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Date: 2008-05-23 23:14
Subject: if it's friday night, it must be...
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Location:the bedroom in the sky
Music:thomas dolby

'Nuff said.
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Date: 2008-05-23 23:21
Subject: music for pleasure (2)
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Location:the bedroom in the sky
Music:midnight oil
There was an absolutely storming biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams on BBC4 this evening. I've been a huge fan of VW's stuff since I was a kiddie, but I never bothered to find out anything about him, and this film filled in the background admirably. Very popular with the ladies, VW, apparently.
I really do think Vaughan Williams is the only English composer to have captured `Englishness,' or at least Englishness as it was when he was alive - although I think it was dying even then. Elgar comes close, but I find him extraordinarily pompous. Holst almost manages it in some of the movements of The Planets, but only Vaughan Williams does it properly, to my mind. I'm not a terribly nationalistic chap - I find nationalism rather disturbing, to be honest with you - but I think of VW as a kind of soundtrack to the way I feel about my country. If you want to know what kind of sound my soul makes, listen to the Tallis Fantasia.
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