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Vienna Teng — Augustine
Album: Inland Territory
Avg rating:
7

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Total ratings: 936









Released: 2009
Length: 3:03
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Oh my god
What have I done
Chasing some mirage in my Mojave sun
Don't say every chance is lost,
Please don't say anything at all

In sand and thorns
I'm walking forth
Bare and blinking as the day that I was born
Bells in spires of China white
Ring for an Augustine tonight

Oh now, I'm breaking down
Oh let me be
Let me be your Augustine

Lead me now
I understand
Faith is both the prison and the open hand
Bells on low on high
Will you ring for Augustine tonight

Oh now I'm breaking down,
Every illusion in between
All the lies that I have seen
Oh let me be your Augustine
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 Tsunamie333 wrote:
New Tori Amos ???
 
Wait, I thought any woman singing and playing a piano was ripping off Kate Bush.
New Tori Amos ???
She's great. This song is stunning. Which I think is 8.5? Thanks RP! Merry Xmas Everyone. Happy Holidays and 2019!
PLEASE SIR
MAY
I
HAVE
ANOTHER
{#Bananajam}
This reminded me that today -- the first Sunday in May -- is the Water Hill Music Festival in Ann Arbor. Water Hill is a neighborhood north-northwest of downtown Ann Arbor that is home to lots of musicians. On the first Sunday of May every year, the musicians put on porch concerts and people can just wander from house to house to listen to music. For free!

What does this have to do with Vienna Tang? She either still lives or once lived in the area and has been known to perform in the festival. 
 aspicer wrote:
This is SUCH a Tori influenced song - I can never hear this and not think it's Tori Amos....be nice to see her be more subtle in reflecting an obvious influence....

 
{#Yes}
 LizK wrote:
Creative segue from the Beatles {#Drummer} to Victoria -  Starring the drums, then the voice.    

 
Agreed.  it takes a special song to follow Abbey Road and Bill nailed it.  Again. 
This is SUCH a Tori influenced song - I can never hear this and not think it's Tori Amos....be nice to see her be more subtle in reflecting an obvious influence....
Creative segue from the Beatles {#Drummer} to Victoria -  Starring the drums, then the voice.    
Not to distract from the endless debate about John Galt and the meaning of his universe...I'm continually amazed by the power range of Teng's voice—everything from a primal shout to a closet whisper. She's the real deal.
 Lazarus wrote:

"we"?  Do you speak for all poachers?  Are you schizophrenic?  Are you just a thug?

As Cynaera said to the poacher—

Um, kiss my ass, Poacher.... RP sucks because of people like you.

 


  

Of all the things in the world that suck, RP is NOT one of them. 
such a beautiful song with lovely piano voice and drums ....really love it what can i say.....keep on rocking girl Vienna{#Clap}{#Heartkiss}
 Lazarus wrote:

This really is a great song...  love it...

Chris Kluwe: Here’s what’s wrong with Ayn Rand, libertarians

So I forced myself to read “Atlas Shrugged.” Apparently I harbor masochistic tendencies; it was a long, hard slog, and by the end I felt as if Ayn Rand had violently beaten me about the head and shoulders with words. I feel I would be doing all of you a disservice (especially those who think Rand is really super-duper awesome) if I didn’t share some thoughts on this weighty tome.

Who is John Galt?

John Galt (as written in said novel) is a deeply flawed, sociopathic ideal of the perfect human. John Galt does not recognize the societal structure surrounding him that allows him to exist. John Galt, to be frank, is a turd...

 
Great. So not only do we have to put up with your endless repeat posts in a Narcissistic dribble of green. . . we now get the kind of shite links that got you thrown off the main forum boards. For the love of everything decent - please stop. 
Love her voice. Clear and lovely and delightful. 

soooo beautiful, profound, and emotive...  love this marvelous song...
 
It is a nice song - I keep trying to hear it for who she is and all I can hear is Tori Amos (but without the great piano and orchestration).... I will not perseverate on this - just my final peace.  ;-)

love this song...

LORENZO:
If they but hear perchance a trumpet sound,
Or any air of music touch their ears,
You shall perceive them make a mutual stand,
Their savage eyes turn'd to a modest gaze
By the sweet power of music: therefore the poet
Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones and floods;
Since nought so stockish, hard and full of rage,
But music for the time doth change his nature.
The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

—William Shakespeare
Merchant of Venice
Act 5, Scene 1

 
Great song.  Few songs i would recommend just on lyrics...this is one...great poetry
The 3.5 year old gives this an eight.  I think that's a bit overrated, but there's no arguing with this kid, so 8 it is.
SWEET. A perfect voice. Mysterious, thoughtful music. 

Everybody in my church loves this song...

 aspicer wrote:
She has MUCH to thank Tori for.....too bad she did come up with this sound before her - it might then be more worthy of respect.  Still a pleasant tune however.  But I'll take Tori over this any day - much more talented and soulful.

 
 
Tori 1980 onwards, Vienna 2000s, but Kate 1970's. 
Vienna, I love this song so much...I'll post twice.
Song of the new century?  {#Notworthy}
 Hannio wrote:


If only.  Kate Bush made and continues to make interesting music.  Vienna sings nicely and her piano playing is good, but her music is in the end pretty forgettable.
 
Have to say I agree with Hannio, Proclivities, and Ziggytrix.  Enjoy listening to Vienna Teng and own a few of her albums.  However, it is ultimately pretty forgettable for me (except for "Passage", find myself singing that to myself from time to time, hmm).

Also, I'm not familiar with Augustine, but I was expecting to hear Tori {#Shhh}

-logic (who is fully aware that his work is derivative of Hannio, Proclivities, and ziggytrix)
 Proclivities wrote:

Ground that Kate Bush trod upon over thirty years ago?
 

If only.  Kate Bush made and continues to make interesting music.  Vienna sings nicely and her piano playing is good, but her music is in the end pretty forgettable.
 ziggytrix wrote:


Really?  I find this song very derivative of Amos' work.  Teng pulls it off, and puts her own touch on it.  But they're both treading familiar ground, IMO.

 
Ground that Kate Bush trod upon over thirty years ago?
Love the lovely. She has a sweet, sensuous, crystalline voice and great arrangements. 
I love Vienna Teng so much, but it's songs like this that I wish she could just belt it all out.
 fredriley wrote:
This song might be related to Augustine of Hippo, a Christian saint who famously declared, in his youth, "Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.", on account of his wrestling with the 'sin' of lust. Which goes to show that even saints can be horndogs :)

 
Some people want lust, but incontinence?


gorgeous song...  everybody in my hotel room is singing along with it right this minute...

 


This song is soooo beautiful...  love it madly...

 
She has MUCH to thank Tori for.....too bad she did come up with this sound before her - it might then be more worthy of respect.  Still a pleasant tune however.  But I'll take Tori over this any day - much more talented and soulful.

 
 ziggytrix wrote:


Really?  I find this song very derivative of Amos' work.  Teng pulls it off, and puts her own touch on it.  But they're both treading familiar ground, IMO.

 
Derivative because she's a woman that plays piano? I see very little similarity between the whacko Amos and the delight of Teng...but, yeah, go on and feel that woman and piano thing makes sense...what do I care.


All 28 people in my hotel room right now just expressed their appreciation of this song...

 
Well it is not horrible, what a pleasant surprise.
Love this lady.  Thanks, Bill!
Just slipped back home from her show at Freight and Salvage in Berkley. Oh the lovelynessess of Vienna.
 haretic wrote:
Methinks thou dost speak in code, brother.
Party on!
 


Thank you!  Love this beautiful and emotive song...


Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

William Shakespeare
The Tempest
Act 4, Scene 1
lines 148-158


Methinks thou dost speak in code, brother.
Party on!

 
romeotuma wrote:


Only 18 to 24 are here right now...  we be very careful with our fires...  hope you are having a lovely Sunday...  love this song...

 

 


 Cynaera wrote:

I've been told that the fire marshalls in Vegas are pretty lenient about the codes, but unless your room is the size of a convention center, you'd probably better shoo a few of those people out. {#Roflol}
 

Only 18 to 24 are here right now...  we be very careful with our fires...  hope you are having a lovely Sunday...  love this song...

 

This song might be related to Augustine of Hippo, a Christian saint who famously declared, in his youth, "Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.", on account of his wrestling with the 'sin' of lust. Which goes to show that even saints can be horndogs :)

 romeotuma wrote:


Right this minute, 42 people...
 
 
I've been told that the fire marshalls in Vegas are pretty lenient about the codes, but unless your room is the size of a convention center, you'd probably better shoo a few of those people out. {#Roflol}
 romeotuma wrote:


Right this minute, 42 people...
 
 
yikes!

 gypsyman wrote:

how menny iz dat?
 

Right this minute, 42 people...
 
 romeotuma wrote:

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
 
how menny iz dat?


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
 rabaak wrote:
I enjoy almost all of her songs that I hear on RP.   Another artist that I never knew about before I started to listen to RP.
 
Put me in that column too. {#Yes}
 aspicer wrote:
Nice......AND....it would be great if it had ANY originality.  Maybe she should JUST do Tori Amos covers? Then at least she would be authentic about the music she is playing?!
 
must be relying on the aberrant name. (WTF is a vienna teng, anyway?)


Nice......AND....it would be great if it had ANY originality.  Maybe she should JUST do Tori Amos covers? Then at least she would be authentic about the music she is playing?!


This really is a magnificent song...  love it...


Thank you for playing something other than Blue Caravan.......
 kingart wrote:
Music like great cheesecake: SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET and LUSCIOUS. 
 


I like this description...  well said...  I agree...

 
 kingart wrote:
Music like great cheesecake: SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET and LUSCIOUS. 
 

Not sure that is a compliment.{#Naughty}
Music like great cheesecake: SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET and LUSCIOUS. 


We be dancing...  love it...
 
 Rooney wrote:

As usual romeo, I agree totally with your taste in music.  Excellent indeed. {#Yes}
 


Thank you!  This really is a fantastic song...

 
 coccyx wrote:

lu-hu
sser-her

 
This is Vienna Teng, not Beth Orton.

I love this woman's music, her writing, her voice: 10.
I've bumped this up to 9.  It's really growing on me! {#Music}
 romeotuma wrote:


excellent...

 
 
As usual romeo, I agree totally with your taste in music.  Excellent indeed. {#Yes}



excellent...

 
{#Hearteyes}
 rabaak wrote:
I enjoy almost all of her songs that I hear on RP.   Another artist that I never knew about before I started to listen to RP.
 
exactly! I remember, when I heard first time another song of her - "Drought", right here on RP.
I enjoy almost all of her songs that I hear on RP.   Another artist that I never knew about before I started to listen to RP.
Funny...before I got to the comments about volume....I TURNED it WAYUPPP!!!!

I really like Vienna Teng - quirky, driven, and a little bit off the grid. (I'm noticing a lot of really offensive comments lately - who ARE you people, and what are you doing in Paradise, apart from making it a little less fun?)
 leaf wrote:

Beware - it's not good for the ears to have the volume too high!!
 



Oh, this song is great for the ears at high volume... and this song has so much emotion that it squeezes my gizzards, too...  love it...

 


I have not been so inspired by a song since Enya's Book of Days.  This song just really makes me feel really really good.  A masterpiece. Yes, it truly is good for the ears.
I think romeotuma likes this song...

Vienna Teng makes some great music, but I find it a bit of a downer if I listen to too much in a row :)  I have to kind of agree with the Tori Amos comment below on this song, I thought "Tori Amos" when I heard the first few bars.  I haven't gotten that vibe from any of Vienna Teng's other work (I'm not a big anti-derivative-bigot though).
 romeotuma wrote:


We just turned the volume wayyyy up...  this song rocks...  love it...

 
 
Beware - it's not good for the ears to have the volume too high!!



We just turned the volume wayyyy up...  this song rocks...  love it...

 
 ckcotton wrote:
still not good

 
Fixed.

 George_Tirebiter wrote:
stunning......{#Music}
 
It sure is! {#Bananapiano}
still not good

 ziggytrix wrote:


Really?  I find this song very derivative of Amos' work.  Teng pulls it off, and puts her own touch on it.  But they're both treading familiar ground, IMO.

 
Must be why I don't care for it



I have fallen madly in love with Vienna Teng...


Goodness.... sooo uninteresting
stunning......{#Music}
4 {#Arrowl} 6


Vienna has an incredible voice... and this is great piano work...  love it...






There is so much feeling to this song...  fantastic music...




This is a GREAT song...




This song has great piano and great melody...  love it...


 Felix_The_Cat wrote:
Loving this time and time again... just makes me shiver with its strength
 

Yeah, I know what you mean...  this song is incredible...  love it...


Loving this time and time again... just makes me shiver with its strength
 Jazbo wrote:
7-8
 
me too


This song is soooo awesome...  love it...


 usernameshateme wrote:
For about 2 seconds I thought it was Tori Amos, but it is DEF not her. Vienna Teng is more original of course.{#Biggrin}
 

Really?  I find this song very derivative of Amos' work.  Teng pulls it off, and puts her own touch on it.  But they're both treading familiar ground, IMO.

So elevating...!
 Stingray wrote:
Bill and the soft girls...!
Sometimes for me too - certainly not this one!
NOOO (convincing) MELODY!

PS
Read the other critics! They leave me stunned!
Such music moves nothing - nothing at all in me!
I want think about girls, when hearing music...
hearing her reminds me to my Granny instead!
 
Don't like your Granny?
7-8


Vienna rocks...


 lmic wrote:
oh and by the way, she has a Computer Science degree from Stanford.
 

Let's see.  Musically talented.  High academic achiever.  Asian.  Another stereotype reinforced.


This song is excellent...


New Vienna. Kick Arse!
this gets stuck in my head for days and I walk around the house, the kitchen, the street singing "OH..NOW....breaking down!!!!"


This is a great song...


And yet again, Bill throws another artist at me that I know nothing about, but sends me scurrying to emusic to learn more.  Thanks!
 Stingray wrote:
Bill and the soft girls...!
 
she has quite a strength for being a "soft girl", stingray

Mmmmmm orange tang...
Bill and the soft girls...!
Sometimes for me too - certainly not this one!
NOOO (convincing) MELODY!

PS
Read the other critics! They leave me stunned!
Such music moves nothing - nothing at all in me!
I want think about girls, when hearing music...
hearing her reminds me to my Granny instead!


For about 2 seconds I thought it was Tori Amos, but it is DEF not her. Vienna Teng is more original of course.{#Biggrin}
I'm seeing Vienna and Alex in a very nice local venue on Friday! Yay!!
 romeotuma wrote:


This song just gets better and better every time I hear it...
 
I'll go with that!
she wont
I like what I hear. How is the rest of this album?
romeotuma wrote:


This song just gets better and better every time I hear it...

I can do naught but concur...


Lots to enjoy here.......PJB, yo' the man!


This song just gets better and better every time I hear it...


 lmic wrote:
oh and by the way, she has a Computer Science degree from Stanford.
 

Wow...  she is impressive...  this song is excellent...


oh and by the way, she has a Computer Science degree from Stanford.
 Mandible wrote:
Dude, RP plays this song and it gets stuck in my head for days. I'll just start singing it out of nowhere and I don't even know half the lyrics.
 

haha i love my mandible!

 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
quite a good song, I agree.  I was also wondering about the Augustine reference.
?
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustine

Love her whole style, the banging piano, the beautiful voice, the crescendos, the oblique lyrics.....awesome
Sorry, seems a bit derivative to me...too much "A channelling B" for me
The piano is reminiscent of Keane
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
Over played and Lame
 
Sort of like your juvenile handle{#Rolleyes}
I'm liking this more and more... just upped it from an 8 to a 9...
 Mandible wrote:
Pretty, but what does it mean? Why does she want to be "your augustine"? What's the Augustine reference?
  quite a good song, I agree.  I was also wondering about the Augustine reference.
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