Thursday, 30 April 2015

"Let's enjoy the little things (for in them the formula for happiness is written)"

Here is a beautiful Polish song that features great lyrics:



None of us remembers anymore
How carelessly days went by
We didn't need much
Me and you and not much more
We didn't ask questions
We didn't play games
Today we calculate everything
There's no madness in this, I know
What can we do about it?

Refrain:
We're building our house on sand
Price doesn't matter today
We bought almost everything
But we still have nothing
I want to get my thoughts together again
To hear the beating of our hearts
To see how much happiness in itself
Every little thing hides
Let's enjoy the little things
For in them the formula for happiness is written

There will be sparks between us again
We will find brilliance and charm
We will end the sad shopping
Of artificial, gallery joys
And it will be like before
Let's stop hurrying
Let's start from scratch
From these little things

Refrain:
We're building our house on sand
Price doesn't matter today
We bought almost everything
But we still have nothing
I want to get my thoughts together again
To hear the beating of our hearts
To see how much happiness in itself
Every little thing hides
Let's enjoy the little things
For in them the formula for happiness is written

And it will be like before
Let's stop hurrying
Let's start from scratch
From these little things / x2

Refrain:
We're building our house on sand
Price doesn't matter today
We bought almost everything
But we still have nothing
I want to get my thoughts together again
To hear the beating of our hearts
To see how much happiness in itself
Every little thing hides
Let's enjoy the little things
For in them the formula for happiness is written

Let's enjoy the little things
For in them the formula for happiness is written / x2

(Sunday, 7 February 2016)

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Cool song and true little story

Below there is a song that I got to know only yesterday. To be precise: there are 2 versions of the same song – the first one is from the official music video and the second one is a live version of the song with subtitles in three languages: French, Polish and English. Enjoy!





I heard the song on the radio when I was going to work. I liked it very much already on the first listen and toward the end of the song I felt the need to know the singer and the title of the song. Normally I would remember the most common lyrics phrase and google it later, but this time it was impossible – the song was in French and I don't speak this language at all. How do you remember words that you can't even distinguish?

I decided to record a short movie using my mobile phone to play it to my wife later. She can speak a little French, so I thought maybe she would be able to distinguish some words. And then my splendid plan was ruined – my mobile phone refused to cooperate because when I pressed the “record button” the mobile camera just crashed to desktop. It had happened to me before and I knew that I had to just restart the phone, but there was not enough time to do it. When the song ended the radio hosts didn't mention neither the singer nor the title of the song and I was devastated.

I knew right away that there was nothing I could do. NOTHING! What a terrible feeling. Then a thought occurred to me. It was like this: “If I am meant to learn the singer and the title of the song, then it will happen some other way, beyond my control”. And I pretty much forgot about the song.

The next day after I came back from work and when I was eating dinner my wife started to talk excitedly about a new song that she loved. She told me that the lyrics of the song fit her perfectly and started quoting them in Polish. She was so anxious for me to hear the song that she took her tablet and played it while I was still eating dinner. It turned out to be the same song I heard the day before. Wow.

My wife told me that she heard this song just today, but she, unlike me, knew the singer – they had been talking about Zaz on her French classes some time before and they had been listening to some of Zaz's songs there. That's why she knew Zaz's voice and was able to find the song on the net. But it's still interesting that we both heard the same song one day after the other.

(Wednesday, 20 April 2016)

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Every generation got its own disease




Every generation got its own disease

The more we take the less we give
That's the modern way to live
Someone says live fast die young
But the time runs always faster, son

Diseases come, diseases go
Welcome to the final show
So let's shake hands with plastic gloves
And watch out for the last white doves

And believe me, baby
Every generation got its own disease
I've got mine, so help me please

I think that I'm too young to die
Love that girl and say goodbye
Change the girls like underwear
Using bodies without care
The love has gone and what we've got
Sweet perfume of sex and blood

And believe me, baby
Every generation got its own disease
I've got mine, babe, so help me please


(Saturday, 20 September 2014)

Monday, 27 April 2015

The Best of Telemann



My rating: 9/10

My mini-review is for people like me – people who enjoy listening to some “classical music”, but have almost no knowledge about it.

To be precise: Georg Philipp Telemann was a Baroque composer and some people point out that Baroque music should be considered as “early music” rather than classical music.

To me “The Best of Telemann” is a great “album”. I am not a specialist and I don't know how to describe music properly, so I will do it in my own words. To me the music is “warm”, relaxing and enjoyable. Most importantly the music is not “whining” (if you know what I mean) and not depressing – rather the opposite, without being pompous.

I've learned about Georg Philipp Telemann while visiting the city Żary (in Poland). I saw this memorial bench and I got interested.


Then I found many interesting things about Telemann, especially on Wikipedia:

“Georg Philipp Telemann (14 March 1681 – 25 June 1767) was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family's wishes.”

“He remained at the forefront of all new musical tendencies and his music is an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles.”

“Telemann was the most prolific composer of his time: his oeuvre comprises more than 3,000 pieces. The first accurate estimate of the number of his works was provided by musicologists only during the 1980s and 1990s, when extensive thematic catalogues were published. During his lifetime and the latter half of the 18th century, Telemann was very highly regarded by colleagues and critics alike.”

“Telemann's music was one of the driving forces behind the late Baroque and the early Classical styles. Starting in the 1710s he became one of the creators and foremost exponents of the so-called German mixed style, an amalgam of German, French, Italian and Polish styles. Over the years, his music gradually changed and started incorporating more and more elements of the galant style, but he never completely adopted the ideals of the nascent Classical era: Telemann's style remained contrapuntally and harmonically complex, and already in 1751 he dismissed much contemporary music as too simplistic.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg_Philipp_Telemann

The same day I ordered the above CD and I am very happy about it.

PS. I've read that some “tracks” on “The Best of Telemann” are just parts of some bigger compositions, but to me it was totally inconsequential. You can read more about it on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Telemann-G-P/product-reviews/B00004TQOX/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm/179-5391325-9081501?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00004TQOX/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm/278-1321249-5450513?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

(Monday, 7 December 2015)

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Trumpets and saxophones in modern music

(There is an update at the end of this post - I leave the beginning unchanged.)

Recently I have enjoyed modern music with trumpets or saxophones. On my blog there are already 2 examples of such songs featuring trumpets:

Rewind The Film – a masterpiece
Honouring and remembering regular soldiers

Below there are 3 more examples. The first one is a little old (2011), but I've got to like this song only recently. It has a very strange video and I used to switch a channel every time I saw it. Later I have enjoyed this song on a radio without recognising that it is the same song. Now I realise that there is a trumpet that I enjoy so much. The remaining 2 examples are quite new (2013) and they both feature saxophones. The last one has a strange video too (my wife can’t stand it), but the song is good and the saxophone parts are great.










UPDATE:
I found a new great song featuring saxophone. The video itself is joyful and eye-catching, especially to men. On the other hand the lyrics should be enjoyable rather to women. Anyway, the song is very energetic and the saxophone parts are simply awesome.




(Sunday, 2 March 2014; updated 12 August 2014)

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Energetic and positive music videos

Recently I have been regularly watching two music videos that make me feel very positive.

When I look at the first music video I think that it stands in opposition to the lyrics, but it is exactly what makes it so enjoyable. I believe that people living in average communities are generally more happy than people living in high-class communities. Which boils down to the fact that it's not money that makes people happy.




The second video is very fun. Even though the lyrics are about partying (I have never been fond of partying), the song is so energetic that I can let it go and simply enjoy the music.



(Sunday, 27 December 2015)

Friday, 24 April 2015

Perfect wave (Perfekte Welle)

I have recalled a great song from 2004. Even though it's in German I like it VERY much. I found a translation into English and the lyrics are great.



Perfect wave

A dream came along with every wave
But dreams pass
Your board is dusty
Your doubts bubble over
You’ve waited your entire life
You’ve hoped that it exists
Almost lost all your faith
And didn’t move at all

Now it’s slowly approaching you
The water hits you in the face
Your life passes by like a movie
You can’t believe that it's gonna break

That’s the perfect wave, that's the perfect day
Just get carried away, don’t think about it at all
That’s the perfect wave, that's the perfect day
There’s more than you know, there’s more than you say

Your hands are already numb
You’ve got salt in your eyes
Between tears and dust
It’s difficult to still have hope
You’ve waited your entire life
Never counted the waves
You didn’t want any of it
Have lived your life way too fast

Now it’s slowly approaching you
The water hits you in the face
Your life passes by like a movie
You can’t believe that it's gonna break

That’s the perfect wave, that's the perfect day
Just get carried away, don’t think about it at all
That’s the perfect wave, that's the perfect day
There’s more than you know, there’s more than you say

You stand right in the storm and shout: I’m here, I’m free!
All I ask for is time. I’m here, I’m free!


I've found the lyrics here:
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/perfekte-welle-perfect-wave.html-0

(Saturday, 20 September 2014)

Thursday, 23 April 2015

"Dad, where are you?"



(Sunday, 5 January 2014)

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Living on a prayer



(Friday, 16 October 2015)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Freed from desire

I have just seen a great music video from 1996 – Freed From Desire by Gala (Italian singer). It was a hit in Europe at that time, but I was a teenager then and I didn't realise how great the lyrics really are. Now, after so many years, I must agree that many problems of people come from empty desire.

Below there are also two other singles from 1990s which are still great today. One is All 'Bout The Money (from 1998) by Meja (Swedish singer) and the other one is You Gotta Be (from 1994) by Des'ree (British singer).



My love has got no money
He's got his strong beliefs
My love has got no power
He's got his strong beliefs

My love has got no fame
He's got his strong beliefs
My love has got no money
He's got his strong beliefs

Want more and more
People just want more and more
Freedom and love
What he's looking for

(…)

Freed from desire
Mind and senses purified
Freed from desire
Mind and senses purified

(…)




Sometimes I find another world inside my mind
When I realise the crazy things we do
It makes me feel ashamed to be alive
It makes me wanna run away and hide

It's all about the money
It's all about the dum dum didudumdum
I don't think it's funny
to see us fade away
It's all about the money
It's all about the dum dum didudumdum
And I think we got it all wrong anyway

We find strange ways of showing them how much we really care
when in fact we just don't seem to care at all
This pretty world is getting out of hand
So tell me how we fail to understand

It's all about the money
(…)




Listen as your day unfolds, challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears, stand up and be counted
Don't be ashamed to cry

You gotta be
You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day

Herald what your mother said
Read the books your father read
Try to solve the puzzles in your own sweet time
Some may have more cash than you
Others take a different view, my oh my, heh, hey

You gotta be (…)

Life asks no questions, it goes on without you
Leaving you behind if you can't stand the pace
The world keeps on spinning
You can't stop it, if you try to
This time it's danger staring you in the face

(…)

(Saturday, 10 October 2015)

Monday, 20 April 2015

The best of Pink

There are 4 songs by Pink I truly LOVE. Because of lyrics – musically she's always great.









(Tuesday, 26 January 2016)

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Keep The Faith



(Saturday, 12 March 2016)

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Honouring and remembering regular soldiers

Below there is a music video I enjoy very much. About honouring soldiers carrying out orders of their commanders while serving for their country. And about remembering those who have died doing it. Regular soldiers can’t be sure if a war they carry is just or not, but they do what they are told, believing that it is just.

Soldiers fighting in the same wars on different sides, no matter what their sides are, believe in similar things. And I think that they should all be honoured and remembered. They don't proclaim wars and they don't give orders on the grand scale. And they all have their families who mourn them.

I want to, I must and I feel the need to write something about all those revolutions happening around the world, especially about Syria and Ukraine. I don’t state who is “just” and who is not. I only want to state that fallen soldiers from the regime sides of such conflicts should be honoured and remembered too. They lost their lives serving for their country and carrying out orders of their commanders, like regular soldiers should do.



(Sunday, 23 February 2014)

Friday, 17 April 2015

Radio Orchid

(Originally posted on Thursday, 26 May 2016)

This is one of the best bitter-sweet songs that I have ever heard.



There's an old lady living in an old house
Since her husband died she hasn't been out
She lives in her own world with her own little nightmares
And she's stopped counting the days

She buys a radio station with her husband's legacy
She does her own show 10 hours a day
Plays poems and listens, lets feelings run free
Helps people talk their pain away

So if your world falls down
Can't see the light of day
Call the lady, call the station today

This is radio orchid, listen and cry
To all the others that suffer and die
This is radio orchid, listen and cry
Take your lonely heart and let it fly

Sending her message, she's solving the problems
Of millions and millions and who solves hers
The old lady gets older, still lives in her old house
But when she dies, we'll all live alone

So if your world falls down
Can't see the light of day
Call the lady, call the station today

This is radio orchid, listen and cry
To all the others that suffer and die
This is radio orchid, listen and cry
Take your lonely heart and let it fly

Take your lonely heart and let it fly

So if your world falls down
Can't see the light of day
Call the lady, call the station today

This is radio orchid, listen and cry
To all the others that suffer and die
This is radio orchid, listen and cry
Take your lonely heart and let it fly

Take your lonely heart

Thursday, 16 April 2015

"We'll go"

(Originally posted on Sunday, 7 August 2016)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

A different kind of renegade

(Originally posted on Saturday, 10 September 2016)

Below there is a lyric-video for the song Renegades by X Ambassadors. By the way, I have no idea what this band is like and I don't really care – this very one song is all that matters to me.

I needed some time to fully appreciate the song because I am a lawful person and I didn't like the lyrics referring to rebels, mutineers and outlaws. However, over time, I realised that in the future ALL the free-thinking people (ALL OVER the world) may be called rebels, mutineers and outlaws.

Already the madness of political-correctness uses the over-interpreted term “hate-speech”, even when people are just stating their personal opinions ABOUT THEIR OWN FEELINGS (not about facts that can be verified in any way). Such an opinion should NOT be considered a crime because it is just a result of the calculations made by a human brain. My own opinions that are based on my own feelings are my own business and I will never stop saying them aloud. This way, in the future, without changing my behaviour at all, I may become a renegade, just a different kind of renegade.



PS. I think this lyric-video is a fan-made video because I had seen it much earlier on a different Youtube account. It seems that the band made this video their own lyric-video only after some time. It would explain why the lyrics are not perfect in this “official” lyric-video.

By the way: some Internet sites (including Google Play Music) give lyrics that in my opinion are wrong: “Spielberg's and Kubrick's” – they don't make any sense. The lyrics in the lyric-video above (“Spielbergs and Kubricks”) are correct – they mean “(all hail) people like Spielberg and (all hail) people like Kubrick” (the noun “people” is a plural noun and so are the nouns “Spielbergs” and “Kubricks”).

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

„That something” in Polish women

(Originally posted on Friday, 23 September 2016)

Recently I saw (again) a music video from 2010 (the first video below) that made me think about “that something” that can be seen in many women from Poland. Something that defies description.

When I was watching this video for the first time (several years ago) I got utterly confused. On one hand everything seemed to be of foreign origin too me – a girl was singing in English, the DJ and the other guy had T-shirts with English texts on them and the setting seemed a little foreign too. On the other hand some voice inside my head was screaming “These girls are from Poland!”



Later I learned that yes, they come from Poland. All of them. The DJ created his pseudonym C-Bool after his Polish surname Cebula (the word “cebula” means “onion” in Polish), the singer is definitely a Pole and the other girl (the one who is dancing) is almost certainly a Pole too (I have found absolutely no info about her, so she is definitely not famous). By the way, I was also right about the setting – the video was shot not in Poland, but in Germany (in Berlin).

There is no universal Polish type of beauty and obviously some of the Polish women are more pretty than the others, but most of them have “that something”. The recent music video released by C-Bool (the one below) shows a totally different girl than the girls in the first video, but she’s eye-catching too. She’s almost certainly a Pole, because the video was shot in Poland (in Wrocław – the city I spent my college years in). I have found absolutely no info about her, so she is definitely not famous either. By the way, the girl singing (not shown in the video) is not a Pole, but a Vietnamese.



I have to mention that Manic Street Preachers (a band from Wales, my favourite music band) seem to appreciate the Polish type of beauty too because they included some pictures of a Polish-American girl in the official CD booklet for their 8th studio album Send Away The Tigers.




When I was looking at the pictures for the first time I had the same, odd feeling about this girl, as I had about the girls from the first video. There was “that something” in her. When I learned that she was a Pole (or a Polish-American girl – the info about her is very scarce) on one hand I couldn’t believe it, but on the other hand it was like: “Hey, it explains why I was staring at her pictures this way!”

PS. Below there is a link about Polish women with a fragment that made me laugh:

“Is it true that Polish women are more attractive than women from other countries?”
(…)
foairdfvadr:
I think the thing is there are more attractive ones per 100 women than in other countries. If that makes any sense.
UrbanTactician:
This is actually a real concept. It's called a percentage.
(…)”

https://www.reddit.com/r/poland/comments/1mmufj/is_it_true_that_polish_women_are_more_attractive/

Monday, 13 April 2015

Summer Jam (the original cool version)

(Originally posted on Thursday, 13 October 2016)



Sunday, 12 April 2015

This is fantastic!

(Originally posted on Tuesday, 25 October 2016)

The combination of the images, the lyrics and the music is simply fantastic!



Saturday, 11 April 2015

Two energizing songs

(Originally posted on Saturday, 28 January 2017)

Recently I have recollected two very energizing songs and I have been playing them over and over again. The first one is from 2011 and the second one is from 2014. Over time neither of the songs has lost its appeal.