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Miriam Makeba dies at age 76

Article above - South Africa mourns Makeba, musical 'mother' of the nation )

My mom had one of her albums. I memorized the two Makeba songs below, and her song from Black Orpheus (Manhã de Carnaval), even thought I didn't understand most of what the hell I was singing, as the songs were not in English.

Suliram, a lullaby.

The Click Song, a wedding song.

Some videos:

Miriam Makeba sings Soweto Blues

Miriam Makeba joins Paul Simon and others singing the African anthem.
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So the other day I discovered that there were all sorts of weird music files on my computer. And today, I thought I'd share a small sample. Because it sure beats solitaire as a way to put my brain on hold in between spasms of studying CivPro.

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So I'm listening to my copy of Rent's Seasons of Love, which is not the original soundtrack edition but the one with Stevie Wonder taking the "Soloist" parts, and I can't figure out one line in the last verse. And I can't find the lyrics for that part anywhere. If anybody knows or can figure them out, can you fill in the blank for me?

Seasons of Love

Company
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles
In laughter, in strife

In five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
A year in the life?

How about love?
How about love?
How about love?
Measure in love

Seasons of love
Seasons of love

Soloist #1
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Journeys to plan
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure the life
Of a woman or a man?

Soloist #2
In truths that she learned?
Or in times that he cried?
In bridges he burned?
Or the way that she died?

All
It's time now, to sing out
Tho' the story never ends
Let's celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends

Remember the love
Remember the love
Remember the love
Measure in love

Soloist #1
Measure, measure your life in love

All
Seasons of love...
Seasons of love

In diapers, report cards
In [can't make this part out] and speeding tickets
In contracts, dollars
In funerals, in births?

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you figure
A last year on earth?

Remember the love,
Seasons of love...



It's weird but this song totally makes me think of my mom and of Leslie Rampey. I don't think my mom ever heard it, and I'm pretty sure Leslie did but didn't like it - Leslie adored musicals but absolutely loathed Rent. And yet it still reminds me of them, for no reason than the sappy lyrics and the fact that it's sung after the death of one of the characters.

The line "Or the way that she died" seems to speak for both of them. Leslie died in a car accident, with her husband, whom she loved deeply, after having spent the weekend at her in-laws, who adored her. Her death sent a shock through her family and friends and through the online L&O fandom, which consisted almost exclusively of people who had actually never spoken to her but who missed her nonetheless. My mom died with me, Guy, her niece Ingrid who'd come all the way from Germany to be with her, and her ex-cousin-in-law Gilda who'd come all the way from Chile for the same reason, all right there and holding on to her. And Chris and the boys were right outside the room. It really seems to say something about both of them, that they were so loved.

Nobody wants to die. But some deaths are better than others, and when I go, I would hope to go like they did, leaving behind far more good memories than bad.

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