Category Archives: Music

Happy Birthday, With Mountains

When I think of American mountains, blue-green majesty is more what comes to mind. Two musical pieces to intersperse with your bands, anthems, and fireworks: From Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia, “The Blue Green Hills of Earth.” Alan Hovhaness’ Symphony number … Continue reading

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Giving Up Everything

The young miss is not as much of a music hound as I am. We have a few overlaps in what we like. I still haven’t got Raising Sand back from her. Natalie Merchant’s Tigerlily is also at the bottom of her room … Continue reading

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A London Symphony

Readers here know me as a lover of American music of all sorts. And early music, too. Music from about 1750 to about 1900 interests me little. There’s just a lot of it and orchestras seem to play it all … Continue reading

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Helping Engaged Couples

A few months ago I began collecting YouTube links to music that might be chosen for a wedding liturgy. It’s relatively easy to find the mainstream classics–the pieces that were in your and my piano book from our days in … Continue reading

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Violin Octet

Searching for a missing piece of music tonight, I pulled off my shelf the Scientific American book The Physics of Music. Decades ago, I was fascinated by a proposed reconfiguration of the violin family to optimize instrument size, resonance, and sound. In the age … Continue reading

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Lachrimae Caravaggio

Jordi Savall is one of my musical heroes. I found a concert of his Lachrimae Caravaggio on YouTube. Recommended for listening. The disk is available on Amazon. Recommended for acquisition. I find this fusion of different forms of art–the inspiration … Continue reading

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Catching Up With the Quiet Beatle

After the big media bask on the Beatles’ 50th anniversary of their explosion into American pop culture, I’ve been reviewing their recordings online the past week or two. It was a revelation to find everything remastered on YouTube. Someday I’ll … Continue reading

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