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
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).
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
The ability of music to bridge cultures. Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” cover by Aryeh and Gil Gat, Jaffa Street, Jerusalem
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.
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.
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.
Not many people know that Tom Jones (born Thomas John Woodward) started as a blues singer. Here he covers Sixteen Tons by Merle Travers.
Heard my daughter listening to this. Great voice.
This is the acoustic version. There is also a more upbeat version from Avicii.
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).
Great cover of this timeless Beatles song written by Paul McCartney (1968).
Written and sung by the former Drifters front-man, Benjamin Earl King (1938 – 2015).
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.
More Australiana. Paul Kelly – shades of Dylan and Springsteen.
To Her Door
From Little Things Big Things Grow
More Australiana: Sounds Of Then (This is Australia) by Ganggajang
Eric Clapton doing what he does best.
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.