One of the best flash mobs in history – Oprah and The Black Eyed Peas

I totally know this is very, very old and everyone has probably already seen it but it is one the few videos that makes me smile and laugh and cry all within 4 minutes! You can see the confused faces of the singers at the start when the mob is just not reacting (there’s nothing worse than being on stage and having a dead-ass crowd) and then it ripples through!
Yay for all the people taking part in this and yay for the organisers!

Amira Willighagen – O Mio Babbino Caro

Since ROH is playing La Traviata tonight, I decided to share my favourite piece of Opera, sang by a 9-year old initially for Holland’s Got Talent and then picked up by Andre Rieu.

Lyrics

Italian Literal translation Singable English

O mio babbino caro,
mi piace, è bello, bello.
Vo’andare in Porta Rossa
a comperar l’anello!

Sì, sì, ci voglio andare!
e se l’amassi indarno,
andrei sul Ponte Vecchio,
ma per buttarmi in Arno!

Mi struggo e mi tormento!
O Dio, vorrei morir!
Babbo, pietà, pietà!
Babbo, pietà, pietà!

Oh my dear papa,
I love him, he is handsome, handsome.
I want to go to Porta Rossa
To buy the ring!

Yes, yes, I want to go there!
And if I loved him in vain,
I would go to the Ponte Vecchio,
but to throw myself in the Arno!

I am anguished and tormented!
Oh God, I’d want to die!
Papa, have pity, have pity!
Papa, have pity, have pity!

Oh my beloved father,
I love him, I love him!
I’ll go to Porta Rossa,
To buy our wedding ring.

Oh yes, I really love him.
And if you still say no,
I’ll go to Ponte Vecchio,
And throw myself below.

My love for which I suffer,
At last, I want to die.
Father I beg, I beg.
Father I beg, I beg.

Does your hair stand up when listening to music or watching a movie?

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Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders? Most people can experience a  deep and visceral reaction to music, strong enough to elicit a physical, bodily response. The experience is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning “aesthetic chills,” and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even dubbed it a “skin orgasm.” Continue reading “Does your hair stand up when listening to music or watching a movie?”

Most Romantic Scenes from La Boheme

I went to see La Boheme (Puccini) sung at the Sydney Opera and I was absolutely in awe of the voices and of some of the really cute and cheesy romantic dialogue. The opera follows two couples as they get together and fall apart in the turn of the century Paris. They struggle with poverty, living from one paycheck to the other – the true artists and writers that made Paris the location of enlightenment and new and revolutionary ideas.

https_%2F%2Fmedia.timeout.com%2Fimages%2F103483479%2F630%2F472%2Fimage.jpgThey were so poor they had to burn the theatre play in three acts that Rodolfo was writing so that they could just be slightly warmer. Rodolfo’s life changes when his crush, his neighbour Mimi, comes by and asks for a light for her cigarette. Little did he know that Mimi also had a crush on him 🙂

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Foo Fighters * The Pretender Lyrics

Sometimes you get this song stuck in your head. Earworms can be maddening—those songs that get stuck, playing over and over in your head.

When we listen to a song, it triggers a part of the brain called the auditory cortex. Researchers at Dartmouth University found that when they played part of a familiar song to research subjects, the participants’ auditory cortex automatically filled in the rest — in other words, their brains kept “singing” long after the song had ended. The only way to “scratch” brain itch is to repeat the song over and over in your mind. Unfortunately, like with mosquito bites, the more you scratch the more you itch, and so on until you’re stuck in an unending song cycle.

There are many other theories about why songs get stuck in our heads. Some researchers say stuck songs are like thoughts we’re trying to suppress. The harder we try not to think about them, the more we can’t help it. Other experts claim that earworms are simply a way to keep the brain busy when it’s idling. Just as there are many theories, there are many names for the phenomenon. It’s been called everything from “repetunitis” to “melodymania.”

This one is stuck with me right now 🙂

Even though the song was widely associated with political unrest and issues with the government, I think it’s also a great love song.
And since Valentine’s day is coming, I can tell you why: it’s a story about not being a conquest, about not giving in under the pressure and not doing what’s “expected” of you.
It’s about holding out for one true love and for the guy that is brave enough to come and fight for it. Be the great apple at the top of the tree. But hey, that’s just me.
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