The past 100 or so years, I’ve been driving home to Texas multiple times a year, usually by myself. It’s at least an eight-hour drive, depending on how many antique stores happen to catch your eye. In my case, that would round the trip out to about 10 hours. Or maybe eleven! Have I mentioned I love antiques?
It all started when my father-in-law gifted me with a crate of vintage canning jars. They had turned blue with age and I was hooked from the gitgo! The blue was what got me!
And it’s been downhill ever since. Don’t even think about bringing the subject up to Big Boss. He runs. Same thing with genealogy. He doesn’t quite get that either. But that’s another story for another day…
Back to the music. 🙂 Music is another love of mine. About two years ago, I was introduced to YouTube fan videos, following my introduction to the 2004 BBC production of North and South, following my introduction to the 1995 BBC production Pride and Prejudice…see how this works?
In trying to find out more about all of the above, I ran smack dab into the middle of a new “love”…YouTube. Guess what? You can find almost any music on YouTube!! Who knew? Well, probably lots of you knew that, but I didn’t until then!! Hours and hours later, I was still sitting in front of the computer screen wondering if there was a chance I could find oh say, Richard Chamberlain singing a 1960’s teen song like “Three Stars Will Shine Tonight”…and..I FOUND IT!!! How cool is/was that?
But back to…uhhh…oh yeah, driving to Texas. So, for years, I listened to tapes. Then I moved on to CD’s. After that it was my beloved Mp3 player. Now, I just plug my phone in and off we goooooo!!!! Actually, I have to conserve my phone charge, so for my long trips, I whip out my trusty little red Sony Walkman and for the next ten or so hours, music is my companion of choice…interspersed with conservative talk radio!! 😀 Yeah, I’m one of those, so let’s just leave it at that.
And in the process, discovered a recording group named The Immediate. Holy cow! This stuff was right up my alley…something between classical, rock and soundtracks. Their album Trailerhead was chock full of pieces that were amazing. Inspiring. Moving. Enough descriptives? This is called “Generations”.
The Immediate lead me to E.S. Posthumous…man oh man, I could listen to their Unearthed album all 500 miles!! Here’s on of my favorites, “Estemos”…makes me wish I danced. But what would you dance to this music? The tango? I can see it in my head but am so ignorant of ballroom dancing, all I can do is sway to this. Just heavenly!
And then, there’s “Isfahan”!!
So, when I saw that The Hobbit’s new trailer soundtrack was by The Immediate, I did a quick search and came up with this YouTube link. The album, Quantum has not been released yet though, so this is just a medley of the album tracks. No idea which one will be used for The Hobbit trailer, but sounds good to me!
Which brings me to my Most Probably Favorite song EVER. Listen and weep. Ralph Vaughn Williams at his very best!!!! It’s nothing like The Immediate or E.S. Posthumus in style or genre, but Williams score is as sweeping and cinematic as they are!
I found this on yet another trip…this time to Manhattan, where our oldest son was attending college. It was on the radio and it was love at first note!