A little music on Saturday

First off, the very fun rendition of The Cure’s The Lovecats by the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain (thank you, Servetus, for introducing me to them some weeks ago)…

And maybe more importantly, here is Christopher Plummer singing Edelweiss in his own voice (and not dubbed as it was in The Sound of Music)…

I always really liked Christopher Plummer, he was a great actor whose work I always enjoyed watching. Before bed yesterday evening I heard of his passing at the tender age of 91 and this little tribute today felt fitting.

May he rest in peace.

Sea shanty

Need to get my head out of politics and frustration and came across a Tiktok meme that did just that. On TikTok people make short 1 minute videos and they have this thing where one person can sing and another in a reaction can add on to that song track and sing as well. This month a shanty song from New Zealand called The Wellerman has become quite the rage and as people add on, it becomes even more amazing. The original is already pretty awesome…

Another guy added a baseline… wow…

And then even more harmony and bass, it’s become a choir…

@jonnystewartbass

#duet with @the.bobbybass SHANTY TIME once again! Adding a lower middle harmony 🙂 @nthnevnss @_luke.the.voice_ @apsloan01 #shantytok #wellerman

♬ original sound – N A T H A N E V A N S S

There’s even an addition with female voices and a violin!

@tahnex

Viral Sea Shanty tiktok mix @nthnevnss @_luke.the.voice_ @miaasanomusic @jonnystewartbass @anipeterson @beccaleighz #seashantytiktok #seashanty

♬ original sound – Tahnex

I wish these videos were longer than just a minute! This thing has apparently gone viral and there have already been articles written about this, like in The Guardian, or a piece on the guy who originally posted that Wellerman shanty. I’m loving this. If you want to see a few other Tiktok shanty songs, scroll through the time line belonging to this message… Logging off now and skipping to the kitchen to bring us sugar and tea and rum!

Blogging memories January 8th

Herba is looking back at her posts on January 8th over the past years and that’s fun! So, I decided to join in as well with my own trip down memory lane on this blog, starting six years ago.

2015: On January 8th I briefly wrote about the terrorist attack on a satirical French newspaper called Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the feared retaliation on all Muslims after that.

2016: No post on January 8th, but I did post on the 7th, trying to convince Richard Armitage that cats aren’t so bad. The tweet he had tweeted then is gone and I don’t remember what it said anymore and the video I had shared then is apparently also gone. I still stand by the love for cats, though!

Three days after that post, David Bowie died just two days after his 69th birthday. I went into full on mourning and writing Bowie tributes on blog. Today, January 8th 2021, would have been David Bowie’s 74th birthday, so I’m adding a little tribute here now as well, as shared by Ricky Gervais today. Totally worth a watch for a great David Bowie laugh!

Happy Birthday, David!

2017: I didn’t post on January 8th but did post on the 7th and on the 9th. The post on January 7th was about winning something in Guylty’s Christmas raffle, receiving an Armitage puzzle, and speculation about a new Richard project.
The post on January 9th had me dreading the Donald Trump inauguration and mourning the loss of the Obamas. Sadly, all my fears and worse were confirmed by the Trump presidency of the past four years.

2018: No post on January 8th, but closest date I posted on was January 7th when I was very ill with the flu and my cat comforted me.

2019: Again, no post on January 8th, but I did do one on January 7th, writing about the trip we had taken over New Year’s to Hamburg.

2020: January 8th had me discussing Richard Armitage goodies, i.e. interviews because Uncle Vanya was premiering in the theatre and something on the small role he did in the South Korean film Space Sweepers (coming out soon now on February 5th 2021 on Netflix, by the way!)

Thanks for the inspiration to do this, Herba. It also makes me realize how quickly time is flying by. I pretty much remember writing all those posts and some don’t feel like that long ago…

A ‘Never walk alone’ memory

Yesterday the news came that Gerry Marsden, from Gerry and the Pacemakers, had died. I’ve never been a huge Gerry and the Pacemakers fan but that one song Gerry sang, his most famous I think, does hold a very special memory for me.

At my wedding in July of 1999 we had a wonderful evening party (yes, let’s party like it’s 1999!) and my mother had requested as a surprise for us at the end that the song You’ll Never Walk Alone be played. She and my family handed out candles to everyone present and they all gathered around us as the DJ started playing that song. We were serenaded to in candlelight by our family and friends and it became a truly magical moment. It was a beautiful send off into our married life, feeling everyone’s love and support enveloping us. The digital pictures I have of that moment are a little grainy but they give a true impression of what it felt like for us.

So, when I see stadiums of people singing that song at a football match (it’s the anthem Liverpool football club prefers to use), I am always transported back to my wedding day and that same warm, happy and giddy feeling.

So, thank you for making this world a little bit better with this song, Gerry Marsden! May you rest in peace.

Merry Christmas

From me to all of you a little Richard Armitage and a Christmas wish…

Yes, I wish you all wonderful days for Christmas this year, despite celebrating it differently and probably more alone due to the corona virus that is still raging around us. I hope everyone who reads this is well and I hope you can all find some happiness and peace this holiday season, despite the difficult year we’ve just had. May the memories of the loved ones who can’t be with us be a comfort and may those of us who are going through difficult times right now find the strength to go on, may we all find some light in the darkness. May those of us living in freedom and peace, with food on the table and a roof over our heads, be thankful for all the privilege we do have and may we all have empathy for the less privileged and pay it forward, each in our own way and not just at Christmas.

Allow me to share some David Bowie and Bing Crosby from 1977 with you all, wishing for peace on earth. I was in an online group chat earlier this week with a refugee from Eritrea and it made me wish even more fervently than ever for there to be peace, near or far, within this world we live and love in.

Take care of yourselves and each other. Merry Christmas. 🎄