Concerto For Flute And Harp K. 299; 2nd Movement (1778) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang and his mother Anna Maria Mozart travelled to Paris in 1778

No other classical music composer will appear in this music library project as often as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791). This gorgeous concerto was included on the soundtrack of one of all my all time favourite movies Amadeus. He wrote the Concerto For Flute And Harp while staying for the second time in Paris with his 57 year-old mother Anna Maria who tragically died during their stay in June 1778 just 4 months after he wrote this commissioned piece.

According to the timeline, the young 22 year-old’s time in Paris even prior to his mother’s passing was ‘one disappointment after another’ Mozart wrote to his father: “Now I have to wait half an hour in a freezing, unheated room without a fireplace.” Whatever he tried, was to no avail. Only by taking on some music students was he able to support himself and his mother. One of those music students was Marie-Louise-Philippine, the daughter of Adrien-Louis de Bonnières, duc de Guînes who commissioned Mozart to write a concert for flute. Adrien-Louis who had served as a French Army general was a flutist himself. Mozart stated in a letter to his father that he thought the duke played the flute “extremely well” and that Marie’s playing of the harp was “magnifique”.

Despite these sporadic commissions it is said that while Mozart was out, getting rebuffed by Parisian nobility again and again, his mother lingered in a dark, cold room, suffering from hunger. Ana Maria was a simple housewife who had given up everything for her son. Meanwhile Mozart could not understand why the Parisians were not raving about him. How different the times had been when as the child prodigy Mozart at 7 years old was welcomed with open arms by the Parisian aristocracies and presented at Court at Versailles.

At the time this composition for Flute and Harp were written, they were considered an extremely unusual combination. The harp was still in development and considered a ‘plucked piano’ rather than a standard orchestral instrument. Perhaps Mozart’s opinion was analogous to those times because he would not write another composition for the harp again, but the result was a charming and joyous work. According to wikpedia the concerto is often played by chamber ensembles, because it is technically and elegantly challenging for both the solo instruments it calls for. It is also often played by orchestras to display the talents of their own flautists and harpists.

1. Wikipedia – Concerto_for_Flute, Harp,_and_Orchestra (Mozart)
2. Timeline – A Dark Chapter in the History of his Life
3. Redlands Symphony – Concerto for Flute & Harp, K. 299

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24/5 – 30/5/21 The Hit, Dylan Story, Ivermectin Study & Sam Harris’ audience

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Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.

Video presentation at Foolish Baseball

I have presented videos before from this fantastic baseball production hit on You Tube. I have found all their videos highly entertaining and informative for the lay baseball fan like me. I came to baseball late in life, after having moved to the Americas. Suffice to say my knowledge of its history and key statistical data is still under developed, but Foolish Baseball has been an invaluable education resource about these 2 crucial facets of the game.

Today’s video discusses the most crucial statistical data kept on baseball known as cWPA. You may have heard of WPA win probability added, but cWPA is championship win probability added and the baseball hit praised here as the greatest of all time sits at the top of Everest as far as baseball stats are concerned. THE HIT was in the 1960 World Series between the Yankees and Pirates, which was capped off by a Bill Mazeroski walkoff home run. To this day, it is the only Game 7 walkoff home run in the World Series. But this wasn’t even THE HIT!!! (watch full video presentation here)

Video Interview at Otis Gibbs

Chuck Mead tells a hilarious Bob Dylan story about when BR549 toured with the great one. It was published on Bob’s 80th birthday on May 24 this year. I have heard and read so many intriguing insider stories about Bob and I even published a great one here about when Dylan was picked up by the cops. But, I think the Chuck Mead’s recount here about when he played for Bob tops the previous one. It has one of the most bemusing endings one could hope for. A must see for Dylan fans and / or rock-history enthusiasts. (Watch full interview here)

Video presentation by Dr. John Campbell

This video inspired me (amongst other resources) to buy Ivermectin today and prescribe myself the doses as a prophylaxis for COVID in preparation for upcoming vacations with my children to Jungle country, not too far south from Bogotá. COVID is rampant here and the vaccines are slow to be dispersed and not widely available comparative to 1st world countries.  (I am not a medical professional and individuals should seek their doctor’s advice before taking any new medication)

This presentation discusses a research study about the role of Ivermectin in India, specifically the Prophylactic role of ivermectin in SARS-CoV-2 infection among healthcare workers. Healthcare workers (HCWs) are vulnerable to getting infected withSARS-CoV-2 and the prevention of HCWs from getting infected is a priority to maintain healthcare services. This study investigated the therapeutic and preventive role of ivermectin in COVID-19 and shows some eye-opening results. (Watch full video presentation here)

Video presentation excerpt at Lex Clips

Sam Harris has featured a lot in my blog. I found him a very engaging and thoughtful podcaster and philosopher. But his persistent and tiresome verbal bashing of Trump and his supporters in the lead up to the last US election left me disenchanted to say the least and his announcement of turning in his IDW (intellectual Dark Web) membership card put a great strain on my willingness to continue seeking his opinion. Despite not even being a supporter of Trump, I confess I am one of the frustrated followers he alludes to in the interview here because of his perverse obsession with Trump’s character yet unwillingness to address the effectiveness on Trump’s policies while in office.

I would like Sam to address with all his rational objectivity the state of the world today since Trump left office, specifically the US economy (inflation, unemployment and immigration) and US foreign policy (Middle East Relations and the Socialist uprising in Latin America). (Watch full video excerpt here)

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Como Yo (2007) – Juan Luis Guerra

Juan Luis Guerra in 2007 with his 5 Latin Grammy awards

The songs from one of Latin America’s most successful music artists Juan Luis Guerra are coming thick and fast here at the music library project. It’s not surprising given the vast discography of excellent music which has become well and truly embedded in Latin culture. From my experience, there is no other singer-songwriter who gets more airplay on the radio, and today’s song Como Yo (Like Me) is one of his most popular hits.

Unlike the previous 3 songs to feature here which all came from the landmark 1990 album Bachata Rosa, Como Yo is from Juan Luis’ 2007 5 times grammy award-winning album – (The Key to My Heart). The night before the Latin Grammy Awards, he received the Academy’s Person of the Year Award for his contribution to Latin music and for his philanthropy. Here in Colombia La Llave de mi Corazon sold 17,000 copies in just 3 days of being released. Como Yo reached No 21 on US Latin Tracks.

Look, I’ve seen Plácido Domingo sing in Rigoletto
From Beethoven Fidelio and the Nine Symphonies
Brandenburg Concerts and a Muscovite Choir
But nothing compares to your pretty face

How I love you, how I long for you
If you are not here, I do not know how to live
How I love you, how I long for you
If you are not here, I am not happy, oh no no

Look, I’ve seen Monet’s Agapanthus at the MOMA
I have seen the works of Van Gogh and Picasso
exhibited The Foliage of Cézanne and the Mona Lisa
But nothing compares to your pretty face

(Loose english translation)

I really like the upbeat tempo, catchy melody, and animated delivery in contrast to the desperate lyrics. A lot of the great music in history has this juxtaposition between the melody and words. It grabs the listener straight off the bat and it’s hard not to feel uplifted by it at least based on my listening experience. In contrast to the Bachata style of music from the 3 previous entries, Como Yo has a more commercial Latin Pop sound. In fact, it is better described as part of the Merengue genre of music which like the Bachata also originates from the Dominican Republic where Juan Luis is from. What distinguishes Merengue music from other styles is how I have described it above – upbeat and rapid tempo and festive atmosphere.

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Como Abeja Al Panal (1990) – Juan Luis Guerra

Juan Luis Guerra

Como Abeja Al Panel (Like a Bee to the Honeycomb) is the third song to feature from Juan Luis Guerra in this music library project. All three songs so far are from Guerra’s hugely popular 1990 Bachata Rosa. Juan Luis is one of my favourite Latin artists. I imagine that more songs will appear from him here than any other Latin artist in my collection.

Como Abeja Al Panel follows very much the genre of ‘Bachata’ music which originated from Domincan Republic where Juan Luis is from. The album Bachata Rosa which sold over 5 million copies catapulted the genre onto the international stage. For more information about the genre ‘Bachata’ I refer you to my post about the Bachata Rosa.

Como Abeja al Panal was the first single released from the album. It peaked at 31 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs. Interestingly it reached No 55 on the Netherlands single chart. It’s a very romantic song and wonderfully written by Juan Luis. Not only was he blessed with a stellar voice, he is also a naturally gifted songwriter of the old school.

When I come to your door
The bee reaches the honeycomb
The bee comes to the honeycomb,
Hey! Love me like I love you…

Look for me like a bee to the honeycomb
Drink the honey of my life
Hey! Love me
Just once, look and find me
So that my wound heals.

(loose English translation)

Prior to the release of Bachata Rosa, Bachata was generally regarded as lower-class music in the Dominican Republic and did not receive media attention. After Guerra released the album, bachata became socially accepted by the middle- and upper-classes. In 2015, Billboard listed Bachata Rosa as one of the Essential Latin Albums of Past 50 Years stating that “Guerra created an uplifting, love-themed experience from start to finish and stretched Bachata’s limits by playing with merengue, salsa and Afro-Caribbean rhythms”

1. Bachata Rosa -wikipedia

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18/5 – 23/5/21 Ignoring lab leak and ivermectin is “crime of the century” (from Livestream #80)

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Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.

The following podcast excerpt is from Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying‘s podcast about how Dr Kory’s senate hearing regarding Ivermectin had been taken down from You Tube or labelled fake on Facebook. I had mentioned about this hearing on an earlier ‘News on the March‘. 

As an aside below are interesting comments from the video:

After Pierre Kory’s testimony Democrat Gary Peters of Michigan called Kory’s testimony a partisan stunt by the Republican Ron Johnson. Later Kory stated he was a lifelong democrat – not a republican.

And this…

Valley View seniors home in Toronto witnessed a scabies outbreak and all the senior residents were put on Ivermectin. The entire staff was infected with Covid but all the seniors escaped from Covid infection as they were on Ivermectin. This happened in February 2020.. The story was quietly dumped by the mainstream media and the big pharmaceutical corporates. Even WHO didn’t investigate it further. It was sort of miracle. The big pharmaceutical corporates knew it from the beginning that Ivermectin effective in treating Covid patients and as a therapeutic treatment too.. Thereafter Australian study came out, a single dose of Ivermectin reduces the viral load by 93 % within 48 hours..!!!

Ignoring lab leak and ivermectin is “crime of the century” (from Livestream #80)


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Great Moments in Sport – Phil Mickelson PGA 2021 Champion

Phil Mickelson wins the PGA Championship an hour ago as the oldest ‘Mayor’ winner in the history of golf.

This special edition article is presented because I like to share great sporting moments as I see fit. The last time I did this was when my beloved Australian Football team ‘Richmond Tigers‘ won their third premiership in 4 years. This year they have their backs up against the wall to accomplish the 3-peat because their 5 best midfielders are injured. If Richmond somehow won the premiership for their third in a row at 5 wins 5 losses so far this season considering their injuries and the clear umpiring bias (to even the competition because that’s how society is now), then I would consider my Tiges the greatest team dynasty in the history of sport.

Pardon me, I got sidetracked there. The reason for today’s post is to highlight Phil Mickelson’s win today at the PGA Championship. Lets break down why this win will go down in the annals like Tiger Woods comeback win at the 2019 Masters. Firstly Phil Mickelson is 50 years old and he was paying 280-1 before the tournament to win. I had watched him in previous tournaments leading up to this Mayor and personally I had written him off at even being able to contend let alone win another mayor. I wouldn’t normally do that with a 5 time Mayor winner (now six time), but I did based on his ‘game’ leading into this.

It’s weird I follow golf because its one of the few sports I didn’t have any flair at competing in my youth. I was so bad at it. Like really bad! I remember my father confessing to me after my wrists jerked involuntarily at every putt, ‘Umm perhaps this sport isn’t for you son’. Even in my twenties I tried to master it, playing by myself at obscure courses in Canberra, but I couldn’t get a grip on it literally and metaphorically. My father and brother were solid players and I suppose it’s because of their passion I came back to respecting it later in life. Also as we are perpetually in lockdown here, what the f/&k else will I watch (509 people died today). It’s a great relief to see these skilful players carefully traverse these wonderful landscapes and watch a rambunctious crowd unmasked cheering on their heroes. That’s the closest to ‘freedom’ I have got in many months.

The following statistic about Phil’s efforts is wild. Ok ready?…
On the 16th at the Kiawah course today, where everyone chasing Phil (who held a 2 shot lead) had to make a go of catching him on this Par 5. Naturally you would expect his younger rivals to easily outdrive him to achieve the ascendency on this hole. But Phil hit the longest drive today on the 16th at 362 yards outdoing anyone on the course today at the moment most critical. Now if that isn’t the stuff of sporting legend I don’t what is. He now is the oldest Mayor champion in history. That is extraordinary when you consider that the Mayors have existed since the mid 1800s.

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Coming Around Again (1987) – Carly Simon

This song by Carly about romance and family is really well written and beautifully sung. I have always loved hearing it since being a young-en. It reminds me of when things were much more simple. Now we live in times when Cardi B and Megan scissor each other on stage at the Grammys and that is to be applauded or else. How times have changed!

Baby sneezes
Mummy pleases
Daddy breezes in
So good on paper
So romantic
But so bewildering

I know nothing stays the same
But if you’re willing to play the game
It’s coming around again
So don’t mind if I fall apart
There’s more room in a broken heart

The song seems to me be about compromise and following what your heart tells you. It’s how love can evolve and transform into family despite the hardships along the way in forging such a union. The security of a family unit (like an anchor) cannot be denied as it creates our fondest memories as children and stays with us for the rest of our lives.

Carly wrote the song for the 1987 movie Heartburn, staring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. The part I wrote above about hardships is evidently clear in the movie: the vagaries of domestic life with a man who isn’t fully supportive. Her marriage to James Taylor had ended in divorce, and she had two children. Many of her songs paint a picture of her life at that the time she wrote them according to songfacts.

According to wikipedia – The success of the song began a career resurgence for Simon. It peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard. The video below is part home movie of Carly Simon as a baby and young child with her parents.

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Comfortably Numb (1979)- Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd 1979

What more can be said about this song? I don’t know how Floyd created a song which projects the listener in a blissful state of numbness. Each time I hear it, I feel a transcendent feeling of warmness and comfort sweep over me. Perhaps because it could be about loneliness and need for meaning. Who knows?..Let’s find out.

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying

It may be interpreted as relating to the effects drugs or psychedelics, but I never related to this song like that even if Floyd wrote it under the influence about being under the influence. What songs aren’t likewise elucidated when they prod the psyche so profoundly?
So what’s the history behind its making.

Comfortably Numb is one of Pink Floyd’s best known songs and was released on the concept album The Wall. To understand the song’s significance we need to look at how it tied-in with The Wall, one of the greatest albums in English rock history. The album is about an embittered and alienated rock star named Pink. In “Comfortably Numb,” Pink is medicated by a doctor so he can perform for a show.
Bassist Roger Waters wrote the lyrics and was inspired by an experience of being injected with tranquillizers for stomach cramps before a 1977 performance in Philadelphia.

As recalled here at Auraclave‘On the stage, his hands were numb and his vision blurred, but none of this derailed the crowd, who continued to dance and sing. And it was out of this that one of the main themes of The Wall came about: the disconnect between the public and the band.’

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The Kookaburra Moment Part 1

Susan loved eating fresh barbecued fish, but the thought of having bones wedged down my throat meant I couldn’t last the meal. But I delighted in watching Susan munching the tailor flesh like a primeval woman at the mouth of a cave. Any other time she was refined, correct; a marvel at organisation storing money in envelopes marked Fuel, Rent, Telephone, Matt’s fortnightly spending money.

The kids ate packet frozen fish from the microwave. As Johanna my youngest would say, “I don’t like eating fish from the sea”. Sue and I always chuckled when she said that. Ha! Fish from the sea.

Johanna sat in her high chair eating the same crumbed fish as Jessica but waved her plastic fork and giggled at the kookaburra perched on the back porch. Sue was lost in her meal, bent over stripping meat off the fish from the actual sea. I was having my third beer of the night watching my family’s musings in between eating something I can’t recall. The kookaburra persisted and Johanna cackled. “Dadda hahaha,” pointing at it.

I dropped my things.
“Let’s get closer’, I said.
I undid the high chair contraption and grabbed Johanna – her fork still fluttering. She pedalled away and smudged herself against the sliding door. Jessica ran to the freezer and stretched up high latching onto a plastic bag of raw meat.

Sue crouched down and said, “You must be quiet girls or he will fly away. Remember, quiet girls.”

They tiptoed on the verandah towards the kookaburra who I imagined was laughing under his breath, so impervious to the girls approach.

Next week Part 2

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Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Elenyi & Sarah Young

A Venezuelan Mormon introduced me to the music of Elenyi. I read that Elenyi is a female Pop singing group which just happens to be comprised of three talented teenage sisters (two of whom were born in Chile) – Seli, Desi, and Ari and they happen to be much better looking than you and I. Then it’s said they are Latter Day Saints musicians, which is a Mormon Church.

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is a Christian hymn written by the pastor and hymnologist Robert Robinson, who penned the words in the year 1758 at the age of 22. The lyrics, which dwell on the theme of divine grace, are based on 1 Samuel 7:12, in which the prophet Samuel raises a stone as a monument, saying, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us” (KJV). The English transliteration of the name Samuel gives to the stone is Ebenezer, meaning Stone of Help. The unusual word Ebenezer commonly appears in hymnal presentations of the lyrics (verse 2).

I like this viewers comment of the video below:

Whoever reading this, God knows what you are facing through, He heard your cry, He is going to deliver you Just trust in him. Amen

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