What Sarah Said

The American alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie was formed in Bellingham, Washington, USA, in 1997. The group took their name from a Neil Inness and Vivian Stanshall song, “Death Cab for Cutie,” featured in both the 1960s British TV show Do Not Adjust Your Set and the Beatles’ musical movie Magical Mystery Tour.Continue reading “What Sarah Said”

Things to Live For

Jackson Maloney is an American poet and singer-songwriter living and creating art in Colorado, USA. I came to know him through a mutual friend and at online community gatherings held early in the 2020 lockdown, including early-morning poetry sharing sessions. He released his first collection of poems, Becoming, in 2018, and the ten-song album ThingsContinue reading “Things to Live For”

Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)

In 2017, Iranian filmmaker and refugee Majid Adin won a contest to produce, along with co-director Stephen McNally of London, England, a video for Elton John’s hit song, “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time).” The competition, called The Cut, called on filmmakers to compete to produce videos for threeContinue reading “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)”

Cinderella, Op. 87, Act I: No. 1, Introduction (Andante Dolce)

Many years ago, one of my brothers and I were together a lot to watch movies and listen to classical music long-play records (it was a long time ago, so we probably were watching VHS tapes!). He helped me learn who the composers were through their different styles and the periods in which they lived.Continue reading “Cinderella, Op. 87, Act I: No. 1, Introduction (Andante Dolce)”

Your Song (from the film, Moulin Rouge!)

In addition to directing the dazzling, colourful and audacious 2001 movie musical Moulin Rouge!, Australian Baz Luhrmann also produced the motion picture soundtrack. Similarly, with his modern-day film adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy Romeo + Juliet, he produced two CDs of music from the film. “Your Song” is an Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition, which JohnContinue reading “Your Song (from the film, Moulin Rouge!)”

Bros

In my two previous posts on the London, England alternative-rock band Wolf Alice (“Turn to Dust” and “Don’t Delete the Kisses”), I’ve mentioned their single, “Bros.” This morning I figured, it’s about time I posted about the tune. It makes a good “Friday song,” as I hope you’ll agree. The official music video portrays manyContinue reading “Bros”

Democracy

The artistry of the Canadian poet, songwriter, singer and novelist Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) has been, I think, among the most significant gifts to the world that have come from my country. In 2008 in London, England, at age 73, Cohen was on a tour believed to have been necessary because his former manager bilked aContinue reading “Democracy”

Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind Stayed on Freedom)

On my trip down an Internet rabbit hole yesterday, I randomly came across a few spiritual-type songs and other tunes. Among these songs was a video of a performance of “Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind Stayed on Freedom)” by the Resistance Revival Chorus at TEDxAsburyPark in New Jersey, USA, in 2019. However, theContinue reading “Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind Stayed on Freedom)”

Wake Up

It’s been a while since I posted something by the Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire. This afternoon, I went down an Internet rabbit hole, scouting out some songs I’d thought of or captured on the Shazam app recently. And as I surfed, my searches for other songs and artists and YouTube’s algorithms brought me toContinue reading “Wake Up”

Colors

A week and a half ago, I was listening to The Morning Show with John Richards on KEXP Seattle. That morning, Richards played “Colors” by Black Pumas, a psychedelic soul band from Austin, Texas, USA. It is a song I don’t think I had ever heard before. The duo of singer/songwriter Eric Burton and guitarist/producerContinue reading “Colors”

By This River

Today’s selection is the classical reimagining of a piece from Before and After Science, the fifth studio album by Brian Eno, released in 1977. The album was Eno’s final foray into rock music before pioneering and diving headlong into the ambient music genre, a place where he still lives and works. However, he has returnedContinue reading “By This River”

(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding

The English singer-songwriter and actor Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus) began his musical career in the London pub early in the 1970s. In 1977, he released his debut album, My Aim Is True, which lit a rocket taking him to stardom in the still-forming new wave music scene. Costello’s band, the Attractions, joined himContinue reading “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding”

Alive and Kicking

It’s Friday! (And, to begin, my apologies… I planned to post much earlier in the day, then an appointment, groceries and other obligations got in the way. But here we are now. Let’s settle in and enjoy, shall we?) Back when I was working, Friday was a day that arrived with much celebration of planningContinue reading “Alive and Kicking”

Life in Technicolor ii

In my September 28, 2020 post on a song from Sweety’s and my wedding CD, “Lovers in Japan,” I talked about the album it’s from, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. In my opinion, the British band Coldplay reached their peak with that album. They’d attracted a group of four musical productionContinue reading “Life in Technicolor ii”

Capsule

Today is a fine day. A morning meditation shared with friends across the country; appointments made for car and house maintenance; a few text chats with various friends and family; then this afternoon, time outside with my sweety. We walked along the river path in the sun with the temperature hovering around freezing. It wasContinue reading “Capsule”

Limelight

Formed in 1968, Rush has to be one of Canada’s most extraordinary rock acts. And clearly, institutions agree. In 1996, band members Geddy Lee (vocals, bass, keyboards, composer), Alex Lifeson (guitars, composer) and Neil Peart (1952-2020; drums, percussion, lyricist), were named as Officers of the Order of Canada, the Canadian government’s highest distinction for aContinue reading “Limelight”

All the Young Dudes

Here’s my third and final instalment in observance of David Bowie’s birth and death. Bowie was a longtime fan of the English rock band Mott the Hoople and encouraged them to stay together when there was talk of a break-up. He wrote “All the Young Dudes” for them and produced their 1972 album of theContinue reading “All the Young Dudes”

Symphony No. 1, I: Subterraneans

Two days ago, I posted a song by David Bowie (1947-2016) on the 74th anniversary of his birth. Today is the fifth anniversary of his death. On Sundays since June 2020, I’ve been posting classical music pieces. Today, I’m sharing one that has a deep connection to Bowie’s music, written by American composer and pianistContinue reading “Symphony No. 1, I: Subterraneans”

Handle With Care

The Traveling Wilburys were a British-American supergroup formed in early 1988 after joining together to record a song to accompany a single by ex-Beatle George Harrison (1943-2001). “Handle With Care” was meant to be that song, but when it was complete, it was decided the track was far too good to be used as aContinue reading “Handle With Care”

Stay

Seventy-four years ago today, English singer, songwriter, musical innovator and actor David Robert Jones was born. Professionally he became known as David Bowie, an artist who crossed and mixed many musical genres and performance styles in his long, influential career. I’ve featured Bowie’s songs several times before on this blog: “A New Career in aContinue reading “Stay”

Maple Leaf Rag

Released on Christmas Day in 1973, the film The Sting starred American actors Paul Newman (1925-2008) and Robert Redford as a pair of grifters who join forces to pull a complicated con job on a mob boss played by British actor, playwright and novelist Robert Shaw (1927-1978). George Roy Hill was director for the filmContinue reading “Maple Leaf Rag”

You Make Loving Fun

In the midst of internal upheaval in Fleetwood Mac, the band released “You Make Loving Fun” as the fourth single from the historic 1977 album, Rumours. Christine McVie (formerly Christine Perfect) wrote and sang the song. Early this morning, in the lifting of a few days burdened with anxiety and darkness, this great piece ofContinue reading “You Make Loving Fun”

Helpless

Ever feel helpless? It doesn’t happen to me often, but it can be tough to get through when it does. Occasionally over the past ten months, I’ve felt low. Like you, I know the pandemic isn’t going to be forever, and I really hope that we’ll be able to be with family and friends andContinue reading “Helpless”

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Today’s selection is the 365th piece I’m posting to this blog. If you’ve followed since the start, or just for a while, or you occasionally drop in, thanks for joining me here to share in music and a few stories! “You’ll Never Walk Alone” was the biggest hit released by Gerry and the Pacemakers. TheContinue reading “You’ll Never Walk Alone”

Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour (Barcarolle)

Today, I was surfing around the web, looking for a classical music piece to share. I found a long operatic aria, but it was a bit too over the top for my taste. I then want back to my old standby for classical music, Deutsche Grammophon. Their YouTube channel is so tidy and organized, andContinue reading “Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour (Barcarolle)”

Absolute Beginners

At the start of a year, we’re all beginners. We start fresh, with a new beginning, a clean slate… or so some of the clichés go. In “Absolute Beginners,” David Bowie captured this notion, from the perspective of one telling his lover that, even though they’re absolute beginners, the two of them can do anythingContinue reading “Absolute Beginners”

New Year’s Day

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2021. This blog will be one year old in a few days, and I’m looking forward to sharing more music with you, each day this year. It might be a corny choice for today to pick “New Year’s Day,” the lead single from Irish band U2’s 1983 album, War.Continue reading “New Year’s Day”

Mary

On many days, I know in advance what song I might post here, but it is often the inspiration of a moment, a serendipitous co-mingling of music with life. That is maybe an uncertain way to go, but it has kept my days interesting while outside everywhere, the 2020 dumpster fire has smouldered. On thisContinue reading “Mary”

Good Mother

Yesterday, I shared reminiscences of my record collection and one of my favourite artists, Brian Eno. Ah, memories. As each December ends, Sweety and I look at memories we’ve made together, and with family and friends, in the past year. We also look ahead to what we would like to do in the coming twelveContinue reading “Good Mother”

Mother Whale Eyeless

When I listen to Brian Eno’s music and the recordings of bands he has produced in his long musical career, it is hard for me to grasp the idea that he has called himself a “non-musician.” Eno studied painting and experimental music in the 1960s and joined the glam-rock band Roxy Music as its synthesizerContinue reading “Mother Whale Eyeless”

Brag-able Ego

For a while, I have wanted to post another Ben Wytinck song. In my post some months back about his beautiful song “‘Bel,” I introduced many of you to Wytinck and his music. If you haven’t seen that post or heard the song, please visit there next. It’s a gorgeous piece of music. Today, IContinue reading “Brag-able Ego”

Für Elise

Okay, just one more track from the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. It really is a great album… I highly recommend it. Today is Classical Sunday, so I’ve chosen a piano piece from the album, one composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827). It’s another lazy afternoon, after a fair bit of exercise. MyContinue reading “Für Elise”

Linus and Lucy

Yesterday I posted one of the family favourites from the Vince Guaraldi Trio album, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and promised that today I would post my personal pick from the collection. After a busy day of Different Christmas, I’m looking forward to a relaxing day of reading, listening to music, and riding my indoor bikeContinue reading “Linus and Lucy”

Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)

Merry Christmas, family, friends, followers! One of the longstanding Christmas traditions in our home is to play the Vice Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. We aren’t all together this year because of restrictions on gatherings, but we can still honour our traditions and adapt them to this “temporary normal.” When Sweety and I andContinue reading “Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)”

In the Bleak Midwinter

Many years ago, I saw the all-male choir Chanticleer when a friend-of-a-friend arranged a concert followed by a small reception in a very wealthy person’s home in Winnipeg, Canada, and I was lucky enough to be on the guest list. It was a magical evening, and the singing was divine. I met and talked withContinue reading “In the Bleak Midwinter”

Up on the Downside

One of our lads introduced me to Ocean Colour Scene’s music many years ago when he lived with us and went to university. I’ve always enjoyed his eclectic taste and have posted several songs I’ve heard him play at home or in his car. I always appreciate people turning me on to new music, andContinue reading “Up on the Downside”

Winter Song

The first time I heard the Canadian alternative-folk trio, Good Lovelies, was at the Stuart McLean (1948-2017) Vinyl Cafe Christmas tour show at Winnipeg, Canada’s Centennial Concert Hall. They were McLean’s musical guests and sang some beautiful pieces, including a cover of Sara Bareilles’ “Winter Song.” The show was in November 2013. It became anContinue reading “Winter Song”

Colorblind

Tonight, Sweety and I took part in an online marking of the winter solstice. In part, it was like an inventory of the losses and heartaches the year has brought for many in attendance, and there have been many; some big, some small and yet, here we are. We are blessed in so many ways,Continue reading “Colorblind”

Paul Meets Chani (from the film, Dune)

Today on “Classical Sunday,” I’m featuring a piece by the 1980’s pop-rock supergroup Toto. Yes, that’s right, members of the band composed the original motion picture soundtrack for David Lynch’s 1984 epic science-fiction film, Dune. Brian Eno, who produced the album, also contributed a piece, “Prophecy Theme,” that he composed with brother Roger, and DanielContinue reading “Paul Meets Chani (from the film, Dune)”

Elevator to Heaven

Neither any of my siblings nor I have musical talent. It wasn’t something any of us learned as children, though we all share a deep love for music, and that certainly was something influenced by our parents, and later by friends and the bands we grew up listening to and sharing as a family; somethingContinue reading “Elevator to Heaven”

Appalachian Mountain Station

The Canadian band the Bicycles was active from 2000 to 2009, then regrouped in 2012. I first heard their music on CBC Radio 3 when the Internet-based station played “Appalachian Mountain Station” from the group’s fourth and latest album, Stop Thinking So Much (2013). The album title’s admonishment is perhaps a good thing to keepContinue reading “Appalachian Mountain Station”

The Birds

Maybe you’ve been a follower of this blog for a while. In that case, you’ll know I take a lot of inspiration and acquire much of my new music from the recommendations of Guy Garvey, the lead singer of Elbow during his weekly program, Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC 6 Music, on Sundays (2:00Continue reading “The Birds”

Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’

As promised a few days ago, tonight, I’m sharing a Charley Pride (1934-2020) song, one that was his biggest hit. As most people know, the American country music legend died on December 12 from complications related to COVID-19. I don’t know Pride’s music well, so I called upon my sweety for a suggestion, and herContinue reading “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’”

Belong

This morning, I listened to part of the archive of Friday’s episode of KEXP’s The Morning Show with John Richards, as I’d missed the start of the program that day. In Richards’ opening set, he played “Belong,” an R.E.M. song covered by the Hobart, Australia band, Quivers. I Shazamed the piece, but the app couldn’tContinue reading “Belong”

Little Voices

In November 2014, American musician, composer, educator and producer Jimmy Greene released Beautiful Life, the first of two albums in tribute to his daughter Ana’s memory. She was murdered eight years ago today at the age of six. (The second album is Flowers – Beautiful Life, Volume 2, released in April 2017. Some months agoContinue reading “Little Voices”

Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, III: Lento – Cantabile Semplice

Today I ponder on the eve of the eighth anniversary of one of the pivotal days of my life: the day our dear friends’ daughter was killed along with 27 other children, educators, and the killer’s mother and himself in two incidents (at a home and a school). Upon returning to my office from aContinue reading “Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, III: Lento – Cantabile Semplice”

Aerial

After quite a long gathering on Zoom today with many family members, I went to my digital collection to find some music. Right now feels good to listen to some ambient music, to relax and rest in the relative quiet. So much of life is lived online these days, and while I’m grateful for theContinue reading “Aerial”

Raconte-moi Une Histoire

I woke up feeling optimistic this morning. Then, my consciousness was flooded by various conflicts or challenges and the general feeling of missing being free to be near all those I care about deeply. ‘Tis the season… or year. Fortunately, John Richards was back at the helm this morning for KEXP Seattle’s The Morning ShowContinue reading “Raconte-moi Une Histoire”

The NeverEnding Story

A few days ago, I came upon a song that made me think of some studies I did back in the 1990s. I’ve mentioned before here that from 1993 to 1996, I was at home full-time caring for my sons as that was the arrangement that best suited our family at the time. I supplementedContinue reading “The NeverEnding Story”

I Just Want to Celebrate

“Three-and-a-half minutes of sheer, giddy positivity…” That was how Guy Garvey’s sister Becky, aka “The Beckapedia,” described Rare Earth’s 1971 hit “I Just Want to Celebrate” in her segment during the November 22, 2020 instalment of Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour (“Happiness and Home”) on BBC 6 Music. I was listening to the episode on theContinue reading “I Just Want to Celebrate”

Thank You for Being a Friend

Most people will remember the song “Thank You for Being a Friend” as the theme for TV’s The Golden Girls, which ran from 1985 to 1992. The show used a cover version recorded by Cynthia (Cindy) Fee. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Andrew Gold (1951-2011) wrote the song and recorded it in 1978, and itContinue reading “Thank You for Being a Friend”

Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488, II: Adagio

It was a long day of online Christmas shopping yesterday. No hassles with crowds and parking, but many different websites, all with very different, sometimes confusing online experiences and slow responses from my computer, the Internet, and or websites; it was good to complete all that, hours later. Then I relaxed, listening to an archivedContinue reading “Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488, II: Adagio”

Country Livin’ (The World I Know)

Here’s a song I’ve thought of posting a few times before. Esthero’s “Country Living (The World I Know)” from the album Breath from Another (1998) is a song our oldest lad used to play on the stereo when he was living with us around the year 2000. I’ve always liked the vibe of it. BackContinue reading “Country Livin’ (The World I Know)”

Downtown Lights

With another weekend here and us firmly in December, this would typically be when people would be filling the stores, doing their holiday season shopping. Well, not in my city, Winnipeg, Canada. Stores continue to be restricted to selling essential items only for in-person shopping; all other sales are by online/phone orders, with delivery orContinue reading “Downtown Lights”

Harlem Blues

Soon after the release of Spike Lee’s 1990 film Mo’ Better Blues, I heard today’s selection, which comes from the soundtrack. The movie stars younger versions of Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes and Spike Lee, and features Cynda Williams, who sings “Harlem Blues,” a song written by blues legend W.C. Handy (1873-1958). The soundtrack was performedContinue reading “Harlem Blues”

Time Can Be Overcome

This evening, I’m sharing a song from one of my favourite compilations, Arts & Crafts: X. I previously shared “Lonely Is as Lonely Does” from that album in a post from March 2020. And as I mentioned there, the record label made this collection in 2013 as part of its tenth-anniversary celebration. (I also ownContinue reading “Time Can Be Overcome”

Oh, the Boss Is Coming!

Today, I was doing a moderately strenuous ride on my bike trainer; close to an hour of almost steady climbing during a ride that lasted 90 minutes in total (including cool down), with 687 metres (2,254 feet) elevation gain over 32.3 kilometres (20 miles) travelled. I rode a bit beyond the 30 km structured workout,Continue reading “Oh, the Boss Is Coming!”

It’s My Life

Three years after forming in 1981, the English band Talk Talk released a song that was one of the biggest hits in their repertoire, “It’s My Life,” the title track of their second album. Music videos had become a significant part of music marketing in the early 1980s. I remember this single being accompanied byContinue reading “It’s My Life”

Yumeji’s Theme (from the film, In the Mood for Love)

Today, on Classical Sunday, I’m featuring music by the bass player and leader of the Japanese new wave rock band, EX. Former bassist/leader, that is. Shigeru Umebayashi began composing film scores in 1985 after the breakup of EX. As I opened up a previously-watched title (“Flight from the City” — and, if you haven’t checkedContinue reading “Yumeji’s Theme (from the film, In the Mood for Love)”

Rain King

In my mid-20s, I started taking university courses. I had gone straight from a high school experience I hated, into a couple of part-time jobs, then into a good, full-time job at the railway. But my superiors saw potential in me and encouraged the pursuit an accounting designation. I took one course. (In 1979, IContinue reading “Rain King”

Bluetonic

Well, hello there, Fri-Yay! It’s time to bring up the tempo a little from yesterday’s ambient piece since it’s the weekend for many of you (and a long Thanksgiving weekend for those of you south of the Canada/USA border). So, let’s go! This morning, I listened to Sean Keaveny’s early Friday afternoon (in the UK)Continue reading “Bluetonic”

Cinnabar

This morning during a chat with a friend from Atlantic Canada, we both recalled fun times we’d had at beaches in our respective provinces this past summer. That has caused me to think about vacation travel. Today, the stairs and sidewalks outside the house were all covered with slick ice. It would be a greatContinue reading “Cinnabar”

I Wandered by a Brookside

I have been taking a course over Zoom on the topic of intentional life transitions. Tonight was the third of four classes, and it was an illuminating evening, as was the coursework in preparation. Among the tasks we were to do between classes was to go and “wander aimlessly.” I had a lot of troubleContinue reading “I Wandered by a Brookside”

Bodacious

Today, it’s another nod to some local talent, and another reminder to #buylocal music. Winnipeg’s Sweet Alibi released their third album, Walking in the Dark, in 2016. The first track on the album, “Keep Showing You,” was released as a single in October 2015. The band’s music falls into adult contemporary, folk/roots and soul. ItContinue reading “Bodacious”

Classical Gas

So, today it’s a short post as, if you were following along yesterday, you’ll know it’s my sweety’s birthday today! I decided I’d make a birthday cake — for the first time in my life… yeah… and it turned out! Didn’t burn it, end up with a goopy mess, or drop it on the floor,Continue reading “Classical Gas”

The Very Thought of You

I haven’t yet listened to last weekend’s installment of Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, “Nick Drake — Featured Artist,” but looked over the tracklist today, and it is inviting and engaging as usual. I look forward to spending some time with it soon, thanks to the BBC Sounds app. One of the songs on Garvey’s listContinue reading “The Very Thought of You”

Hello You Who

This week through a friend in Colorado, I learned of a band, Elephant Revival, and I started looking for some music by them. Unfortunately, they aren’t together anymore, but the band had a unique style from what I’ve seen so far, including the instruments played (cello, upright bass, violin, electric banjo, and washboard). According toContinue reading “Hello You Who”

Vermillion

I awoke sometime in the middle of the night last night with the worst, most vivid and horrifying nightmare I’ve had. And it’s stuck with me all day. To ease the memory of that, I’m sliding into an ambient track from, you guessed it, Brian and Roger Eno’s 2020 collaboration, Mixing Colours. Please also checkContinue reading “Vermillion”

Bright Horses

After some poking around through various rabbit holes today, I decided to post a song from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ latest album, Ghosteen. The double album, released in 2019, was the first new writing for the band after Cave’s son Arthur’s accidental death near Brighton, England, in 2015. While the album explores themesContinue reading “Bright Horses”

Day by Day

Today, I dug into and — rare for me — listened to a whole episode of BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour in one sitting. It was the November 8, 2020 episode, “Hello Matt Berninger” (the frontperson of the band The National is interviewed by Garvey). Garvey said how much he has always lovedContinue reading “Day by Day”

Oh My Love

Monday in lockdown 2.0, and it’s time for another #buylocal post. And today, did I ever buy local. I did a round of curbside pickups and a drop-off of pet food to the animal shelter after taking Perry Como the cat to the veterinarian. Our feline landlord doesn’t mind me sharing his personal health informationContinue reading “Oh My Love”

Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.85, III: Adagio

English composer Edward Elgar (1857-1934) is probably most famous for his five Pomp and Circumstance Marches. Historically, his music has been followed mostly by British listeners. For example, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches No. 1, is considered by many to be an unofficial British national anthem, and is played every year on the last nightContinue reading “Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.85, III: Adagio”

Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

In my February 18, 2020 post on Aretha Franklin’s 1971 cover of Ben E. King’s “Spanish Harlem,” I talked a little about Franklin’s 1985 album, Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Today I was at an all-day gathering on the conferencing platform Zoom and, at some point, the song title came to mind. I enjoyed the day, andContinue reading “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?”

Dreaming of You

Hey, it’s another Friday, folks! Another challenging week here in Manitoba, learning of new record numbers of COVID-19 cases, a health-care system under strain, a lockdown 2.0, and deaths rising at a frightening rate. One of the few politicians I genuinely respect, Calgary, Alberta mayor Naheed Nenshi, spoke today at a televised press conference carriedContinue reading “Dreaming of You”

The Silence

After yesterday’s “2 Minute Silence,” today, we’re visiting another type of silence. Late in the evening on November 10, while I was writing my just-before-midnight post on Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt,” today’s song came up on YouTube autoplay. Just a month ago, on October 13, I posted “The Sunshine” from Manchester Orchestra’s 2017 album,Continue reading “The Silence”

2 Minute Silence

In 2010, the Royal British Legion released the video, “2 Minute Silence,” to mark Remembrance Day. At the time, it was a bold, innovative way to use YouTube and other social media to draw the public’s attention to the day devoted to honouring the sacrifices of those who have fought for our countries. The videoContinue reading “2 Minute Silence”

Hurt

Hurt. There’s a lot of that going around. Many of us hurt because of what’s going on in the world. And we cannot hug our loved ones in the pandemic time. In Manitoba, we can’t even gather with anyone outside our home as of Thursday. Lockdown 2.0. I felt really stirred up today learning ofContinue reading “Hurt”

Looking Out My Window

It occurred to me today that it’s been a while since I featured musicians from my province, Manitoba. You may have seen my posts on songs by Scott Nolan, Kieran West and His Buffalo Band, and Lakes and Pines. After posting write-ups on more than 300 songs, it feels like I’m overdue to spread someContinue reading “Looking Out My Window”

Organ Sonata No.4, BWV 528, II: Andante [Adagio] (Transcription for Piano)

On Sundays, I often cruise around the Deutsche Grammophon YouTube channel. It’s a label I was reasonably familiar with when I was buying a lot of records and even CDs in the 1970s and 80s. The channel has many superb pieces that I’ve posted about, like Rufus Wainwright’s “A Woman’s Face (Sonnet 20)” and someContinue reading “Organ Sonata No.4, BWV 528, II: Andante [Adagio] (Transcription for Piano)”

All You Need Is Love

One of the most hard-fought, nail-biter elections in memory is now over, aside from recounts and other formal processes. The conclusion comes while the COVID-19 pandemic still rages around the world, economies are struggling, and divisiveness seems like it is at an all-time high. We live in an era of increasing polarization, and it sometimesContinue reading “All You Need Is Love”

The Waiting

Happy Friday! What a week it has been! The United States federal election continues to dominate the news, and the stress and tension are evident. I believe the ongoing pandemic adds to and complicates the anxiety of this time… we are facing numerous situations over which we have little or no control, but still weContinue reading “The Waiting”

Anticipation

So, it’s another day of waiting for results in the federal election south of the Canada/USA border. There are a few songs that could be fillers in this time of waiting. Today, it’s Carly Simon’s “Anticipation.” In the video I chose from Simon’s YouTube channel, she and friends perform the song live on the cruiseContinue reading “Anticipation”

Love & Hate

Love & Hate. Right & Wrong. Us & Them. Black & White (or any colour contrast…). Today as I observe the ongoing coverage of the United States election, I try to wade through the biases of two extremes that have expanded to take up so much space in our consciousness. I just want to knowContinue reading “Love & Hate”

Space Oddity

During my morning routine from around 7:00 to 9:00 (Central time in Canada), I like to have a random, unknown music mix playing. But among the radio stations I listen to online, mainly KEXP Seattle and BBC 6 Music, there isn’t usually anything on that appeals to me for that time of day. The MorningContinue reading “Space Oddity”

Chewing Cotton Wool

Today, I’m delving into the archives of BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour again… there were many great songs on his BBC Slow Sunday episode (October 25, when the British Isles left daylight savings time, a day when the station’s show hosts all played “chill” music. My selection for today played right after anotherContinue reading “Chewing Cotton Wool”

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92, II: Allegretto

The second movement (Allegretto) of Symphony No. 7 by the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), is a favourite of mine. The movement combines dramatic, sombre and calming melodies in a lyrical landscape of symphonic instruments. When listening to it, I prefer to hear it as a standalone piece as I find the calmness atContinue reading “Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92, II: Allegretto”

The Eve of the War

I am not a fan of Hallowe’en music. There, I said it. The day itself, I could take or leave, though I’ve had some fun over the years at a handful of costume parties, and enjoy seeing little ones in their cute costumes coming to the door for candy.  Maybe some of my ambivalence isContinue reading “The Eve of the War”

Coming to Get You Nowhere

The British band This Is the Kit is one I’ve heard from quite a lot on my favourite radio stations, BBC 6 Music and KEXP Seattle. Most of the BBC’s presenters have been playing their songs, and Guy Garvey is no exception: today’s selection aired on Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour this past weekend, as partContinue reading “Coming to Get You Nowhere”

Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It

Back on March 26, around the start of this whole lockdown life we’ve been stumbling through all these months, and all the while with the faint hope that tomorrow everything will be okay, I heard today’s selection, by the Montréal, Canada band, Stars. DJ John Richards played the track on The Morning Show with JohnContinue reading “Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It”

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Today I did another “thing” on the bike. Not a long distance outdoors, like the 100 kilometres (60 miles) I cycled on September 18, but inside, on the trainer. I rode one of the most challenging climbs on the smart trainer platform, Zwift, the Alpe du Zwift, a virtual course designed through GPS data toContinue reading “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

Wintergreen

Today there’s been light, off-and-on snowfall and some blustery winds. A good day to hang about indoors and maybe do a virtual bike ride on the trainer. Instead, after the usual morning routines dictated by Perry Como the cat, then a Zoom meditation and a meeting, then lunch, I had a snooze while my sweetyContinue reading “Wintergreen”

Don’t Dream It’s Over

Don’t you dare dream it’s over. Because it’s not. In Manitoba, we were once the envy of our country, and maybe even the world as we flattened — no, stomped — our curve to keep COVID-19 infections around 300 in total through the whole first wave of the pandemic. Maybe that told a lot ofContinue reading “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

Flight from the City

In case you’re following here and wondering… no, today’s post isn’t a continuation of the holiday theme I mentioned yesterday. Browsing the Deutsche Grammophon record label’s YouTube channel this morning, I came across a lovely piano and string ensemble piece. “Flight from the City” is the opening track from Orphée, the tenth and final solo album byContinue reading “Flight from the City”

Holiday

Holiday, anyone? “If we took a holidayTook some time to celebrateCome on, let’s celebrateJust one day out of lifeHolidayIt would be, it would be so nice You can turn this world aroundAnd bring back all of those happy daysPut your troubles downIt’s time to celebrate” (from “Holiday,” by Lisa Stevens, Curtis Hudson) If there wasContinue reading “Holiday”

Friday

Happy Friday! Do you remember Show and Tell at school? I was always looking for cool things to bring to school to share. Not sure I ever came up with that many, or at least really good ones. Today’s selection takes that ritual to a new level. “Friday” is a song by the New YorkContinue reading “Friday”

Worlds Away

Many have said that after the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the 1980s were a wasteland for music. I beg to differ. The emergence of post-punk, new wave, new romantic, synthpop and other genres, combined with other major genres like folk, progressive rock, heavy metal, arena rock and others, led to many different sounds for modernContinue reading “Worlds Away”

Into the Mystic

Today I received an opt-in text notification that the flu vaccine had finally arrived at a nearby drug store. Being the responsible folks we are, both over 60, wanting to protect any vulnerable folks we might come into contact with (as limited as it seems that will be for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19,Continue reading “Into the Mystic”

Keep on Running

Today I learned that Spencer Davis (born Spencer David Nelson Davies) died yesterday at age 81. Davis formed the Spencer Davis Group in 1963 and at that time discovered the 14-year-old Steve Winwood, who left the band in 1967 to start the band Traffic. Davis was also instrumental in the career of Christine Perfect (whoContinue reading “Keep on Running”