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We Can Do It but What Day Is It Anyway? Come Away With Me & Beating Cancer Edition (6.4.2020)

Hello out there in isolationsphere, how are you doing? I very much hope you and yours are well and safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to you daily, especially if you are a keyworker. You rock no matter where you work.

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It looks like I am not going back to any sort of work for quite some time. I had a call from the hospital on Friday (they do as few face to face appointments as possible for apparent reasons), letting me know that I am going to have both chemo- and radiotherapy. That catapults me into the vulnerable group of people who need to be shielded, which means once I start Chemo, I mustn’t be in contact with anyone shutting myself off even from my family.

That’s not really possible in our house because we only have one bathroom and I am not willing to sleep in another room than the best husband. We are not sure yet what it means for him but because of his operation he doesn’t feel he can care for me and work. Sigh. So another challenge awaits us. I’ll get another call soon from the oncologist then we’ll know more about the necessary protection measures and when it all starts.

But on the good side, the doctor said that the goal is full healing. That’s what we keep in mind 🙂

video credit: BBC Travelshow via YouTube

So today I whisk you away to Mongolia. I have to admit I was rather overwhelmed by the huge musical tradition this country has. And it doesn’t seem to be shy to bring it into the modern world. I am not bothering you with much more information today because I just wouldn’t know where o start. Just enjoy The HU with “Wolf Totem” one of the more modern music groups. The english subtitles are shown on the video. If it doesn’t play here on the blog follow the link underneath.

video credit: The HU via YouTube

The HU homepage

The HU on Wikipedia

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 16th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit China. Find out about interesting musicians on the Last FM page for China.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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So what have I been up to in the last couple of days? Not much to be honest. Taking the dressings off on Friday brought a whole new level of experience to me. I had so hoped any pain connected with my left arm would be because of the dressings. Bless my naivety!!!!

Of course, my body does what it’s supposed to do. Meaning healing the wounds, and without the support of the dressings, it all felt rather sore. No fever or seeping of unpleasant stuff though so my GP advised to keep it clean and dry and basically leave it alone. That’s what I did keeping to a routine of reading, watching TV and the occasional walk in the garden.

video credit: Paloma Faith via YouTube

Let’s remind ourselves why we are here:

Linda over at “Life in Progress” has started the “What day is it anyway” blog event. She invites us all to share a little of our new daily routines, struggles and successes. She writes: “

Why I’m writing this post:

Because if you’re like me and stuck at home already, or if you’re going to be like me soon, the days of the week are going to be hell to keep track of. We have a wonderful community here on WordPress and all over the Internet as well, and I’m sure many people are feeling nervous and/or isolated. I want to make sure every one of us has somewhere to congregate and someone to talk to.

I want everyone to know that you can start discussions with each other in the comments, and if you’d like to write your own “What Day is it Anyway?” post, you can link to this one. Hashtag #WDIIA.

Let’s keep in touch!

And I can only encourage you to take her up on the offer 🙂 . Here is her post from Friday.

video credit: Steven Murphy via YouTube

I read that phrase:” If you look for the helpers, then you know there is hope” before and I think that is more important than ever. You might not believe in the Christian God, but I believe that counts for all of us! Have you come across any helpers who gave you hope?

Ok peeps, it’s a new week and you might get bored being cooped up at home so here some more links to (mostly) free online courses I have researched a couple of years ago:

Class Central: Class Central is a search engine for moocs. If you are not sure about which MOOC to take at which provider or which university Class Central is the place to go as you can read reviews and review courses if you sign up.

Cosmo Learning: Cosmo Learning says about itself: “Created with the goal to provide a free online school, CosmoLearning (CL) is a non-profit educational website committed to improving the quality of homeschooling, teaching and student excellence.” You can find anything to learn from science to languages with videos offered for free. Users are encouraged to donate to those who created the courses to keep the idea of moocs and open learning for all alive.

Coursera: Coursera offers a vast array of high-quality University courses. You can explore lectures and non-graded material for free. For 49$ per month, you can access all courses and get certificates too.

Digital Garage Google: If you are looking to learn digital skills and how to use many of Google’s tools and get the most out of them, you are right at Digital Garage. You are led through a set of courses, earn badges, and after an assessment, you can get a certificate from Google. Easy to understand and useful not only if you are a Google user.

edX: edX is maybe the most famous provider of free learning opportunities. Founded in 2012 by Havard University and MIT, it is both non-profit and open-source. Universities and colleges still govern edX. If offers courses from top universities some of which are credit eligible. They also offer professional certificates to bring your career further.

Futurelearn: Futurelearn is probably the British equivalent to edX. You can work for some degrees and also get professional certificates to further your career. Learning itself is for free. However, you pay for the degrees and certificates.

I mostly learn with Future Learn (my profile). They are userfriendly and have such a vast array. It’s total fun o learn with them.

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And one last thing 🙂

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday the 5th of March, we went again. We found out that my cancer needs an operation and probably radiotherapy. But I won’t know for sure until two weeks after the operation. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Happy Monday to you all despite everything. May you stay safe and healthy!

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Come Away with Me to Kazakstan & Beating Cancer

Hello everybody, how are you? I very much hope you and yours are well. And if not know, that my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

This post will be a little shorter as I need a bit of a break. I have been writing longer posts last week to keep all our spirits up but my arm and breast is suffering for it so I am giving it some well deserved rest. I hope you enjoy the music and a little info about the artist anyway. Thanks for your understanding.

Our travel around the world has lead us to Kazakstan and the artist I have chosen is Rapper Jah Khalib who was born in Almaty in the 1990s. The little research I could do showed me that he was on tour in Canada so maybe some of my readers know him already. I have never heard of him but I like the song “Leila” very much.

So here with no further ado the video. There are English subtitles in the video.

Please follow the link underneath the video to it’s YouTube location if it doesn’t play here on the blog.

video credit: Jah Khalib via YouTube

To find out more about Khazakhstan please visit this video from the BBC Travel Show

video credit: BBC Travel Show via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 16th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Latvia. Find out about interesting musicians on the Last FM page for Mongolia.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
Come Away With Me 2020 badge

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday the 5th of March, we went again. We found out that my cancer needs an operation and probably radiotherapy. But I won’t know for sure until two weeks after the operation. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Happy Monday to you all despite everything. May you stay safe and healthy!

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#MusicMonday ~ Travel The World and Back in Time ~ Lithuania ~ Hirsch Glick

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you are well and if not rest assured my thoughts and prayers go out to you. And this is not just a phrase. I do pray for all my fellow bloggers and blog readers every day. I do not need to know you or what you are struggling with. My blessings come your way anyway. 

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, and it is 75 years since the concentration camp Auschwitz -Birkenau was liberated. 1945 marks a year that brought the worst that my people did to an end. And it frightens me that Nazi ideology is spreading again in new guises. 

This is why I do a little jump on the world map for this weeks Music Monday to Lithuania. I also do a jump in time back to a young poet and songwriter called Hirsch Glick. Hirsch Glick is known for creating the song “Sog Nischt Keynmol”. It is the official anthem for the Lithuanian partisans fighting Hitler and his henchmen in the forest of their beautiful country. 

Hirsch Glick

Hirsch Glick grew up in Vilna and had to start working early because of his families poverty. Despite this or maybe because of this he started writing poetry aged 13. Later he met other poets and co-founded the “Young Forest” poetry circle which wrote Hebrew and Yiddish poetry. Later he became a member of the Lithuanian resistance, was imprisoned and was killed in combat with Nazi forces in 1944. Please head over to “Music and the Holocaust” to find out more about his life: “Hirsch Glick on Music and the Holocaust

Until today I had never heard of Hirsch Glick even though his songs were part of my teenage years. My cousin was a fan of a German folk group called “Zupfgeigenhansel” who recorded Yiddish songs in the late 1970s or ’80s. She played them to me, and I loved them because of their sadness but also their hidden hope. So I got the record and listened to it for many years. 

Today I share with you the two songs Hirsch Glick was most famous for to give credit to the courage Lithuanian resistance fighters showed. May they never be forgotten. And may we learn to live in peace with each other no matter the race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental abilities we have. 

Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letstn veg

This is the first song I want to share with you and “Music and the Holocaust wrote about it:

‘Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letstn veg’ (Never say that you are walking the final road), also known as ‘The Partisans’ Song’, is perhaps the best-known of the Yiddish songs created during the Holocaust. It was written by the young Vilna poet Hirsh Glik, and based on a pre-existing melody by the Soviet-Jewish composer Dimitri Pokrass. Inspired by the news of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, the song was adopted as the official anthem of the Vilna partisans shortly after it was composed in 1943, and spread with remarkable rapidity to other ghettos and camps. The song is powerful and defiantly optimistic, acknowledging Jewish suffering in the past and present, and urging the Jewish people to continue fighting for their survival. It is one of the most frequently performed songs at Holocaust commemoration ceremonies.” You can find the English translation of the lyrics here

Please follow the link underneath if the video does not play here on the blog.

Video credit: Jewish Remembrance via YouTube

‘Shtil di nakht iz oysgeshternt’

This is the second song and this is what “Music and the Holocaust” wrote about it:

The beautiful song ‘Shtil di nakht iz oysgeshternt’ (The silent night is filled with stars) was written by the young Vilna poet Hirsh Glik, who also wrote the enduringly popular ‘Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letstn veg’ (Never say that you are walking the final road). Glik was an active member of the underground resistance in the ghetto, and wrote this song to commemorate the partisans’ first successful act of sabotage. His lyrics focus on the heroic actions of the female partisan Vitke Kempner.

Unfortunately, I could not find any translation for the lyrics. 

Please follow the link underneath if the video does not play here on the blog.

video credit: Universal Music Group via YouTube

Love & Rage my friends, Love & Rage!!!!!!

#MusicMonday ~ Travel the World ~ Iceland ~ Sykur

Hello, out there are you ready for another week? Do you want to start with some music? Ok then… let’s go to Iceland. Of course, some Icelandic musicians are known all over the world. Most famously Bjork. But Iceland seems to have a wonderfully dynamic musical scene. I discovered Kaleo in 2018 and am absolutely taken by their music.

But when I looked for a new to me band from Iceland for this post I found this page “Iceland Music“. I was absolutely gobsmacked at how many interesting and very creative bands there are. I chose Sykur for today’s post. Even though my aim was to find more music in the mother tongues of the countries we are visiting with Music Monday this year I went for an English singing band because their sound is just incredible.

I could not find much information about them online but it seems they are a band which is on the scene for many years with great performances on stage and dance inviting electronic music. So let’s not get bogged down by information but just enjoy their music. If the video doesn’t play here on the blog follow the link underneath to it’s YouTube location.

video credit: Sykur on YouTube

Sykur Homepage

Happy Monday to you all!!!!!

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#MusicMonday ~ Travel around the World ~ Greenland ~ Nive and the Deer People

Hello out there, are you ready for another country and it’s music? I have to admit I am cheating a little today. Greenland is part of Denmark but has a lot of independence. It’s come on my radar lately because of climate change but I also used to read some books from Greenland.

It was quite interesting to read up on its music which according to Wikipedia has two strands: Inuit and Danish but also some American influences. Inuit music is based around singing and drumming often connected with celebrations. Wikipedia writes about the European influences:

“European music

With the arrival of Danes, new instruments and forms of European-derived music became popular like the fiddle, accordion and Christian hymns, while Moravian missionaries introduced violins, brass instruments and a tradition of purely instrumental music. The most influential Moravian importation, however, was the polyphonic choir, which has produced popular modern vocal groups like Mik.[5] Kalattuut (dansemik) is a long-stanting form of Inuit polka, which produced popular songs and virtuosos like accordion player Louis Andreasen.[3] There is also a modern style called vaigat, which is similar to country music.[2]

I never thought that there is such a big musical scene in Greenland. The older I get the more I realise that the quote:” I know I know nothing” is of great wisdom. That is dawning on me the older I get.

So which musician or band have I chosen for today’s Music Monday? I could not escape the magic that Nive Nielsen spreads with her band “Deer People”, her voice and her acting talent. She starred in “The Terror” and “The New World” neither of which I know. But I listened to this song and was just magical. Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on the blog.

video credit: Nive and the Deer People via Glitterhouse on YouTube

Unfortunately, I could not find any lyrics nor translation… I hope you enjoyed it anyway!

Music Monday is a meme created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek where you pick a song you like and share it on a Monday. Please head over and find more brilliant music posts!

Happy Music Monday to you all!

#MusicMonday ~ Travel Around the World ~ Canada ~ CarolAnne D’Astou Pique ~ Liberer le Tresor

Bonjour mes amies, comment ca va? Well, my French isn’t as good as my English or German but I really love French music and so it was a no-brainer to go for a French singing musician for my visit to Canada.

Just in case you wonder what this is all about. I have recently developed an interest in finding music that is not so well known but also music from other countries than the US and the UK. So I’ve chosen #MusicMonday to travel around the world and choose music from the countries I “visit”, as well as, post translated lyrics if possible.

This year I also decided to add a linky so you can share your music posts. Feel free to “travel” the world with me or just share the music you love. All are welcome.

Today we meet Carolanne D’Astou Pique who took part in Canada’s Star Academy. When I looked her up on the internet I was surprised to only find 2 entries. It could, of course, be that there are only two English links and if I changed to French there would be more. But unfortunately, I have no time to find out more. Please forgive me.

So what does Wikipedia share about this young lady? She was born in 1990, started singing lessons aged 8 and played Hockey in a boys league. She came second at the Star Academy and went on to take part in several musicals.

Later she started working on a solo album but changed musical direction towards a more folk/country style. I could not find out if she, in fact, did a solo album. Maybe someone of you know?

Well, let’s leave the information behind and just enjoy her version of Michel Rivard’s “Liberer le tresor”.

If the video does not play here on the blog follow the link underneath which leads you to it’s YouTube location.

video credit: Carolanne D’Astou Pique via YouTube

Lyrics via Genius and translated with Google Translate

Liberer le Tresor ~ Free the treasure

Martin in the North looks at the clouds
And looking for a future by stifling rabies
Who squeezes his throat
Like a scarf that stings the neck

His parents disgust him and take him for a madman
He gets bored at school and makes fun of everything
What moves what thinks
What thinks he’s bigger than him

So he feels the storm threatening the sky of his life

There is a treasure
A wealth that sleeps
In the hearts of unloved children
Under the weight of silence
And indifference
Too often the treasure remains hidden

Free the treasure …

Mary in the South tight jaws
Fear is a habit she can not wash
From her sheets to her skirts
Of her hair color of wheat

She knows that the vampire is still free
Full black and proven innocence tie
The word of a man
Against a mutilated soul

So she feels the storm tearing the sky of her life

There is a treasure
A wealth that sleeps
In the hearts of unloved children
Under the weight of silence
And indifference
Too often the treasure remains hidden
Free the treasure …

And they hang out at Parc Lafontaine
For the hate crystals that freeze their veins
They are selling the body
As we avenge the death of a friend

And they seek love in the alleys of Paradise …

There is a treasure
A wealth that sleeps
In the hearts of unloved children
Under the weight of silence
And indifference
Too often the treasure remains hidden
Free the treasure …

Music Monday is a meme created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek where you pick a song you like and share it on a Monday. Please head over and find more brilliant music posts!

Happy Monday all of you!

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#MusicMonday ~ Travel around the World ~ Russia ~ Rasa ~ Pchelovod

Hello dear music lovers, how are you? I hope you are well and ready for a new country and it’s music to visit.

I’ve decided to go East from last week’s Finnland. That would lead us to Russia and a hip hop band called Rasa ( don’t mistake them for the US new age duet with the same name). Vitya Popleev and Dasha Sheiko are YouTubers who also make music together. Dasha published beautiful photo’s on her blog and Vitya showed the life of youths in little Russian towns on the periphery.

The Song I have chosen, was number one on the Russian Charts at the beginning of December and guess what? “Pchelovod” means “Beekeeper” so of course, I could not resist them 🙂

If you want to find out more about Rasa have a look at Pobnable but otherwise, just enjoy their song. They have English subtitles so no need to worry about the understanding.

(If the video does not play here on the blog follow the link underneath to it’s YouTube location. )

Video Credit: Rasa via YouTube

Music Monday is a meme created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek where you pick a song you like and share it on a Monday. Please head over and find more brilliant music posts!

Happy Music Monday to you all!!!!

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#MusicMonday ~ Travel Around the World ~ Finnland ~ Elastinen

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you have the chance for some me-time and feeling good! And if not feel hugged and a mug of your favourite beverage in your hand 🙂 .

It is Christmas time and many of you might know that I pretty hate this time of the year since I worked in a supermarket. It’s all about the money no matter what they might tell you. But that’s not how it should be in my opinion but we don’t go down that route.

The reason why I mention it is the fact that good old Santa travels the world in 24 hours and I have been thinking a lot about music from other countries than the UK or US lately. So, I like to go on a world tour with #MusicMonday from today onwards. We’ll start in Scandinavia because good old Santa …. well you know 😉

Have fun!

(if the video doesn’t play here on the blog follow the link underneath it to it’s YouTube location)

video credit: Elastinen via Warner Music on YouTube

Unfortunately, I could not find any lyrics to the song nor any translation obviously and I just hope it’s nothing rude… 🙂

Music Monday is a meme created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek where you pick a song you like and share it on a Monday. Please head over and find more brilliant music posts!

Happy Monday to you all!!!!!!