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   Final one for December 25th was originally intended to be the final one of this series, but as I'm still a few short so that plan has failed,,, 

   Described as her attempt at a holiday song it's still one of my favourites of all time. 

   


   This is a new version of the video to me, which I will have to watch properly later as I still have to get down to the war memorial to pay my xmas respects; having run out of time for the weather to improve. 


   Goddess preserve us all in these dark times, 

   
   
   Kerk Hiraeth 




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   Janice, not Janis of the Joplin, but of the Electric Mayhem; THE greatest rock band of the seventies covers Joe Cocker's A Little Help From My Friends. I'm pretty sure this video is nowadays offensive in a great many ways, but it's Janice, and I don't care because I still love her. 

   


   Goddess preserve us in these dark times, 

   

   Kerk Hiraeth 




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   Since these are being posted on christmas day they are taking a bi tmore of a festive turn than they might otherwise. Spotted this one while finding the link for Robins before, so had to post this as well. 

  


  The original carol was apparently composed by Ukrainian Mykola Leontovych in 1914 . Given the events of subsequent years a rather ironic date I feel. 

  Here is a link to a John Williams version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnEUC4eZjjA 


  Goddess preserve us all in these dark times, 

  

  Kerk Hiraeth 




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   Forever one of the most magical moments in TV history, Robin; Kermit's nephew singing Halfway Down the Stairs; from an A. A. Milne poem. 

   It still can make me cry on occasion listening to it. 

   I posted this in a response to a post by [livejournal.com profile] elisi and meant to post it here before this; every time I see Robin as Tiny Tim in The Muppet Christmas Carol, which I saw with a friend Glasgow on the morning of the 24th, this memory comes to mind. 


   



   Got so far behind in everything, but I've decided to carry on and post as many as I can. This too seems very appropriate to my memories of childhood disappointments with the whole christmas experience, which began to make so much more sense as I came to understand that it wasn't truly 'my' holiday to celebrate; nor truly a christian holiday in its origins. 

   In any case, its ironically come to mean more to me now that I don't celebrate it. 


   Goddess preserve us all in these dark times, 

   

   Kerk Hiraeth 





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   Yes another pick because of a fanvid. Unusual here, because it's a pairing that I can see; thought of it myself, but have never seen believably done. 

   Until this fanvid; one of my faves from an incredible album by Evanescence, and webbed into a marvellous fanfic of a fanvid about Faith & Spike.  

   



   Goddess preserve us all in these dark times, 

   

   Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 



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   First saw the Joanie (Stubbs) and Calamity (Jane) of Deadwood fanvid some time ago now, but recently I suddenly started investigating the availabiltiy of DVDs because something in me had fallen in love with both of them; particularly Jane Cannary. 

   Got the DVDs having ONLY seen this one fanvid, because I knew I wanted to write them. 

    I honestly don;t think I can ever have been more grateful that someone made a fanvid. Deadwood has to be one of the best TV series ever made, and Joanie Stubbs and Calamity Jane (as portrayed) two of the most identifiable, to me, characters. I still have to watch the third, and final, season; so recently did I purchase the boxsets and Joanie and Jane didn't even meet until the EIGHTH episode of the second season, but the cast of characters is so rich, and so wonderfully portrayed that I almost feel that I could write any of them. I could have done with some subtitles for the Chinese speaking characters, but I shall investigate getting some translations of their dialogue. 

 Anyway here is that original fanvid, as well as what I assume is a video of the song from the TV show that originated this version. 

 



 



 I will likely watch the show over again before I consider writing stories, but stories I shall write. 


 Goddess preserve us all in these dark times, 

 

 Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 





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   It has taken me a while to decide on this post, as I wished to combine the musical choice with some news about my name change; also some musings on my identity generally . 

  Back in August, after many months of searching I finally came up with what I hoped to be my new name to be; announced in this post https://kerkevik-2014.dreamwidth.org/74645.html 

  A few days ago I finally managed to re-connect with the originator of the name TehKek; satisfying myself that I could indeed go ahead with using her online name as one of my new ones (now, of course, I have to discover the processes, and seek competent assistance for same, of changing my name to the new one; which WILL be Kerkevik TehKek Hiraeth. 

 I shall be mostly using the shortened version, which most people use, Kerk; also answering to Ray, where people in RL will no doubt continue to find that more readily memorable. I also need to practice on pronouncing my surname correctly - the top one here is the one closest to one I heard on a programme about the Aberfan disaster; used by a survivor in the programme. Steffan sound more gloomy, and less melancholic, than her pronunciation, but his is the closest to hers i Have found to be readily available https://forvo.com/word/hiraeth/ 

 I'm getting closer, but it still feels not quite right to my ears; hearing her voice as a guide. 

 Also, I have come to realise in recent weeks that while I'm kinda stuck with being male; for reasons of not wanting to hurt the feelings of Trans folk generally, I shall not going into too much depth as to why; when I was a teen, I never pursued a desire to be female. 

 Not a woman; female. Big difference to me, but it means that I also don;t feel able to consider myself Trans either, In fact, I still rather like a word for myself that the Trans community at large seems to consider offensive. I find this a pity, as Tranny has always felt such a descriptively happy word to me; so much more descriptive of me as well. However, it's not one I'll be using for myself too often as Queer pretty much describes every form of identity I need for my own peace of mind. 

 Now to the song, When I Was a Boy by Dar Williams; who will be providing at least one more song for this meme, when it was supposed to be only two. This song seems to be the most appropriate for this combined post anyway. 

 It has the added advantage, in terms of this performance, of being the first time I will have heard it; together with the first time I have officially announced a couple of things in this post. 

 As I said, appropriate. 

 



 Goddess preserve us all in these dark times, 

 

 Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 


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  This started seeping into my mind when I'd just started to decide on the previous entry. It is still, after the Cafe Jam scene the moment which is my fondest memory of this much under-rated movie. One in my mind, it had to be included here. 

  


  And that guy in the pic there? Hard to believe that's the boy that became the man in ER & From the Earth to the Moon. What an under-rated talent he is.

  Goddess preserve us in these dark times, 

  

  Kerk(evik) Teh Kek Hiraeth 



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   Ok, back to my very intermittent advent music meme. 

   Had the various play all optionsplaying hping to jog something lose and, with all the confusion and miserable collaboration of so many supposed believers in freedom and democracy, and the disgusting display of misogyny of American voters this seem appropriate to display my opinon of all of them without becoming them. 

  



  Goddess preserve us all in these dark times, 

  

  Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 


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   HAD to include a song by Leonard Cohen and, quite frankly, it has to be Hallelujah. It rankles quite some that people will endlessly mention versions by other artists; one in particular (sorry AB, but i don't like him that much), but I've yet to hear one that even approaches the Master performing it. 

   So here 'tis. 

   This is from the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2008. 

   



   Goddess preserve us in these dark times, 

   

   Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 



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   Of course this is here because of Leonard Cohen's passing, but this is my favourite version of this song; also the song that introduced me to the sublime magic that is Madeleine Peyroux. 

   


   Here is a version by the Master himself though, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGorjBVag0I 

   Goddess preserve us in these dark times, 

   

   Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 






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  Been very neglectful of this over the last few days. Anyway this one; key lyric, "I will not be afraid of women" , was always going to be the next one. A favourite of mine since discovering Dar Williams when I still lived down in Devon; so something like twenty years ago maybe, it will not be the last Dar Williams track I post before the Solstice. 

  


  
I Will Not Be Afraid of Women
 

Dar Williams – As Cool As I Am Lyrics

Yea, there was a time I didn't like the love, I liked the climbers,
I was no sister then, I was running out of time and one liners,
And I was afraid, like you are when you're too young to know the time, and
So I watched the way you take your fear and hoard the horizon,
You point, you have a word for every woman you can lay your eyes on,
Like you own them just because you bought the time,
And you turn to me, you say you hope Im not threatened,

Oh, I'm not that petty, as cool as I am, I thought you'd know this already,
I will not be afraid of women, I will not be afraid of women.

So now were at a club, you watch the woman dancing, she is drunk,
She is smiling and shes falling in a slow, descending funk,
And the whole bar is loud and proud and everybody's trying, yeah.
You play the artist, saying, "Is it how she moves, or how she looks?"
I say, its loneliness suspended to our own like grappling hooks,
And as long as shes got noise, shes fine.
But I could teach her how I learned to dance when the musics ended,

Oh, and thats not petty, as cool as I am, I thought you'd know this already,
I will not be afraid of women, I will not be afraid of women.

You tried to make me doubt, to make me guess, tried to make me feel like a little less,
Oh, I liked you when your soul was bared, I thought you knew how to be scared,
And now its amazing what you did to make me stay,
But truth is just like time, it catches up and it just keeps going,

And so Im leaving, you can find out how much better things can get,
And if it helps, Id say I feel a little worse than I did when we met,
So when you find someone else, you can try again, it might work next time,
You look out of the kitchen window and you shake your head and say low,
"If I could believe that stuff, Id say that woman has a halo,"
And I look out and say, "Yeah, shes really blond,"
And then I go outside to join the others, I am the others,

Oh, and that's not easy, I don't know what you saw, I want somebody who sees me,
I will not be afraid of women, I will not be afraid of women.
Songwriters: DAR WILLIAMS
As Cool As I Am lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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  Goddess preserve us in these dark times, 

  

  Kerk(evik( TehKek Hiraeth 





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  As anyone who follows my fics will know I have written an awful lot of stories about Dawn and her friend; only appearing in one act of one episode; The Body. 

  I have created an entire backstory; strill in progress for her, but this is the song that inspired the very first serious story; Lisa, My Reflection, set on the morning of Dawn's first day back in school after her Mom's death. This is the one they are headbanging to as they enter their first class of the day. 

  


  Goddess preserve us all in these dark times, 

  

  Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 



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  Another one discovered because I listen to very few of the mainstream radio stations. I think it may well have been another discovered via the now retired Desmond Carrington, but I couldn't swear to that. 

  Wherever I first heard it, I do know I went looking for a video before the programme had finished; a programme which I listened to more than once in a row; because of this song. 

  It's a very modern version of what people imagine the sixties sounded like, which of course means it's nothing like sixties music at all. 

  


  Goddess preserve us all in these dark times, 

  

  Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 

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  #5 is a ghost/horror/fairytale story and had a major effect on me, because it led, when Blake's 7 finale came around, to me writing stories; any stories to cope with it. 

  The vinyl album I owned; greatest hits, was lost amongst others taken before I moved up to Scotland. At some point, and I seem to recall posting about it, it turned up on You Tube, and the memory of the song was so imprinted in my brain that every note was as I recalled it. 

  



  Goddess preserve us all in these dark times,  

  

  Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 






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   Before it is too late I thought I should add another song to this meme. 

   I've always experienced a sense of loss and resigned continuation from this, 

   Today,as I prepared to find this video again I found myself experienceing a bitter sense of the loss of  innocence about the world's progress to the hoped for future seen in worlds from Gene Roddenberry to Joss Whedon. 

   I've lost friends; fans of Star Trek; Star Wars; Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doctor Who, because of their inexplicable support of Donald Trump. 

   The loss I sense will of course be powerfully familiar to far too many people in this world. 

   Anyway, here is #4 Dilerzim by Koma Berçem 

  



  Goddess preserve us in these dark times,  

  

  Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 

 
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   I defy anyone with any musical soul to dislike this. 

   *Arms crossed defiantly* 

  It's still, forty years later, capable of making me cry. 

  



  Goddess preserve us in these dark times, 

  

  Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 

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   #2 of these is not the first song I heard Billie Marten (she went by a different surname at the time as I recall), but when I was watching that cover I spotted that she had also performed an original song for ont'sofa as well. This is that song. These days at sixteen, she is performing regular sessions on BBC Radio; the latest on Radio 1, and is a much sought after performer at any number of festivals. 

   Most valued to me as  a guide to who she is is that she totally refused to follow the false-gold 'fame trail' of so many others; choosing to learn her trade and value her own skills, wanting to succeed because of her talent; not her marketing. 

   Actually she needs none; her talent is as great as any since the days of Joni Mitchell.  

   



   Goddess preserve us in these dark times, 

   


   Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 


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       #1 is here because the ,man who introduced me to the artist and her version of the song; Desmond Carrington, finally retired recently and took away another of the mainstays of my radio listening. 

    As I remember his saying, she was told that no woman was capable of perfroming this song adequately and, basically; though he stated it politely she told them, "Fucking  listen to this then!" 

    And since, as far as I'm concerned, her version is the only one worth listening to; particularly this one which is the one that he played tthose four, or five years ago. 

    More than once when I discovered this, and since, I've had this on repeat, and it has carried my troubles away. 

    So it seems a good place to start. 


   



   Goddess preserve us in these dark times, 

   

   Kerk(evik) TehKek Hiraeth 



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