September 8, 2014
"evening cicada—
a last nearby song
to autumn"

 by Kobayashi Issa

NJIT professor David Rothenberg making music with the cicadas

David Rothenberg/Bug Music

The Septendecennial Sing-Along http://wnyc.org/2CSRe via @Radiolab

September 8, 2014
Babymetal?

Like it or not, Babymetal — a trio of teenage Japanese singers who fuse bubbly pop with heavy riffs — is one of the biggest stories in heavy metal in 2014.

Of course, it’s from Japan.

Babymetal?

Like it or not, Babymetal — a trio of teenage Japanese singers who fuse bubbly pop with heavy riffs — is one of the biggest stories in heavy metal in 2014.

Of course, it’s from Japan.

August 16, 2014
"Funny how fallin’ feels like flyin’ - for a little while"

July 8, 2014
NPR Music’s 25 Favorite Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

I own none of them. And I only recognize 5 of the artists. I am old.

NPR Music’s 25 Favorite Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

I own none of them. And I only recognize 5 of the artists. I am old.

(via npr)

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June 6, 2014
The Jersey Shore Sound

The Jersey Shore Sound

I guess I always thought there was a Jersey Shore sound, but I did not know it was official. But I saw that it is on Wikipedia, so it is official.

To me that sound was bar bands doing covers of pre-Beatles rock and roll, some rhythm and blues and a few original tunes. Wikipedia says it was the sound at the Jersey Shore from the late 1960s through the mid-1980s. Some say it never went out of style.

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May 24, 2014
Evening Rāga

eve raga

The color of evening, melody of afternoon.

Five note sets like lines of poems,

playing out the day while I write.

Perhaps I should be composing a ghazal,

ravishing disunity, couplets to end the day.

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May 21, 2014
Did Led Zeppelin Rip Off Spirit for that “Stairway to Heaven” Intro?

I was never as big a fan of “Stairway to Heaven” as many people. I was a big fan of Spirit (band) and of Randy California (excellent rock star name) who once played the same crappy Sears Silvertone guitar that was my first, so…

But it has been 40 years. Statute of limitations?

Take a listen - at about 50 seconds into the song, it does get to feel like “Stairway” but just for a few notes. It’s Randy’s estate that is making the claim.


http://outfront.blogs.cnn.com/2014/05/20/led-zeppelin-accused-of-stealing-stairway-to-heaven/

May 19, 2014
"Before writing a work, I walk around it several times accompanied by myself."

Erik Satie

May 17, 2014
100 Umbrellas on a Sunny Day

100 Umbrellas on a Sunny Day

erik satie

“Before writing a work, I walk around it several times accompanied by myself.”

I find most of the piano music composed by Erik Satie to be very relaxing and perfect for writing, light meditation or as a prelude to an afternoon nap.

Would Satie be unhappy with those settings for his work? I don’t think so.

He was Alfred Eric Leslie Satie when born 17 May 1866 in France, but this composer and…

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May 17, 2014

Today is the birthday of one of my favorite avant garde composers, Erik Satie. He was born in a seaport town in northern France in 1866.

You probably have heard at least one of his piano pieces mixed into another song or in a soundtrack.

April 13, 2014
A Flickr User Imagines What the Back Side Of Album Cover Art Would Look Like
The Dark Side of the Covers

A Flickr User Imagines What the Back Side Of Album Cover Art Would Look Like

The Dark Side of the Covers

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March 3, 2014
Moonlight Sonata

Piano Sonata Number 14 in C# Minor, Opus 27, Number 2 sounds less Romantic. Quasi una fantasia…

Moonlight Sonata

Piano Sonata Number 14 in C# Minor, Opus 27, Number 2 sounds less Romantic. Quasi una fantasia…

January 20, 2014

The Dave Brubeck Quartet,  “Blue Rondo a la Turk” 1959

(Source: kdo, via e-pic)

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December 25, 2013
Can you judge a Christmas album by its cover?
Yeah, sometimes you can.
Out of the many Christmas albums ever made, some of them were bound to be terrible. Here’s a site that has put together some of the possibly worst ones based on the covers.

Who would you nominate?

Can you judge a Christmas album by its cover?

Yeah, sometimes you can.

Out of the many Christmas albums ever made, some of them were bound to be terrible. Here’s a site that has put together some of the possibly worst ones based on the covers.

Who would you nominate?

December 24, 2013
"Where words leave off, music begins"

Heinrich Heine

Born December 13, 1797: German writer Heinrich Heine composed lyric poetry that was set to music by Franz Schubert and other composers.

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