Once you get to know like-minded party people- keep in touch with them. I went to this relatively tiny no-name club in London while there were droves of people who rsvp’d for some of the bigger names and ended up meeting a bunch of people who set me up with unlisted events for the next week I was there. Everyone told me about the big venues but when I heard the headliner’s sets I just wasn’t into the music. I chose the up-and-coming Dj that had a super short event-CV, but it ended up being an amazing party that increased (Read more…)
I’ll tell you the secret of a good dance party: If you walk in and see people dancing alone/ separately, you have hit gold. Good techno/house parties are not cliquey or sexualized grinding orgies. People go there to DANCE and they don’t need to wait for anyone else to start doing it.
For AW. What to look for in a good party. I was talking to my good friend who wanted to start going to good techno/house parties but didn’t know where […]
I know tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent in the Christian calendar (as well as the first day of December), but I can’t resist posting this today. I confess I’ve been listening to carols for a week now, since the snow blanketed my part of the world winter wonderland white.
In music theory, B major is a major scale based on B. The pitches B, C♯, D♯, E, F♯, G♯, and A♯ are all part of the B major scale. Its key signature has five sharps.
Although B major is usually thought of as a remote key (due to its distance from C major in the circle of fifths and its fairly large number of sharps), Frédéric Chopin regarded its scale as the easiest of all to play, as its black notes fit the natural positions of the fingers well; as a consequence he often assigned it first to beginning (Read more…)
A Brief History of “Oh So Many Years”
Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong (2013)
starts at around 23:28, so go back.
–Billie heard the Everlys’ Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, and thought, since he was rich and famous, he’d like to cover it. His wife urged Norah, who he’d once met at an awards gala. So they did, over a total of 9 days. The Everlys, of course, came from a steeped tradition going back generations. But if you’ve got the money and a hint (Read more…)
Bill Moyers introduces a film that I, very much, want to see. Watch as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony travels the globe and what it means to people and societies.
Filed under: Music Tagged: Beethoven, Following the Ninth, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude
A song from my childhood was on the satellite radio this evening. Transfusion, by Nervous Norvus. I looked him up on YouTube. He passed away a good many decades ago from alcohol abuse and skipped a chance at appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show to perform Transfusion. He really was nervous, I guess.
And of course there’s Ape Call:
F minor is a minor scale based on F, consisting of the pitches F, G, A♭, B♭, C, D♭, and E♭. The harmonic minor raises the E♭ to E♮. Its key signature has four flats (see below: Scales and keys).
Its relative major is A-flat major, and its parallel major is F major.
F minor is a key often associated with passion. Two famous pieces in the key of F minor are Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 in F minor, La Passione.
Glenn Gould once said if he could be any key, he would be F minor, (Read more…)
1) I’m sure you didn’t specify “Black bootylicious Twerkers” but I’m POSITIVE you casted for a “look” that your itsy bitsy -can’t-see-beyond-stereotypes- brain can’t comprehend at the moment.
2) Of course you aren’t going to send them away when you found exactly what you were attempting to portray. The intent WAS to portray “ratchet culture”, no?
3) Light hearted satire… sure.. you know what satire should ALWAYS involve? YOU ACTUALLY EMBODYING THE SATIRE- Not covering yourself up respectfully and then hiring a bunch of nearly naked Black women to hypersexualize themselves as YOU direct them.
4) Mhmm.. you are exercising (Read more…)
Trumpet virtuoso Mike Herriott has a new CD titled “off the road”, available online from www.mikeherriott.com.
Awesome music from an amazing musician but if that isn’t enough for you, he grew up in Sin Jawns.
Here are some samples:
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Andantino in D major, in common time evolving into Presto non assai, ma con sentimento in B minor in 2:4 time
The shortest of all four, the movement begins sweetly being one of the composition’s few uplifting passages. In measure twenty-three, the clarinet and violin play as if they were talking in a conversation. It modulates back from its heart-warming D major into the darker B minor. This section is highly influenced by the first part and even ends the same except being in a 2/4 meter
Filed under: Music Tagged: Brahms, Op.115, Quintet
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I was listening the other day to a song sung by Cliff Edwards, Cheating on Me, recorded from an old 78 RPM single. Scratchy, warbly, and a bit thin, but it comes across beautifully across the gap of time. When you listen for a while, the scratches just disappear into the background and you hear […]
Today’s Band of the Month is LadyFace. A charming, guitar driven Toronto four-piece, who’s hooks are dead set on having you singing them in your sleep. Chalk full of friendly, fist-in-the-air choral anthems and memorable melodies, LadyFace also exposes a softer side with sweet and sensitive ballads. LadyFace’s first album, When We Go!, is a perfect display of their dynamic ability and the power of a poignant refrain.
Check out the link below to hear some of their tunes, and see them on stage tomorrow at the El Mocambo with Bonwit Teller and SCISSORKICK.
When We Go! (Read more…)
Many thanks to Paolo Pietropaolo and the CBC for bringing us the Signature Series.
G minor is a minor scale based on G, consisting of the pitches G, A, B♭, C, D, E♭, and F. For the harmonic minor scale, the F is raised to F♯. Its relative major is B-flat major, and its parallel major is G major.
Changes needed for the melodic and harmonic versions of the scale are written in with accidentals as necessary. G minor is one of two flat key signatures that require a sharp (Read more…)
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Lou Reed, 1942-2013Songwriter, Musician, New Yorker
“One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” – Lou Reed
“The first Velvet Underground album only sold 30,000 copies, but everyone who bought it started a band.” – possibly Brian Eno
I was shocked and very saddened to learn of the death of Lou Reed at the not-old age of 71. Lou Reed made a lot of really worthwhile music, much of it after VU. I’m grateful that I saw him perform a few times, for his music, and for his politics. I’m really sorry he’s gone.
A reminder not to stereotype people:
B minor is a minor scale based on B, consisting of the pitches B, C♯, D, E, F♯, G, and A. The harmonic minor raises the A to A♯. Its key signature has two sharps
Its relative major is D major, and its parallel major is B major.
Changes needed for the melodic and harmonic versions of the scale are written in with accidentals as necessary.
In Baroque times, B minor was regarded as the key of utter despair. The theorist Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart (1739–1791) (Read more…)
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The first movement of Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, performed by the Bezdin Ensemble, under the direction of Adina Spire, with a graphical score.
At the time of Mozart’s death on 5 December 1791, only the opening movement (Requiem aeternam) was completed in all of the orchestral and vocal parts. The following Kyrie and most of the sequence (from Dies Irae to Confutatis) were complete only in the vocal parts and the continuo (the figured organ bass), though occasionally some of the prominent orchestral parts were briefly indicated, such as the violin part of the Confutatis and (Read more…)
Ok, it’s that time. Time to put down the pen, or in this case, the keyboard; start cooking dinner – very slowly, for maximum flavour – and cut the grass in the golden sun of the late afternoon… And, crank up the rock and roll on the wireless headphones! Whoo-hoo! After a satisfying and truly […]
Convalescing from a wicked cold that’s beating the crap out of me, I watched a trio of movies about amazing musicians: Joe Strummer, Ginger Baker, and Sixto Rodriguez. In the films, other musical geniuses were highlighted along the way. What a delight! But as Ginger, Jack and Eric talked about people with the gift of perfect time, my first reflexive response was, “How many kids are told they can be a great musician if they just put their mind to it?”.
In class this week, yet another student insisted that intelligence has minimal genetic basis compared to effort. Anybody (Read more…)
Happy Friday, readers. After a 2 month hiatus, Band of the Month is back!
Today’s band is Craig Brown. A multi-instrumentalist and producer with a great gift of transforming life’s celebrations, insights, and reflection into song both musically and lyrically.
Craig Brown has just released his sixth album, Hysteresis. Colourfully upbeat and joyously dynamic, Hysteresis is bouncing with progressive, yet accessible melodies from beginning to end. Seldom seen on stage, Craig’s time in the studio is proven hours well spent. Check out some tunes from his bandcamp below.
Hysteresis by Craig Brown
Band of the Month by Greg O’Toole