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Another death to report, I'm afraid. All round entertainer Des O'Connor died on Saturday after having a fall a week earlier. He was 88 (no, I can't believe he was that age either. He looked so much younger!)

Des O'Connor did practically everything that was going in the entertainment industry. Which is hardly surprising, as he started off as a Butlin's Red Coat. I knew him mainly as a TV presenter, which he was great at. But, in his younger days, he was better known as a singer.

So, as my tribute, here he is singing the song that earned him the #1 spot in both the UK and Ireland:

Des O'Connor - "I Pretend"

My thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans.

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OK, so I meant to post about this when I signed in on Tuesday. But by the time I got all the corrections to the Nationals Game stuff done, all I wanted to do was go to bed! :bed:

For as long as I can remember, I have watched the "Last Night Of The Proms" every year. And for the past few years, I have started watching the highlights of the Scottish edition of "Proms In The Park" as well.

On Tuesday, a Scottish girl that I am friendly with was in my thoughts. So, I decided to hunt down one of my favourite performances from the Scottish Proms that I have seen:

The Ayoub Sisters and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - "Misirlou / Ah Ya Zen"

This was from the 2018 concert at Glasgow Green.

"Mirsilou" is an interesting piece. Although the music undoubtedly sounds Middle Eastern, the lyrics (and the title) are actually Greek. It is a love song from a Greek guy to an Egyptian girl.

And at this point, I should add that Laura and Sarah Ayoub were born in Scotland to Egyptian parents. So, they are whatever is the plural of "Misirlou"! :biggrin: (Sorry, I don't speak Greek :( )

If you want to hear "Misirlou" with vocals, here are a couple of LIVE performances of it by a Cypriot singer I like.

Firstly, a fast paced performance during the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony:

Anna Vissi - "Misirlou"

And secondly, a really slowed down version from an appearance in Athens a few weeks ago:

Anna Vissi - "Misirlou"

And it is really appropriate that Anna is the person singing it. Because she is from the village of Pyla / Pile, the only place on the island where the original Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot inhabitants still live side-by-side.

A song about a mixed religion relationship being sung by a singer from a mixed religion village. Just perfect! :biggrin:

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:love2: Misirlou, and I can confirm that its been played @ many Jewish wedding receptions in my extended family.
 

CaroLiza_fan

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Finally, a song I actually know and like has topped the charts!

It may be 26 years late, but one of my favourite Christmas songs has finally reached #1 in the UK charts!!!!!!

:cheer: :clap: :rock: :party2: :points:

Mariah Carey - "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

Incidentally, here is the song that kept it off the #1 spot back in 1994:

East 17 - "Stay Another Day"

Don't get me wrong, I like it a lot too. But you have to admit, Mariah's song is in a totally different league.

:love2: Misirlou, and I can confirm that its been played @ many Jewish wedding receptions in my extended family.

I don't actually know any Jewish people in real life. So, I have never been to a Jewish wedding. But, from what I have seen in films, they seem like great craic! And I love the music that gets played!

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TallyT

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This is incredibly special, I think - Australia's Classics FM, their virtual choir singing a carol specifically commissioned and written by Deborah Cheetham.


If you have felt isolated and alone at any time this year, I think this will speak to you.
 

TallyT

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The soundtrack to "The American President," one of my favorite movies.
Is it on youtube? I love soundtracks, have heaps that I use for mood music when writing or working online ☺️

I've currently got the one to the Chinese drama The Untamed running, someone told me I had to watch it and it really is oh so much fun, and the music is lovely. The Mission is going to be next, because a day with Morricone is always a better day.
 

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Yes, it's on Youtube (track by track - one of those "play all" deals). I have it on cassette tape & still have a mini-boombox with a cassette player/CD player/AM/FM radio. For years I've been trying to "upgrade" the cassette tape of it to CD, but have had no luck through Amazon. com, etc. I wish there was I way we could convert it from cassette to CD (I'm no "techie!")

A few years ago we were standing in line for Disney's California Adventure ride "Soarin'." To my delight, the music that was playing while you wait inline was the main theme of "The American President!" :love2:

I bought the CD of "The Mission," thanks to Paul Wylie & Matt Savoie! :cheer::hap10:
 
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