Music

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Spain 2000

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”
― Edward Bulwer Lytton

Edinburgh, Scotland, 2006

Histories of ages past
Unenlightened shadows cast.
Down through all eternity
The crying of humanity.
‘Tis then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man
Comes singing songs of love… —Donovan

Hurdy Gurdy Man, Beamish Museum 2011

“Music is the strongest form of magic.”
― Marilyn Manson

Alnwick, UK 2012

“The most wretched people in the world are those who tell you they like every kind of music ‘except country.”
― Chuck Klosterman, 

Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 2014

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”
― Lao Tzu

York, UK, 2015

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”
― Maria von Trapp

Hurdy Gurdy Lady, Beamish Museum 2016

“… I got to try the bagpipes. It was like trying to blow an octopus” –James Galway

Simonside Country Fair, UK 2017

“Music is the beat of a drum that keeps time with our emotions.”
― Shannon L. Alder

Camel Parade, South SHields, UK 2017

“There is no sorrow in singing.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

Aln Valley Railway, UK 2019

Stay tooned for more next week!

All pictures embiggenable with a click 🙂


70 Comments

  1. So many terrific pictures, but I think I like the Hurdy Gurdy man the most. There’s just something about that picture…can’t put my finger to it, but I just love it!😊

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    1. Cheers Michel! 😊

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  2. 1. I can’t believe we’re both talking about hurdy-gurdies on the same day. 2.Those aren’t hurdy-gurdies. They’re street organs played by organ-grinders. I love the sound they make.

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    1. Shhhhh!!!! 🤣🤣

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  3. Wonderful images as usual CJ..and a great companion to April’s post by the way! I am loving how you pick themes for you photos. Combining aural with visual here us really quite powerful. Gives both the imagery and the music another dimension.

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  4. That band in Edniburgh look like they might play my kind of music! Great shots as always 🙂

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  5. Music is a great relaxer…lovely compilation.

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  6. Still loving this series of course. Though it looks as if I have just found out I am ‘wretched’. 🙂
    “The most wretched people in the world are those who tell you they like every kind of music ‘except country.”
    Oops…
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. 🤣🤣🤣 well it was a country singer who said it.

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  7. Fabulous. Love Marilyn Manson’s coat!

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    1. Haha it was quite technicolor dreamcoat!

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  8. You had me at Music! The Hurdy Gurdy man- excellent photo!
    And I see you squeezed another Nashville pic in… 😀 !
    Love the Lao Tzu quote but then I love all things Lao Tzu
    Thank you FR! Be blessed today

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    1. You too Beck! 😊 more Nashville to come yet!

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  9. I just love this! 😍

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    1. Cheers Jennie 😊

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      1. And to you, FR. 🙂

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  10. …awesome as always…nice octopus quote…. : P

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    1. I thought so 🙂 CHeers Tony

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  11. Beautiful pics! They reminded of a ballerina music box I won in my 15th birthday, I keep it as a treasure. I’ve never had the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument, I wish I had been more persistent, but my son learned how to play flute, I’m so happy I pushed him to do it. He plays beautifully.

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    1. Good for him, nice thing to be able to do!

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  12. How wonderful these photos and quotes are! I’m coveting that technicolor dreamcoat!

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    1. It os a bit fab! Cheers Kim 😘

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  13. They are all so enchanting… just delightful!

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  14. Iove the pictures and quotes, Fraggle. Only time I ever seen M. Manson where he wasn’t in a dress. I must admit I am still stumped trying about the octopus quote.

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  15. As always, the photos are simply stunning, a feast for the eyes. I love how you tie everything together with themes.

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  16. “…blowing an octopus…” LOL! That’s great.

    The Scotland shot…that looks like the older brother to the TARDIS.

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    1. Haha I knew it reminded me of something and couldn’t think what! Cheers!

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  17. Love that pretty Alnwick lassie in particular!

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    1. Lol, it’s a guy 🤣🤣

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  18. Great collection. I’m always very confused by people who say that they don’t like music at all!

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    1. Cheers Steve, they’re not real people 🤣

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  19. I think you have found your calling with this series, another winner 🙂

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    1. Thanks Eddy, I’ll run out eventaully though! Then what’ll I do???

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  20. Yes. I played Donovan to my boys when they were little. 👍

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    1. I’m sure they appreciate that! 😃

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  21. You doing okay Fraggly?
    🥰

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    1. Apart from working me tits off, I’m doing OK. Nice to see you pop up, are you well and doing good?

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      1. 🤣 Good to hear!
        I’m doing okay. Slowly coming back. These last few months have been like climbing Everest with no gear. But I learnt a lot.
        I’ll be around a little every day now.
        💜💜💜

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          1. I need to get to your other special bloggy and see what you’ve been up to 💜

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  22. hey great and entertaining photos. and the quotes were perfect. You must be starting to get out again…if so I am glad fragg..

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    1. Not in this weather sadly. It’s been a write of summer here, rain, rain and more rain.

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  23. Some fantastic quotes and photos. Music is so necessary to feed the soul…without music I am miserable. It’s raining here in Watford but smells green and lovely.

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    1. A bit of sun here after our drenching yesterday, but lots of grey clouds about! Thanks for visiting!

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  24. Just that shot of the Edinburgh fringe gives me flashbacks to sodden flyers and wet pavements…

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    1. Haha ( though wasn’t at the fringe, just a normal day) 😊

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  25. You’re on to something!

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    1. Something to do as I haven’t been out anywhere much this year.

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      1. Galleries are fun. Yours must be massive!

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        1. Over 10,000 now on my smugmug site 🤣

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  26. A joyful post, fragglerocking, it almost can listen to it 🎹🎵🎶

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      1. Do check out and support my blog! ✨

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  27. One of the things I’ve missed most during the pandemic is public singing. Seeing your photos is a consolation.

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    1. Thanks Ellen, I miss going to see bands, home video’s on youtube by them are nice, but not the same.

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      1. They’re not. Nothing is. We’ve got a pub singers night around here that I really miss.

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  28. cath.anon

    I like every kind of music except country. 😉

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    1. Wretched philistine! 😉 🤣

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