I adore this piece! Back in February I played the Love Theme from the film Cinema Paradiso, but today I’ve recorded the main theme which is a stunning piece of music. Written by Ennio and Andrea Morricone, it won the 1991 BAFTA for best soundtrack. I hope you enjoy this today – sit down, turn up the volume and close your eyes!
B flat major
Today I’m up in Aberdeen, speaking at my third SCILT Business Breakfast to school children from across the northeast about the importance of studying languages. It’s been a pleasure taking part in these events, working with a great team and speaking to enthusiastic learners.
As The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen is the only song I know about Aberdeen it seemed right to play it today, but I’ve got a confession to make. It wasn’t until I was listening to Kenneth McKellar’s jaunty version in preparation for recording my version and I heard the reference to the “heavenly dancers” in the verse that I realised the Northern Lights referred to were the Aurora Borealis and not what I assumed were the harbour lights! I’m feeling a bit daft now…
I didn’t see any Northern Lights last night. I’ll just have to go to Iceland or Norway…
Today’s song is Don’t Know Why by Norah Jones which featured on her 2002 album Come Away With Me. It was, however, first released by Jesse Harris in 1999, but it was the performance by Norah Jones which won three Grammy Awards in 2003 for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Here’s Norah performing it live in Amsterdam.
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