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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments

Found a new musical artist you love ? Have a favorite you song you want to share with us? Seen a live performance? Heard some music news?

Anything music we want to hear all about it !


message 2: by Alias Reader (last edited Jan 08, 2018 01:46PM) (new)

Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments Happy Birthday, Elvis. ♥

Elvis Presley Greatest Hits |The Best of Elvis Presley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIDFa...




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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 2612 comments Happy Birthday Elvis. I enjoyed seeing Graceland awhile back. :)


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madrano | 9531 comments I haven't seen Graceland but we have been by the very small home in which he was born. It was a Sunday, so closed. While i wasn't a big fan of Elvis's today i can see him better in historic light than when The Beatles were hot. Teenage Deb didn't get that at all.


message 5: by Alias Reader (last edited Jan 10, 2018 07:58AM) (new)

Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments Happy 73rd Birthday to Sir Rod Stewart!

Rod Stewart - Maggie May [Live Unplugged Video]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2CQ0...




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madrano | 9531 comments LOL, the "unplugged" reminds me of that first chapter in Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance, which i read this morning.


message 7: by Alias Reader (last edited Jan 10, 2018 04:02PM) (new)

Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments madrano wrote: "LOL, the "unplugged" reminds me of that first chapter in Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance, which i read this morning."

Glad you got the book, deb. I will start reading it again.


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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 2612 comments Happy Birthday Rod Stewart.


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments Happy Birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart !

27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791)

Youtube
The Best of Mozart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb0Um...




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Dru83 | 209 comments Ah, I had forgotten it was Mozart's birthday. As a clarinetist, I've always been a fan of Mozart, since he was one of the first major composers to write for the clarinet. My favorite is his "Clarinet Concerto" k. 622, which was written shortly before his death. (His Requiem which he was writing when he died was k. 626)

Clarinet Concerto


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments Beautiful, Dru. Thanks for sharing the youtube clip.


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments Thank you both for sharing lovely Mozart pieces.


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments This week i read about Florence Price in The New Yorker, a composer who is new to me. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20... is the link to the article. Today i've been listening to YouTube renditions of her work & thought i'd share here.

This link is to her Symphony No. 1 in E minor, which won first prize in the 1932 Wanamaker Foundation Awards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s4yY...

For that same competition she was awarded first prize for sonatas, from the same piece. Here is a link to Samantha Ege playing it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn_c4...

Finally, my personal favorite, a violin concerto, played by Er-Gene Kahng, work played with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra--
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A50gE...


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments Nice. I think I like the violin the best , too.


message 15: by Madrano (new)

Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments I wasn't sure if it was the best or if my bias was showing. I'm fond of violins.


message 16: by Dru83 (new)

Dru83 | 209 comments Yesterday, a community band I play with went on a trip to play at Carnegie Hall. In addition to our own performance, we also sat and watched two other performances. The hosting group, Baldwin Wallace University of Ohio finished off the evening with an encore that's always been a favorite of mine, Molly on the Shore by Percy Grainger. I thought I'd share the tune with you, so here's a recording of Molly on the Shore preformed by the President's Own Marine Band.

Molly on the Shore


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments Dru83 wrote: "Yesterday, a community band I play with went on a trip to play at Carnegie Hall. In addition to our own performance, we also sat and watched two other performances. The hosting group, Baldwin Walla..."

Wow ! You played at Carnegie Hall ! That must have been an amazing experience. Congratulations.


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments First of all, congratulations on playing at Carnegie Hall. Do we know what instrument you play? (Sorry, i'm quite forgetful.) Was it scary, thrilling or something else?

That's a neat piece. Why is it called "President's Own Marine Band"? I've heard them play (in D.C.) but didn't remember the "President's Own" part. Looking at the video, some of the players look as though they've been in the military for some time. We have a friend whose daughter enlisted in the military to help pay student loans. She (and her concerned parents) were promised she wouldn't be deployed to war areas. Within a year she was playing in Afghanistan, of course. However, she has lived in Japan and other foreign nations. She just recently had a baby and is still deciding what to do about her career with the armed forces.


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Dru83 | 209 comments The Carnegie Hall thing wasn't as big of a deal as it sounds, but it was still a lot of fun. The community band I play saxophone with was part of an all day band competition that involved three high school groups competing as well as the community band I'm in and a couple college groups. It was kind of thrilling, though it had moments of boredom and annoyance as well as being tiring. Mind you I say that about the whole experience of riding a bus into NYC, dealing with schedule and timing mess ups and NYC traffic, getting to dinner, and then going back to Carnegie to watch a late concert by the hosting university band and finally riding the bus back to arrive at home at 12:45 in the morning. At least we had it easy on the travel, coming from New Jersey, the other groups came from Ohio, Charleston SC, Wisconsin, and Louisiana. It was a neat experience playing at Carnegie, especially playing in a concert hall that is over 100 years old. The acoustics in the room were wonderful, way better than in the building we normally play in.

You had asked about the instruments I play; I play alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piano. I also sing in both the choir at my church and in a community choir.

The President's Own Marine Band is a special band separate from the Marine field bands. They recruit experienced musicians who have to go through a tough audition process, but don't have to go through boot camp. They are stationed at the Marine Barracks in Washington DC and in addition to touring like the other Marine bands, they also play for many events in DC, including presidential inaugurations and Marine funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. I've heard them play twice at concerts in Delaware and PA and they are quite good.


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments Thank you for the info on the POMB. We had no idea--both my husband and i learned something here.

My 15 year old nephew plays the baritone and "regular" (?) sax but is talking about taking up another instrument, which we are encouraging. Things change, of course, but at this point in his life he thinks he would like to teach band after university. His affluent school district has over 15 band instructors, which surprised us.

ANYway, neat about the Carnegie experience. I'd guess that those from further away were frustrated with the limited sightseeing due to the scheduling issues you mentioned. Were these open to the public or were only other contestants in the audience? It surely sounds as though it would be instructive and fun.


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Jon | 395 comments My new favorite musician: Paul Thorn. The son of a Pentecostal preacher, Thorn is a former prize fighter who is an impressive guitarist and has a rich, blues-soaked voice. His music is a little bit of everything: blues, country, rock, and gospel.

https://youtu.be/8mkGXtv2qNQ


https://youtu.be/AAsFjtZ0DyE


and my absolute favorite:

https://youtu.be/WQ1eNMP6248


message 22: by madrano (new)

madrano | 9531 comments Thanks for sharing about this artist, Jon. I can't say i'm a fan but i know many in my family would like this music, so i'm sending these links to them.


message 23: by Dru83 (last edited Mar 20, 2018 05:05PM) (new)

Dru83 | 209 comments Thanks for sharing those Jon, I liked the songs that you posted. Some of his other tunes I listened to on YouTube weren't quite to my liking though. I guess that's what happens with an artist that spans multiple genres like that. Some of it appeals and some doesn't.

I've been listening to a lot of Irish stuff recently because of St. Paddy's Day. My two favorite Irish groups right now are Gaelic Storm and Lunasa. Gaelic Storm has a lot of rock influences and they play both traditional songs and their own creations. Some of the lyrics in their music can be quite funny and interesting. They are famous because of their appearance in the movie Titanic during the Irish party in 3rd class scene. Lunasa plays mostly traditional acoustic instruments and does a lot of traditional Irish tunes in addition to some original tunes and some of their music is calmer and quite relaxing to listen to. I often listen to Lunasa while I'm reading books right before I go to sleep.

Scalliwag by Gaelic Storm

The Bear and the Butcher's Boy by Gaelic Storm

Island Lake by Lunasa

Cullybacky Hop by Lunasa


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Jon | 395 comments Dru83 wrote: "Thanks for sharing those Jon, I liked the songs that you posted. Some of his other tunes I listened to on YouTube weren't quite to my liking though. I guess that's what happens with an artist that ..."

I learned about him through an article on NPR. His latest cd is all gospel music.


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madrano | 9531 comments Dru, Lunasa would be neat to listen to while reading. Thanks for the links.


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madrano | 9531 comments My brother has been listening and watching flamenco music this week and has me doing the same. Ole!

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

The above is old & the quality is not the best, however, some shots are gorgeous! And the singing...


message 27: by Alias Reader (last edited May 14, 2018 07:56AM) (new)

Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. He would have been 103.



YouTube

Frank Sinatra : my way
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljrFQ...


message 28: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (cinnabarb) | 2612 comments Frank Sinatra was such a talented singer and actor. RIP.


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madrano | 9531 comments Having read about Ethel Smyth in a recent New Yorker article, today i listened to her music. I am fond of it. Here's a sample-- https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...


message 30: by Alias Reader (new)

Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments madrano wrote: "Having read about Ethel Smyth in a recent New Yorker article, today i listened to her music. I am fond of it. Here's a sample-- https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=......"

The video had very interesting photos, too.


message 31: by madrano (new)

madrano | 9531 comments Most of the ones we listened to only had a painting, so i wanted to add some movement, so to speak.


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Bobbie (bobbie572002) | 1084 comments Alias Reader wrote: "Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. He would have been 103.

That time went by fast. Wow -- 20 years.

YouTube

Frank Sinatra : my way
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljrFQ..."



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Dru83 | 209 comments I was out busking with my saxophone and a couple young boys requested a song I was only slightly familiar with, so I had to look it up online and I found this:

Michael Buble Spiderman


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Julie (julielill) | 2190 comments Dru83 wrote: "I was out busking with my saxophone and a couple young boys requested a song I was only slightly familiar with, so I had to look it up online and I found this:

Michael Buble Spiderman"


I loved that music video-I don't think I ever heard Buble's version of the Spiderman theme song before. I also learned a new word- busking. Had to look that one up.


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments Happy Birthday to Leonard Bernstein!! (Today he would have been 100)

Bernstein West Side Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fi-P...


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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 2612 comments Happy Birthday Leonard Bernstein.

Wonderful rendition of West Side Story on cellos.


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments Good link, Alias. For he's a jolly good fella!


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments Chopin died on this day in 1849

Chopin - Nocturne op.9 No.2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E6b3...


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments Saw this on FB and loved it. It's now on heavy rotation on my iPod which I use at the gym.

Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream (68 Comeback Special - 50th Anniversary HD Remaster)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-pP_...


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madrano | 9531 comments Alias, earlier this year i saw an HBO special about Elvis. The first time i only caught it from this song on, which led me to watch the entire movie. I don't recall ever hearing it previously, i must say. However, it's now my favorite Elvis song.

In the film it was stated that this was a reply, if you will, to the MLK assassination and includes quotes from him. This site doesn't put it the way the movie did, but it doesn't diminish it in any way. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_I_Ca...


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments madrano wrote: "Alias, earlier this year i saw an HBO special about Elvis. The first time i only caught it from this song on, which led me to watch the entire movie. I don't recall ever hearing it previously, i mu..."

Thank you for the back story for the song.


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madrano | 9531 comments :-)


message 43: by Alias Reader (new)

Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments My local NPR station, apparently on Mondays they have this author on to discuss a music selection from her book. I haven't been listening to the program when they dropped their long term host. When they did that they had a bunch of rotating hosts that I didn't care for. The current host, Alison Stewart, is very good. I just have to get back in the habit of listening to the program. ANYway. here is the book.

Year of Wonder Classical Music for Every Day by Clemency Burton-Hill Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day~~~Clemency Burton-Hill

It's one page for each day of the year where she presents one piece of classical music. You can hear the selections for free on Spotify.

Here is the author on YouTube
Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day by Clemency Burton-Hill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k781X...

I enjoyed listening to her on NPR so I decided to pick up the book on Amazon.


message 44: by madrano (new)

madrano | 9531 comments What a superb idea! Over the years i have found myself mesmerized by what to me is a random piece of classical music, only to learn it's a worldwide favorite, just new to me. Thanks for sharing this with us, as i am unfamiliar with the program or book.


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments Tomorrow is Beethoven's birthday.



Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tr0o...


Wiki:
Ludwig van Beethoven ; baptised 17 December 1770– 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Classical music, he remains one of the most recognised and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies; 5 piano concertos; 1 violin concerto; 32 piano sonatas; 16 string quartets; a mass, the Missa solemnis; and an opera, Fidelio.

Beethoven was born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire. He displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 Beethoven moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate and by the last decade of his life he was almost completely deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.


message 46: by Madrano (new)

Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments Moo light has been a lifelong favorite. Happy B-Day to Ludweg!


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments That should have been Moonlight, although moo light sounds intriguing. 😊


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17005 comments :)


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Stephanie | 279 comments My husband and I went and saw Richard Marx perform last night. The venue was a chill jazzy club scene. He still sounds great and performed my favorite songs of his and even some that he wrote for other artists Luke *NSYNC and Luther Vandross. It was a great show and he is quite funny.


message 50: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (cinnabarb) | 2612 comments Happy Birthday Beethoven. Great picture of the composer. 😊


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