Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007, I: Prelude

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) wrote the Cello suites, BWV 1007-1012, six pieces for unaccompanied cello, between 1717 and 1723. The suites are very technical and complex; not unusual characteristics for Bach’s music. Surviving copies of the original manuscript were not annotated and, therefore, difficult to interpret. The music was not well known or publicly performedContinue reading “Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007, I: Prelude”

The Unfolding

It has been over a week since I made a blog post to My Song of the Day for Today. The past week has been quite full, with Covid-deferred appointments finally starting to happen again. Yesterday, a reader reached out through my Contact page with a brief but sufficient message, “Hey Steve, song of theContinue reading “The Unfolding”

We Resist

Around the time when I was hanging out with the friend I mention in my post on R.E.M.’s song “Drive,” he introduced me to the music of the rock band Midnight Oil. Formed in 1972 under the name Farm and after changing their name in 1976, Midnight Oil developed a strong following in their homeContinue reading “We Resist”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”