Friday, May 23, 2008

Another Video: Saint-Saens & Seahorses


Some time ago I watched an episode of The Simpsons. There was some incidental music playing during the show and I watched the closing credits closely to see what it was. All I could catch was the composer - Camille Saint-Saens. I recognized the name. But danged if I could figure out the title of the piece.

About two months ago I watched a PBS Nature show about the Seahorse. And, guess what? Yep, the same music was playing, only this time the music wasn't credited at all, Crap!

Oops! Sorry.

Then, a few weeks ago, I caught the same Simpsons episode and this time I saw the title of the piece. It came from a longer work called, "Carnival of the Animals", and the piece I was enraptured by was called, "Aquarium".

I knew I had to use it on a video. So I spent some time hunting down the 2-and-a-half minute piece of music, then went looking for images to use. The music would work with so many images: rainfall, waterfalls, streams, spooky scenes, and so on. But I finally decided to go with Underwater images, and ... Seahorses. Why not, right?

So using Photo Story 3 for Windows I put this little video together. And I like it! Oh, I'm sure I could have done better with it, but, we're not really editing here, are we? Hah!

Now I've had problems with Blogger and video uploads, so this may not work. But if it does, enjoy. 2:30 of images and haunting, bitter-sweet music.

Sit back and relax, Folks. Here is benning's version of "Seahorses".


video

16 comments:

Tin Ma'am said...

Not to be a complete girl, but this sounds eerily similar to the opening song of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (incidentally, one of two disney cartoons I actually really liked).

Gayle said...

That's absolutely beautiful, Benning. A wonderful way to start my morning! Thanks.

shoprat said...

It's amazing what will turn up where.

Brooke said...

Really, really beautiful, Benning!

WomanHonorThyself said...

wow nice..youre good at this Benning!!

Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

I was planning to watch the video yesterday but it was too busy at the office. (I can't watch videos at the farm because of internet limitations and I had a 4 day weekend.) I'll watch it at work today.

I love most of Saint-Saens' music especially the Swans from "Carnival of the Animals."

Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Finally saw it. Gorgeous.

Jack said...

That was very nice. I like it.

benning said...

I'm glad all of you enjoyed it! Ya never know, do ya?

defiant_infidel said...

Benning, you remind me of the many reasons that exist to smile and appreciate life. I will always enjoy your honest passion. Hope you are well, Sir... and I'll just bet that you are! ;)

camojack said...

Chinese folks eat seahorses.

They seem (to me) as though they'd be kinda crunchy...

benning said...

Camo: Isn't crunchy what you want? ;)

D.I.: I'm surviving, D.I. And sipping some beer, too. It's all good. LOL

WomanHonorThyself said...

long time no see~~! :)

quixote said...

So now ...

Let Battle Commence!

Q

camojack said...

benning:
There are diffferent kinds of crunchy; I'm thinking seahorses are crunchy like crab shells.

I don't really know, though...

benning said...

Camo: Actually, in that PBS show on Seahorses, the Chinese - among others - dried them to a fare-thee-well. I imagine they would become very crunchy. As for how they are in the wild, I don't know.

*shrug*

Quixote: You are a nut! I would say a Brazil Nut, but I know that's off, geographically speaking. LOL