Last week when I was going through this week’s program with Vigen Guroian, I was listening to some of the choral music for the first time in two years. Later that evening, I put on an old Cocteau Twins CD, Heaven or Las Vegas (which must have been on my mind since SOF had recently been picked up by KNPR in Las Vegas!), and I was struck how some of the lush harmonies were seemingly reminiscent of some of the Orthodox Russian repertoire, or at least Kitka’s Bulgarian folk styling of Nikolai Kedrov’s Otche Nash — “The Lord’s Prayer” in Russian.

“The Lord’s Prayer” performed by Kitka and composed by Nikolai Kedrov

The harmonies in both of these pieces are saturated and lush, and I could swim in them for hours.

For all of you CT fans, I know there may be better examples, so what tune, if any, would you have suggested? “Iceblink Luck” always reminds me of spring and little daffodils popping up everywhere, and I am really ready for that up here in Minneapolis. Also, another spring/flower reference, kitka means “blossom” in Bulgarian. So, here is the pairing, back to back.

“Iceblink Luck” by Cocteau Twins

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Iceblink luck is the perfect spring song. I see the greens popping in my garden, which means we can all come out again and play. A celebration indeed! "The Lords Prayer" brought us to accept this gift of spring, in Russia, they cherish spring like we do. We are the same. We all welcome it.