Friday, December 11, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring an incredible new singer from Italy by the name of Matteo Martignoni. Matteo does a very beautiful cover of the late great Lucio Dalla's haunting "Anna e Marco (Anna and Mark)". Matteo gives a superb performance that just melts the heart. One might say that he truly sings with angel fire love. Please click on this link to watch "Anna e Marco". This song will make you look at the world, and life, differently. It is so good. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fantastic new production of "Oliver" at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, located in southwest Washington D. C. What made the show very interesting was that it had a theater-in-the-round configuration. As you can tell from the photos above, it is a very small theater, and holds about 680 people. The play is performed in the center floor surrounded by four sections of seats. The play and the action is really in-your-face, as you are so close to the actors. The seating is quite intimate, so you really feel that you are a part of the play. Nine year old Jake Heston Miller plays Oliver, and is the star of the show. His singing is outstanding, and he has a stage presence that is superb for his very young age. Jake studies voice with professor Elysabeth Muscat at the Peabody Institute, which is part of the John Hopkins University in Maryland, so his vocal training is top-of-the-line classical. Professor Muscat is the dean of voice studies at Peabody. When Jake sang "Where Is Love", my eyes filled with tears. His rendition was so moving that my heart just melted. Jake's voice is strong and has unusual depth for one so young. By-the-way, he is a straight "A" student in the fourth grade, and enjoys playing tennis. Jake lives in Warrenton, Virginia. I was on vacation in Washington D. C. with a friend, and our main itinerary was to visit the Washington D. C. Mall, but quite by chance I saw an advertisement in the local paper for "Oliver", and we decided that it was a must see even though the tickets were quite pricey at $122.00 each, but it was more than worth it, and was money well spent. Getting to Arena Stage was easy from downtown Washington D. C. We took the Metro at Union Station, and got off at the Waterfront Metro stop, which is very close to the theater. "Oliver" runs from October 30, 2015 to January 3, 2016 at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, so if you are in the Washington D. C. area, it is worth seeing. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Monday, November 16, 2015
I thought that I would bring in the New Year with Vlad Krutskikh and Street Magic, singing their cool rendition of "Ivan Kupala". 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. Happy New Year to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the very talented Omar Arnaout. Omar is from Bucarest, Romania, and was the finalist in Next Star, a Romanian talent show. It showcases young people from the ages of three to Thirteen. It started in 2013, and Omar, who is of mixed Lebanese-Romanian ancestry, was its first winner. Omar has two older brothers. Omar is an incredible talent and his career is just starting, so we will be hearing a lot more from him. It is so cool to hear him sing in both Arabic and English in the video "Beautiful Life". Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring a remarkable video called "The Christmas Shoes". What can I say about "The Christmas Shoes" without sounding banal or trite? It is very moving, and fills the soul with deep sentiment. "The Christmas Shoes" is the perfect Christmas story. My Dear Aunt Martha and I found it on the internet this past Christmas, and we could not stop crying after watching it, and we watched it over, and over again. The Christian musical group Newsong originally released it in 2000, and since then it has grown in popularity to become a perennial favorite for the holidays. There are many video versions of "The Christmas Shoes", but this one is the best by far. The soundtrack of the video contains the original Newsong version of "The Christmas Shoes". My Dear Aunt Martha and I felt that with the way things are going in the world, we all need something to pick us up and remind us that the greatest gift of all, is the gift of sharing. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring Maîtrise de Garçons de Colmar, the incredible boys' choir from France, singing the haunting "In Paradisum" from Duruflé's Requiem. The official website of Maîtrise de Garçons de Colmar can be found at this link: Maîtrise de Garçons de Colmar Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Friday, November 6, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
My Dear Aunt Martha and I spent the whole afternoon surfing the internet trying to find something new, and different to share on Angel Watchers. Well, Aunt Martha finally suggested that I search for some Techno Praise music. You see, Aunt Martha, having been a professional opera singer all of her life, still keeps tabs on all of the latest musical trends, which is something that I am really loathe to do. I had never heard of Techno Praise but I do trust Aunt Martha's judgment. I typed in the search term, and dozens of hits popped up. It did not take long to find this Techno Praise version of Mark Lowry's wonderful Christmas gem "Mary, Did You Know?". It is sung by a fresh new singer by the name of Johnny Hammer, and he is sensational. The power, honesty, innocence, and freshness of Johnny's performance brought tears to both Aunt Martha's, and my eyes. Johnny also has an amazing angelic presence that makes him so much fun to watch. I predict that this version of "Mary, Did You Know?" will turn out to be a perennial Christmas favorite. By the way, the group that Johnny belongs to is called Technopraise. Please join Aunt Martha and I in watching this amazing video by clicking on the widget below. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Once in a great while, I come across a video that really catches my fancy in a big way. As is often the case, I was looking for something else, and serendipitously, I find a precious treasure. To say that I was totally captivated by this video would be an understatement. In this edition of Angel Watchers, I present Yura who is seven, and Karina, who is six, from the Northern Ukrainian city of Berdichev. Thanks to Yura and Karina, we are allowed just for a few minutes, to glimpse beyond the veil that usually separates us from seeing the pure innocence, and unbounded joys of childhood. Yura is amazingly strong and athletic for his age, and makes all of his moves seem so effortless. It's almost as if he is defying gravity, and throughout all of this, Yura has a beatific smile on his face. Karina, is the perfect dance partner, and plays her part extremely well. I can easily imagine both of them as being the set-piece on top of an Angelic Music Box. Watching this video is truly a transcendental experience. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the incomparable Troye Sivan, and his mystical rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". What more can I say about this out-of-this world performance? Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring Antonio José, who is an outstanding singer from Spain. 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 José does an incredible version of "Te Traigo Flores (I Bring You Flowers)". It is hard to sit still while this kind of music is playing. Take notice of the incredible back-up dancers. They are sensational! Click on this link to hear Antonio's beautiful music on Kids' Music: Antonio José on Kids' Music Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
"Miserere Mei, Deus (Have Mercy On Me, O God)" composed by Gregorio Allegri, is probably one of the most remarkable musical compositions to come out of the Italian Renaissance. It was written around 1630 during the reign of Pope Urban VIII, for the exclusive use in the Sistine Chapel during matins, as part of the Tenebrae services on Wednesday and Friday of Holy Week. The Tenebrae (Latin for shadows or darkness), which started at 3 a.m., consisted mainly of Gregorian Chant, and this went on for hours on end. One can just imagine how numbing this must have been to the ears and minds of the worshipers in the Sistine Chapel. Well, an acoustical respite was in store for them during the last part of the service which usually occurred around 7 p.m. First they would hear a D-minor triad, the most lovely of all minor chords being sung, then the polyphony that followed all of the monophonic chanting of the day and early evening would melt away, and this ethereal music would resound from the walls of the Sistine Chapel. The contrast between the Gregorian Chants and the "Miserere Mei Deus" was so drastic, that it caused the listeners to be spellbound. It is no wonder that the Pope ordered the Sistine Chapel's choir master to protect the score of the "Miserere Mei, Deus" and it was reserved exclusively for the Vatican's use. During the rest of the year the score to "Miserere Mei, Deus" was kept under lock and key in the Vatican Archives secured under the Papal Seal. Adding to the mystery surrounding "Miserere Mei, Deus", transcribing it, or performing it elsewhere was punishable by excommunication from the Catholic Church. But, as with most forbidden things, the score of "Miserere Mei, Deus" did not remain a secret. The fourteen-year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was visiting Rome, when he first heard the piece during the Wednesday Holy Week service in the Sistine Chapel. Later that day, he wrote it down entirely from memory which is a remarkable feat, as the music is incredibly complex. He returned to the Sistine Chapel that Friday to make minor corrections. Some time during Mozart's travels, he met the British historian Dr. Charles Burney, who obtained the transcription from Mozart, and Burney took it to London where it was published in 1771. Once the "Miserere Mei, Deus" was published and in the hands of the general music establishment, the Papal ban was lifted. Mozart was summoned to Rome by the Pope because of this, but instead of excommunicating the boy, the Pope showered praises on him for his feat of musical genius. In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring an incredible performance of the "Miserere Mei, Deus" by the Boys Air Choir. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
As you have probably noticed, Damien is the mascot of Angel Watchers, so it is only appropriate that we feature him in his very own video called "Halloween With Damien", from the exclusive Smiling Angel Creations collection. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring an exciting new singer from Australia by the name of Ky Baldwin. He is also a talented guitarist. Ky has a cool YouTube Channel located at this link: Ky Baldwin - Official YouTube Channel In the video below Ky does a beautiful cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring a wonderful singer by the name of Ştefan Roşcovan. Ştefan was born on March 26, 1999, in Chișinău, which is the capital, and largest municipality of the Republic of Moldova. His parents Angela and Anatol Cabari Roşcovan, are well known in the Moldavian music scene. In addition to Ştefan's highly charged emotional performance, I was impressed by his excellent selection of song. "Et Si Tu N'existais Pas (And If You Did Not Exist)" was composed by the late American singer/composer Joe Dassin. It's been such a long time since I've heard that song. You see, Joe Dassin passed away on August 20, 1980 while on vacation in Tahiti, and as far as the entertainment business is concerned, that is ancient history, so I was very surprised to hear Ştefan singing a terrific cover version of "Et Si Tu N'existais Pas". Please click on the video widget below to watch a very moving musical performance of "Et Si Tu N'existais Pas" by Ştefan Roşcovan. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Friday, May 15, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring "Skaterdater". This is the classic film-short from 1965 that the won the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. It was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Short Subject category, and won First prizes in international film festivals including Moscow and Venice. This is a great coming-of-age film. One thing that is really unique about this movie is that it has no dialogue, but to compensate for that, the visuals are astonishing and it has a terrific soundtrack. Incidentally this was the first skateboard movie ever made, and it is probably still the best of the genre. By-the-way, Carroll Ballard, the director of "The Black Stallion" was one of the camera-persons on this project. I must say that watching "Skaterdater" made me feel so young and nostalgic for days gone by. There are parts of "Skaterdater" that captures the mystical and carefree nature of youth perfectly. "Skaterdater" is really about the Zen of skateboarding. You can watch the complete movie by clicking on the video widget below. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Monday, May 11, 2015
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 these notes on a piano keyboard. To perform them, one has to live those 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 yet been able to transcend. 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 also has the most beatific, and angelic smile that I have ever seen. God has truly blessed him with wonderful gifts. Click on the video widget below to hear him sing a hauntingly beautiful song called "Oprosti Mi (Forgive Me)". Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the incredible Ronan Parke. This song and video is so amazing it really does not need any introduction. The "Rainbow Connections" is one of the best music videos on the internet at this time. Thank you Ronan Parke for the "Rainbow Connection", it really has brightened my day. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring an exciting new singer from Brazil. His name is Douglas Espinola, and he was born in São Paulo, on August 1, 2002. Douglas is a singer, musician, and composer, and those talents shine forth in his performances. He has a great YouTube channel that can be found here: Douglas Espinola on YouTube Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am bringing back the incredibly entertaining, and talented, Alec J. Fischer. Alec's website can be accessed by clicking on this link: Alec In WILDerland - official website Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring Libera, the extraordinary choir from England, singing "What A Wonderful World". This song was co-written by American composers Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. Louis Armstrong had a mega-hit of "What A Wonderful World" in 1967. It is interesting to note that Kenny G dubbed a saxophone solo over Armstrong's original recording of "What A Wonderful World" in 1999, and that version is available on his "Classics In the Key of G" album. It's actually a really cool rendition. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.