Nicolas Reyes of Gipsy Kings sings “Gitana Gitana” (2017 video)

In this 2017 video below, Nicolas Reyes of Gipsy Kings sings “Gitana Gitana” to his close relatives. A beautiful performance and the interesting thing is, Reyes is and playing the guitar for a right-handed person upside down.

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Lhasa de Sela – I’m Going In

Canadian singer Lhasa de Sela (September 27, 1972 – January 1, 2010) sings “I’m Going In” from her third and the last album titled “Lhasa”, released in 2009 on Warner Music. It is her only album entirely sung in English. The album was nominated for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize on June 15, 2009.

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Manuel Pareja Obregón – La flor del romero llora

Manuel Pareja Obregón (May 4, 1933 – July 24, 1995), the Spanish musician and composer who focused on Andalusian folk music sings “La flor del romero llora” (rosemary flower cries), the first song of the composer’s “Dos canciones” (two songs).

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Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers (live, 1965)

American musical duo The Righteous Brothers (Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley) perform Unchained Melody, a 1955 song with music by the American composer Alex North (December 4, 1910 – September 8, 1991) and lyrics by the American lyricist Hy Zaret (August 21, 1907 – July 2, 2007). This is a live performance from 1965.

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Audio Illusions – can we trust our ears?

We all know how our eyes can easily be deceived, as there are a lot of visual illusions that trick our eyes. But, it turns out our ears can be deceived too. We can easily be fooled into hearing something that actually isn’t there. ASAPScience published an amazing video about audio illusions.

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Time alone (chosen or not) can be a chance to hit the reset button

Solitude has become a topic of fascination in modern Western societies because we believe it is a lost art – often craved, yet so seldom found. It might seem as if we ought to walk away from society completely to find peaceful moments for ourselves. Yet there is a quote I really like from the book Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World (2017) by the Canadian journalist Michael Harris:

I don’t want to run away from the world – I want to rediscover myself within it. I want to know what happens if we again take doses of solitude from inside our crowded days, along our crowded streets.

Michael Harris
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Can a 4-day work week save the planet?

Anupam Nanda, University of Reading

The idea of a four-day working week is gaining traction. Recently, several high-profile companies have trialled reduced hours. And in the UK, the Labour Party has pledged a 32-hour four day work week within ten years should it come to power.

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Sway (Pink Martini & Original Version)

Pink Martini performs the popular song “Sway” from their sixth album “Get Happy” which released on September 24, 2013, under the band’s own label, Heinz Records. This is not the official video, but I liked it, especially the performance of the roller skater. And one of the best versions of the song (sung by Storm Large, guest singer of the band). Enjoy!

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