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    FADO / An Introduction – Portuguese music selection

    FADO - An Introduction In attempting to find an appropriate introduction to Fado I found it necessary to wade through a plethora of opinion in Utube videos and online articles. The difficulty came in attempting to sort through the various positions held by musicians, singers (Fado is not a...
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    Opening of the Commemorations of the Centenary of Amalia Rodrigues (1920 – 2020) - Portuguese music selection

    To initiate the celebrations of the centenary of Amalia Rodrigues, the most famous of all fado singers, a seemingly ever increasing number of guitarists gather to perform in her honour. For those of you who I know enjoy listening to some of these selections as background music while attending to...
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    Miss your Beloved?

    Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed, The dear repose for limbs with travel tired; But then begins a journey in my head To work my mind, when body’s work’s expired: For then my thoughts–from far where I abide– Intend a zealous pilgrimage to thee, And keep my drooping eyelids...
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    The Portuguese Guitar - Portuguese music selection

    I delight in this, the English Guitar, now often referred to as the Portuguese Guitar. I first saw it in Lisbon, in one of its most enjoyable settings. Accompanying a Fado singer. Now, after listening to it in many settings, I find myself thinking that this is my absolute favourite stringed...
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    When Angels Came To Live Amongst Us – Spanish Music Selection No 18

    Ana Vidovics's initial performance of "Recuerdos de l'Alhambra" (Memories of the Alhambra) elicits an understandable reaction in the Utube comments section from the respondent calling himself 'Natural Born Scorpio'. He says -- "Ana is truly an angel from the heavens brought to earth to enrich...
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    Michael Lucarelli – Spanish Music Selection No 17

    Michael Lucarelli is the musician I want to hear playing the Spanish guitar when I am involved in the type of activity that requires semi-strenuous exertion. Maybe it’s even a prerequisite that I dislike the task at hand, and I’m grumpy at having to do it. Whatever, that’s when it’s time for...
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    A Cure for a Distracted Mind? – Spanish Music Selection No 16

    I keep getting interrupted as I fluff about ensnared in that myriad of mundane but necessary chores that take too large a slice of time out of my day. Interrupted by the music that is. I’ll be attempting some menial task, when, what will issue forth from my little Bluetooth speaker is something...
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    The Best Spanish Christmas Carols - Spanish Music Selection No 15

    Just a little of something different for us this Christmas. For when we grow somewhat weary of the background repetition of our favourites. An album of Spanish Christmas songs. Along with the very best of Christmas wishes to you and yours, Regards Gerard
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    Lacing - Try preventing blisters, or the dreaded black toenail, with a “Heel Lock” or “Lace Lock”.

    Considering the probability that footware is the most important piece of equipment a pilgrim takes, I would submit a video demonstrating the use of the perhaps not-so-well known 'Heel lock' lacing technique. It utilises the two top sets of eyelets. As the name suggests its purpose is to lock the...
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    Charles Trepat - Recital in A Coruña, at the Teatro Colón - Spanish Music Selection No 14

    Charles Trepat - Recital at the Teatro Colón in A Coruña Charles Trepat is a Catalan classical guitarist who usually performs using traditional/historical guitars. Here in A Coruna he performs on a 1892 Antonio Torres guitar which has silk and gut strings. I find it delightful, not only...
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    Concert at the Alhambra - Andrés Segovia - Spanish Music Selection No 13

    Whilst this film is of a 1976 performance, I can assure you it is worth the 48.04 minutes required for your attention. You may have to click on the underlined Watch on YouTube that appears when you select the video. 0:23 - Capricho Catalán - Isaac Albéniz 05:25 - La Maja de Goya - Enrique...
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    Fernando Sor’s Op.9, “Variations on a Theme of Mozart” - Spanish Music - Selection No 12

    The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted. William Shakespeare He lead an interesting life did...
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    Spanish Music - Selection No 10

    Well.....Today's selection is not all about music. But the positive reaction to Paola Hermosin last week encouraged me to submit this utube video of her trip to Cordoba. She had been invited to perform there and took the opportunity to make a video record of her visit. And if you ever wondered...
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    Spanish Music - Selection No 9

    Got told off by a friend for not continuing with my Spanish Music thread. So here we go again. Serenata Española by Joaquim Malats - Played here by Paola Hermosin
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    Jesus in Jerusalem....Gerard in Geneva

    Berlin?” he queried. “You’re phoning me from Berlin? Long time since I was there. I think Jesus was still playing fullback for Jerusalem.” What? “Blimey Michael,” I said, “for a Christian, are you not sailing a little bit close to a blasphemous wind there cobber?” Michael then proceeded to...
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    Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf

    Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot had stated that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. The publisher P. F. Collier and Son, quite appropriately, told Eliot to put his...
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    To the Top of the Pass

    I note many members extending their efforts in continuing to contribute to the health of the forum during these somewhat quiet, dark times. I congratulate and thank them for their efforts. What follows is my limited contribution. To the Top of the Pass Today is to be the day of my final push...
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    Spanish Camino Music – Selection No. 8

    Easter wishes from Paola Hermosín. Soleá, Dame la Mano Loneliness, give me your hand - expresses the ache and the passion of Christ. SEMANA SANTA, SEVILLA 2020
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    Spanish Camino Music – Selection No. 7

    When one sees a Utube video that has had over 18 million views, one would think that alone would deem it essential viewing. When the video in question is a "Classical"guitar performance, and by someone to me unknown, that absolutely guarantees I'll be hitting the GO button. One can debate as to...