Whenever I stop to think about it, I'm always astonished at the fact that just about every culture values music in some way. Some groups may allow only liturgical music, but it's splendid liturgical music. Or at least prayers are chanted rather than spoken (as in Judaism). Music seems to be as deep in our bones as the very marrow. In that vein (pun not intended), I recently saw that wonderful documentary The Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which takes us down into a cave with the oldest known paintings, more than 30,000 years old. Just to think that this long ago, some individual looked at animals so closely that he/she could draw them that vibrantly on a wall in a dark cave. That painter had to get some personal satisfaction out of the task--the feeling that all artists get from creating something. So whatever it is inside of us, whether spiritual or chromosomal, has been there for millennia. If that doesn't give you gooseflesh...
Originally Posted by skatinginbc
Double post; interval of several hours
I am listening to that last Li Tai Xiang song, with the man singing. I wasn't expecting such a full voice, what I'd call a classical voice rather than a pop voice. This is really very interesting. His voice sounds almost like Jan Peerce, a wonderful tenor who came from the Eastern European Jewish cantorial tradition and also sang Yiddish popular songs. There's a plaintive, emotional styling that I associate with that tradition that I get glimpses of here.
What great music this is, and I've lived all this time and never knew it existed!
Next: Doris's polkas!
ETA: I'm back. The polkas were fun. That Finnish one, sung a cappella by that sweet-faced young quartet, is especially delightful.
Then I went to BC's two Central Asian songs. Wow! The Tajik one is especially gorgeous, and the photos and paintings that accompany the song on the video are beautiful.
Last edited by Olympia; 04-25-2012 at 08:18 PM.
That was Li Tai Xiang himself singing his own song, a very rare occasion in fact. If you pay attention to the last note of each phrase, you may find that his voice often slid down as if he failed to stay in key. He did it on purpose actually, to reflect the tonal contour of each Chinese word. Chinese is a tonal language after all, which dictates the types of western music instruments that can be easily incorporated into the Chinese music. Piano, for example, is NOT a good candidate because the pitch cannot be changed once the key is pressed. Violin, cello and guitar-like string instruments are good candidates.
Originally Posted by Olympia
Here is another Li Tai Xiang's music: Listen to that gliding, "pitchy" or "talking" voice of the bow-string instrument, so "Chinesy" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6ef4VE41Jg).
Last edited by skatinginbc; 04-26-2012 at 08:30 AM.
Gotta Have Music