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Pink Floyd – Us and Them

A evening pause: Recorded live 1988. The song’s general hostility to war is an example of one of the greatest hallmarks of civilization. To make believe however that war is never necessary is to bow to those things that wish to destroy civilization, which is a most delicate thing.

Hat tip Mike Nelson.

PINK FLOYD – us and them – live delicate sound of thunder 1988 – YouTube from STEVE MCLEAN on Vimeo.

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Heartstrings Cello Ensemble – For the Beauty of the Earth

An evening pause: Composed by John Rutter.

Hat tip Danae.

I am as always looking for suggestions for Evening Pauses. If you’ve seen something you like and have never suggested something before, mention this in a comment here. Don’t post the suggestion in your comment. I will email you for it.

I like live performances, cool engineering, and quirky things. Variety is the watchword. I also tend to avoid politics and items about space exploration, as the evening pause is intended as a pause from that stuff.

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Sergei Rachmaninoff – Variation 18 on a theme by Paganini

An evening pause: One of the greatest and most beautiful melodies ever written, as part of a larger work. The pianist is Valentina Lisitsa, supported by the London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Francis conducting. Her playing style is the most fluid and relaxed I have ever seen.

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Steve Miller Band – Fly Like An Eagle

An evening pause: Note that the song asks the typical leftist questions about the poor people in the world and how to help them, and the song’s answer is always, “Fly like an eagle, to be free,” which to me means only one thing: It is freedom and the American Dream that always provides the best solution.

Hat tip Tom Wilson.

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The Pretenders – My City Was Gone

An evening pause: Hat tip Jim Mallamace. The opening chords should be very familiar to talk radio fans. As Jim says, “The 6 opening bars of the song are almost as familiar to many as the first 4 bars of Beethoven’s 5th.”

Knowing the subject matter of this song clarifies for me one reason why Rush picked it, back in 1988, when his show started.

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