Thursday, 10 January 2013

Russian Radio

To try to make it a bit more exciting as I apply for jobs I decided that it might be good to listen to Russian radio. My hope was that if I listen to the radio in Russian I will improve my listening skills, learn some new vocab and maybe find some new music that I like.
I started out with a Popular Music station called Evropa Plus. The presenters were easy to understand and spoke at a good speed unfortunately most of the music they played was in English or was terrible. My personal favourite was a song that contained the lyrics; 'Boy you got a PHD, I got a Masters in Boy-ology'. Clearly a new station was required, one that would induce feelings of rage in me by the terrible quality of the music.
After posting my dismay at the 'quality' of this music I directed to a much better station called 'Nashe Radio' that only played Russian music and had a mix of some songs I knew and some I didn't. While listening I discovered this beautiful song by a group called Pelageia. The song is a traditional folk one called 'Oi, da ne vecher' (Oh, on this evening) about dream the singer has about a raven black horse and visions of being beheaded. The clip and words are below;




Ой, то не вечер, то не вечер,
Мне малым-мало спалось,
Мне малым-мало спалось,
Ох, да во сне привиделось...


Мне во сне привиделось,
Будто конь мой вороной
Разыгрался, расплясался,
Разрезвился подо мной.


Налетели ветры злые
Со восточной стороны.
Ой, да сорвали чёрну шапку
С моей буйной головы.


А есаул догадлив был —
Он сумел сон мой разгадать.
"Ох, пропадёт, — он говорил,
Твоя буйна голова."


Ой, то не вечер, то не вечер,
Мне малым-мало спалось,
Мне малым-мало спалось,
Ох, да во сне привиделось...


Ох, да во сне привиделось...
Ох, да во сне привиделось...

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