All Blog Posts Tagged 'Music' (182)

Aretha died this morning

We’ve lost Aretha Franklin. I’ve posted about a lot of music deaths on Our Salon but I can’t write this obituary. I’d get too many corrections from Ron. I have to report this as news, though, in case anyone here hasn’t heard yet. 

This is the voice that topped Rolling Stone’s list of Greatest 100 Singers Of All Time. Someone somewhere might have disputed that. I’m more knowledgeable than most people about music and I find the conclusion too obvious to dispute. A slew of Grammies, a…

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Added by koshersalaami on August 16, 2018 at 8:17am — 4 Comments

Cover Bands

Cover Bands

We live a couple of hours away from Atlanta, so there is ample opportunity to hear live music there, but my wife would as soon have surgery without anesthesia as drive in Atlanta traffic.  We get live music here in the mountains.  Mostly it is over-the-hill groups playing with whatever remnants of the original group exist along with replacements.  We saw the Beach Boys there which was actually The Beach Boy and younger musicians.  To be fair they were very good.  Others…

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Added by Rodney Roe on August 5, 2018 at 10:41pm — 6 Comments

Dreaming at My Age

When you've reached my age,

and know you're a dot,

like the sands of the Ganges,

indistinguishable from innumberable other dots,…

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Added by Ben Sen on July 20, 2018 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Dreaming

DREAMING

When you know you're a dot,

indistinguishable from trillions of other dots,

tiny, insignificant dots,

it can be hard to …

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Added by Ben Sen on July 20, 2018 at 11:14am — 2 Comments

Louie Louie, an FBI investigation and probably unintentional misdirection

https://youtu.be/4V1p1dM3snQ

(For some reason, YouTube is no longer giving me Embed codes on my IPad.)

Earlier this evening I played rock n roll. How it works here is a local bar has a house band on Thursdays that you can sign up to play with - or sometimes a whole band comes and plays a few songs. I started a few weeks back and because keyboard players are rare I often sit in for most of the evening. My connection with the…

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Added by koshersalaami on June 21, 2018 at 10:30pm — 18 Comments

Something I Found Looking for a Blue Snowball

I've been shopping for a computer webcam and microphone.  It's been an interesting adventure spurred by the finding that my accessibility software now allows one to use a webcam with a flexible stand in place of a separate closed circuit television for looking at documents, prescription labels and a lot of other things.  The company sells a package of a pretty good webcam and stand with the option of a couple of different bases.  However, i would like a webcam suitable, also, for recording…

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Added by Rodney Roe on May 19, 2018 at 11:13am — 13 Comments

Sheku Kanneh-Mason to perform at THE wedding

Harry first heard and met him at a charity event. Meghan called him and asked if he would play at their wedding.  

He's a 19 year old prodigy. One of 6 of a family of classical musicians from…

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Added by Ron Powell on May 19, 2018 at 2:30am — 5 Comments

SBA/RR Challenge, Music, "The Music of Vietnam, 1970-71

I had hoped to record something that I had performed for the Music section.

Unfortunately, I got a new laptop last week with Windows 10 and I haven't been able to make a video using it.

So, here is a musical memoir of my Vietnam experience.

A recent conversation with an old friend in which she didn’t know the meaning of, and had never heard the…

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Added by Rodney Roe on May 14, 2018 at 5:00am — 31 Comments

SBA/RR Challenge Music: OK, I'll Play Along

Added by Ron Powell on April 13, 2018 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Late Musings on "hurt"

I should have been a Johnny Cash fan, but I wasn’t.  He was another Arkansan, had an outsider reputation, and had come up through hard knocks.  On the other hand, his rich baritone voice lacked something; accuracy.  I bought his duet album with Bob Dylan.  It was almost painful to listen to it.  Waylon Jennings, who was Cash’s roommate at one time, described Cash as a “song stylist” rather than a singer.

And then, by sheer accident, looking for something else, I found…

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Added by Rodney Roe on March 24, 2018 at 1:09pm — 5 Comments

2.3.59 The Moment I Knew Disillusionment's As Sure as Death

1936-1959

LUBBOCK, TEXAS....CLEAR LAKE, IOWA

Rave on, rave on and tell me,

Tell me, not to be lonely,

Tell me you love me only,

Rave on to me.

--…

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Added by Jonathan Wolfman on February 3, 2018 at 10:27am — 11 Comments

A Search for "Unitarian Blues" Unexpectedly Took Me Where I Wanted To Be

I often say that I’m not much on religion, and that’s true, but I’m not without belief.  I have a deep abiding faith in good.  I believe that good is everywhere.  Unfortunately, it is not the good things that people do, but the bad that gets all of the headlines. 

‘The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interrèd with their bones.”  Anthony at the funeral of Julius Caeser

Somehow, that overshadowing makes it hard to explain a faith in goodness.

It becomes…

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Added by Rodney Roe on February 1, 2018 at 3:30pm — 18 Comments

Two Mathematics I Didn’t Learn in School Describe Everything

I remember thinking, as I was studying plane geometry in high school, this is all very nice, but nothing is shaped this way.  The world is not made up of circles, rectangles and triangles as pure forms.  But, I enjoyed geometry because for some reason that I couldn’t identify everything made intuitive sense.  How could that be?  It turned out that the real geometry was a little mor complicated, but related.…

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Added by Rodney Roe on January 24, 2018 at 10:00am — 28 Comments

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Added by Ron Powell on December 24, 2017 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Some great Christmas music

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mpJlCFNwaUU

Nutcracker medley, Straight No Chaser (a famous a capella group) and Joshua Bell (a famous classical violinist)

The playing on this is insane. 

There was a famous experiment done involving Bell in 2007, covered by the Washington Post. I described it in a comment a few years ago:



In 2007, this world-famous violinist went into a Virginia suburban Metro station…

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Added by koshersalaami on December 9, 2017 at 12:54pm — 2 Comments

XxXxxXxX/xxxXxXxx/

What are all those X's in the title? They're a rhythm.

Try clapping that rhythm and see if you can identify it. Try it twice through, repeated exactly. The capital X's are accented, but each x takes the same length of time. They represent eighth notes in a four quarter measure. 

If you're having trouble counting them, there are eight X's per measure. In the first, accents are on 1, 3, 6, and 8. In the second, 4 and 6. This is really syncopated: Natural accents are on odd…

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Added by koshersalaami on December 8, 2017 at 11:10pm — 10 Comments

A quick music lesson I gave on Thanksgiving about being a multi-instrumentalist

I was at my mother's for Thanksgiving. My sister is always there with her boyfriend, kids, and dog, and my mother's husband's daughter comes with her four sons, in their twenties and maybe early thirties now, and her husband. I gave the lesson in question to one of the sons (and a different one later to the oldest son - things just worked out that way).



I play a lot of instruments. Not all of them well by any stretch of the imagination, but I've played at least ten instruments in… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on November 26, 2017 at 10:00am — 22 Comments

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