Friday, 22 February 2019

At the end of January I discovered Timestorm Films, after seeing some incredible footage of timelapse sequences from around the world. Epic visual journeys they call them, amazing skies a speciality, including the Dark Skies reserve in New Zealand.
I ending up finding so many of these videos it was mind boggling. This one isn't actually from Timestorm, but they will get an airing in a few weeks from now...
I'm going to make this a STAR TRACK. Mainly because the sky near the end reflects my banner heading and the music is fantastic: Ambient symphony by Zero-Project track 'High Hopes'. (Link to) *
By my reckoning we should be in this area of New Zealand's South Island, Lake Tekapo around the time of this posting. Hoping to see something similar to this Mystic Sky. High Hopes indeed >

* Download tracks for free, if you want.

Friday, 15 February 2019

It's well known that New Zealand was the location for Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' films, followed by 'The Hobbit' movies. The country and it's landscape so perfectly capturing the world of Tolkien's Middle Earth that I feel I am about to enter this fantasy world that previously I'd only imagined.
I loved the books and the films were incredible and this video with a selection of the music by Howard Stone over movie footage 'gives me the shivers'.
The adventure is about to commence >>>

Friday, 8 February 2019

The MUSIC SPOT is about to take a break. But technology allows me to schedule a few postings to coincide with our trip and they will be appearing at various points roughly along route, spanning the next 5 weeks.
So come along for the ride... if you please.

After all this forward planning I've lost my way on what to play today. So I'm going to simply add to last week's memories.
Ritchie Valens' short music career comprised of some great singles. (There was no album released in his name until after his tragic death). 'Donna' & 'La Bamba' were huge hits in 1958 but this was his first 45 'Come On, Let's Go'. So let's get going with some old time dancing. 
Some video curios - the record spinning at the start actually isn't 'Come On, Let's Go' and looks like an old 78 disc. While one of the dancers looks like a cartoon Ronnie Corbett (British comedian: 1930-2016 for those watching in America) >

Friday, 1 February 2019

Sometimes a song isn't what you think it is. When I first heard this track I thought it was Freddie Mercury singing about himself, in the wake of his Aids diagnosis. Turns out it's a Brian May composition for the 1986 film 'The Highlander'. 
It also features in the new movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody', that supposedly covers the period up to the 1985 'Live Aid' performance. How this song released a year later is included I can't tell, as I've yet to see the film, but I have read about other timeline liberties taken by the movie.
Never mind all that, it's a great track and performance and as one person has posted on YouTube: 'He still lives forever' > be upstanding for Queen

Along similar lines - this Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of Ritchie Valens, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and of course a 22 year old Buddy Holly.
Thankfully the music DIDN'T die on this day, but lived on, forever !