Sunday, December 10, 2017
The Mini Beats from Germany, is a terrific musical group that I discovered while I was browsing a little known music website located in Russia. The Mini Beats specialize in performing covers of The Beatles' music, and they do an outstanding job of it. The members of the group are: Philip, guitar and vocals; Andi, guitar; Markus, bass-guitar and vocals; Jonas, drums and vocals. The Mini Beats was started by Jonas, who got the inspiration for it after watching "Help", and "A Hard Days Night", with his father one night. The song that they play in the video below is John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's haunting Christmas anthem, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", that was released in October of 1971. It just so happens to be my most favorite Christmas song in the whole world. Incidentally, the melody of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" is based on an old American folk song called "Stewball". It is interesting to note, that Philip, the lead singer on "Happy Xmas (War Is Over), handles the English lyrics quite well. His diction and pronunciation are perfect. The original version of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over), by the Plastic Ono Band, is rather hard to find, actually it has been always hard to find, but I did locate a copy of it on an MP3 Christmas anthology called "The Essential NOW That's What I Call Christmas". We are starting the Christmas season early at Angel Watchers, by featuring the The Mini Beats' excellent version of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" This is a virtual Christmas card to all of the fans of Angel Watchers from my Dear Aunt Martha and I. Have a Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from Angel Watchers. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring Straalen McCallum singing "Wiyathul", an incredibly beautiful song from his "A Little Faith" album. This song literally brought tears to my eyes. It is written in Galpu, an aboriginal dialect. "Wiyathul" has a very interesting history. It was composed by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu who is an Australian Aboriginal. He was blind. Sadly, Geoffrey just passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 46, on July 25, 2017. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the angelic Martin Savi. This is what beautiful music, and a soulful presence is all about. Martin's music has become the soundtrack of my life. I can't hear enough of it. In the video clip below he sings an extremely haunting rendition of "La Carretera (The Road)". God bless you Martin Savi. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Emanuel Zekic, a young Roma singer from Serbia, can only be described as amazing. His magical voice has many shades. You can call it sultry, passionate, exotic, soulful. But, whatever adjectives you prefer to use, the fact is that Emanuel's superb singing needs to heard by the whole world. In his voice you can hear the mysteries, pain, joys, and hopes, of the Roma people. Many of the microtones that he sings, cannot be written in standard Western musical notation. You won't find those notes on a piano keyboard. To perform them, one has to live these notes, and feel the subtle intonations of the music. To the Western ear, the microtones are aromatic, and redolent of unseen things, and takes us to emotional states that we have not transcended to before. I must say that when I first heard Emanuel's music, I wept from the joy, and sheer beauty of it all. In fact I still cry whenever I hear him sing. I too have Roma blood running in my veins. Emanuel has the most beatific, and angelic smile that I have ever seen. God has truly blessed him with wonderful gifts. Click on the video widgets below to hear him sing two hauntingly beautiful songs, "Oprosti Mi (Forgive Me)", and "Ti Ja Vise Ne (You And I Are No Longer)". Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the return of the very talented actor, Hale Lytle. I featured him previously on Angel Watchers, and those posts can be found here: Henley - Hale Lytle and Hale Lytle A short time ago there was buzz on the internet that Hale was to reprise his role as Ted Henley in a theatrical version of "Henley", but alas, that was not to be. Unfortunately, director Craig Macneill made a big mistake in casting another young actor, Jared Breeze, in the role of Ted Henley. Jared is a light-weight actor who does not have the emotional depth of Hale Lytle. The remake is called "The Boy", and it is a rather limp and boring film. Hale Lytle has appeared in a theatrical film called "Young Bodies Heal Quickly, and several remarkable short films "Weasel", "Killer", and "Fort Apache". You can watch "Killer" and "Fort Apache" in their entirety below. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
FORT APACHE from Addison Mehr on Vimeo.