Musical Monday

A little musical filler during my usual holiday-dearth-of-blogging. This is an artist I got pointed to by Amazon’s Cloud Player, as a suggestion while I was listening to some Nightwish.

One of the great benefits of YouTube is that you can listen to a song before buying it. I do believe that I will be acquiring several of Delain’s songs in the very near future.

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Election Night Earworm

An appropriate tune for your enjoyment as we wait for the results of the elections.

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Musical Interlude – Lindsey Stirling: Phantom of the Opera

Another good one!

Enjoy!

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Tuesday Tunes

Today it’s a video from The Piano Guys. They’re pretty good.

Enjoy!

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Friday musical comparisons

One of the groups I’m pretty fond of is Nightwish, and I’ve posted a few of their songs before. They’re a Finnish “symphonic metal” band, and actually worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in one album (titled Once, released in 2004). In 2005 they split with their original lead vocalist Tarja Turunen and soon after they brought in their new vocalist Anette Olzon.

I like Anette’s voice, and she is very talented, but Tarja’s voice was unique and probably unmatched in modern popular music. I miss Tarja’s voice in the band, as Anette’s voice just doesn’t work with some of their earlier songs, but think the split was actually good for the band itself, as they were sort of going from “Nightwish” to “Tarja Turunen and her backup band”. The current situation lets Nightwish shine on their own and bring a greater breadth to their music – Tarja’s voice didn’t work well with certain music styles, I think – and at the same time let’s Tarja shine on her own as well.

To illustrate this, I’ll post two videos with Tarja and two with Anette, One each of both a ballad style and a more metal style.

First up is Tarja in Sleeping Sun.

Next is Tarja in Over the Hills and Far Away.

Now for Anette. This one is the ballad Turn Loose the Mermaids from their latest albumImaginarium.

And for a harder sound, we have her singing The Escapist from her first Nightwish album Dark Passion Play.

Honestly, I wish they could both be in Nightwish together, and combine both vocal styles in one band.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the music!

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An interlude. And it’s all musical and stuff.

Another great one from Nightwish.

 

Heck, let’s make it a twofer.

Enjoy!

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Another Musical Interlude

To finish off this week’s Skyrim theme, here’s a pretty good metal cover of the main theme.

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Musical Interlude – Lindsey Stirling Skyrim

Pretty cool! Two artists, Lindsey Stirling (violin) and Peter Hollens (vocals), recorded 120 tracks and mixed them to create one piece.

Lots of time and effort for a three and a half minute song. Plus shooting an awesome video (I particularly like the first-person “in game” perspective, complete with crosshairs, compass, and the life/magicka/stamina meters).

You have to love her videos. She really pays attention to detail, especially in the “geek” videos for things like clothing and location choices. She’s nailed them in both this and the Zelda video, and I think she did pretty good in her LOTR video, too.

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Musical Interlude

Not feeling bloggy lately, so here’s a little music for you instead.

Enjoy.

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Musical Interlude – even more Lindsey Stirling

Another good one.

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