Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

The Bing & Bowie Duet: You Be the Judge

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 21:49 2 Comments

Is the renowned David Bowie-Bing Crosby performance of “The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth” a dazzling and unforgettable performance or a completely bizarre and insufferable episode in TV and music history that should be entirely forgotten? The following passage is from a 2006 Washington Post article on how this duet happened: One of the most [...]

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Lou Reed, RIP

Sunday, October 27, 2013 23:52 2 Comments

Lou Reed has passed at 71 years of youth. In case you never heard it, here’s Lou Reed’s Egg Cream from the excellent Harvey Keitel movie, “Blue in the Face” (Directed by Wayne Wang & Paul Auster). One of the most grungy, ambiguous guitar licks I have ever heard.

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American Piano Sensation Conrad Tao

Sunday, October 20, 2013 11:48 No Comments

Since a Sunday deserves a non-ideological post or two, here’s my musical contribution for today: the young and brilliant and uber-talented Conrad Tao playing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall last weekend. While Tao’s performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is amazing, I want to point the reader to his short [...]

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Beethoven and Bonaparte

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 20:28 No Comments

As I prepare to see the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform all nine Beethoven symphonies during the next 2 weeks, I am reminded of the great stories behind the composition of Beethoven’s 3rd symphony (Eroica). Legend goes that Beethoven had originally composed the symphony in dedication to his political hero Napoleon and titled the piece Bonaparte. However, [...]

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Going For the One

Saturday, February 2, 2013 15:16 1 Comment

This was a great album by Yes that never got the attention it deserved. I was 13 when it came out, and I bought it for (1) my musical interest in Yes, and (2) the cover graphics. I thought the cover was cool. This album marked the return of Rick Wakeman to the band. Back [...]

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Drum Stud

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 20:18 No Comments

Watch as he really gets going. This kid is amazing. Here is a post on Dylan, and a feature on Drum magazine. Then there’s this.

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Ravel’s Rising Crescendo and Repetition

Saturday, January 26, 2013 17:54 1 Comment

It is impossible to write while Ravel’s Boléro is playing in the background on Pandora. The rising crescendo drives me mad, so I have to stand, and then I find I need to move around. So today I made a coffee and Kahlua. It must be the obsessive repetitiveness that stops my mind dead in its tracks. [...]

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An Experiment in Percussion and Classical Music

Monday, January 21, 2013 18:37 1 Comment

Evelyn Glennie, a deaf Scot, is one of the most unique percussionists in the world. She put on an amazing TED talk and demonstration some years ago where she talked about how listening transcends just listening with the ear. She uses her body to “hear music” and make interpretations. She doesn’t learn music – she experiences [...]

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US Post Office Rejects the Government’s Christmas Airwaves?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 18:32 1 Comment

Well, one post office in particular. This letter is from a long-time reader and correspondent, Jean Carbonneau, from Maine. Over the past few years, I have sent Jean some of my CDs that represent the spirit of anti-government airwaves, as I wrote about here. He writes: This is my favorite time of the year, and [...]

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Austro-Libertarian Christmas

Saturday, December 15, 2012 5:53 2 Comments

During this season, I always like to point out those great lyrics from the holiday television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Burl Ives, as a snowman, sings about subjective value: Silver and gold Silver and gold Ev’ryone wishes for silver and gold How do you measure it’s worth? Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth. The [...]

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