STRINGS Violin - Are you a perfectionist? Viola - What makes you different? Cello - Favourite place to be? Double Bass - How do you like to relax? Acoustic Guitar - What instruments do you play? Electric Guitar - Do you experience synesthesia? Electric Bass - What do you want to study? Electric Cello - Favourite composer? Electric Violin - Have you ever been in a musical/play? Harp - Favourite piece you’ve played? Ukulele - Are you a good performer? Sitar - Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Balalaika - Do you enjoy playing sports? Mandolin - Who inspires you?
WOODWINDS Piccolo - Describe your personality Flute - Have you ever gone overseas? Oboe - Favourite kind of weather? Cor Anglais - Introvert, ambivert, or extrovert? Clarinet - How much time do you spend online? Bass Clarinet - Favourite item of clothing? Bassoon - Do you enjoy online shopping? Contrabassoon - Are you brave? Bass Flute - Can you dance? Soprano Saxophone - How many times have you broken a bone? Alto Saxophone - Have you ever pulled an all nighter? Tenor Saxophone - Favourite film? Baritone Saxophone - Describe your dream bedroom
BRASS French Horn - Where are you from? Mellophone - Favourite musical? Trumpet - What makes you happy? Slide Trumpet - Do you like being outdoors? Cornet - Favourite genre of music? Flugelhorn - How do you feel about your past? Bugle - Would you ever join the army? Trombone - Describe your dream meal Valve Trombone - Do you suffer from imposter syndrome? Bass Trombone - Are you reliable? Tenor Horn - What do you aspire to be? Baritone Horn - Do you have perfect pitch? Euphonium - Favourite food? Sousaphone - Who is your hero? Tuba - How/Why did you join Tumblr?
OTHER AEROPHONES Melodica - Do people consider you annoying? Harmonica - What makes you laugh? Accordion - Favourite Tumblr blog? Air Horn - Are you good with kids? Ocarina - Do you know how to do CPR?
Whistle - Favourite smell?
Slide Whistle - What TV shows have you binge-watched? Didgeridoo - Tell a funny story!
Recorder - How well did you do in school?
PERCUSSION Xylophone - Do you like classical music? Marimba - What’s your ringtone? Glockenspiel - Are you talkative? Bongos - Can you jumpstart a car? Wood Block - Describe your dream house Snare Drum - Favourite colour? Bass Drum - Would you want to be able to read minds? Timpani - Do you enjoy meeting new people? Gong - Are you a loud or soft person? Triangle - Could you imagine being the President/Prime Minister? Steel Drum - Favourite season?
Bear Brook State Park is a 10,000-acre preserve located in Allenstown, New Hampshire. The large state park is widely popular among hikers, hunters, fishers, and campers alike. It’s a favourite among tourists as well. This picturesque park was marred by tragedy in 1985 and again in 2000.
On the afternoon of 10 November, 1985, a hunter was prowling through Bear Brook State Park when he saw something hanging out of a seemingly discarded 55-gallon steel drum. As he got closer, he noticed that it was a large sheet of plastic. There was a grim sight underneath. As he moved the plastic sheet away, he was aghast to discover the decomposing and partially-dismembered bodies of a woman and a young girl. An autopsy concluded that the duo had both been beaten to death. The woman was estimated to be between 23 - 33 years old and the little girl, 5 - 11 years old. The woman was believed to have Caucasian and Native American heritage. She had curly brown hair and significant dental work. The little girl was also believed to have Caucasian and Native American heritage. She had a crooked front tooth as well as a gap between the front teeth and two earrings in each ear. The New Hampshire State Police set out trying to identify the deceased bodies. They browsed through missing person reports but this attempt to futile - they remained unidentified and were buried together.
As the case went cold and the tips dwindled to a halt, a local sheriff took a trip to the scene of the crime in Bear Brook State Farm in 2000. He made a startling discovery. Near where the first set of remains were found, he came across another 55-gallon metal drum. Inside were the skeletal remains of two more young girls. One of the girls was estimated to be between 2 - 4 years old and the other, 1 - 3 years old. The eldest of the two had a gap in her front teeth as well as an overbite, and had brown hair. The younger girl had long blonde or light brown hair and also had a gap in the front of her teeth. Mitochondrial DNA testing showed that the adult female was related to both the youngest and the oldest girls that were found in the drums but not the middle girl. In 2015, as technology had advanced, researchers were able to test their hair and teeth to determine where they lived based on the food they ate and the water they drank. It was determined that they hailed from the northeast, while the third girl who wasn’t related to the others, was believed to have come from Dakota or Nebraska.
In January of 2017, police announced that they believed Robert Evans could potentially be the perpetrator of the grim murders. Evans had been a suspect in the disappearance of a young woman, Denise Beaudin. He had ran off with Denise and her daughter in the 1980s, before abandoning her daughter in California. Denise has still never been found. In 2002, he was arrested for killing his wife, Eunsoon Jun, to which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. However, he passed away in prison in 2010. Investigators on the case decided to test his DNA against the DNA of the girl found in the drum who wasn’t related to the other three victims. It was a match. Investigators announced that Robert Evans was the father of the unidentified girl.
However, the case is currently still open and the true identities of the four victims still remain unknown.
A carillon is made up of multiple bells played often by a group of rods moved by the player, who is called a carillonneur. (Clip)
The pagophone looks similar in shape to say, a marimba or vibraphone, but it’s bars are made of ice (!) and it makes a deep blocky sound. (Clip)
The Hang is a more recent instrument (2000) that has a very similar sound to steel drums. The interest it generated inspired a whole line of instruments similar to it like the Halo, BElls, and the spacedrum. (Clip)
‘ A hydraulophone is a tonal acoustic musical instrument played by direct physical contact with water (sometimes other fluids) where sound is generated or affected hydraulically.’ - Wikipedia (Clip)
The Kora is a large West African instrument with a multitude of strings. It’s often used in the music of Griots or Jelis (West African storytellers/poets/musicians). (Clip)
‘The Ondioline is an electronic keyboard instrument, invented in 1941 by the Frenchman Georges Jenny, and is a forerunner of today’s synthesizers.’ - Wikipedia (Clip)
Lin-Manuel Miranda Talks Puerto Rico Benefit Song 'Almost Like Praying'
“You know how we always tell artists ‘stay in your lane’ anytime they say something remotely political? I’m trying to use what I do in service of this challenge,” Miranda tells Rolling Stone. “We’re facing a humanitarian crisis right now. And the response from our federal government is not commensurate with the previous two hurricanes, much less up to the unprecedented danger of this disaster itself.”
Miranda began work on the song, an adaptation of “Maria” from 1961 musical West Side Story, two days after the hurricane first made landfall. “I knew the name Maria was forever going to have a destructive connotation to this island,” says Miranda. “It’s also the name of my favorite song from West Side Story. So my brain was already looking for a sample to flip … And that’s what we do in hip-hop, right? We take a sample, we flip it and change the meaning. And so the hook of the song is, 'Say it soft, and it’s almost like praying.’”
But first, he sought clearance from Stephen Sondheim and the estate of Leonard Bernstein. “They gave their blessing within a day,” says Miranda. “When there’s a crisis, you call in all the favors – call the gods of musical theater! I have the great fortune to count Sondheim as a mentor and a friend. I worked with him and Bernstein on the 2009 revival of West Side Story and its Spanish translations. Sondheim wrote back immediately and said 'Yes – and what else can I do?’”
Miranda infused the number with a warm blend of dancehall, reggaeton and steel drum sounds; the result is an incendiary and highly danceable clarion call. (“If you’re gonna write a song for Puerto Rico and you can’t dance to it,” says Miranda, “you fucked up.”) Most moving is how many of Miranda’s childhood heroes, including original West Side Story cast member Rita Moreno, take turns shouting out each of the island’s 78 towns – a move Miranda says was inspired by Puerto Ricans’ heartbreaking calls across social media to find their relatives in the wake of the storm.
“There was a terrible silence,” says Miranda. “For some people days, for some people weeks. My Twitter and my Facebook were filled with friends and family listing the names of their towns. 'My grandmother is in Vega Alta, my father lives in San Juan, has anyone heard from Isabela?’ I began thinking about the towns as lyrics. What unites us in this tiny island that is 100 miles across and 35 miles north to south … Is that we’re from these towns. We ask, 'Where are you from?’ It is our link to our roots and our families.”
While enlisting collaborators for the track, Miranda says he made new friends in the process. “I broke my Rolodex and called every Latino artist I know,” he says. “And when I didn’t know them, I got on Twitter. I caused a minor uproar with Camila Cabello’s fans when I tweeted her, 'Hey I have an idea!’ I also sent a private message to Luis Fonsi, who I never met before. I cold-called and every single person said yes, without even hearing the song.”
Within a dizzying 72 hours, Miranda flew from New York to Miami and Los Angeles to be present while the artists recorded their respective verses. Yet some were still recovering in the Caribbean, where resources were scarce and internet access was spotty. “The rapper PJ Sin Suela recorded at home,” says Miranda. “But he didn’t have the bandwidth to email his verse. So he gave a memory stick to Estefan, who was there on a relief mission – she then flew it back to us. When I say 'all hands on deck,’ I’m really not fucking around!”
Riggs Morales, the executive producer behind the Hamilton Mixtape, mixed and mastered the song in the days that followed. Meanwhile, Miranda harvested stories of Puerto Rico from his collaborators, evoking tears and laughter inside the studios. This behind-the-scenes footage will air as part of a televised benefit, airing commercial-free on Telemundo Saturday, October 7th.
“I asked everyone, 'What are your favorite memories from Puerto Rico?’” says Miranda. “I will never forget seeing Rubén Blades breaking down about meeting Hector LaVoe for the first time. I’ll never forget Marc Anthony talking about wearing suits before getting on a plane [to the United States] so they’d look white when they landed … And Gilberto Santa Rosa, who sang at my wedding. He was a salsero, but grew up in the same part of town as Daddy Yankee. They could not make two more different genres, but music saved their lives.
"The way music comes out of every frog, every tree, every molecule of the place,” reflects Miranda, “That’s something we share.”
First Squishy Hug. Second, maybe Phil and Clint taking a vacation or trying to plan one.
Phil, a stack of folders balanced on one hip and his coffee cup in his other hand, got one step into his office and froze.”Well,” he said, after a long, still moment, “this is new.”
Clint, sprawled out on his couch under a rather impressive sunlamp setup, didn’t even bother raising his head from the rolled up towel he was using as a pillow. “Yep,” he said. He was wearing a garish pair of swimtrunks and an even more objectionable pair of sunglasses. “Spent all night getting it set up.”
Phil stepped over a pile of cabana chairs and ducked under a set of paper luau lanterns. There were palm fonds everywhere, and he wondered idly how Clint had even gotten them up here. “I imagine so,” he said. An MP3 player was propped on the corner of his desk, its speakers vibrating with Caribbean tinged music, heavy on steel drums and happy melodies. Phil nudged it out of the way so he could put his folders down between a basket of pineapples and a stack of coconuts. “Can I ask why?”
Clint’s head tipped in his direction, his sunglasses sliding down the bridge of his nose. “I’m on vacation,” he said, picking up a coconut cup from the floor next to him. “It took planning. Dedication.”
“And a mental breakdown,” Phil added, moving a stack of towels off of his chair so he could sit down. A row of dashboard style hula dancers, lined up on the edge of his blotter, started swaying at the movement. Phil stared at them, caught somewhere between amusement and complete frustration. “I said we could take a vacation.”
Clint yawned. “Yeah. You keep saying that. You’ve been saying that for a month.”
Phil let his head fall forward into the cradle of his hands. “For a week. Tops.”
“Two months. Easy,” Clint saluted him with his cup. It was decorated with two paper umbrellas and an impressive array of pineapple garnishes. “So I took you up on it.” He spread his hands wide. “Vacation.”
The bubble of laughter caught him off guard, and Phil clamped a hand over his mouth. He wasn’t fast enough, though, because Clint grinned at him, his teeth bright white against the shiny plastic of his straw. “I got a kiddy pool,” he said.
“You’re an ass, and if there’s sand in my closet, I’m going to have you shot,” Phil told him.
“Aw, you will not.” Clint flicked his sunglasses back into place and settled back, his cup resting on the flat plane of his stomach. “You’d do it yourself.”
“Maybe.” Phil reached for the blender. “There better not be booze in this, Barton.”
“There is so much booze in that,” Clint said, grinning. “Why wouldn’t there be? After all, I’m-”
“On vacation,” Phil finished for him. He gave the blender cup a cautious sniff, and gave up, dumping in into a tiki mug. “Fine. Vacation.”
<p>I captured this beautiful moment of a wonderful man in the paradise island they call the Bahamas 🇧🇸 in march of 2016. He was playing a song lots of you all know as hotline bling by drake, on a instrument called the calypso steel drum. The calypso is a very popular instrument used in the Bahamas to create beautiful creative tunes such as what was played in the video. When I saw this man, I was so amazed at how he could play a somewhat complex song on a little circular drum! He was very kind enough to show and explain that he uses sticks with rubber attached to the end to strike the steel drum to create the sound being played. The drum sort of had sections that created different types of sounds, hence why it was possible for him to play drake’s song. The size and type of the rubber depends on what type of steel drum you use. He is obviously very talented because it takes some serious skill to play a song like that! I was struck in awe at how much amazement can come from just a simple guy playing a simple drum (simple to him) in the streets of Bahamas to gain some extra cash. People of the world, real beautiful is everywhere.</p>
Authors Notes: DuetBy: Penny and Sparrow. I recommend playing this on repeat as you read. It sets the mood and tempo of the work and honestly it’s just a beautiful song and is worth hearing more than once. Italics are the lyrics.
Notes/warnings: Anxiety, self-hate, mentions of scars, fluff, mentions of pregnancy.
I bet your shoulders can hold more than Just the straps of that tiny dress That I’ll help you slide aside When we get home
Bucky leaned against the bar and sipped on his scotch with a phantom smile on his lips. He watched as you mingled with patrons; smiling and offering gentle touches on arms and backs. The thin straps of your silk floor length gown pressed lightly into the soft flesh of your shoulders from the weight of the fabric and all he wanted to do was take you in his arms and slide them from your frame.
His breath caught in his throat when you turned away from him and your hair brushed over your exposed back. How was it, that after years of being together, you still managed to make him feel like he was seeing you for the first time? How was it that you were able to shatter every wall he’d ever built with one look? How was it, that a man like himself, was with a woman like you?