Praetorian Music

Here at the Praetorian Writers’ Group, we love music, and several of us are really good musicians (including me, he said immodestly, but the truth is the truth 🙂 ). Here are some links that made some of us stand up and sing along; stomping feet all along.

  • Unless you’re not human, this one will not allow you to remain seated. At 1:55 into the song, there comes a guy whose voice will not allow you to think the same as before of your place in the universe. Unfortunately, they don’t give this deep, deep, spine-tingling, smooth, dark, spectacularly beautiful voice the time and place it deserves. Truly. From 2:00 to 2:11 of the song, you say to yourself, “Paul Robeson who?” He comes back after 3:00 in the song, and that alone makes it worthwhile to listen to this song numerous times. With all that wonderful deepness, you can still  really enjoy the final high notes. The video’s almost as good as the audio — you can see the many, many people who just couldn’t prevent themselves from being thoroughly into the song and the performance. The lyrics to this song? One word: “Amen.” Yep. That’s it. I’m into more than my hundredth listening. You will be too, if you allow yourself to. I truly had difficulty not playing it.
  • Ditto for this video (except there’s no really deep voice — but get ready for the young boy!) What a voice! ‘Bout two minutes into it. However, listen to the whole thing). Get ready to have the tingles go up and down your spine. Completely compelling.
  • Then, if you want to calm things down a bit, there’s this from Tommy Emmanuel. Pay close attention to the harmonics. If, like me, you’re a guitarist of some skill, then you realize that this performance is astonishing. The word is insufficient. Remember you came here to to calm down a bit. After listening to this, you realize that you have a thirst and hunger to play the guitar that now will not let you go. Ok, Ok… I got the thirst. You might not. Caveat guitarists!
  • And, of course, there’s this. I come here when I need a cheerfulness pick-me-up. Far as I can tell, this guy takes a theme and his guitar, and simply runs with it. It’s as if you were to shout out, “A Minor!” and the guy would just go out and start improvising in A Minor. For all I know, that might be the way he approaches things.
  • This is just funReally fun. If you don’t get tears in your eyes after watching and listening to this, then you’re not human. Go call ICE… you need to be deported to your home planet.
  • Then there’s this. Poor Wayfaring Stranger.
  • Don’t watch this one. I was addicted from the first time I heard it. You may not want to be similarly addicted. Just understand one thing. Do not judge the fat guy by his appearance! Trust me.

— xPraetorius


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