Post by stevemacdonald on Mar 23, 2009 4:34:35 GMT
I must admit I was supremely mystified at the brouhaha over Hayley's inadvertent involvement in the LVK thing. I was cheerful that she was branching out and hopeful that she had no qualms about any image issues that might attend such evolvement. One thing I am convinced of is that Hayley has an independent mind which will never be stifled, no matter what anyone who's known her might think.
"Merchant of Venice" is a movie aimed adults and has the ample nudity -- topless prostitutes in various scenes -- to prove it. It also has scenes of unspeakable brutality that easily justify the "shake" in Shakespeare. It's a good movie if you like Renaissance realism in all its gory splendor.
Hayley's "Bridal Ballad" is not really part of the film. It comes as an afterthought, almost as an apology for the wickedness therebefore. To my mind it was the best thing about the movie because it restored the mood afterwards to expectation and hope. I felt as if the producers knew they had violated certain nerves throughout the movie and wanted to make nice by throwing Hayley in at the close.
I would ideally ask those who overreacted to the LVK deal to accept Hayley's open mind and not be alarmed if for any reason she attached herself to something cutting edge or otherwise extremely artistic. Her voice appeals to many more people than we know about. It might just be the best voice ever to tackle exceptional stories. She is known for being remarkable; let equally remarkable talents harness her while her talent's at its best.
Hi Richard, Inspired by your 'sick squid' I decided to hunt for the said DVD ..... I already have the CD Just captured one on ebay for £2-00 including postage :2fun: I could use your two tentacles change
I was listening to Alex James's Magical Musical Tour on Classic FM last night. He was featuring the music of Venice, and he played Hayley's 'Bridal Ballad', which I hadn't heard on the radio for several years. You can listen here until next Saturday, starting at about 24 minutes:
Who say's I'm a bit slow, 9 years after the release of the album and I pop in to HWI to read any reviews about this splendidly beautiful album.
The first post contains the best review and it is only of one track, Bridal Ballad.
I put this cd in a five disc player that I use regularly several months ago, It's still in it, which means I have not gotten bored or peeved off with it. Most discs only last a few weeks at best before they get evicted, some discs only last a couple of days for having little merit or value, or just becoming downright irritating.
There are just so many wonderful tracks on The Merchant of Venice it is hard to start singling out particular tracks for special mention. The music itself seems to come from various cultures and genres, there is not one track on it that I have any desire to skip, it is such a pleasure to just let it play all the way through.
I don't have the video yet, I'm not sure if I want to see it. I had the Mission Soundtrack by Morricone for 25 years before I saw the movie and I think seeing the movie tainted the music for me in the end.
Interesting the other topics that popped up in this thread, most of all, NO HI-FI does justice to Hayley. at close range without a microphone, amplifier and speakers in between, just air, that is the ultimate Hayley listening experience. and............ all of the contributors to this thread (So far)have had that experience, aren't we the lucky ones.