy Joel
  • Bløf
  • The Calling
  • Celtic
  • Coldplay
  • The Corrs
  • Counting Crows
  • The Cranberries
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Daughtry
  • Duffy

Damn, still too many. In stead I’ll try to take one singer/band from every letter:

  • Evanescence
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Howard Shore (music Lord of the Rings)
  • Intwine
  • Jackson Brown
  • Kamelot
  • Loreena McKennit
  • Michael Bublé
  • Nightwish
  • Oleta Adams
  • Phil Collins
  • Robbie Williams
  • Seal
  • Tears for Fears
  • Vanessa Carlton
  • Within Temptation

No Q, U, X, Y and Z, so I’m allowing myself five bonuses:

  • Eva Cassidy
  • Paul Simon
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Sara Bareilles
  • Sting

So now we head straight for the grande finale! Which album would I take with me to a desert island… It would have to be a strong artist with a wide repertoire. There would have to be rock and ballads, sensitive and heavy tracks. And most definitely not boring. With extra points for interesting lyrics.

But the most important part would be the voice. Stranded on a desert island, I would be craving for a human voice.

My ultimate choice is

The Best Of Phil Collins

The second I write this down, other artists jump to mind – Kamelot and Oleta Adams are close on his heals – but I had to choose. Phil Collins doesn’t have the best voice, but the use of percussion in his songs is just the best.

What would be YOUR favorite album? Please share it with me!