Posts Tagged ‘autumn leaves’

Concierto de jazz en Teatro Timanfaya

February 27, 2015
concierto de jazz en Teatro Timanfaya

concierto de jazz en Teatro Timanfaya

Dusan Anastasijevich

Dusan Anastasijevich

Excellent concert with Dusan Anastasijevich.

I am no fan of jazz, I find boring, but this was anything but boring.

A long piece, form of a sonata, improvisation. Influence of Scriven, jazz, snippets of Autumn Leaves, then variants of.

Followed by two shorter pieces. Followed by honky tonk encore.

Enchanting.

Wonderful sounding piano played by a very talented pianist.

More’s the pity only an hour as over all too soon.

Also a pity not recorded live, then mixed, mastered and uploaded to bandcamp. Could be a series of recordings, En Vivo en Teatro Timanfaya, shared 50:50 with artist and Teatro Timanfaya.

Autumn leaves

July 31, 2014

A haunting, beautiful and moving rendition of Autumn leaves by Patricia Barber.

Intro in English, then French, then return to English.

The much performed Autumn leaves, Les feuilles mortes (literally The Dead Leaves) (1945), was co-written by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma with lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert. Yves Montand (with Irène Joachim) introduced Les feuilles mortes in the French film Les Portes de la nuit (1946). American songwriter Johnny Mercer wrote English lyrics in 1947. French singer Edith Piaf sang both French and English versions. The film Autumn Leaves (1956) starring Joan Crawford featured the song, as sung by Nat King Cole. Frank Sinatra included Autumn leaves on his album Where Are You? (1956).

I had never heard of Patricia Barber, until I popped into Ben’s Record Fair and picked up a copy of The Cole Porter Mix.

Someone worth seeing live.

Raking up the autumn leaves

January 15, 2011
autumn leaves

autumn leaves

The subzero temperatures last month and early this month had finally caused my oak trees to shed their leaves.

The sycamore tree had shed its leaves in the autumn. Every few days I would rake up the leaves. This morning it was out in the garden to rake up the oak leaves, and was it hard work.

Most people rake up their leaves when dry. I rake them when they are wet. Much harder work but there is a good reason for this contrary behaviour.

Wet leaves stay put, dry leaves blow around. Wet leaves rot down.

I put the wet leaves on borders, on the beds, to rot down. The worms pull the leaves down into the soil. What is left I dig into the ground in the spring.

The one place not to put the wet leaves is on the compost heap as they impede the rotting down of the compost heap. If you need to, pile them up in a corner of the garden where they will rot down, leaving behind a crumbly leaf mulch to spread on the ground.

Nor do you burn the damp leaves on a smoky bonfire creating a nuisance for the neighbourhood.

My next task will be to dig the garden, though sometimes I simply weed and fork then rake. I used to dig the garden in the autumn. This is fine if you have clay soil, as the frosts help to break down the large clods. Mine is light sandy soil, best dug in the spring or not at all.

Broad beans will be sowed in February and some early peas. This gives a late spring or early summer crop.

First Sunday in February, this year 6 February 2011, I hope to go down to Seedy Sunday Brighton, now in its tenth year. I used to be a regular, but when it moved from the Old Hove Market it was never as good and was not worth visiting. I have not been the last couple of years, therefore if a pleasant weekend and if the trains are runing and no rail works, it is as good an excuse as any for a day trip to Brighton.