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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice -You’ve Never Seen a Ghost (Holy or otherwise).

The universe is an amazing thing. While you are “sitting still” reading this post, you, me, and everyone else are hurdling through space at an unfathomable speed. This is almost as amazing as the fact that we, for the most part, don’t even notice that we’re doing it. The Earth rotates 1,600km/h at the equator, which goes down to 0 at the poles, for an average of 800km/h across the planet. Our orbit takes us around the sun at 107,000 km/h and our solar system’s orbit around the galaxy has us going about 792,000 km/h. On top of that our solar (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: HarperMan

Not surprisingly, the musician is being investigated by the paranoid and vindictive Harper Government.

The Streisand Effect is working though, and is a hit today.

When I tweeted #Harperman last June & you RTed it @saskboy, I did wonder if #cpc thugs would come after Tony. They sure did. @althiaraj

— deBeauxOs (@deBeauxOs1) August 28, 2015

Tony Turner sang #Harperman protest song with his church group. Where's the office of Religious Freedom? #cdnpoli

— PatRiotchick (@PatOndabak) August 28, 2015

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Electronica Interlude – Illusion by VNV Nation

For Intransigentia.



I know it’s hard to tell how mixed up you feel Hoping what you need is behind every door Each time you get hurt, I don’t want you to change Because everyone has hopes, you’re human after all

The feeling sometimes wishing you were someone else Feeling as though you never belong This feeling is not sadness, this feeling is not joy I truly understand, please don’t cry now

Please don’t go, I want you to stay I’m begging you, please, please don’t leave here I don’t want you to hate for all the hurt (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Classical Music Interlude – Hayden Cello Concerto No. 1

Hayden is often referred to as the Father of Classical music. Listen and find out why.


All three movements of this work are written in sonata form, unlike the second concerto, where rondo form is used in the second and third movements. This concerto is more related to Haydn’s violin concerti than its follower, holding very close resemblance to the Violin Concerto no. 3 in A major, such as the first movement’s etched rhythms, and flowing second themes, a peaceful slow movement, and a brisk finale. Both concerti were composed in the same period of time.

Entrance (Read more…)

350 or bust: If Not Now, Then When?

Carrie Newcomer, a talented singer songwriter and fellow Citizen Climate Lobbyist, played at CCL’s National Conference in Washington, DC in June. Here’s one of the songs she played. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It uplifts me when I need it the most. * Citizens Climate Lobby

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043

The Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043, also known as the Double Violin Concerto, is perhaps one of the most famous works by J. S. Bach and considered among the best examples of the work of the late Baroque period. Bach wrote it between 1717 and 1723 when he was the Kapellmeister at the court of Anhalt-Köthen, Germany.[1] Later in 1739, in Leipzig, he created an arrangement for two harpsichords, transposed into C minor, BWV 1062.[1] In addition to the two soloists, the concerto is scored for strings and basso (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Bach – March in D major, BWV Anh. 122

Another deceptively simple looking pieces from the Master. I’ve tackled this one and well, it still has the best of me. That chromatic transition at the end of the A section is just death, let me assure you.

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PostArctica: Bob Dylan, Hiroshima, Great Balls of Fire

From an article at CommonDreams.

“What gets in your blood?” the editor asked.

“The whole culture,” Dylan answered.

What do you mean? What are you saying? the editor asked. He kept pushing Dylan to explain where rock and roll came from.

Finally, when push came to shove, Bob Dylan gave the definitive answer.


“The atom bomb fueled the entire world that came after it,” Dylan said.

“What we need are people who are not afraid to wake up, to be aware, to be mindful, to be nonviolent, to be alert to what has happened and what continues (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Bach, Minuet in G, Anna Magdalena Notebook (Petzold)

I can play the first part. If I can find the second part, I’ll work on that too.

The Minuet in G major is a keyboard piece included in the 1725 Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach. Until 1970 it was attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV Anh 114), but it is now universally attributed to Christian Petzold.[1][2][3] It is a 32-measure piece primarily in the key of G major, but measures 20-23 are in D major.

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Music Interlude – Beethoven’s String Quartet No.1 in F major, Op.18 No.1

“The String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1 begins one of the greatest cycles of music in the entire Western Classical canon, the sixteen quartets of Beethoven spanning the whole of his creative life. Composed between 1798 and 1800, the six Op. 18 quartets show an astonishing mastery of the language of Haydn and Mozart, a language that Beethoven used nonetheless to express his own emerging personality and to demonstrate his own relentless innovative creativity. These are “classical” works in the truest sense: Beethoven’s closest “imitation” of Haydn and Mozart before he would revolutionize the genre (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Guitar Interlude – Canarios from Gaspar Sanz (Spain 1640-1710)

Gaspar Sanz’s birth date is unknown but he was baptized as Francisco Bartolome Sanz y Celma in the church of Calanda de Ebro, Aragon on 4 April 1640 later adopting the first name “Gaspar”.

After gaining his Bachelor of Theology at the University of Salamanca,[1] Gaspar Sanz travelled to Naples, Rome and perhaps Venice to further his music education. He is thought to have studied under Orazio Benevoli, choirmaster at the Vatican and Cristofaro Caresana, organist at the Royal Chapel of Naples. He spent some years as the organist of the Spanish Viceroy at Naples.

Sanz learned (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Sibelius Symphony No.2

The symphony is in four movements, with the third movement and the finale played attacca:

Allegretto – Poco allegro – Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo all’allegro – Poco largamente – Tempo I – Poco allegro Tempo andante, ma rubato – Poco allegro – Molto largamente – Andante sostenuto – Andante con moto ed energico – Allegro – Poco largamente – Molto largamente – Andante sostenuto – Andante con moto ed energico – Andante – Pesante Vivacissimo – Lento e soave – Tempo primo – Lento e soave – (attacca) Finale: Allegro moderato – Moderato assai – (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Soylent is here, and its not green

Soylent Purple is purple people? They’d be purple people eaters.

It’s an actual meal replacement product that you make the day before, put into your fridge, and eat as liquid meals the next day.

“I wouldn’t eat you, cause you’re so tough!”

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Musical Interlude – Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio

Opus 70 is a set of two Piano Trios by Ludwig van Beethoven, written for piano, violin, and cello. Both trios were composed during Beethoven’s stay at Countess Marie von Erdödy’s estate, and both are dedicated to her for her hospitality. They were published in 1809.

The first, in D major, known as the Ghost, is one of his best known works in the genre (rivaled only by the Archduke Trio). The D major trio features themes found in the second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. The All-Music Guide states that “because of its strangely scored and (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Queen City Ex Musical Ride

Here’s an advance preview, if a similar “musical ride” comes to Regina?

Kids expecting horses and music from RCMP Musical Ride treated to para-military violence.

— CC (@canadiancynic) June 29, 2015 TechDirt: The Copyright term extension is now law

The internet we love is based on creators being able to freely, cheaply, and easily share their work. But the government’s decision to extend the term of copyright for sound recordings was strictly the product of behind-the-scenes industry lobbying with no broader public consultation or discussion. 

Article by Techdirt

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Musical Interlude – Paul Simon – The Obvious Child

Catchy Melody – Check.

Fantastic Rhythm – Check.

Meaningful Lyrics – Check.

Paul Simon and company lay down another great track for you and me to listen too. Mission Accomplished.

And of course some history:

Following the success of 1986’s Graceland, on which he worked principally with South African musicians, Simon broadened his interests in diverse forms of music from around the world. He turned to Latin America for the musicians and rhythms which characterize much of this album, partnering with Afro-Brazilian superstars Grupo Cultural Olodum, masters of the heavily percussive sub-style of samba called Batuque (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Short Musical Quiz: Chimp Vs. Sumerian Zither

A Midi recording of the oldest known musical composition (from 1400 BC), which originally would have been played on some kind of dorky harp instrument:The first known drum solo by a chimp:Which do you like better?  So far I’m leaning chimp.  He reminds me a bit of Mickey Waller, who played for Rod Stewart back in the day.Actually, if you have the chimp drum along to the zither it isn’t bad either.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: I’m On A Streetcar

@vickersty I'm on a streetcar, taking rides and shit, the ride is thrashing, getting everybody all sick, but this the TTC yo, it's real 1/2

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 22, 2015

as it gets, I’m on a streetcar, don’t you ever forget! Eff walking, I’m on a streetcar mothereffer, eff cars I’m on a streetcar mothereffer, the steetcar’s wheels make noise mothereffer!

I really enjoy the Lonely Island song, “I’m on a boat”. I eve found a t-shirt for it while traveling in PEI.

What if it was adapted for streetcars?

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Beethoven’s 7th 2nd Movement.

Leave it to Beethoven to capture the keen spirit of melancholic grief.

” The famous A-minor Allegretto is framed by the same unstable chord to open and close the movement. The form is ABABA with the opening section using a theme that is once again more distinctive for its rhythmic profile than for its melody. The movement builds in intensity and includes a fugue near the end.”


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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude: Iceland Edition

As you read this right now, our choir is on tour in Iceland. One of the songs we are singing is Heyr himna smiður, an Icelandic hymn, with the text of an 800-year-old poem, that was set to music in the 20th century. The harmonies are achingly, spine-tinglingly beautiful.

This performance of Heyr himna smiður, by an Icelandic vocal group playing with the acoustics in a train station late at night after a concert, went viral a few years ago. Please enjoy.

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Romantic Interlude: Verdi’s Requiem

Speaking of music most likely to get you killed while driving… Here’s what I must never listen to in the car. Not while driving because it could get me killed, and not as a passenger because it could get me committed. I air-conduct. I air-bass-drum. And I sing along. The dynamic marking is fff and the top note is G#5, and that is a powerful note for me, and I bring it.

Crank up your audio, hang onto your butts, and have a listen:

Singing in the Verdi Requiem has been one of the top musical highlights of my whole life (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Late In the Evening

Chair dancing, head bopping, and of course the”air-brass” solo. Late in the Evening is a Paul Simon tune I grew up rocking out too. So now you can too.


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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The Storm – Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

We’ve look at Beethoven’s 6th before here on a Interlude Friday, but I wanted to highlight what I think is the section of the symphony that is most likely to get me killed while driving. The last two parts in particular.

4. Thunderstorm, Storm: Allegro 5. Shepherds’ song; cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm: Allegretto

The storm in the 6th symphony builds from the violas outward, each new instrumental addition bringing more stress to the musical line ending in a shattering musical climax that simply begs to be air -conducted. Try it, when you hear the timpani (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Band of the Month: The Holy Gasp

Hey! May’s band is The Holy Gasp!

The most musically important band I’ve heard in quite a spell, The Holy Gasp’s party mix of Afro-Cuban surf punk wizardry grabs you quick and hard, and doesn’t let you go. Check out their refreshing approach to getting a message across with body-moving protest songs to sing-and-shake along with.

The Last Generation of Love (LP) by The Holy Gasp

Band of the Month by Greg O’Toole

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