Tag Archives: Music

A Christmas Clip Show

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The Spirit Awakes

His Master’s Voice by Francis Barraud (1899)

I might have called this post “Whine-O-Rama”, but I’m trying to understand the process from a more enlightened position. Continue reading

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Wooden Boats II (9/11/11)

Here are some more glimpses from our 35th annual Wooden Boat Festival. Continue reading

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The Taming of Everything

The Uptown Fair on Lawrence Street

Every dwelling place requires periodic cleaning.  Our hearts are the apartments in which we dwell.  They need cleaning too. Continue reading

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Small Town Graded Down Blues

Miss Anne, an Uptown lady, told us how it used to be.

My little town had the blues last week.  The rest of the world has the blues too, something or other about debts and deficits, but we in the old port town celebrated having the blues with a festival. Continue reading

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Shapeshifting

La Belle et La Bete (1946)

There’s a tension that exists between natural and artificial order.  You can be creative by playing that tension as if it was a tuned string.  If you continue to play, you will undergo a transformation that unifies art and nature.  You merge with everything. Continue reading

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Animal, Vestigial, Musical

Dondo and Cell Microtower

We talk within contexts, in groups, in culture, varying with the situation or occasion.  I’m trying to collapse the different levels, and unite modernity with tribal spirit.  At the most basic level, we pass messages as animals.  We smile or show other facial reactions within each other’s sight.  It’s more elementary than language. Continue reading

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Scratching Post

The cats and I each have items used to exercise our paws.

My period of relevance has passed.  I’m enjoying my life very much, but I know I am out-of-sync with current culture. Continue reading

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More Music You Didn’t Know You Knew

The original page with “O Fortuna” in Carmina Burana

Romantic, Classical and Baroque music is often repurposed for film soundtracks and other things.  It’s evocative and heightens emotional impact if chosen wisely, and it’s cheap compared to the cost of licensing current pop songs Continue reading

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Where There is Charity

Our bodies are instruments, the first ones that were ever played.  Rhythm comes from our awareness of the beat of our hearts.  Melody is the practiced pattern of chosen pitches, but it originates in the verbal interactions between parents and children.  Our baby squeals reached higher and higher pitches.  It gave us delight.  Our parents lulled us to sleep using peaceful vocal tones.

Here’s another example of a song that has managed the trick of time-travel.  Many of you just heard a bit of it last Friday, but didn’t know how ancient it was.  I’ll show you the trail from long, long ago. Continue reading

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Elegant Borrowing

Artists borrow material from earlier artists in order to adapt it for use in new works.  Allow me to focus on music to illustrate.  If a melody has depth and flexibility it can be reworked and reused in other ways such as marrying it to different sets of lyrics, or rearranging the instrumentation. Continue reading

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Queen of Denial

“Some people said I couldn’t sing,

but no one could say I didn’t sing.”

Let me begin on a positive note.  Singing is good for everyone, and learning to love music will enrich your life.  But you ought to be better than average before charging people money to see you perform, unless you are destined to be among the best of the worst. Continue reading

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Music for the Silly

A detail from John Stump’s “Faerie’s Aire and Death Waltz”

Humans are toolmakers.  They also make music.  This can be taken to absurd extremes.  Given sufficient time and will, you can try making music out of almost anything.  That doesn’t mean it won’t turn out weird. Continue reading

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Too Much Love

The Red Roofs by Camille Pissaro (1877)

Many published posts about LOVE around Valentine’s Day.  Love is always important. It’s also possible to have too much to handle. Continue reading

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Deep River

The Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1877

The musical song form known as spirituals began as a beautiful union between American slaves’ desire for freedom, their identification with Old Testament stories, and a post Civil War embrace of European choral harmonization in Black colleges like Fisk University. Continue reading

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All Things New (and Doctor Who)

As of next week I will have been blogging for a year.  Since this time last year I’ve moved to a new home thousands of miles from the previous one, begun a new profession, and published over 100 thousand words in this space, but that’s not all.  I’ve also become a WHOVIAN, a fan of the British (BBC Wales) TV show “Doctor Who”. Continue reading

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The Best Unturned Stones

La Liseuse (The Reader) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

It’s a holiday weekend, but I’m going to be working my tail off pulling extra shifts.  I won’t have time to visit with you lovely people for a few days.  Just in case you’ll miss me, here are my picks of FIVE GREAT EARLY POSTS Continue reading

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Eight Miles High

It’s raining so hard the rhododendrons are losing their petals.  When I was little I didn’t like rain, but I’ve changed.  My desert-born wife loves rain.  It rained like this on our wedding day, one of the luckiest days of my life. Continue reading

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Companion on the Road

I had lunch at a place where a Mexican Mothership was landing, bringing to Earth the gift of Giant Cosmic Chiles.  I’ve been cranking around the Wheel really hard lately.  I landed a part-time job at an Urgent Care Clinic.  It’s not enough work to get my wife back, but it’s a start.  I needed a break. I took a bus to Seattle to see a show at the Paramount Theater, built in 1928.  It was given by performers I’ve listened to and loved on radio for 35 years. Continue reading

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The Best Instrument (Finale)

Round Sound Lost and Found

I’m going to wrap up this series for beginning singers by covering several other relevant topics at once.  I don’t want you to get discouraged by thinking there’s just too much.  This is a process, like learning to speak or read. Continue reading

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