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Cinema Choral Classics, Vol.1
Cinema Choral Classics, Vol.1
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choral music in the Cinema, 9 Mar. 2011
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A wonderful sound to fill the space around you.
Some of the tracks you may have heard in the cinema or via DVD.
Sophisticated sounds from the movies from the well tuned voice of choirs.
Rich in texture and worth the time taken in hearing this.


Sibling Society
Sibling Society
by Robert Bly
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inner myth, 9 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Sibling Society (Hardcover)
This book proved to be very illumintating to me a few years ago when I first read it just after publication.
Using Myth and folk tales as examples Robert Bly delves deep into our inner workings.
For the growth of boys into a developed man Bly uses the myth around the origin of the popular Hindu god Ganesh to show the rite of passage for male youths who are at times not aware of their genetic fathers.
Because Ganesh was raised by his Mother Parvati while her husband Shiva was meditating on Mount Kailash in the Himalayas.
A father doesn't have to be absent for an absent father syndrome scenario because the father can be overworked and not able to be there for the son under modern work loads and scedules.
Bly doesn't leave out the women of our species by showing teen rebelion which is a part of growing away from the parental grasp as part of growth.
As a rite of passage for the women, Bly looks in depth at a Norwigian folk tale called {The Wild Girl and Sister}.
Here Bly looks via this story at why some young women may seem to go off the rails as she reaches puberty.
She may dress as a punk or dye her hair, Bly covers this seeming lack of woman's wish for beauty with this fairy tale.
She may pierce her tongue or sport a tattoo or even find self multilation as a means of calling for help.
At the end of the book Bly guides us to a view of balancing things out between the male and female visions of reality.
Pointing a direction taken towards a later book he wrote along with psychologist Marion Woodman, {The Maiden King: The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine}.
The Sibling Society is an iluminating book that delves deeper into the growth of an individual as they mature into a fully developed personality.
Myth and individual personal growth watch from the wings as we grow towards a greater understanding of the one direction that we are heading as a species.


Gentle River - Nature Sounds CD
Gentle River - Nature Sounds CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds of nature, 28 Feb. 2011
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At times the sound of music cloys my mind as I need to flow into an easy state of being.
There is music in all forms of sound if we find the ears to hear it.
This is the sound of a steam bubbling along which sounds just like it is just beyond my window.
Ideal for clearing the head space of cobwebs created by my reactions to every day life.
It is of relaxing into your watching breath as the stream of time flows by.
City life is far from this area of tranquil sounds of nature and this sort of thing is needed to calm the troubled mind of man.
Note that there is no music on these recordings except the music of nature with the sounds of gently flowing stream that makes it's own music.
The stream rambles on like our own consciousness musicaly tumbling over melodious stones on the bed of the river creating varied tones of nature.
A great buy for those who miss our past in nature in our planet which diminishes with our disregard of our need for nature for our survival.
Well worth the money esecialy when compared to the sounds of a man digging a hole in the ground who makes so much racket he needs to wear protection for his ears.


The Other Atlantis:
The Other Atlantis:
by Robert J. Scrutton
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The other Atlantis, 28 Feb. 2011
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I read this book in the late nineteen seventies and was intrigued.
The legend around the Oera Linda Book is full of controversy and claimed by some to be a fake.
It is about a lost manuscript handed down and copied over the years by descendants of the Frisian people of Holland.
It is a story of before the English Channel was formed which makes it before the ice age.
Coming from a time of movement of the people as the land was developed by tribes moving into the area.
As with most things like this reading this is about legends before and can be debated but as with most legends can come up with differing conclusions.
I continue to like this book after coming back to it 40 years even if the book is now out of print.


One More Chance
One More Chance
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British jazz in the sixties, 28 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: One More Chance (Audio CD)
This CD is a set of recordings from BBC radio's Jazz Club and presents a forgoten fact that Britain along with a lot of Europe had some great musicians in those far off days of wine and roses.
Presented with the humour of Humphrey Lyttleton with his other talent as all round entertainer.
"Humph" in the first session which was recorded in august 1966 and Humph draws the attention of the audience to the fact that soon a man would walk on the moon, this was before the Apollo landing.
He joking says that soon the popular word in song titles of the songs of the romantic word Moon may be a useless term after the moon landing.
There are hints of the budding emergence of "Humph" the funny man from {Sorry I Haven't a Clue} soon to emerge for public consumption.
As for the music of course the band is excelent and the three sets of recordings loosly cover one theme per session.
Even with the "Ooh are" of Lenny Hastings on drums.
The last session recorded in 1972 is made up of tunes writen in the year 1924.
There is a a great version of Fascinating Rhythm with John Barnes with Roy Williams working their way through a variation with a sound that is similar to Gerry Mulligan with Bob Brookmeyer bubbling along.
Ignore the bargain basment price because this is an excelent buy worth twice the price.


Shiv Purana
Shiv Purana
by B.K. Chaturvedi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shiva, 6 Jan. 2011
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No frills or embellishment here in a comprehensive naration of the Vedic tales cented around Shiva but brings to light clearly the tales of rasas with Sati, Parvatati & Kali Durga plus sons Ganesha & Kartikeya.
The way the book is written & presented gives a total view of the depth within the Shiva myth.
Take note that the title is SHIV PURANA & not the multi volume version of Shiva Purana by J L Shastri published by Moltilal Banarsidass {Delhi}.
Its worth the price of entry into this mythic realm of wonder from our ancient past.


Kalhana's Rajatarangini: Vol 3: A Chronicle of the Kings of Kashmir
Kalhana's Rajatarangini: Vol 3: A Chronicle of the Kings of Kashmir
by Sir Aurel Stein
Edition: Unknown Binding

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History Kashire, 6 Jan. 2011
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Be aware that this book though advertised in the English language, this is mostly written in Sanscrit lettering & though being the Kalhana's Rajataragini {A Chronicle of the Kings of Kashmire} can only help one who speaks sascrit.


The Cult of Draupadi, Volume 1: Mythologies: From Gingee to Kuruksetra
The Cult of Draupadi, Volume 1: Mythologies: From Gingee to Kuruksetra
by Alf Hiltebeitel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £43.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Draupadi, 6 Jan. 2011
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Here is another book by Alf Hiltebeitel & another in depth investigation into Indian folk traditions.
He explains how they had a varied effect on local Hindu traditons in both South India Tamil village culture.
Then looks into how Draupadi of the Mahabarat & the theme that sees Draupadi as a godess developed in southern Indian villages then compares this to Northern Rajastan.
This is more in the locality of the Battle of Kurukshatra of Krishna encouraging Arjuna to fight the good fight.
It is a treat for those enamoured with the sub cultures of Indian myth but is aimed at a market of scholars.


Quest for Silence
Quest for Silence
by Harry A. Wilmer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence is golden, 26 Nov. 2010
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On reading this book I was suprised to find myself engrossed in reading a little known classic on the need for a simple life of inner silence.
There two kinds of silence one is the inner silence of the flow of constant ideas being observed by the consciousness hoping to direct the chatter away from an area tha disturbs a hopefull serenity.
The other is the sounds we recieve from out there beyond the realm of our hearing capacities.
There is a saying by the Buddhist pandit Nagarjuna which says "Hear all sound as mantra" but this can be difficult when walking passed a guy digging a hole in the road with a phneumatic drill. Or the sudden blast from a car passing with loud speacher's throbbing with a deep bass that seem as if the car will shake off all of its nuts & bolts.
Harry Wilmer has been involved with Viet Nam veternans with post traumatic stress disorders in the USA. This is a Jungian analyst but also comes across as a mature man with insight. This is not just another self help book but a gem of a book that covers any topics we may be forced to confront before we get towards the final curtain of the apointmet with the Grim Reaper. As a guy who has spent most of his life delving deep into the recesses of his mind Harry Wilmer also gives an in depth first person look at his experiencing a heart attack; as the inner workings close down & the person finds himself observing the sensations of looking distractedly at the tubes & wires hitched up to the person. Watching in a detached manner from an area of inner silence that could be close to death.
Though a deep topic this book isn't a difficult read because each phrase that he expresses is written with simple down home clarity using a vocabulary that isn't full of double speak psycho babble & long words.
To me aproaching my six score years & ten these seem to be words of wisdom from a grown Senex.
This book is better than a dose of tranquilisers or even a trip to the bar.


About 42 Years Later
About 42 Years Later
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Oldies, 5 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: About 42 Years Later (Audio CD)
In their twilight years some of the cream of Britsih jazz get together for a gig late into their autumn days.
I saw these guys together in 1968 when Dudley Moor played the piano for the big band & Kenney Wheeler was on trumpet.
Released in 2006 it must be one of the latter recording created by these well known jazz men.
Danny Moss bubbles along as if Coleman Hawkins was trying to out do Ben Webster as John Dankworth adds flourishes of pastel hues to the textural beauty.
This CD showed me that there is still a life of worth in this world of Reality TV.
Many hours of musical enjoyment will bathe my ear for the next few weeks.


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