All Blog Posts Tagged 'Music' (191)

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

Furthering the Las Vega Shooting Cover-up

The disturbing contradictions over the ongoing investigation and the official version of what happened during the mass shooting in Las Vegas on a Sunday evening during a country and western concert are perplexing to say the least. The narratives being continually hammered into the minds of…

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Added by Doc Vega on October 10, 2017 at 12:15pm — 20 Comments

Tom Petty dead at 66

Tom Petty was found in total cardiac arrest today and was initially on life support but he didn't make it. He was 66.



My daughter's boyfriend asked me if I were worried. After all, I turned 63 yesterday. No, not really - my drug intake was pretty minimal. He was on heroin for a decade. I know about that - my twenty-seven year old nephew's heart gave out last winter a year after he kicked heroin.



Petty had just come off a very long tour and was looking forward to spending… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on October 2, 2017 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

Walter Becker died today

Walter Becker was half of Steely Dan, not the vocal half. It's hard to write about Becker because I can't tell you exactly what he was personally responsible for. His partner Donald Fagen you can hear, in the vocals and on electric piano, but Becker is less conspicuous. The band tended to use studio musicians for anything difficult.



It's easy to write about Steely Dan. As a musician I can tell you they're one of the few pop artists whose chord progressions I can't simply pick up in a… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on September 3, 2017 at 4:19pm — 1 Comment

DoodoodoodooDoot doot doot dooDoodoodoot

I sang that tonight.



A few months ago, my wife said she wanted to go to a concert and told me what day tickets went on sale. I looked it up, they went on sale at noon. At 11:59 AM, I sat at my computer, ticket site web address in my window, watching my second hand sweep toward twelve. The instant after it got there I hit return. The site generated two tickets for me.



We were seated about half a dozen seats to the right of center. If I stretched my leg out while seated I… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on August 28, 2017 at 10:55pm — 15 Comments

It's About Thyme

I'm in the kitchen this morning. My daughter's boyfriend is cooking, some potato recipe (little red ones) as an alternative to the oily but good sautéed version he and my daughter usually cook, incessantly because my daughter loves it. He says to me



"Do you have any time?"



For what?



It turns out he's saying "thyme." He's never heard of it, but there happens to be a jar of it out on the counter that he finds immediately.



You might think that made me… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on August 6, 2017 at 7:52am — 90 Comments

Living in a Post-Concert Musical Vacuum

The other night we baby-sat our 8 year old granddaughter while our daughter and her partner had a date.  They told me in advance that they were going to a concert by "Witch Bottle", a band from Seattle and they didn’t know what the music would be like.  The fear was that it would be loud and so they decided not to invite me.  (Besides they needed a baby-sitter.)

Afterwards, my daughter said that I would have liked it.  It was a genre known as neofolk.

A brief search on…

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Added by Rodney Roe on July 9, 2017 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

'. . .and a Happy New Year . . .'

.   Please add some text to the body of the post

What? That I should take and type through Carl Sandburg's letter To Mrs. Jacob Buchbinder---

Elmhurst [Illinois]

Aug. 23 [1926]

Added by J.P. Hart on June 21, 2017 at 9:44am — 7 Comments

50 Years Ago Today - One Post Abandoned for Another

For the past week or so I've been collecting links to stories about the situation in Portland, Oregon with the idea of posting about how the grotesque hate crimes of a deranged maniac, whose name I will not mention resulted in the murders of Rick Best, 53, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche.  Anna Herrington posted…

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Added by JMac1949 Today on June 5, 2017 at 11:00am — 18 Comments

Gregg Allman died

Gregg Allman died today. He was 69 years old.



I don't know if there is anyone here who doesn't know who he was. In case you don't, he's the surviving brother (until today) in the Allman Brothers Band, their lead vocalist and organ player. He is known in some other circles for being married to Cher for four years.



I saw his band in concert twice, both during the early to mid seventies, during the period with Chuck Leavell on piano, once at RFK Stadium in DC with the Dead… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on May 27, 2017 at 4:02pm — 19 Comments

Where Is The Silver Lining

It’s been a sort of miserable day.  After an overcast morning the rain started about noon, and it is pouring now.  L showed me a place where there is a water problem with water coming down the outside wall onto the screen porch.  It is at a place where the gutter does a 90 degree bend and a roof valley empties.  Ugh.

Added to that is the fact that the House voted today to pass the abomination that has been substituted for the AHA (Obamacare).  No one doubts, except the “Freedom…

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Added by Rodney Roe on May 4, 2017 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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