To start the day …. Peaceful Inspiration in different tones of orange!!


~~October 7, 2014~~

Stamatis Spanoudakis (born December 11, 1948 in Athens, Greece) is a modern Greek classical composer. Early on he studied classical guitar. He went through a rock music phase, but then continued classical studies at the Würzburg State Conservatory with Bertold Hummel and later in Athens with Konstantinos Kydoniatis. Later on he studied Byzantine music.

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Stamatis Spanoudakis is widely regarded as the most prolific Greek composer of his age. Versatile in his music for film, television, records and concerts, he uses a rich and original musical palette that conjures up different perceptions in the sphere of musical imagery.

He explores both tragic and dramatic experiences with an eye and an ear for the musical representation of the perennial dilemmas and joys faced by mankind both in the past and present. To date, Stamatis has written concert works for rock groups, string orchestra, soloists and chorus. Future plans include compositions for wind, brass, tympani and percussion, adding to his fulsome output.

Concerts, including those at the George Enescu Hall (Bucharest), the Royal Albert Hall (London), and Beijin in China have proven his international reputation and set the seal on this remarkable artist’s achievement in bringing his unique brand of Greek music to the widest possible audience.

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~~RELATED~~

http://www.stamatisspanoudakis.gr/

http://www.stamatisspanoudakis.gr/biography

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/happy-autumnal-equinox-september-2014/

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~~Autumn~~

~~Published on Oct 6, 2014~~

Music: STAMATIS SPANOUDAKIS – Autumn
http://www.stamatisspanoudakis.com

Video edited by Andreea Petcu
http://www.andreeapetcu.com

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We ALL are ONE!!

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A lesson learned …. We all are one!!


~~September 25, 2014~~ 

How easily can we look at someone and just because of their appearances make a quick decision about who they are and how different they are from us. 

~THIS IS A LESSON LEARNED~

Racist Family Left Speechless After Receiving A Powerful Announcement

(Video)

This is a very powerful short film about casual, every day racism; a timeless message about how we treat others.

Directed by the Greek filmmaker Nancy Spetsioti.

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~~ANTI-RACIST SHORT FILM “JAFAR”~~

(by Nancy Spetsioti)

~~Published on Dec 9, 2013~

~CAST~

NATALIA DRAGOUMI – VLADIMIROS KIRIAKIDIS – NIKOS PSARRAS

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To start the day …. “International Day of Peace”!!


~~September 21, 2014~~ 

The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access.

The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war significantly.

To inaugurate the day, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters (in New York City). The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa, and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan, as “a reminder of the human cost of war”; the inscription on its side reads, “Long live absolute world peace”.

“As it appears in …. “

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Peace

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Annual synchronized global peace prayer and meditation on International Day of Peace, September 21.

#bethepeace

~~Description~~

Every year on the International Day of Peace, hundreds of organizations worldwide join together to create one of the largest global prayers and meditations for peace in history!

BeThePeace welcomes people from every culture, every spiritual tradition, and every political perspective to come together in a profound experience of Global Oneness. What does it really mean to be the peace we wish to see?

The event builds on a thirty-year tradition of a Planetary Peace Wave on September 21 to build a global Culture of Peace. It aims to strengthen an ever-growing global network of ‘subtle activists’ committed to developing internal peace and creating a foundation for a global culture of peace.

“As it appears in …. “

https://www.facebook.com/BeThePeaceGlobal?fref=photo

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~~”Song for Peace by Kitaro”~~

~~Uploaded on Sep 20, 2009~~

Dedicated to the United Nations’ International Day of Peace celebrated each year on September 21.
Join and spread the Spirit of Peace, because Peace can only prosper as a collective condition of human heart and mind, for the sake of all Children!

 

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~~RELATED~~

https://www.facebook.com/BeThePeaceGlobal?fref=photo

http://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/international-peace-day/

http://theobamacrat.com/2013/09/21/the-international-day-of-peace-unofficially-known-as-world-peace-day/

http://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/world-peace-just-imagine/

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~~Imagine~~

~Playing For Change~

~Uploaded on Jan 6, 2011~

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. Join the movement here: http://www.playingforchange.com/membe….

This song is the Playing For Change Foundation’s gift to the world.

The Playing For Change Foundation feels honored to have the blessing and generous support of Yoko Ono as music lovers around the world join together to launch the Power to the People campaign. The campaign seeks to advance John Lennon’s vision of peace by engaging artists and audiences to contribute to music education programs worldwide. Proceeds raised will help build music schools, support teachers and music programs, purchase instruments, and connect schools for cross-cultural learning and conflict resolution across borders.

Music IS the power: Power to the People.

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We ALL are ONE!! 

#BeThePeace #InternationalPeaceDay #WarFreeWorld #PeaceWithin

#PeaceOtherLanguages #PeaceThroughMusic #PlayingForChange

#KitaroPeaceSong

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IOTD …. “Image of the day”, #17!!


~~September 2014~~ 

Somewhere in Greece ….. 

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A dear blogger friend showed me what this means: mchelsmusings.

You can find her here: http://mchelsmusings.wordpress.com/

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IOTD is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”

So far a lot of people l have enjoyed this when I’ve done it on

http://www.Happier.com

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We ALL are ONE!! 

To start the day …. “August ends, September starts”!!


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~~September 3, 2014~~

~Transition~

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~~As it appears in …~~

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autumn

Autumn, interchangeably known as fall in the US and Canada, is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, in September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere) when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier and the temperature cools considerably.

One of its main features is the shedding of leaves from deciduous trees as they pave way for further growth.

In North America, autumn is usually considered to start with the September equinox. In traditional East Asian solar term, autumn starts on or around 8 August and ends on about 7 November. In Ireland, the autumn months according to the national meteorological service, Met Éireann, are September, October and November. However, according to the Irish Calendar, which is based on ancient Gaelic traditions, autumn lasts throughout the months of August, September, and October, or possibly a few days later, depending on tradition. In Australia and New Zealand, autumn officially begins on 1 March and ends on 31 May.

Some cultures regard the autumnal equinox as “mid-autumn”, others with a temperature lag treat it as the start of autumn. Meteorologists (and most of the temperate countries in the southern hemisphere) use a definition based on months, with autumn being September, October and November in the northern hemisphere, and March, April and May in the southern hemisphere.

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~~The End Of August~~

~~Uploaded on Oct 17, 2011~~

 Yanni … from an Armenian fan!

Канал пользователя …. ArturKoch

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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First day of fall: September 23, 2014!! 

At the end of the day …. “We need to remove our borders”!!


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~~September 2, 2014~~

There is so much division. There is so much conflict.

Our world, the only place we have to live in as one human race, is divided by so many borders. Borders which, at a distance, can’t be seen. Differences which are man-made. We come from the same Source. The similarities are divine, the differences are created and assigned by humans. 

WE ARE ONE HUMAN RACE

~~GALLERY~~

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~~JAMIE DUNMORE~~

He is a British spoken word artist/poet, public figure/speaker, film maker, director, editor, producer, camera man, actor, performer, free runner, gymnast, calisthenics, athlete.

“I’m a 21 year old aspiring Public Figure/Speaker/Activist that’s trying to expand the human consciousness.”

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~~RELATED~~ 

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/to-start-the-day-summer-of-2014/

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/to-start-the-day-social-conditioning/

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How to connect with Jamie ….

My Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamiedunmore…
My Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dunmorejamie
My Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamieDunmore (or) search for – @JamieDunmore
My Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jd0781
My Instagram: http://instagram.com/jamie_dunmore# (or) search for – jamie_dunmore
My Google+: plus.google.com/+JamieDunmore
My E-mail: jamiescottdunmore@gmail.com

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~~We Need To Remove Our Borders~~

~~Published on Aug 5, 2014~~

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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“From A Distance”

From a distance the world looks blue and green,
and the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance the ocean meets the stream,
and the eagle takes to flight.

From a distance, there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace,
it’s the voice of every man.

From a distance we all have enough,
and no one is in need.
And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease,
no hungry mouths to feed.

From a distance we are instruments
marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
They’re the songs of every man.
God is watching us. God is watching us.
God is watching us from a distance.

From a distance you look like my friend,
even though we are at war.
From a distance I just cannot comprehend
what all this fighting is for.

From a distance there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
And it’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves,
it’s the heart of every man.

It’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves.
This is the song of every man.
And God is watching us, God is watching us,
God is watching us from a distance.
Oh, God is watching us, God is watching.
God is watching us from a distance.

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To start the day …. Yanni’s Aria!!


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~~August 23, 2014~~

Today is a day where positive thoughts, bright light and healing energy are needed in this household. 

Music has always been a refuge and a comfort for me. It’s played a very important part in my life. Once again, I rely on music …. to make it through some rough spots.

This is a meaningful, triumphal, lyrical song that touches the heart and soothes the soul. There are a few versions of this song and they are all inspiring!

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Yanni’s “Aria” (from Yanni Live at the Acropoplis) is based on The Flower Duet, from the Léo Delibes opera Lakmé, and popularized by various British Airways TV commercials.

Lakmé is an opera in three acts by Léo Delibes to a French libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille, based on the 1880 novel Rarahu ou Le Mariage de Loti by Pierre Loti.

The subject of the opera was suggested by Gondinet as a vehicle for the American soprano Marie van Zandt. Delibes wrote the score during 1881-82. Like other French operas of the period, Lakmé captures the ambience of the Orient that was in vogue during the latter part of the nineteenth century; Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers and Massenet’s Le roi de Lahore being two other examples.

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As noted above, this beautiful song was popularized by  various British Airways TV commercials.

~~1989 British Airways Commercial~~

~~Uploaded on Jul 3, 2006~~

The British Airways face commercial.

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Yanni Live at the Acropolis is the name of both an album and video by Greek composer Yanni, recorded live at the Herodes Atticus Theatre, Athens, Greece, on September 25, 1993, and released in 1994.

In a three-year television deal with PBS, the live television special was one of the top fundraising subjects for PBS, raising $13 million, with more than 750,000 home videos and more than 7 million albums sold worldwide. It has been seen in 65 countries by half a billion people, has almost continuously remained on the charts since its release, and is the second best-selling music video of all time.

This album peaked at #1 on “Billboard’sTop New Age Albums” chart and at #5 on the “Billboard 200” chart in the same year. The film received an Emmy nomination in 1994 for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Drama Series, Variety Series, Miniseries or a Special“. The corresponding concert tour of the year was “Yanni Live, The Symphony Concerts 1994“.

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~~Aria~~

(Live at the Acropolis)

~~Uploaded on Oct 4, 2007~~

ARIA ” is loosely based upon a short, but beautiful part of the 19th century French opera, lakme, by Leo Delibes. Yanni has revived ARIA with a lot of passion in this wonderful super production in Acropolis. Watch it , you will never forget it!

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~~LYRICS~~ 

Sous le dome epais
Ou le blanc jasmin
A la rose s’assemble
Sur la rive en fleurs
Riant au matin

Viens, descendons ensemble.
Doucement glissons
De son flot charmant
Suivons le courant
Fuyant, dans

L’onde fremissante
D’une main nonchalante
Viens, gagnons le bord
Ou la souree dort

Et l’oiseau
L’oiseau chante
Sous le dome epais
Sous le blanc jasmin
Ah, descendons ensemble

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 ~~SOURCES~~

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yanni

http://www.metrolyrics.com/aria-lyrics-yanni.html

http://www.wikimusicguide.com/Yanni_Live_at_the_Acropolis

https://plus.google.com/104646493038578787518/posts/ept5gtXfBjk

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/at-the-end-of-the-day-yanni-aria/

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~~Aria~~

(Live At El Morro, Puerto Rico)

~~Published on Aug 12, 2012~~

This is a very special one for me. Yanni played in Puerto Rico, my country. The concert took place at the Castillo San Felipe del Morro also known as Fort San Felipe del Morro or Morro Castle, is a 16th-century citadel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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At the end of the day …. “Love is all”!!


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~~August 21, 2014~~

Basic Taj Mahal Historical Facts and Pictures

Taj Mahal, the iconic white marble mausoleum and one of the most photographed historical monuments in the world, is located in the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh, India. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan promised Mumtaz Mahal, his third wife and soul mate, that he would build a magnificent monument for her and Taj Mahal was the result, still bearing the mark of their true love.

The construction of Taj Mahal, literally meaning the “crown of palaces”, began around the year 1632 and completed in around 1653.

Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the renowned architect of the Mughal Empire is considered the principal designer while the whole project was handled by an architectural board, comprising of the likes of Abd ul-Karim Ma’mur Khan and Makramat Khanunder, under imperial supervision.

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~~SOURCES~~

http://www.thehistoryhub.com/taj-mahal-facts-pictures.htm

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I have been a huge fan of Yanni’s work and music. I started following him since his first appearance with Linda Evans on the Oprah TV show. It was love at first sight.

I have followed his career since then and have been able to see him perform live several times. 

I was looking for a video to use in the last post of the day and ran into Yanni performing at the Taj Mahal. I selected the video presented here mainly because of the introduction given by him.

~~ALBUM: TRIBUTE~~

Tribute pays musical homage to India on several songs; Greek-born composer and keyboardist Yanni describes the album as a tribute to the builders of the Taj and the Forbidden City, as well as to the people of India and China. Yanni’s ethereal keyboard work is backed by orchestra, vocalists, a choir, and various world instruments including didgeridoo, duduk, charango, and bamboo saxophone.

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~~Some Interesting Facts About Yanni’s India Tour in 1997~~

Yanni performed live for three consecutive nights from 20 to 22 March 1997 at India’s iconic monument Taj Mahal located at the heart of the city of Agra (State -Uttar Pradesh).
The spectacular concerts which were staged at the back-side of the monument Taj Mahal on the bank of the river Yamuna took almost two years of meticulous planning and painstaking efforts by Yanni and his team.

Yanni became the First Western Artist to be permitted to perform at the Taj Mahal.
The event also marked the artificial illumination of the Taj Mahal during night for the first time in history.

Yanni’s team comprising of almost 300 members successfully accomplished the task of building a stage and seating arrangement in the middle of the river Yamuna on a sandbar that periodically became visible when the river dried up between November and late March.

Indian Army’s help was sought to build two pontoon bridges to get across the river and also for building the roads leading to the pontoon bridges. The bridges were built in record time.

Almost 130 tons of video and audio equipment were imported from United Kingdom brought in around 50 trucks and a plane.

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Four towers were built with some of them over 60 feet high for housing the lighting equipment.

A stage was also built spanning 100 feet to 80 feet, 6 feet high and tiered to hold the orchestra and the band.

Seating was created for 7200 people.

Yanni also flew in the revolutionary V-DOSC sound system that cancelled the sound reflecting from the rear of the speaker cabinets completely. During the concerts the sound reaching the Taj Mahal was as low as two people talking.

Apart from adhering to strict sound emission and lighting norms, no motorized vehicles were brought in upto 500 meters of the monument.

Yanni wrote the songs “Deliverance” and “Love is All” specifically for the Taj Mahal.

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~~SOURCES~~

http://www.yanni-india.in/chronicles-of-yanni-in-india.html

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Yanni says: “This album was conceived and recorded during a tumultuous and wonderful period in my life. It was inspired, in part, by the possibility that I might perform new works at Taj Mahal and the Forbidden City, two of the greatest man-made structures on earth. That this came to be, that I had the privilege of performing my music in India and China in the midst of national treasures, is a tribute to so many who believed in project that seemed always at the edge of reason.

For me, the Taj and the Forbidden City remain essential because they remind us all of our own potential for greatness. The spirit of their builders remains incredibly vibrant. For the members of my band and the orchestra, the nights spent in the shadows of these monuments provoked inspired work and often, tears. I hope, in a small way, we have been able to pay tribute to those many souls, many years ago, the nameless artisans, and laborers, who created these incredible structures.

This album is also meant to be a tribute to the dynamic, warm India and China, to the many, many people who embraced us with their kindness, smiles and applause. Finally, like all I’ve done since leaving, Kalamata, Greece, this is also a tribute to my parents, Sotiris and Felitsa, who taught their little boy a long time ago that …. love is all

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~~Love Is All~~

~~Uploaded on Sep 15, 2007~~

This a magnificent song especially written for the Taj Mahal by Yanni. This is in fact his very first song with lyrics. Solos are by Pedro Eustace on the ancient Armenian Duduk, Ramon Stagnaro on the guitar, and voice by Vann Johnson.

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“As the population increases, the planet becomes smaller and smaller. We need to learn to accept and tolerate one another. I am a human being just like all. There is more than one way to live life. Socrates once said: The perfect human being is all human beings put together. As a collective, as a “we”. All of us together make perfection.

Sending a message to all the world of love and unity, acceptance and tolerance. 

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~~PARTIAL LYRICS~~

“Love will keep me believing
Through the dark, can you hear me calling?
Holding on when I’m dreaming
Love is all, love is all, love is all

Like a tempest to the sea, I’m standin’
Love is all, love is all, love is all
Love is all, love is all, love is all
Like a tempest to the sea
I’m standin’, I’m standin’ [Incomprehensible]
Love, love, love , love is all

Love is all …. “

Read more: Yanni – Love Is All Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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We ALL are connected through LOVE!!

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At the end of the day …. Yanni: Inspirato!!


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~~August 15, 2014~~ 

INSPIRATO

Elevation of the human spirit to a higher level of awareness, feeling and empowerment. 

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I must confess that I am an ardent, die-hard Yanni fan. It all started when I, by chance, caught that Oprah show which featured Linda Evans where Yanni was introduced to the huge TV audience. I was one of them and, like Linda, was mesmerized by this dark-haired, beautiful, perfect man. And to top it off, he was a musician who played New Age music.

It was love at first sight, like Linda. Since then, I started buying his music CDs, his concert DVDs and have managed to see him live a few times. 

I knew I had to buy the newly released CD. Like a fan, I always keep track of his music and find no fault to what he does. Some may but I don’t! In my eyes, he does no wrong. 

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Inspirato is Yanni’s seventeenth studio album, released in 2014.

To create the album, Yanni collaborated with opera tenor Plácido Domingo and producer Ric Wake to select distinguished vocalists to perform songs that Yanni had previously released over his career.

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~Content and production~~

The album’s tracks are based on selected songs from throughout Yanni’s career, but have newly-created lyrics sung by distinguished vocalists having opera backgrounds. The dominant language of the album’s lyrics is Italian. The album, with its lyrical and classical elements, was characterized as reflecting a radical change in Yanni’s style. Despite the album’s use of opera singers, Yanni emphasized the album was “not opera.”

Yanni collaborated with tenor Plácido Domingo and producer Ric Wake to match Yanni’s songs to the respective vocalists. In part because of the distinguished vocalists’ schedules, the project is said to have required four years to complete.

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~~Performers appearing on this CD~~

Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Rolando Villazon

Katherine Jenkins, Vittorio Grigolo, Chloe Lower

Russell Watson, Nathan Pacheco, Lauren Jelencovich, Pretty Yende

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~~Reception~~

Inspirato peaked at #1 in Billboard’s Top New Age Album category for 2014.

The album’s extension of Yanni’s style into the lyrical and classical was characterized by Reviews New Age’s Alejandro Clavijo as being an overwhelming success.

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~~SOURCE~~

http://www.yanni.com/inspirato.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inspirato

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Let me chose this song for you … several versions

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~~Until The Last Moment~~

~Violin Duet – Samvel Yervinyan~

~~Mi Todo Eres Tu (Until The Last Moment)~~

~Ender Thomas and Chloe~

(Yanni Voices 2008)

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~Hasta el último momento~

Renee Fleming and Placido Domingo

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~~SAMPLE OF ALL SONGS~~

~Yanni Inspirato~

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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