Andrea Bocelli/Lisa Gerrard – Nella Tue Mani

While on the subject of cinema themes, two great versions of the final song from Gladiator (2000), composed by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, are among my favorites.

Andrea Bocelli – Nella Tue Mani (Now We Are Free)

And the original haunting film score sung by Australian musician Lisa Gerrard

Jenny O’ Connor – The Gael

Written by Dougie Maclean in 1990 (from his album The Search), performed here by violinist Jenny O’Connor.

Some of you will recognize this as the version adapted by Trevor Jones for the theme from Last of the Mohicans (1992).

Erik Satie – Once Upon A Time In Paris

The music of Erik Satie with paintings by Edouard Cortes.

Songs ~ Gymnopedies ~ Gnossiennes #1,3,4,5
Album ~ Satie: Works For Piano Solo And Piano Duet

Wish You Were Here – Jaffa Street, Jerusalem

The ability of music to bridge cultures. Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” cover by Aryeh and Gil Gat, Jaffa Street, Jerusalem

Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’

A bit of nostalgia. From Midnight Cowboy, with John Voigt and Dustin Hoffman.

The harmonica theme at the end is played by Jean Toots Thielemans.

Diane Schuur – New York State Of Mind

Great rendition of the Billy Joel classic.

Diane Joan Schuur (born December 10, 1953) is a prolific American jazz singer and pianist. Complications from a premature birth caused her total loss of vision.

Jewel Kilcher – Hands

Interesting life story:

Tribute to Joost van der Westhuizen

South African sportsman Joost van der Westhuizen was struck down by motor neuron disease in 2011. He died, age 45, on 6 February 2017.

Here is a tribute from his niece, Sumari Botha.

Sixteen Tons [video]

Not many people know that Tom Jones (born Thomas John Woodward) started as a blues singer. Here he covers Sixteen Tons by Merle Travers.

Aloe Blacc: Wake Me Up [video]

Heard my daughter listening to this. Great voice.

This is the acoustic version. There is also a more upbeat version from Avicii.

Miriam Makeba – Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)

Not the doo-wop version recorded by the Tokens in the early 1960s. Miriam Makeba gives a rendition of the traditional African song mourning the death of a king (the lion sleeps tonight).

Blackbird – Sarah McLachlan

Great cover of this timeless Beatles song written by Paul McCartney (1968).

Stand By Me – Ben E King, 1961

Written and sung by the former Drifters front-man, Benjamin Earl King (1938 – 2015).

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

A happy song to cheer you up when the markets are down.

Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole was a Hawaiian musician, entertainer and Hawaiian sovereignty activist.

His voice became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of “Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and television commercials.

Through his skillful ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres, such as jazz and reggae, Kamakawiwoʻole remains a very strong influence on Hawaiian music.

Source: Wikipedia

Paul Kelly: To Her Door

More Australiana. Paul Kelly – shades of Dylan and Springsteen.

To Her Door

From Little Things Big Things Grow

Ganggajang: Sounds Of Then

More Australiana: Sounds Of Then (This is Australia) by Ganggajang

Eric Clapton: Hey Hey

Eric Clapton doing what he does best.

Ella Henderson: Believe

Two years later this 16-year old was the top-selling artist in the UK.

The ability to take the everyday and mundane and get people to look at it through fresh eyes is a special gift.