Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

In General, Music, video by John4 Comments

Several weeks ago I ordered from Readings in Malvern, the Blu-ray DVD recording of Mahler Symphony No. 8 with Riccardo Chailly conducting.  To quote from the Presto Classical website for this recording – Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is arguably the grandest and most ambitious piece of symphonic music ever written.   It’s certainly impressive.

Last Friday, Readings rang me to say the DVD had arrived, so on yesterday I drove to Malvern to collect it.  While I was in the store a CD playing that I fell in love with.  The music and orchestration stirred so many emotions in me, thst I asked the name of it, and bought it.  Here is the title track:  (The video comprises only still photos, but at least you can hear the music.)

There are many other tracks on the CD that also excite me.  While this is a CD released in the USA on 2 May this year, it has songs that have the sound and beauty of music I loved in the 1970’s, some 40 years ago, when I was in  my 30’s.

And just for the record, here is a video extract of the Blu-ray DVD that I ordered and collected on Monday. This is a spectacular work.  Watch it full screen if you can, with stereo hi-fi sound.

Click on the 4 arrows at bottom right of the video to go full screen.



  1. Wow John,

    I could listen to the first track over and over … and I did whilst working tonight (which means I have not sampled the visuals yet).

    But whilst the second track did grow on me after several listens … maybe it failed to fit my listen whilst I work needs. So I will try both again at a time when not working … whenever freak event that may be!?

    Mt broadband business use percentage went up from 65% to 80% last year, so I need to work hard on having more personal pleasure out of the internet than current trends predict.

    Keep up with sharing your personal pleasures as they are greatly appreciated by one who is self-deprived so to speak!

    Cheers, Ralph

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      Hi Ralph,

      I’m pleased you enjoyed the the video of Fleet Foxes singing Helplessness Blues from their album of the same name. I love the song right from the start, but what blew me away is the complete change at the 2;48 minute mark. So I’m not surprised you enjoyed it too.

      The Mahler Symphony No 8 video is a whole other thing. It’s a massive symphony, and I only included the video to show the quality of video and sound one can expect in the DVD recording. The video is really just a promotion for the DVD and it shows two extracts from the symphony which could only make to those very familiar with the work.

      Your reactions to this video served you well. It’s definitely not a work to be listened to as background music while you work. However, that can be a useful and practical way to gradually recognise the melodies and themes. Ultimately, you need to give the work 100% attention for its full length (anything from 77 to 87 minutes depending on the conductor) to appreciate it fully – and that means having an experience that stirs your soul.

      My next post might be more enlightening about this opus that many regard as the most beautiful piece of music ever written.


  2. Hey John,

    I was wondering if you could possibly help me with some information on the Fosters Art Collection that was sold by Sotherby’s in 2005. I am doing some research into a certain image and was hoping to find out more details about it. I wouldve emailed you but i struggled finding a email addy on your sites.



    1. Author

      Hi Tiffanni,

      Thanks for your enquiry.

      I’m quite thrilled that someone is still interested in the collection.

      I’ve replied to you by email, so that you can contact me privately for the details you seek. I’ll be happy to assist you in any way I can.


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