Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snowflakes & The Living Room Wallpaper

No, the wallpaper doesn't have snowflakes on it, but there are plenty of them outside. We got a blanket of 4-5 inches last night.

A couple hours work this evening and I have the top part of one wall done. The lower part will be a goldish colored paper, with a border between the top & bottom. Its nice to get some color started in this room, the white walls were bothering me.


Vagabond said...

That painting looks awesome. I hope you have speakers attached to the outside of your house and they are blasting O' FORTUNA all night long!!

Vagabond said...

Haha!!! I just went to youtube and found o'fortuna and played it and at the same time enlarged the picture of your house! They do go very well together. Its frightening.

Jaydub said...

O Fortuna, velut luna, statu variabilis, semper crescis,
aut decrescis; vita detestabilis,
nunc obdurat, et tunc curat, ludo mentis aciem, egestatem, potestatem, dissolvit ut glaciem.

Now we just need Aunt C to give us some background info! :)

Patti said...

the top picture is just BEAUTFUL i clicked on it and made it big!! pretty with all the snow and lights in the windows

patti said...

and Just like your mom,,, cant stand white walls,, the wall paper is gonna look AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mismike said...

O Fortune,
like the moon
Stands constantly changing,
ever waxing
but waning;
hateful life
now oppresses
and then soothes
as fancy takes it;
and power
it melts them like ice.

Fate - monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
stand malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
and veiled
you plague me too;
now through the game
I bring my bare back
to your villainy.

Fate, in health
and virtue,
is against me
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating strings;
through Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me

O Fortuna is a poem from Carmina Burana, a collection of Latin poems written in early 13th century. Fortuna is the goddess of fortune in Roman Mythology. German composer Carl Orff selected 24 poems from the collection and set them to new music between 1935 and 1936. O Fortuna is the most famous movement from Orff's Carmina Burana composition, and opens and closes the cycle.

Orff's setting of the poem has become immensely popular and has been performed by countless classical music ensembles as well as the popular artists listed below. It powerfully conveys the human condition of struggle. The composition appears in numerous movies and television commercials and has become a staple in popular culture[1]. For instance, it is used to portray the torment of Jim Morrison's drug addiction in the film The Doors[2].

The answer is "O Fortuna" by a guy named Carl Orff. It's part of a larger work called "Carmina Burana," and it's a pretty recent piece in classical music terms, written in 1935 (the same year that Parker Brothers released the board game Monopoly).

While we're at it, here's a whole shload of trivia about the piece...

"O Fortuna" was first introduced to mainstream media in John Boorman's 1981 film Excalibur. It enjoyed tremendous popularity among the public following the movie's release and was for a time thereafter frequently incorporated into various cinematic and musical works for dramatic effect (a practice that has since become clichéd and consequently is often parodied).

The piece has appeared in many television commercials such as the Carlton Draught's 'Big Ad', the barbarian raider advertisements for Capital One credit cards, the opera motif advertisements for Rickard's Red beer (from Molson), and the long running TV advertising campaign for Old Spice aftershave in the United Kingdom.

"O Fortuna" is played at all large events staged at the new Wembley Stadium.

The piece is played at all New England Patriots home games (along with a video highlight reel) immediately before the Patriots run on to the field. It is always followed by Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train."

Electronica band Apotheosis, released a few versions of a track featuring "O Fortuna" in 1989 of which the Orff estate sued to stop the distribution.

Synth/Medieval, French band Era recorded a Mix called "The Mass" featuring pieces of "O Fortuna" from the original Carmina Burana.

"O Fortuna" is one of the few non-Russian songs performed by the Soviet Union's Choir Alexandrov (Red Army Choir).

Manchester based prog/Alternative rock band Amplifier have released a track called "O Fortuna" on their second album "The Insider".

Scandinavian electonic band Apoptygma Berserk used a sample of the piece as the chorus of their song "Love Never Dies (Part 1)" from the album "Seven".

The song has been performed in concert by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and it will be included on the long-awaited Night Castle album.

The verse from "Sors salutis" was used as the entrance theme for The Undertaker's druids at Wrestlemania XIV.

This piece is played when the University of Connecticut football team runs out on to the field.

It was played at the beginning of every Ozzy Osbourne concert as Ozzy was either lowered onto or entered the stage.

A sample is used at the beginning of "No 'W'", a song performed by Ministry on earlier versions of the album Houses of the Molé.

A segment of the piece was played over a Gatorade TV ad in late 2007 / early 2008, showing various well-known athletes in action.

Mismike said...

Actually one of my fav opera's.......along with the Phantom of the Opera......perhaps my fav....!!! Speakers need to be cranking!!!! Scares the beegeebee's out of me!!!!!!!
Love ya!!!!!

Anonymous said...

oh my goshhhhhhhh carol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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