Friday Night Culture – Strings!

flying with a cello

I think my favorite instrument of all is the cello, yes even more than the guitar! I love the deep, rich sound of the cello. At our house we listen to a variety of music, including classical.

I’ve picked three amazing videos for us tonight, each different and yet so beautiful. I love the natural beauty and cinematography of each one.

I Will Wait, by 2 Cellos. The scenery here is amazing, and the waterfalls are exceptional. If you’ve never heard these two guys before you, are in for a real musical treat. I also enjoy how they mix classical music, with contemporary. Check out their videos on youtube.

Into the Woods Medley, by Lindsey Stirling. Her music is always good, and here she plays a medley from the movie. Once again the nature photography is wonderfully beautiful, and there is an element of fantasy and fairy tales, woven in.

This Is Your Fight Song, by the Piano Guys. Stunning photography, along with inspiring music make this video a favorite of mine. There is such beauty, strength, and encouragement here! Ever been to Scotland? Let’s take a ride. Here we have the cello accompanied by the piano, and escorted by Highland drums and bagpipes!

Let us keep marching, because we are not finished yet, and we all have a lot more beauty to share!

    

Enjoy! Have a great weekend!

       

Commentary © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

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videos from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Friday Night Culture – Positive Metal

from wallpaper-kid via google

So the music of hard rock and heavy metal has always packed a powerful punch, literally. It is hard driving, and loud. It used to be, and sometimes still is, raw, angry fighting music. And because of that, there can be a dark, negative side, carrying monsters and death. No thanks, I want life not death. But if you put some positive words, and an attitude of hope in it, now you’re talking my language!

The first selection here is raw, and an anthem for not giving up. No matter what happens in our lives (I think there are limits to this) we can overcome. This song is gritty, hard, and loud. Please be careful with your ears! Watch for the hair throwing! I think this style of hard rock is more from the 1990’s. By the way there are three people in the video besides the band. A man involved in perhaps a tragic car accident, a woman fighting cancer, and a teenager that appears to be fighting an eating disorder. Like I said hard, but a sense of hope.

The second song is more of what is known as sonic metal. Listen to the guitars closely, especially in the beginning, and you will hear a sonic, airplane type noise, which is more electronic than the first video. It is also a proclamation of “Hey can we get some help down here??” It’s something we can all relate to. The weird thing too is that these two videos are from the same band! Their looks, style, and sound has all changed. The group is Fireflight.

The last video shows that hard rock has developed a blending of the arts. The poetry here is amazing, there is also nature, and yes loud guitars. The style here I believe is called, symphonic metal. It is admittedly a little strange, but the message is again positive, bringing a sense of hope to the elderly, to the hardest working among us. I love the very ending. The group is Nightwish.

Have a great weekend!

    

Commentary © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

image from wallpaper-kid via google

videos from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

River Flows in You

A simple video with extremely beautiful music. I love Lindsey Stirling’s music but sometimes simplicity is even more beautiful than special effects. This video is done with a violin and harp. Let your spirit soar.

Have a great rest of the week!

Peace.

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

video from youtube/music Lindsey Stirling

Blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Elements

I always knew that nature could sing, and be musical, but Lindsey Stirling takes this to another level. The four elements of earth, wind, fire, and water are the backdrop of this wonderful video. Lindsey often incorporates beautiful nature photography and/or special effects. She is also a fantastic violinist.

A short poem:

In the wind I am free,

fire cuts through the nonsense,

I drink the life,

while the earth holds me – still.

Have a great rest of the week!

Poetry and Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

video from youtube/music from Lindsey Stirling

Blessings to everyone and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Rising – By the Yoshida Brothers

This is an unsual blend of traditional Asian music and modern. It’s been a while since I have featured this group, and I love the sound of the stringed instrument they play, called the Shamisen. I think it is Japanese and it seems to only have two strings. It reminds me a little of the banjo. These guys really know how to play, and they have hands like lightning! Have a great weekend!

Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

video from youtube, music from The Yoshida Brothers

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

In the 1960’s this was a powerful song, and it still is. There is a sadness in the words, but within the sadness there is a deep beauty. It is also meant to teach us something. The group is Peter, Paul, and Mary. I also like the interaction they have with the audience, as they have them sing some as well. This was one of the most famous songs from when I was growing up, but I never caught on to the meaning of the words, until now. There is a noise at the commercial, at the end of the video, which I don’t like, so be careful with the volume. Have a great rest of the week!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

video from youtube

Asian Strings

These guys really know how to play the stringed instrument, called the shamisen. It reminds me somewhat of the banjo in the US, but it is smaller. It appears to have only two strings, so the sounds it makes are amazing. This is also an ancient instrument but the style they  play here seems to be a blend of traditional and modern. They play better than many rock stars I have seen! Go Yoshida Brothers!

Have a great weekend!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

video from youtube