The Turning Year

This morning, while contemplating what piece of music to share on what I like to refer to as Classical Sunday, I sampled a few violin pieces on Apple Music. Then I shuffled over to YouTube where, serendipitously, its suggestions served up a new work by British ambient music composer and musician Roger Eno. Debuted onContinue reading “The Turning Year”

Bizarre Love Triangle

Today’s selection is a cover of a song by the English post-punk band New Order from their 1986 album Brotherhood. (For other songs by New Order, please see my posts on “Love Vigilantes,” “Your Silent Face,” and “Crystal.”) Nouvelle Vague is a French cover band that I’ve featured once before. A friend had enthusiastically toldContinue reading “Bizarre Love Triangle”

Ode to LRC

Today’s selection is the third song I’ve posted by Charleston, South Carolina, USA-based Band of Horses. (Please see my 2021 post on “Monsters” and 2020 writeup about “On My Way Back Home.”) I’m not sure when I first heard “Ode to LRC,” but I Shazamed it the other day to catch the title after recognizingContinue reading “Ode to LRC”

Ab Ovo

For this first Classical Sunday of 2022, I’m sharing a piece written and performed by Dutch pianist and composer Joep Beving. I stumbled upon today’s selection after listening to another work by him. Wikipedia tells me the title “Ab Ovo” is Latin for “from the beginning, the origin, the egg.” The term refers to theContinue reading “Ab Ovo”

Stumblin’ In

American singer-songwriter and actor Suzi Quatro and English rocker Chris Norman, the lead singer of the band Smokie, teamed up on the single “Stumblin’ In,” released in November 1978 in the United Kingdom and January 1979 in the USA. At the time, I was recently out of school. I hated high school, having felt likeContinue reading “Stumblin’ In”

Neon Noon

Happy holidays, friends, and blessings to you on the sacred and secular traditions you celebrate at this time of year. I’m sorry for bailing on last week’s Classical Sunday. It was a day of rest and reflection on the many blessings in our lives, including a new grandchild (as mentioned in my previous post), andContinue reading “Neon Noon”

Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)

Hello friends, family, followers, One year ago, I posted the instrumental version of “Christmas Time Is Here” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. It’s a family favourite… well, most of the family likes it. Last December, I also posted “Linus and Lucy” and “Für Elise” from the same album, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Please have a listenContinue reading “Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)”

Do You Realize??

This week has been an emotional and exciting one, and the highlight came when one of our lads and his partner gave us the most wonderful Christmas gift: a healthy, wonderful, baby grandson. Among the first songs this beautiful miracle listened to with his parents was The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??” It’s a songContinue reading “Do You Realize??”

Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom for Chorus, Op. 31, XII: Hymn of Praise, “We sing to Thee”

The Christian church is most of the way through observing the season of Advent (for 2021, November 28 to December 24). Today on Classical Sunday, I felt drawn to playing an excerpt from choral work I heard at a friend’s around the first week of the period, two years ago. The Liturgy of St. JohnContinue reading “Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom for Chorus, Op. 31, XII: Hymn of Praise, “We sing to Thee””

My Sweet Lord

Yesterday, I stumbled upon a blog entry by Canadian music broadcaster and historian Alan Cross about a new music video set to a 1970 hit by the former Beatles member, George Harrison (1943-2001). The video for “My Sweet Lord” celebrates last year’s 50th anniversary of the song and the triple album All Things Must Pass,Continue reading “My Sweet Lord”

All This Joy

I have a weekly Zoom call with a man who, though we’ve never met in person, is one of two dear friends from Colorado, USA. In between calls, he and I often text each other to check in, and sometimes send audio texts. A variety of ways to keep connected when travelling to meet upContinue reading “All This Joy”

Artificial Nocturne

I don’t remember how I came to know the music of the Canadian band Metric. It might have been through CBC Radio 3, the public broadcaster’s Internet station. At any rate, I know that when I discovered them, I was hooked. Founded in 1998 in Toronto, Ontario, by Emily Haines and James Shaw–who are alsoContinue reading “Artificial Nocturne”

Rhymes of an Hour

Today’s selection is a song whose title I mentioned in a July 2020 post. In that entry, I featured “Fade into You” by Santa Monica, California alternative rock band Mazzy Star. (Please check out my July 29, 2020 post for more information about the band.) Re-reading the post today, I saw that Elbow frontperson GuyContinue reading “Rhymes of an Hour”

Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor, Op. Posth.

One can discover a lot about history by reading various articles related to a piece of music and those who wrote or have played it. Polish-Jewish author, composer and pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (1911-2000) wrote The Pianist, a memoir of the Holocaust, in 1946. His book was the basis for Roman Polanski’s 2002 biographical drama filmContinue reading “Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor, Op. Posth.”

Touch the Sky

Black Pumas is a psychedelic soul music group I featured in January after hearing their song “Colors” earlier that month on The Morning Show with John Richards on KEXP Seattle (which, by the way, I have not listened to very much lately). I updated that post a couple of days later after serendipitously hearing theContinue reading “Touch the Sky”

Ercole su’l Termodonte, RV 710, Sinfonia. II (Andante)

It’s been a whole week since I posted something on this blog. My sweety and I had a visit from one of our lads who lives away. It was our first time together with him in almost two years. We had a wonderful time, including some family dinners and gatherings and other outings. Our homeContinue reading “Ercole su’l Termodonte, RV 710, Sinfonia. II (Andante)”

You Said Something

During the morning of October 31, 2021, I Shazamed a song I recognized as being sung by English alternative rock singer-songwriter and musician PJ Harvey (aka Polly Jean Harvey). The track was “You Said Something.” I like how the nondescript but pleasing opening instrumental blends into Harvey’s bluesy vocal, and how I can hear aContinue reading “You Said Something”

Bright Star

I recently saw that the North Carolina, USA singer-songwriter and poet Jonathan Byrd featured “Bright Star” on his Facebook page. The song is written and performed by American singer-songwriter and playwright Anaïs Mitchell. The piece, which premiered in late October, has a simple but lovely melody and beautiful vocals. I think it’s a love balladContinue reading “Bright Star”

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was a pianist, composer and conductor in the Romantic period in Germany, and a friend of the composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856). Brahms is one of the composers who came up in a conversation with one of my sons that I referred to a few weeks back; I was looking for some classicalContinue reading “Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor”

Mr. Blue Sky

One of the most incredible things about modern technology and the Internet is how they combine to bring us together when we’re separated by geography, a pandemic, or both. Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, or video messages sent by text or WhatsApp… they’re all tools my sweety and I have used at various times to stay inContinue reading “Mr. Blue Sky”

Wading in Waist-High Water

Today, heading out to an appointment, I had an intense craving to hear Fleet Foxes’ recent album, Shore (2020). I’ve previously shared another song from that collection, “Quiet Air / Gioia.” (That’s a terrific song, by the way; if you don’t know it, please check out my post on it.) The album, the band’s fourth,Continue reading “Wading in Waist-High Water”

Blackbird

Well, I finally did it. I signed up for a music streaming service. I know… the horror, right?! I decided to take on a free trial of Apple Music, as I found it can co-exist with the owned content in my iTunes library. As I’ve often said here, I buy music to support the artistsContinue reading “Blackbird”

Moondog

It’s often said that change is a constant. From the handing off of the suits, shirts and ties that were part of my identity for so many years as a public servant, to serving as a resource to a group that is overseeing a major organizational transition, to the upcoming ending of a group thatContinue reading “Moondog”

Good Morning Starshine

Sometimes, it’s just good to hear a song that rings with optimism. That’s how I was feeling when trying to decide what song to share with you today. When searching the Internet for “songs about positivity,” I found a list that included many good songs, including “Good Morning Starshine” by the American pop singer OliverContinue reading “Good Morning Starshine”

Symphony No. 1, Op. 25, I: Allegro

The Soviet Russian pianist, composer and conductor Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) began writing his Symphony No. 1, Opus 25, also known as the Classical Symphony, in 1916, completing it in 1917. He wrote it in a classical style inspired by the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Last night, my sweety andContinue reading “Symphony No. 1, Op. 25, I: Allegro”

Wonderland

It’s always a pleasure to hear from My Song of the Day for Today readers, either through comments on posts or via emails to me through the Contact link on the website. Yesterday morning, I received a lovely email from English writer, musician and entrepreneur Andy Hobsbawm, who shared a song by Louisiana, USA-born andContinue reading “Wonderland”

Scale It Back

When I hear the term “DJ,” I still think of the person playing prerecorded music at the front of a hall for a social evening (please see my post on “Sunshine on Leith” or, more recently, “Just the Way You Are,” for the lowdown on that Manitoba phenomenon). But my recent experiences have shown meContinue reading “Scale It Back”

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 23, TH. 55, I: Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito

If you’ve been following along, you’ll recall my post about ten days ago, “Introvert,” a rap song by Little Simz introduced to me by one of our lads. I commented in that post about the symphonic sounds in the track. He and I discussed it a few days later as I was drawn to thoseContinue reading “Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 23, TH. 55, I: Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito”

Free to Decide

Sometimes in life, we get to a place of feeling absolute clarity about where we are, where we want to be, and the decisions — sometimes hard ones — that we need to make to get there. I think that’s what Dolores O’Riordan (1971-2018) was writing about with “Free to Decide,” the fourth track fromContinue reading “Free to Decide”

Ave verum corpus

After this past Wednesday’s post on a rap song by Little Simz, I started looking for classical music pieces in which the brass section came across as boldly as those in Simz’s song, “Introvert.” I haven’t found one yet, and I feel that speaks to my lack of knowledge of the genre. I’ll keep lookingContinue reading “Ave verum corpus”

Entangled

In 1975, the English singer, songwriter, producer and activist Peter Gabriel left Genesis, of which he had been a founding member in the 1960s. I was introduced to Genesis and Gabriel’s music by a school mate though, I didn’t follow Gabriel closely until his album Us (1992). (I posted about that friend in “Washing ofContinue reading “Entangled”

Introvert

To riff on the title of today’s selection for a moment, as many of us joked during the last year and a half, “there’s never been a better time to be an introvert.” At the same time, the often intense pandemic-related social isolation (other than hundreds of Zoom meetings and gatherings) has led to anContinue reading “Introvert”

Violin Concerto No. 2 in F, Op. 8/3, RV 293, “Autumn,” II: Adagio molto

Today in my country, it is Thanksgiving Sunday, during a long holiday weekend observed without question in the same way for many generations. In recent years, and particularly this year, it seems that is changing. As a nation, Canada has been forced to reckon with a story of colonialism and the devastating consequences of aContinue reading “Violin Concerto No. 2 in F, Op. 8/3, RV 293, “Autumn,” II: Adagio molto”

Green Eyes

I mention Coldplay’s song “Green Eyes” in my May 22, 2021 post on “The Scientist,” saying today’s selection is one of the better-known of the British band’s earlier songs. But re-reading that post today, I’m not so sure that is an accurate statement after all. Coldplay never released “Green Eyes” as a single, and I’mContinue reading “Green Eyes”

Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K 339, V: Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Psalms 116/117)

Today for Classical Sunday, I’m featuring an old family favourite soprano soloist, Kiri Te Kanawa. One of my favourite pieces in the New Zealand soprano’s repertoire is the fifth movement of the Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). The Laudate Dominum omnes gentes is a setting of the two-verse PsalmContinue reading “Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K 339, V: Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Psalms 116/117)”

The Air That I Breathe

This morning while driving home from an appointment, I heard the British pop group The Hollies’ cover of “The Air That I Breathe” playing on SiriusXM radio’s The Bridge soft rock stream. It’s a station I listen to a fair amount when not listening to my own playlists. “The Air That I Breathe” is aContinue reading “The Air That I Breathe”

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

This week, Canadian schools observe Truth and Reconciliation Week, while tomorrow, September 30, our country will pause to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in our history. The day comes after much introspection and examination of our country’s past and publicity through the year regarding the unmarked graves of thousands of FirstContinue reading “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”

Alone Again (Naturally)

On Fridays, I usually post an upbeat song to ring in the weekend. While driving to an appointment with my sweety earlier this week, the poignant Gilbert O’Sullivan song “Alone Again (Naturally)” played on SiriusXM radio’s The Bridge stream. I don’t know if we’ve ever heard it together before, but the other day I wasContinue reading “Alone Again (Naturally)”

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 (The Colorado Song)

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 (The Colorado Song)”

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”