World Music

Well, I can tell this is going to be a very good day. I just shared a post of Asian (Chinese Lute) music and now here is a wonderful music video of toe-tapping Hispanic music. I have to admit, I liked this a bit better, because the video aspect captured my visual interest (in addition to the music itself). I love World Music! Thanks goes to Carlos Arturo Castellanos for … [Read more...]

Asian Music

Initially I was going to pass by this and not listen to it. But, I then remembered I love the group called "Twelve Girls Band" (having a few of their CDs), and so decided to give this a listen. Wow - she is amazing. Give it a listen if you have a couple of free mins. Thanks goes to Norm Witt for sharing. The World's Premiere Chinese Lute Virtuoso Plucks Out A Fiercely Impressive Tune … [Read more...]

Dinner with Nancy and Lois, before seeing South Pacific

Hi there. This is story #2 from this past Saturday night. Story #1 was my encounter with a stranger in the parking lot before dinner at "The old spaghetti factory". Once I figured out how to pay for parking (had to download an app) and actually paid it, I walked across the street to the restaurant. I was still a bit early, and this place has a huge lobby with lots of elegant seating, so I took … [Read more...]

Seeing South Pacific in the evening after having Lailah that afternoon

Huh. Well. Starting from around 5:30pm Friday, thru 11pm tonight, it's been a whirlwind of "activity", in the life of Brian. You can tell with my lame opening of "Huh. Well.", that I'm just too dad-blame tired right now (midnight) to write all about what's transpired during this 30 hour period, since it would probably take me a couple of hours to do it, and Mr. Crabby didn't get to take a nap … [Read more...]

More thoughts about music

Listening to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. What a piece of music. Then: Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the common man". Years ago (in the '80s), a jazz group called "KittyHawk" did an upbeat electronic version of this piece, on an album called "Fanfare". Silly thing is iTunes has this album but this particular piece is missing from it. If you want to listen to it, look for it on their "Collection" … [Read more...]

Thoughts on music

On a completely gorgeous day, I'm listening to Pandora, my "Stewart Copeland" channel. (He was the drummer in one of my favorite bands of the 80's "The Police"). Mr. Copeland also has composed movie and tv soundtracks, such as the music to the tv show "The equalizer." The music currently playing is from "The Rhythmatist", which I also have in my CD collection. According to Wikipedia: The … [Read more...]

Dream job??

I have had a long and successful and diverse career in software development and IT, encompassing more than thirty five years. I wouldn't trade my chosen career for anything. Wouldn't trade it for the world. But, with that said, here are my latest "dream jobs": Orchestra conductor Hollywood film composer Musician in a (successful) Latin Jazz Big Band Software development instructor at the … [Read more...]

Listening to music

For the most part, I don't listen (much) to Piano music. Sometimes, it's a bit "too slow" for me. However, today, we're listening to music from a disk called "100 Best Film Classics" - this is disc four of a six CD set I received last year via a donation to MPR (MN Public Radio). After listening to this CD, it seems to be mostly piano music - some piano solo's and some with orchestra … [Read more...]

Composing music – John Adams

This is how my mind works. A friend attending a concert tonight posts a picture of a (living) composer giving a talk before/after this particular concert and mentions their name: John Adams. I just happen to know or believe that I vaguely remember there are two composers (living) having that name. One of whom I like and have more than a few CDs of various orchestras playing his music (such as, … [Read more...]

Listening to Herb Alpert (or…)

In the sixties, when I was a little kid, I was brought up listening to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - my dad had all their albums ("South of the border", "The lonely bull", "Going places", "A taste of honey", "Whipped cream and other delights", etc.), as well as the various hits by Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66. Never really gave any thought to where I picked up my love for Latin Jazz, but I … [Read more...]

Pandora and an irritating limitation

Pandora thinks one hundred stations is enough for a Pandora listener. I wonder if this was just an arbitrary decision by the developer (who, obviously doesn't like lots of different music/artists), or did someone actually say in 'The Requirements', "the maximum number of stations for each user should be 100" … [Read more...]

NPR Tiny Desk Music

NPR Tiny Desk Music Selection (opens in a new window) Not entirely sure whether I like this band's sound, but the leader/singer (and piano) sure has a unique way/style of singing & playing piano. Love the horn section and drummer too … [Read more...]

Judy Garland welcomes Barbar Streisand to her show

Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand (opens in a new window) Never saw this before, never saw an adult Judy Garland singing (that I remember). Never knew she had her own show - since this was in B&W, I would guess it was in the early '60s. The way she shows her love and affection for Barbra S. during the duet is simply amazing. Two amazing singers. … [Read more...]

Claude Bolling article (crossover music)

Article on Claude Bolling (open in a new window) One of my favorite crossover albums in the '70s. … [Read more...]

Columbia House (Record/CD mail order) closing

Columbia House closing article (open in new window) This new brought back some good memories: First, of my buying classical CDs via Columbia House in the '90s, then, looking at the accompanying picture of the "8-track" tapes - had plenty of those in the '70s [not only did I have an 8-track stereo in my bedroom (growing up as a teenager), but I believe I might have had an 8-track player in my VW … [Read more...]

The Macarena

I'm sorry, but "Macarena" is still my all-time fav song & music video...just had to share this with everyone today - lol. YouTube music video (opens in a new window) [ok, maybe not my all "all-time" fav, but let's say my all-time fav from 1996.] … [Read more...]

Percussion video and my thoughts My observations. This is a huge group of percussionists for that age group. I don't think we had more than a couple of drummers at Wheat Elementary. Lots of percussion equipment - I dont think we had that much, even at the SR HS level. I'm glad this district has the money for these instruments, given the number of students wanting … [Read more...]

Kinky Boots in town

Went to the Orpheum Theater this afternoon to see the musical "Kinky Boots". Loved the absolutely hilarious movie a few yrs ago, and decided to see this - I'd forgotten the show was a musical, and thought it was just a play (silly me). Anyway, while it was just "ok" in the beginning, by the middle of the first act, and especially the second act, it just got better and better, with a great … [Read more...]

New music: Post Modern Jukebox

New music "Post Modern Jukebox" (opens in a new window) Since you "liked" this, I wanted to share with you that this is my new fav group, having seen a different video of theirs recently ("All about that bass"). I've subsequently bought one of their "albums" on iTunes called "Historical misappropriations". Great music. … [Read more...]

Growing up in the wrong musical era   I sometimes think I was born in the wrong era. I think I should've been born ten - fifteen years earlier, what, with my strong appreciation for big band music, as well as not being able to fully appreciate (when I was growing up) the talents of Frank, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett as well as Sammy Davis. I wish I'd been able to see … [Read more...]