♪”Let it go” – Music Themes

For this week’s theme, we will explore “Let it go”, which may convey different meanings to various people. For me, letting go means freeing my mind of extraneous thoughts and just experiencing the moment. If you think about it that’s really the only way we can live, create new memories, share, forgive, love, move on…

My first selection’s an absolutely gorgeous song from an exquisitely sensitive soul. Thom Yorke expresses “the magic of losing yourself in music and the senses”.

“Lotus Flower”

I will shape myself into your pocket
Invisible, do what you want, do what you want
I will shrink and I will disappear
I will slip into the groove and cut me up, and cut me upThere’s an empty space inside my heart
Where the weeds take root
And now I’ll set you free
I’ll set you free
There’s an empty space inside my heart
Where the weeds take root
Tonight I’ll set you free
I’ll set you freeSlowly we unfurl
As lotus flowers
‘Cause all I want is the moon upon a stick
Just to see what if
Just to see what is
I can’t kick your habit
Just to feed your fast ballooning head
Listen to your heart

We will shrink and be quiet as mice
While the cat is away; do what we want
Do what we want

There’s an empty space inside my heart
Where the weeds take root
So now I set you free
I set you free

‘Cause all I want is the moon upon a stick
Just to see what if
Just to see what is

Put the lotus flower into my room

Slowly we unfurl
As lotus flowers
‘Cause all I want is the moon upon a stick
I dance around a pit
The darkness is beneath
I can’t kick your habit
Just to feed your fast ballooning head
Listen to your heart

For me, Mozart’s Serenade for Winds, in B-Flat Major, K 361 – evokes lightness of being, simply dissolving oneself with the wind, airy and free. From the movie “Amadeus”, Salieri describes the ecstasy of moment!

Immerse yourself, listen to a live performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLpBkIhlO2c

Here’s a great scene from the Shawshank Redemption, when prisoner Andy plays Mozart’s “Duettino – Sull’aria” from opera “Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)”  One of my favorite arias, letting all of our worries go… listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnWz8KqOnJg

Please indulge me as I include another aria from the same opera, Madam Caballe is flawless in “Dove sono i bei momenti”, The Countess’s aria from Le Nozze di Figaro. In this scene, what she does with the earring is amazing. She accidentally loses one as she passes and coolly takes off the other as if part of her staging, a farewell to her love.  A consummate artist with the presence of mind to lithely transform a mishap into art. BRAVA!

My all time favorite coloratura soprano, Madam Anna Moffo performing as Cio-Cio-San from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. In this scene, “Un bel di vedremo”, she laments letting go of her greatest love.

Natalie Dessay brilliantly plays Lucia, the bride who descends into madness on her wedding night, while the festivities are still being held in the Great Hall, she stabs her new husband Arturo in the bridal chamber. Bloodied, unaware of what she has done, she wanders in the Great Hall, recalling her meetings with Edgardo and imagining herself married to him.  “The sweet sound” – “Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce” is an aria from Act 3, scene 2 of the opera “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Donizetti. The ghostly sound of the glass harmonica is hauntingly effective, coloring the madness as she lets go of it all.

“Il dolce suono”

Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce!
Ah, quella voce m’è qui nel cor discesa!
Edgardo! io ti son resa. Edgardo! Ah! Edgardo, mio! Si’, ti son resa!
fuggita io son da’ tuoi nemici. (nemici)
Un gelo me serpeggia nel sen!
trema ogni fibra!
vacilla il piè!
Presso la fonte meco t’assidi alquanto! Si’, Presso la fonte meco t’assidi.
Ohimè, sorge il tremendo fantasma e ne separa!
Qui ricovriamo, Edgardo, a piè dell’ara.
Sparsa è di rose!

Un’armonia celeste, di’, non ascolti?
Ah, l’inno suona di nozze!
Il rito per noi s’appresta! Oh, me felice!
Oh gioia che si sente, e non si dice!
Ardon gl’incensi!
Splendon le sacre faci, splendon intorno!
Ecco il ministro!
Porgimi la destra!
Oh lieto giorno!
Al fin son tua, al fin sei mio,
a me ti dona un Dio.
Ogni piacer più grato,
mi fia con te diviso
Del ciel clemente un riso
la vita a noi sarà.

Here’s a rare performance from classical guitarist virtuoso Kazuhito Yamashita. If you’ve never heard his famous arrangement of Pictures at An Exhibition, u’r in for a treat! He developed many amazing new techniques including retuning while playing and original multi-string tremolos. Many people hoped his breakthrough style would lead to some of those techniques coming into wider use in new compositions and transcriptions. That never really happened because they were so difficult to play and there was such strong reaction against this and other Yamashita transcriptions. There’s no holding back, he’s like a tsunami letting loose. Enjoy this historic performance!

A lost video for all the fans of Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole – “E Ala E”. His message of living in peaceful harmony with each other, sharing love of the land, and freedom for all will not be lost. Letting go of past hatred is a start. ♪defend our birthright to be free, give our children liberty… E ala E, power of the people♪

Sometimes the biggest enemy is our very self, what is freedom from self? Let It Go!

Other times, letting go means Road Trippin’ with our friends, ♪let’s go get lost, let’s go get lost…♪

…and for my friend Bear, let loose on the dancefloor girl! Easy Dubstep  😉

Bjork primal screams it all: “There’s More to Life Than This”

“The Logical Song” by Supertramp is even more relevant today! ♪Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned/ I know it sounds absurd/ But please tell me who I am♪  One of the finest songs to awaken who you really are. Just let go of the illusion…

And finally L7, the most underrated band ever! If there ever was a band who epitomizes “leaving it all on stage”… Lordy check them out LIVE on French TV! According to YT comments, bassist Jennifer dumps her “axe”. brilliant.  2:22 jennifer sticks the first bass straight up in the sand.  (lmao, her wireless quit and she had no patience for that) could be the greatest thing i have ever seen. and check her out busting up the 2nd bass on the wireless receiver.  holy f***ng shit! That’s how it’s done!!  Her “reservior dogs” strut is just epic *in awe*  XD   Questioning my sanity: LYRICS

Thanks for checking out my post, enjoy! Be sure to visit awesome picks from fellow Blogsters:

Bear     Willow     Lisa     Johnny     John

12 thoughts on “♪”Let it go” – Music Themes

  1. Okay Maddie bug. Let’s see what you have gotten into today. I can tell you straight off that the first song is an excellent pick. It is probably my favorite Radiohead song of all time.
    I’m giggling a bit at the second video. OK! Maybe I’m smirking!
    Third video – I am definitely smirking and stifling laughter.
    OK you almost lost me on the fourth video, but because of your description I stuck with it and it was worth it. LOL!
    Kamakawiwoʻole – “E Ala E” – Nice!
    Two against one is one of my favorite songs ever.
    You already know what I think about RHCP.
    Ummm…What is up with the dubstep? I take it you and Bear were talking about dancing?
    Who doesn’t love Bjork?
    The bass – If it doesn’t work then it’s useless, I guess.


    • Et tu Lisa? You live with a musician, how can you not get the bass player? 😉
      Yes it’s Rock, theatrics overkill, but isn’t that the point – losing u’rself in the moment, no inhibitions, proverbial balls 2 da wall?
      I guess Bear’s right, under/ over-rated, music’s in the ear of the beholder.
      Yeah I know, opera’s not for everyone. I caught the bug when my mom took me see La Traviata at the Met. After that performance I was in her world, classical music, ballet, B’way plays and poetry readings. Yes I was a nerdy misunderstood teen lol, but loved every minute of it. 😀
      Yo dubstep, you know, like the natural evolution of Irish step dancing, hahaha. Bear’s not amused, and I quote, “M’thinks the connections are a bit beyond The Pale.” 😉

      You can follow our delicious dance repartee here: http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/remember-music-themes/#comment-17116

      As always Enjoy!♥


      • Oooohhhhh!!!!!!!!! Duh! Not a word, Madeline! I mean it! Hahaha! I am so tired this week and I’ve been sick! You just let it go! 😛
        I suppose I have to be in just the right mood for opera. I do appreciate it. I was smirking and giggling over the rebellion of it all. 😉
        Natural evolution of Irish step dancing. Hahaha!
        Anyway, it’s good if I get lost cause I can learn new stuff. *sticks her tongue out at Maddie* 💙


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  3. Bjork is another of Willow’s favorites 🙂

    Pictures at An Exhibition (really, I do like those crazy Russian composers) , but I didn’t hear Yamashita play any new guitar techniques, and his arrangement sounded, to me, like a first or second grade John Thompson piano arrangement. Harmonics, changing tuning, flopping one’s head, not new. What did I miss?

    Not one, but two of my favorite movies 😉 Thanks 🙂 EASY dubstep? I used to know a fiddler who could play Bluegrass while leaning way way way over to the side … like the dancer did, but he had to be drunk. All the liquid settled to his feet to keep him anchored., instead of going to his head like normal folk. 🙂 Not as easy as it might seem. 🙂

    Overall, very interesting selections, enhanced by very nice explanations, too. Thank you. You are dialing my listening mechanism in new directions, new to me, ways of thinking.

    PS I would keep on “underrating” L7, though. Tacky. I don’t like performers who destroy their equipment and instruments as if they were props, unless they are props. It is as if a temper tantrum makes up for poor music, poor technique , and poor showmanship. Just me. Your worded prelude was so interesting, that I spent more time watching than I ordinarily would. 🙂


    • Have a second listen, notice the delicate multi-string single-finger tremolos (Using both the contraction and extension strokes of a single finger). He also mastered multiple scordaturas-on-the-fly (Re-tuning strings multiple times in mid-performance to make impossible passages possible). He also used extreme dynamic contrasts (accompanied by sharp head flopping) lol. I haven’t seen any other performances of this nature, please send me links if you find any!
      Here’s the conclusion of his performance:

      the 9th & 10th movement: “The Hut on Fowl’s Legs”, “The Great Gate of Kiev”

      Oh well, I guess I’m easily impressed. I must admit I have a soft spot for “crazy Russian composers”, Mussorgsky’s original piano composition is my favorite, although Ravel’s orchestral arrangement is quite excellent as usual. Eric Satie’s Gymnopédies is a case in point.

      Chat more later♥ Hugs♥♥


      • 🙂 Dynamic head flopping:-) I only just found your reply, here. Wednesday 8/27. Thank you, Maddie.
        I actually only came here to ask if you have the new theme picked? Or if you want to do so, if you don’t have one in mind already. If you post it with you themes blog post, and/or, if you reply to comment (and I find it) I will put it in my blog post, also. Otherwise, I will edit it in, later, but some readers will then miss it.
        Haven’t found you tube examples, but I have heard guitar played with hamonics and , live, for the last 46 years, by this musician, Frank,… as long ago as 46 years. He played for his sponsoring dojo and some of his students, in Japan in 1980-1981:

        As well as this musician, but I did not find any musical performances, at all, by Dan :



      • Thank you Bear, very nice finger picking rhythm, harmonics from Frank very good!
        Yes, I would like to explore Space as a theme, it could cover inner or outer space, our privacy or personal space, the space between two people, spatial awareness/ distortions. I’ll pass it on to Lisa and Johnny. Enjoy your evening. 🙂


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