call the police

One of the most beloved songs on my Car Tunes playlist is the American rock band LCD Soundsystem’s dance-punk anthem, “call the police.” Whenever this song comes on the car stereo system, I crank the volume and get lost in band member and co-founder of DFA Records James Murphy’s fantastic drum fills, as well asContinue reading “call the police”

Peer Gynt, Suite No.2, Op. 55, IV: Solveig’s song

Today was a gloriously beautiful, sunny day, quite warm from early in the morning and reaching 28°C (82°F) this afternoon. More than halfway through September, it might be the last such day we have. I always hope for a few more days (do I hear weeks?) like it at this time of the year, asContinue reading “Peer Gynt, Suite No.2, Op. 55, IV: Solveig’s song”

New Safe

In August, one of my friends from Colorado sent me a link to “New Safe,” a song by British singer-songwriter David John Morris. After a few weeks of not listening to much music at all (What?! I know, right?!) I finally sat down and played the song. I also sampled the rest of the albumContinue reading “New Safe”

Duel

In many of my previous posts, I’ve shared how I often discover new music through programs like Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC 6 Music, or The Morning Show with John Richards on KEXP Seattle. Back in the 1980s my main sources were FM radio programs on the Canadian Broadcasting Network: Night Lines (Fridays andContinue reading “Duel”

Spiegel im Spiegel

This summer, while I wasn’t blogging, I acted on the advice one of my brothers gave when I told him about my planned break. He suggested I take notes of things and music that resonated with me. He and I share a love for the idea of those happenings in life considered “chance,” which weContinue reading “Spiegel im Spiegel”

Just the Way You Are

A few days ago, I was in the car driving to do a collection of errands including the joyous experience of picking up an ice-cream birthday cake for one of our lads (his favourite dessert, at least at some time, and now a tradition), to share at our first family gathering in a year. IContinue reading “Just the Way You Are”

Fireworks

I don’t know a lot of the music of the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, though I have posted two of their songs already: “Cedar Lane,” back in the first week of this blog, then“Emmylou” (a tribute to the country singer Emmylou Harris) this past March. I think on the next Bandcamp Friday (theContinue reading “Fireworks”

Gloria, RV 589, I: Gloria in excelsis Deo

Welcome to my first Classical Sunday post since resuming this blog after my summer break. Recently, my sweety and I discovered the TV mockumentary sitcom Modern Family on Netflix. The American series originally ran from 2009 to 2020, but somehow we managed to completely miss it until this summer when a friend recommended the show.Continue reading “Gloria, RV 589, I: Gloria in excelsis Deo”

The Blizzard

Yesterday, when I shared my return-from-holidays blog post of a song by Nanci Griffith (1953-2021) on my Facebook wall, I made a comment that more summer stories would follow. Well, Judy Collins’ “The Blizzard,” her tribute ballad to the beautiful state of Colorado, USA isn’t a summer song by any stretch, but it does evokeContinue reading “The Blizzard”

So Long Ago

Well, hello there, how have you been doing?! I’ve really been enjoying summer, and hope you have, too (and I’m not ready for it to be over!). It is so good to be back to sharing music and stories with you after taking an extended summer break from My Song of the Day for Today.Continue reading “So Long Ago”

I’ll Be Seeing You

The other day, I was looking for a “see you in a while” song and found today’s selection. Serendipitously, the first version I came upon was by Rosemary Clooney, whose singing of “Sway” I shared a little over a week ago.  In addition to Clooney’s version, I found renditions of “I’ll Be Seeing You” byContinue reading “I’ll Be Seeing You”

Golden Feather

The Canadian-born songwriter, musician, producer, film writer, actor and author Robbie Robertson is likely best known as the former songwriter and lead guitarist of The Band. They were vital in developing the Americana musical style. He has written such classics as “Broken Arrow,” “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” and others. The only album ofContinue reading “Golden Feather”

Cups (When I’m Gone) (from the film, Pitch Perfect)

For all the bad press it gets, the Internet can be a magical place. This evening, after four big meetings/gatherings on Zoom through the day, some housework, phone calls, and then dinner in the summer porch made by my sweety, I finally settled down to write today’s post. I was looking through a few songsContinue reading “Cups (When I’m Gone) (from the film, Pitch Perfect)”

Du bist die Ruh, D. 776; Op. 59, No. 3

Winding my way down an Internet rabbit hole this afternoon, I found a beautiful piece by Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828), “Du bist die Ruh” (“You are repose,” or “You are rest and peace”). Schubert wrote music, for solo voice and piano, to four poems by German poet Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866). Today’s selection is theContinue reading “Du bist die Ruh, D. 776; Op. 59, No. 3”

Shape of My Heart

The British artist Sting (aka Gordon Sumner) released “Shape of My Heart” as the fifth single from his wildly successful fourth solo album, Ten Summoner’s Tales (1993). Like “Wild Is the Wind,” “Sultans of Swing,” and many other songs, today’s selection sounds perfect for the ending credits of a film. And, in fact, Sting’s songContinue reading “Shape of My Heart”

Friday on My Mind

Yes! Another Friday! This weekend, pandemic restrictions will loosen significantly in my province, Manitoba, Canada. While I’m grateful we are closer to having family gatherings (at least outdoors, like the latest one we had in September 2020), I do think some of the measures the government will implement are once again too much, too soon,Continue reading “Friday on My Mind”

Hard on Things

Tonight my sweety and I will be watching the last in a series of three spring/summer online concerts by Canadian singer-songwriter and dramaturgist Corin Raymond. The show is being produced through Canada’s Home Routes, a non-profit organization established by founders of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the West End Cultural Centre. Home Routes also presentsContinue reading “Hard on Things”

Love at the Five and Dime

“Woolworth stores are the same everywhere in the world. They have this wonderful smell to them; they smell like popcorn and chewing gum rubbed around on the bottom of a leather-soled shoe…” — Nanci Griffith Yesterday I did some grocery shopping, and Sweety came along as she wanted to get a few more annuals toContinue reading “Love at the Five and Dime”

Planet Earth

Today’s selection is the first song I ever heard by the English new wave/art-rock/new romantic band Duran Duran. Formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England, the band takes its name from the character Dr. Durand Durand from the 1968 science fiction film Barbarella, which starred American actor, environmentalist and political activist Jane Fonda. Duran Duran isContinue reading “Planet Earth”

Sway

Earlier today, after morning routines, chores and a bit of reading, I caught up on another instalment of BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, the May 23, 2021 edition, “Birthday Mentions Galore.” A song that really drew me in played about halfway through the program was “Sway,” sung by American singer and actor RosemaryContinue reading “Sway”

La carnaval des animaux, R. 125, VII: L’aquarium

The French romantic composer, pianist, organist and conductor Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) wrote Le Carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) while in a small Austrian village in 1886. The piece has 14 movements, each representing a different animal or animals. The seventh movement, “L’aquarium,” has a mystical, magical sound about it, and listening toContinue reading “La carnaval des animaux, R. 125, VII: L’aquarium”

Cold Little Heart

The official music video of a live studio session for British singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer Michael Kiwanuka’s “Cold Little Heart” has persistently appeared in my YouTube feed, and today I finally gave in and watched it. Wow. It’s stunning. The video begins with a compelling introduction that goes on for six-and-a-half minutes after a studioContinue reading “Cold Little Heart”

Calling All Angels

Last night, my sweety and I watched an online conversation between American singer-songwriter, writer, producer, fisher, carpenter and philanthropist Brandi Carlile and Shelley Youngblut, CEO and Creative Ringleader of Wordfest, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Wordfest’s Imagine On Air series. Wordfest held the event to promote Carlile’s just-released memoir, Broken Horses. We truly enjoyed theContinue reading “Calling All Angels”

Sowing the Seeds of Love

One of the most remarkable bands to emerge in the 1980s has to be Tears for Fears. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith: an English twosome who, I feel, revolutionized music by merging new romantic/new wave sensibilities with the rawness of arena rock, mixed with socio-political consciousness. “Sowing the Seeds of Love” perfectly represents all thoseContinue reading “Sowing the Seeds of Love”

Happiness

Guy Garvey, the lead singer of the English band Elbow, is a big admirer of the Scottish group, The Blue Nile. I’ve only come to know the latter’s music through Garvey’s Sunday program on BBC 6 Music, Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour (in the afternoon in England; morning over here). I previously posted another song byContinue reading “Happiness”

A New Life

Today feels like a good day for a hopeful song. I received my second COVID-19 vaccination this afternoon. I know it won’t get to its maximum protection for two weeks, and we must all still exercise a lot of caution while the vaccination rate (hopefully) rises, especially in hotspot Manitoba. But it does finally feelContinue reading “A New Life”

Love Vigilantes

I find it intriguing to get a glimpse at what a songwriter has in mind when crafting a piece of music, especially when it’s a song I feel I know well. In the case of the English band New Order’s “Love Vigilantes,” I had a rather rude awakening today when I did a little InternetContinue reading “Love Vigilantes”

Passacaglia

Today’s selection is the final piece of the Rosary Sonatas, also known as the Mystery Sonatas or Copper-Engraving Sonatas, a set of 15 short sonatas for violin and continuo that ends with a passacaglia for solo violin. Bohemian-Austrian violinist and composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704), known for his technically complex works, wrote the seriesContinue reading “Passacaglia”

Diamonds

The song “Diamonds” is one I heard many years ago, and it attracted me with its simple but effective guitar riff and drum beat. However, I never gave much more thought to it, never learned anything about the band — The Boxer Rebellion — and never thought to look for an official music video untilContinue reading “Diamonds”

It’s Just Another Morning Here

Yes, it’s just another morning here. It’s a Friday, though, so that means some of you will have few days off. And this weekend, pandemic restrictions are being lifted slightly here in Manitoba to allow gatherings of up to five people from two households, outside, on private property. It’s something, and I’m glad we’ll beContinue reading “It’s Just Another Morning Here”

Carry On

It has been a while since I’ve sat and listened to an episode of BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour. And I think I might have missed out on finishing one program I had started, as they only remain available on the BBC Sounds app for a month. Come to think of it, IContinue reading “Carry On”

The Thrill Is Gone

I mentioned the other day, I was looking for a blues song, though I ended up posting something entirely different. Today that urge came again, and I thought of an old blues standard made famous by American Blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer B.B. King (1925-2015), “The Thrill Is Gone.” Whenever I think ofContinue reading “The Thrill Is Gone”

Iris

It has been a while since I posted something from Mixing Colours, last year’s ambient music collaboration between brothers Roger and Brian Eno. I appreciate the compilation and have shared several pieces from it, as you will note if you read one of my previous posts, the one on “Verdigris.” At the end of aContinue reading “Iris”

Heartbeat

The new wave band The Psychedelic Furs was formed in London, England, in 1977. They took a hiatus in the early 1990s, reformed in 2000 and are still active today. They are definitely up there on my top-thirty list of bands, and I often like to listen to their music. In fact, they were theContinue reading “Heartbeat”

Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major (Triple Concerto), Op. 56, II: Largo – attacca

After a short walk-run this morning, followed by a short bike ride, then lunch (and a very short but pleasant snooze), I started looking for a classical music video. None of YouTube’s suggestions sparked my imagination, so I went over to the always-reliable Deutsche Grammophon channel, where I was pleased to find today’s selection. LudwigContinue reading “Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major (Triple Concerto), Op. 56, II: Largo – attacca”

Crystalline Pools

A couple of months ago, I posted some music that had been shared with me, by Michigan, USA-based Seth Bernard. (Please see my post on “Sandman’s Dust” for more on him and his work and art.) This week, Bernard released a new single and music video, “Crystalline Pools.” On the Bandcamp page for the song,Continue reading “Crystalline Pools”

Destination: Anywhere (from the film, The Commitments)

Happy Friday! Destination: anywhere? These days, it’s more like destination: nowhere. But being at home isn’t so bad now that summer is here. And my oh my, is it ever here. It was only two weeks ago that gardeners in Winnipeg, Canada were covering their plants overnight to protect against frost. Today, the temperature reachedContinue reading “Destination: Anywhere (from the film, The Commitments)”

Dreams

I wouldn’t say I listen to the Cranberries that much, but I do like a lot of their music, including “When You’re Gone.” (As I mention in a January 2020 post, that is one of the tracks on Sweety’s and my wedding CD because of memories associated with the song.) Formed in 1989 in Limerick,Continue reading “Dreams”

Gimme Shelter

So, I have a confession to make. I’ve never been a follower of the Rolling Stones. Yeah, really. It’s not a value judgment but, like pretty well no one else I know, I’ve just never been strongly drawn to them, for whatever reason. It’s interesting, though: two years ago in February, I heard a localContinue reading “Gimme Shelter”

Handshake the Gangster

Warning: this song contains a cuss-word! I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen the Canadian band Hey Rosetta! perform live. But, I have probably seen almost every Winnipeg gig they played before they announced an indefinite hiatus in 2017. My introduction to the group, formed in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005, wasContinue reading “Handshake the Gangster”

I’m Going Home

I was horrified and deeply saddened by the news that the remains of 215 Indigenous children of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation had recently been discovered at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. My country, Canada, was built on the oppression of the First Peoples. That oppression extended toContinue reading “I’m Going Home”

Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III, “When I am laid in earth” (Dido’s Lament)

No one knows for sure when the English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695) wrote his three-act Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas, though it is believed to have been completed sometime between 1683 and 1688.  The work is one of Purcell’s best remembered theatrical compositions and his only true opera. He based the music on the play BrutusContinue reading “Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III, “When I am laid in earth” (Dido’s Lament)”

High Fidelity

Well, I just can’t seem to leave the 1980s behind. Let’s have just one more from that decade, shall we? Elvis Costello and the Attractions recorded the high-energy, uptempo “High Fidelity” in 1979 and released it on their 1980 record, Get Happy!! The song is familiar to me, but I have not heard it inContinue reading “High Fidelity”

In a Big Country

Well, happy Friday, friends! Another week has gone by so quickly… how does that happen when we are still so restricted and isolated? Surely, time should be dragging! My province, Manitoba, continues to be subject to seemingly (or realistically) ever-widening restrictions, and it’s my opinion that this is primarily due to the arrogant, myopic leadershipContinue reading “In a Big Country”

Losing My Religion

It’s been a busy day of appointments plus a bike ride, a few phone calls and an online gathering before I took the time to sit down and complete today’s post. During a free moment this afternoon, I thought I’d visit my YouTube feed for a song idea. Of course, several of Rick Beato’s WhatContinue reading “Losing My Religion”

River Man

I first came to know of the music of English singer-songwriter Nick Drake (1948-1974) through the BBC 6 Music program Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour. As I’ve referred to so many times before, the host is the lead singer of the English band, Elbow, and I often find post-worthy songs on the show. The first NickContinue reading “River Man”

Heaven

I remember one night very clearly, after closing time, at the McDonald’s restaurant where I worked part-time during the mid- to late-1970s. The night-time cleaning crew had arrived; two grown men with long hair and beards, and plenty of attitude and bravado. They would work all night, cleaning the greasy kitchen and all areas ofContinue reading “Heaven”

Under the Milky Way

Sometime in the recent past, I heard a song on KEXP Seattle’s The Morning Show with John Richards. And like I do when I don’t know the song, I capture it with the Shazam app. (I swear, sometimes it seems to take only a fraction of a second… how do they do that!) Anyway, onContinue reading “Under the Milky Way”

Lakmé, Act I, No. 2: Duo des fleurs / Sous le dôme épais

Occasionally I’ve listened to Colorado Public Radio’s online classical music stream lately, and have enjoyed their programming and insightful host commentary. That station was where I heard “Gather Round the Table” (posted here on May 10), and today I heard several bookmark-worthy pieces. YouTube is another source of suggestions and is where I found aContinue reading “Lakmé, Act I, No. 2: Duo des fleurs / Sous le dôme épais”

The Scientist

One of the first songs I remember hearing by the British band Coldplay is “The Scientist,” from their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002). Today’s selection is the fourth song I’ve posted by a band I used to listen to almost incessantly once I came to know their music. Previously, IContinue reading “The Scientist”

Lips Like Sugar

Hanging back in the 1980s for a bit, here… I’ve mentioned before that a school friend of mine was in a local avant-garde/art-rock/new wave band, A New Man Celebration, in the early ’80s. I remember one of his favourite bands at the time was Echo & the Bunnymen, and I’m sure he put one ofContinue reading “Lips Like Sugar”

(Just Like) Starting Over

I remember, in 1980, being excited about Double Fantasy, a new record by John Lennon (1940-1980) and Yoko Ono, after Lennon had pretty much disappeared from the music industry a few years earlier. Back then, I was a 20-year-old with a few circles of friends, a great job, and several relationships with women that wouldContinue reading “(Just Like) Starting Over”

Charlie Darwin

I’m not sure where I first heard the song “Charlie Darwin” by the band The Low Anthem, though it may have been on KEXP Seattle during The Morning Show with John Richards. Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky formed the band, which is currently a foursome, in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, in 2006. They self-releasedContinue reading “Charlie Darwin”

Speed Your Love to Me

Welcome to my 500th post on the My Song of the Day for Today blog! That’s 500 consecutive days of posting! Whew… I had a busy day today, shortened by a rare sleep-in, then attending a virtual event followed by an online meeting, and later packing up and taking a mid-afternoon drive to Patricia BeachContinue reading “Speed Your Love to Me”

In Your Eyes

In 1993, Peter Gabriel was touring in support of his 1992 album Us. I’m not sure all the places that his Secret World tour played, but during two nights at the Palasport Nuovo in Modena, Italy, a crew filmed the concerts. The resulting film was Secret World Live, released in 1994 on VHS tape, thenContinue reading “In Your Eyes”

Locus iste

Last Sunday, I posted music from Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, which my sweety and I had heard during a virtual concert by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on a dinner and concert “date night out, at home.” I explain in that post that four members of the WSO played the sacred motet, Locus iste (Latin for “thisContinue reading “Locus iste”

Redemption Day

In 1995, American singer, songwriter and actress Sheryl Crow travelled to Bosnia to give a concert for military service people. What she witnessed there, along with the largely-unheeded genocide in Rwanda, inspired her to write “Redemption Day,” a song which she says has a Bob Dylan-inspired lyric. The song is on her 1996 self-titled album.Continue reading “Redemption Day”

The Road

The Matinée is a Canadian band from the west coast. While categorized as alternative, the band has a southern kind of sound, with influences of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. I first heard them on CBC Radio 3 when I listened to that Internet station years ago, before they did away with live hosts/DJs. MyContinue reading “The Road”

Skyway

The Replacements were a rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, in 1979. They disbanded in 1991 but reunited briefly from 2012-2015. “Skyway” originally appeared on Pleased to Meet Me, the band’s fifth studio album, released in 1987. I came to know the song as it is featured on the soundtrack for the musical drama-comedyContinue reading “Skyway”

When Your Mind’s Made Up (from the film, Once)

One of the first songs that caught my attention when skimming over my digital collection this morning was “When Your Mind’s Made Up,” from the soundtrack of the Irish romantic musical drama Once (2007). Most of the characters in the movie are referred to by their gender or occupation: Glen Hansard (who has a minorContinue reading “When Your Mind’s Made Up (from the film, Once)”

Gather Round the Table

Yesterday morning, I was listening to Colorado Public Radio’s classical music stream. It’s a station often recommended to me by a dear friend who lives there. At one point, CPR Classical host David Ginder played a new piece by American pianist, composer, music scholar and author Bruce Adolphe, titled “Gather Round the Table.” Adolphe setContinue reading “Gather Round the Table”

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, K. 364, II: Andante

Sweety and I got all dressed up and went to a concert last night! Well, sort of… We attended a special livestreamed Mothers’ Day event held by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Masterworks with Mom, from the comfort of our living room.  Conductor Daniel Raiskin was at the podium directing Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola andContinue reading “Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, K. 364, II: Andante”

Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)

I’m not sure how I feel about the use of sampling in music production; that is, the practice of taking a clip from a song and editing it into a new piece. Sometimes I think like it’s the equivalent of plagiarism, in other words, a ripoff, and indeed it’s been a source of lawsuits inContinue reading “Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)”

Do You Feel Like We Do

While writing my May 5, 2021 post on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” I watched a video by music educator and producer Rick Beato’s What Makes This Song Great? series in which he takes apart and explains the many elements in the piece. So it’s no surprise that today my feed was flooded with BeatoContinue reading “Do You Feel Like We Do”

The Man Comes Around

Checking out my digital library today, I happened upon the album American IV: The Man Comes Around by country music legend Johnny Cash (1932-2003). It’s a favourite. The album was the fourth in Cash’s American series and the last to be released while he was still living. It’s an absolutely superb collection, mostly made ofContinue reading “The Man Comes Around”

Whole Lotta Love

As I opened YouTube today, I saw it offered up a few suggestions of videos by American record producer and educator Rick Beato, whose “What Makes This Song Great?” series I quote in several posts on this blog. I watched episode 43, which profiles and breaks down today’s selection, “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin.Continue reading “Whole Lotta Love”

Good Vibrations

Today I began listening to BBC 6 Music during morning rituals and routines. The always affable guest host Huw Stephens was in the chair on Shaun Keaveny’s show (13:00-16:00 GMT). After a news break, Stephens’ playlist resumed and “Good Vibrations” by the California, USA band, The Beach Boys was the first song I took noteContinue reading “Good Vibrations”

Breakers Roar

The Kentucky, USA-born singer, songwriter and actor Sturgill Simpson has one of those voices that sounds like it carries deep, soulful wisdom and life experience beyond what a young man might possess. An “old soul,” as a dear Colorado friend would say. Hearing Simpson’s voice makes me think again of the similarly-mature-sounding-at-a-young-age Canadian singer-songwriter GordonContinue reading “Breakers Roar”

Moonlight

The first movement (Adagio sostenuto) of the Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Major, Opus 27, No. 2 (“Moonlight Sonata”) by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), is a very well-known piece of solo piano music. Some might even say it’s overplayed. Not me. Beethoven wrote the sonata in 1801 and dedicated it to a studentContinue reading “Moonlight”

Get Home

Yesterday, I featured a magnificent and beloved Canadian musician, Gordon Lightfoot. Today, it’s another one from my country, Sarah Slean. I found the official music video for Slean’s song “Get Home,” which appears on her album The Baroness (2008). It’s produced in a visually pleasing film noir kind of way, like some of her otherContinue reading “Get Home”

If You Could Read My Mind

There are many world-renowned musicians and bands that my country Canada has produced. One of them is singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, an incredibly talented balladeer of folk, folk-rock and country music who has an unmistakable sound. Even as a younger man, he had a depth and gentleness in his voice that belied the age at whichContinue reading “If You Could Read My Mind”

Breathe Me

Today I took a look at my digital music collection to find something I hadn’t listened to in a long time. I landed on “Breathe Me” by Australian singer, songwriter, vocal actor and director Sia (Sia Kate Isobelle Furler). I first heard it around ten years ago when my sweety and I watched the TVContinue reading “Breathe Me”

No One Receiving

Cruising around my YouTube feed this morning, I stumbled upon a full album stream of Brian Eno’s 1977 record, Before and After Science. (It seems I can never go too long before posting another piece of music by this brilliant artist and creator. My latest was from his 2020 collaboration with his brother Roger, MixingContinue reading “No One Receiving”

Radio Free Europe

I don’t know that I ever realized this before, but the sung lyrics in the R.E.M. hit “Radio Free Europe” are basically incomprehensible. Apparently, this was deliberate, perhaps much like Adriano Celentano’s intention was with the mostly gibberish lines in his 1972 song I posted a few days ago, “Prisencolinensinainciusol.” In my January 31, 2020Continue reading “Radio Free Europe”

Yesterday Once More

In one of my previous posts (Herb Alpert’s “This Guy’s in Love with You,” February 11, 2020), I tell a story about Saturday shopping trips with my parents and what felt at the time like an ordeal, following them around women’s clothing stores all day. In that post, I mention that Alpert’s songs remind meContinue reading “Yesterday Once More”

Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 7 in F Major: Träumerei

Many recognize the German pianist, composer and music critic Robert Schumann (1810-1856) as one of the greatest composers of the classical romantic era.  However, Schumann’s short life was one of considerable difficulty. He suffered from mental health issues that plagued him at times, as early as 1833. His love for pianist, composer and teacher ClaraContinue reading “Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 7 in F Major: Träumerei”

Ballrooms of Mars

I’ve been admiring my old vinyl records for a while and really should play them more. One of these is the 1972 album The Slider by the English rock band, T. Rex. The band, initially called Tyrannosaurus Rex, was formed in 1969 by band leader, lead singer and sole songwriter Marc Bolan (1947-1977). After makingContinue reading “Ballrooms of Mars”

Prisencolinensinainciusol

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m really into cycling. I poked around trails on a hybrid bike for years, but two years ago at age 59, I bought a road bike and have never looked back. During the cold winters in my city of Winnipeg, Canada, I ride on aContinue reading “Prisencolinensinainciusol”

Papa Don’t Take No Mess

I think I need more funk and soul in my life! Last evening while puttering with dinner — one of the few times I’ve made it lately (or rather, reheated it, if I’m honest!) — I was trying to find an online radio station to listen to. I landed on BBC 6 Music, and duringContinue reading “Papa Don’t Take No Mess”

A Case of U

Noah Baerman, a friend who is a composer, musician and university educator in Connecticut, USA, reminded his people that today is the fifth anniversary of the death of the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and dancer, Prince (1958-2016). As Baerman often does, he accompanied his message with a top-ten list of favourite Prince tracks.Continue reading “A Case of U”

Verdigris

Sometimes when you’re not at your best, overtired, or simply overwhelmed by the world, it’s good to have someone that you can trust and count on to speak for you. Tonight I feel that way, and not because something terrible happened. Quite the contrary: I received my first dose of a vaccine today. It wasContinue reading “Verdigris”

Landslide

I browsed my digital collection today and came across today’s selection, a classic Fleetwood Mac song written by Stevie Nicks. In an excerpt from an Oprah Winfrey interview posted to YouTube in 2013, Nicks tells how she wrote the song in 1974 about the challenges in her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham. Their band’s career wasContinue reading “Landslide”

Les Enfants Terribles, VI: Terrible Interlude

That’s quite a title, isn’t it? I promise, the piece is far from terrible… Today, I’m featuring a relatively new release I found today on the Deutsche Grammophon YouTube channel, played by the French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque. “Terrible Interlude” comes from an 11-part suite for piano duet, Les Enfants Terribles. The workContinue reading “Les Enfants Terribles, VI: Terrible Interlude”

Flying

It’s been a while since I posted a song by the Beatles. If you query for them on my Index of Songs/Search page, it’ll point you to posts on “Here Comes the Sun,” a supergroup cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Help,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “All You Need Is Love,” and, most recently, “Let ItContinue reading “Flying”

This Is Our Home (8:30 Newfoundland)

Happy Friday! So, the country I live in, Canada, is a vast land that extends from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, to the North Pole and the border with the United States of America. It’s a big country, at 9.9 million square kilometres (3.82 million square miles). We occupy six time zones (Pacific, Mountain,Continue reading “This Is Our Home (8:30 Newfoundland)”

Chelsea Morning

I don’t remember when I first heard the music of Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Her music wasn’t a staple in my childhood home as far as I can recall, but I would have listened to her songs at some point as I grew up. I have enjoyed her music through my adulthood and received herContinue reading “Chelsea Morning”

Rock Pools

Today I thought I’d look for another unknown (to me) artist or song in the hopes of finding something new and spring-like to enjoy, kind of like shopping for a new spring outfit. You see, in my city of Winnipeg, Canada, on Monday and Tuesday, we were hit with a late winter storm that droppedContinue reading “Rock Pools”

Quiet Air / Gioia

The Seattle, Washington, USA band Fleet Foxes formed in 2006 and took a four-year hiatus (2013-2016) while lead singer and songwriter Robin Pecknold pursued an undergraduate degree. After regrouping and producing Crack-Up in 2017, they released their fourth album, Shore, on the autumnal equinox, September 22, 2020. Today I’ve been listening to several tracks fromContinue reading “Quiet Air / Gioia”

What a Wonderful World

“And I think to myself / What a wonderful world…” (from “What a Wonderful World,” by Bob Thiele [aka George Douglas], George David Weiss) Today’s my birthday. It’s my second pandemic birthday, and while last year I felt a slight tinge of sadness about not gathering with family and friends, this year my feelings ofContinue reading “What a Wonderful World”

Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, TH 5: “Kuda, kuda, kuda vi udalilis”

Today is the first time in a while that I’ve featured an operatic piece on a “Classical Sunday”; I thought it was about time! I noticed an aria in my YouTube feed, “Kuda, kuda, kuda vi udalilis” (“Where, where, where did you go?”) from the opera Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893).Continue reading “Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, TH 5: “Kuda, kuda, kuda vi udalilis””

All Mixed Up

Just over a year ago, when “lockdown” was still a new term, I wrote a blog post about the song “Good Times Roll,” from the 1978 debut album by the Boston, Massachusetts, USA band The Cars. (Months later I posted “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight,” another song from the same album.) Today, I was outContinue reading “All Mixed Up”

Secondhand

Happy Friday, folks! This afternoon, I went to Costco to do a big shop for my sweety and me and for a friend, and, while driving, Apple CarPlay was on a totally random play, picking from my entire music library. It was pretty cool… heard some things I hadn’t played in a long time! SweetyContinue reading “Secondhand”

Suddenly Last Summer

Today I made a quick stop into our local Safeway grocery store, and while in line to check out, a familiar old song came on the store’s canned music channel. The song was “Suddenly Last Summer,” one I remember well from a sometimes solitary period in my music enjoyment as I branched out from theContinue reading “Suddenly Last Summer”

Bloomsday

Well, at last, after the eternity of nearly two months without him, my BBC 6 Music mainstay Guy Garvey is back in the chair for his Sunday program, Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour. Frequent visitors to this blog will know I savour Garvey’s program with its banter, visitor segments and musical selections, as well as theContinue reading “Bloomsday”

Can’t Let Go

This week, former Roxy Music founding member and frontperson Bryan Ferry released a live solo album, Royal Albert Hall 2020. The collection was recorded in London, England during the a world tour that was to be cut short soon after the UK shows due to the global pandemic. Today, an email blast advertised that theContinue reading “Can’t Let Go”

Don’t Let It Bring You Down

The often-reliable suggestions feed on my YouTube account today offered up the Annie Lennox cover of “Don’t Let It Bring You Down,” a song which appears in the 1999 film American Beauty (though it isn’t included on the official soundtrack). The song is an excellent one. While I like Canadian-American singer, songwriter and musician NeilContinue reading “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11, II: Romanze-Larghetto

This week, my sweety and I finished watching a British detective program we’d started watching in mid-March. (And I promise, there are no spoiler alerts in this post, only information similar to what you’d find in the advert for the show.) In the mini-series Collision (2009), Scottish actor Douglas Henshall plays the police detective-inspector leadingContinue reading “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11, II: Romanze-Larghetto”

Disappearer

Recently, a friend shared on Facebook that she introduced her son to the music of the American post-punk, “no wave” band, Sonic Youth. Guitarist and singer Thurston Moore formed the group in New York City, New York, USA, in 1980. Then, following the breakdown of his marriage with bassist and singer Kim Gordon, Sonic YouthContinue reading “Disappearer”

Crazy Lowdown Ways

Happy Friday! This afternoon, I was looking for a song with a Friday kind of beat. Then as I scrolled down my YouTube feed, it serendipitously served up the suggestion of the Birmingham, England band Ocean Colour Scene’s “Crazy Lowdown Ways.” I’ve featured the group once before; please see my post on their song, “UpContinue reading “Crazy Lowdown Ways”