Friday, December 26, 2008


It’s Friday. Not just any Friday, but the last Friday of 2008...which makes this the last Friday Random Ten post of the year. Whoop-de-do.

It’s quiet at Chez Elisson. Almost too quiet. After having our nephew William and niece Madison here for the greater part of a week, the house seems empty and desolate after their departure an hour ago.

Perhaps some Randomly Selected Tunage will help fill the void. Let’s see what the iPod d’Elisson is pooping out this week:
  1. Three Is A Green Crown - The Incredible String Band

    It’s hard to explain The Incredible String Band to anyone who wasn’t around in the late 1960’s...and even to those who were.

    Not with the lips of skin
    Nor yet with the lips of dark snow
    But let the white dove sing
    Of the body of life
    Of the lover whose love is complete
    Hold hands out to greet, ah
    Let not the swan be brought low

    For all that is moving is moved by her hands
    She is mirrored forever in the life of the lands
    In the building of thoughts in the shifting sands

    Life life remembering

    Well here you are now, O now you are here
    Well how has it been so far
    The hair and the fur
    Lemons, frankincense, and myrrh

    For all that is moving is moved by her hands
    She is mirrored for ever in the life of the lands
    In the building of thoughts in the shifting sands

    Let the cracked crystal raindrop be merged in the sea
    Silent shining thoughtless free
    But close your eyes to find the golden flower
    And open them to see the sunshine shower
    Where the flowers are free and the fishes ask
    Ah what can water be

    She beareth thought, she beareth visions
    Speaking truth in contradictions
    Dreams of pain, dreams of laughter
    And every action follows after

    O second self, O gate of the soft mystery
    I’ll love you if you’ll love me; O guide me
    With the gold of Gabriel’s wing. Grant me the tongue
    That all the earth does sing
    Vibrating light forever one the sun
    The book of life is open to us
    There’ll be no secrets left between us

  2. Uf Dem Anger - Chramer, Gip Die Varwe Mir - Christian Thielemann, Orff: Carmina Burana

  3. Buy, Buy American Pie - The Capitol Steps

  4. Levine Mit Zayn Flying Machine - Charles Cohan

    The story of the other guy that crossed the Atlantic.

  5. Bukharester Bulgar - The Klezmer Conservatory Band

  6. Holy Ground - The Klezmatics

  7. Chop ’Em Down - Matisyahu

    Matisyahu: a most appropriate artist for the season.

  8. Us and Them - Frankie Paul

    From “Dub Side of the Moon,” a reggae tribute to the similarly-named Pink Floyd album.

  9. There Is Life Outside Your Apartment - Avenue Q, Original Broadway Cast

  10. Fugue #7 in E flat major (from The Well-Tempered Clavier) - Wendy Carlos

It’s Friday. What are you listening to?

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