Bruce Dalzell: Waltz For Kelee (YouTube)

Bruce Dalzell: Waltz For Kelee(YouTube)

A truly great instrumental piece.

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Which Will It Be? — Charmed Chaos

“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” ― Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night May your thoughts be pure of heart, Your hands sure and steadyFor my future lies In the precise wield of […]

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taking note

Annette Rochelle Aben

So many white clouds

Just beyond the tall, green trees

There are even more

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In Memory: “compared to classical composers like Bach… or Mozart, I would define myself as unemployed“

Art of Quotation

Mr. Morricone placed his acclaimed oeuvre in a modest perspective.

“The notion that I am a composer who writes a lot of things is true on one hand and not true on the other hand. Maybe my time is better organized than many other people’s.

But compared to classical composers like Bach, Frescobaldi, Palestrina or Mozart, I would define myself as unemployed.”

Ennio Morricone, 1928-2020, Italian, composer

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Wikipedia:

Morricone composed over 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. His score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history[2] and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[3] His filmography includes over 70 award-winning films, all Sergio Leone‘s films since A Fistful of Dollars, all Giuseppe Tornatore‘s films since Cinema Paradiso, The Battle of Algiers,

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Practical Jokes, Prejudice

Practical Jokes

• Pianist J.W. “Blind” Boone owned a watch that cost $1,000, an enormous amount of money at the time. He used the watch to play a practical joke on children, whom he told that the watch could foretell the future. In 1888, he told one group of children that the watch had told him that Benjamin Harrison would defeat Grover Cleveland and become President of the United States. In fact, Harrison did defeat Cleveland, and so the children believed that Blind Boone’s watch could predict the future.

• Leo Slezak would sometimes play a joke on small-town German audiences. During a concert, he would sing a little-known piece by a giant of music such as Schubert or Schumann, then say that his pianist had written the music just recently. The small-town German audience would applaud as the pianist took his bows.

Prejudice

• In the early 1970s, all-girl bands were largely regarded as novelty acts, making it difficult for the real thing — all-woman rock band Fanny — to find acceptance. After considering a number of women’s names for the name of the band and deciding on “Fanny,” band members then discovered that their record company’s publicity department was coming up with slogans such as the double-meaning “Get behind Fanny.” Occasionally, people thought that Fanny was an all-female vocal group who sang topless while the real band, composed of men, played the musical instruments. While touring in Joliet, Illinois, band members discovered that the promoters were expecting a topless band. Some of the costumes the record company had the band wear were skimpy and risqué, getting them banned from London’s Palladium at one point. Bass guitarist Jean Millington remembers, “I wore a tank top made from coins. I had to wear pasties or the coins would pinch my nipples. June’s outfit was turquoise, Jean wore crystals, and Nickey’s shirt had sequins. It was all very Las Vegas showgirl.” Nickey Barclay played keyboards, June Millington (Jean’s older sister) played lead guitar, and Alice de Buhr played drums. When they recorded their first album — self-titled — few people took them seriously. Alice remembers, “We got asked all the time about the male studio musicians who must’ve played on the album. Those questions stopped after the third or fourth album.” Despite the BS, Fanny released six albums and had two top-40 hits:“Charity Ball” (1971, #40) and “Butter Boy” (1975, #29). In the liner notes to Fanny’s 2002 4-CD compilation First Time in a Long Time, Bonnie Raitt calls Fanny a “real rock band full of smart, tough, and talented women — who could really play.”

• African-American jazz musician Branford Marsalis has faced racism. As a student in Boston, he and two white friends went into an all-white and very tough neighborhood in South Boston. Some white teenagers with baseball bats saw Branford and didn’t like his color, so they attacked him and his friends. Branford got away and ran for help to a gas station. A really big white man with a chain came to the rescue. He told Branford, “They’re [messing] with you ’cause you’re black, aren’t they? I hate that.” Then the man and his son rescued Branford’s friends. Branford, noting the white man’s help, says, “I can’t really indict the whole neighborhood.”

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Music Recommendation: The Underwater Bosses — “Basshead”

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Music: “Basshead” from the album AQUA LA VISTA

Artist: The Underwater Bosses

Artist Location: Syracuse, New York

Info: “Formed in September 2018, the surf rock band Underwater Bosses consists of drummer Bob Breen, guitarist/organist Chris Stewart and bassist/vocalist Greg Bresett. The band members have collaborated across numerous musical projects since their high school days in the 90s. Currently based out of Syracuse, New York, the mostly instrumental trio hangs ten on riff-driven surf soaked in sonic waves of punk, garage, psychedelic, art and math rock. Underwater Bosses draw influence and inspiration from the likes of Descendents, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, The Mermen and Man or Astro-Man?”

“All songs written by Underwater Bosses.”

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $8 (USD) for 12-track album

Genre: Surf. Instrumental.

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The Underwater Bosses on Bandcamp

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AQUA LA VISTA

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Politics, Practical Jokes

Politics

• Back in 1956, when Yugoslavia was under the control of the dictator Josef Broz Tito, a Yugoslav consul-general confessed to theatrical guru Danny Newman that he never missed a performance at the Chicago Civic Opera by the baritone Tito Gobbi. Mr. Newman said that he understood that because Mr. Gobbi was a truly great baritone, but the consul-general replied, “Yes, but that’s not the real reason I love him so much. You see, Mr. Newman, Yugoslavia is a communist country and not very popular here. So your Civic Opera House is the only place in this country where I can publicly yell my head off with “BRAVO, Tito! BRAVO, Tito!”

• Tom Morello, the Harvard-educated (in political science) musician in Rage Against the Machine, once worked a day job as the late California Democratic Senator Alan Cranston’s scheduling secretary, a position in which he worked mostly at raising money. One day, a crying woman called the Senator’s office to complain about Mexicans moving into her neighborhood. He called the woman a racist, and he told her to go to h*ll, remarks for which he got into trouble. Mr. Morello says, “That’s when I realized, if in my job I can’t tell a racist to go to h*ll, I’m not in the right job.”

Practical Jokes

• In 2008, a practical joke called “rickrolling” arrived on the Internet. In rickrolling, Internet users are promised one thing, but given something else. For example, someone might search for “Keira Knightley upskirt photo” — I am not making this up — and when they click on the link hoping to see a Keira Knightley panty shot, they are instead linked to a videoclip of Rick Astley singing the song “Never Gonna Give You Up,” a song the writer of this book likes a lot. Of course, people may wonder, Why Rick Astley? Aren’t there worse singers and worse songs from the 1980s? Writer Alexis Petridis wonders why “Let’s All Chant,” by a couple of British radio personalities named Pat and Mick isn’t used in this kind of practical joke. The song was so bad that the names “Pat and Mick” were used in cockney rhyming slang in which a word or phrase that rhymes is used instead of the regular word. Instead of saying, “That lager made me sick,” slangsters said, “That lager made me Pat and Mick.”

• Steve Pollak, an elementary schoolteacher, member of the Phish, and songwriter of “Suzy Greenberg,” has perhaps the best-ever rock-and-roll nickname. In 1982, he was attending a boarding school, Taft, which inhabited a 220-acre tract in Watertown, Connecticut. One wild night, he donned orange goggles and a tapestry and started spouting the wisdom of the ages — or what a sophomore considered to be the wisdom of the ages — to a group of stoned friends, who promptly dubbed him the “Dude of Life,” a nickname that stuck. The Dude was known for his antics on stage; for example, he threw rubber chickens from the stage to the fans. The rubber chickens bore handwritten messages from members of the band. One rubber chicken bore the message, “One day I’ll have such an orgasm that my…(To be continued on next bird).”

• Jazz violinist Joe Venuti used to go out with his bassist, Irving Edelman, and eat Italian food with him after they had finished performing. He also played a practical joke on Mr. Edelman by putting a little bag of sand in his bass after each performance, so that the bass got heavier and heavier. Mr. Venuti didn’t explain the joke until Mr. Edelman came to him and said that he was going to quit because all the Italian food he had been eating had caught up to him and it was getting too difficult for him to carry his bass.

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Music Recommendation: The Hula Girls — “Jungle Girls”

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Music: “Jungle Girl” from the album THE HULA GIRLS

Artist: The Hula Girls

Artist Location: Costa Mesa, California

Info: “The Hula Girls formed in 2008 and have been busy playing their self-described ‘hulabilly’ music all over Southern California. It’s up-tempo hapa haole, tiki, and surf-themed music, all filtered through the late 1950’s and early 60’s rockabilly and rock n’ roll sound!”

Spike Marble / Vocals, Guitar 
Shorty Poole / Upright & Electric Bass 
Gary Brandin / Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar 
Doug Sanborn / Drums, Percussion 

One track has vocals.

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $4 (USD) for four-track album

Genre: Instrumental. Surf. Rockabilly.

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THE HULA GIRLS

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sounds so good

Annette Rochelle Aben

Time to have a seat

After a long day at work

Crack a cold one too

Put up your feet, close your eyes

Allow your mind to empty

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Opera

Opera

• Early in her career, Ernestine Schumann-Heink studied the lead role of Carmen. At first, she learned the part by ear, then she studied various performances of Carmen, learning something from each performance. Unfortunately, after she sang the role professionally for the first time — in an emergency and without a rehearsal — the conductor, Gustav Mahler, laughed and said that she had memorized the mistakes of all the different Carmens she had seen and heard. (She was a hit, nevertheless.)

• Mezzo Mignon Dunn was five-foot-nine, and many of her fellow male opera singers were shorter than she, so on stage she often sang with her knees bent. However, one day director Tyrone Guthrie saw her doing that and asked, “You cow, what on earth are you doing?” Afterward, she sang with unbended knees.

• Tenor Giacomo Lauri-Volpi was proud of his sustained high notes. In Trovatore in Rome, he raised his sword and hit a sustained high-C note, but a curtain fell too quickly, in his opinion. Still singing the high-C note, he parted the curtain and brandished his sword, finishing the note when he felt like it.

• Each time soprano Birgit Nilsson returned to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, general manager Rudolf Bing got on his knees before her. After he had been knighted, he kneeled again at her return to the Met, and she told him, “You do that much better since you practiced it for the Queen.”

Politics

• Steve Earle’s life has been more interesting than most, although except for the music and the moments of happiness, that may not be a good thing. For example, in 1994 he kicked heroin — after spending four months in jail. Also, he had seven failed marriages before marrying fellow musician Allison Moorer. Mr. Earle says, “Trust me, when you’ve been married as many times as I have, you figure out that you’re at least part of the problem.” Giving up heroin and stopping being an alcoholic just might help marriage number eight to work. By the way, Mr. Earle is interested in politics, although some politicians are not interested in him. At a political event, a friend wanted a photograph of Mr. Earle with Al and Tipper Gore, but Mr. Earle says that the Gores “pretty much levitated [in] trying to avoid it.” During the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Mr. Earle said, “It does make a difference to me if it’s Clinton or Obama, but I won’t publicly go on record to say which one I prefer. I’ve learned it probably doesn’t benefit the candidate for me to do that.”

• Mandy Patinkin is an excellent singer, although he is best known for his performance in Rob Reiner’s movie The Princess Bride, in which he said these famous lines: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” His singing has touched people. He says, “Generally, you have very little connection with the audience — to whoever is buying the CDs. But individuals have come up to me and said, ‘I can’t tell you how you got me through chemotherapy, or my father’s death, or the death of my child.’ You just don’t know how people are using the music.” During the 2008 United States Presidential campaign, he went door to door to urge people to vote for Barack Obama. Mr. Obama, who became President Obama, certainly had an enthusiastic organization. One irritated woman told him, “Will you tell your supervisors that four people have already come by today?” Mr. Patinkin remembers, “Then a minute later she came running over — I guess her neighbor had told her who I am — and she says, ‘Oh, my God. I’m so sorry. Will you come in and have some salmon?’ I said, ‘No, no. It’s OK. Just vote for Obama.’”

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Music Recommendation: The Space Agency — “Teeside Guitar”

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Music: “Teeside Guitar” from the album THE CELESTIAL SOUNDS OF THE SPACE AGENCY

Artist: The Space Agency

Artist Location: Hove, UK

Info: “Formed in 2002 by Simon Jones from England, Hiromi Jones from Japan & Andrew Bowler from Wales, they have released four albums of their unique, out of this world Instrumental Sounds.”

Christopher Miller (a fan) wrote, “This one is a buffet of stylings compared to their earlier releases. A few are old favorites (Bomb Pots). Some of it is just plain Weird (the Munchies). I would expect no less from the Space Agency! To Sum it up in a word … Eclectic. Favorite track: Bombay Potatoes.”

Simon Jones – Lead Guitar, Guitar 
Hiromi Jones – Baritone Guitar 
Andrew Bowler – Drums

Price: £1 (GBP) for track; 7£ (GBP) for 12-track album

Genre: Instrumental. Surf.

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THE CELESTIAL SOUNDS OF THE SPACE AGENCY

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