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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Blaze of Glory – Bon Jovi

I really like this song. Here’s the problem though, try singing it in the same key that JBJ does. Here is the lead sheet and let’s observe the melodic patterns that are going on in this song.

Those black dots keep going up higher on the staff. Damn you JBJ

Male vocal singing comes roughly in three flavours, Bass, Baritone and Tenor. The first highlighted note (E) will raise the eyebrows of most bases. It lies near the upper limit of where they can beautifully sing. Baritones (lazy tenors) are still well within their zone (Read more…)

wmtc: the great weed of 2015?

You will not be surprised to learn that Allan and I own a lot of books. And CDs. And even LPs! Many, many hundreds of each. We have culled our collection a bit over the years, out of necessity, but living in houses for the past 10 years, we expanded again without much thought. Now here we are in an apartment. It’s a large apartment, to be sure, but we no longer have extra rooms where we can stash as much stuff as we like. And neither of us wants to fill up every inch of wall and floor space (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Bonus Musical Interlude with ViHart

I saw this today and I had to put it up. Enjoy some history, some math, some copywrite commentary, and some wonderful music, all delightfully wrapped together by the fantastic ViHart. Enjoy!


Filed under: Music Tagged: Happy Birthday, Math, Music, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude, Vi Hart

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Chic n’ Stu – System of a Down

System of Down with their anti-capitalist bent, fills the bill when us dirty socialists need to rock out.

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Dead Wild Roses: Why It is Impossible to Tune a Piano – The Case for Temperament

I’ve read about somewhat arcane nature of piano tuning and the various temperaments used through the ages, but Minute Physics succinctly describes what is going with all the math behind the production of sound.

From Wikipedia:

Many factors cause pianos to go out of tune, particularly atmospheric changes. For instance, changes in humidity will affect the pitch of a piano; high humidity causes the sound board to swell, stretching the strings and causing the pitch to go sharp, while low humidity has the opposite effect.[1] Changes in temperature can also affect the overall pitch of a piano. In (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: About Race, Misogyny, Music and Fathers. Where Do I Start?

Recently, during an Up the Debate leaders forum on women’s issues, Justin Trudeau was asked  about what causes misogyny in young men.  He answered “I don’t know where exactly to point my finger.  I think there’s probably an awful lot of factors that come together to shape societal behaviour — whether it’s certain types of music? There’s a lot of misogyny in, you know, certain types of music. There’s issues around pornography and its prevalence now and its accessibility, which is something I’m really wrapping my head around as a father of kids who are approaching their teen years. And (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Interlude – Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C# Minor Op. 3, No. 2

I love this piece and in my deepest and darkest piano dreams I’d be able to play it.

The prelude is organized into three main parts and a coda:

The piece opens with a three note motif at fortissimo which introduces the grim C-sharp minor tonality that dominates the piece. The cadential motif repeats throughout. In the third bar, the volume changes to a piano pianissimo for the exposition of the theme. The second part is propulsive and marked Agitato (agitated), beginning with highly chromatic triplets. This passionately builds to interlocking chordal triplets that descend into a climactic recapitulation (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Baroque Interlude – J.S Bach Invention No.2 in C Minor

he Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772–801, also known as the Two- and Three-Part Inventions, are a collection of thirty short keyboard compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): 15 inventions, which are 2-part contrapuntal pieces, and 15 sinfonias, which are 3-part contrapuntal pieces. They were originally written as musical exercises for his students.

Bach titled the collection:

Honest method, by which the amateurs of the keyboard – especially, however, those desirous of learning – are shown a clear way not only (1) to learn to play cleanly in two parts, but also, after further progress, (2) to (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Kawaii Metal with Ladybaby

It’s quite rare for me to listen to death metal vocals and I listen to cutesy j-pop songs even less. I find it difficult to rock out to unintelligible growling and overly cute things just annoy me. But what magic could be uncovered if these two extremes were somehow combined? It could be a delicious juxtaposition, just the kind of oddity that could tantalize my delight in the irregular. But, really, who, if anyone, could pull off such an unlikely merger? Who could possibly tap into that seemingly unreachable potential, achieve balance to the force, and produce something truly amazing?

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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.

Filed under: Music Tagged: Bach, Piano, The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude

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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