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ET Christmas Disco

by rg Sat Dec 20th, 2008 at 11:57:19 AM EST

You know, there we were, looking through the grid...

...and some of us saw the grid, then one of us realised what we were seeing through the


Great Balls of Fire (1:49)

talking of fire...

Manuel de Falla-Ritual Fire Dance (5:53)

(Music starts at 00:36 and finishes at 4:37)


Okay!  Now we need some bluegrass, right?  Keep the energy up!

Mid-winter bluegrass festival - Martins Band, Train 45 (1:39)

Yeeeeee HA!


Whew!  Back to our seats--the ET Disco....heh....separate rooms for....no, surely not.  Well, cough cough.  Time for some history.


Saturnalia is a genus of very early saurischian dinosaur, from the Carnian faunal stage of the late Triassic period (227.4 to 220.7 million years ago), making it one of the oldest true dinosaurs yet found. It may have been a primitive sauropodomorph, a group which includes the giant sauropods. It probably grew to about 1.5 meters (5 ft) long. The few known remains of this genus have many prosauropod features, yet lack other characteristics shared by all dinosaurs.

Yes, Saturnalia, the monster which over time became a god to be worshipped around midwinter, at which time they noticed a planet in the sky....I'm sure the story goes like this, that an angel was riding a...yes...a dinosaur in the sky....and lo!  A planet appeared, and they called it

Saturn - Gustav Holst (9:49)

(Turn this one up, or lean in to the speakers....softly softly doth it start...at 00:14...and slowly slowly it doth build...to 4:35...then louder, louder, louder!  Louder!  5:50, the pace suddenly picks up...then drops...slowly slowly...6:20...softly....harps....softly....softly...ah....)


Meanwhile, in the cocktail lounge...

"The theme tonight, ladies and gentlemen, is...Night and Day."


Mina _ Night and day _ Live 1974 (5:45)

(song starts at 00:33)


And now....couples, to the floor please...lights low...

The Temptations - Night and Day (4:00)

"...and this torment
won't be through,
'till you let me spend
my life making love
to you...
day and night,
night and...day...."


Okay.  I've had a request for this next one with the following message:

"This is for nanne and DoDo--hope you enjoy it!"

The Gathering - Shortest Day (4:12)

And this one goes out to...(reads note) ceebs and Izzy--Crazinesses!

THE DAMNED - Love Song (2:17)


Meanwhile, on another part of the planet....

Newgrange (Irish: Dún Fhearghusa) is one of the passage tombs of the Brú na Bóinne complex in County Meath, one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world and the most famous of all Irish prehistoric sites. Newgrange was built in such a way that at dawn on the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, a narrow beam of sunlight for a very short time illuminates the floor of the chamber at the end of the long passageway.

Clannad ~ Newgrange (3:57)

Yes, here it comes....and some never get out....

The Animals - House of the Rising Sun (4:08)

....and some get so down, it hurts so bad, you think....

Walker Brothers - The sun ain't gonna shine anymore (2:51)


Meanwhile, across the planet....hey!  What?

BRETT MARVIN Going Round The World (2:56)

and now, another short film for you, ladies and gentlemen....

Minnie the Moocher, Featuring Betty Boop & Bimbo (7:45)


What's that?  Ah yes, of course!

Vivaldi Four Seasons Winter Sand Animation film Ferenc Cakó (10:14)

(music starts at 00:11)


there are thousands of times, not one - Jay Griffiths

--Yes, here 'tis winter and wet, there--'tis winter, and icy.  And yonder, 'tis summer and

oh...the ball spins and wobbles, the future is coming, always coming, this is it...ET!  I

have enjoyed, I hope you have.  Now I must off...addio!

As Time Goes By (3:20)

Good luck!

Thanks rg! You could also have called it Year's end disco, as my guess is I will need till then to listen to everything on your list.

I like especially the Fire Dance by de Falla. :-)

by Fran on Sat Dec 20th, 2008 at 12:22:06 PM EST
Another favorites of my - Ravel's Bolero

by Fran on Sat Dec 20th, 2008 at 02:55:28 PM EST
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"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat Dec 20th, 2008 at 02:29:02 PM EST
The Grid? The Grid:

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Dec 20th, 2008 at 04:02:19 PM EST
Great selection!

I enjoyed The Gathering's, never heard that one before. (And now found out that they are from the Netherlands.) Lots of other goodies -- lemme mention Holst's Saturn, I had to track down who presented it so well, the YouTube poster failed to give credit (Taijiro Iimori with the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra in the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in 2007). Also, Minnie The Poocher led me on a long read on Wikipedia on Pre-Code Hollywood and the real inventor of Mickey Mouse. I haven't seen the Cakó sand-animation before...

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

by DoDo on Sat Dec 20th, 2008 at 05:44:07 PM EST
The Gathering were a great band, one of the earliest in the symphonic metal revival. I think they still exist but Anneke is no longer there.

I'll piggyback now, 'cause my computer will explode if I do it off the main post.


rg, this one goes out to you. Tom Waits, Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis. Amazing performance.

Like Tom Waits sings, this is not the happy season for everyone so some people need catharsis. The Vandals do their thing with the tradition.

From that we want to go to joy and happiness again so listen to this exercise in irony, sadly lacking a good video: Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sun Dec 21st, 2008 at 01:38:49 PM EST
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I accept everything thrown at me for posting this saccharin piece of shit...

but since it's some friends of mine with a bit of hope, and it fits the season, i'll post it anyway.

I'll try to post something good tomorrow.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Dec 20th, 2008 at 08:49:53 PM EST
Well OK, just to remind everyone that the cycles continue unabated, and solstice breeds equinox and verse vice, here's John Coltrane sax singing about Equinox on a Thorens TD124 with moving coil.

Bet the shamans never thought sound capture could be so good, even with German digitization.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Dec 20th, 2008 at 08:57:56 PM EST
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Just to remember what's underneath Xmas, for Doc Triloqvist...

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Dec 20th, 2008 at 09:09:24 PM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Dec 20th, 2008 at 11:51:00 PM EST

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