Category Archives: Music

More Music! (It’s been awhile…)

I really like Yael Naim’s style.  I especially love her song “New Soul” which many of you will be familiar with because it is in a TV commercial.  (Not sure which one, I don’t watch a lot of television, but I heard it on a commercial in a store the other day.)  Here is her MySpace page, for now it has New Soul on it.  Can you hear the Beatle’s influence in her song?  I can, I think it’s wonderful, it has charmed me.

This next song is proprietary to the site.  (I wrote to the company to inquire about the song, and got a reply back, this is how I know the song is proprietary.)  I found it by chance while looking up just what this “Himalayin Pink Salt” was I’d seen on Iron Chef America.  I’d like to try it someday, and the Goji Berries too.  Himalania.

Seal’s Amazing is quite catchy.  I’ve always liked him, some of his songs better than others.  Another favorite of mine by him is Crazy, and I like Alanis Morisette’s cover of the song also. 

I’ll post a link to The Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)  this is a favorite song going back to childhood for me.  Have you ever read what eurhythmics is?  To quote an excerpt from Wikipedia:

 Eurhythmics (also Rhythmic Gymnastics, Rhythmics) is an approach to the education of music that was devised by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. This method utilizes the expression of physical movement and musical rhythms to reinforce the concepts which affect the student’s performance and retention of musical basics.

Neat, eh?  Another favorite song by them (there are lots of songs by this group that I love, and also by Annie Lennox solo) is Here Comes The Rain Again

I’ll probably come back later and add some more songs to this, below this sentence. 

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So, I’m a geek…

I found this site a little while back, and thought it was really neat.  I kind of want a little zeusaphone!  I found several videos on YouTube of twin solid state tesla coils producing music.  The ultimate electronica!  I sat there entranced watching these things, and about all I could muster to say was “That is *SO* COOOOL!!!”  It is fascinating to listen closely and hear how some of the buzzing notes in electronica and other music really aren’t too far off from controlled lightening.  (Which, those arcs sort of are in a way.) 

It is so neat to watch, but I wouldn’t dare be as near to them as I see the audience being in the video.  (Much less don that protective gear and stand near enough to let the arcs wash over me.  No thanks, I’ll watch from afar, crouched safely down, and taking care to not court misfortune.  I just know my luck with such things.  I’d skydive before I’d do that.)  I’m rather dangerprone.  I managed to give myself an audible, somewhat painful static shock FROM A COOKIE not that long ago.  I just know, that at the least my hair would end up looking like a Fraggle

What do you think of the musical lightning that are singing tesla coils?  Hard to find words at first, eh? 

Music, music, music!

I’ve had several songs lately on my “daily play list” lately.  In no particular order they are:

Kylie Minogue – Speakerphone  (Fan video, posted for the song.)  Very, very catchy hpynoriffs.  It is effervescent, the fizz in it is very nice.  I like the fuzz they put on the vocals too, and the subtle burbles.  I’m also fond of her song I Believe in You (The Scissor Sisters mix.) 

Ketsumeishi – Train  (The video has English subtitles.)  This song is somewhat wistful, and speaks of chasing down one’s dreams.  I love how the high synthesizer part manages to evoke old fashioned train whistles.  It is saying “Don’t lose hope, even though things aren’t going well, keep trying for your dreams.”  Thank you to the blogger who posted this a few days ago, I’m sorry I didn’t think to pull up your blog so I could comment and thank you directly. 

M.I.A. – Sunshowers  You can read about the artist, and an interpretation (accurate IMO) of her lyrics here and here.  I love the drums on this, and the chorus vocals!

Jamil Mustafa – It’s All Music  He doesn’t have a video for this song yet, but here is his MySpace profile with the song.  This is a great song, he’s really got talent.  This song will do just what he says “Get you out yo seat!”  I like that he’s marching to his own drummer, and going back to the true spirit of hip hop music.  There isn’t any violence in this song, it’s a feel good dance number.

Lady Sovereign9 to 5   and her 9 to 5 remix done with Ordinary Boys I don’t care about the aspersions people cast her way, that she’s “a chav” “low class” etc.  I think she’s talented, and funny.  She’s keeping her chin up, despite all the put downs heaped on her, which is a lot more than other people would do.  She’s also staying true to herself, and not letting her lable make her change her personal style.  I also like her Love Me or Hate Me.  (Yes, I do in fact see some of my own “Rawr, I’m little phear me!” attitude in her.)     

Pete Miser – Scent of a Robot  I love this, it’s a neat twist on the robot concept.  Very catchy hook, and unique idea.    I especially like what I call “the Morse Code synth riff” in this song.

Banco de Gaia – Kincajou and Last Train to Lhasa  I’ve loved Banco de Gaia’s work for some time.  I can’t help but to get up and move to express their songs. 

Kenan Dogulu – Cakkidi  If I recall the translation I looked up about this song correctly, it’s saying “Get on the dance floor and move your ass!”.  He’s Turkish.  This song is very catchy, try to stay in your seat and not tap in time to it or nod your head at the least. 

Paul McCartney – Dance Tonight  I love this song!  I don’t care if some find it annoying, I love to dance to it! 

Qkumba Zoo – The Child (Inside)  I love the philosophy in this song.  So many people grow up and forget how to play. 

(The Real) Tuesday Weld – Bathtime in Clerkenwell  I like this original mix of the song better than the altered version he put out later.  LOVE the clarinet part here, so jazzy!  Yummy!

Sparks The Rythm Thief  Very avant garde, almost voice and drum with heavy classical influences, orchestral.  It is spare, yet “full” if that makes sense.  (Go listen to the song and you’ll see what I mean.)  I love this video, and I love this song. 

Vanessa Mae

I’ve liked Vanessa Mae for some time.  Her passion is infectious.  Some discredit her because she isn’t afraid to be sexy, but they are forgetting she puts Classical music within reach of the common man.  She has found a way to reach people who wouldn’t ordinarily play Classical music.  I like her blending of classical and modern music styles.  I’ve found several of her videos at YouTube and will list them here.  Some of these videos I am listing soley for the music, not the videos themselves. 

Bach’s Tocatta and Fugue

Devil’s Trill  (I *love* the gown she wears in this!)

Storm  Her passion in this really shows, and she works the stage like a rock star. 

I’m Doun For Lack of Johnny   (She actually has a lovely voice.) 

Destiny   Rather techno, but still beautiful violin playing.  I like the fabric of her gown in this video, also.    

ETA this one: Classical Gas   I find the choreography the dancers did at her Royal Albert Hall concert (Both this video and Tocattoa and Fugue were recorded during that concert, her “Red Hot” tour.) to be odd cavorting.  I don’t find putting dancers into the production so odd, but why make the dancing so awkward?

Second “Edited to Add” this one as well:  Red Hot  That gown suits her, the color looks good on her. 

Laughing Buddha  Posted for the song. 

Danse Macabre    I am posting the link only for the song, I’ve never watched that anime, though when I looked it up it looked interesting and the song definitely fits the clips.

White Bird I posted this video for the song alone, (It had the Airscape mix I prefer.) when I read the comments I decided I didn’t want to see a plane wreck so I didn’t watch the video, only listened to the song. 

Recent songs I’ve been playing

I like Robyn’s “Be Mine”.  Here is a link to her MySpace page she doesn’t have that song up, but her “Handle Me” isn’t bad, and here is a link to her YouTube video.  I only just discovered the video, and I haven’t yet soaked in all the nuances in it. 

I like Sia’s “Buttons” but I’m not very fond of the video.  To me it’s a combination of planned ugliness and trying too hard to be funny in a weird way.  It’s just too much for me.  But the song is good. 

I really like Meiko’s “Reasons to Love You”.  It has the same dreamy quality (to me) as Ray Charles’ rendition of “What a Wonderful World” but it is from a younger viewpoint, and is more exhuberant.  The song is infectious, you can’t help but hum to it.  Here is a link to her MySpace page, where you can hear the song, or you can go to her official site, and listen to her whole album.  Other songs on the album that I like: Heard It All Before, Hiding, Sleep, Said and Done, (This song is quite good, but darker than Reasons to Love You.)  Walk By, (Another excellent song, she’s found her voice in this.  As a woman and an individual I mean.) and Under My Bed. 

Musical Interlude

Here is the latest cornucopia of songs I’ve been enjoying lately, in no particular order. 

KT Turnstall – Hold On  Wonderful jazzy voice, very catchy song, and thoughtful lyrics.  She said in an interview (paraphrasing) it was a nod to Bob Marley’s work. 

Alicia Keys – No One  I can’t decide which I like more in this song, the potent vocalizations, or the most excellent keyboards.  (I especially like the synthesizer riff that starts after about 35 seconds, and I love the music box piano melody.  Love the classical influences using the funky synthesizer also.)  This song has a delicious swing to it, as well. 

La Lupe El Carbonero and La Salve Plena   I saw a PBS special about her life and work.  She was a fascinating performer, and I don’t understand how some people could say she couldn’t sing.  She practiced Santeria for much of her life, and watching some of her performances you really wonder if she wasn’t in a trance and being moved by a Saint at times.  (I can understand enough Spanish to get a bit of the gist of the second song, and the PBS special played the first song with subtitles.)

Regina Spektor – Better  I’d heard and enjoyed this song some time ago, when I first discovered Regina Spektor’s whimsy.  This video is new.  (ETA: I love her dress in this.)  One of the things I like about Regina Spektor’s videos is, you find yourself watching them again to catch the nuances, and pondering just what it all means.  That’s art. 

Leann Rimes – What I Cannot Change  I love the cello in this.  This is a nice ballad.  Her style has matured a lot, she evokes emotion well. 

A song by an artist who goes by the name of Buddy has caught my ear.  For now, you can hear it on his MySpace page, Say A Lot.  I like the way he plays the guitar, and the song is wistful. 

 Finally, Beethoven’s Symphony #3, Eroica has been pleasantly playing for me at times, due to it’s mention in the flashgame Beethoven’s Hair. 

Beethoven’s Hair

Here is a neat flashgame I found on Jay is Games a little while back, Beethoven’s Hair.  It’s really neat, but it takes a  little patience at some of the stop overs since if you don’t work to keep your cursor from wandering off you’ll miss some of the dialog.  It’s a romantically semi-historical look at Beethoven, and his works.    The ending drifts off into fanciful romance, but the rest is accurate as far as I know.  Here is the main site, giving more facts on Beethoven’s life and works.  

Note: I put the Art tag on this entry because the game uses famous paintings in it, as does the site that hosts the game.  Go see for yourself.  Also, the graphics work in it are quite nice, artistically done.  It is interesting to see how Beethoven was portrayed in paintings throughout his life.