• Tucson Folk Festival Recap

    May 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

    Posted in: Uncategorized, Upcoming Events, Videos

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    My assessment of the Folk Festival performance:

    1.  I survived. After not performing for a year.
    2. The dry heat made my throat and mouth cotton mouthed, my guitar was going flat by the minute and I discovered I could not see the tuning light on it in the daylight or the shade.
    3. The guitar to me was very hard to hear. I could hear nothing from the monitors. This was the most disconcerting thing. So I over-played – forced my playing.

    I could say a lot more, but some things went very well and without much practice, and with no prior playing experience the ensembles went off very well. Live and learn and do better next time! Thanks so much to Michael Santander and Rose Todaro for risking their lives with me and adding so much to this effort!

  • Tucson Folk Festival Recap

    May 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

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    Photo from Tucson Folk Festival

    Michael Emmanuel, Michael Santander, and Rose Todaro

    Although a hot and dry day, we had a great time at the Tucson Folk Festival on Saturday. Michael Santander, a local cellist and Rose Todaro, a local violinist, joined me for the set.The turnout was great and luckily the area we were playing was shady and had enough of a breeze to keep us cool. We did a set of seven songs from the Blake work (Available at Amazon.com). Michael joined me for two and Rose for two and we did a trio on The Little Vagabond (with some audience sing-along help).

    Here’s the recording of The Little Vagabond from the festival. Hopefully, we’ll have some video in the next week or two of the performance.


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  • No More Lulu.com

    April 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

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    Lulu.com has stopped offering CD’s. However, you can find all my currently available CD’s as well as digital downloads at Amazon.com.

  • 05/04/13 – Tucson Folk Festival – Tucson Folk Festival

    April 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

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    Come hear me live at the Tucson Folk Festival Saturday May 4th, 2:30 PM on the Patio Stage (In front of the Museum of Art entrance).  The schedule is yet to be posted as they are waiting for the artists to confirm. Here’s a link to the Festival schedule for Sat which will be up in about a week or so:  http://www.tkma.org/sched_saturday.html

    You can find more links to the festival on that page.

    Who
    Tucson Folk Festival
    When
    Saturday, May 4, 2013
    2:30pm - All Ages
    Where
    140 North Main Avenue
    Tucson, AZ
    Other Info
    Michael is playing a handful of Blake Songs at the Tucson Folk Festival with violinist Rose Todaro and cellist Michael Santander on the Patio Stage 2:30 PM Saturday afternoon. It's free admission! Museum Patio Stage

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  • Tucson Folk Festival

    March 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

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    Come hear me live at the Tucson Folk Festival Saturday May 4th, 2:30 PM on the Patio Stage (In front of the Museum of Art entrance).  The schedule is yet to be posted as they are waiting for the artists to confirm. Here’s a link to the Festival schedule for Sat which will be up in about a week or so:  http://www.tkma.org/sched_saturday.html

    You can find more links to the festival on that page.

  • Innocence and Experience

    February 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

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    The experience of putting Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience to music has taken many years of on again off again work, while in the meantime continuing classical piano and voice studies ( on my own) and teaching youngsters mostly piano and working several odd jobs. You can hear all of these on my you tube channel. If you like something that is not in the store on this site and want to buy it and contribute to furthering this project let me know in the comments and I’ll  add it to the store. Here is the last of the videos of the Blake songs

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWl3fs_-yDc&feature=share&list=UUAQSkFb_dhN1ajj4KX26VZQ

     

     

  • More William Blake

    February 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

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    Here’s two from Blake’s  “Songs of Experience.”  The Sick Rose and The Fly.  Hope you enjoy them!

     

    Check out my facebook page (Michael Emmanuel) for more info and songs.

  • William Blake

    February 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

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    I have just completed the first drafts of the entire Songs of Innocence and am working on more of the Songs of Experience. In the meantime this quote from the Marriage of Heaven and Hell from the Second Memorable Fancy came up today:

    “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narow chinks of his cavern.”  You can read all of it here.

    I have come to learn that there is no truth in perception. What seems to be only seems to be and cannot be. Perception is the seeming. But what is IS. Always was always will be. I love Blake and feel a kinship although I have not read all his works (yet). Here’s my latest video:

  • Spring from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence

    July 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

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  • Waiting/ John Burroughs

    May 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

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    Waiting is on the “Ode on a Grecian Urn” albums  (I and II) You can also buy the mp3 at the “store” on this site.  Thanks for your support!

     

    SERENE, I fold my hands and wait,
    Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
    I rave no more ‘gainst time or fate,
    For, lo! my own shall come to me.

    I stay my haste, I make delays,
    For what avails this eager pace?
    I stand amid the eternal ways,
    And what is mine shall know my face.

    Asleep, awake, by night or day,
    The friends I seek are seeking me;
    No wind can drive my bark astray,
    Nor change the tide of destiny.

    What matter if I stand alone?
    I wait with joy the coming years;
    My heart shall reap where it hath sown,
    And garner up its fruit of tears.

    The waters know their own and draw
    The brook that springs in yonder height;
    So flows the good with equal law
    Unto the soul of pure delight.

    The stars come nightly to the sky;
    The tidal wave unto the sea;
    Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high,
    Can keep my own away from me.