Finding Music in Ireland: Tim Scanlan

Hi everyone!

Just a heads-up, I am working on a new blog! In a few days I’ll be posting the link, but no worries, there are still quite a few posts left to do on Tay in Europe!

Remember my friends Chris and Cree? To refresh your memories, we met in Dublin and traveled Ireland together. In this time, we had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Tim Scanlan perform.

I first saw him performing in Temple Bar. This is not my video, but to give you an idea of what I saw:

I soon bought his CD, and since returning home I have been listening to it almost non-stop. This is a video of my favorite song of his, Hear me if Travellin You Be:

You can check-out his Myspace page, or e-mail him (scanbait@hotmail.com) to buy his CD.

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Meandering the streets of Prague

There is no denying it. Prague is beautiful.
‘What’s so great about Prague?’ someone asked me the other day.
For me, the colorful tall buildings of the Old Town combined with the sound of street musicians playing Jazz in the Square and the smell of hot wine from nearby street-vendors mixed together into the most perfect Autumn scene.
But, for others Prague is something completely different.
I already wrote a fee post about Prague: Prague at Night and Foodie Haven in Peague — so check them out for some other pictures and my first impressions of the city.

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The Charles Bridge is the most famous image of Prague. Statues line the walkway and during the day there are artists, musicians and beggars as well. Every tour book will tell you to go during off-peak times such as the morning or at night. I went around 7:30 pm and it was fairly quiet, but I’m sure if you went in the early morning it would be better. If you’ve got a good camera you could get some amazing foggy-morning photos!
I walked this bridge everyday on my way to sites and just to be there. It’s crowded, but don’t rush across! Take the time to stop and admire the view.

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My advice: head to the bridges on either side for some great views of the bridge itself.
Next I wandered to Kampa Park.

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As I mentioned in previous posts, I love Autumn! This park was beautiful and I found the creepy baby sculptures by David Cerny.

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Then, not even a 5 minute stroll away is the Lennon Wall.

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Then, up to the next bridge, outside of the Kafka Museum, I found David Cerny’s Proudy (stream) sculpture. Or, as most people call it: two guys pissing.

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What’s really interesting is they move and the streams spell out famous quotes from Czech Literature into a puddle shaped like the Czech Republic! Hilarious!
Next up is a not-so-hilarious statue: Don Giovanni, in memory of Mozart.

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Yeah, it’s pretty frightening!
Next up is a Church. Yes, I know, I said I didn’t like churches. But this church was free and took zero effort to get to! Awesome! And, it does look pretty phenomenal inside and there is a severed hand hanging from the ceiling! Say what!?! Cool right!?

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Above is a view from halfway up Petrin Hill. GO THERE! And, don’t be lame like me, go to the top! Views are free!

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There are still old-style looking trams in Prague, but don’t be fooled, as they have some of the most modern transit I’ve seen so far!
Music in Prague
The real reason I left sunny Spain and Portugal for cold and dreary Prague was for the music. I had met a woman when I was in Paris last time, and she raved about the Opera she had seen, and told me how Prague is really famous for orchestras as well.
The first concert was an intimate performance with a quintet playing in the small Spanish Synagogue.

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They performed the Best of Gershwin and it was an awesome performance.
But, it didn’t compare to the following night.

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I watched the Czech Philharmonic perform in the Rudolfinum! Wow! They played symphonies by Dvorak and their conductor, Jiri Belohlavek was superb! I had goosebumps the entire performance! Honestly, the best solo moment of my entire trip!
And there you have it. That was Prague. I think I’m going to need to return – who’s with me!?

Life’s Soundtrack: Travel Music

I love music.
I also love taking the train in Europe. It’s generally comfortable, and the passing scenery never gets tiring.
Listening to music while looking at the scenery is very relaxing, and a great time to just rest, or write in your journey.
Now, it can’t just be any music. No, Nicki Minaj won’t do.
Before leaving I made ‘Traveling Playlists’: Mellow, On the road, Upbeat, and Alternative.
A few of my favourites from ‘On the road’ are:
1. Emerald Isle by Whitehorse
2. Honey by Moby
3. Concerning Hobbits- Lord of the Rings Soundtrack
4. I’ve got this friend-The Civil Wars
5. Beauty beats- Beats Antique
6. Feeling Line-Boy and Bear
7. The Wild Hunt – The Tallest Man on Earth
8. New Earth – Zerbin
9. Where in the world are you now – Great Lake Swimmers
10. October – Broken Bells
11. Audience – Cold War Kids
12. Light All My Lights – Seeker Lover Keeper
13. Disparate Youth – Santigold
14. Cigarettes ft. Hue Blanes – illy
15. Breathe Me – Sia
16. Sundials Last Hour – Side Step Fate

Moby made my list because it has sentimental value for me. My dad and I traveled a lot together when I was younger, and when I listen to Moby it reminds me of being in his car, driving through the mountains. It was one of 3 CDs he had in his car so I know the Play and Play: B Sides almost by heart.
I like instrumental music, especially when I’m writing–sometimes the mood of what I write is influenced by what I’m listening to at the time.
The Great Lake Swimmers are Canadian, and although I don’t know when I first heard them, there is a sense of nostalgia when they play on my iPod.

What type of music to you prefer while on the road?

White Blank Page – Cover

Hola la familia!

Less than a week till I leave Edmonton! Freakin’ out!

Anyways, because I am suffering from some serious writer’s block (and my landlords have kindly decided that starting construction in the living room at 8am is acceptable), I am going to post another music video for you!

I stumbled on Kate McGill’s YouTube Channel while perusing Alex Clare’s site. I immediately fell in-love with her version of “Too Close” and then began listening to a few more of her covers. One hour later and I’ve decided that I should just share her with you all!

I absolutely LOVE Mumford & Sons, and I really enjoy her version of White Blank Page.

Enjoy!

“Too Close” – Alex Clare — LOVE!

I was stuck in traffic today (ugh, Edmonton, why is there construction everywhere?!), and I heard this song on Sonic 102.9.

I was so excited I immediately turned up my sound and started swaying my head to the beat. I was immersed in the song for 2 minutes; 2 minutes I didn’t waste cursing the construction gods.

Obviously, I typed in a few key lyrics into my iPhone and came home and downloaded it!

What do you think?

Life’s Soundtrack

I download music sometimes without realizing it. Sometimes it’s free iTunes music, and other times it’s “free” music from the internet. Before artists become enraged that I “steal” music, I usually download “top 100” torrents, and when I find a song I enjoy I download the entire album from iTunes. Besides, I’ve purchased over 960 songs from iTunes over the years–do the math!

Anyways, check out this song that played on my iPod while I was driving home from Calgary. I’m pretty sure it was a free iTunes featured a while back.

Emerald Isle – Whitehorse

Life’s Soundtrack – Imagine Dragons “It’s Time”

Sometimes I hear a song and fall in love immediately.

What do you think?

I love the very beginning when they introduce the melody and beat with their clapping…it makes me smile.

Lyrics

“It’s Time”

So this is what you meant
When you said that you were spent
And now it’s time to build from the bottom of the pit
Right to the top
Don’t hold back
Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain check

I don’t ever want to let you down
I don’t ever want to leave this town
‘Cause after all
This city never sleeps at night

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
I’m never changing who I am

So this is where you fell
And I am left to sell
The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell
Right to the top
Don’t look back
Turning to rags and giving the commodities a rain check

I don’t ever want to let you down
I don’t ever want to leave this town
‘Cause after all
This city never sleeps at night

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
I’m never changing who I am

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
I’m never changing who I am

This road never looked so lonely
This house doesn’t burn down slowly
To ashes, to ashes

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
I’m never changing who I am

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
I’m never changing who I am

Instagram Weekend

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Wow. It is HOT! I mean, for us Edmontonians, it feels like the world must be coming to and end, because there is just NO way our city could possibly be this nice. I’m hoping to get myself motivated enough … Continue reading

I’m alive

Hi followers!

I feel horrible because I haven’t been posting lately! I’ve been working A LOT and I when I’m home my brain turns off and I can’t seem to formulate anything worth writing (or reading).

My apologies!

Next week I am going to try and make some delicious goodies (cupcakes, perhaps?) and start a new art project! So expect Instagram photo’s galore!!

But good news! Since I haven’t been using my brain to create anything of interest for you, I have instead “turned off” my thoughts and instead glued myself to my computer screen. Why is that good news? I HAVE YOU TUBE VIDEOS TO SHARE!!

P.S. Be prepared to shed a tear or two!

1. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

I watched this on Netflix today and I was glued to my screen! Such an inspiring story!

2. “Listen”

Just watch.

3. I like this girl’s swag

4. Should I get bangs? NO!

5. A music video to finish the post off…