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Feelgood song, redux

So EPI’s listening club had its annual gala dinner last Friday night and as you may recall the theme of the evening was “a song that makes you feel good.”

I loved the fact that so many of you made suggestions, although in all honesty I have not had time to listen to them all [no matter – the thread remains there for all to see]. I had a really hard time picking just one song, but in the end I narrowed it down to three:

1. Israel Kamakawiwo Ole’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World

2. Pink Martini’s Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love

3. Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s Sister Rosetta Goes Before You

As said, I had a seriously hard time choosing, and in the end it was virtually a “flippacoin” situation. In the end I went with the last one, despite it being probably the least upbeat of the three. Still, it’s such a gorgeous song – and I love Alison Krauss’s vocals.

The evening was a rousing success and, as always, EPI designed a special CD onto which all the songs were burned, which was handed out to all in attendance:

Menu CD

The party was held on May 1, so the design of the disk refers to the Halldór Laxness poem Maístjarnan [The May Star], a popular Icelandic folk song and a sort of anthem for the May 1 holiday. [There is a rudimentary translation of the poem here.] The text on the CD does not list the songs, however, but rather what was on the  menu. I should probably mention that a lot of artistic licence has been taken when listing the menu items, so if you’re trying to figure out what it says and just … can’t – don’t feel bad!

I uploaded a picture of last year’s menu disk, and bizarrely it got over 4,000 views on Flickr, which was [and still is] a complete mystery. Let’s see what this one does!

A CALM, SPRING-LIKE DAY
With sunny spells and light breezes. Haven’t been out yet but am dying to go. Unhappily, though, it looks like the sun has disappeared behind a fairly thick cloud cover and the wind is picking up slightly. Weatherman sez we’re in for rain later today. Right now 7°C [46F]. Sunrise this morning bright and early at 4.53, sunset due for 9.58 this evening.

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  • Stephen Cowdery May 3, 2009, 6:37 pm

    There’s a wonderful video of Sister Rosetta herself singing the inspiration for that song:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeaBNAXfHfQ

  • Ljósmynd DE May 3, 2009, 8:08 pm

    I could have named Maístjarnan as a feelgood song by itself, as well as Á Sprengisandur and other Icelandic folk songs. It is mostly a matter of pictures the music is able to conjure up. And those songs are very rich in imagery.

  • Rozanne May 4, 2009, 2:47 am

    Excellent choice. I am a huge fan of both Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, so obviously I approve!

  • Annie May 4, 2009, 1:08 pm

    I still haven’t heard this album, although I’ve been told I’ll love it.

    Oh yes, the mystery of the menu CD views, I remember that. Spooky.

  • Grif May 5, 2009, 7:11 am

    This is the new server! Yippie!

  • JoeInVegas May 5, 2009, 8:09 pm

    I’ll have to hit the photos each time I come by, just to start throwing off your stats.

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