Bond – Classical Crossover

If you love hot music and beautiful women, or possibly beautiful music and hot women, Bond may be right up your alley. It certainly is mine. They are an Australian/British string quartet that specializes in classical crossover music.

The group consists of Tania Davis (first violin, formerly viola, from Sydney, Australia), Eos Chater (second violin, from Cardiff, Wales), Elspeth Hanson (viola, from Upper Basildon, England)[4] and Gay-Yee Westerhoff (cello, from Hull, England). Hanson replaced original band member Haylie Ecker (formerly first violin), who left in 2008 to have a child.

Wikipedia says, Their debut album Born was removed from the UK classical chart, apparently owing to its “sounding too much like pop music”. Born later rose to the #1 position on 21 different charts around the world. Shine, their second album, went gold in six countries. Remixed, their third release, featured remixes from their first two hit albums as well as three new unreleased pieces. Their third studio album Classified was a popular and successful release: Classified went double platinum in Australia, reaching the number one spot on both the classical and pop charts. Explosive: The Best of Bond, their latest release, is a “best of” collection that includes three previously unreleased pieces. They also participated at the Miss World 2000 pageant in London.

The classical violinist Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra performed live on New Year’s Eve in Vienna in a set that includes many Strauss favorites, as well as an appearance from Bond performing “Victory”.

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More recently, Bond also performed “I Am the Walrus” alongside Russell Brand at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony.

Tony

Ode to Bobbie Gentry

I have Sirius Satellite Radio in my car and my presets include music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. On a recent ride, Ode to Billie Joe came on and I found myself haunted by the writing as well as being transported by the eerie music backing it. I was really happy to learn that Bobbie Gentry, the singer, wrote it and this was her debut recording.

Although it was created just short of 50 years ago, I doubt that any current readers are not familiar with the song.

Here is the first verse:
It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day
I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay
And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
And Mama hollered out the back door “y’all remember to wipe your feet”
And then she said “I got some news this mornin’ from Choctaw Ridge”
“Today Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.”

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Look at how specific the phrases are: The third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day. Lovely alliteration with the d sounds, too. Very strong images. She paints such a clear picture for us to immerse ourselves. Great verbs in the next line Choppin‘ cotton and balin‘ hay. Very specific and also very vivid. In seconds, the listener is transported to the Delta on a summer day doing field work. And, then the day is done and we have a leisurely walt back to dinner. I love the introduction of Mama who runs the house reminding them to wipe their feet. And then the refrain … the horrible news about Billy Joe MacAllister.
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Thank You – All 200 of You!

I just got this little badge from WordPress that said I had a LIKABLE BLOG.

When I started writing this blog last month, I fully expected to post about two dozen items over the coming year. Here I am in my second month and I am on number 35. Go figure!

I saw and loved the movie Premium Rush and wanted to write about it. It didn’t seem to fit the other blog that I co-write with my friend John, so I started this blog. I wanted to write about My Favorite Things as I said on my About page. I guess didn’t know that I had so many.

It’s gratifying that my simple message of positivity and beauty can find such a welcome.

I want to thank all of you folks who have visited my blog and taken the time to LIKE what you read and saw. I am thrilled that someone else likes my photos. I don’t think I am dry yet, so I hope you will return from time to time.

Just informationally, I also co-write a blog on Diet, Exercise and Good Health including Healthy Aging. It was John’s brainchild, an old friend from Reuters. You can check it out at: guysandgoodhealth.com.

Tony