alexandral: (Photos - Wolf in very cold winter)
This is so beautiful it gives me goosebumps and brings a tear to my face.

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alexandral: (GoT - Winter the watch oath)
This is cross-posted, for keeping

I love Game of Thrones and I love Queen. It is one of my favourite bands and Freddy Mercury is the best singer ever as far as I am concerned. Here are sone of game of Thrones Characters are "Their" songs from Queen.

Youtube links and the rest of craracters )

alexandral: (Rosseau dream)
I am fully back with "Supernatural" love because the season 5 was quite good. Both my daughter and I watched it with interest (and isn't it great to have someone to watch things with me - we seem to have similar tastes!!!) . To be honest, the ending of the season was quite week and very anti-climatic, but there were plenty of good episodes in the season. The best episodes for me were the ones with the Four Horsemen, and the episode 5.21, the one with Death, Pale Rider, is most definitely one of the strongest episodes of the entire series.

Death gives Dean his ring, he is not keen on Lucifer and wants him back in the cage.

This episode included one of my most favourite blue grass songs, "O Death", in a fantastic interpretation:

1. This is the actual scene that used the song (episode 5.21) from Youtube, for some reason unembeddable:

2. "Oh Death" sang by Jen Titus:More from Youtube )
alexandral: (Photos - Summer red)
A new album demo by Jay Chou. I absolutely adore the song, I can't stop listening to it. I wish I knew what the title is and what the lyrics are. I would appreciate any translations - anyone knows Chinese?

Jay Chou is apparently turned into a Vampire for this new album (although it seems it is his friend, not him on the promo pictures. Very confusing:Promo pictures: )
alexandral: (Art - Yerko - The Snow Queen)
"DDT" group is almost a single exception among the members of Russian rock movement of 80s . These were young groups that made songs of political and social protest at the end of the existence of totalitarian USSR, but after the fall of USSR and the fall of the old communist government almost all of these groups lost their direction - some have been disbanded, some tried to make it singing pop-songs without too much success, some turned way too deeply into religion. "DDT" is may be a single group among them that hasn't lost it's political direction - it's many hits include "Don't shoot", "The White River", "Missing One". "DDT" continue to be very popular in Russia and they continue to be a group that constantly challenges the current Russian government.

For me, the secret of their lasting popularity is in the fact that the group (and especially, the leader, Yuri Shevchuk) have never been paying too much attention to their popularity. They sing because they want to and they sing what they want, never compromise and never give up. And it also helps that Yuri Shevchuk is a very good poet (in Russia, the quality of song lyrics is very important) who writes his songs himself and that he has an exceptional voice (very low and sexy :D).

There are many great protest songs in DDT's repertoire, but my all-time favourite is the song that by the legend Yuri Shevchuk wrote after the death of his young wife, Elmira. The song's title is "Ravens in the sky" and it is very much in tradition of Russian folk songs, very haunting and beautiful.

Ravens in the sky, monks under the sky
And I am in between, a girl in an embroidered shirt
Lying in the vast space , light and comely,
And the Sun is older (than me) and the wind is younger.

alexandral: (Art - melissa graf - fly away)
I love this song so much - I never get tired of it. I have completely forgotten that it was a rare song by Nautilus that had a very good video clip. Youtube is great - I found something I forgot long time ago and it is like the whole late 80s - beginning of 90s are flooding back. So much happened, my generation has been living through the "May You Live In Interesting Times" curse for quite a while already.

Nautilus Pompilius: Wings

Lyrics translated from Russian )
alexandral: (Farscape - the face of revenge)
GRRRRRR! I have quite a bad case of headache. I haven't been on computer much (and this feels so WRONG :D), I have been just listening to some music, mostly Leonard Cohen whose voice has the most awesome soothing qualities.

I have heard from [ profile] nutmeg3 that Leonard Cohen did a live concert in the Beacon Theatre, New York. I WISH I WAS THERE. But the great thing, of course, is that we live in most fabulous times when you could find anything you want on the Internet in 5 minutes.

Leonard Cohen singing Democracy in the Beacon Theatre New York. This song is just perfect - Democracy is coming to the USA )
alexandral: (Pink Panther - Armed and dangerous)
I am so sorry - I have forgotten that yesterday was St.Patrick's day. Later is better than never! Happy yesterday's St. Patrick day!

Below is "Oh, Danny boy" sang by Muppets. Totally hysterically hilarious. Muppets are the best:

The song is brought to you by Sasha's discovery of Youtube. I am not sure if I like her interest in Youtube or not as there are so many things on Youtube I DON'T want her to see or listen to. So far I am doing "parental control" by only allowing her to browse Youtube whilst i am at home and can supervise.
alexandral: (Hot Fuzz - Jean Reno has nothing on me)
I have been tagged by [ profile] gws with 20-existential-questions meme. I concur: my answers behind the cut: What kind of person do you think you are? )

20. Do you have an all time favorite song?
"Dance me to the end of love" by Leonard Cohen, with it's everlasting longing and sensuality is my all time favourite song. I have heard it for the first time 12 years ago and no matter how often I listen to it I never get tired. It has almost become an extension of what I am. It is a very personal song, I often say to Mr.Alexander that when we celebrate our 50th anniversary I'll sing it for him. :D

Jack Vettriano created a panting influenced by this song. I like the painting too. :D Jack Vettriano, Dance me to the end of love )

Community promotion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There is a new community for the fans of Korean actor Bae Yong Joon., [ profile] bae_yong_joon. Come and join fannish squee! It will have picture posts, icons and reviews of Bae Yong Joon's work. (and also anything that is relevant)
alexandral: (Hammershoi - Light)
I am so SO happy for Coen brothers who reached Oscar success with "No country for old men" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Coen brothers are probably my favourite screenwriters/directors of all times as I love every film they made and this doesn't happen for me with too many directors. I even love some of their less successful films like "Ladykillers". Everything they made works well for me, but of course, especially "Fargo". :D

Coen's brothers special is in the soundtracks they use for their films. Our family lurves them - we own CDs and we listen them constantly. Confession : We even know the lyrics to every song as we often sing them in imperfect harmony. And we have our personal favourites!

"O Brother, where art thou?" , soundtrack
I have included few songs from "O brother, where art thou?", just to celebrate! This soundtrack won "Album of the year" in Grammy awards 2002 and was certified as eight times platinum in 2007. It is definitely my favourite soundtrack of all times.

1. Mr. Alexander's favourite song, the main song from the film - "I am a man of constant sorrow" is sang and played there few times by few different artists. The song originally was written by Dick Burnett, a blind fiddler from Kentucky somewhere at the beginning of the 20th century. The version Mr.A likes the most is by "Union Station"'s lead Dan Tyminsky:

Some more family favourites :D )

I'll try to watch "No country for old men" today. I am so much looking forward to this!

PS Oh, I have almost forgotten - I am going to London on Tuesday and Wednesday for another Oracle User Group and will be back on Thursday!
alexandral: (The lives of others - Wiesler Konspirati)
If there is an artist that had the biggest influence in my life it is Russian actor, poet, underground singer and song-writer Vladimir Vysotsky. If there is one Russian artist you want to discover - it will be Vladimir. One of these people who burned so brigth and lived so fast that everything and everyone else in comparison seemed to fade. He only lived 42 years and died in 1980. Almost 1 million people visited his funeral in Moscow, I think it was the biggest funeral Russia have ever seen.

I am listening to his CDs often as I drive and one of the songs that are always on my mind is "I don't like". Mr. Alexander likes this song very much which is unusual as he doesn't like many of the Russian musicians.

I don't make "I don't like" lists, whatever I want to say always feels false.. But I like Vladimir's list, it is mine too.

Vysotsky: I don't like: (in my translation)

I don't like the fatal outcome
I never get tired of life;The rest of the lyrics behind the cut )

Vladimir Vysotsky singing "I don't like", Youtube clip (I love, you, Youtube!)

alexandral: (Vrubel - Demon seating)
Russian folk music: Black Raven

This is a very traditional Russian folk song - I found a beautiful clip of it on Youtube by a group I haven't known before, Hi-Fi. This is one of the songs that reflect the past and present of Russia so well so it is not surprising that the clip uses the theme of World War 2. It is sad and beautiful. It is may be one of the most referenced and frequently sang Russian folk songs.

One of the facts: This song influenced Russian language, it is one of the reasons why black NKVD cars of Stalinist era were nick-named "black ravens".

My very poor translation:

Black raven,
why are you circling
Above my head?

In vain you are waiting
for your pray,
I am not yours.

Please pass a word
To my dear

Tell her that
I am already married,
I have married someone else.

I was married by a bullet
Under a broom** bush,
A Sharp sabre was my matchmaker
And a dun horse was my father-in-law.

Black raven
Black raven
Why are you circling
above my head?

In vain you are waiting
for your pray,
I am not yours.

Note: ** - broom bush is a direct translation of Rassian "rakita" but I am not sure if this is a correct word!!

I know - this is a very sad song but it is so much in my genetic memory that is always with me, I love it. It makes me cry. Many Russian folk singers sing this song but I realliy liked the lead vocal and the interesting anti-war, WW2-themed clip by Hi-Fi.

Black raven

To compare, this song is sang by one of the famous Russian folk singers, Jeanna Bichevskaya )

Hmm, I am getting to obsessed with all things wolf and raven..
alexandral: (Three Colours Red - fraternity)
Today is a birthday of [ profile] baleanoptera whom I "met" less then a year ago I haven't met yet in RL, but in whom from the very beginning I felt you are akindred spirit!

Happy birthday, dear! I hope you are having a wonderful day because you totally deserve it!

In honor of [ profile] baleanoptera this is a musical post. I have acquired quite few CDs with Russian music on my Moscow trip. I don't have an i-pod yet and may be will never will because even though I love i-pods theoretically (shiny!!!!!!!) I find listening to the music whilst having my headphones on quite distracting from the tasks at hand. I usually listen to the music whilst driving or at home on CD player.. I bought CDs of many of my old favourites in Moscow but I also discovered from my sister's recommendation a new obsession with a Russian group whose style is quite an unusual one for me!

Zveri (or "Animals" ) is a rock/rap/pop bad which was organized in 2001 by the lead singer Roman Bilik (who is known under the name of Roman Zver). They are very popular in Russia. It is difficult for me to explain what captivates me personally so much in their sound because it seems that I am getting a little too old for this type of music. :D It just seems that their songs and lyrics are so matching to the present mood and feeling in Russia that it is as almost as if the soul of Moscow's streets, districts and blocks is pouring out in their singing. Plus Roman has a live-wire crazy energy about him that is just so catching! He is not exceptionally good looking but this is never a problem in Russia where everything is about soul and lyrics and always has been.

Videos and pictures this way )
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+ Sasha and I watched "The Idiot’s Lantern" of Dr. Who yesterday. While I still found it very pleasant to watch and TV Lady was suitably scary, I really was not keen at all on Ten’s shouting face and was missing my Nine like mad. I just don’t think David Tennant is as good an actor as CE was, that is all. For me he over-acts and over-shouts. Sorry!! I was trying my best to like him, and at his best, when he is serious, I think "wow", but more and more recently - NO!!! I think I will have to watch “Dr. Who” this year because Sasha adores it, but – it is not my cup of tea entirely. And where all Doctor/Rose furtive glances and their wonderful chemistry gone????

+ I have bought Nick Cave’s "Murder Ballads", I was thinking to acquire it for a while, but now when I am listening to it I remembered that I used to own this exact CD in Russia and I used to be crazy about “Where the Wild Roses Grow”.

+ I don’t know how it is for other people, but my brain has been totally transformed by moving countries/languages so that many things exist for me totally in parallel. Due to some differences in translation of names and titles, I know a number of books, films and music which I used to like in Russia and which I can’t find in England. Names starting with "K" and "C" are difficult because in Russian language the same letter "K" is used for both. Film titles are difficult too, because in Russia films are often dubbed and film titles are translated not directly, but more in touch with Russian culture.

+ I remembered my that long time ago one of my friends was suggesting that part of the “national character” is defined by the national language, the way a person thinks on one language or another, like for example, English is well-structured and the position of the words in a sentence doesn’t change, where in Russian you can put the words in a sentence any way you want, but of course, this changes the meaning.

+VM season 2 beginning )
alexandral: (Three Colours Red - Music)
Shostakovich. Especially Symphony N7, or Leningrad symphony which Shostakovich wrote in a middle of the Nazi’s Siedge of Leningrad. Very dramatic and wonderful music. Russian soul. “Grimly triumphant finale”.

I am hearing it in my head because tomorrow is THE DAY OF WRATH or my Presentation of Wrath. I am all ready for it, it just last minute nerves kicked in, I think. I am thinking about crazy things like I am going to be hit by a bus while crossing the Road 5 minutes before my presentation. Or there will be a major Network distruption and I will not be able to demonstrate my Web-site. And othe things like that. I am FINE, it is just NERVES!!!

My condolences to all Veronica Mars fans because I realised there are some VERY BAD developments.

My condolences to the BSG fans in the light of the recent spoilers.

I keep thinking about [ profile] elspethsheir. My best wishes and thoughts with you wherever you are!!!!!

Ok, it all will be good!
alexandral: (Wallace and Gromit - Hande hoch)
Dr. Strangelove. I had it for about a year at home and finally watched it yesterday. This film is so off-the-wall that anything else in the world is completely glued to the wall in comparison. What can I say – O my poor head this is SO CRAZY!. But it is funny and black and dead-pan and most excellent.
This one of the films which assure me that America is a very democratic country. Because – how could they let this film be otherwise? He-He! Surely I can see why it never crossed the Russian border during the Cold War ;).

Blockbusters on-line is sending me Elisabeth (I haven’t seen it yet) and Jude . This weekend is going to be full of Christopher Eccleston. Harray!

Music: I have acquired Marillion CD , because [ profile] winterspel likes it so much and surely there must be something in it. I usually listen to music when I drive. The first composition, Grendel, lasted through my morning’s journey because it is 18 minutes long. I liked it; it reminded me of “Stairway to heaven”.

My friend from work gave me a great collection of Bob Marley‘s songs. I was listening it today whole day long, swinging in rhythm. Fantastic!

It is the day of the PARENTS MEETING at Sasha’s school. I always feel apprehensive, I don’t know why.

And it is still freezing. Ok, I am going to enjoy warm weather more when it comes. ;)
alexandral: (Wings)
We all have lost something
In this senseless war

I felt nostalgic and re-watched two Russian films with Sergey Bodrov and Oleg Menshikov at the weekend, both touching the theme of Chechen's war.Thank you very much [ profile] ginger001 for recommending a seller on E-bay who has the good collection of Russian films.

Prisoner of the Mountains I absolutely love this anti-war movie. Very simple, but powerful and moving.
Film’s idea is based on Lev Tolstoy’s story. It tells about Chechens war - a "sore spot" of Russia for about two centuries already. Two Russian soldiers are taken hostage in attempt to exchange them for the son of one of the village elders, Abdul-Murat. Two soldiers are played by Sergey Bodrov Jr. and Oleg Menshikov (my totally favourite pair of Russian actors). Because of non-judgmental way of telling the story and amazing attempt to understand the culture of both Russian people and especially people of Caucasus, film never fails to make me cry. What are we doing in Chechya? What is the purpose of this war? Why soldiers and civilians are dying there for so many years? Why don’t we ever understand each other? If you haven’t seen this film before I can’t recommend it enough.
Screencap of Sergey . Sergey’s nickname is ‘a babe’ – he is so cute )

Brother or 'Brat' in Russian Betrayal and brotherly love, Russian mafia and Sanct Petersburg. Sergey Bodrov plays Danila, a young boy who is freshly demobilized from the Chechen's war.
I love this film because for me it is a story about "Russian national character" (if there is one). I don’t know if I am right but I notice difference in attitudes and approaches between Russian and English people. Saying this I I believe it is totally wrong to measure individuals with prejudice. (Sorry I am running away on a rant)
I like this film also because it shows one of the great movements of Perestroyka - Russian rock music, and in particular one most famous groups, Nautilus Pompilius

Russian rock Voice of change, voice of freedom.. Musically it is not “rock” in a sense this word means in the West, melodies often have Russian influence. The main emphasis is always on lyrics. Russian rock started in the 80-s as half-underground movement in the Sanct Petersburg rock club and lyrics tell stories of that generation. Because many groups are from Sanct Petersburg, music and lyrics often are influenced by this great city, it’s grandeur, history, sadness and strange weather. One of the poets named Sanct Petersburg “The Beast”

Nautilus Pompilius. This group was founded in one of the large cities on Ural mountains, Ekaterinburg, but spend much time in Sanct Petersburg later.Nice melodies. Great lyrics.
I have uploaded two of Nautilus songs and their lyrics to share. It is always so difficult to find good translation for the poetry, [ profile] ginger001 was saying about synergy, poems somehow are more then just straightforward sum of translated phrases.. ;(

I don’t know what you think about downloading music, but it must be not so easy to get Russian music in some of the places in the world you guys live. If we lived in one city, you could have borrowed this music to listen. I guess i am just dying to know what do you think about these songs, that is all;)

1. Wings – this song is from the “Brother” movie. I love this song, and the lyrics just describe the way I feel sometimes. And sometimes i think this song is about Russia and Chechen's war ..

Link for ‘Wings’Wings lyrics )

2. Farewell letter or Good by America – this is probably one of my favourite songs EVER. It describes perfectly how i felt in late 80's early 90’s after the lifting of the iron curtain. Before that time it was almoust impossible for me to go abroad, especially to non-Soviet countries, it was like to go to the moon. (Little did i know of my future! I would have been studing English rather then Computing if I did ;) )

Link for ‘Farewell letter’Farewell letter lyrics )

And also - I aM so glad [ profile] koalathebear is back safely!


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