Line of Fire

Today’s selection is a song I’ve heard many times on Apple Music, and have thought several times about sharing. It’s by Junip, a Swedish rock band. A trio of childhood friends, Jose Gonzalez, Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn, formed the band in 1998. Araya left the group around 2010, and the remaining duo has keptContinue reading “Line of Fire”

Sicilienne, Op. 78 (Arr. for Flute and Guitar)

In 1892, a theatre manager in Paris, France, asked French organist, pianist, composer and conductor Charles-Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) to write incidental music for the production of a play by the French poet, actor and playwright Jean-Baptiste Polequin (aka Moliere, 1622-1673).  Articles on Wikipedia tell that Saint-Saens was too busy to take on the proposition. HeContinue reading “Sicilienne, Op. 78 (Arr. for Flute and Guitar)”

I Talk to the Wind (Duo Version)

The English progressive rock band King Crimson is a group I don’t know much about. There’s a lengthy article about them on Wikipedia, and I skimmed it looking for bits of info I’d maybe recognize about the band, which formed in London, England, in 1968. The only members of the band I’m relatively familiar withContinue reading “I Talk to the Wind (Duo Version)”

Running to Stand Still

Listening to the Irish rock band U2’s “Running to Stand Still” yesterday, I was struck by the beauty and slowed-down simplicity of the song. As I sought information about the piece, I found a lengthy and fascinating Wikipedia article telling about the background, composition, recording and production of the song from U2’s highly successful 1987Continue reading “Running to Stand Still”

Talk Talk

The opening track on the 1982 debut album by English new wave/synth-pop band Talk Talk, led by singer Mark Hollis (1955-2019), is “Talk Talk.” Reading up on the song this evening, I learned that Hollis’s previous band, The Reaction, recorded and released it in 1977 as “Talk Talk Talk Talk.” That’s a lot of talk.Continue reading “Talk Talk”

Kalina

The week-old war in Ukraine remains high in the global consciousness. In the past few days, I’ve heard some state that it is getting a level of attention never devoted to other illegal invasions through history. This may be true, though, in my opinion, it doesn’t change the fact that the world is in aContinue reading “Kalina”

Chants d’Auvergne, Book 1: No. 2, Baïlèro

While recently checking out YouTube’s recommended videos, I found a piece I wanted to share with you. Wikipedia tells me that the French author, composer and musicologist Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957) wrote an arrangement of Chants d’Auvergne, a collection of folk songs from the Auvergne region of France, between 1923 and 1930. The compilation, which isContinue reading “Chants d’Auvergne, Book 1: No. 2, Baïlèro”

You’re So Vain

One of American singer, songwriter and children’s author Carly Simon’s most popular hits is “You’re So Vain,” which she wrote in 1971 and recorded the following year. Over the years, part of the song’s allure has been the mystery surrounding who exactly she’s saying is so vain. There has been much speculation, guessing and proddingContinue reading “You’re So Vain”

Mysteries (1)

“… i’ll be there anytime…” It’s the tail-end of a really full day that followed a night somewhat empty of sleep. By the time I did all the important stuff I had set out to do today, and after a top-up of some time in nature, I walked in the door awash in fresh snowflakesContinue reading “Mysteries (1)”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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 internet-basedContinue reading “Love Vigilantes”

Whole Lotta Love

As I opened YouTube today, I saw it offered up a few suggestions of videos by American record producer and educator Rick Beato, whose “What Makes This Song Great?” series I quote in several posts on this blog. I watched episode 43, which profiles and breaks down today’s selection, “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin.Continue reading “Whole Lotta Love”

Good Vibrations

Today I began listening to BBC 6 Music during morning rituals and routines. The always affable guest host Huw Stephens was in the chair on Shaun Keaveny’s show (13:00-16:00 GMT). After a news break, Stephens’ playlist resumed and “Good Vibrations” by the California, USA band, The Beach Boys was the first song I took noteContinue reading “Good Vibrations”

Prisencolinensinainciusol

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m really into cycling. I poked around trails on a hybrid bike for years, but two years ago at age 59, I bought a road bike and have never looked back. During the cold winters in my city of Winnipeg, Canada, I ride on aContinue reading “Prisencolinensinainciusol”

A Case of U

Noah Baerman, a friend who is a composer, musician and university educator in Connecticut, USA, reminded his people that today is the fifth anniversary of the death of the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and dancer, Prince (1958-2016). As Baerman often does, he accompanied his message with a top-ten list of favourite Prince tracks.Continue reading “A Case of U”

Disappearer

Recently, a friend shared on Facebook that she introduced her son to the music of the American post-punk, “no wave” band, Sonic Youth. Guitarist and singer Thurston Moore formed the group in New York City, New York, USA, in 1980. Then, following the breakdown of his marriage with bassist and singer Kim Gordon, Sonic YouthContinue reading “Disappearer”

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Some months back, I listened to an episode of Irish actor and music aficionado Cillian Murphy’s BBC 6 Music guest host program (“Volume 6: Music for After Dark,” from November 23, 2020). Murphy has sat in on Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour when the Elbow frontperson has been away touring or recording, and I often enjoyContinue reading “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”

Weird Fishes

Happy Friday! On this bright, sunny day (and cool/windy… not like Monday’s “heatwave” day across Manitoba!) I’m sharing a song with dreamy and rocking aspects to it, “Weird Fishes,” by British singer-songwriter and producer Lianne La Havas. I heard the song on BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, the February 7 episode, “Enjoy EnjoyContinue reading “Weird Fishes”

Walking on Sunshine

Katrina and the Waves were a British-American band active from 1981 to 1999. The band actually started in 1975 as The Waves, but never recorded any music and morphed into Mama’s Cookin,’ a pop cover band from England which featured American Katrina Leskanich as singer and keyboard player. Some more personnel changes led to theContinue reading “Walking on Sunshine”

The Best Is Yet to Come

Happy Friday! With a title like “The Best Is Yet to Come,” today’s song seems like a good one on which to ride into the weekend. Wikipedia tells me composer Cy Coleman (1929-2004) and lyricist Carolyn Leigh (1926-1983), both of America, wrote it in 1959. They also co-wrote “Bewitched,” another piece sung by American singer,Continue reading “The Best Is Yet to Come”

Wild Is the Wind

Today one of my lads reacted to my Facebook post of Saturday’s blog entry on Nina Simone’s (1933-2003) “Lilac Wine,” from her 1966 album Wild Is the Wind. He commented that yesterday was the late singer’s birthday. I hadn’t noticed the date when looking up information about her. My blog piece on “Lilac Wind” mightContinue reading “Wild Is the Wind”

Kiss Them for Me

I can’t say I followed the punk rock scene of the mid-1970s, though I suppose I observed from a distance what was going on due to my constant fascination with music. But English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer Susan Ballion, better known as Siouxsie Sioux, sure did. She first saw the English punk rock bandContinue reading “Kiss Them for Me”

Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind Stayed on Freedom)

On my trip down an internet rabbit hole yesterday, I randomly came across a few spiritual-type songs and other tunes. Among these songs was a video of a performance of “Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind Stayed on Freedom)” by the Resistance Revival Chorus at TEDxAsburyPark in New Jersey, USA, in 2019. However, theContinue reading “Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind Stayed on Freedom)”

The Birds

Maybe you’ve been a follower of this blog for a while. In that case, you’ll know I take a lot of inspiration and acquire much of my new music from the recommendations of Guy Garvey, the lead singer of Elbow during his weekly program, Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC 6 Music, on Sundays (2:00Continue reading “The Birds”

Hello You Who

This week through a friend in Colorado, I learned of a band, Elephant Revival, and I started looking for some music by them. Unfortunately, they aren’t together anymore, but the band had a unique style from what I’ve seen so far, including the instruments played (cello, upright bass, violin, electric banjo, and washboard). According toContinue reading “Hello You Who”

Day by Day

Today, I dug into and — rare for me — listened to a whole episode of BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour in one sitting. It was the November 8, 2020 episode, “Hello Matt Berninger” (the frontperson of the band The National is interviewed by Garvey). Garvey said how much he has always lovedContinue reading “Day by Day”

MLK/Pride (In the Name of Love)

My philosophy on anything the British musician, visual artist, sound designer, music producer, theorist and activist Brian Eno puts his name to is simply, “buy it.” That practice has never failed me since first picking up one of Eno’s albums at the behest of one of my brothers in 1976 (as I’ve mentioned before here,Continue reading “MLK/Pride (In the Name of Love)”

Lonely People

The day before yesterday, in the car just getting on the road, I flipped on the SiriusXM soft-rock radio channel, The Bridge, as I wasn’t yet sure what playlist of my music I wanted to hear. (We still have Sirius as, whenever I call to cancel, they offer me a ridiculously cheap, six-month extension ofContinue reading “Lonely People”

At the River

Having spent two afternoons and evenings at the beach this week, I’m keenly aware of and appreciating the beauty of the living world — the sky, the land, the water and the air. Such magnificence all around us. (And sure, a little irony that my sweety and I drove out there twice, but I rationalizeContinue reading “At the River”

The Magdalene Laundries

A few years ago, my sweety and I watched the 2002 Peter Mullan film, The Magdalene Sisters. What an excellent movie, though heart-wrenching to see the conditions imposed on young women and girls. The film centres on three teenage girls sent to live at the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. The Wikipedia writeup on the laundriesContinue reading “The Magdalene Laundries”

I’m Not in Love

The English band 10cc was another band I learned of during those basement suite parties that one of my brothers invited me to, as talked about here and here. “I’m Not in Love,” released 45 years ago last month, is likely 10cc’s most famous, commercially-successful single. “The Things We Do for Love” is another bigContinue reading “I’m Not in Love”