Sunday, September 26, 2010

Quiz For A Million! Part Deux...

Welcome back Dear Readers,

Dear Friends.

The tallying has been done, 

and the results 

from all over the world,

are in. 

The winner of 

Global Around Town's

Quiz For A Million


Samuli Repo

of Helsinki Finland. 

His answer...?

It wasn't

Nick Cave,

Jim Morrison,

Nick Drake, 


Tom Waits.

It was, in fact,



two men 

pictured here

collaborated to create 

this incredibly beautiful piece of music.

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (I am lost to the world, 16 August 1901)

is one of the Rückert-Lieder

The "Rückert-Lieder is a song cycle of five Lieder for voice and orchestra or piano by Gustav Mahler, based on poems written by Friedrich Rückert." (Wikipedia)

This piece seems to incorporate all of Mahler's most beautiful and heartbreaking elements into one
7 minute song. 

It always seems to break me up. 

There are many fine 
performances of this great work.
My favorites include those by
Janet Baker,
Jose Van Dam,
Dagmar Peckova. 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Quiz For A Million!

Welcome back Dear Readers

Dear Friends.

Have you ever

felt misunderstood?



Many of our finest Artists have.


we ask this question...

Which one of these 

20th Century 


wrote music to accompany 

the following lyrics?

"I have lost track of the world
with which I used to waste much time;
it has heard nothing of me for so long,
it may well think I'm dead.
And for me it is of no concern at all
if it treats me as dead.
Nor can I say anything at all against it,
for in truth I am dead to the world.
I am dead to the hurly-burly of the world
and repose in a place of quietness!
I live alone in my heaven,
in my loving, in my song."

1. Nick Cave
2. Jim Morrison
3. Nick Drake
4. Tom Waits
5. Other

Monday, September 6, 2010

Scents and Impressions

I walked down the stairs the other day 

and thought I smelled Jordan Almonds

which for some reason 

reminded me of my Mother. 

Driving down the street yesterday 

suddenly I smelled Licorice. 

Driving back again later

I smelled the Licorice again.

In the same place.

In Jo Nesbo's 

The Redeemer

the bad guy takes 

"a sip of the whiskey.

It tasted of hospital and ashes."

Through my closed apartment door

I thought I heard 

a Gamelan Orchestra.

It's really not surprising when you think about it.

 It was 

Ivan Morevac 



Cloches a travers les feuilles.