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Melange last won the day on October 29 2016

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  1. Jarre to hold concert at Masada (Israel) (Guardian deems it an 'Anti Trump' concert) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/03/jean-michel-jarre-anti-donald-trump-dead-sea-concert Even back in my 'very' Jarre Fan days, when I was far more left, to be honest I always found the various virtue signalling causes this guy latches onto, somewhat pretentious and skin deep. Back in the day I remember the controversy around the Sun City concert, essentially a closed event for the country's wealthy elite and a lot of the imagery at concerts in the vague - " Save the World / End Oppression / Environmentalist" themes came across as finger pointy from a man burning up vast carbon resources shipping himself and untold amounts of gear all over the world for the energy guzzling concerts. He hobnobs with elites and corporations to get sponsorship, while unable to let go of the 'Communist Rebel' thing it seems was his youth. "Save the world, don't waste energy but those monster carbon guzzling space missions are great, and so is the Pope who is literally the epitome of hot air". Yes, I had to comment because the Guardian started it first. I gave up any pretentions of being an environmentalist in my early 20s, because so often the most vocal are the ones doing little (if anything) different in our lives than anyone else. It is easy to be the finger pointer while enjoying all the fruits of that energy guzzling world, and Jarre seems little different. Anyway, yes he'll have an event at Masada. It won't be the first time though as Son et Lumiete are common there. I was camping in the desert below Masada a few years ago when the practice for a Son et Lumiere opera (forgot which one) was going on there, with the cliffs lit in various colours. So, he's 'raising awareness ' about the Dead Sea level. Got any actual 'solutions' to that or the energy demand, Jean Michel? Being the - "We gotta do better" or - "We gotta stop doing this" is simply what the Pope does without offering practical fixes.
  2. Yes, according to an article I read the other day. After all, Israel is part of the Eurovision Song Contest - quite an oddity 'really", but it provided the world with gems such as Ole Ole, a song that initially drove me to the edge of insanity when I was staying in a hostel in Jerusalem near a square where a sort of charity 'flashmob' would play this about 6 times a day while dancing around in the square raising money for the disabled. It was one of those songs that became Stockholm syndrome, and I really grew to love my former torturer. I then learned it was Israel's 1985 Euro entry. https://youtu.be/j_a5Fn6VNiE
  3. This. I think the last soundtrack I purchased was 5 years ago, and was a silly purchase anyway (The Bourne Legacy, and has probably only been played two or three times). Prior to that, it was one bought 5 years before that (The Bourne Ultimatum - one which has had a 'lot' more play). It was long ago that I realized I had reached 'peak aqquisition' (and compared to some my collection isn't vast), the signal being that you are hardly playing the ones you already have and there is even less chance that they'll be played as each new aqquisition arrives. Yes it's nice to have all the options, all that listening choice ("The power, The Power") but how many years go by without certain ones ever being played? Combined with the endorphine release addiction of securing a limited edition expanded release, and the 'new stuff' hit, I think it can easily become borderlineine mental illness of 'hoarder' variety. I think that if we were each ruthless, most could probably wittle down collections to say 15-20 soundtracks they'd never part with.
  4. Melange


    I believe that Harrison Ford went off course and briefly flew over Other Topics.
  5. Mel, thanks very much for your offer. The kindness of strangers, eh? The existing loans are from friends, and they are in no hurry to recoup the funds, so I'm alright at the moment. I can get by (just) on what I get from the DWP, but if I find myself needing your money, I'll let you know. Once again, my grateful thanks.


    1. Melange


      Glad to hear your friends aren't preparing to pull out fingernails just yet, Richard. Yeah if circumstances change, send me a mail. Melange.

  6. Btw, it all begins in The Philippines.
  7. Exotica as a genre is a big influence on the sound we have today (imo), the orientalist - "Eastern promise, mysterious sultry sensual" thing that yeah is even in William's -" To Cairo". Characters like Kora Pandit, Les Baxter, Martin Denny and others in the 50s and, earlier, Arthur Kettleby with his -" In a Persian Market" and similar, often wildly confused between regions attempted to be portrayed. Harem Silks of 'Bombay', for example. The kind of quirky dancing Egyptian sound thing appears often in the early 1920s in stage shows on film (YouTube helps) maybe as a result of the later age of European archaeology there. Maybe it did first appear in the Classical (The Abduction from the Seraglio, etc) but I think that Exotica shaped it moreso.
  8. I'd forgotten he was even it, showing how forgettable that misguided ressurection was for me. He was good in The Hurt Locker., though.
  9. Only just heard this news.. Damn. His Midnight Express role was a highlight.
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