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On an impulse buy tonight at Borders, after work, I got two cds: Rough Guide to Hungarian Music and Rough Guide to Russian Music. The Russian one has Vladimir Vysotsky, which reminded me of [livejournal.com profile] katykate from a post way back. But I felt compelled to get the Hungarian one too. I think that if I like the Scandinavian bands as I do, that I will like at least a little of these, which will be worth it in the end to me. I wanted to find something Romanian, since I heard recently that the language is especially beautiful, in a romance language sort of way. Supposedly, Romanian is close to both Italian and French to the point that many words are similar, and a Romanian can get along well in Italy not knowing any actual Italian. I hear the same sort of thing with Turkish and Swedish, that the languages are more similar than most people think. There was a Rough Guide to Turkish Music I wanted to get too, but it was not a priority right now. Maybe if I like the 2 cds from tonight, I'll go for the Turkish one later.

Speaking of Scandinavian, I am thinking of getting the Rhino Horn Neti Pot. It is a Norwegian variation on the traditional neti pot (used for nasal irrigation) from India. I just got a traditionally shaped stainless steel one that was sent to me from India last week which I think is pretty cool, but I think I might learn the technique better with the Rhino Horn. I dunno. Many websites say that stainless is better, and the larger size like the one I got is better, but I am needing help with it. Maybe I need the beginners one. :P The whole thing is kinda weird with letting salt water go up your nose and out the other nostril, but it is supposed the be great at relieving sinus and allergy issues. I am still having teething trouble with it, because when I use it I feel like I jumped in the pool and got water up my nose, in that painful kinda way. While I am getting used to it, I think I am going to try the sesame seed oil/ghee nose massage thingy I read about on a few ayurvedic sites today. It looks harmless, and easy...dip baby finger in the warmed food grade sesame oil (organic if possible), stick it up your nose and massage a little...pinch nostrils together once both sides are lubed and sniff a few times. Maybe it, like neti, is harder than it seems.

Going to go on a cleanse soon, with the help of an ayurvedic practitioner I met in the [livejournal.com profile] naturalliving community. Turns out he lives in Tampa, so next time I am out there visiting my brother, I will have to see if I can drop by for a visit in person, instead of IM. :)

My Glitter will soon be a wife...I am excited for her. I only wish I could be there (in Las Vegas) for the wedding. I will definitely be at the Florida reception. Sigh...she's growing up so fast! :)
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While I don't fill my days listening to folk music, I have to say that I like quite a bit more of it than a number of people in my peer group. I am a fan of Nick Drake, and traditional folk music from Scandinavia, the Middle East, as well as the British Isles. Lately, I have been hearing this one song more and more when I am in Chas's car. And I am obsessing over it. I think it is amazingly beautiful and I love it so much! The song is by an old 60's (traditional) folk revival band from the UK called Steeleye Span, and the song is called "Lovely on the Water" from their 2nd release, Please to See the King. It was from a time when musicologists went back in history and began to bring the old songs back to the modern ear (or that could be era too). Amazing Blondel, who we played at our wedding, was among this movement, along with Pentangle and Fairport Convention (where Richard Thompson got his start). This is the sort of music you are likely hear at Ren Fests, and there is always a table or two at the Highlands games each January here that has some Steeleye Span (!). I think what I like so much about this particular song, is the Middle Eastern tone to the song, which I don't usually associate with the band's work. It is played well, sung well, and has a bit of a trance effect too. Anyhow, if you like this kind of music as I do, then check out the sample on amazon, from the link. It is unfortunate that this song is only in Windows Media Player, but the majority of you guys out there who might be interested in the slightest have it (or access to it) anyway. And, of course, there are other ways to hear it just by googling.

Well, must be saying nini now, for this body is very tired.
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Watching all these videos back to back on VH1 Classic from Depeche Mode this morning is awkard, because it really highlights the difference in the music from when Alan Wilder was part of the band for me. And to me, the difference is staggering. I just never got into any of the releases post Violator. I got into Songs a bit, but that is where I found myself distancing from them. I feel like a bad fan, because I really do like them, but I just can't get into them as much now. I so much prefer the old songs, but I can't get through listening to a whole cd of any of the stuff after that. A song here or there sticks out, but not much more than that. I don't know if it is the music, or Dave's vocals, or whatever. It just doesn't give me the same feelings I get with the old stuff. Sigh...

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