Category Archives: music

Return

Two returns here.  Me, to this blog (I really do need to update it though) and more importantly, Mike Oldfield released an album earlier this year entitled Return to Ommadawn.  If, like me, you were a fan of his long format, multi-instrumental works (Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn), then this album is a treat and a half.  It isn’t often that an album leaves me smiling after an initial listen, but this one did.  If, on the other hand, your musical tastes lean toward dueling chainsaws, this may not be your cup of gruel. Go listen to Witch Vomit or Fetal Disgorge.  (yes those are actual death metal band names).

1 Comment

Filed under music

the fox

over the years, this has become one of our favorite christmas rock songs.  all the more poignant this year with the loss of Chris Squire…

1 Comment

Filed under holiday, music

great new music

The band is Distant Lights – a talented crew from TX that had a dynamite debut album.  Here’s a taste of the upcoming new stuff, from Not Thinking Not Dreaming

Leave a comment

Filed under music

wow

it amazes me that so few people stop to appreciate, get into, or even pay attention to the joy and fun of what is happening…

5 Comments

Filed under music

i don’t know what’s going on

This is not unusual in a broader sense.

But lately i’ve been immersing myself in avant grade music – and i’m digging it.  It may be a natural extension of the amount of Zappa I’ve been listening to,  but I’ve picked up a few albums/CDs on a recent spree at Princeton Record Exchange (where else?).

The second string quartet by Gyorgy Ligeti.  You may know the name from the pieces of his featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey (Atmospheres, Lux Aeterna), but this is more layers on sonic imagination.  I understand it’s not everyone’s taste…

Then there is Edgard Varese. His compositions are best described by those with a deeper (albeit sometimes snotty) musical vocabulary than mine. I’ll let the music talk.

2 Comments

Filed under music

a little night music

The Violin Concerto Op. 14 by Samuel Barber.  My favorite violin concerto.  My favorite performance was done by Elmar Olivera – but this runs a very close second as an impassioned performance from Anne Akiko Meyers  – with a near flawless third movement.

1 Comment

Filed under music

what the genius of Miles Davis looks like….

3 Comments

Filed under music