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We Found Love - Lindsey Stirling (VenTribe) - YouTube

Download this song: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-found-love-single/id778017662 Get the Sheet Music: http://www.shopbenchmark.com/lindseystirling/book...
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I chose to Scoop this video because of the fantastic rewriting it portrays from an original material that is more demoralising than inspiring, transforming it into a true source of light and inspiration. The original song from which this cover is taken is Rihanna's "We Found Love", that can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg00YEETFzg, with its lyrics available here as well: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rihanna/wefoundlove.html. Rihanna is a singer from Barbados with a stunning voice; yet her performances and video clips are highly polemical: overloaded with the darkest aspects of celebrity life, such as the excesses of materialism and nudity, narcissistic regardlessness, drug and alcohol abuse, and so forth. In any way, be it for publicity, aggressive expressivity, or artistic sarcasm over her peers' or her own lifestyles, Rihanna's work is undoubtedly always controversial and not exactly uplifting for the spirit of the viewer. This very same video, "We Found Love", deals about the subject of excessive and unhealthy emotional co-dependency in a couple in which both members are, at the same time, incapacitated of normal behaviour by drug abuse.

 

On the other hand, here is this video, performed by Lindsey Stirling et al., made possible because of the work of VenTribes, a company devoted to gathering people together for a new way of social promotion and interaction: http://www.linkedin.com/company/ventribe-limited. They have taken just a few of the original lyrics and have changed the meaning completely, replacing the chorus "We found love in a hopeless place" with: "We found love in a holy place"; and "We found love in a whole new place". As one can see in the video, the final result is truly touching!  Lindsey Stirling is a violinist, dancer, performance artist and composer from Santa Ana, California, who participated in the 5th edition of America's Got Talent in 2010, where she was known as the "hip-hop violinist". She has become really famous on the net, not only because of her delightful and amazing videos of herself playing and dancing at the same time, like this one, "Crystallize": (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI); but also for her funny and deligthful tributes to world famous video games like "The Legend of Zelda" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3KUyPKbR7Q); "Pokemon" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99ZYIECx1Vw); the "Assassin's Creed" saga (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOg8Cz9yfWg); or, together with Peter Hollens, "Skyrim", amongst many others (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSLPH9d-jsI). Again with Peter Hollens, she has also made her own personal tribute to the TV series "Game of Thrones" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUgAgfO-16s), and to "The Lord of the Rings" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQiNVk_u0po), amongst many, many other tracks.

 

Apart from Lindsey Stirling, another magnific example of a whole new style in music development based on gathering people together, from many different parts of the world (and greatly helped, in the process, by the new technologies) is Playing For Change, founded in 2005 by Mark Johnson and Roger Ridley, and whose objective is to promote worldwide peace and understanding via the universal language of music: http://playingforchange.com/. Remarkable examples of their work are their video "Stand By Me" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiPzU75P9FA, with lyrics available here: 

http://www.songlyrics.com/playing-for-change/stand-by-me-lyrics/); "One Love" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXDYIvFF_GY

, with its lyrics here: http://www.songlyrics.com/playing-for-change/one-love-lyrics/); and "What A Wonderful World" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBJchCPECJs, with the lyrics available here: http://natureandus.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/playing-for-change-what-a-wonderful-world-lyrics/), amongst many others.

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U2 - Ordinary Love (From Mandela OST) Lyric Video - YouTube

Download U2's new song Ordinary Love (from the "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" Soundtrack) here: http://smarturl.it/MandelaOSTu2iT U2 premieres their new son...
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Following the subject of Nelson Mandela, another song worth a Scoop of its own is U2's "Ordinary Love", included in the soundtrack of the 2013 movie "Mandela: Long Way To Freedom", directed by Justin Chadwick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmm-aazQQKA. Highly inspirational and related to human values like many other songs from this Irish group, "Ordinary Love" deals about universal brotherhood amongst races, compromise, civility and simplicity in relationships. This U2's video clip is a visual poem in itself. It portrays real-time writing of the lyrics onto the highly symbolic elements featured (walls and grids, related to imprisonment; blackboards and chalk writing, related to education; marble stones and paintings, related to old concepts and ideas; the world globe; blankets; human flesh...). It is U2's way to convey the belief that words - and therefore ideas - cannot be stopped and finally flow to freedom, as well as a reference to the censored letters that were handed in to Mandela during his imprisonment. The members of U2 were close friends of Mandela and they played many times in South Africa; other songs by this group related to social denunciation are, for example, "City Of Blinding Lights" - included in the soundtrack of the film "The Devil Wears Prada", and dealing about the subject of superficiality in the world of fashion and the cult of physical appearance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA7gEv9ECQU - or "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ernz6ZCCN4M, about the events happened in Londonerry, Northern Ireland, on the 30th of January, 1972). Another magnific inspirational song by U2 is "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0YCsaPGb0Y).

 

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Dinah Washington - This Bitter Earth (lyrics) - YouTube

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In sharp contrast with the amazing, empowering, and indeed heroic positivity of Maya Angelou's statements we can also find the darkest aspects of emotion and the spirit to be inspirational as well. One very beautiful song with very sad lyrics which can be cathartic and comforting in one's darkest hours is Dinah Washington's "This Bitter Earth". This song, gathering both Dinah Washington and Max Richter, is the main theme of the very psychological and emotionally tragic Martin Scorsese's movie "Shutter Island", starred by Leonardo DiCaprio and based on the homonymous novel by Dennis Lehane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iaYLCiq5RM. Still nowadays, Dinah Washington keeps on being a cult figure in the genre of jazz music, with songs like "Mad About The Boy" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STTLwI-u4Fg, with the lyrics of the song here: http://www.lyricstime.com/dinah-washington-mad-about-the-boy-lyrics.html), or her version of "I've Got You Under My Skin" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC7n6SREFew; the lyrics can be found here: http://www.lyricstime.com/dinah-washington-i-ve-got-you-under-my-skin-lyrics.html). On the other hand, Max Richter is a contemporary British composer whose work could be defined as "neoclassical style"; here you can find one short sample of his own version of "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLDvbnK_Sqk

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I See Your Face Before Me - Johnny Hartman - YouTube

this is a song from the film bridges of madison county. the scene is the one where they are dancing for the first time on her kitchen. really soft and pure a...
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"I See Your Face Before Me" is originally a song composed by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz writing the lyrics. Johnny Hartman sung the version that appears in one of the most famous scenes in the movie "The Bridges of Madison County," directed by Clint Eastwood and based upon the homonymous novel by Robert James Waller. There are many other versions of this song, such as one sung by Frank Sinatra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym9r8RcXZes

or another one (instrumental) by John Coltane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC9E-Lii8-M. It is inspirational in the sense that it deals about the contemplation of love and the loved one as they are, and about focusing on the beauty of the feelings, regardless of the distance or other external circumstances. Here is a link to the lyrics: http://www.lyricsmania.com/i_see_your_face_before_me_lyrics_johnny_hartman.html

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Instructions For A Bad Day - Shane Koyczan Poem - Lyrics On Screen - YouTube

All credits to Shane Koyczan - I did NOT write this, I just wrote the words to it:) Find Mr.Koyczans channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/ShaneKoyczan H...
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Shane Koyczan is a contemporary author from Canada - defined, as it appears in his official website http://www.shanekoyczan.com/, as a Spoken Word Poet, Writer and Performer - that has gained a lot of recognition via YouTube and the social media. His poetry, gone viral throughout the net, deals mostly about lighting up the darkest aspects of life, society, relationships and the soul. He is a great defender of the "underdogs", and is involved in anti-bullying associations like http://bullying.org/ and many other sites related to teen help (the whole list can be found in http://www.tothisdayproject.com/). His poems online are perfect for practicing reading and listening in English at the same time. His most famous poem so far, "To This Day", can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltun92DfnPY

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If— by Rudyard Kipling : The Poetry Foundation

If— by  Rudyard  Kipling  : The Poetry Foundation | Inspirational Poetry, Speeches and Songs | Scoop.it
If you can keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, / If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, / But make allowance for their doubting too;
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"If" was published by the Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling in 1910, in the collection of poems and short stories titled "Rewards and Fairies". It was written as a form of personal advice for Kipling's son, yet it was also inspired by the figure of Dr. Leander Starr Jameson, a militant in the Boer Wars - in spite of the positive, idealistic nature of the verses, it is important to take into account the ideology behind its colonial background as well. Many British people consider "If" their favourite poem, and the one that best enumerates, for them, the basic principles of "Englishness". One of them is Helen Fielding, the writer of the famous Bridget Jones' saga: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/rudyard-kipling-gets-a-girl-power-twist-8269202.html

Here is a link to an analysis of the poem and the people and circumstantes who inspired it by MailOnline: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1146109/The-remarkable-story-Rudyard-Kiplings-If--swashbuckling-renegade-inspired-it.html

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David Guetta - Titanium ft. Sia (Official Video) - YouTube

From the album Nothing But The Beat Ultimate - Download on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/NBTBiTunes?IQid=vevo Featuring Sia, Ne-Yo, Akon, Nicki Minaj, Flo ...
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For those who love dance, techno or house music, or simply David Guetta (considered by many as one of the most prominent DJs of all times), one of his most famous hits, "Titanium", featuring Sia, can be regarded as inspirational for those moments in which one feels in need to stand his/her ground in front of opposition. The lyrics can be found here: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/davidguetta/titanium.html. The song talks about miscommunication, most probably between a couple, but presents a semantic field of guns and weapons - bullets, ricochet, shoot, take your aim, fire away - that adds violence to the interaction. The statement, "I am titanium", refers to the woman's invulnerability in front of the attacks of her angry, quarrelsome man. On the other hand, the video portrays a totally different story from the song: a school boy with special powers that flees from the adults pursuing him. There are many versions and remixes of this song, for example this one by Bcolors, softened by the rhythm of salsa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCVrNzEitIE

 

Another David Guetta's song about women rebelling against male power wrongly exerted over them is "She Wolf", in which the singer (Sia again) narrates how she loses her sense of identity ("I'm falling to pieces") and is replaced by a wild wolf, an instinctive being she didn't know she was until that moment, but that had been hidden inside her all along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVzljDmoPVs. Here are the lyrics to the song: http://www.directlyrics.com/david-guetta-falling-to-pieces-lyrics.html. This song, together with the video, is symbolic of the power of blood, creativity and resoluteness embedded in the nature of all women. In the video clip, in spite of being chased, she briefly appears accompanied by another wolf in the background (her mate, according to the normal behaviour of wolves), as a symbol that not all men are this type of negative hunters: some of them are also instinctive, protective, uncorrupted; and those are the ones that constitute good mates. There are many versions and covers of this song as well, this one, for instance, is offered to the YouTube audiences by two very cute and young wolf girls :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmRxKyY_vY4

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Invictus-William Ernest Henley - YouTube

A project for my English class using audio from various other Youtube videos (links below). Voice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUV2xyA339c& Music: http://...
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"Invictus" is one of the most famous poems by William Ernest Henley, written in 1875, and apparently based on his struggle to overcome the pain from a limb amputation he underwent due to a tubercular infection. It is worldwide known for having been a reference for Nelson Mandela himself when he was imprisoned for 27 years in Robben Island, Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison, before he finally became President of South Africa in 1994. It has become a symbol of resistance, courage and inspiration in the midst of the toughest adversity. Clint Eastwood directed a movie about his life starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, with the poem's title as the movie title as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZY8c_a_dlQ. Here is a link to a speech by Morgan Freeman about what the poem meant to Nelson Mandela and reciting it by heart as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7q_vACVwq0. As for William Ernest Henley himself, one curious fact about him is that he was friends to Robert Louis Stevenson (the author of "The Treasure Island"), and that the author admitted having based the character of Long John Silver on the stout, sturdy, red-bearded, powerful and yet maimed figure of the jovial and clever poet.

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Maya Angelou's Phenomenal Woman by Islandbreed 0001 - YouTube

Famous poem written and narrated by author Maya Angelou
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It is impossible to speak about inspirational poetry and not mention the indeed really phenomenal Dr. Maya Angelou. Essayist, poet, autobiographical novelist and playwright, she is worldwide known for her "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" and her collaboration with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X, as well as for being active in the Civil Rights Movement, amongst many other actions for the defense of the rights of black people and women in general. This poem in particular "Phenomenal Woman", talks about the power of the feminine in itself, embracing the nature of any woman in the world. Other famous inspirational poems under her name include "Still I Rise" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8vjWmWX84E; in this video recited by herself, unfortunately without the lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0PkBOPPbzo) or "His Day Is Done", a tribute to Nelson Mandela (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDumMEzYyqk, with lyrics available here: http://www.nelsonmandela.org/news/entry/dr.-maya-angelou-his-day-is-done-a-tribute-poem-for-nelson-mandela), amongst many, many others, all of them very well worth exploring and enjoying in depth.

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SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds

Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio
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Neil Gaiman is a multifaceted author of fiction, both short stories and novels, comic books, graphic novels, theatre podcasts and films. Films like "Coraline" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO3n67BQvh0 ) or "Mirrormask" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA1iawlsKLg) are based on stories he has written, alone or in collaboration with other authors. This podcast presents a poem devoted to his wife, the musician Amanda Palmer. It is inspirational in the way he describes her, praising even her flaws. Here are the lyrics of the poem apart from some info about the couple - yet with some small modifications: http://ninetophive.org/2012/06/17/fyi-neil-gaiman-love/

 

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desiderata_by_striveforpeace.jpg (Imagen JPEG, 1800 × 1200 píxeles) - Escalado (52%)

desiderata_by_striveforpeace.jpg (Imagen JPEG, 1800 × 1200 píxeles) - Escalado (52%) | Inspirational Poetry, Speeches and Songs | Scoop.it
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The poem "Desiderata" was copyrighted in 1927 by Max Ehrmann, and the story behind its true origin keeps on being a mystery nowadays. There have been many myths about it, now debunked but still popularly believed by many, like the one that says it was found in a church in Baltimore in the year 1692. Like Rudyard Kipling's "If", it presents a series of personal advice about being oneself and behaving in the world according to higher principles. More info about the poem, Max Ehrmann and other trivia can be found here: http://www.businessballs.com/desideratapoem.htm

 

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