Category Archives: Music

Here are my own compositions, as well as my versions of other peoples’ music.

Old Man River (Soft Cell Version)


Playout date: 14 January 2007
Duration: 5:21
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,773
Likes at the time added to HTV: 11
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 26
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 29.7%
Comments at time added: 3
Total interactions at time added: 40
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” by Soft Cell, but a cover version linking that song and it’s chord progressions to the classic American spiritual genre song “Old Man River”.
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

With a popularity rating of under 30%, this experiment was not very highly appreciated by the listenership on YT. But then again, whenever two songs are placed together the fans of each get all upset.

You can find a very charming piece on YT where John Denver and Karen Carpenter, both voices now late and of fond memory, combine in a medley of the Scots staple “Coming through the rye” and “Good vibrations” and even two such wondrous voices and performers as these two face a barrage of outraged comment criticism and wurzel thumbage.

Therefore I can’t feel too bad at the reception of this attempt by me to juxtapose the mincey soft cell number with the American classic, but stil I thought it was quite clever. That’s probably what lies at the root of a lot of my problems, come to think of it…

RL102-1 basic Russian grammar lesson 1


Playout date: 8 January 2007
Duration: 22:57
Views at the time added to HTV: 141,294
Likes at the time added to HTV: 585
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 23
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 96.2%
Comments at time added: 217
Total interactions at time added: 825
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Lesson
Music used: Moscow Nights/Podmoskovnye vechera cover
Languages used: Russian, English
Animals/plants featured:
Other remarks:

The pronouns are a very useful thing to learn early in the study of Russian. They show us the way other words, nouns and adjectives, might be likely to behave, and they stand in for a wealth of nouns the learner, by definition, does not yet know.
This lesson, the first of the actual grammar course proper following on from the alphabet course, is one of my highest watched videos and highest appreciated ones of all time.
The intro music is the theme from Sherlock Holmes by Daszkiewicz.

The Last Farewell


Playout date: 29 December 2006
Duration: 9:56
Views at the time added to HTV: 6,315
Likes at the time added to HTV: 21
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 43
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 32.8%
Comments at time added: 6
Total interactions at time added: 70
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: “Last Farewell” by Roger Whittaker
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

A preamble by Huliganov about the well-known Whittaker song, originally written by Ron Webster and performed by Elvis and others, but most notably by Whittaker.

The introduction refers to how the thesis of the song’s chorus stands in opposition to the Sapir Whorff hypothesis in linguistics, and also delves too deeply ito why the narrator is leaving if he loves this woman so much. To which Roger Whittaker might well respond “Mind your own business, Russky boy!”

Vulnerable!


Playout date: 28 December 2006
Duration: 4:44
Views at the time added to HTV: 19,555
Likes at the time added to HTV: 23
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 5
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 82.1%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 32
Camera: 3rd Party images
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Gallery with music (non-owned)
Music used: “Vulnerable” by Roxette
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Polar bear, or white bear (Ursus maritimus)
Other remarks:

The idea of this video was to mark the placing of polar bears by the US on the Endangered Species list as “vulnerable” and therefore limit the hunting rights of Inuits against them, which greatly annoyed the Inuits, to which I say, “OK, give us back your fridges and freezers and microwave ovens and shops with processed foods from all over the world, labour saving devices and modern medicines and go back to your hunter gatherer lifestyle, and kill bears with spears and arrows and be killed by them. But don’t have your Nike boots and hunting rifles and all of civilisations conveniences allowing your numbers sto grow and still expect to be able to hunt bears. One way, or the other. Don’t try to have your cake and eat it.”

The Polar bear itself has had a taxonomic journey I would like to explore in a quite separate article at some stage. It shows up very well some of the vagaries of science and how people think they know things and then get their world turned upside down by something they have overlooked, and discover that what the initial guy thought was actually true after all. But that’s for another day.

The idea of producing a gallery of polar bear images from the net against the song Vulnerable by Roxette is my idea and I still think they go together well, ma Michelle, but neither any of the photos nor the song were made by me, more’s the pity.

Re: StopLoveLookWalkCarryCrownDead


Playout date: 23 December 2006
Duration: 1:51
Views at the time added to HTV: 337
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 23
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 20.7%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 31
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This was another example of the things early youtubers did in the community, in this case it was a response to a YouTuber called Bowiechick who did a video of herself performing a song speeded up and named it using a string of verbs from the song. When you did, in the early days of YT, a video response, it automatically took the name of the video you were responding to and added the word “re” in front in the title. Now it seems to make no sense as all the responses have been decoupled, but as a memory of the features YouTube used to have when it was by the people for the people, and not Corporate special interests as it is today. Today we have been stabbed in the back, and most earlier YouTuber shave fallen by the wayside.

Unlike many of the early YT community Bowiechick is still producing videos, and you can easily find her channel.

All I think about is you


Playout date: 17 December 2006
Duration: 4:06
Views at the time added to HTV: 2,133
Likes at the time added to HTV: 12
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 25
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 32.4%
Comments at time added: 1
Total interactions at time added: 38
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: Harry Nilsson’s “All I think about is you” 1977 – “Everybody’s talking” album.
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Not so well received by some of the usual clientele, who like a merrier vibe. This is a pretty sad song, illustrating the state of mind of someone who can’t get to the person they desire above all others.

Polish Highland Music


Playout date: 12 December 2006
Duration: 10:42
Views at the time added to HTV: 39,346
Likes at the time added to HTV: 58
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 2
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 96.7%
Comments at time added: 10
Total interactions at time added: 70
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Karczma na Straconce near Bielsko-Biała
Other people featured: Folk Group
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Various highland Polish songs
Languages used: Polish (Góral dialect)
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Still have fond memories of this plce and hope it is still there to be enjoyed if I manage a visit in future to Bielsko-Biala, a unique Polish town – the only one with more Protestant than Catholic churches.

This was one of the compensations of life as an auditor, going with teams of nice people to work in different locations and then having the evening to discover new places and tastes and sounds. Simply brilliant.

What a pity EU lawmakers and politicians have done so much to destroy the audit profession as an attractive route for bright young minds today.

Christmas Tree Decorating Timelapse


Playout date: 10 December 2006
Duration: 11:03
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,614
Likes at the time added to HTV: 7
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 13
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 35.0%
Comments at time added: 7
Total interactions at time added: 27
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: Family
Genre: Family
Music used: White Christmas, and several other Christmas songs
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Plastic fir tree
Other remarks:

This was still very much in my experimental phase of making videos. We have a sped up putting together of the tree as we used to do it, with the voices of our family sped up with the actions. At the same time some Christmas music. You can hear our singing sped up. That’s how we always were, singing to each other and playing instruments the whole time. And Tatyana bouncing around. Such sweet kids.

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