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Purcell - there is the strange but frequent claim that Sir Elgar was the one and only true great composer of English classical music (counting Händel into German), definitely forgetting about Purcell.

I hadn't heard her before you posted those first clips in earlier diaries, such a great voice.  I mentioned it to a friend, "Hey!  I heard Dead Can Dance, the singer--"  "Lisa Gerrard, yes.  Excellent voice."

I must admit to a feeling that with your knowledge of music, I'd be hard-pressed to find anything new you'd see as classy, original and that won't remind you of precedents (which I may not know about)... So I was both surprised and pleased I could give you Dead Can Dance :-) But, staying on the theme, here is what Lisa talks about in that interview:

Glossolalia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Glossolalia (from Greek glossa γλῶσσα "tongue, language" and λαλεῖν "to talk") is the vocalizing of fluent speech-like but unintelligible utterances, often as part of religious practice. Its use (including use in this article) sometimes also embraces Xenoglossy - speaking in a natural language that was previously unknown to and that is not understood by the speaker.

I wonder what associations glossolalia throws up in you.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun May 11th, 2008 at 06:12:58 AM EST
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The first immediate association is religous--speaking in tongues, there was a growth of this back...when?  I can't remember, but it was supposed to be a communication from the Holy Spirit--it was big in Canada I read (or maybe I got that all wrong.)  But thinking...what music would I associate most with this, first there'd be the Cocteau Twins--

(The intro guitar line is one of those that I used to love to play on the guitar, it's a classic rock riff, a Keith Richard's riff but plucked out--I read once that Liz Fraser used to write out all the words she sang--so she had a specific lyric, but the words weren't from any known language)

Carolyn's fingers - Cocteau twins (3:04)

...but what came first to my mind, the person I immediately thought of when bouncing away from the religious thought was....Fela Kuti.  He didn't make words up, indeed he used english in a specific way which I like, repeating phrases, but that idea of--yes, it's that he inserted non-sense phrases "a waka waka waka"--or maybe they made sense, there's that mix of language as communication via picture-connotations (tree, house) and....abstracts--

But, I checked the lyrics and I'm not sure--I think he's using local language words, mixing them with an english variant...anyways, I posted this piece before but it's worth another go round.

Fela Kuti Lyrics


Zombie-o, zombie** *(police/army-unthinking followers)

Zombie no go go, unless you tell am to go
[CHORUS] ZOMBIE *(after each line)
Zombie no go stop, unless you tell am to stop
Zombie no go turn, unless you tell am to turn
Zombie no go think, unless you tell am to think

Zombie-o, zombie
[CHORUS] ZOMBIE-O, ZOMBIE (2X) (repeat last 2 stanzas)

Tell am to go straight-- Joro, Jara, Joro
No break, no job, no sense-- Joro, Jara, Joro
Tell am to go kill-- Joro, Jara, Joro
No break, no job, no sense-- Joro, Jara, Joro
Tell am to go quench-- Joro, Jara, Joro
No break, no job, no sense-- Joro, Jara, Joro

Go and kill
[CHORUS] JORO, JARA, JORO (after each line)
Go and die
Go and quench
* **(destroy)
Put am for reverse
Go and kill
Go and die
Go and quench *(3x)

Joro, Jara, Joro- O Zombie way na one way (3x)
Joro, Jara, Joro- Ooooh

The singing doesn't start until five minutes in, btw!  (length of track, 10:01)

And one more piece came to mind--Vocalise by Rachmaninov.  There are different versions, the ones for voice don't have words, just a voice.

RACHMANINOFF: Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (7:39)

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Sun May 11th, 2008 at 05:04:02 PM EST
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This comment is a mini Journey Into Sound! :-) About Liz Fraser, dead right:

Cocteau Twins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Although the entire band was praised for their performances, Fraser received the most attention. At times barely decipherable, Fraser seemed to veer into glossolalia and mouth music.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun May 11th, 2008 at 05:42:43 PM EST
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