Saturday, June 6, 2020

Great Melodies In Classical Music [Part 1]

I am always reluctant in doing a musical post like this in picking the top pieces in any category as I know I will always forget so many obvious pieces, and I will rightfully hear from my loyal readers, why didn't you choose this piece or that piece.  :-)  

Classical music is plentiful with beautiful melodies
In these next two weeks I will dive into danger by trying to pick the top 20 pieces with beautiful melodies [or top 20 melodies].  This will be in contrast with the greatest pieces of classical music, as many of those you will not see on this list-this only has to do with melodies.  For example if I were to do a post on the greatest classical pieces, I would have Beethoven's 9th symphony as #1.  It does not show up on this list as do not many of the other great classical music works. This is only about beautiful melodies.  So, my goal is not for you to say, "that is a great masterpiece", but rather, "that has a beautiful melody in it."  

Also, I have limited my list to just instrumental works [symphonies, concertos, sonatas, chamber music] because there are so many great beautiful melodic arias from the operatic genre that it would squeeze out some instrumental only pieces. That is why you will not see a beautiful melodic aria like "O' mio babino caro" in my selections.

It took me a while to do this, as I make a list, I keep making changes and also keep changing the order.  But I must finally come up with a final top 20, and here they are.

This week I will give choices 11-20 [in reverse order] and next week on the Tales classical music weekend I will give choices 1-10. The list will include melodies from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Eras of classical music. 

Without further ado, the Tales picks of top beautiful melodies are included in the following pieces [11-20]:  

#20  W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto #23 in A Major, Movement 2, Adagio:

#19  Johann Strauss II: The Blue Danube Waltz:

#18  Johannes Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn, "Theme, Chorale St. Antoni", Andante:

#17  Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture [Fingal's Cave]:

#16  George Bizet: Carmen Suite #2, Danse Boheme:

#15  J.S. Bach:  Air on the G-String:

#14  Robert Schumann:  Scenes From Childhood, "Traumerei": [Vladimir Horowitz concert - return home to Russia, in Moscow in 1986]

#13  Antonin Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E Major, Movement 1, Moderato:

#12  Beethoven: "Moonlight" Sonata in C# minor, Movement 1, Adagio sostenuto:

#11  Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Movement 2, Adagio:

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful melodies in these Saturday will be the Tales top 10!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Man Who ... Tells It Like It Is?

Best of the Tales post first published in August of 2016-shows you even four years later, some things stay the same. ;-) 

Well once again, with his [the Donald's] second amendment comment, we have the man who most of his supporters say what they like about him is he that "he means what he says and he says what he means", making the excuse for his stupid comment by saying 'he didn't really mean what he said'.  

This man tells it like it is...........or maybe not
What is it that almost all of his supporters say they also like about Donald Trump?  That he is a truth teller, who tells it like it is.  

Hmm, the Tales has found this video thanks to Plain Sight where you can decide for yourself it this is Mr. "tells it like it is."

Yep, that lady at the end of the video is right...we want someone in Washington who will finally tell the truth and tell us what they really mean.  

Where the hell you're going to find that person in 2016, God only knows. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

What If These Famous Quotes Had To Be Walked Back

 Best of the Tales:  This repeat post was first published in July of 2018.

Because of the president's disastrous Helsinki press conference with Russian "President" Putin, he [Donald Trump] had to walk back one of his comments 24 hours later that he has been getting a lot of criticism for saying.  And how did he walk the comment back?  Trump said he misspoke when he said, "I don't see any reason why it would be Russia".  He said he really meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia."


give me 24 hours and I will tell you what I "really" meant to say
I was thinking, what if there were other famous statements made in the movies and in politics that had to be walked back 24 hours later to mean what they really intended to say. I wonder how that would have changed things.

Without further ado, what if the following statements were revised 24 hours later to what was really meant to have been said:

1.  Dirty Harry:  "Go ahead, don't make my day."
2.  Rhett Butler:  "Frankly, my dear, I give a damn."
3.  Moses:  "Don't let my people go."
4.  Jesus:  "Father, don't forgive them, for they know what they do."
5.  Tom Hanks:  "Are you crying?  There is crying in baseball."
6.  Apollo 13:  "Houston, we don't have a problem."
7.  JFK:  "Ask not, what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can't do for your country."
8.  Harry Truman:  "The buck doesn't stop here."
9.  Lou Gehrig:  "Today, I consider myself the unluckiest man on the face of the earth."
10. Cowardly Lion:  " I don't believe in spooks. I don't believe in spooks. I don't, I don't, I don't, I don't believe in spooks."
11.  Barack Obama: "If you like your doctor, you can't keep your doctor." "If you like your insurance, you can't keep your insurance."
12.  Donald Trump:  "We will build that wall and Mexico will not pay for it."  "Don't lock her up."  "#DMAGA  Don't make America great again."
13.  Casablanca:  "I'm not shocked, not shocked, to find there's gambling going on in here." "Don't round up the usual suspects." "Here is not looking at you, kid."
14.  George Washington: [don't look at me], "I did not chop down the cherry tree."
15.  Cool Hand Luke:  "What we've got here is not a failure to communicate."
16.  Ronald Reagan:  "Mr. Gorbachev, don't tear down this wall."
17.  In The Heat of the Night:  "They don't call me, Mr. Tibbs."
18.  Love Story:  "Love means having to say you are sorry."
19.  The Graduate:  "Not plastics."
20.  Airplane:  "Surely, you can't be serious."  "I am serious. And call me Shirley." 

With those 24 hour revisions, it's just not the same is it.  :-)

Monday, June 1, 2020

How Many Of These Trivia Questions Can You Answer?

Hat tip:  A great patriotic American, my skin doc brother, Brad.

Tales has been told this will be the new critical exam that high school seniors must pass in order to graduate; Tales has also been told by its esteemed law firm of Dewey, Cheatem and Howe, that seniors will only need  to answer 4 out of the 10 answers correctly to pass-can you believe that?   

No wonder our education system is in a mess..............or maybe not.

Let's see if can you pass this exam?  Remember you only need 4 out of 10 to pass:

1)  How long did the Hundred Years' War last?
2)  Which country makes Panama hats?
3)  From which animal do we get cat gut?
4)  In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
5)  What is a camel's hair brush made of?
6)  The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
7)  What was King George VI's first name?
8)  What color is a purple finch?
9)  Where are Chinese gooseberries from? 
10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?


1)   How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years 
2)  Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador 
3)  From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and Horses 
4)  In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November 
5)  What is a camel's hair brush made of? Squirrel fur 
6)  The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs 
7)  What was King George VI's first name? Albert
8)  What color is a purple finch? Crimson
9)  Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand 
10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? Orange 

What, you failed?  No graduation ceremony for you.