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Posted by: akaCG Feb 14 2011, 04:33 AM

As of the last two days or so, I've been bewitched, bothered, and bewildered by Fiona Apple's version of "Why Try To Change Me Now?". I'm almost pretty sure that I'm almost ready to decide that I almost like her version of it better than http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qGdkjOMaig.

...

Aw, heck. Enough pussyfooting. 'Far as I'm concerned, hers blows Frank's version away.

So, without further ados, ...

Here she is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uf1n1wUfxE


Anyways, ...

Question(s):

Have you been "obsessing" about any songs lately? If so, care to share?



Posted by: moif Feb 14 2011, 11:19 AM

I never stop obsessing about music. There is always a track thats playing in the back of my head , often I stick them in my signiture but thats only when I'm obsessing about it as I write a post. Today I'm currently obsessing over a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6I9A48taMw, I particularly like the middle bit from circa 1:05.

I'm also rather dippy about some really cheap, but very jolly remakes of old 1980's hits by a German team known as Novaspace. The originality is mediocre, but the speed and energy is brilliant and this stuff just makes me want to dance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCR3TOlOJek & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6CThc6RVTE.

Its not all techno however, yesterday evening I was floating on waves of sound as I listened to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5rVrtdgmjI

Posted by: Julian Feb 14 2011, 01:42 PM

Just lately I've been most keen on the recent album releases by:
http://www.skunkanansie.net/, particularly the opening track Your God Loves Only You and Over the Love
Irish Rockabilly revivalist http://imeldamay.co.uk/; particularly the internet-only remix of the track Inside Out on her new ablum Mayhem
Paloma Faith, particularly the tracks http://www.last.fm/music/Paloma+Faith/_/New+York+-+Radio+Edit and http://www.last.fm/music/Paloma+Faith/_/Upside+Down, which has a ridiculously catchy sampled intro.

Typing them out like that, I notice they're all female vocalists. I can't remember the last time my earworm of choice came from a male-fronted band - it was probably the track http://'http://www.last.fm/music/Doves/_/Kingdom+of+Rust by Doves two years ago

Posted by: lo rez Feb 14 2011, 02:50 PM

Janelle Monae is topping my list right now. This one's called http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwnefUaKCbc.

Posted by: Mrs. Pigpen Feb 14 2011, 02:51 PM

My favorite band is Social Distortion. Lately I've been listening to their http://kingsroadmerch.com/social%2Ddistortion/view/?id=1735&cid=574. Mike Ness remains awesome. I can't believe how long they've been around, and they're still doing tours.

Posted by: BoF Feb 14 2011, 03:16 PM

I have about 900 LPs. Over thr past 12 years I have ben digitizing them in a program called DART.
http://www.dartpro.com/index.html

Recently I've completely restored LPs by Jimmy Reed (one of his Bluesway efforts “Soulin’” and as far as I can tell one that hasn’t appeared on commercial CD) and Howard Roberts's "Guilty."

Last week I restored an early of Roomful of Blues effort simply called "Roomful of Blues," and this week I'll be finishing another early RoB album, "Hot Little Mama."

The late Porky Cohn, my favorite trombone player, was on the second LP.

Restoring a song makes it necessary to listen to a song at least twice - once while recording and again after running the restoration tools. I usually listen to all the songs again in the car, after burning them to CD.

So, I’m always obsessed with whatever I’m working on in DART.

Posted by: entspeak Feb 14 2011, 04:36 PM

My most recent music purchase is a remake of The Psychedelic Furs "http://new.music.yahoo.com/matthew-puckett/tracks/ghost-in-you--206854502" by Matthew Puckett - trying to figure it out on guitar.

Most of the music I listen to is somewhat electronic in nature and I'm a huge fan of remixes and http://www.indabamusic.com/opportunities (a hobby).

I love this remix of Silversun Pickups "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiQ2MWB1VDE" as well as this remix Trent Reznor did of his own "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pWxyJTL0-w" - should I ever direct Shakespeare's The Tempest, this will be the opening song.

I am also listening to:

http://vimeo.com/3977937

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvTJDoqgUSw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV7g6teHcy0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y51yGlD6ZHA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdCtwY420g8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKn9qW0IABw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLJf9qJHR3E&feature=related.

Posted by: pheeler Feb 14 2011, 07:14 PM

As far as new music goes, Come Around Sundown by Kings of Leon is a better album than the one that got the Grammy. I especially love the song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r70_1xxEJSk. The singer's voice is so perfectly hoarse and soulful to contrast the almost prog instrumental. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A736xJ50tg&feature=related is another noteworthy song.

I'm always obsessed with a Zeppelin riff, right now it's http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYWxE-ShdXc&feature=related. I'll learn the rhythm part, try the solo and give up as usual I predict.

Posted by: quarkhead Feb 15 2011, 06:14 AM

Well right now I'm in the final tracking stage of my next release, to be titled Division Street. So I'm listening to my own tracks rather a lot right now. As I get to the mixing stage, I will throw on some reference material, chosen not for its place in my musical pantheon, but for its engineering brilliance. Aja by Steely Dan is a perfect record for referencing mixes, it's almost perfectly recorded and mixed.

Some of the material for my album is available for listening - with songs in various stages of completion - http://www.soundcloud.com/dirklind

I'm excited tonight because I just found out one of my songs is being considered for placement in a reality TV show - I don't know which one, but could be an opportunity for some royalties! I just hope it's not one of those bottom-of-the-barrel shows. Oh, who am I kidding, aren't they all? But hey, if it gets my music out there, I don't mind!

As far as other artists, there are a few I've been listening to more than others:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbdiCDsilCs&feature=related - these guys are simply awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3bfhqQKq-s&feature=relmfu - from Colorado, their music was in Little Miss Sunshine and in Gears of War II

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sFtA80XI-s - great acoustic guitarist, wonderful songwriter, she's just awesome. Great lyrics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO18F4aKGzQ - this guy has an outrageous flow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb5Jp_duKNM&feature=fvst - Amazing harpist, songwriter - she's the whole package.

Posted by: Belshazzar Feb 15 2011, 06:27 AM

QUOTE(quarkhead @ Feb 15 2011, 01:14 AM) *
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb5Jp_duKNM&feature=fvst - Amazing harpist, songwriter - she's the whole package.

I have a love/hate thing with her. I think I could get into Newsom if her voice didn't sound like the lovechild of Bjork and Bob Dylan getting run over by an 18-wheeler. BTW, the Fela avatar is awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdV1V4vPPLI and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5_UDUO-Dzg are two of my favorites.

I am still obsessed with the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwVsIPKzIag&feature=related right now.

Posted by: akaCG Feb 2 2012, 11:13 PM

In another thread, I made a recommendation to "kmsouthern", to check out the musical film "Latcho Drom".

I thought I'd include some YouTube selections therefrom in this thread, for anyone interested.

Starting with my favorite, ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teKeUmQC2dI

... following with ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SbnIO4fcCI

... and, finally, one especially for "kmsouthern":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLnZhJxAyoo

Enjoy.


Posted by: Curmudgeon Feb 2 2012, 11:24 PM

What am I currently listening to?

I am sitting in the church office, listening to the choir rehearse. (No way to link that I am aware of...)

As usual when I first sit down at a computer, I turned the speakers off so that I would not have to listen to the Microsoft version of "We're in the money." every time the screen changes...

Posted by: BoF Feb 3 2012, 12:29 AM

QUOTE(Curmudgeon @ Feb 2 2012, 05:24 PM) *
What am I currently listening to?

I am sitting in the church office, listening to the choir rehearse. (No way to link that I am aware of...)

As usual when I first sit down at a computer, I turned the speakers off so that I would not have to listen to the Microsoft version of "We're in the money." every time the screen changes...

It seems you prefer http://www.lyricsdepot.com/simon-garfunkel/sounds-of-silence.html laugh.gif

Here is how you turn http://www.ehow.com/how_2196128_turn-off-windows-sounds.html off.

Posted by: moif Feb 3 2012, 01:41 AM

I am currently listening to...

Posted by: akaCG Feb 3 2012, 06:11 AM

"Thank you" for your "contribution" to this thread, "Curmudgeon".

You were listening to a church choir while you wrote that?

Hmmm ...



QUOTE(moif @ Feb 2 2012, 08:41 PM) *
I am currently listening to...

Etta girl!

smile.gif

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8pcNIGjJX0&feature=youtu.be was a nice one, "moif".


Posted by: entspeak Feb 3 2012, 06:16 AM

Currently listening to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gonbMUJq74.

Posted by: Paladin Elspeth Feb 3 2012, 06:54 AM

QUOTE(akaCG @ Feb 3 2012, 01:11 AM) *
"Thank you" for your "contribution" to this thread, "Curmudgeon".

You were listening to a church choir while you wrote that?

Hmmm ...

Curmudgeon was listening to our church choir, in which I sing. The choir was practicing as we always do on Thursday evenings. We were singing one of the many renditions of "Gloria In Excelsis Deo" as he was using the church's computer. It's an old church, and sound carries.

We are clearly home now. It's nearly 2 a.m. When I listen to music, I like traditional stuff, mostly songs with a Celtic flavor, or a Simon & Garfunkel song, like "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om7aUNZQVpQ

Posted by: Curmudgeon Feb 3 2012, 07:52 AM

QUOTE(BoF @ Feb 2 2012, 07:29 PM) *
It seems you prefer http://www.lyricsdepot.com/simon-garfunkel/sounds-of-silence.html laugh.gif

Here is how you turn http://www.ehow.com/how_2196128_turn-off-windows-sounds.html off.

Thanks, I may look up the directions someday and follow through, but at the moment we have five computers at home that are shared by three people, and three computers at church that are shared by about 40 people.

When I was first trained on how to operate a factory with computers in 1974, they were industrial computers which used the 60 cycle AC power supply as a "clock" that enabled the program to restart once per second. It was a decade later that I purchased a Commodore 64 for one of my daughters, and another half dozen years before I purchased a "functional" home computer. That computer, and every one that I have owned since, came with speakers. My family has learned to turn the sound back on if I have been using a computer...

By the time I retired, I had done the hard wiring on many computers as we built a worldwide control network. Later, as a maintenance man, I checked out the wiring loops on numerous computers installed by "outside contractors."

On the job, I was trained to listen to the sounds of the factory and notice when something stopped. If I need an alarm clock to wake me up, I set the television to turn off when I need to wake up.

The last time that I had my hearing tested was likely 15 years ago, and I had suffered over a 50% hearing loss. It annoys me when I am playing Freecell or Sudoku and every mouse click or key stroke is accompanied by a random uninformative noise. I was harassed on the job for over thirty years by people who enjoyed seeing me jump when they spoke to me from behind me.

When I retired, I suffered a series of brain seizures...

About once a month, I will plug in the speakers on my computer, turn on the volume, and listen to http://origin-prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/

If I am checking my bank balance, reconciling the budget, or posting to America's Debate, the constant click of the keyboard is more than enough sound to keep me awake.

I am fortunate enough to be married to a young woman whose voice I have often described as being so soothing to me, that it feels like fingers untying the knots in my brain as it gently strokes my nerves. When I hear her sing, her voice strikes me as what I would want an angel to sound like.

Over a lifetime, I owned about three records, but never purchased a record player. I have a couple of CD's, and I listened to both of them at least once. When the remote for the DVD player got misplaced a couple weeks back, I tried to play the movies on one of my computers. I usually have two monitors turned on at a time if I am at home. I found that watching a movie locked the mouse on the screen that was showing the movie as if I would not be trying to multi-task while I watched a movie. It was a Charlie Chan movie that was playing in Chinese with Chinese subtitles... As I gave up and returned the video, I realized just how much I expect a computer to do real work for me rather than entertain me.

The television is playing behind me, and I watch the moving picture about as frequently as I watched the vibrating speaker on Dad's radio as a child...

Posted by: CruisingRam Feb 3 2012, 08:25 AM

http://www.nativefm.com/

When you live "on da big Island"- it's all you got really.

Posted by: kmsouthern Feb 3 2012, 03:40 PM

I'm teaching a dance funk class in just under an hour, so I'm listening to my playlist and jammin'. Got a little Isley Brothers (Shout), More Bounce to the Ounce for my Soul Train line at the end of class, Atomic Dog, and some non-funk songs spanning 50s to today (gotta throw in stuff to reach all audiences)!

Since I teach Zumba now, I tend to listen to a lot of Latin rhythms (cumbia, bachata, merengue, salsa...) more frequently than anything else. I'm a music lover, so I'll listen to just about anything (techno and hard core metal/rock is about the only things I don't like at least somewhat), but I'm an old soul when it comes to my favorites: Michael Jackson, Motown and smooth R&B, with a little bit of early 90s intellectual hip-hop/rap...oh and musicals smile.gif

Posted by: Raptavio Feb 3 2012, 05:26 PM

"Vale Decem." Anyone who looks that up will know what a tremendous nerd I'm being at the moment.

Anyone who doesn't need to look that up is also a tremendous nerd.

Posted by: lo rez Feb 3 2012, 05:43 PM

still not ginger!

I'm enjoying David Bowie's 'Stage' right now.

Posted by: vsrenard Feb 3 2012, 05:49 PM

Right now, Billy Talent (Canadian punk).

Posted by: entspeak Feb 3 2012, 06:02 PM

Also currently diggin' on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr2iTl5kkYQ.

Posted by: skeeterses Feb 23 2012, 03:02 AM

Over the past few weeks, I came across some old NES tunes on youtube, and at this moment am listening to the Treasure Room tune from Gauntlet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txvhKtDF1SA&feature=related
sten to.

If anyone here has a good ear for recognizing music, I am wondering if you might be able to write some of the old NES songs onto sheet music so that people like myself who are learning about music can play the songs on guitar or piano. Other people have already written out the music sheets for Super Mario, Zelda, and Metroid.

Posted by: BaphometsAdvocate Feb 23 2012, 01:49 PM

Thanks to Spotify a lot of different things but The Eagles of Death Metal and Danko Jones keep showing up on my Queue

Posted by: akaCG Mar 18 2012, 07:51 PM

The "http://www.amazon.com/Brasil-Project-Toots-Thielemans/dp/B0000000L0" version of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toots_Thielemans jazz classic, "Bluesette". Toots (harmonica and whistling) is accompanied by all of the artists on the album.

Enjoy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0KkkHtxS4Q


Posted by: Mrs. Pigpen Mar 19 2012, 04:48 AM

Rise Against. They are amazing, I like everything they play.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV1K9pO77ro.

Posted by: nighttimer Mar 19 2012, 04:34 PM

I'm on the job and listening to the new Esperanza Spalding album, Radio Music Society.

Not loving it either. wacko.gif

Posted by: pheeler Mar 19 2012, 05:30 PM

QUOTE(Mrs. Pigpen @ Mar 18 2012, 08:48 PM) *
Rise Against. They are amazing, I like everything they play.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV1K9pO77ro.

Amen! I have loved Rise Against since Siren Song of the Counter Culture came out. Appeal to Reason is far and away the best punk album released in the last decade (American Idiot is not punk, sorry).

I know you also like Social D and Mike Ness, have you heard anything by Nothington or Red City Radio? They have that punk/folk feel. Gaslight Anthem is another band you might absolutely love, basically Springsteen turned into punk songs.

QUOTE(quarkhead)
Brother Ali - this guy has an outrageous flow.

"If I'm a die whether or not I try I might as well let the dice fly"

Outrageous is spot on. He and Sage Francis are neck and neck in my mind for the most profound lyricists in hip hop.


Posted by: Curmudgeon Mar 19 2012, 05:49 PM

QUOTE(nighttimer @ Mar 19 2012, 12:34 PM) *
I'm on the job and listening to the new Esperanza Spalding album, Radio Music Society.

Not loving it either. wacko.gif

If I were still om the job, and still sitting in an office next to the guy who used to be my boss (story for another day)... I would be listening to Rush Limbaugh.

Retirement is so nice. I am listening to the click of PE's keyboard...and a pet dove telling the cat, "I own the house! (The cat likes to lay on top of the dove's cage, and the dove likes to peck at the cat's paws through the cage.)

Posted by: vsrenard Mar 19 2012, 11:22 PM

The Battlestar Galactica soundtrack. I love Bear McCreary. Up next: sound track to How to Train A Dragon.

Posted by: Mrs. Pigpen Mar 19 2012, 11:49 PM

QUOTE(pheeler @ Mar 19 2012, 01:30 PM) *
Amen! I have loved Rise Against since Siren Song of the Counter Culture came out. Appeal to Reason is far and away the best punk album released in the last decade (American Idiot is not punk, sorry).

I agree on both counts. I'm actually surprised that Rise Against isn't more popular, they are so phenomenal...so many great original songs I didn't tire of hearing them again and again through virtually an entire cross country car trip.

QUOTE
I know you also like Social D and Mike Ness, have you heard anything by Nothington or Red City Radio? They have that punk/folk feel. Gaslight Anthem is another band you might absolutely love, basically Springsteen turned into punk songs.


Social D is my favorite band thanks so much for the recommendations! I hadn't heard of any of those. Now that my son is a teenager, he's actually the one who turned me on to Rise Against, I'll steer him in the direction of those as well....

flowers.gif

Edited: Just started listening to Gaslight Anthem on Youtube and love it already!!

Posted by: Alan Wood Mar 20 2012, 09:39 AM

Love Mark Knoffler especially the theme from "Local Hero" and listening now at 50w until she who must be obeyed gets home.
Queen...Van-Halen...and last but not least Bach.
My son sees me as a decrepid teenager.
My Wife sees me as deaf wub.gif

Regards...Roo

Posted by: AuthorMusician Mar 20 2012, 05:06 PM

QUOTE(Alan Wood @ Mar 20 2012, 05:39 AM) *
Love Mark Knoffler especially the theme from "Local Hero" and listening now at 50w until she who must be obeyed gets home.
Queen...Van-Halen...and last but not least Bach.
My son sees me as a decrepid teenager.
My Wife sees me as deaf wub.gif

Regards...Roo


Yep, eclectic is good. I've been catching up on the various people who play during A Prairie Home Companion. Love or hate Keillor, he does attract a lot of different quality acts, and the archives have improved tremendously in sound quality and continuity. There are vids now too.

Think it was a couple of months ago that Leo Kottkey played with Pat Donohue, two monster guitarists from my neck of the woods (childhood and young adulthood). Neither can sing worth spit, but still they do. I can't sing worth squat either, so it feels like home.

Mostly though, I've been listening to the white sound of a space heater this winter. Can't write when music is playing; can't play music while writing -- not enough arms, hands and fingers.

Here's something interesting: Lydia is a classically trained pianist who can't play piano after working at the computer for hours, and vice versa. It takes time for the finger memories to clear. However, I don't have any trouble switching from computer to guitar and back again. I think that's because the guitar is nothing like a QWERTY keyboard, but a piano is. Sort of. Black keys, you know.

Posted by: Trouble Mar 21 2012, 07:20 AM

Currently, I am exploring dubstep with mixed results. Some of the mixers aren't bad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1VLaXoRRdk Cracks (Ft. Belle Humble) (Flux Pavilion Remix) is good and so is some of the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGOfD2OWQmU stuff.

For more introspective moods I am listening to http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c5-vFrVlMcI - Drowning.

Posted by: quarkhead Mar 21 2012, 08:28 AM

I've been digging http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4hRONoC-xQ

I've been learning the art of flatpicking on my trusty old Martin, so I've been listening to a lot of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYMEfrxJLho&feature=related, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r67DmWECcvQ&feature=related, and of course http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBb9OZhTUSI

Then there's http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9vZBijOSmM&feature=related. My wife is in love with him.

Posted by: JohnfrmCleveland Mar 21 2012, 03:01 PM

(Those of you who don't have kids will probably find this pretty pathetic, so just skip to the next post. Thanks.)

When my girls were babies, I was able to inundate them with pretty much anything I wanted to. They were put to sleep every night - for years - with Jack Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jim Croce, The Lovin' Spoonful, Chopin, and a great classical guitar sampler I got off Amazon for 99 cents. All quiet, sleepytime music, but good stuff. It was kind of my experiment to see if I could somehow skip over the kiddie music phase and maybe move directly into, I suppose, pop.

Now they are 5 and 7, and my experiment has failed, at least partially. They still like the artists who put them to sleep, but Daddy's influence has lost major ground to Nickelodeon, Disney, and the whole media machine. Now when I'm driving them around, it's Justin Bieber, the Yo Gabba Gabba album (which, actually, features some pretty cool artists), Taylor Swift, etc. They know the songs by Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush, owing to their constant play on Nickelodeon. And last week, when they went to the library with Grandma, they came home with a Hannah Montana CD, which I consider the low point of this whole process. I really hope that one doesn't catch on.

But I have to admit, that Bieber kid can really sing. And if it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsrOMGC_aMw, he's OK with me.


Posted by: moif Mar 21 2012, 04:26 PM

QUOTE(JohnfrmCleveland @ Mar 21 2012, 04:01 PM) *
(Those of you who don't have kids will probably find this pretty pathetic, so just skip to the next post. Thanks.)

When my girls were babies, I was able to inundate them with pretty much anything I wanted to. They were put to sleep every night - for years - with Jack Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jim Croce, The Lovin' Spoonful, Chopin, and a great classical guitar sampler I got off Amazon for 99 cents. All quiet, sleepytime music, but good stuff. It was kind of my experiment to see if I could somehow skip over the kiddie music phase and maybe move directly into, I suppose, pop.

Now they are 5 and 7, and my experiment has failed, at least partially. They still like the artists who put them to sleep, but Daddy's influence has lost major ground to Nickelodeon, Disney, and the whole media machine. Now when I'm driving them around, it's Justin Bieber, the Yo Gabba Gabba album (which, actually, features some pretty cool artists), Taylor Swift, etc. They know the songs by Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush, owing to their constant play on Nickelodeon. And last week, when they went to the library with Grandma, they came home with a Hannah Montana CD, which I consider the low point of this whole process. I really hope that one doesn't catch on.

But I have to admit, that Bieber kid can really sing. And if it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsrOMGC_aMw, he's OK with me.
I'm still battling the evil influence of children's TV with Gary Numan. So far so good.

Currently I am listening to a local band from my home city. They are called http://youtu.be/JqJrBCsyevo

Posted by: pheeler Mar 22 2012, 01:57 AM

QUOTE(JohnfrmCleveland @ Mar 21 2012, 07:01 AM) *
(Those of you who don't have kids will probably find this pretty pathetic, so just skip to the next post. Thanks.)

When my girls were babies, I was able to inundate them with pretty much anything I wanted to. They were put to sleep every night - for years - with Jack Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jim Croce, The Lovin' Spoonful, Chopin, and a great classical guitar sampler I got off Amazon for 99 cents. All quiet, sleepytime music, but good stuff. It was kind of my experiment to see if I could somehow skip over the kiddie music phase and maybe move directly into, I suppose, pop.

Now they are 5 and 7, and my experiment has failed, at least partially. They still like the artists who put them to sleep, but Daddy's influence has lost major ground to Nickelodeon, Disney, and the whole media machine. Now when I'm driving them around, it's Justin Bieber, the Yo Gabba Gabba album (which, actually, features some pretty cool artists), Taylor Swift, etc. They know the songs by Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush, owing to their constant play on Nickelodeon. And last week, when they went to the library with Grandma, they came home with a Hannah Montana CD, which I consider the low point of this whole process. I really hope that one doesn't catch on.

But I have to admit, that Bieber kid can really sing. And if it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsrOMGC_aMw, he's OK with me.

They will come around. I don't think there's a way to counteract the fact that kids have, let's not say terrible but very different taste in music than adults. I used to groan when my mom put on Jim Croce in the car, but now I love him and pretty much all the classic bands my parents love (Lovin' Spoonful included).

For some inexplicable reason, my father missed the boat on Led Zeppelin, so I was able to return the favor and reintroduce him to some great music from his era.

Posted by: akaCG Jun 28 2012, 05:19 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paco_de_Luc%C3%ADa ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYYDdn1rRKs.

Note: It's a 1 hour and 40 minute long video.


Posted by: akaCG Aug 29 2012, 05:29 AM

Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wTVLIZaxMk

J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WUeOEkl270

Aaaaah ... yeah, baby.


Posted by: AuthorMusician Sep 4 2012, 12:25 AM

I'm a fan of Suits, and here's where the theme song comes from:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAA7mmrE73k

Same thing happened with the Sopranos with me. I had to know where that lyric came from, got yerself a gun.

Yep, A3:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gbw60Iw-tA

Art as predictive of reality. Guess an Ima Robot album is in store. Already have A3 on the audio card through the bookshelf stereo.

Posted by: akaCG Sep 16 2012, 03:39 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netrebko, singing "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß" (English, rough translation: "My lips, they kiss so hotly"):


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tUq8Q_b8Lg


ps:
Lyrics were written by this gentleman (do acquaint yourself with him, please; he's more than worth it): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Löhner-Beda


Posted by: Bikerdad Sep 16 2012, 04:26 AM

Josh Turner's Icon.

It's going to be the first of my CD's that I rip so I can load it to my smartphone. Figure I might as well get some music under the helmet.

Posted by: JohnfrmCleveland Sep 16 2012, 04:39 AM

QUOTE(akaCG @ Sep 15 2012, 11:39 PM) *
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netrebko, singing "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß" (English, rough translation: "My lips, they kiss so hotly"):


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tUq8Q_b8Lg


That's not my kind of music - at all - but I couldn't stop watching the performance.

**************************

I recently downloaded Paul McCartney's Ram, plus Wingspan, a few weeks back when Amazon was putting his stuff on sale. My older sister had http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P_HKQGq730/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ma8OhzFdIA on an Apple 45 rpm, and that was one of the few records I had to listen to as a kid. Those are two of the songs that bring me back in time. The old McCartney stuff really has a nice Beatles vibe to it, but unlike Beatles music I hadn't heard it a hundred times, so it was a nice find after all these years.

Posted by: moif Sep 16 2012, 11:54 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc8bc-bA1JM&feature=share&list=PL6EC8C3678C6EC93D

Posted by: akaCG Sep 17 2012, 02:06 AM

A friend emailed me ...

Carly Rose Sonenclar, doing "Feeling Good":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAJyoiQEQco&feature=player_embedded#!

No match for http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfJRX-8SXOs version, of course. A bit hard to imagine that anyone could get there.

But she's got time to at least try to get close. After all, she's only ... 13.

Enjoy.


Posted by: JohnfrmCleveland Nov 16 2012, 07:46 PM

Listening to http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A12VW86/ref=bt_atcg_mm?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0CAQJ0K6XWHH57SK8Z0G&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1416706522&pf_rd_i=163856011 Great record (why do we still call them "records," anyway?), a bit different than their usual stuff. (Only $5 for a few more days.)

Posted by: Eeyore Nov 17 2012, 04:19 PM

Recently I have been enjoying my mellower Pandora Stations.

I think that http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSmE0BBOwSg and the http://www.npr.org/event/music/164632420/the-civil-wars-a-song-of-loyalty-before-its-tested?utm_source=NPR&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20121108 (oddly they broke up) are very strong musical acts. The former draws me in and makes me listen to her style of singing and I find myself drawn into the lyrics by her unique style.

The Civil Wars have a transfixing style of singing that draws me in and I never know or care what the lyrics are doing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROqTa1mn_qc is running right now. I find her to have a strong pop personality that is dramatic but of substance. I wanted to dismiss her as a one hit wonder pop star, but I find myself stopping and listening carefully with many of her tracks and now I root for a series of tracks to come out in future months and years.

I don;t really know what it is abouthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlaeJ6k75cY, but her singing voice haunts me and lingers for hours when I hear one of her tracks.

Posted by: akaCG Dec 26 2012, 02:26 AM

The Piano Guys, performing "What Makes You Beautiful":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VqTwnAuHws

Human ingenuity. It is indeed the ultimate resource.


Posted by: Curmudgeon Dec 26 2012, 01:05 PM

The Sound of silence...

There are no random fireworks going off, no sirens, even PE's computer is running quietly... (Mine's still in the shop.) I need to remember to hit the mute button and turn the sound back on before I shut this down...

Posted by: net2007 Dec 29 2012, 08:48 PM

Eve of Destruction - Barry Mcguire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I98KeKV_F9g


Been getting in to this one a bit, I'm somewhat fascinated with why people have been fascinated about the end of the world.
It seems to be a popular idea lately. Weird when things have been so screwed up that a huge chunk of people believe our time is coming.

Posted by: akaCG Feb 28 2014, 05:48 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT3SBzmDxGk


Posted by: AuthorMusician Feb 28 2014, 06:49 PM

St. Vincent performed on Colbert this week, and that led me to do some YouTube poking around. It's a blend of techno and what might be considered fringe rock, a little like the guitar work in many Jethro Tull hits.

Can't get it out of my head now. It's not music I'd want to play, but it is stuff I'd listen to more than once. Seems dependent on the video too, so a blending of art media.

Posted by: net2007 Mar 2 2014, 12:47 AM

I'm listening to lots of Fleetwood Mac lately, Stevie Nicks is amazing. Take a look at this live performance from 1976....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsOkqdRHhoc

They perform the song Rhiannon on The Midnight Special. She's so passionate when she sings, you can tell she really gets into it. So much talent.

The studio recorded version is also good, this version has lyrics...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH52EjqV-eo

Posted by: JohnfrmCleveland Mar 4 2014, 02:53 AM

I'm generally not a big fan of rap, but I am a big fan of free stuff. Recently, De La Soul was giving away their whole catalog for free, so I pounced. I remembered "Me Myself and I" from way back when, and I liked that song.

It's not too polished, but the music is fun when you are in the right mood. I'm really enjoying it.

Posted by: AuthorMusician Mar 4 2014, 06:46 AM

This came across my radar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a39V_15n_Gc

It's a bit long, but you get a lot of treats if you like really good guitar players (and of course the other musicians).

You can see and hear James Taylor try to sing the blues. That funny guy playing guitar with him? Oh yeah, he's that burnout who actually defined rock for a generation of late baby boomers. Walsh something.

Guess you do have to be pretty old to recognize all the players. Some of the really old blues guys I had not heard about, maybe a name dropped here and there. Good roots stuff.

Clapton is always around, except when he isn't and isn't needed. That was nice.

Guess he arranged the whole deal. Man, what a thing, eh? Made me stick all my pride into a tiny little box; who can possibly play like that effortlessly (yeah, I know, twenty-plus-plus years of effort behind it)?

I've got a few tunes left over to get lost in. That's still good. But how personal is it that these people touch one note and immediately identify themselves? It's an astounding phenomenon.

Posted by: Paladin Elspeth Mar 4 2014, 08:40 PM

QUOTE(AuthorMusician @ Feb 28 2014, 01:49 PM) *
St. Vincent performed on Colbert this week, and that led me to do some YouTube poking around. It's a blend of techno and what might be considered fringe rock, a little like the guitar work in many Jethro Tull hits.

Can't get it out of my head now. It's not music I'd want to play, but it is stuff I'd listen to more than once. Seems dependent on the video too, so a blending of art media.

That was a spellbinding song, a good performance.

Posted by: akaCG Sep 27 2014, 08:41 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGdSPXSaVNM


Posted by: akaCG Dec 25 2014, 02:48 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuZ-o37A15A


Posted by: Dontreadonme Dec 25 2014, 02:59 AM

Right now, I'm digging the band fronted by the son of my co-worker.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3reAG0YSG6I

Apparently, they have recently disbanded.


Posted by: nighttimer Dec 26 2014, 04:44 PM

"Bombshell" by Powerman 5000. Rock out. drumroll.gif

Posted by: Curmudgeon Dec 26 2014, 06:39 PM

We slept in today. I turned the television on long enough to see that it was dry and above freezing and likely to stay there. I let the dog out several hours ago and sat down at my computer to go through my daily mental exercises. As I was preparing to shut my computer down, I noticed that I have apparently been listening to the background music that we play on PE's PC to keep the dog calm at night. I think it is titled something like "Classical excerpts for babies. I likely picked it up for 50 cents at Valueland.

I purchased a set of headphones for my computer and misplaced them. I found a cheap pair of speakers that I had on my desk for a couple of months, but never found the energy to plug them in... I think that I have purchased 2 LPs lifetime, but never invested in a record player. When we purchased a car with a CD player, we started to purchase CD's; but when we're on the road, PE usually just hits the seek button until she lands on a radio station that she wants to listen to... I think that I only tuned in A Prairie Home Companion 3 or 4 times in the past year.

I spent most of my working years working maintenance in a factory. Silence wakes me from a sound sleep, but I can ignore virtually any background noise.

Posted by: akaCG Dec 27 2014, 02:17 AM

Earlier today, as he and his family were just about to board their plane back home from visiting me and mine over Christmas, a good friend of mine (he and I have been "razzing" each other over organized religion and such over the years; he and his wife, children, parents, grandparents, etc., are observant Catholics all; I'm an observing atheist) emailed me a link to the following YouTube video of an initial audition on Voice of Italy from last spring:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6_0n_3hSl8

Hope all y'all enjoy it as much as I did.


Posted by: Dingo Dec 27 2014, 07:14 PM

QUOTE(akaCG @ Aug 28 2012, 09:29 PM) *
J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WUeOEkl270

Aaaaah ... yeah, baby.

Curious who one might share a musical taste with.

However I suspect this would establish some cultural distance. flowers.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQbXO828Vio

Posted by: akaCG Dec 28 2014, 03:30 AM

QUOTE(Dingo @ Dec 27 2014, 02:14 PM) *
QUOTE(akaCG @ Aug 28 2012, 09:29 PM) *
J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WUeOEkl270

Aaaaah ... yeah, baby.

Curious who one might share a musical taste with.

However I suspect this would establish some cultural distance. flowers.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQbXO828Vio

Curious that, upon discovering that you and I both enjoy J.J.Cale and Eric Clapton playing together, you immediately felt the need to compensate for that realization by attempting to find some way to place "some cultural distance" between ourselves.

How sad.

EDITED TO ADD:


But hey, at the very least, this ends up providing everybody with yet another chance to once again enjoy the rare opportunity to hear/see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WUeOEkl270.

Mighty good, that.


Posted by: Dingo Dec 28 2014, 04:08 AM

QUOTE(akaCG @ Dec 27 2014, 07:30 PM) *
QUOTE(Dingo @ Dec 27 2014, 02:14 PM) *
QUOTE(akaCG @ Aug 28 2012, 09:29 PM) *
J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WUeOEkl270

Aaaaah ... yeah, baby.

Curious who one might share a musical taste with.

However I suspect this would establish some cultural distance. flowers.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQbXO828Vio

Curious that, upon discovering that you and I both enjoy J.J.Cale and Eric Clapton playing together, you immediately felt the need to compensate for that realization by attempting to find some way to place "some cultural distance" between ourselves.

How sad.


How funny. Sorry you missed the humor. wink.gif

Posted by: AuthorMusician Dec 28 2014, 04:04 PM

It's not so much what music I'm passively listening to but the stuff that I'm making.

I've always loved the blues and old jazz, meaning up to the 1950s. It's very cool that Hulu carries all of the Peter Gunn episodes, lots of good jazz in there.

So, in my golden (heh, that's a huge euphemism) years, I'm taking another look at the basics of blues via an 8-disc DVD lesson series. It's entitled Learn & Master Blues Guitar with Steve Krenz. Bought it at MusiciansFriend.com, but I'm sure it's available elsewhere.

I've worked with a lot of lesson tapes and DVDs along the way, picking up little techniques here and there. Krenz is a phenomenal teacher who shows advanced stuff along with the basics, just puts it in there for we who are reviewing. It's a lot richer than I expected.

He uses an electric guitar for teaching, but it all transfers to classical as well.

Otherwise, what do I listen to these days? Whatever is on the radio at the time or late night TV. Modern music mostly depresses me. It's as if syncopation was thrown away in favor of monotonous rhythms and irritating melodies. Yep, it's age. I'm not supposed to like the new stuff, and so I don't.

But I did like the hit FUN. put out. Good ballad for the youth of the world being young.

Can't even guess how much money I've put into music over the decades. Lots of LPs, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs and MP3s. Then there are many guitars, harmonicas, dulcimers of the mountain and hammered varieties, funky instruments from Dead Head shops, a few keyboards. When it comes down to it, the classical guitar is still my absolute favorite for the richness of tone and ease of playing, relatively speaking. First playable guitar was a borrowed classical from a girlfriend who later became a luthier. Very first guitar was a Kay from Sears, a Christmas present. It was a cheese cutter, and the neck warped. Could only manage a few first-position chords.

Back to the blues lessons -- still have an Epiphone Sheraton (like BB King's Lucile but lots cheaper and natural finish), so putting light strings on it will let me do the stuff that electrics allow, should the urge ever come along. Right now there are medium flatwounds on it, installed back when adventures in double jointedness wasn't a problem. Nothing like watching your index finger extend way beyond what's normal, straight up from the knuckle.

Posted by: Trouble Jan 1 2015, 03:54 AM

Pre fender bending kerfluffle, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e-RGA1DQjE, post, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAep67mxHS8

Posted by: Dingo Jan 3 2015, 08:26 PM

On another site I developed a kind of internet friendship with a medium famous blues player. He offered some terrific posts and shared some of his fascinating life and radical political perspective. He tagged his name as 'Watermellon Slim' which told you right off the bat that he was probably white. It's hard to imagine a black blues player calling himself Watermellon anything.

Here's a good piece by him - Smokestack Lightning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeMRIu43qjg

Posted by: net2007 Jan 11 2015, 03:10 PM

Bruce Hornsby & the Range - Mandolin Rain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDgOwX72fLI

Bruce Hornsby & the Range - The Way It Is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlRQjzltaMQ


I love this stuff, such good classics. He can really play the piano.

Posted by: akaCG Jan 20 2015, 02:48 AM

So, I was doin' my usual daily WWW surfin' and roamin' today, and, in a roundabout way, came across ...

Frank "Mr. Rat Pack" Sinatra's mid-career voice doing wondrous things with ... well, the most fitting term that comes to mind at the moment is ... a spiritual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2I1ctqIR2M.

Wow. Beautiful composition, beautiful lyrics, beautifully sung.


Posted by: akaCG Feb 2 2015, 01:38 AM

Just started putting together a musical gift for a really close friend of the family who'll be turning 75 in a couple of months or so: 75 songs that I think she'll enjoy, each sung by a woman, one song for each year, starting with 1940 and ending with 2015.

Tonight, while I was exploring/listening to songs, I came across ...

Sarah Vaughan, singing "Black Coffee" in 1949: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC1E01qb4_Y

ps:
Man oh man! Even when she was just doing "mmmmmm ...", she was better at it than just about anyone else. What a dame!


Posted by: BoF Feb 9 2015, 10:17 PM

At independent living retirement community where I reside, I have been given the honorary title “House DJ.” On Saturday, Valentine's Day, I’ll be playing some non-mushy love songs. By that I mean that love is just as often difficult as not.

One of the songs I’ll be playing is one Solomon Burke wrote and recorded in 1964—“Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”

Also in 1964, early on, The Rolling Stones, always aware of good songs—especially when originally recorded by American Blacks—released their version. In 1967, Wilson Pickett’s version eclipsed Burke’s on the Billboard charts and in 1980 it was part of the Blues Brothers movie.

My Valentine gift to you is the original version. The gospel sound and feeling is obvious. The song is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and #436 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 greatest songs.

This is my Valentine gift to everyone.

Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OKAlBC-XWQ

Posted by: akaCG Feb 9 2015, 11:58 PM

QUOTE(BoF @ Feb 9 2015, 05:17 PM) *
At independent living retirement community where I reside, I have been given the honorary title “House DJ.” On Saturday, Valentine's Day, I’ll be playing some non-mushy love songs. By that I mean that love is just as often difficult as not.

One of the songs I’ll be playing is one Solomon Burke wrote and recorded in 1964—“Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”

Also in 1964, early on, The Rolling Stones, always aware of good songs—especially when originally recorded by American Blacks—released their version. In 1967, Wilson Pickett’s version eclipsed Burke’s on the Billboard charts and in 1980 it was part of the Blues Brothers movie.

My Valentine gift to you is the original version. The gospel sound and feeling is obvious. The song is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and #436 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 greatest songs.

This is my Valentine gift to everyone.

Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OKAlBC-XWQ

Thank you, "BoF". I really mean it. I had never heard of Solomon Burke, let alone listened to one of his songs as sung by him. Love learning/discovering new things.

ps:
A couple of weeks ago or so, at some point during a dinner party at my place, the conversation turned to the question of ... "Why does Cuban popular music keep being so interesting, while Mexican popular music keeps being so boring?".

My contribution to the attempt on our (i.e. the people at said dinner party) part to find an answer to said question (paraphrased, "boiled down", etc.):

For the same reason that Brazilian popular music keeps being more interesting than Argentinian popular music: The former has lots of Black "blood" running through its "veins", while the latter has virtually none.


Posted by: AuthorMusician Feb 11 2015, 01:23 PM

These piano tunes are strangely interesting in that a good musician can make rinky-dink instruments sound great, even on tunes older than dirt:

http://www.goodoldsongs.com/

Caution: You must be over 55 years old to visit this site tongue.gif

Listening to this stuff brings me back to basement bars, frosted mugs, rum-soaked cigars, and stud poker with nothing wild.

Posted by: Mrs. Pigpen Feb 18 2015, 08:21 PM

My nephew. smile.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ATJ2KfG57c&feature=youtu.be

Posted by: AuthorMusician Feb 19 2015, 03:31 PM

QUOTE(Mrs. Pigpen @ Feb 18 2015, 04:21 PM) *
My nephew. smile.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ATJ2KfG57c&feature=youtu.be

Very nice. The vocal reminded me of Mellencamp, Young without the falsetto, and Dylan without the nasal stuff and on key.

But https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2TmSB8ccLY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCd0OjjCz88 wink.gif

True confession: As a teenager I liked cowbell a lot and was friends with a band who used it extensively. Nothing like Smoke on the Water with added cowbell throughout, nothing at all and for good reason rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Mrs. Pigpen Feb 19 2015, 04:16 PM

QUOTE(AuthorMusician @ Feb 19 2015, 10:31 AM) *
True confession: As a teenager I liked cowbell a lot and was friends with a band who used it extensively. Nothing like Smoke on the Water with added cowbell throughout, nothing at all and for good reason rolleyes.gif


Heh, I played cymbals when I was a teen.

Cowbell bell is to cymbal as emmentaler is to cheese wiz.
(tales of teenhood brought back memories of those dreaded SAT verbal analogies…)

flowers.gif

Posted by: akaCG Mar 21 2015, 10:50 PM

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwNzFWRBQWU"

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6qA-4PWdsg"

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wJVLWzmBKA"


EDITED TO ADD:

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-ugFFXI3L4"


And last, but definitely not least, ...

EDITED TO ADD:

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkJEp2TbFHA"


Posted by: akaCG Apr 29 2015, 01:35 AM

"Benedictus", performed by Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser (a.k.a. 2 Cellos):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_RjlIPuqyc


Posted by: lo rez Apr 29 2015, 02:06 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ks9LUdPA6s

Posted by: akaCG May 17 2015, 08:28 PM

I've been listening to/watching a whole bunch of B.B.King stuff on YouTube today. Earlier today, I came across ...

B.B. King and Eric Clapton joining Buddy Guy and doing "Let Me Love You Baby" after they inducted Mr. Guy into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JY0-giKWf0

EDITED TO ADD:

In his https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyiHc6bW0X8 to B.B. King upon his passing, Eric Clapton mentioned that it was Mr. King's album "Live at the Regal" that helped set the course of his life.

Here's the full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSZuwTZaTjk&list=PLA71467C741F19401

My personal favorites from it:

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYxPz7KpdG8"

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCoDgva6tQo"


Posted by: akaCG Aug 14 2015, 09:36 PM

This is not so much about listening, but watching. A delightfully talented and versatile dancer that I hadn't known about before today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-dD_YoTMbE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipAeVooWodU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxnxOwlfj04

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfheRt1Wn_o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUkt_mDLQOc



EDITED TO ADD:

A bit of pair dancing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0CqgB4Mfv8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpiXAg1sd28

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKIG5QtMRC8

And some performing on the streets of Paris:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR07aqQk1eo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7d8kkKKVpY

Happy Friday, everyone!

Posted by: akaCG Dec 12 2015, 10:38 PM

In honor of his 100th birthday, ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJimkJIPqhQ


Posted by: lo rez Dec 18 2015, 06:09 PM

They Might Be Giants - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CccPPDe2JU

And I find that my head's nodding yes
though my legs are not following.
I'm inspired by events
to remember the exits in back of me.


Also, let me give you a coveted lo rez pro-tip. Don't play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdIRrmNN_CQ super loud on your wife's birthday.

Posted by: AuthorMusician Dec 26 2015, 10:59 PM

I'm revisiting some lesser-known Jimmy Reed tunes to pick up rhythms for a project. All I really want is the feel of the drums and base together, so I'm ticking off metronome settings for each tune as a starting point for stuff that's knocking around the inner ear. Melodies and lyrics will be my original contributions. Guess I'm channeling old British rockers.

What's cool about this project is finding those old tunes on YouTube (primarily) for free and doing the audio capture for later analysis. This must be really something for young musicians. I feel embarrassed for how much money I've sunk into discographies.

Maybe I'll explore other sources too. What the hey, the world's music is at my fingertips, and it crosses the ages. On top of this, I already have music composition software and access to a decent drum machine, also a little multi-track digital recorder somewhere nearby. Need to do a bit of housework.

Posted by: akaCG May 2 2016, 12:29 AM

I'm currently listening to THIS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGdSPXSaVNM

WARNING: If you've got downstairs neighbors, and you've got a hard stone/wood floor, ... you might want to take your shoes off. smile.gif



EDITED TO ADD:

I'm also currently listening to THIS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bno2zhEuU0o

WARNING: same warning as above. smile.gif

Posted by: akaCG Aug 7 2016, 03:13 AM

This ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-Fpq5NYCNQ

... and more like that.

smile.gif



Posted by: Paladin Elspeth Aug 14 2016, 11:53 PM

I still love Art Garfunkel: https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?ei=UTF-8&type=avastbcl&hspart=avast&hsimp=yhs-001&p=for+emily+whenever+i+may+find+her

Romance! wub.gif

Posted by: Dingo Sep 2 2016, 12:38 PM

QUOTE(AuthorMusician @ Dec 26 2015, 02:59 PM) *
I'm revisiting some lesser-known Jimmy Reed tunes to pick up rhythms for a project.

Here is a grainy, obscure piece with Jerry Reed and Tom Jones from London - Guitar Man, which I associated with Elvis Presley. Apparently Jerry Reed wrote it. The funny thing is when I first heard Jerry Reed I thought he was black.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S35fLGjO050

Posted by: Mrs. Pigpen Sep 19 2016, 05:57 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEX9ppGTe_0

Dropkick Murphy's.
They don't do many happy songs.

Posted by: Trouble Sep 20 2016, 05:27 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_VBFbjskg8 helps me think.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeMyP7oN5Hw more of an unwind tune. Pairs up well with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip3Hmg_gAaU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbFqdgRk_oE If you ever spend time star gazing you'll understand. However if it nippy out and nature calls this is a good substitute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSbnUQkSoB4.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMKrhJcG4Mg very relaxing music to listen too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpwpHpeO-Aw is a great song after a cup of coffee.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmGdSOhBx8E for those moments of longing when melancholy won't let go. Ditto for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZuC6y4eUo0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GFDE-vdg98 is surprisingly conducive to downhill skiing. If you are the snowshoe-trekker type then https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYevBLUtuLcmight be more appropriate. It is a snow thing.

Posted by: LoneWisdom Sep 20 2016, 06:43 AM

https://youtu.be/Bld_-7gzJ-o

https://youtu.be/R_raXzIRgsA

Posted by: NetMan Sep 27 2016, 04:47 PM

I've not been on this site in some time ... hope everyone's doing well.
Music ... listening to lately?

I'm not much for popular music, so feel free to take the time and google search ... even a you tube video. You may be surprised.

Progressive Jazz ... Fusion.

Artists: Lettuce ... Snarky Puppy ... Bakerton Group
Just to name a few. Enjoy

Posted by: Dingo Oct 8 2016, 09:00 PM

Going back to where the hysteria started. cool.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt7Akjzkc54

Posted by: Curmudgeon Oct 9 2016, 11:58 AM

I am hoping to hear a release soon from an upcoming portrayal on SNL where Donald Trump is portrayed with a red cowboy hat emblazoned with the Chinese characters for "Make America Grate Again" playing a guitar and singing "http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-hillary-bill-clinton_us_57f92ea1e4b068ecb5def597"

If that link comes my way, I'll invest in a pair of speakers for my computer!

Posted by: Mrs. Pigpen May 23 2017, 07:52 PM

Just watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (highly recommended, it was good).
Heard this song, by Cat Stevens and had to look it up.
It's heartbreakingly good. Absolutely takes my breath away (strikes close to home with young sons starting to come of age now).
Entitled:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yERildSsWxM

Posted by: AuthorMusician May 24 2017, 12:51 PM

QUOTE(Mrs. Pigpen @ May 23 2017, 03:52 PM) *
Just watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (highly recommended, it was good).
Heard this song, by Cat Stevens and had to look it up.
It's heartbreakingly good. Absolutely takes my breath away (strikes close to home with young sons starting to come of age now).
Entitled:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yERildSsWxM

This tune has gotten a lot of mileage since its initial release in the 1970s. I've got a lot of memories tied to it, and not just the typical ones associated with parents and their children. Stevens, now Islam -- go figure -- packed a lot into the lyrics and how he expressed them. That is what makes a song timeless and meaningful for lots of different situations.

What I'm listening to now has no appeal to others because it's all me practicing through headphones and reaching for the core principles of not only what works but why music works they way it does. It's driving the grand kid's boyfriend, a 20-something guitarist with lots of speed, crazy when I'm working the Godin Fifth Avenue. It's a jazz archtop that has acoustic punch in addition to the electronics, so my studies bleed into the air. This isn't true with the Strat that isn't much of anything without the electronics.

But he does seem to be inspired to try harder for meaning in the music. I call that a mighty big win for his future fans. He's not my son and I'm not his father, but this is exactly what that song is about from the musical POV, i.e., melody & harmony without the lyrics.

The lyrics, in typical Yusuf Islam's way, add dimensions that can be brought out by what the kids are calling tone these days. Traditionally it's been called expression and interpretation, and this is what allows musicians to make cheap pieces of junk, both instruments and tunes, sound a whole lot better than they should.

For example, Stevie Ray Vaughn playing Mary Had A Little Lamb. He wasn't the first to pull this off, but it was my inspiration, among many others, to do what I'm doing now.

A bonus is how parents and children, inspirations and interpretations, impact each other in ways that aren't perceived/understood until much later -- if ever. Groovy neato keen daddy-oh thumbsup.gif

Posted by: droop224 May 26 2017, 06:54 PM

I've been listening to the "Gangsta" rapper Kendrick Lamar and his new album "Damn." Powerful stuff for the socially conscience as the little brother spits his truth. He did a collaboration with U2 which was an odd mix, but I find the excerpted lyrics from his song "XXX" appropriate giving my latest debates with my fellow Americans on ad.gif (especially my conservative counterparts)

[Chorus: Bono]
It's not a place
This country is to me a sound of drum and bass
You close your eyes to look around

[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar]
Hail Mary, Jesus and Joseph
The great American flag
Is wrapped and dragged with explosives
Compulsive disorder, sons and daughters
Barricaded blocks and borders
Look what you taught us!
It's murder on my street, your street, back streets
Wall Street, corporate offices
Banks, employees, and bosses with
Homicidal thoughts; Donald Trump's in office
We lost Barack and promised to never doubt him again
But is America honest, or do we bask in sin?
Pass the gin, I mix it with American blood
Then bash him in, you Crippin' or you married to blood?
I'll ask again—oops—accident
It's nasty when you set us up
Then roll the dice, then bet us up
You overnight the big rifles, then tell Fox to be scared of us
Gang members or terrorists, et cetera, et cetera
America's reflections of me, that's what a mirror does


Hit 'em up boy!! We call that FIRE!! devil.gif "Close your eyes to look around" now that line, it definitely applies to the "Liberal media" thread where "Why the news keep telling me about myself in a way I don't want to see myself" keeps resurfacing.





Posted by: Gray Seal Apr 3 2018, 02:39 PM

I bought a CD. I think it is the second one? It is Abba. The album is The Visitors. 'Tis only 30 years old. I had not heard most of the songs before.

Quite enjoying the tunes and lyrics.

These four have some talent. I would think some of these songs would be hits today but that is probably my opinion more than the public's.

Posted by: Trouble Apr 21 2018, 06:33 AM

I'm turning to a bit of blues with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OG8Fjv42nM.

Posted by: net2007 Apr 23 2018, 05:05 AM

Nice tunes guys, some of that I'm familiar with!

I have something that's practically never played on the radio. I've been a huge Fleetwood Mac fan since I was little but this is a live performance I hadn't heard about until just recently. It's the live version of Big Love with Lindsey Buckingham on the guitar.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZZp76M4NGc

I don't say this lightly when I say that I very rarely think a live performance compares with the studio recorded version, but this is one of the few songs I can say was actually better than the studio recorded version. It almost sounds like an entirely new song with how intensely he's able to play the guitar. I bet the members here wouldn't be disappointed hearing this one, though it's possible with how subjective music can be for everyone.

Droop224

Have you heard much Bono or primarily through the song you shared?

Posted by: AuthorMusician Jun 9 2018, 02:22 PM

Ran across this while browsing music-related vids:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVME_l4IwII

The observation made is that sound compression tech is used on purpose by commercial recording outfits to basically strip music of its -- what might be called character but what I call flavor. The tech gets rid of sonic outliers that for many people make music interesting, and this is more often than not a subconscious thing. So when the oddball volumes and frequencies are eliminated, people tend to notice subconsciously in that they don't like the results but don't know how to express it.

Another way to describe this is making the overall sound muddy.

Huh, and here I thought it was just my age making me not appreciate much pop music since 1995 or so. Turns out that a lot of it sucks on purpose, as has pop music through the ages but for other reasons, such as being made for bad automotive AM radios.

Yet there's a lot of demand for musical instruments, and there's a wealth of instruction, along with a cheap platform for publishing, on the Internet. Could it be that people are turning away from commercial pop music to what they can make themselves, alone or in groups?

Anyway, this is what happens whenever I'm playing the guitars -- all electric this time rather than acoustic. Once I'm dialed into the zone, it's like a religious experience (but okay, not as good as quality sex), and I'm keeping an open mind on later-date pop melodies just in case something of interest is in there.

Hal Leonard Publishing has a series of books, each one covering a decade of music, each one with 100 pop tunes. It's pretty much all I'm listening to, other than jazzy stuff from relatively unknown guitarists. It's the search for melodic ideas that can be used in so-called improvised jazz/blues/what-have-you. And I'm doing this just because it feels right.


Posted by: Mrs. Pigpen Jun 9 2018, 05:31 PM

Our oldest son took up guitar about a year ago.
He is kind of a savant type...he has an OCD personality so he has become very very good quickly by just playing all of the time.
My husband got him into the guitar.
He played in a few bands and his father (our sons' grandfather) played in bands and was a bit of a savant too (he could hear a song on the radio and then play it on the piano or guitar within a few minutes, though he never actually learned to read music in his life).

At any rate, we joke that our son (who is 19, and just finished military field training) is a bit of an old soul, by the music he listens to and plays.
His favorite musician of all time is Mark Knopfler, next favorite Johnny Cash.

He likes this guy too.
I think he's really good so I thought I'd share:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxrOUCKNR1E

BTW, AM, we are moving to Colorado next! Think I remember you live around there? Or maybe you've moved...Looking at the Evergreen or Conifer area.

Posted by: AuthorMusician Jun 14 2018, 07:02 PM

QUOTE(Mrs. Pigpen @ Jun 9 2018, 01:31 PM) *
Our oldest son took up guitar about a year ago.
He is kind of a savant type...he has an OCD personality so he has become very very good quickly by just playing all of the time.

They didn't call it OCD when I started learning guitar in 1962. It was called concentrating. Both Lydia and I have the take that music and tech require a form of OCD that enables the banging of the head against stone walls until either the ah-hah moment arrives or the wall comes tumbling down.

I'm also a big believer in the nervous breakdown moment, which is when the enormity of what's not known crashes any hope of ever mastering anything. Today I'm perfectly comfortable with not knowing much about anything.
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My husband got him into the guitar.
He played in a few bands and his father (our sons' grandfather) played in bands and was a bit of a savant too (he could hear a song on the radio and then play it on the piano or guitar within a few minutes, though he never actually learned to read music in his life).

My father cursed me with guitar too, and I've never regretted his handing over what would give a lot of pleasure, instill fear so thick it'd stop a freight train (gigging stage fright), get me laid a few times -- flukes of the 1970s -- and drain my finances quicker than a drunken Saturday night.
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At any rate, we joke that our son (who is 19, and just finished military field training) is a bit of an old soul, by the music he listens to and plays.
His favorite musician of all time is Mark Knopfler, next favorite Johnny Cash.

I like those guys too. Currently I have no guitar hero or favorite performer. Seems to be another excursion down the road of musical ideas more than personalities. Not sure where this is going to take me, maybe nowhere. Which is fine by me -- just happy that I'm getting the guitar hands back.

One of the reasons I'm all-electric now is to keep the sound down. I use headphones almost all the time and a light touch on the Godin jazz box, which has some acoustic projection without amplification.

Anyway, it's a great time to be a guitarist. Decent rigs are less expensive than ever, mostly due to tech in manufacturing and lots of competition. Gibson still gets away with charging phenomenally high prices, one of those market anomalies, but even Taylors are reasonably priced. And there are kits out there for dirt cheap. I'm thinking of getting one of the Les Paul kits, since I'd be changing the pickups anyway. But then an Ibanez look-alike isn't much more, so . . . who knows.
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He likes this guy too.
I think he's really good so I thought I'd share:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxrOUCKNR1E

Good old folk music! Takes me back to the haunts of Minneapolis when Max and I were trying to get a duo acoustic act together, guitar and harmonica. At the same time, this guy formerly named Prince was getting attention.
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BTW, AM, we are moving to Colorado next! Think I remember you live around there? Or maybe you've moved...Looking at the Evergreen or Conifer area.

Nice country thereabouts and close to Denver. We're still in the little cow town above Colorado Springs. We've talked about moving to Grand Junction -- it's less expensive and lower altitude than here, and we're not getting any younger nor more wealthy. Sold the shack last year, renting now -- so it's a matter of, um, what is it today? Health? Wealth? Whatever, we're free to move if we want. Leaving CO isn't a consideration.

Remember: It's the thinner air that makes the sun so brutal at times, not being a few thousand feet closer to our star, which is what, 93 million miles away? Yet a lot of people think a mile or two closer would make a difference.

Anyway, it's good to hear your son has taken up guitar. I think everyone should play something besides recorded music, but there's a strong prejudice in my thinking. Imagine that rolleyes.gif

BTW, feel free to PM me. I might be able to answer questions or do something else to make your move easier.

Fair warning: Once here, you might never want to leave. It's an old Indian curse, so I've heard. It was supposedly about Boulder Canyon, but it seems to have leaked out some.

Or it's just that interesting in the hills. Opinions differ.

Posted by: Mrs. Pigpen Jun 15 2018, 12:54 PM

QUOTE(AuthorMusician @ Jun 14 2018, 02:02 PM) *
BTW, feel free to PM me. I might be able to answer questions or do something else to make your move easier.

Fair warning: Once here, you might never want to leave. It's an old Indian curse, so I've heard. It was supposedly about Boulder Canyon, but it seems to have leaked out some.

Or it's just that interesting in the hills. Opinions differ.


Thanks AM! I am excited to live there.
I will probably PM you in a few weeks with questions. flowers.gif

Mike's Southwest hub is in Denver, so we are pretty committed, but he is getting discouraged with the house hunting.
Last night we found a good home in the hills (11 acres) but the HOA won't allow chickens. blink.gif
Why on earth?!?
I hate for that to be a deal breaker, but I've wanted my own chickens since I lived in Italy 15 years ago. Fresh eggs rock.
Now I'm moving somewhere permanent and I want chickens, damnit!
That's like forbidding dogs over 50 pounds, seems to me (we want a large dog too, right now we have two very small ones)...on 11 acres of my own property?
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Posted by: Gray Seal Jun 15 2018, 01:08 PM

I am listening to John Denver as part of my pandora mix as I write this...

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I have two kids living in Colorado now. One is in Lake City. The other is in Colorado Springs.

I will run in the Rocky Mountain Games in July in Colorado Springs.

Avoid the HOA s. I looked at them when my daughter was house hunting. Who wants your neighbors in charge of what you do on your own property?

The nemesis for Colorado is the influence of Texans who buy property in Colorado as their summer home. Land values are pushed up because of this demand.

Posted by: AuthorMusician Jun 15 2018, 02:39 PM

QUOTE(Mrs. Pigpen @ Jun 15 2018, 08:54 AM) *
QUOTE(AuthorMusician @ Jun 14 2018, 02:02 PM) *
BTW, feel free to PM me. I might be able to answer questions or do something else to make your move easier.

Fair warning: Once here, you might never want to leave. It's an old Indian curse, so I've heard. It was supposedly about Boulder Canyon, but it seems to have leaked out some.

Or it's just that interesting in the hills. Opinions differ.


Thanks AM! I am excited to live there.
I will probably PM you in a few weeks with questions. flowers.gif

Mike's Southwest hub is in Denver, so we are pretty committed, but he is getting discouraged with the house hunting.
Last night we found a good home in the hills (11 acres) but the HOA won't allow chickens. blink.gif
Why on earth?!?
I hate for that to be a deal breaker, but I've wanted my own chickens since I lived in Italy 15 years ago. Fresh eggs rock.
Now I'm moving somewhere permanent and I want chickens, damnit!
That's like forbidding dogs over 50 pounds, seems to me (we want a large dog too, right now we have two very small ones)...on 11 acres of my own property?
[/rant]

First off, music -- I'm listening to a lot of backing tracks in various genres and layering my stuff on top. Good old Hal Leonard publishing put a bunch together in one book/thumb drive, which greatly reduces the trial/error of Internet finds. Although I did find the book online, so . . .

Lydia raised chickens for eggs/meat in Lakewood many moons ago. The suburb grandfathered livestock in -- so if you owned the property before the ban of livestock, you could still do your chickens, goats, cows, sheep, llamas, horses, mules, burrows, beefalo (hybrid) -- which points to why HOAs and state/county laws banned livestock on residential land. It can get out of hand, and even with 11 acres, you've still got people who would abuse the situation and thereby reduce property values.

But if you buy a ranch, you're good to go. State law has to do with what is and isn't a ranch. Seems the cutoff is around 35 acres, below which you've got residential property -- I think. Not certain, as it hasn't been important to us.

There's another thing here that's strange -- every freaking drop of water is owned by somebody (so it seems), and you might not be able to use water on your land, even rainfall, as you want. Because somebody else owns it, because of water rights, because of dry climate and lots of long vertical things known as creeks flowing into lakes made by humans, and of course politics.

Best of luck with the house shopping. On the upside, pretty much anything bought in the hills will increase in value better than stuff below the foothills. And it's harder to stumble into sliding soil that's quite common as gravity does its thing along the Front Range. Very hard on foundations.






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