Grace

It feels like it’s time for another piece of ambient music. Yesterday, on the first official day of autumn, Sweety and I drove to the beach and spent all afternoon and early evening there. Strangely, more insects were chomping on us than any time this summer, but I suppose they were just stocking up. WeContinue reading “Grace”

Deep Blue

The most powerful films I’ve seen leave me rapt in attention to the music at the ending credits… often wishing the film just wouldn’t end. In my imagination, I’ve pretended that some of my most favourite songs were the ending themes to movies. I mentioned in my post on Dire Straits’ song “Sultans of Swing”Continue reading “Deep Blue”

Clear Desert Night

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Sweety and I planned to drive out of the city last night to try to view some of the Perseid meteor shower.  We left home a bit before 10:00 pm and arrived at Birds Hill Provincial Park about three-quarters of an hour later. We tried viewing the sky fromContinue reading “Clear Desert Night”

A Model of the Universe

This week’s classical Sunday piece comes from the soundtrack for the film The Theory of Everything, the story of Stephen and Jane Hawking. The score was written by Jóhann Jóhannsson, who died in 2018 at the age of 48. He had composed soundtracks for numerous films; among others are Arrival, Prisoners, Sicario, Mary Magdalene. TheContinue reading “A Model of the Universe”

Hold You in My Arms

I am not sure where I first heard American singer-songwriter and musician Ray LaMontagne’s music; it may have been in a film or TV (as his music has been featured in numerous soundtracks). Or perhaps it was on late-night radio, though film/TV seems more like it is correct. In August 2011, I bought his secondContinue reading “Hold You in My Arms”

Lawyers in Love

Today I thought of the Jackson Browne song, “Lawyers in Love,” from the 1983 album of the same name. And whenever I think of it, I recall one of my brothers asking me what I thought about the keyboard part echoing Browne’s “love call” in the then-new song. I honestly didn’t catch that at first, butContinue reading “Lawyers in Love”

Gabriel’s Oboe

The earliest I recall hearing the music of Ennio Morricone, who died this past week, was in the 1960s Fistful of Dollars series of director Sergio Leone’s western movies that starred Clint Eastwood.  I was four years old when A Fistful of Dollars came out. For a Few Dollars More was released the following year,Continue reading “Gabriel’s Oboe”

The Poet Acts

The first time I heard of the American composer and pianist Philip Glass was through his score for the 1982 experimental film, Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance. I remember being in the theatre, mesmerized by the movie and the paradox of simplicity in many of the scenes of slow-motion/time-lapse photography, wordlessly set against the complex,Continue reading “The Poet Acts”

The Boys Are Back in Town

Happy Friday! Where the heck did that whole week go? Thin Lizzy released the album Jailbreak in 1976, the year most of my school friends were getting their drivers’ licences. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I did not get mine until I was 19; after failing the road test the first time, I wasn’tContinue reading “The Boys Are Back in Town”

Streets of Philadelphia

Full disclosure, here at the start: I’ve never been a big fan of Bruce Springsteen’s. But, I honour him as a significant musical presence in the world. We just have never really clicked… for the most part. But I hope you’ll read on anyway; I am sure it will be worth your time. One songContinue reading “Streets of Philadelphia”

The Dark End of the Street

Hands up if you remember the musical-comedy-drama film, The Commitments. Directed by Alan Parker, it was released in 1991, the year before I became a daddy! It’s a fabulous film with a brilliant soundtrack that I haven’t listened to in full for a long time, though I’ve heard individual tracks from time to time. IContinue reading “The Dark End of the Street”

Sunshine on Leith

If you’re from or have lived in Manitoba, Canada, you’ll know about the local phenomenon, “the social” (when I was very young, it was called a “social evening”). It’s a big sort of party, usually in a hall or community centre, with a music person playing unbearably loud music well beyond the negligible acoustical accommodationsContinue reading “Sunshine on Leith”

Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero)

Trigger warning: this post contains discussion of suicide. A half-dozen friends and I went to see the movie, Local Hero in 1983. They all hated it. I loved it. All the characters had such magnificent and unique personalities and the story was wonderful, playful and touching. I won’t give it away if you haven’t seenContinue reading “Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero)”

January 6, 2020 – Deep Blue Day

When I bought my first stereo in around 1976-77, one of my brothers told me that the first record I really needed to buy was Brian Eno’s Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy. I found it, and was very glad I did; it touched off a lifelong love for Eno’s music. From his time as theContinue reading “January 6, 2020 – Deep Blue Day”