Music Recommendation:Los Atascados — “Correspondencia con Línea 3”

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Music: “Correspondencia con Línea 3” from the album SENSACIONAL DE TABLISTAS

Artist: Los Atascados  

Artist Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Info: “Instrumental Surf Music Band, based in CDMX, with diverse harmonies and arrangements —from many musical references, making our own identity— matching with the classic 60´s reverb sound.”

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $5 (USD) for 11-track album

Genre: Surf Music

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music — Fans, Fathers

Fans

• Enrico Caruso was so popular that audiences kept applauding him long after he wished to leave the opera house, thus forcing him to come up with hints for the members of the audience to go home. He sometimes appeared at the final curtain carrying his wig in his hand — or dressed in an overcoat, with his hat and his walking stick in one arm and a lit cigar in the other hand. He was so famous that whenever he went for a walk, he was forced to have a car follow him so that he could be driven away if mobs of admirers tried to surround him.

• Tom Jones, the male sex symbol and singing star, once was on tour in Mobile, Alabama. A limousine with a woman driver picked him up and drove away. They drove and drove, but the nightclub where he was to perform was still not in sight. Finally, Mr. Jones asked the driver, “Where are you taking me?” She replied, “I’m taking you to my house.” She wasn’t kidding. When they arrived at the driver’s house, 25 of her women friends were waiting to meet Mr. Jones.

• Susannah Cibber sang at the first performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiahon April 23, 1742, in Dublin. Her emotion as she sang was overwhelming, and after she finished singing “He was Despised,” the chancellor of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dr. Patrick Delany, shouted, “Woman, for this, be all thy sins forgiven.” (According to music historians, Ms. Cibber had quite a few sins to be forgiven for.)

• Herman’s Hermits was a very popular pop group in the 1960s, recording such hits as “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “Dandy,” and “I’m Henry VIII, I Am.” In 2000, they performed before nostalgic audiences often consisting of women in their 40s and 50s. According to lead singer Peter Noone, “Girls used to throw underwear at us. We still get some, but it’s bigger than it used to be.”

• There was so much screaming at the early Beatles concerts in the U.S. that the Beatles couldn’t hear themselves play. Once, the Beatles were discussing their performance after a concert. When the name of a certain song came up, Ringo said, “We didn’t play that song tonight.” The other Beatles looked at each other, and then said, “Wedid.”

• After singing the part of Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre, American soprano Olive Fremstad was cornered by a fan who told her, “I used to be so confused by Wagner, but tonight I really believe I understand it all!” Ms. Fremstad replied, “You are more fortunate than I, who have given my whole life to the study and still know so little.”

• At a party given by George Gershwin, the composer spent a lot of time talking about himself. During a pause in the Gershwin monologue, Oscar Levant asked, “Tell me, George, if you had to do it all over, would you fall in love with yourself again?”

Fathers

• Songwriter Sammy Cahn (“Love and Marriage,” “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Call Me Irresponsible,” and “I’ll Walk Alone”) remembers attending Yom Kippur services with his father. Like the other Jews, his father was beating his breast and saying the Al Chet, a long list of sins that is recited on Yom Kippur. Suddenly, his father, who was not known to be a funny man, turned to him and whispered, “I don’t know why I’m beating my breast. I haven’t done anything.”

• Early in her career, Melissa Etheridge was given a lot of support by her father. She picked up early experience singing in bar bands, and her father would sit all night at whatever bar she was performing in because young Melissa was underage.

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Music Recommendation: Los Grainders — “Vandal”

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Music: “Vandal” from “GRAIND IT!” EP

Artist: Los Grainders

Artist Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Info: “100% Instrumental Surf Music by Los Grainders … based in Southern Mexico City and deeply inspired by the ‘California Culture’ of the mid-sixties and the magnificent ‘Surf Sound’ developed using ‘Fender’ electric instruments the band presents this new EP that contains three original surf instrumentals and one classic tune by “The Pyramids” (USA). Recorded at Yeti Records (CDMX) edited and mixed by Donovan Patiño & Los Grainders (CDMX) and master by Dave Klein (LA). (Sep-Oct, 2018).”

 “All songs by ‘Los Grainders’ (Montesinos/Jiménez/Patiño/Coronel/Loyola) except ‘Pressure’ by ‘The Pyramids’ (Hodge/Wilson).”

Price: $5 (USD) for four-track album; tracks cannot be purchased separately

Genre: Surf Instrumentals

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music — Education, Fans

Education

• As a young music student, Geraldine Farrar wrote Lilli Lehmann several times, asking to become one of her students, but she never received a reply from the great vocalist. Finally, Geraldine’s mother wrote Ms. Lehmann, and she received an immediate reply. Ms. Lehmann had received all of Geraldine’s letters, but the handwriting had been so bad that she was unable to read them.

• Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari was a brilliant student at the Munich Conservatory. An exam asked the students to compose a fugue in four voices. Instead, Mr. Wolf-Ferrari composed a double-fugue in eight voices, for which he used an original first subject. As a second subject, he used the theme his teacher had given on the test.

• British actor Stanley Holloway once mentioned to Jascha Heifetz that he was looking for a school for his son, and he named one school that accepted pupils very early in their life — at two and a half years old. “Two and a half,” Mr. Heifetz said. “What’s he going to do till then? Just loaf around?”

• Charlie “Bird” Parker is one of the greatest jazz saxophone players of all time, but even he had to learn how to play well. When he was a teenager, he played some jam sessions with local musicians. At one jam session, he made numerous mistakes and the drummer threw his cymbals at him in disgust.

• As a child, rocker Bruce Springsteen hated school. While attending St. Rose of Lima Grade School, he was totally out of control. Finally, his teacher found a way to control him. She made him sit in a trashcan which she kept under her desk.

• Giacomo Puccini was taught music by his Uncle Fortunato, who used to kick him in the leg if he sang a note incorrectly. Due to this training, when the adult Puccini heard a wrong note, his leg would involuntarily jerk.

Fans

• Even celebrities can make fools of themselves when meeting other celebrities. Gay author Michael Thomas Ford grew up admiring Lisa and Wendy, two women musicians in pop star Prince’s band, and he watched for them each time a Prince video was shown on MTV and attended Prince concerts just so he could see them. When he discovered that a friend of his knew them, he asked that a dinner be held so he could meet them. At the dinner, the first thing he said to his idols after being introduced was, “I love you” — something he had wanted to tell them for a decade. Wendy laughed, and Lisa held his hand and replied, “We love you, too.” The evening was fun, and Wendy and Lisa were fabulous, even without the teased hair and makeup they wore in the MTV videos and during concerts.

• In 1982, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, aka the Singing Rabbi, was in Jerusalem, where he was seen by some boys from the international Jewish boys camp known as Camp Sdei Chemed. Because Rabbi Shlomo was a Jewish celebrity, their mouths fell open and they stared at him. Rabbi Shlomo noticed the boys and crossed the street to greet them. The boys asked their counselor to request that Rabbi Shlomo sing a few songs for them, but he pointed out that it was nearly midnight and that the good Rabbi was probably going home tired after giving a concert. However, since the boys were insistent, he requested the songs. Rabbi Shlomo replied, “Sure! With pleasure! — and he gave them a two-hour concert under the stars.

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Music Recommendation: Arthur Russell — “Instrumentals Volume 1 (Part 1)”

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Music: “Instrumentals Volume 1 (Part 1)” from the album INSTRUMENTALS

Artist: Arthur Russell

Artist Location: New York, New York

Info: American cellist, artist, and composer (born 21 May 1951 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, USA – died 4 April 1992 in NYC, New York, USA (aged 40). Licensing inquiries: steve (at) audikarecords (dot) com.

Niclas Jensen, a fan, wrote, “Happy, colourful, artful, nice music for happy, colourful, artful, nice people.” Favorite track: “Instrumentals Volume 1 (Part 5).”

Price: $12 (USD) for 17-track album; tracks cannot be purchased separately.

Genre: Smooth Instrumental

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music — Death, Education

Death

• Even after releasing the single “It’s Like That” in March of 1983, the members of the rap group Run-D.M.C. weren’t sure that their music career would continue, so they enrolled in college. Jay “Jam Master Jay” Mizell later explained, “Everyone said rap was a fad. I knew death wasn’t a fad, so I majored in mortuary science.”

• Ludwig van Beethoven died during a tremendous thunderstorm. A lightning bolt flashed across Vienna at 5:45 p.m. on March 26, 1827, and thunder rocked the air. Lying on his deathbed, Beethoven opened his eyes, clenched his fist, shook it at the heavens, and died.

Education

• At age 13, William F. Buckley was sent to an English boarding school, where his piano teacher offered to teach him the first movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” However, William’s old piano teacher had warned him that playing the “Moonlight Sonata” before one was ready was simply wrong; therefore, he wrote her for permission to learn to play its first movement. Quickly, he received a letter from her in reply, and she did not give him permission to learn the first movement. She explained that if one was unable to learn the difficult third movement, and then one should not learn the first movement. She also explained that the first movement required a “maturity” that William was too young to have acquired. Mr. Buckley writes that this letter helped teach him that “good music is a very serious business.”

• Trey Reely, the band director of Paragould High School in Paragould, Arkansas, follows a tradition of punishing students by telling them to get a pinecone when they do something wrong. Pine trees line the band practice field, and the naughty student runs to the side of the field, picks up a pinecone, and then brings it back. Once, Mr. Reely told the band that he would not keep them late one practice, but he did keep them late; therefore, after practice his students made him get a pinecone.

• A mother once asked George Bernard Shaw what musical instrument her son should learn to play, adding that she hoped that Shaw could specify an instrument which would save her the discomfort of the early learning stage during which her son would not have mastered the instrument. Shaw suggested that her son learn to play the bagpipes, saying they sound exactly the same whether or not the musician knows how to play them.

• As a student, comic singer Anna Russell was so bored with her history lessons that she transformed her notes into jingles, set them to music, and began singing them. When other students found out what she was doing, they also asked for copies of her jingles, and soon the jingles were being sung all over the school. That year’s graduating class was noisy, but it achieved the school’s all-time high scores in history.

• Woody Allen largely taught himself how to play jazz trumpet by listening to and imitating the records of jazz great George Lewis. After Mr. Allen recorded the soundtrack for his movie Sleeperwith the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra, trombonist Jim Robinson said to him, “Did anyone ever tell you that you sound like my friend George Lewis?”

• When she was young, Mariah Carey had an unsupportive teacher. Mariah told her teacher that she wanted to be a singer when she grew up, and the teacher snapped, “There are millions of people out there who can sing. What makes you any different? Don’t get your hopes up.” Fortunately, her mother told her to follow her dreams, and Ms. Carey recorded five Number One hits in a row.

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MUSIC RECOMMENDATION: Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems — “Burden on Me”

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Music: “Burden on Me” from the album KRIS RODGERS & THE DIRTY GEMS

Artist: Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems

Artist Location: Portland, Maine

Info: All songs written by Kris Rodgers 

Kris Rodgers: Piano, Organ, Rhodes, and Vocals 
Kurt Baker: Bass, Backing Vocals 
Wyatt King: Drums 
Tyler Johnson: Electric Guitar 
Zach Uncles: Pedal Steel 
Meg Doherty-Scannell: Backing Vocals

Price: Free Download for Song; $5.94 for six-track album.

Genre: Rock.

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