Blackmore's Night

Blackmore's Night is a British/American traditional folk rock band formed in 1997, consisting of Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night. Their lineup has seen many changes over the years. To date, they have released ten studio albums. Candice was a Rainbow fan, first encountered Ritchie Blackmore to ask him for an autograph in 1989, while she was working for a local New York radio station; the two started living together in 1991, discovered they both had a passionate interest in Renaissance music. During the reformed Rainbow's recording of the album Stranger in Us All in 1995, on which Night contributed some of the lyrics and backing harmony vocals, the duo were gearing up their debut album. In 1997, the project started as being a pun of their own names, which would consist of themselves plus session musicians, their debut album Shadow of the Moon was a musical success and featured Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull on flute for the song "Play Minstrel Play". In subsequent albums Fires at Midnight, there was an increased incorporation of rock guitar into the music, whilst maintaining a folk rock direction.

Over time, Night has participated instrumentally as well as singing the vocals, is competent in a wide variety of Renaissance instruments. The group performs at Renaissance fairs and Renaissance festivals, as well as in stand-alone concert tours in appropriate venues including'castle tours' of Europe, where they perform in historic surroundings for an audience dressed in period costume; the duo has been successful enough to inspire a number of international tribute bands including: Renaissance Night, the Italian Morning Star and the Midnight. They have performed the music for MagiQuest, a live simulation game. In 2006, Night performed a duet with Andi Deris on Helloween's "Light the Universe", released as a single in certain countries and is available on their album Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy, released in the same year. On June 27, 2008, the duo released its seventh studio album called Secret Voyage, a mix of medieval-sounding tracks and some contemporary ones. In addition to some covers of some traditional folk music and some originals, Blackmore's Night performed a cover of a Rainbow song and an Elvis Presley cover.

A new album titled Autumn Sky was released at the end of 2010 in Europe and in 2011 in the U. S; this was followed by Dancer and the Moon, in 2013, an album featuring covers of songs by Randy Newman, Uriah Heep and another Rainbow song. Their latest album, All Our Yesterdays, was released on September 18, 2015; the band are said to be working on material for a new album with a possible 2020 release date. On October 5, 2008, Night and Blackmore were married after 19 years together; this is the fourth marriage for Blackmore. Autumn Esmerelda Blackmore was born on May 27, 2010, their son Rory Dartanyan was born on February 7, 2012. Ritchie Blackmore - guitars, domra, hurdy-gurdy Candice Night - vocals, cornamuse, rauschpfeife, tambourine Current additional personnelBard David of Larchmont - keyboards Earl Grey of Chimay - bass, rhythm guitar Troubadour of Aberdeen - drums, percussion Scarlet Fiddler - violin Lady Lynn - harmony vocals, shawm and recorder Former additional personnelScott Hazell - harmony & backing vocals Mick Cervino - bass John O'Reilly - drums, percussion Joseph James - keyboards Jessie Haynes - guitars, backing vocals Sue Goehringer - backing vocals Adam Forgione - keyboards Alex Alexander - drums, percussion Rachel Birkin - violin Marci Geller - keyboards, backing vocals Jim Hurley - violin Carmine Giglio - keyboards Lady Rraine - harmony vocals Mike Sorrentino - percussion Chris Devine - violin, guitar Sir Robert of Normandie - bass, guitars Vita Gasparro - guitar, vocals Squire Malcolm of Lumley - drums, percussionist Lady Madeline - backing vocals Lady Nancy - backing vocals Lord Marnen of Wolfhurst - violin, recorder Tudor Rose - violin, flute Baron St James - bass Gypsy Rose - violin Lady Kelly De Winter - French horn, harmony vocals The Minstrel Albert - Bagpipes, Renaissance wind instruments, backing vocalsStudio musiciansPat Regan - various string instruments, keyboards Kevin Dunne - drums Shadow of the Moon Under a Violet Moon Fires at Midnight Ghost of a Rose The Village Lanterne Winter Carols Secret Voyage Autumn Sky Dancer and the Moon All Our Yesterdays "List of Past members". Archived from the original on 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2011-12-31. "List of former Session & Tour musicians". Retrieved 2

Call Me Back Again

"Call Me Back Again" is a song credited to Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by Wings. It was released on the album Venus and Mars, it was performed throughout their world tours in Australia and America and a live version was included on the album Wings Over America. It was included on the compilation album Wingspan: Hits and History; the song was included on the theatrical version of the film Rockshow, documenting the Wings 1976 tour, but was excluded from the laserdisc version of the film. The song was used as McCartney's entry on the iTunes exclusive 4-track Beatles EP 4: John Paul George Ringo, released in 2014. McCartney wrote the song at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California in 1974 and completed the song in New Orleans, where most of the recording sessions for Venus and Mars, including those for "Call Me Back Again," took place. Although the song does not reference the city of New Orleans, it is one of the few songs on Venus and Mars to betray the influence of the city.

The song is a bluesy New Orleans-style soul ballad. Paul Nelson of Rolling Stone Magazine described it as being "well-sung" and "urban-blues-and-Sixties-soul-influenced." The lyrics tell of the singer's grief. Although the phone calls from his girlfriend used to bring him joy, now that she stopped returning his calls he pleads for her to call him back again. Another interpretation, by Ultimate Classic Rock contributor Nick DeRiso, is that the lyrics were directed at McCartney's former bandmate John Lennon. Allmusic critic Donald A. Guarisco compares the lyrics to lyrics in classic singles by such soul singers as Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. "Call Me Back Again" is in 12/8 time. The structure is simple, alternating the verse and the refrain, with an intro and an outro at the beginning and end; the melody incorporates gospel music elements. The song incorporates a prominent horn part arranged by Tony Dorsey. Other instrumentation includes what Guarisco describes as "searing guitar riffs and pulsating piano lines."McCartney's vocal performance has received considerable praise from critics.

John Blaney describes his singing as "a killer vocal that underlines a recording to relish," which "has a depth of emotion equaled and reveals what a supreme vocalist he is." Guarisco described his singing as "a wild-eyed wail of a vocal, a perfect blend of soulful grit and rock energy." Vincent Benitez praised the vocal performance in the outro, stating that "McCartney shines as a bluesy vocal soloist, ad-libbing as the music fades out." In the book The Rough Guide to the Beatles, Chris Ingham noted a similarity between McCartney's vocal in "Call Me Back Again" and that in The Beatles' song "Oh! Darling," although he considered "Call Me Back Again" to be "an inert sludge rocker." Author Tim Riley remarked on the similarity between "Call Me Back Again" and "Oh! Darling." Robert Rodriguez, calling the song "a piano-based soul shouter" took the "Oh! Darling" analogy further, stating that it "fully achieved what the Fabs"Oh! Darling' only hinted at, with a full-throated vocal unheard since the coda of'Hey, Jude' seven years before."

McCartney himself stated "I ended up just sort of ad-libbing a bit. I like that myself. I had a chance to sing."Although the lyrics seem straightforward, music professor Vincent Benitez has postulated a possible alternative interpretation. Benitez notes that in the documentary Wingspan-An Intimate Portrait, intersperses a live performance of "Call Me Back Again" with McCartney's explanation of a short poem he had written at the time about his feelings about the possibility of a Beatles reunion: The Beatles split up in'69, since they've been doing fineBenitez takes this as evidence that the lyrics of "Call Me Back Again" may have included a message that the Beatles were not interested in reuniting. In particular, he notes that this may be the case if the "you" in the chorus "But I ain't never no no no no no never heard you calling me" refers to a reunion. Paul McCartneyvocals, clarinet, string arrangement Linda McCartneyMellotron flutes Denny Laine – electric guitar, backing vocals Jimmy McCulloch – electric guitar Joe Englishdrums Steve Howardtrumpet Tony Dorsey – string arrangement Clyde Kerr – trumpet John Longo – trumpet Michael J. Pierce – alto saxophone Alvin Thomas – alto saxophone Carl Blouin – baritone saxophone

Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus is a journalist and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his Ph. D. in Religion from Temple University, specializing in the history of rabbinic Judaism. For much of his career, his academic writing focused on the foreign policy of US presidents, he has published books on George W. Bush; as a journalist, he has written extensively on peace, foreign policy, nationalism in the United States, as well as the Israel-Palestine conflict and U. S. Middle East policy, he has written for the Huffington Post, CommonDreams, TomDispatch, AlterNet, Foreign Policy In Focus, Religion Dispatches. In 2012 he started a new blog,, published online MythicAmerica: Essays. His recent writings on Israel and the U. S. are collected on a separate blog. Many of his earlier writings can be found on his University of Colorado website, he has lectured in Lebanon, Finland and Canada, as well as extensively throughout the United States. After retiring from academia, he created the website "In the Words of Walt Whitman: A Thematic Anthology."

Mysticism in Rabbinic Judaism Dr. Strangegod: On the Symbolic Meaning of Nuclear Weapons (June 15, 2006, University of South Carolina Press, ISBN 0-87249-484-5 Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace General Eisenhower: Ideology and Discourse American Nonviolence: The History of an Idea Monsters to Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity Personal website MythicAmerica: Essays In the Words of Walt Whitman: A Thematic Anthology