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”

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Some months back, I listened to an episode of Irish actor and music aficionado Cillian Murphy’s BBC 6 Music guest host program (“Volume 6: Music for After Dark,” from November 23, 2020). Murphy has sat in on Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour when the Elbow frontperson has been away touring or recording, and I often enjoyContinue reading “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”

Guttersnipe

So, what’s a guttersnipe? That’s what I wondered the first time I heard this song on KEXP Seattle some time ago, before listening closely to the lyrics. The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines it (concisely) as a “street urchin,” and Merriam-Webster says it means “1: a homeless vagabond and especially an outcast boy or girl inContinue reading “Guttersnipe”

The Man Who Told Everything

One of the greatest honours in life is to be in a place where you feel welcome to speak your truth. Sometimes that truth is what people want to hear, and sometimes not. Telling a difficult truth can shake things up, which can be hazardous when some are invested in keeping the status quo alive,Continue reading “The Man Who Told Everything”

The Course

Today I’m sharing a folk song I heard during an online gathering over a month ago and which has stayed with me since. “The Course” is a stirring, soulful anthem by Ayla Nereo, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and filmmaker from northeastern California, USA. The song evokes, for me, a sense of fellowship and the togethernessContinue reading “The Course”

Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23

Happy World Piano Day! Today, I saw a post by the record label Deutsche Grammophon on their YouTube channel, celebrating the day. I’ve already featured a couple of their pianists, so I thought I would look for another soloist’s performance in the suggested videos sidebar. I found one of Russian-German pianist Olga Scheps playing theContinue reading “Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23”

Sandman’s Dust

As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, my sweety and I have numerous friends in Colorado, USA. We all hold heavy hearts at the senseless killing of ten women and men at a grocery store in the city of Boulder on Monday. Sweety and I spoke with some of our folk today andContinue reading “Sandman’s Dust”

Hope of a Lifetime

Some time ago during a visit to my family doctor, he and I talked about our mutual love for music. A group he highly recommended for me to listen to was The Milk Carton Kids, a folk duo out of Eagle Rock, California, USA. Singer-songwriters and guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan came together atContinue reading “Hope of a Lifetime”

Home to You

The last live, in-person music show my sweety and I saw was just over a year ago: March 6, 2020. And it was a house concert… in our home! Canadian alternative/indie singer-songwriter Danielle Dayton added our address to a tour of Saskatchewan and Manitoba promoting the release of her single, “Lady Luck.” The bluesy-styled artistContinue reading “Home to You”

Monsters

Band of Horses is a group I just added to my shopping list the next Bandcamp Friday (April 2), along with First Aid Kit and Elephant Revival. It is always more advantageous to artists if you buy music directly from them at shows or from their web stores. But the latter is not always practical,Continue reading “Monsters”

I Grieve

Late last evening, after a full and busy day that ran well into the evening, I was unaware of the shooting in Boulder, Colorado, USA, until a near-bedtime visit to Facebook told me a friend there had checked in as safe during a major public crisis. No doubt that message, and all it meant, wasContinue reading “I Grieve”

Always Returning

After a wonderful morning that began with a delicious cup of coffee and then went on to reading, journaling, meditation, some music and a moderate bike ride early this afternoon, I’m resting before meeting a friend at Canadian Blood Services. We are former colleagues and haven’t seen each other in a long time, so weContinue reading “Always Returning”

Trois Gymnopédies: No. 1, Lent et douloureux

I don’t know much about the music of French composer Erik Satie (1866-1925). But there’s one work of his I am quite familiar with, The Gymnopédies or Trois Gymnopédies, a set of three piano pieces he completed in 1888.  Many of you may know the Gymnopédies: No. 1, and if you don’t think so, listen;Continue reading “Trois Gymnopédies: No. 1, Lent et douloureux”

From a Distance

In my post on Snow Patrol’s song “Shut Your Eyes,” I discussed the Apple Music app’s Genius playlists that find pieces compatible with a single song choice. It seems like the last few Saturdays, I’ve launched the playlist based on Teddy Thompson’s “In My Arms.” It’s a great collection of 25 songs (with the optionContinue reading “From a Distance”

Emmylou

I first featured the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit and their song “Cedar Lane” during my initial week of posts on this website in early January 2020. Since then, I’ve continued to hear the duo on numerous web radio stations and through random YouTube servings of suggested videos. I have grown to love theirContinue reading “Emmylou”

Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya

Last night as I lay in bed at 1:00 am, unable to get to sleep (the change to daylight savings time always messes me up), the song “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya” randomly popped into my head. I have no idea why. The song was the only major hit for New England, a group discoveredContinue reading “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya”

Long in the Tooth

Today I decided to cruise around the KEXP Seattle website, and looked through their Song of the Day feature. I clicked on October 1, 2020; I suppose drawn in by the name “Long in the Tooth,” a song chosen by DJ John Richards, host of The Morning Show with John Richards. The track title wasContinue reading “Long in the Tooth”

The Last Exit

The few songs I know by the British/American band Still Corners all have an aspect of long-distance driving… and apparently, that’s not by accident… Such was the case for “The Trip” (from their 2013 album Strange Pleasures), the only other song of theirs that I’ve posted. I like hearing that song when I’m in theContinue reading “The Last Exit”

Vincent

The American singer-songwriter Don McLean is likely best known for his hit song “American Pie,” but one of his most remarkable compositions has to be “Vincent,” which came from the same album, American Pie (1971). Often misidentified by its opening refrain, “Starry, starry night…” “Vincent” is a beautiful, poignant homage to the Dutch post-impressionist painterContinue reading “Vincent”

Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, and Violoncello, Op. 100, II: Andante con moto

Today I found a mix set of classical music videos on YouTube that contained several pieces I’ve already featured on my Classical Sunday posts. Also on that list was a piece by Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828), the second movement (Andante con moto) from his Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, andContinue reading “Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, and Violoncello, Op. 100, II: Andante con moto”

Coat of Many Colors

American singer-songwriter, author, actor and philanthropist Dolly Parton has been in the news recently. She donated USD one million for research into COVID-19 vaccines and recently celebrated her vaccination. But true to her style, Parton deferred her own jab until others received it. During her rise to popularity in the 1970s, I remember it wasContinue reading “Coat of Many Colors”

Weird Fishes

Happy Friday! On this bright, sunny day (and cool/windy… not like Monday’s “heatwave” day across Manitoba!) I’m sharing a song with dreamy and rocking aspects to it, “Weird Fishes,” by British singer-songwriter and producer Lianne La Havas. I heard the song on BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, the February 7 episode, “Enjoy EnjoyContinue reading “Weird Fishes”

New Amsterdam

Recently I wrote, in a post on Fleetwood Mac’s “Second Hand News,” about my record-playing parties at my parents’ home where I’d often play only one song from a record, take it off, put on another, and so on. A more modern take on that practice is to buy only one track from an album,Continue reading “New Amsterdam”

Birds and Stars

In November 2020, I shared with you a song by the American transcendental folk band Elephant Revival. When active, the group based itself in Nederland, Colorado, a beautiful little town I spent time in with some friends in the summer of 2012. My sweety and I have come to know many people in the vicinityContinue reading “Birds and Stars”

Thank You

It’s a year ago this week that things really started unravelling in my city of Winnipeg, Canada, with the COVID-19 pandemic. By around Friday, March 13 of last year (and I am not sure I picked up on the significance of the date at the time…), most non-essential stores and venues were talking about closing.Continue reading “Thank You”

Push + Pull

Today has been a great day! In my city, Winnipeg, Canada, the temperature rose to an unseasonably high 14° Celcius (57° Fahrenheit), compared to the March monthly average high of 0°C/32°F. I took advantage of the day by hauling my bicycle out of the city to ride it in Birds Hill Provincial Park. The roadsContinue reading “Push + Pull”

13 Minutes to the Moon (Theme Music)

On Friday, when sharing Cilla Black’s “Work Is a Four-Letter Word,” I told you a little about Amy Lamé’s program on BBC 6 Music. After finishing her February 28 program installment, I started looking at other program subscriptions on the BBC Sounds app. There I saw links to 13 Minutes to the Moon, a podcastContinue reading “13 Minutes to the Moon (Theme Music)”

Windswept

I feel like I haven’t heard enough Bryan Ferry lately. So today, I’m remedying that with a healthy dose from his 1985 record, Boys and Girls. On Ferry’s YouTube channel, under the playlist for the album, “Windswept” is one of only three songs with an official music video (the two others are “Slave to Love”Continue reading “Windswept”

Work Is a Four-Letter Word

While Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour is my number one BBC 6 Music program to listen to, there are some others I like quite a lot, too. Amy Lamé, whose program comes on right after Garvey’s Sunday time slot, is another presenter I like. I’ll occasionally listen to Sean Keaveney on weekdays, too. Sometimes Liz KershawContinue reading “Work Is a Four-Letter Word”

Walking on Sunshine

Katrina and the Waves were a British-American band active from 1981 to 1999. The band actually started in 1975 as The Waves, but never recorded any music and morphed into Mama’s Cookin,’ a pop cover band from England which featured American Katrina Leskanich as singer and keyboard player. Some more personnel changes led to theContinue reading “Walking on Sunshine”

Almost Home

Today I was thinking about music by American electronica singer, songwriter, musician, producer, philanthropist and animal rights activist Moby, whose songs I’ve posted before. Cruising around his YouTube page, I found a version of “Almost Home” recorded as a lyric video featuring cats and dogs in the Best Friends Animal Society, a Los Angeles, CaliforniaContinue reading “Almost Home”

Interlude

Today, roaming aimlessly on the Internet, I was fortunate to find a unique duet by two artists I’ve recently featured (though separately). As I mentioned in my post on Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Kiss Them for Me,” one of her many collaborations was with Morrissey, several years after the band he fronted, the Smiths, brokeContinue reading “Interlude”

Tide

This weekend has been one of contemplation and reflection for me. Some time ago, I had bookmarked the video for Japanese musician and producer Kumi Takahara’s classical strings piece, “Tide,” and today feels like the right day to share it. The Tokyo, Japan-based record label FLAU had posted the video in January as an advanceContinue reading “Tide”

No Milk, No Sugar

How do you take your weekend morning coffee? Yesterday, I tried something different while doing a workout on the bike trainer: instead of listening to music, I listened to a couple of episodes of the The Ongoing History of New Music podcast, hosted by Canadian broadcaster Alan Cross. I listened to the first of aContinue reading “No Milk, No Sugar”

The Best Is Yet to Come

Happy Friday! With a title like “The Best Is Yet to Come,” today’s song seems like a good one on which to ride into the weekend. Wikipedia tells me composer Cy Coleman (1929-2004) and lyricist Carolyn Leigh (1926-1983), both of America, wrote it in 1959. They also co-wrote “Bewitched,” another piece sung by American singer,Continue reading “The Best Is Yet to Come”

Flower on the Vine

When I was working, weekends and vacations were times to savour early mornings listening to music from my collection or from one of a few Internet radio stations whose styles I liked. I used to listen to CBC Radio 3, but in 2015 they stopped employing live hosts (a few notable ones being Lana Gay,Continue reading “Flower on the Vine”

To Build a Home

Last week, when working on my post for the Nina Simone (1933-2003) cover of “Lilac Wine,” I found a list of other bands that had covered that song. Among the other artists was the Cinematic Orchestra, and I wrote how I enjoyed their version of the piece. The band name stood out for me atContinue reading “To Build a Home”

Second Hand News

It was 1977. The year Fleetwood Mac released Rumours which, flabergasting to me, was their 11th studio album. I suppose I must have thought the band had just started up with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham’s arrival and the popularity of Rumours. But there also seemed to be a kind of a “new band hype”Continue reading “Second Hand News”

Wild Is the Wind

Today one of my lads reacted to my Facebook post of Saturday’s blog entry on Nina Simone’s (1933-2003) “Lilac Wine,” from her 1966 album Wild Is the Wind. He commented that yesterday was the late singer’s birthday. I hadn’t noticed the date when looking up information about her. My blog piece on “Lilac Wind” mightContinue reading “Wild Is the Wind”

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

One of the pieces of classical music I remember being drawn to as a younger man is Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). The fantasia is probably one of Vaughan Williams’s most famous orchestral works. He based it on a theme written by the English Renaissance composerContinue reading “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis”

Lilac Wine

In 1966, American singer, songwriter, musician arranger and civil rights activist Nina Simone (1933-2003) released her sixth studio album, Wild Is the Wind. The album was assembled from recordings left over from previous recording sessions. (Please check out my post on Simone’s cover of “I Put a Spell on You” for more about her lifeContinue reading “Lilac Wine”

Gitchi-Manidoo

Over the past two days, I’ve posted songs about two different responses to being down on one’s luck. Today, I randomly landed on the piece “Gitchi-Manidoo (Advice for the Young).” The track comes from the album Chants and Dances of the Native Americans, by the Sacred Spirit project, which I explained in my post onContinue reading “Gitchi-Manidoo”

Poor Poor Pitiful Me

This afternoon I was in the car on errands and listening to SiriusXM’s The Bridge (soft rock stream) when a song came on that somehow reminded me of the (now-retired) American singer Linda Ronstadt. My thoughts then went to Ronstadt’s top-40 hit rendition of a song by American musician Warren Zevon (1947-2003), “Poor Poor PitifulContinue reading “Poor Poor Pitiful Me”

Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

Today I was catching up on past episodes of Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, a two-hour collection of songs, interviews and various segments and features that appears weekly on BBC 6 Music. I finished the show from January 13 (guest host “Nadine Shah Sits In” -and by the way, check out my post from last yearContinue reading “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want”

Reap the Wild Wind

In my post on former Japan front person David Sylvian’s “Orpheus,” I talked about my weekly record shopping excursions of the mid- to late-1970s. On one of those trips, I discovered the British new wave band Ultravox (which went by Ultravox! from 1976 to 1978) and their 1977 debut, eponymous album. I don’t remember ifContinue reading “Reap the Wild Wind”

Kiss Them for Me

I can’t say I followed the punk rock scene of the mid-1970s, though I suppose I observed from a distance what was going on due to my constant fascination with music. But English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer Susan Ballion, better known as Siouxsie Sioux, sure did. She first saw the English punk rock bandContinue reading “Kiss Them for Me”

Salut d’Amour, Op. 12

This morning, I stumbled upon a video I thought would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. Salut d’Amour (originally titled Liebesgruss or Love’s Greeting) was the first published work by English composer Edward Elgar (1857-1934). He wrote the short piece in 1888 for his soon-to-be-wife, Caroline Alice Roberts (1848-1920), in response to the poem she wroteContinue reading “Salut d’Amour, Op. 12”

Your Silent Face

“Rise and fall of shameA search that shall remainWe asked you what you’d seenYou said you didn’t care” (from “Your Silent Face,” by Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris) The album Power, Corruption & Lies (1983) was the second release by New Order, an English rock band formed in 1980. The group wasContinue reading “Your Silent Face”

Baby Don’t Go

Mary Wilson (1944-2021) was a founding member of the Motown act, The Supremes. The group formed in 1959 as the Primettes (a sister act to the Primes, which later morphed into the Temptations). She remained with the group through many personnel changes, including the departures of fellow founders Betty McGlown, Florence Ballard and Diana Ross,Continue reading “Baby Don’t Go”

Spain

This week, the world has lost two significant American musical figures: singer Mary Wilson of The Supremes, and jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader Chick Corea. I’m still pondering Wilson and hope to post something tomorrow. Though I have some dear friends playing in the genre, jazz is a style I know little about. And IContinue reading “Spain”

An Ending (Ascent)

Yesterday’s post held many thoughts, and one element of it, the Moon, is still high in the sky of my consciousness. Last month I posted “Capsule” from the Brian Eno/Roger Eno/Daniel Lanois album, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks – Extended Edition (please check out the post for more about the album and the documentary film For All MankindContinue reading “An Ending (Ascent)”

The World Song

Time is such an interesting concept. A few weeks ago, well, January 17 at 10:03 pm, to be exact (according to the Shazam app), I heard a song, and my iPhone told me it was Petula Clark singing “The World Song.” Based on that time of the evening, it had to be while my sweetyContinue reading “The World Song”

Carry On Wayward Son

“Carry on my wayward sonThere’ll be peace when you are doneLay your weary head to restDon’t you cry no more” (from “Carry On Wayward Son,” by Kerry Livgren) If you were living in the 1970s, I think it would be nearly impossible not to immediately recognize the above lines as the unaccompanied introduction sung byContinue reading “Carry On Wayward Son”

Carry

A few weekends ago, I browsed the always-reliable Deutsche Grammophon YouTube channel, looking for interesting examples of classical music for Classical Sunday. At that time, I found an orchestral rendition of the Eno/Roedelius/Moebius electronic-rock piece, “By This River.” I also found a piece by alternative rock singer-songwriter Tori Amos (whose music I have featured twiceContinue reading “Carry”

Fix You

“Tears stream down your faceWhen you lose something you cannot replaceTears stream down your face and I…Tears stream down your faceI promise you I will learn from my mistakesTears stream down your face and I…” (from “Fix You,” by Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Will Champion. Full, unofficial lyrics are available at AZLyrics.com.) Today,Continue reading “Fix You”

I’ll Bring the Sun

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Jason Collett, a solo artist and member of the Canadian band Broken Social Scene. In an earlier post, I shared his collaboration with fellow Canadian musician Hayden (aka Paul Hayden Dresser) on the melancholy but captivating “Lonely Is as Lonely Does,” from the Arts &Continue reading “I’ll Bring the Sun”

Roundabout

Today it’s Groundhog Day. And, as in the Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell movie, every day in pandemic time might seem to be a repeat of the one before. The same chores, the same game played with Perry Como the cat, the same coffee and breakfast, etc. I’m trying to change it up as muchContinue reading “Roundabout”

New Clothes

“It’s raining outsideWater falls from the skyAnd it’s sad but it cleans all the dirt from the streets” (from “New Clothes,” by Amy Belle) A new day, a new week, a new month. A chance to begin again, again. And similar to the lyric, rain may not always be welcome and uplifting, “but it cleansContinue reading “New Clothes”

Nocturne in F-Sharp Major, Op. 15 No. 2

The Polish composer Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) wrote 21 nocturnes. The three that make up his Opus 15 were written between 1830 and 1833, and he wrote “Nocturne in F-Sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2” in 1832. The nocturne is made up of three sections. The first is slow and intricate (larghetto), followed by a doppioContinue reading “Nocturne in F-Sharp Major, Op. 15 No. 2”

Sunshine on My Shoulders

Today, I am sharing a song of pure comfort after a week that has been tough on many in my circle. Several loved ones have been carrying heavy burdens, often with no sign of when these might be lifted or with no solution in sight. My heart has also been heavy at learning a friendContinue reading “Sunshine on My Shoulders”

Big Jet Plane

So, hands up, everyone who’s yearning to get away on holiday! It’s now over a year since the first COVID-19 cases developed worldwide, and most of us have spent ten or more months in some form of restricted lifestyle. Like the character in the video for today’s song, many are trapped in unrewarding routines (orContinue reading “Big Jet Plane”

Goose Snow Cone

Content warning: this post contains discussion of mental health. I first heard Aimee Mann’s music in the film, I Am Sam, which starred American actor Sean Penn as a single father with an intellectual disability, at risk of losing custody of his daughter. The soundtrack is made up entirely of covers of Beatles songs; MannContinue reading “Goose Snow Cone”

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”