Monthly Archives: September 2013

Monty Python for Pronunciation | Wednesday 2nd October 2013 | Italian Mood

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Reading together: Wednesday 2nd October 2013

2130-2215 Italian time | 2030-2115 UK time | 1230-1315 SL time|
Italian Mood, Second Life (IM me for a TP if you get lost!)

You are invited to join us to read aloud Monty Python scripts. We will start with Season 1, episode 1. It is one of my favourites!

– When you arrive, click on the box for a text which has been divided into ‘sections’, or use the link.
– Feel free to take part or to listen.
– If speaking, ideally use an integrated headset/microphone to avoid echo, and switch off your microphone when not involved.
– Themed costumes optional. I am looking for a teacher’s gown and mortar board! Has anyone got a pig?!

Follow this link for the scripts on the web.
Follow this link for the version which I have done, dividing it into ‘sections’
Below is the link to the original televised version. (4 linked Youtube videos)

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Unchained Melody| Musica in Classe Tuesday 24th September 2013| 2130 Italian time

Musica in Classe: Tuesday 24th September 2013
2130-2200 Italian time | 2030-2100 UK time | 1230-1300 SL time|
Italian Mood, Second Life (IM me for a TP if you get lost!)

A slow romantic song you will all know, covered by many singers, featured in the film ‘Ghost’, and with very easy chords.

Here’s a link to a video, followed by a translation by the Great Loris Talon! I apologise in advance that I will not be able to achieve the dramatic effect of soaring strings and rhythmic brass accompaniment in the Righteous Brothers’ version ,so I may try to be closer to the intensely personal version by Harry Belafonte, which brings tears to my eyes.

Oh, my love, my darling
I’ve hungered for your touch
A long, lonely time
Oh, amore mio, mio tesoro
Ho desiderato ardentemente un tuo tocco
Per un tempo lungo e solitario

Time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine?
Il tempo passa così lentamente
E il tempo può fare così tanto
Sei ancora mia?

I need your love
I need your love
God speed your love to me!
Ho bisogno del tuo amore
Ho bisogno del tuo amore
Dio aiuti il tuo amore per me!

Lonely rivers flow
To the sea, to the sea
To the open arms of the sea
Fiumi solitari scorrono
Verso il mare, verso il mare
Verso le braccia aperte del mare

Lonely rivers sigh
“Wait for me, wait for me”
I’ll be coming home, wait for me!
Fiumi solitari sospirano
“Aspettami, aspettami”
Tornerò a casa, aspettami!

Oh, my love, my darling
I’ve hungered for your touch
A long, lonely time
Oh, amore mio, mio tesoro
Ho desiderato ardentemente un tuo tocco
Per un lungo tempo e solitario

Time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine?
Il tempo passa così lentamente
E il tempo può fare così tanto
Sei ancora mia?

I need your love
I need your love
God speed your love to me!
Ho bisogno del tuo amore
Ho bisogno del tuo amore
Dio aiuti il tuo amore per me!

Lonely mountain gaze,
At the stars, at the stars
Waiting for the dawn of the day
Montagne solitarie guardano,
Le stelle, le stelle
Aspettando l’alba del giorno

All alone I gaze
At the stars, at the stars
Dreaming of my love far away
Tutto solo guardo
Le stelle, le stelle
Sognando il mio amore lontano

Oh, my love, my darling
I’ve hungered for your touch
A long, lonely time
Oh, amore mio, mio tesoro
Ho desiderato ardentemente un tuo tocco
Per un lungo tempo e solitario

Time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine?
Il tempo passa così lentamente
E il tempo può fare così tanto
Sei ancora mia?

I need your love
I need your love
God speed your love to me!
Ho bisogno del tuo amore
Ho bisogno del tuo amore
Dio aiuti il tuo amore per me!

If you could read my mind | Gordon Lightfoot | Musica in Classe | Tuesday 10th September 2013

Musica in Classe: Tuesday 10th September2013
2130-2200 Italian time | 2030-2100 UK time | 1230-1300 SL time|
Italian Mood, Second Life (IM me for a TP if you get lost!)

Thanks to Lyndy Enoch, joint-owner and fantastic DJ at my ‘regular’ SL haunt ‘The Crow Bar’, for including this beautiful, poignant song written by Gordon Lightfoot about the break up of his first marriage. Fairly easy chords and meaningful words make it an obvious choice for our ‘Musica in Classe’ on Tuesday. Come prepared to sob your heart out as we read the verses aloud to improve our English – whether because you are moved by the song or distressed by the way we ruin it …!!! (I have splashed out and bought a box of tissues for us all… aren’t I generous?!)

If You Could Read My Mind, ©1969 by Gordon Lightfoot

If you could read my mind, love,
What a tale my thoughts could tell.
Just like an old time movie,
‘Bout a ghost from a wishing well.
In a castle dark or a fortress strong,
With chains upon my feet.
You know that ghost is me.
And I will never be set free
As long as I’m a ghost that you can’t see.

If I could read your mind, love,
What a tale your thoughts could tell.
Just like a paperback novel,
The kind the drugstores sell.
Then you reached the part where the heartaches come,
The hero would be me.
But heroes often fail,
And you won’t read that book again
Because the ending’s just too hard to take!

I’d walk away like a movie star
Who gets burned in a three way script.
Enter number two:
A movie queen to play the scene
Of bringing all the good things out in me.
But for now, love, let’s be real;
I never thought I could feel this way
And I’ve got to say that I just don’t get it.
I don’t know where we went wrong,
But the feeling’s gone
And I just can’t get it back.

If you could read my mind, love,
What a tale my thoughts could tell.
Just like an old time movie,
‘Bout a ghost from a wishing well.
In a castle dark or a fortress strong.
With chains upon my feet.
But stories always end,
And if you read between the lines,
You’d know that I’m just tryin’ to understand
The feelin’s that you lack.
I never thought I could feel this way
And I’ve got to say that I just don’t get it.
I don’t know where we went wrong,
But the feelin’s gone
And I just can’t get it back!