Lisa has chosen “WHERE THE UNICORNS PLAY” or “FINDING MY HAPPY PLACE” for the music theme this week.
Eva has chosen :
The Journey ~ Upcoming Music Theme ~ Where Do Your Tracks Lead?
As our theme for next week. Follow the link to read more.
The Last UNICORN — Opening Scene
6 min.

The Irish Rovers — The UNICORN Song
3 min 21 sec.

Brahms’ Lullaby — sung by Chloe Agnew
2min. 34sec.

Innocent children are like stars radiating sparkling warmth and spiritual beauty. How can anyone not be HAPPY in their company? Unless the child is unhappy, then there is a type of selfless joy in doing what can be done for the child’s best interests.

So how is it that the HAPPINESS of children is so easily amplified? A wonder and a mystery for which I am grateful.
God Danced the Day You Were Born — Andrew Lawrence — sung by Hot Soup
2min. 42sec.

My Little Sister sends me a link to this video every year on my birthday, since it was first placed on You Tube. Not only is it a nice remembrance, it makes me HAPPY to listen to this because I know that my sister can sing equally well, a cappella, and she prefers HAPPY, upbeat music for herself, and to share. She has had more than her portion of heartache and tragedy, yet she is of such a strong good heart, that she is always trying to raise the spirits of those close to her.
4min. 58sec.

If I am feeling sad or misunderstood or blue, this video cheers me up right away. The concluding applause has not yet failed to evoke a big grin, and at the minimum, from myself, a silent chuckle. Sometimes I laugh out loud.
Δαιμονία Νύμφη Μουσών
3min.  38sec.

The Muses are a source of HAPPINESS by facilitating Voice. Whether perceived and understood, or not, the acts of expression and creation are acts of joy.
In the video clip there is pictured a lovely UNICORN, for Lisa.
Please be fore warned, the last two selections are NOT sweetness and light, nor are they My Little Pony.
Égi Táltos –-  Álmok elfelejtett és történetek nem mondták  —
A Hold és az éjszaka Lélek
4min. 48sec.

Trees and Tree Spirits have been a source of much of my HAPPINESS.
Kuwômôyush k’hpáyash — Joanne Shenandoah

Forests have also afforded me a great deal of comfort, safety, beauty, and peaceful HAPPINESS.
Lovers — House of Flying Daggers — Shigeru Umebayashi & John Williams — sung by Kathleen Battle
4 min. 13 sec.

We each have our own understanding of the relationship between HAPPINESS and Lovers.
Requiem — Mozart
1hr 17min. 12sec.

What did Mozart have to transcend to write this? What did this orchestra have to transcend to perform? What had to be overcome for the venue with the beautiful pipe-organ, to even exist? I am taken to a place outside of HAPPINESS, outside of myself, outside of death, by this performance.
Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Simon Bolivar National Youth Choir of Venezuela
Samia Ibrahim, Soprano
Katiuska Rodriguez, Mezzo-Soprano
Robert Giron, Tenor
Alvaro Carrillo, Bass-Baritone
Gregory Carreño, Conductor
Sala Simón Bolívar, Centro de Acción Social por la Música
Lisa :         Music Theme – Where the Unicorns Play
Johnny      Johnny
Eva             Where The Unicorns Play ~ Anywhere They Want
Willow        Willow
FIRE — OST Angels and Deamons — Hans Zimmer
6min.  52sec.

Sometimes the closest I am able to come to HAPPINESS is to say nothing, and so allow those close to me to retain their own HAPPINESS by not becoming aware that I am present and that I am also not present.
I am present.
I am also not present.
I am an observer
Of myself.
I am a guardian
Of my grief.
I am a
Silent voice,
To preserve
The Wa.
My heart is
Somewhere else.
I only pass through
This pleasant
As a guide.
I must move gently
Through your HAPPYNESS,
As the voice
Of my silence
Travels on
To somewhere else,
Another life,
Another time.
Bear … 10.08.2014
4min. 47 sec.

When I mentioned to my youngest son, as we were discussing amusing things, that the music theme this week is WHERE THE UNICORNS ARE, he said he knew of a UNICORN song, and would send me a link. He did so, and included this sentence “When life gives you marshmallow unicorns, give life speed metal.”


COMPETITION — Music Themes

Johnny chose the theme of COMPETITION
 Newton’s Third Law of Physics  :   For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Newton’s third Law of Physics exemplifies, in my opinion,  how COMPETITION works to retain equilibrium through the exquisitely balanced tension of opposition.
File:Yin and Yang.svg
In nature there is always COMPETITION that preserves a balance. There is also cooperation within species and between species. There are also symbiotic as well as parasitic relationships.  None of this can be called good or bad. All actions, reactions, and relationships affect all of us individually. There is no such stance as neutral in the natural world. All aspects of everything are interactive. Everything just is. We are all relatives.
AGUAS DA AMAZONIA — Uakti — Philip Glass
54min. 50sec.

AGUAS DA AMAZONIA (Spanish) = Waters of the Amazon

The legend of Uakti shows how perceived COMPETITION led to the jealous murder of a magical being. In the end, balance was achieved through Uakti sharing his gift with everyone.

Uakti is a Legend from a tribe Amazons (Uakti is from Brazil) Uakti had holes all over his body. When the wind went through the holes, an amazing sound could be heard, and it attracted every women. The men from the tribe killed Uakti and buried him. Where he was buried, palm trees grew, which wood was used by the tribe to make flutes that had the same sound as the wind passing through Uakti’s body.
It is an endless enigma that all of Creation consists of opposing forces held in eternal balance, a COMPETITIVE tension that cannot end.
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN PART II — The Quantum Enigma — Epica
11min. 55 sec.

Even Fate is a balanced COMPETITION.  Humans COMPETE with what is perceived as Fortune so that desired Earthly outcomes might be granted.
5min. 22sec.

Oh Good Luck — I Bemoan the Wounds of Fortune — Poems of Power
With the free will that we all possess we can decide which side of the balance we choose for our lives.  Should too many choose to engage in COMPETITION to the bitter end, there will be nothing left of this world but a field of broken swords.
We, ourselves decide what is good and what is evil, relative to our desires and how we interpret what is important.
We choose what is worth fighting for.
Will there be peace when all of the swords are broken?
Pole Złamanych Mieczy — Władca Wiatru
4min. 41sec.

Pole Złamanych Mieczy — Władca Wiatru (Polish) =
Can some deadly COMPETITIONS be avoided?
Are clashes of culture and ambition inevitable?
Can diplomacy overcome misunderstandings of etiquette  and protocol?
Does everyone want peaceful COMPETITION?
Were the old ritualized dominance COMPETITIONS socially helpful?
Are gladiator sports the modern version of ritualized dominance COMPETITIONS?
Must new ways of thinking and doing things always COMPETE with the old?
Can cultural COMPETITION and armed conflicts be avoided?
Is there ever a way out of COMPETITION for dominant status?
ZULU WAR CHANTS — Zulu (1964)
9min. 22sec.

Is there an instant past which war, the ultimate COMPETITION becomes inevitable?
Is conflict resolution always possible?
Are wars always or only about aggression and power?
Is the best, or only, resolution of war surrender?
Are currently living generations responsible for the actions generations now deceased?
Are there some wars that must be fought?
Is absolute surrender sometimes required?
Симфония номер 11 соль минор 1905 год – Шостакович — Гергиев
56min. 57sec.

Симфония номер 11 соль минор 1905 год – Шостакович — Гергиев (Russian) =
Symphony No 11 G minor The year 1905 – Shostakovich — Gergiev

Johnny: Johnny
Lisa: Lisa
Eva:  Eva
Lisa has chosen WHERE THE UNICORNS PLAY for the next music theme.
Of course, what fun is Chess without COMPETITION?
COMPETITION is what makes many strategy games fun  ….  as long as it is make believe.
WIZARD’S CHESS —  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — John Williams

Below is the OST without the dialogue
WIZARD’S CHESS — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — John Williams
7min. 22sec.


Kiss The Sky — Music Themes

Lisa chose KISS THE SKY as our music theme, this week.
KISS THE SKY — Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra  — Nino Mochella
This video clip can be found with lyrics on Lisa’s blog.   
TIME — Inception —  Hans Zimmer

A time-lapse of Planet Earth, created from real images produced by the geostationary Electro-L Weather Satellite and ISS (International Space Station). The images from Electro-L are the largest whole disk images of our planet, each image is 121 megapixels, and the resolution is 1 kilometer per pixel. They are taken every half hour, and have been interpolated (smoothed) to create this video. The images are taken in four different wavelengths of light, three visible, and one infrared. The infrared light is reflected by forests and vegetation, which appear orange in these images.
Beautiful collection of French and French origin music can be found on Maddie’s blog: Maddie
ICARUS — Skyworld — Thomas Bergersen & Nick Phoenix
The Music Theme for next week is RENDEZVOUS
SUNRISE, SUNSET —  Fiddler On The Roof —  Music: Jerry Bock — Lyrics:  Sheldon Harnick — Conductor: John Williams —Performed by:   Chaim Topol  & Norma Crane



SPACE — Music Themes

Mimas and Pandora   NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Mimas and Pandora NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Maddie chose the music theme SPACE for this week.
Lisa has chosen KISS THE SKY for next week.

To what  SPACE does this music, by Medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen, take you?
Hildegard Von Bingen- O Vis Aeternitatis- Cantides of Ectasy Sequantia- Chants de l’extase


Almost a year ago Eva picked the same theme for October 1, 2013,  so I just used some of my old selections. Additionaly here are the links to the blog posts by the Eva and Willow, the other participants … at that time in SPACE.
Eva:            http://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/space-whats-between-your-ears/
Willow:      http:/.wllowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/music-themes-space/
1min. 42 sec.

WALKING ON THE AIR — by Howard Blake of Nightwish, sung by Peter Auty — photography by Expedition 30 crew on board ISS. NASA
4min. 01sec.

SPACE ODDITY by David Bowie — Canadian Astronaut Commander Colonel Chris Hadfield sings on board ISS

How much of our personal SPACE, and of our surrounding SPACE,  is invented or influenced by personal design, by our selves, by fellow humans?
DESIGN YOUR UNIVERSE — Epica  — A New age dawns. Part VI — Video by RVRgeek — NASA Photo Andromeda Galaxy
9min. 32 sec.

Are we humans  even now, setting in place plans for wars to be launched from, or to take place in SPACE?  SPACE, after all,  is the high ground, or so it seems.
PRELUDE TO WAR — Bear McCreary
8min. 30sec.

At some time in some future Sky World, will we, who live now, in this time in SPACE, be remembered as living in Dark Ages?  Are we who consider ourselves so close to enlightenment, living in darkness?
DARK AGES — Sky World — 2 Steps From Hell
3min.  32 sec.

Is there any SPACE that is truly empty? Are vacuums empty SPACE? Can empty SPACE resonate? Are there waves whose period of which, we as humans, can never become aware nor measure? Are the SPACES between people illusion, or is it connection that is the illusion, and between people there is only Space??
IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE?  — The Wall — Pink Floyd
3min.  10sec.

Observatory Catches Neutrinos in a South Pole Block of Ice
Skadi, Nord goddess of Winter Darkness and Mountains and Ice.
WAKE SKADI — Volven — Hagalaz’ Runedance5min 6sec.

The largest planet in our solar system is named in honor of king of the Roman gods, Jupiter, God of Thunder and All of the Sky.
JUPITER SYMPHONY —  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonía nº 41, en do mayor, K 551  —  Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia – Lorin Maazel, director.
41min. 16sec.

How can we have space music without villain Darth Vader or Star Wars?
THE IMPERIAL MARCH by John Williams — Epica — The Classical Conspiracy
3min. 26sec.

Maddie:  Maddie
Lisa:         Lisa
According to the Planck mission team, and based on the standard model of cosmology, the total mass–energy of the universe contains 4.9% ordinary matter, 26.8% dark matter and 68.3% dark energy.
Dark Energy, Dark Matter – NASA Science – Science@NASA
Dark matter – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
DARK MATTER  OST — Andries de Haan
3min. 48sec.

Does Earth actually have a nemesis lurking in SPACE?
Nemesis (hypothetical star) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
NEMESIS— Two Steps From Hell
2min.  28sec.