Space Age Love Song

An internet search for concert dates in the 1980s for the band A Flock of Seagulls didn’t help me find when they played in Winnipeg, Canada at the Centennial Concert Hall; I think it was in 1983 or 1984. I also don’t remember if there was an opening act!  All that said, I do rememberContinue reading “Space Age Love Song”

Serenade No. 10 for Winds, ‘Gran Partita,’ Movement No. 3 (Adagio)

The film Amadeus was released in 1984 and, though a period piece which might have limited appeal, it took the world by storm. This was not only because of the portrayal of the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart but also the impeccable casting of newcomer Tom Hulce as the main character: he playsContinue reading “Serenade No. 10 for Winds, ‘Gran Partita,’ Movement No. 3 (Adagio)”

Akanaki Nokunaka

In the late 1990s, my two young sons and I spent a lot of time in the Manitoba Children’s Museum, as we had a membership to it as well as the Manitoba Museum (I recall there was some package deal among museums). We didn’t have much money at the time, so these places were goodContinue reading “Akanaki Nokunaka”

I Must Be in a Good Place Now

It’s Friday, again! You made it through another week of working remotely, working the frontlines, caring for others, navigating this challenging time we’re living in; whatever you are doing, pat yourself on the back. Hopefully, it’s your weekend now. Enjoy! And if you are taking a break from work or other obligations, or have gottenContinue reading “I Must Be in a Good Place Now”

Lullaby

I have kind of a like/dislike relationship with The Cure. I remember jumping on board with my “friends 2.0” when they were enthralled with the British group in the early 1980s, a few years after the band formed. In 2011, in a moment of “like,” I purchased their Greatest Hits collection from the iTunes Store.Continue reading “Lullaby”

“Belle” of the Earth

South African keyboardist and Moog synthesizer wizard Manfred Mann has been in the music business since 1962 and formed Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in 1972. “Blinded by the Light,” written by Bruce Springsteen, is probably the most famous Earth Band single. The record Angel Station came out in 1979, and it was one of theContinue reading ““Belle” of the Earth”

Goldberg Variations: Aria

After a longer ride today (55 kilometres), I was feeling a bit lazy and tired, and it seemed like a good time to listen to a little Johann Sebastian Bach. One piece I heard was from the Goldberg Variations, BW 988: Aria, played by American classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein on J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, releasedContinue reading “Goldberg Variations: Aria”

Let It Go

Today, I drove to a local bookseller to pick up two poetry books I bought online for Sweety, for Mothers’ Day. Yeah. They were in the city when I ordered them ten days or so in advance. But whatever; we lived… just hungering for poetry… anyway, she loved them. Mary Oliver and Maya Angelou. TheContinue reading “Let It Go”

Isolation

Happy Friday, friends! Of all John Lennon’s compositions for The Beatles and his solo work, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard today’s song, “Isolation,” before today. This morning I was poking around the BBC 6 Music website and delved into some April 2019 archives of Cillian Murphy, the Irish actor in Peaky Blinders (a show IContinue reading “Isolation”

Running Red Lights

I’m not one to advocate for excessive government intervention in most things, but when society shows a lack of will to control certain behaviours, I’m all in. Speeding and the running of red lights is one such area. I’ll apologize in advance for the rant, like “sorry-not-sorry.” In some cases, government regulation is essential, byContinue reading “Running Red Lights”

Bare

It’s late in a day that saw us spend about 11 hours out working in the yard today. A hot, sunny, windy, glorious Manitoba spring day. Our neighbourhood has 115-year-old elm trees which are awesome, but this is not so awesome for the lawn. The grass struggles to grow and has done so for theContinue reading “Bare”

Splitting the Atom

Massive Attack is an electronic group I know nothing about, aside from the fact that their piece “Teardrop” was the theme music for the TV series House, M.D., and I always found it to be a clever piece of music. The show ran from 2004 to 2012, starring British actor Hugh Laurie as the American diagnosticContinue reading “Splitting the Atom”

Adagio in “G”

This week I took another trip out to Birds Hill Park to ride my bike around the perimeter roadway. The park is officially open now, and as it is the May Long Weekend, the campground is open, and many camper-trailers were being hauled in. I stood half an hour in a physically-distanced line at theContinue reading “Adagio in “G””

Faster Than Light

Lately, since I discovered Neil Finn’s Fangradio blog via KEXP Seattle, I’ve added the blog to my listening routine (which led me to my posts on “Distant Sun” and “One Step Ahead”). From April 28 to May 11, while he was recording for Crowded House, Finn’s daily shows were compilations of highlights, returning to theContinue reading “Faster Than Light”

Tomorrow

Today is yesterday’s tomorrow, as they say. Yesterday when I shared to Facebook my post on the slightly eerie-sounding “Smiling Faces Sometimes,” Sweety and I bantered back on and forth about the darker song contrasting with “Lorelei,” the happy song from the day before. The conversation led to her quoting a line from “Tomorrow,” theContinue reading “Tomorrow”

Smiling Faces Sometimes

I was thinking this morning about songs on the topics of betrayal and back-stabbing. The first song I found was “The Back Stabbers” by the O’Jays. Then I found today’s selection, “Smiling Faces Sometimes,” by The Undisputed Truth. It was originally recorded by the Temptations, in 1971, running for about 12 minutes. The version byContinue reading “Smiling Faces Sometimes”

Lorelei

This morning, skimming through my Facebook feed, I noticed a “Musicians and Friends” group member posted a video of a Styx tribute band playing “Lorelei.” I immediately had memories of a friend playing the original song on the stereo at his house in the St. Norbert suburb of Winnipeg, Canada in what must have beenContinue reading “Lorelei”