Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Music Week


Not a care in the world! Our Harley can almost always make me feel better and I have been sick the last week so he has been my companion. I just had a nasty head cold all in the sinuses but I'm on the mend and Harley slept with me with his head on my lap or shoulder. Over at Monday’s Music Moves Me, Shady, aka Tom, came up with a great theme- music is medicine for the soul. You can take this literally or in the spirit of it, which is what I chose. This is not for all of you but I hope you take a listen as I listen to your heavy metal stuff :) 


This is from Andrea Bocelli's CD called  "I Believe" which, I believe, I need to buy:). Cecelia Bartoli is a mezzo- soprano who just sings this enchanting piece with exquisite control next to this famous man. I'll take this over screaming Mimi Carey any day. This is how to control a voice and sing well rather than sounding like a banshee.


This pianist is amazing and my favourite part is the 2nd movement at about the 13 minute mark  or thereabouts if you wanted to skip the 1st and 3rd. I find the middle section so moving it brings me to tears from its sheer beauty. It’s the only concerto Grieg completed back in 1868.


Way back in the mid 90s...ok, that feels like yesterday, my ex and I went into Sam the Record Man, a famous record store/ institution,  looking around at all sorts of records or cds to buy. As I wandered into the classical section I heard this ethereal music that seemed to come from a dream. I had to know what this peace was and once the surly snot saleswoman told me, I bought the CD. I can just sit back and listen to this piece and it makes me feel like gold. honour of


This man is a Canadian musical icon who died Monday at the age of 84. I love his smooth, haunting voice that can also bring me to tears, believe it or not. When I heard of his famous song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, written and performed by this great singer back in 1976, I thought it was like a dream and it transported me to another place. It’s one of the best tribute songs about men who make their living on the ships.

What music makes you feel better or any songs with a  more literal meaning?


  1. Hi, Birgit!

    Happy Wild, Wacky and Almost Wordless Wednesday, dear friend! I see that my buddy Harley's belly is already open for beeswax. Seems your smooch pooch spends most of his life upside down. :) I just wanna kiss him right on the lips! I'm happy to know that you are coming around, feeling better day by day. Harley's a sweetie for snuggling with his mommy while she was sick. Thanks for mentioning friend Shady in the text and referring to my Shady's Place series The Good Doctors: Music Is Medicine. Music is indeed a tonic that's good for what ails you.

    In that regard, I was hoping for a medley by Meryl Streep singing in the shower, but nevertheless I did enjoy your musical offerings. The song by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is indeed exquisite, soothing and restorative. I agree that a controlled burn beats a towering inferno hands down.

    I also very much enjoyed the performance of Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky and the accompanying orchestra doing Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's piano concerto.

    The Oslo Symphony Orchestra plays divinely. Thanks for sharing the anecdote about how you discovered and bought this piece of music.

    Yessum, thanks for remembering Canadian folk-pop pioneer Gordon Lightfoot, one of the greatest singers and songwriters of the 20th century. I love "If You Could Read My Mind, "Sundown," "Carefree Highway" and the hit you posted "Edmund Fitzgerald." Mrs. Shady is so enamored of the latter that she often sings the song on road trips. She has memorized most of the words to the long story song. On a trip by car to California in 2014, we passed the sign near Phoenix, Arizona, for "Carefree Highway," the stretch of State Route 74 upon which the song is based.

    I was hoping for some Alice Cooper or songs with cookie monster death growls, but I must admit that I enjoyed your picks for this morning's musical interlude. This is healing music, dear friend BB, and I can understand how listening to it helped you recover from your illness.

    Have a nice Wednesday, continue to feel better and I'll be back to see you tomorrow, sitting in the balcony-- "At The Movies!"

  2. Gordon is the cover story in today's Detroit Free Press.

  3. Birgit,

    I'm sorry you're not feeling well but am glad you're on the mend. This time of the year sinus issues are buggy. I added your post to the 4M linky party to help ya out a bit. ;)

    "Pianissimo" is a very lovely tune. Andrea Bocelli is always a delight to hear. Soft music is indeed great for the body and soul. I was sadden to learn last night about Gordon Lightfoot's passing. He hasn't looked well for the past few years and feared he was ill. He was a genuine talent with scores of great songs. Thanks for sharing your wonderful song picks with us today.

    Take it easy and get back to your ole self soon! XO

  4. Sorry to hear you have been ill, but glad you are on the mend.

  5. I hope by now you are feeling better and Harley has helped. I fell in LOVE with the first song. Not only was it beautifully written, the scenery was gorgeous, too.

    I was saddened to read about Gordon Lightfoot's passing and I loved the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Thanks for these wonderful songs today, dear.

  6. I am happy you are feeling better. When I was young (probably the early 1960's) my mother purchased a series of "best of classical music" records. They may have been offered by a supermarket (you purchased one each week)-not sure. I listened to a number of them. I even listened from time to time to WQXR, a radio station in my native New York City, that played classical music, in addition to the rock stations. So, although it is not my genre of choice, it does give me an idea for a future post. I enjoyed the Sibelius symphony; it was calming (unlike the screaming death growls of some of the hard rockers my husband prefers). I LOVE The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. You'll be hearing it next Monday when I do my Gordon Lightfoot tribute. Sad when I found out yesterday.

  7. Hi Birgit, I'm glad you're feeling better now. Music is healing, for sure. I enjoyed your classical offerings, along with your tribute to Gordon Lightfoot - a true Canadian icon. ♥ "If You Could Read My Mind" brings back many personal memories, but I love all of his music.