Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

William Walton’s “Belshazzar’s Feast”

May 16, 2021

Musical Interlude: “On the Path of Decent Groove” | Belshazzar’s Feast by Yves Smith for Naked Capitalism.  Click on this link for the lyrics.

Jambalaya

May 9, 2021

The 1975 anthem to the American trucker

April 28, 2021

The video below gives the story of “Convoy,” the 1975 country music anthem to the American trucker.  It tells how the song came to be written, and how country music historically has spoken to American working men.

I’m old enough to have enjoyed “Convoy” when it first came out, and was glad to come across the video giving the background.  If you’re of my generation (or not), maybe you will, too.

LINKS

C.W. McCall – Convoy Lyrics.  The written lyrics.

CONVOY 01 CW McCall – Convoy Original Version – YouTube.  I wasn’t able to embed this YouTube video, so you’ll have to click on the link if you want to hear it.

Convoy by C.W. McCall – Songfacts.  The lyrics decoded.

It’s time for a little Serbian accordian music

April 17, 2021

I needed a little bluegrass to cheer myself up

April 11, 2021

Church organ music on a Commodore 64

April 3, 2021

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Linus Akesson web page.

The sixtyforgan by Linus Akesson.

Simulating Church Organ Music on a Commodore 64 by Jason Kottke for kottke.org.

Four cellists on just one cello

March 27, 2021

Click on Weiner Celloensemble 5 +1 to reach their web site.

Glenn Miller and the Chattanooga Choo Choo

March 7, 2021

Time for for some music

The Democracy! Suite with Wynton Marsalis

February 13, 2021

It’s time for something soothing

January 24, 2021

‘Every little thing gonna be all right’

January 2, 2021

I thank my friend Beth Ares for this video of Three Little Birds by the late, great Bob Marley.

Once in Royal David’s City

December 25, 2020

This selection is lifted from Lambert Strether’s Christmas Eve 2020 message on Naked Capitalism.

I enjoyed the whole message and the comment thread that followed.

Merry Christmas 2020

December 24, 2020

Another selection lifted from Decker’s Dispatches from the Asylum

Happy Holidays 2020

December 19, 2020

I lifted this from Decker’s Dispatches from the Asylum.  Every one of his posts is followed by a great music video.

Mozart Serenade No. 10 for winds

August 29, 2020

I’ve been holding this one back too long.  I lifted it from Decker’s Dispatches from the Asylum blog, whose posts always end with a great musical selection

“Stormy Weather” in color

August 22, 2020

These is a colorized scene from the 1943 movie “Stormy Weather.”  Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra play “Jumpin’ Jive.”  The tap dancers are the Nicolas Brothers.

LINK

Stormy Weather Rolled Into Theaters 75 Years Ago by Troy Brownfield for the Saturday Evening Post (2018)

William Tell Overture performed on Tesla Coils

August 15, 2020

For those who did not understand what is going on this video, here’s a brief explanation from the Franzoli Electronics YouTube Page: The main loud music really comes from the Tesla coil sparks. They are literally playing the music due to the programmed phase, pulse width and firing frequency! So, there are no speakers, no audio / video special effects. It looks even better in person and sounds almost the same, just without the beat / percussion backing track.

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Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

August 7, 2020

Vivaldi Concerto in A minor for two violins

August 3, 2020

I’ve been holding this one back too long.  I lifted it from Decker’s Dispatches from the Asylum, a blog whose posts always end with a great musical selection.

Mozart’s “Jupiter” symphony

August 2, 2020

I feel a need to post other things besides commentary on the sorry state of the world.

I could listen to this all day

July 25, 2020

Knight Rider theme for eight cellos, one cellist

May 30, 2020

This is a version of the Knight Rider theme song by London-based cellist Samara Ginsberg

Hat tip to Jason Kottke.

2020: An Isolation Odyssey

April 18, 2020

Hat tip to Atrios.

Opera North, a 40-year-old opera company based in Leeds, England, had to cancel concert performances of Richard Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra” because of the coronavirus pandemic.  But players from the orchestra decided that the show must go on – virtually.

Here are the first few minutes (most famously used in “2001: A Space Odyssey”) played by musicians from 40 different homes under the UK lockdown, conducted from Sweden by Tobias Ringborg.

Bee Gees parody on the coronavirus

April 11, 2020

Max Richter’s Tiny Desk concert

March 7, 2020

Composer Max Richter, accompanied by a string quartet, plays a Tiny Desk concert for National Public Radio.  Hat tip to kottke.org.