Archive for the ‘Music’ Category
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
Watch as he really gets going. This kid is amazing. Here is a drumcool.com post on Dylan, and a feature on Drum magazine. Then there’s this.
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]