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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Muscial Interlude – Batman Evolution

One of our authors in residence just happens to by a huge bat-fan. So, a big hat tip to the Piano Guys for making Mystro’s day.


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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Bach, Violin Concerto in G Minor BWV 1056r

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Distant Cousins?

Rich Terfry explores some similar sounding tunes in this clip.


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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Bach, Air “On the G-string”

The original orchestral suite was generally believed to have been written by Bach for his patron Prince Leopold of Anhalt some time between the years 1717 and 1723. However, the oldest surviving score is later, dating from Bach’s time in Leipzig. Current thinking is that the suite may well have been written in that city for performance by the collegium musicum.[1]

The title comes from violinist August Wilhelmj’s late 19th century arrangement of the piece for violin and piano. By transposing the key of the piece from its original D major to C major and transposing the melody down (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – CBC Musics The 80’s Spoken Word Super Cut.

I’m not sure I should be happy or sad that I don’t recognize most of the clips.

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Classical music matters even more today

The official launch of the new Classical FM 102.9 radio station in Collingwood this past weekend reminded me of my own past history with classical music, but also why it matters so much to have classical music in our lives. And why we need to keep that cultural lifeline to our musical past alive and active. Classical […]

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Postmodern Jukebox: Maps

It’s the Friday before a long weekend.

Enjoy some music.

And if you like Morgan James, you can find more of her work at her website:


Dead Wild Roses: Friday Musical Interlude: Argentine Tango

The tango that they dance in Argentina is a very, very different dance than you might see on Dancing with the Stars. It’s highly improvisational, and allows not only the leader, but also the follower, to make artistic decisions. Everything is communicated between the partners through physical contact, whether it’s a slight shift of the shared center of balance, or physically pushing with hands, feet, or legs. One guy that I taught tango to, who was into martial arts, commented that Argentine tango is very much like judo, except that the object is to NOT fall down.

Here (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Friday Musical Interlude: The Intransigent One’s Favourite Band

This is VNV Nation, an Irish/English alternative electronic/industrial duo currently based out of Berlin, but touring to Canada this fall/winter – I’ve already got tickets – and plane tickets because the closest they’re coming is Vancouver.

They were my first exposure to electronic/industrial music – I grew up in a classical bubble – and I was hooked pretty much instantly.

Turn up the volume and turn up the bass before pressing play.

The song is “Joy”, a humanist anthem and my personal anthem as well.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Ballad of #MikeBrown

a young Dylan would've written a song: THE BALLAD OF MICHAEL BROWN. #Ferguson— Raffi Cavoukian (@Raffi_RC) August 15, 2014

If you go to Quik Trip You’d better take your gun, Cause the boys in blue will get you, That’s how things are done, In #Ferguson.

@DomoTheTruth dude was running and the cops just shot.him. i saw him die bruh— Bruh. (@TheePharoah) August 09, 2014

If you finish highschool in this two-bit town, A quick trip may last forever if they gun you down, The fate of poor #MikeBrown.

#Ferguson Police Chief says #MikeBrown was stopped because he (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Kashmir

A great cover of Kashmir, one of my most favourite modern pieces.

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bastard.logic: “You got me so that my nerves are breaking”

Late night Hump Day rawk out continues unabated:


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bastard.logic: Finnish Rock N Roll Represent

Bedtime rawkout in 3, 2, 1…


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bastard.logic: Afro-Punk (AKA The Story of My Life)

Pretty much sums up my adolescence/early adulthood/current state of existence (I’m so old I remember when being black and playing rock/punk/metal was a radical, disruptive act, etc):

Bonus: Interview w/ James Spooner, director of Afro-Punk: The Movie:

Also, too: Live performances (because AGGRO):


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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Dave Clark Five

We’re sitting on the front deck listening to British Sixties Radio, an internet radio station we like and listen to a lot, and they just played the Dave Clark Five doing Glad All Over. That song came out on the UK charts in January, 1964, reaching North America a bit later. Fifty years ago this […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Simon and Garfunkle

It’s true. I love them. I wish I could have had the means to go see them perform live while they were still together. But, we can make do with the magic of youtube.


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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Everything is Carbon

Everything is carbon. Everyone's fooled when you're part of Shell's team, everything is dying, when you're living big oil's dream. #Lego— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 09, 2014

A little spill happens now and then, destroying life.

Eerie, but awesome ad targeting LEGO's partnership with Shell: Everything is NOT awesome – YouTube… #climate— Andrea Loken (@AndreaLoken) July 09, 2014

Accidents don’t happen.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Music Trivia Interlude – Album Covers

Never noticed those before.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Queen City Ex 2014

Buffalo Days is on in Regina, and I went on the opening day in large part because Lonestar was the headline band in the evening.

The iFlip acrobats at #QCX2014… You should check them out, there are very cool tricks. #Humanjuggling— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 31, 2014

Lonestar last night in #YQR… as the thunderstorm moved south of the city. #QCX2014— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 31, 2014

Last Saturday, Jeri and I went to the Riders game where they creamed the Argos.

A trip to Moose Jaw earlier on had us go (Read more…)

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Sonata No. 7 in D Major Op. 10

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3, was dedicated to the Countess Anne Margarete von Browne, and written in 1798. This makes it contemporary with his three string trios of opus 9, the violin sonatas of opus 12 and the violin romance that became his opus 50 when later published. (The year also saw the premiere of a revised version of his second piano concerto, whose original form had been written and heard in 1795.[1])

It is divided into four movements:

Presto – cut time Largo e mesto – 6/8 (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – “Word Crimes”


Wow, talk about turning something bad into something good. I love this song. Thank you Weird AL.

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wmtc: tommy ramone, and how can it be the ramones are gone from this world?

Back-to-back obituaries again. Obits are taking up a large percentage of wmtc real estate these days, yet another indication of how little I’m writing.

The passing of Thomas Erdelyi this week, better known as Tommy Ramone, brings an uncomfortable reminder of mortality for people my age and younger: the last surviving original Ramone.

Like a lot of people, I discovered the Ramones in a kind of backwards fashion, through the Clash and other great British punk and new wave bands. No matter how many times I’ve read and heard that these guys from Queens were a heavy influence on British (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Ombra Mai Fu – Handel

Next on the list of pieces that I’m learning. Super extra challenging aria because of the recitative in the beginning. But, as they say, nothing worth doing is ever easy.



“Ombra mai fu” is the opening aria from the 1738 opera Serse by George Frideric Handel.

In the opera, the aria is preceded by a short recitativo accompagnato of nine bars, setting the scene (“Frondi tenere e belle”). The aria itself is also short; it consists of 52 bars and typically lasts 3 to 4 minutes.

The instrumentation is for a string section: first (Read more…)

cartoon life: There is always one gem at Sunfest

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Disservice – Rachmaninoff Op.3 Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, No.2

Prelude in C-sharp minor (Russian: Прелюдия), Op. 3, No. 2, is one of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s most famous compositions. It is a ternary (ABA) prelude for piano in C-sharp minor, 62 bars long, and part of a set of five pieces entitled Morceaux de fantaisie.[1]

Its first performance was by the composer on September 20, 1892,[2] at a festival called the Moscow Electrical Exhibition,[3] which Rachmaninoff considered his debut as a pianist.[2] After this première, a review of the concert singled out the Prelude, noting that it had “aroused enthusiasm”.[4] From this point on, its popularity grew.

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