Nomates

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Member Since: 9/23/2005
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In Foreign Fields

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Intro:  "It hurts me." (Here's the mix. In No Man's Land)   buy on itunes
PAUL SIMON  The Boy In The Bubble  buy on itunes
JOHN TAMS  O'er The Hills And Far Away  buy on itunes
FAIRPORT CONVENTION  The Battle Of The Somme  buy on itunes
GABRIEL FAUR+  Pavane  buy on itunes
PINK FLOYD  Us And Them  buy on itunes
JOHANN PACHELBEL  Canon In D  buy on itunes
ROGER DALTREY  Giving It All Away  buy on itunes
GABRIEL FAUR+  Pie Jesu (Requiem)  buy on itunes
ANDR+ RIEU & THE VIENNA BOYS CHOIR  Stille Nacht (Sequence)  buy on itunes
THE FARM  All Together Now  buy on itunes
GABRIEL FAUR+  Libera Me (Requiem)  buy on itunes
DIRE STRAITS  Brothers In Arms  buy on itunes
THE FUREYS  The Green Fields Of France  buy on itunes
Outro:  The Last Post  buy on itunes

Comment:

The so called "Great War" began in August 1914 and ended in November 1918. There was never a war like it, before or since. Each year I, and a few like-minded friends, take a trip to Northern France and the fields of Flanders, Belgium. It is truly humbling to see these wide swathes of countryside, dotted with beautifully maintained cemeteries of all sizes. I defy any who visit to remain unmoved by the experience.I realise that almost a hundred years have passed since World War One, and several great and horrible wars and battles may be fresher in the collective memory. Not least the World War of 1939-1945 - for which we owe a great debt to so many. However, this is the one that binds us all. The scale of it, the stupidity, the futility, the horror, the madness; and above all of that, the nobility of spirit that led so many to heed the call to arms. It is this sense of purpose, this need to stand together, this outpouring of collective humanity that breaks all barriers between races and creeds. This despicable blot on the landscape of mankind is also its greatest hope. We are all connected in some way to this conflict, to this time, to those who fought and died there.Oh for pity's sake, you may well be thinking, this is a mix site. We don't need this angst-ridden pontificating here. You may well be correct. Just move on to another if you wish.I made this mix shortly after returning from one of the aforementioned trips. The images and feelings still fresh in my mind. It is the recorded recollections of a few survivors and a selection of songs/tunes that made sense to me in this context.I was very gratified at the reception a recent "classical" mix of mine received here at AOTM. This has led me to believe that this mix will, at the very least, be treated with fairness and the requisite open mind.I promise to return to a more poptastic vein very soon. It's just the time of year, no doubt. If there is any message to be gleaned, then perhaps it's this - never forget.
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Little Spencer Boys
Date: 3/21/2006
Thanks, Nomates. There is an exceptional
'holiday song' about the impromptu Christmas truce between the Germans and British in 'The Great War' I'll get it to you if you'd like.
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Biz
Date: 3/21/2006
i like how much detail you put into all your mixes. this one has been downloaded and will be listened to shortly.
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she is a clerk
Date: 3/21/2006
Nomates, you are so deep. I wish you'd make more mixes. Even if I hated the music, I love reading your descriptive commentary.When I get home from work tonight, I'm going to download all of these songs and have a new moderately depressing mix to listen to on my way to work. I was wondering, do you live on this site? I get comments from you a split second after I post. You are either really bored, or completely in love with my mixing skills. I hope for the former; I could use the ego stroke. =P
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Mixxer
Date: 3/21/2006
Well it did have one good side effect: the chemotherapy drugs now used against cancer have their origin in the chemical warfare research of the WWI era. Nice mix and thoughtful notes.
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jonpoi
Date: 3/21/2006
Yeah, this is pretty compelling. Very, very sensitive with a character that echoes Over The Rise by Big Audio Dynamite. For a very important mix, j'accuse! J'accuse!!
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g.a.b. l@bs
Date: 3/22/2006

Nice work, Tom. Without getting into a `this-side'/'that-side debate (which certainly is an option, but I'm not taking it there), I'm appreciating this from both a current, and historical perspective. I'm sure I'd shed more than a tear were I overlooking the cemeteries you reference.
This mix brings to mind, something I read a long time ago:

It's the soldier...
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Salman1
Date: 3/22/2006
Fantastic themed mix here, and lovely notes.
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sammyg123
Date: 3/22/2006
Wonderful. The 5-7 section is incredibly moving as is that particular version of Pie Jesu. All in all, a beautiul mix.
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Barrydali
Date: 3/22/2006
I dont really know what to say... Thanks for doing this and sharing it Tom, it really is a thing of great and profound beauty.
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French Connection
Date: 3/22/2006
Living in France one stills feels the presence & aftermath of thte war to end all wars. I visited The Somme last year & found it carries an eerie atmosphere to this day. Next time you're in Northern France look me up. Beautiful mix what more can I say.
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Air Raid
Date: 3/22/2006
Hey this is a very good mix. I like it a lot. Sorry I missed this one. Keep up the good work.
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Air Raid
Date: 3/22/2006
lol, guess I havent missed it. I'm still very tired from last night.
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valis
Date: 3/22/2006
I read through the first paragraph, without reading the tracklist first-so I could take them in in context, and thought immediately of the Farm. Bravo! Great tracklist, great sentiment, and I'm sure...a great mix.
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SwankQueen
Date: 3/22/2006
The best mixes spring from true inspiration, so go ahead and wield your magic.
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Rob_z2.
Date: 3/22/2006
Lovely stuff.
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gobi
Date: 3/23/2006
bang on with your comments. Looks like a great mix. The cemetries are strangely beautiful. We searched for a lost relative a few years ago. We did the research before we went to get the grave site etc, and eventually found him. You are right, it is impossible to be unmoved.
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Curtis_Burns
Date: 3/23/2006
Just beautiful Nomates. Though I wonder if it can be called "nobility of spirit" to heed the call of "stupidity" etc.
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Nomates
Date: 3/23/2006
Though I wonder if it can be called "nobility of spirit" to heed the call of "stupidity" etc.Why Curtis, I do believe you are being disingenuous - you naughty person. The "stupidity" and futility etc., it may be inferred, became apparent after the call was heeded. I would not wish to diminish the spirit in which people, of all the nations and sides involved, went to fight; nor their motivation for doing so. If I was unclear about this, I am sorry. I make no attempt to judge in my notes. That's a debate for another time perhaps...
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Dead Man
Date: 3/24/2006
Great work. Thanks for the thoughtful coments.
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Little Nicky
Date: 4/5/2006
Hi Nomates! You changed my opinion. I can try to comment some mixes in future. So here we GO! First nice story, i can imagine that "mountain" scenery and this mix sounds great in mentally. I dont know all these songs, but I do really really like Paul Simon. The Boy In The Bubble is in Graceland album if i can remember correctly. And it's her best album. I cant remember that song right now. I can remember i have heard Gabriel FaurT somewhere (still i cant remember him ;)) I'm sure this is good mix but i really don't know other stuff. --Little Nicky--
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joey de vivre
Date: 4/6/2006
This is superb.
Faure is one of my all-time favorites, but somehow it never occurred to meto put him in the context of his times in this way.
In France, of course, the Great War is remembered quite well, every village having its memorial to those lost in the tragic pointless slaughter . . . let it not be forgotten!
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nola
Date: 4/17/2006
wow , great work, and an amazing story. this is the kind of mix that makes this site so importaint to me.
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blasikin
Date: 5/10/2006
Sorry, snooping. I was wondering why you put the Paul Simon song on it so I put it on, and It hit me and made sense. That song used to make me tear up a little.... and my favorite song when I was Little Nicky's age. Looking forward to more, Nomates!
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SwankQueen
Date: 5/17/2006
Hey, you promised to return!
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p the swede
Date: 5/31/2006
Cool to include that Farm track, I guess you know what it alla about
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Luke79
Date: 6/1/2006
Expertly realised - could possibly benefit from the addition of John McCrea, Wilfred Owen or such - but maybe that would overdo it?
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zeke
Date: 6/27/2006
remember remember the 5th of november... just catching up on the mixing i missed over the last few months... the pie jesu fits so well here beside your commentary... what a cool tradition!
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DJ_Imperium
Date: 7/11/2006
This is just brilliant. Truly. The way the 'pop' songs play off of the classical stuff sounds fantastic. Faure and Floyd. Damn. :)
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jefferson
Date: 7/27/2006
This looks like a work of art. Is there any way of listening to it on the site? (Sorry if I'm being thick -- don't spend much time here nowadays.)
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jefferson
Date: 7/28/2006
I did you a disservice with my previous comment. This is an astonishing and profoundly moving piece of work. Many thanks for sending it to me.
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locovinagre
Date: 8/1/2006
Stunning. How did I missed this?
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Mr. Mirage
Date: 9/10/2006
Pontificate away, sir. I had a similar experience when I was at a small, mostly unknown place called Murfreesboro, Tennessee. An ancestor is buried there, along with thousands of others. Tiny (about 8" tall) headstones, covering a field.

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