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A Dream Uncovered

A Dream Uncovered (Randyjw; June 19, 2019)


Unveiling the moon

of her shrouded mysteries




Randy’s Reviews: Tears of the Moon – by Nora Roberts

Beauty and melancholy intertwine in the Irish folklore, music, and deep ties to its land. Among its people, a haunting longing within the heart and soul can only be quenched by returning to the roots of all connections: G-d, Love, and Country. For Brenna O’Toole and Shawn Gallagher, each learn to find the fulfillment of their deepest dreams and desires through a gradual understanding of the meaning inherent in all three.






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Calm (Randyjw; May 26, 2019)


Like Saul to David,

calmed with tender, soothing tones

played on the kinnor.



These songs by Yehuda Katz have a rather collective, soothing effect:


Yehuda Katz – Bachatzi Halayla (Midnight Escape):



This next one is by Shlomo Katz:

Shlomo Katz- Od Yishama (There Will Be Heard) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):



Yehuda Katz – Woman of Wisdom and Valor (Eshet Chayil) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):



Yehuda Katz – B’Simchah Rabah (We’re So Happy) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):



Yehuda Katz – Calling Out to You (Elecha) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):



Yehuda Katz V’hamagal –  Libi U’b’sari:



Yehuda Katz – Loving Life (Mi Ha’Ish):



Yehuda Katz – Reflecting Light (K’Gavnah):



Yehuda Katz – All Together (composed by Meir Banai, Yair Nitzani):



Yehuda Katz – Purple Royalty (Shoshanah Ya’Akov):



Yehuda Katz – Dancing in Mezeritch:



Yehuda Katz – Hand in Hand (Yamin V’Smol) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):



Yehuda Katz – Nigun Lewis (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):



Yehuda Katz – You Are the Kind (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):






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Passover Songs And More 5779


Passover Songs And More 5779 (Randyjw; April 18, 2019)



Bachatzi Halayla (Midnight Escape) – Yehudah Katz

Published on Apr 2, 2012




Od Yishama (There Will Be Heard) – Shlomo Katz

Published on Apr 23, 2012




(Added April 24, 2019):

Mordechai Ben David – Kumzits 1 / Shiru LaMelech

Published on Oct 27, 2015




All About Those Plagues – Chuck Green

Published on Mar 23, 2015



Passover Rhapsody – A Jewish Rock Opera –

Published on Mar 27, 2012




Avadim Hayinu (We Were Slaves) – Yuval Grumer

Published on Apr 16, 2019




Pessach Medley with Micha Gamerman (Official Animation Video) –

Published on Apr 5, 2017




The Passover Seder Symbols Song – runsing

Published on Apr 7, 2008





Published on Apr 12, 2011



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Sunny Songs To Remove The Chill

Sunny Songs To Remove The Chill (Randyjw; December 12, 2018):


59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) – Simon and Garfunkel:



Black & White – Three Dog Night:



Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison (The Beatles):



Aquarius / Let The Sun Shine – The Fifth Dimension:



Joy To The World – Three Dog Night:



Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks:



Sunshine On My Shoulders – John Denver:




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Sand Dancing

Sand Dancing (Randyjw; July 23, 2018)



My bearded man

Wear your jeans

and bare your feet

and let’s spin turns

around these sands


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Randy’s Reviews – Randy’s Record Reviews: Putumayo Presents… African Odyssey


Randy’s Reviews – Randy’s Record Reviews: Putumayo Presents… African Odyssey (Randyjw; October 22, 2016)


Putumayo Presents… African Odyssey. (p) and © 2001 Putumayo World Music: 411 Lafayette, 4th Fl., New York, New York 10003 ph: (212) 625-1400; ( Barcode Reader: 790248019123; ISBN: 1587590476.


Another compilation disc of African music from around the region presented on an acoustic level with profundity and sophistication.


1. Manecas Costa – Fundu Di Matu  – Guinea-Bissau (5:30)

Portuguese-influenced song.


*2. Seydu – The Well – Sierra Leone (4:22)

Interesting; hard to peg; really nice. Soft, rambling xylophone and percussion, in a ’70’s, jazzy-ish style with scary punches of accent on the highs.


3. Les Go – Sou – Ivory Coast (3:12)

Plucky and monochromatic. Complex arrangements of overlaid vocals to simple music in offbeat rhythm.


*4. Oliver Mtukudzi – Raki – Zimbabwe (7:05)

Slow-moving reggae-ish sound. I like it; it grows on you, throughout, ’til you’re slo-mo bopping.


5. Augusto Cego – Mar – Cape Verde (5:15)

Ocean tide and Portuguese guitar in a ballad style.


*6. Bidinte – Kecu Minino Na Tchora – Guinea-Bissau (3:14)

I love this happy, little song with its bluesy start and scale-runs and “Junior” -like backup.


*7. Aura Msimang – Kulala – South Africa (4:34)

This is a really neat one with multiple influences presented in such a cool-sounding mix.


8. Adama Yalomba – Miri Yoro – Mali (8:24)

Steely strings and wah-wah synth combined with a low voice makes for some really weird and great stuff.


9. Doctor King’esi – Nipelaki Kwa Baba – Kenya (2:54)

Reminds me of some old, Israeli music.


10. Habib Koite’ – Sinama Denw – Mali (3:25)

Interesting notes put together in a unique minor-major way (puns always intended).


Starred standouts on this album include tracks: 2, 4, 6 and 7.

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Man Bands


Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles — these were the “boy bands” of my day. In fact, there was really not such a thing until the term defined it, in the 1990’s, with the likes of Boyz II Men, ‘N Sync, and The Backstreet Boys. Wikipedia places it earlier, and there are some evolutions referred to, but I still give it to the ’90’s, with nods to Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson of the 1970’s and 1980’s spurring the young boy popstar phenomenon, further opening the music market to teen male pop poster-boys, along with their bands, during the later 70’s, popularizing maledom everywhere.


My era saw macho “man bands” slicing and dicing their way through rousing rock tunes with no intimation, whatsoever, regarding gender. Such things didn’t matter. Neither did race. Perhaps it would have continued to develop more naturally and organically, had we not indulged in exaggerated scrutiny to the matter, peering and prying into every aspect of its being, making sure to attach a label to it so that it would become a sure phenomenon.


Such is the nature of competition in the marketplace, the requisite publication of the theorem, welcoming admittance to the doctoral student into their professed occupations. No wonder the plethora of grant-driven studies in minutaie.


Nevertheless, good marketing and better formulas die a slow, ignominious death. So, here we have continuing boy bands, worse for the wear and the tear, with regard to the golden standards to which they now must attain. This is the same trajectory, by the way, as taken by the “girl bands”, pretty much, except the path preceeded the boy bands by about a decade or so (popularly considered — say, by The Bangles, or the Go-go’s, etc. — Yep, I spun double turntables, back in the day, but nothing fancy).


Girl and Boy Bands, as a concept, are almost on the verge of becoming passé. Until you come to this one: Celtic Thunder. This group is really wonderful. They comprise almost the right quantity of individuals to be considered a choir, but fall ideally just short.


Last night, I happened to leave my television tuned to the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in America when I left off from watching the Stephen Hawking series, Genius. Turning it on for a little noise beyond the whirrings of my mind this following evening, a PBS special, with its accompanying fund drive, was broadcasting Celtic Thunder: Legacy. It was already past the halfway point, and I already missed quite a bit. Sad to say, as I enjoyed it very much.


Through the packing tape holding the lens to the frame of my spectacles (for that is what it surely is) from where it broke in two places, and on the small screen with few channels, perhaps first-gen cable-ready, I made out what appeared to be a Brad Pitt or Val Kilmer look-alike, with this beautiful voice and charming persona. I’m sure both Brad and Val can sing wonderfully, but this gentleman had a fine singing voice.


The rest of the ensemble were equally wonderful, as well. Hailing from Ireland, they sing an eclectic mix of heritage-style songs and those geared to their audience. Since the audience was American, they did some doo-wop tunes and classic tunes familiar to all. For that is what it is: a group geared for good, old-fashioned family fun and entertainment.


This is a show for young and old alike, and just about all would be able to appreciate it. If you can see it, whether on t.v., or live in-concert, or hear their shows via CD, I recommend them as a great, enjoyable group you can feel happy about listening to.



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