Broken Oates

A video for Broken Bell’s “The Ghost Inside” using the music video from Hall and Oates’ “Private Eyes”
Seriously, this might be the best thing I’ve ever seen. The slightly unsynchronized mouth is a little creepy, but it’s amazing how well the original video lines up with the Broken Bells song.
School has been overwhelming of late, and that’s why I haven’t been blogging as consistently as I would like. I’ve always had an independent streak in regards to school and, for right now, I’ve set “not getting kicked out” as my bar to clear. Still, I’m trying to balance demanding classes, instrumental lessons and other musical activities while keeping my sanity. It’s not easy.

My organ lessons are moving forward once again, after a couple weeks of illness and school breaks. I once again have access to the organ in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel at Lewis & Clark College. I’m working on short pieces by Bach, Handel, Helmut Walcha and Clerambault.
Both of the choirs that I sing in are coming upon performance time. In the large choir, we’re singing Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes (the video above is #15, one of the most beautiful in the set). In the chamber choir, we’re singing a bunch of pieces on the text “Sic Deus dilexit mundum” (God so loved the world). John Stainer’s setting of the English text:
On my own time, I’ve been deeply immersing myself in the music of  Björk. A couple of years ago, I gave her music a shot, but didn’t get into it (I now know that it’s probably because I started with Medúlla, her least accessible and most abstract album). After reading Alex Ross’ atypically hyperbolic assertion that all thinking people listen to Björk in his new collection of essays, Listen to This, I thought that I should check it out and decide for myself. My conclusion will have to wait for another Post, but in about a week I’ve listened to all of her studio albums.

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