Tuesday, May 13, 2008

China Sichuan Earthquake Relief

As you may have realized, the recent posts of mine have been mostly funeral songs. They are dedicated for the victims of China Sichuan Earthquake disaster. May they rest in peace.


For those who are looking to contribute to current aid efforts underway, you can now donate money to the Red Cross Society of China which has formed a disaster relief working group to be dispatched to the earthquake-stricken Wenchuan County in Sichuan.

They have also published an emergency relief hotline, along with bank account information to receive donations to assist their cause:

Account name: Red Cross Society of China
开户单位: 中国红十字会总会

For those who want to donate in RMB: you can send money to the RMB account at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China branch below:
人民币开户行: 中国工商银行 北京分行东四南支行
人民币账号: 0200001009014413252

For those who want to donate in foreign currency, you can send money to the foreign currency account at the CITIC Bank branch below:
外币账号: 7112111482600000209

Hotline: (8610) 65139999
Online donations: Red Cross Society of China website: www.redcross.org.cn
Click the tab for online donations

Since www.redcross.org.cn seems to be down by excessive amount of accesses. You can try American Red Cross too.

Form for International Response Fund: https://american.redcross.org/site/Donation2?idb=1040189403&df_id=1094&1094.donation=form1

This form will lend funds to generally any of international disasters the organization supports.
If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster(such as the SiChuan Earthquake) please do so at the time of your donation by either contacting 1-800-HELP NOW or mailing your donation, with the designation, to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

Another alternative way to donate from America is via Mercycorps.

Website: http://www.mercycorps.org/

Mad World

In 2003, composer Michael Andrews and singer Gary Jules found their piano-driven cover of the Tears for Fears' hit "Mad World", featured in the film as part of the end sequence, at the top of the UK music charts. The original score was composed by composer, Roland Orzabal, from the 80's band "Tears for Fears".

A slightly remixed part of the song was used in the David Fincher directed TV commercial for the 2006 Xbox 360 game Gears of War. The advertisement brought the song an increased level of popularity, propelling it to number one in downloads at the iTunes music store in late 2006. This song has also had a strong presence in Internet culture, as it has been used countless times for fan videos and trailers. The song was also used at the end of an episode of CSI, at the end of an episode of Jericho, and in Smallville.

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The Gary Jules clip:

Chopin's Op.28 No.1

Prelude No. 1 is a versatile and short piece. It may last only 30 seconds if played quickly.

Chopin wrote this piece on Majorca, Spain, whereas the music he played is weaved by two lines composed of majors and minors. All the minors are set to low and depressing tunes, while the majors are delighted and happy. The brief and subtle interaction of both signified the very essence of life and its many joys and sufferings.

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Chopin's Op.28 No.4

Prelude No. 4 is one of the most famous pieces Chopin wrote (it was played at his funeral) it is relatively easy, with a melody in the right hand and harmonic chords in the left hand.

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Parts of Mozart's Requiem

The Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was composed in 1791. The requiem was Mozart's last composition, and is one of his most powerful and recognized works, not only for its music, but also for the debate over how much of the music Mozart managed to complete before his death, and how much was later composed by his student Franz Xaver Süssmayr.

Despite debate about how much of the music was Mozart's, the Requiem has taken a prominent place as one of Mozart's most important works.

This sheet music below is only a small portion of the work.

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The Funeral Song of Minato, The Fourth Hokage

Minato Namikaze (波風 ミナト, Namikaze Minato?) was the Fourth Hokage (四代目火影, Yondaime Hokage?). He had a son, Naruto Uzumaki, with Kushina Uzumaki, whom they decided to name after the main character in one of his mentor Jiraiya's, books. Soon after Naruto's birth, Minato sealed the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox into his son's body. Doing so cost him his life. Before he died, he asked that the villagers of Konoha not to see Naruto for the monster within him but as a hero who saved the village, a request that was ignored by most. It is unclear as to whether Naruto is aware of his relationship with Minato, although the two share several traits that are often pointed out throughout the series.

Prior to becoming Hokage, Minato was the sensei of Kakashi Hatake, Obito Uchiha, and Rin. Minato is supposed to be the strongest of all the Hokages till and was called a "One in a decade Genius" by his sensei Jiraiya. His reputation is such that during the Third Ninja World War, flee-on-sight orders were given to enemy ninja by their superiors. This is a result of his Flying Thunder God Technique (飛雷神の術, Hiraishin no Jutsu), which allowed him to teleport anywhere without notice using a special seal. The technique earned him the title "Konoha's Yellow Flash". He also created the Rasengan, an incomplete technique he had intended to infuse with his own chakra nature. He was unable to do so before his death, but Naruto is able to accomplish this feat in later years.

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The Funeral Song of Sarutobi, The Third Hokage

The song's name is 宁次之死

The Third Hokage's Bio

The Third Hokage (三代目火影, Sandaime Hokage?) is a former student of the First and Second Hokage. Because of his name, Sarutobi (猿飛), the Second Hokage called him "Monkey" (猿, Saru?). The Third was stated as being the "Strongest Hokage" in the first Naruto Databook. The Third was once called The Professor (プロフェッサー, Purofessā?) due to his vast knowledge of jutsu, purportedly knowing all the jutsu in Konoha. The Third was the sensei of Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Tsunade and the father of Asuma Sarutobi. He took a special interest in Orochimaru, whose natural talent would have made him a great Hokage. Though the Third wanted to give him this title upon his retirement from the position, Orochimaru's sole interest in the role of Hokage as a way to get power forced him to find an alternative. The Third passed on the title to Minato Namikaze, though was forced to reassume the position after Minato's death. During his second stint as Hokage, the Third discovered that Orochimaru had been kidnapping and experimenting on villagers of Konoha. The Third, unable to bring himself to harm his favorite student, allowed Orochimaru to flee the village. Years later, Orochimaru invades Konoha in an attempt to kill his former master. After struggling with the battle due to his old age the Third uses the Dead Demon Consuming Seal to try to seal away Orochimaru's soul, though the injuries he receives from the battle make it impossible. Doing what little he can and hoping to rectify his mistake of allowing Orochimaru to escape years earlier, the Third seals Orochimaru's arms to ensure that he will never again be able to use jutsu, a punishment for Orochimaru's obsession with power. With the village saved from Orochimaru, the Third dies with a smile on his face, death being the result of performing the sealing.

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