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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday British Pop Interlude – Duran Duran

Damn, but I really liked these guys back in the day. Until I saw this CBC clip, I never knew how they got their name.

And of course, one of my favourite songs. Hold Back the Rain.

One of my many guilty pleasures.





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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Classical Music Interlude – Debussy Suite Bergamasque

The Suite bergamasque is one of the most famous piano suites by Claude Debussy. Debussy commenced the suite in 1890 at age 28, but he did not finish or publish it until 1905.[1]

The Suite bergamasque was first composed by Debussy around 1890, but was significantly revised just before its publication in 1905. It seems that by the time a publisher came to Debussy in order to cash in on his fame and have these pieces published, Debussy loathed the earlier piano style in which these pieces were written.[1] While it is not known how much of the (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Reading Ukulele Tabs

One of the things I want to discuss in our upcoming CPLUG workshop is how to read tab sheet music. In this post I’ve give you some pointers so you can practice on your own. It’s worth learning to read tabs because it gives you the ability to play melodies and solo pieces without having […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Don’t Be A Scared Tool

Here’s a song for radicalized Canadians to sing.

I’m white and scared (clap clap) They want my guns (clap clap) And veils are wrong (clap clap) Except on nuns! (clap clap)

“I’m white and scared (clap clap) you know it’s true (clap clap) I’m scared of terror (clap clap) Because I’m a tool (clap clap).”

— Hat tip to Jay Bird

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday “Trip-Hop” Musical Interlude – Portishead



Inside your pretending Crimes have been swept aside Somewhere where they can forget

Divine upper reaches Still holding on This ocean will not be grasped All for nothing

Did you really want Did you really want Did you really want Did you really want


Refuse to surrender Strung out until ripped apart Who dares, dares to condemn All for nothing

Did you really want Did you really want Did you really want Did you really want

I think melancholy might sound something like this.

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Ukulele Festival Coming in May!

It’s official: the Canada Ukes ukulele festival will be held right around the corner from Collingwood: in Midland at the Midland Cultural Centre, May 22-24. Three days of ukuleleness, featuring Ralph Shaw, Stevie McNie (leader of Toronto’s Corktown Ukulele), The Skinnydippers and others. Performances, jams and workshops galore! Vendors, too. Early bird tickets for the […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Ukulele Workshop Today

I just returned from Orangeville where Broadway Music hosted a two-and-a-half hour musical workshop this Saturday by Manitoba Hal today (which will be followed by his concert tonight from 8-11 p.m. – try to attend, if you can: he’s very talented). Very informative and well worth attending. Interestingly, at least half the participants were my […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Baroque Interlude – Francois Couperin – The Israel Sinfonietta.


Couperin was born in Paris. He was taught by his father, Charles Couperin, who died when François was about 10, and by Jacques Thomelin. In 1685 he became the organist at the church of Saint-Gervais, Paris, a post he inherited from his father and that he would pass on to his cousin, Nicolas Couperin, and other members of the family. In 1693 Couperin succeeded his teacher Thomelin as organist at the Chapelle Royale (Royal Chapel) with the title organiste du Roi, organist by appointment to Louis XIV.

In 1717 Couperin became court organist and composer, with the title ordinaire (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical(?) Interlude – Brahms and Ravel on the “V”

I enjoy many musical modes of expression – this isn’t one of them – but performing good music despite technical limitations is a worthy undertaking.

And really, the V is only a few steps away from the trombone…



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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Music Interlude – Mozart, Sonata for Two Pianos, K 448, first movement

The Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K. 448 is a piano work composed in 1781 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at 25 years of age. It is written in strict Sonata-Allegro Form, with three movements. The sonata was composed for a performance he would give with fellow pianist Josephine von Aurnhammer Mozart composed this in the “galant” style, with interlocking melodies and simultaneous cadences. This is one of his only formal compositions for Two Pianos exclusively.



Allegro con spirito

The first movement begins in D major, and sets (Read more…)

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Things Are Good: Band of the Month: Eytan Tobin

Annnnnd we’re back!

February’s Band of the Month is Eytan Tobin. Admittedly, I know very little when it comes to electronic music. But I know what I like when I hear it, and Toronto’s Eytan Tobin‘s blend of hip-hop, dance, and electronic keeps me checking his Soundcloud regularly for the most recent release. From patient, hypnotic, rainy-urban-alleyway loops, to soulful and uplifting, electric, synth-layered crescendos, provoking head-bobbing satisfaction is this guy’s game.

Hear it for yourself….

Band of the Month by Greg O’Toole

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Slightly Scary Musical Interlude – Viral Music Videos

I’m not sure if the CBC has done us a favour by curating the recent spate of musical ‘viral’ videos, although I’m not sure how I missed Darth Vader vs. Hitler from the epic rap battle category…

Anyhow, viva la musica!


I have the music for the Trolololo song. We’ll see if I can work it up into performing shape.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The (New) Hockey Song

It would have been more of a tribute if the puck was dropped by a disabled vet. #cdnpoli

— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) February 8, 2015

I’m seeing alarming tweeted images of military men taking over a Maple Leafs game with weapons drawn. Oh wait, it’s a gimmick. Well then.

— kevin harding (@kevinharding) February 8, 2015

“What would Stompin’ Tom say to this?” Possibly:

Hello out there, we’re on the air, it’s military time, The camo’s out, let’s give a shout They’re stopping every dime. Tension grows, & the fans are all insane, The (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Bach, Gavottes I & II (Cello Suite V, BWV 1011, guitar)



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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Les Barricades Mystérieuses

Les Barricades Mystérieuses (The Mysterious Barricades) was composed in 1717 for the harpsichord by François Couperin. It is the fifth piece in his “Ordre 6ème de clavecin” in B-flat major from his second book of collected harpsichord pieces (Pièces de Clavecin).[ It is emblematic of the style brisé characteristic of French Baroque keyboard music.

Les Barricades Mystérieuses was originally published with the spelling Les Baricades Mistérieuses [“single r” in the first word, and “i” rather than “y” in the second word]. All four possible spelling combinations have since been (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: As If You Needed Another Reason to Pick Up a Musical Instrument.

Playing an instrument enhances your cognitive abilities. I just wonder if they’ll find a way to motivate people to practice.


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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The CBC Music Songcamp- Cecilia

The Collected works of Simon and Garfunkel was my very first CD purchase. Let me assure you that all three of those disks saw a great deal of rotation back in the day (1987ish onward). The third disc was my favourite back then, as it was the most ‘modern’ of the trio and “Cecilia” was track number 3 and also one of my favourites.

I like what these intrepid soundcampers brought to the table with some coffee cups, rich harmonies and of course beans to shake all about.


One of the problems they had is that many (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Revised CPLUG Ukulele Song Book

I spent the past couple of weeks diligently working on updating and expanding our Collingwood Public Library Ukulele Group (CPLUG) songbook. I’m happy to announce it is completed – and that I can get back to my regular blogging. I had put together two smaller songbooks previously for group use, as well as sent along several […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – John Legend: Featuring Common

There is so much anger and frustration over the racism that seethes in the United States. Flash points like Ferguson, Missouri are about communities rising up in the face of injustice and demanding a better place to live in. Their stories, their feelings, the keen edge of their Weltschmerz is evident in this song.

Music can be revolutionary, let us hope that we can work toward their vision – toward a just society for everyone.

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Hurt

Nine Inch Nails has some great songs, this happens to be one of them. I swam through google and found some sheet music that seems to be pretty close to what Reznor sings and plays.

The music isn’t to difficult and that is saying quite a bit considering my skill at playing the piano. However, this song is syncopated all to hell and sprinkled with dissonances that you have to sing like you mean it.

For instance, the piano accompaniment (B minor in my score) starts with an F# and the vocals start with an F natural. (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – J.S. Bach Sonata for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord in G minor, No.3,

Although the circumstances behind Bach’s composition of three Sonatas for harpsichord and viola da gamba (BWV 1027-29) are unknown, recent research indicates that they were most likely written in the early 1740’s, when the greatest virtuosos of the viola da gamba were long a thing of the past. No original source combines all three sonatas into a cycle, but a single score of the Sonata in G Major (BWV 1027) that details performance instructions for ornamentation and articulation supports the idea that Bach wrote the sonatas for Carl Friedrich Abel, the son of Cöthen colleague Christian Ferdinand Abel, for performance during (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Bach Harpsichord Concerto No.3 in D major, BWV1054

Concerto III in D major, BWV 1054 Allegro Adagio e piano sempre Allegro

Scoring: harpsichord solo, violin I/II, viola, continuo (cello, violone)

Length: c. 17 minutes

The surviving violin concerto in E major, BWV 1042 was the model for this work, which was transposed down a tone to allow the top note e”’ to be reached as d”’, the common top limit on harpsichords of the time. The transcription process was based on the same principles as BWV 1053.



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Dead Wild Roses: Add A Little Charlie Brown to your Holidays – Linus and Lucy – Gerry Granelli Trio.

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

On Dec. 9th, 1965 – 49 years ago – nearly half of the US population tuned in to A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schultz, an animated broadcast that featured the music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Prior to its debut, producers were worried it was too religious, and the soundtrack was too jazz cutting edge for children’s programming. Were they ever wrong! 15 million homes had eyes glued to that broadcast, and it has since become an iconic Christmas classic.

Jerry Granelli, a drummer and a long time native of Halifax, NS is the only (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The 12 Ehs of Christmas – CBC Music

I’m not really sure what CBC music was going for here (I suspect Christmas “cheer” was involved), but it does reek of Canadiana. Slightly painful, but given all the holiday music that we are subjected to, this isn’t all that bad.

Filed under: Music Tagged: 12 Ehs of Christmas, Canadian Content, CBC Music, Cringe Worthy in a good way.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Holiday Favourites

Greetings loyal readers. This is the time and space where I get to curate a musical experience for you (who knew “curate” had become a verb). So, as an atheist finding good tunes during this particular time of year can be challenging; but not impossible. So today I present to you two works, one choral and one piano choral piece. Both are fine works, but I think you’ll find “White Wine In the Sun” Both humourous and touching at the same time.

But first, a choral work with the libretto taken from the collected works of (Read more…)