Posted in Photo challenge

Travel theme: Pink

Pink. Apart from this cool and talented singer

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click for her song Dear Mister President – YouTube

it’s a color I tend to stay far away from. The exception are these lovely flowers.

And this is also kind of cute.

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But what is this supposed to mean, Christmas in heaven? Or in hell? 😉

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Colorful garbage bags.

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And be very careful how you dress your daughters: girls in pink get eaten!

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click for a larger image

What a fun theme, thanks so much, Ailsa 😀

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Ailsa

   

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Posted in Music

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 BrontĂ«’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 MnĂĄ 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
Posted in Music

Loreen – Euphoria

I’m not that much into Dance, apart from the music that emerges from several rooms in my house. Repeatedly. But this song is quite catching. And the video! The video is absolutely STUNNING. If you haven’t seen it, be my guest. Or simply watch it again, preferably full screen in HD 720p quality. 🙂


Apparently the Swedish recording artist and songwriter Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with it, held in Baku, Azerbaijan. I stopped watching this contest decades ago, so excuse me if this is old news for you. 😉

For the interested: Euphoria won the competition with a total of 372 points, the second-highest point total in the contest’s history. The song received the highest number of maximum points of any entry in the contest’s history with eighteen countries giving the song their top marks. Euphoria was an instant success, not in just Sweden, but worldwide in Europe and the Oceania. and has been certified 9 times Platinum, selling 180,000 copies there.

Next year Dutch rock singer Anouk will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. And she is a hell of a lady. Plus a superb singer/songwriter. So be ready out there 😀

Posted in Inspiration, Music

Music: Alanis Morissette

Alanis Nadine Morissette – small frail woman with a big heart and an unmistakable unique voice – was born on the first of June in 1974 in Ottawa, Canada. She is the daughter of Georgia Mary Ann (nĂ©e Feuerstein), a Hungarian-born teacher, and Alan Richard Morissette, a French-Canadian high school principal. She has an older brother Chad, and a twin brother Wade – also a musician – who was born 12 minutes after her. Alanis is singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and actress. Her website is called Alanis.

Her albums:

  • Alanis (Canada-only, 1991)
  • Now Is the Time (Canada-only, 1992)
  • Jagged Little Pill (1995)
  • Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (1998)
  • Alanis Unplugged (1999)
  • Under Rug Swept (2002)
  • Feast on Scraps (CD/DVD, 2002)
  • So-Called Chaos (2004)
  • Jagged Little Pill Acoustic (2005)
  • Alanis Morissette: The Collection (2005)
  • Flavors of Entanglement (2008)

I chose the song ‘That I Would Be Good’, because I absolutely love the lyrics. To be loved and cherished, no matter what. To feel safe and cared for, no matter what. That it is OK to be YOU. Please listen to:

That I Would Be Good:

That I would be good, even if I did nothing
That I would be good, even if I got the thumbs down
That I would be good, if I got and stayed sick
That I would be good, even if I gained ten pounds

That I would be fine, even if I went bankrupt
That I would be good, if I lost my hair and my youth
That I would be great, if I was no longer queen
That I would be grand, if I was not all knowing

That I would be loved, even when I numbed myself
That I would be good, even when I am overwhelmed
That I would be loved, even when I was fuming
That I would be good, even if I was clingy

That I would be good, even if I lost sanity
That I would be good, whether with or without you

 

Source: Wikipedia