All Blog Posts Tagged 'Music' (182)

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 — 15 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

Something to make you smile (again) the Joyous JK Wedding Dance

the good news: THEY'RE STILL DANCING!

I dare you to watch this and not tear up - just a tiny bit.  it's the greatest wedding video ever!

I'm working on an aux drive that has everything and the moon on it, and this was…

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Added by Foolish Monkey on April 21, 2018 at 1:00pm — 11 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 — 6 Comments

mornin' share

this week has been hard.  I'm sick - getting better but today I am exhausted, there are some family things -  nothing major but when someone in my little family hurts, I hurt. 

and then there are The Children - I am touched by how hard they're fighting, how earnest and trusting in the system...it's inspiring, but depressing, you know?  why…

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Added by Foolish Monkey on February 22, 2018 at 2:30pm — 7 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 — 18 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 — 34 Comments

then take me to the river, put me in the water

finally found the song I kept hearing in my head that inspired the above painting.

this painting is titled: take me to the river

 the story is, as I was working on other…

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Added by Foolish Monkey on January 23, 2018 at 10:30am — 25 Comments

music for the cold cold hours

when I'm in the studio I like to listen jazzradio.fr.  they play music I haven't heard in years like sammy davis jr who lately blows me away like crazy, plus music I've never heard before - like this one (below) by Paolo Conte. 

As an aside, there's a cut they play sometimes of "Take Me to the River" not exactly the al green version - the singer is white - you know the type of stylist, she uses an anemic…

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Added by Foolish Monkey on January 19, 2018 at 3:00pm — 38 Comments

Edwin Hawkins gone

I love gospel music, I sometimes think more than any other genre.  It's pure love and you can't touch that.  Edwin Hawkin's "Oh Happy Day" is a stellar example of great gospel - unbridled vocals, spiraling exaltations and shouting and ultimately what you are in the presence of is magnificence and rejoicing.  I wish I had that faith because if I did, this is exactly where I'd be - singing in a choir.…

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Added by Foolish Monkey on January 19, 2018 at 10:00am — 4 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 — 4 Comments

take me to the river, washing me down

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Added by Foolish Monkey on December 9, 2017 at 12:30pm — 5 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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