Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ave Maria │ Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois

The Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois (The Little Singers of the Wooden Cross), was founded in Paris in 1907.  For over a hundred years they have been thrilling audiences all over the world with their magnificent singing.  In this edition of Angel Watchers, they sing Franz Schubert's beautiful "Ave Maria", which just happens to be one of my favorite songs.  I have a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the "Ave Maria" holds a very special place in my heart.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tinikling │ The Beautiful National Dance Of The Philippines

The beautiful Tinikling dance is not, unfortunately, well known outside of the Philippines, but to those of us who were born and raised in Hawaii, it is something that we grew up with, and learned to love at a young age.  The word tinikling is a reference to birds known in the Philippines as tikling.  The term tinikling literally means "tikling-like".  The dance originated in Leyte, which is a part of the Visayan islands located in the central Philippines, as an imitation of the tikling birds dodging bamboo traps set by rice farmers.  Tinikling is the most popular, and best known of the Filipino folkloric dances, and is the national dance of the Philippines.  In this edition of Angel Watchers we are honored to present the exhilarating, and hypnotic Tinikling Dance for your enjoyment.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Where Is Love? │ The Winning Olivers

 Laurance
 Gwion
 Harry

In this edition of Angel Watchers we are featuring Laurance, Gwion, and Harry who are the three winning "Olivers" from the BBC program "I'd Do Anything", singing "Where Is Love?".  Lionel Bart's "Oliver" is my favorite musical in the whole world, and it is always a pleasure to hear new arrangements of the music from it.  You are in for a real musical treat because Laurance, Gwion, and Harry are exceptional singers who have a pure, angelic stage presence.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

An Angel │ Declan Galbraith

I was searching for music videos in a rather obscure part of the internet, when I stumbled upon a very unusual blog.  My first impression of it was a feeling of irritation.  As a general rule, I dislike blogs/websites, that start to play music as soon as the page starts to load.  Well that's what happened on this site, but luckily for me,  since the blog was written in one of the lesser known languages of the world,  I had some difficulty in locating the online streaming music player that I wanted to turn off.  Meanwhile, the music continued to play, and it turned out to be a very, very, beautiful song that brought tears to my eyes.  I had not been so moved by a new song for quite some time.  This song spoke to me in very intense emotional waves.  After it was over, I had the player repeat it, so that I could get the artist and track information, but low and behold, in the player window, it showed some random letters and numbers for the name, and artist, of the song.  That meant that an irregular copy of the song was being streamed.  Which, in hindsight, should not have surprised me at all, as that whole blog was irregular.  Well, I was not about to give up on it.  I have very sophisticated software on my computer that can capture any audio or video that plays on my browser, so I turned it on and was able to save the audio stream.  Now, my task was to figure out the name of the song, and also who this wonderful singer was.  So I guessed at the title, and started to do an online search, and bingo, on the first hit, up came "An Angel", by the Kelly Family.  OK, so I found the song, but it was not the version that I had heard.  It did not take me long though to discover that the singer was none other than the great Declan Galbraith.  Many blogs feature his music, but unfortunately, even though he has a magnificent voice and style, his song choices did not move me, so I did not pay much attention to him, and never featured him on Angel Watchers.  I am now a big fan of his.  "An Angel" was composed by the Kelly Family in 1994, so it has simmered for quite a while on the contemporary musical scene, but I don't know how I missed hearing of it for so long.  Declan Galbraith is an English singer of Scottish, and Irish origin.  Declan and his family live in Hoo, a village near Rochester, Kent.  He is well known for the control and range of his voice, as well as his ability to interpret, and adapt musical material of many different styles.  By-the-way, Troye Sivan, has a very sweet little boy version of "An Angel".  Troye's rendition is excellent, but I was not able to find a video of it.  I have unilaterally decided that Declan Galbraith's "An Angel" is the official theme song of Angel Watchers.  Not to worry though, I'm not going to stream it on the blog.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ivan Kupala Day (St. John the Baptist Day) │ Vlad Krutskikh and Street Magic

Ivan Kupala Day (St. John the Baptist Day) is celebrated in Eastern European countries around July 7.  Tvorila Night, the eve of Ivan Kupala Day, is considered to be a time for good humor, mischief, and boisterous fun.   On Ivan Kupala day itself, children have water fights, and perform pranks mostly involving pouring water over someone's head.  After all, it is St. John the Baptist day.  I am a bit nostalgic about "Ivan Kupala", as it is the song that introduced me to the amazing, and entertaining, Vlad Krutskikh and Street Magic.  It is interesting to note that all the performers in this cool video are wearing Ivan Kupala (St. John The Baptist) themed costumes.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Esperança Do Natal │ Chico and Roberta

Chico and Roberta is an exciting musical duo from Puerto Seguru in Brazil.  They were inseparable from their infancy, and went to the same school, and even did their homework together.  Chico and Roberto initially received a lot of media attention with their spirited dance interpretation of the Lambada, which you can find many versions of on YouTube.  In this edition of Angel Watchers, my Dear Aunt Martha and I are presenting two remarkable video presentations of  "Esperança Do Natal (Christmas Hope)"  performed by Chico and Roberta with a large supporting cast.  These videos have really high production values, and stands out as some of the best music videos ever to come out of Brazil.  As usual, my Dear Aunt Martha and I discovered "Esperança Do Natal" quite serendipitously when we were browsing for something else.  "Esperança Do Natal" is an extremely hypnotic, haunting, infectious, exotic, intriguing, and beautiful song.  I can listen to it over, and over again with complete enjoyment.  By-the-way, the conga player has a rhythmic intensity that is very appealing.  He is fun to watch.  Without further ado, please click on the video widgets below for an incredible video treat.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Tick Tock │ Dime Que Si

In this edition of Angel Watchers we are pleased to present  a fantastic musical group from Puerto Rico called Tick Tock.  "Dime Que Si (Tell Me Yes)" by Tick Tock is a very infectious song.  It's hard to keep still while listening to it!  Rum is not the only  export from Puerto Rico, Tick Tock has supplanted it as a viable commodity.  This group was created by a former manager of Menudo, of days past.  In fact, former members of Menudo gave their blessings to this new group, when they were first introduced.  I like Tick Tock a lot.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Antonio Jose │Te Traigo Flores

I've been a big fan of Rumba Flamenca since the late 1970s, but I have never heard it sung like this before in my whole life!  Antonio Jose does an incredible version of "Te Traigo Flores (I Bring You Flores)".  It is hard to sit still with this kind of music playing.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Griffin Tintor │ Guitarist Extraordinaire!

Griffin Tintor is an extraordinarily gifted guitarist from the eastern suburbs of Sydney, Australia.  My Dear Aunt Martha and I really enjoy featuring different musicians on Angel Watchers, and with a great artist like Griffin Tintor, we try to offer as much support for his talent and success as possible.  In this edition of Angel Watchers we present Griffin playing "Romanza" in the classical guitar style.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be,