THE MUSES They were the Greek Goddesses of the Arts. They were the personification of knowledge and the arts especially literature, dance and music. Writers, poets or composers, even painters and philosophers, called out to The Muses when they’re in need of inspiration or help. Hence, where the word “music” comes from, referred to as one of the arts of The Muses. THE SIRENS They were black-winged bird-women singers. They were placed by Romans in islands surrounded with cliffs and rocks such as Paestum, Sorrento, and Capri. They were femme fatale. Beautiful but dangerous, they used their enchanting music and voices to lure sailors to their deaths.
THE SINGING CONTEST Hera, Queen of the Gods, persuaded The Three Sirens to compete with The Nine Muses into a singing competition. The Muses won the competition. The Sirens were in such a distressed state that their black feathers fell out into the sea, which transformed into “white islands” in Souda Bay.
It is from this legend that the city takes its name, Aptera, meaning without wings.
THE SOPHOMORE SLUMP RECOMMENDS:
MUSIC: The Man Who by Travis – Pop version of Radiohead? The soft-side of Oasis? The unknown Coldplay? Label as much as they want, Travis pulled a solid album with The Man Who.
Recommendation Flashback: Clocking in at #2 of My Top Albums of Decade 2000’s is O by Damien Rice. Here he is with Blower’s Daughter…
Movie: Death at a Funeral – Perhaps the funeral that you’d ever have the most laughs.
Recommendation Flashback: Here is Amelie … helping a blind man …
Short post so I’ll add this one … Speaking of music and dance …
I had the chance to have fun joining in to some Greek cultural dances during a part of the event that our work assembled for us …
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