Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

We have come to the second-last track on Arcade Fire’s 2010 album, The Suburbs. The song begins with a bounding, hopeful-sounding beat, and there is a soft, almost playful affect to Regine Chassagne’s voice, in contrast to the conflict-charged vocals in previous tracks sung by her lover in the story (and partner in real life),Continue reading “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

Empty Room

We’re continuing to explore The Suburbs, by Arcade Fire. Jumping ahead to the fifth track on the album, today’s selection is “Empty Room.” If, like I’ve said before, as recently as Monday, that the album were a rock opera, well, this song would be an allegro due to its fast pace. The dual violins atContinue reading “Empty Room”

The Skye Boat Song

Paul Robeson (1898-1976) accomplished many things in several occupations in his life: a baritone singer performing Broadway, opera, spirituals and traditional folk songs; an actor; a football player in the National Football League; and, briefly, a lawyer.  He was a controversial figure in the history of America due to his sympathies for communist Russia, whichContinue reading “The Skye Boat Song”