Sign up Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment   Page 6 of 10     «   Prev   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   Next   »
Larry Franz

Registered:
Posts: 491
Reply with quote  #76 

Idle, isolated hands and ears are the devil's workshop, so:

This is a selection from the Spotify playlist: "WFMU's Heavily Played Records" (that's independent, free-form radio available on the web from Jersey City, NJ)


Indie rock/art pop

Angel Olsen -- "What It Is" (a novel coronavirus, but that's not what the song's about)



Shana Falana -- "Who We Are" 
youtube.com/watch?v=I-za0xbw770

Foxes In Fiction -- "Antibody"
youtube.com/watch?v=MEYubutg-EE


Allah-Las -- "In The Air"


FKA twigs -- "sad day" (a fan of lower-case)
youtube.com/watch?v=gnmDMAVdaPc

 


Nice instrumentals

Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker -- "Ill-Fitting / No Sickness" ("Ill-fitting" must refer to one of those hospital "gowns" -- although "gown" is the wrong word for such a crappy piece of clothing)
youtube.com/watch?v=vXI85dQhWBc

Ikebe Shakedown -- "No Going Back" (how much will things change post-pandemic?)
youtube.com/watch?v=eH7RSq4MsHE


Bleakness and desolation (although you could probably dance to it)

Spray Paint -- "Cleaning Your Gun" (for the rancid minority half-expecting, half-hoping for the end of civilization)
youtube.com/watch?v=TYRvbSuLXXQ


Contemporary surf music

Televisionaries -- "Bad News" (but a fun song)




Now I've got a blog post to write (idle fingers, etc.).


PS:  one more from (the) Televisionaries (out of Rochester, New York) -- "Pile Up"
youtube.com/watch?v=w1QNQoPwISA



__________________
https://whereofonecanspeak.com/
0
Lisa G/TS

Registered:
Posts: 152
Reply with quote  #77 
Here's hoping the "One World Together at Home" benefit concert tonight will be worth watching. They say it's not a telethon - several philanthropists have taken care of that - so we all gotta do is put our feet up and enjoy: 


One World: Together At Home Concert - Roblox

__________________
"Stay-cation for the Nation", "Crush that Curve"
0
Al Forsyth

Registered:
Posts: 3,638
Reply with quote  #78 
Lisa and all,

I watched most of it.  Definitely a support for the WHO (not the band). I liked the people that did their performance live and not altered. 
We'll remember this crazy time in the lives of us all.

We just have to Imagine

__________________
A diamond necklace played the pawn...
0
Larry Franz

Registered:
Posts: 491
Reply with quote  #79 
Fiona Apple has a new album out, Fetch The Bolt Cutters, that is getting excellent reviews. On Metacritic, the all-time top-rated albums are now:
  1. 100  Fetch the Bolt Cutters -- Fiona Apple -- Apr 17, 2020 
  2.  99   Ten Freedom Summers -- Wadada Leo Smith -- May 22, 2012
  3.  97   SMiLE -- Brian Wilson Sep 28, 2004 (hooray!)
  4.  97   Van Lear Rose -- Loretta Lynn -- Apr 27, 2004
Hers will probably drop as more reviews come in.

These two tracks initially made the biggest impression. They aren't specifically concerned with the virus, but it's easy to find lyrics that apply if you interpret them the right way.


"Under the Table"

I told you I didn't wanna go to this dinner (and be coughed on)

I won't shut up, I won't shut up (thinking of someone else here, not the singer)




"Relay" 

Evil is a relay sport
When the one who's burnt
Turns to pass the torch 

I resent you for being so sure
I resent you presenting your life like a f----ing propaganda brochure (there he is again)





The album's title track has her dogs, Leo and Alfie, barking at the end. The dogs were in the studio and began barking after the track was over. We don't know if leaving it on the album was an homage to Banana and Louie's remarkable performance, but Brian got there first.


After I post something on this thread, I usually think that will be it for a while. Then something else pops up. Like this. 

Rolling Stone has Steve Perry of Journey singing "In My Room" a cappella from his house. He says "when I was a teenager, isolating in my room, this song gave me comfort". The magazine says his performance is "stunning".

Fiona Apple did a duet of "In My Room" with Jakob Dylan in the Echo in the Canyon movie.

Proceed at your own risk.

Steve Perry
youtube.com/watch?v=Lv0HvKcSuLw

Fiona Apple and Jakob Dylan
youtube.com/watch?v=Ch5onmBEjgk


__________________
https://whereofonecanspeak.com/
0
Al Forsyth

Registered:
Posts: 3,638
Reply with quote  #80 
Went to Aoife O'Donovan's concert the night before the Pandemic was announced (March 11th).  Surreal but a lovely night of music:

And here they are NOW during the pandemic (same song - -but live). Kind of what the concert sounded like with the strings standing out. The last day of normalcy - but NO one was on the road that evening. 

Also on the new cd - but social distancing wasn't happening yet:

__________________
A diamond necklace played the pawn...
0
Larry Franz

Registered:
Posts: 491
Reply with quote  #81 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Al Forsyth
Kind of what the concert sounded like with the strings standing out. 

Hi Al -- I liked the strings standing out. You must really miss being able to go out and see live music.

For some of us, Spotify and other indoor avenues (such as our cars) were all we had going on anyway.


A few Elvis songs that weren't his biggest hits but I like a lot. Three of them made #1 in either the US or UK. One of them didn't chart in the US and reached #16 in the UK. 

"Trying To Get To You" (1956)
youtube.com/watch?v=LTXSa6geGHY

"Too Much" (1957)
youtube.com/watch?v=GPc8XNtlDk4

"One Night" (1958 -- with the famous triple negative)
youtube.com/watch?v=Hb18smk-GvA

"Return To Sender" (1962 -- from Girls! Girls! Girls! which co-starred Stella Stevens and I'm sure we went to see)
youtube.com/watch?v=LZmUfUBqE-s

I grew attached to "Return To Sender" as an 11-year old, but I was mystified by that lyric "no such zone". If only we'd had personal computers and the internet then: 

Quote:
POSTAL ZONES - You may have noticed that many addresses during the period between 1943 and 1963 had a one or two digit number following the city name. These numbers were postal zones. It may surprise you to learn that postal zones were instituted in 1943 during WWII. They were necessary because many postal clerks had gone into the service and the new inexperienced postal clerks were having trouble sorting the mail. The zone system was put in place to make things easier. 


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley_singles_discography


__________________
https://whereofonecanspeak.com/
0
Lisa G/TS

Registered:
Posts: 152
Reply with quote  #82 
Ugghh...no one can be having a worse time in isolation this week than the people of Nova Scotia  after another...let's say "stool sample"... chose to go on a shooting spree over the weekend, killing at last count 22 innocent people. 

At least one of the national news anchors has wisely chosen not to focus on the assassin, but rather the victims. Last night's news ended with quite a touching video of one victim with her kids just a few weeks previously. The only place I could find it online is thru the network itself, so hopefully you can still catch it here if you fast-forward to around the 23 minute mark:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1940390


Now if your heart is shattered to smithereens, let it soar with this phenomenal cover of "The Prayer" by a father-daughter duo someone posted on a tribute page. I'd say Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli can eat their hearts out  [wink] after hearing this!:





__________________
"Stay-cation for the Nation", "Crush that Curve"
0
Al Forsyth

Registered:
Posts: 3,638
Reply with quote  #83 
Lisa - the entire tragedy is beyond terrible.  I cried on that ending - that I forwarded ahead to on you recommendation. The kids ….ohhhh Lord. 

I have purchased items from an artisan in NS and she was explained to us what was happening AS it was happening in her neighborhood.  I'll share NO details.

My only time in NS was a week-long motorcycle group ride to a very beautiful province with VERY wonderful people.

Lisa, The Prayer video was lovely

Larry, always a BIG yes to Elvis!!!!

I heard this today while driving.

A national anthem in MANY different languages (one of the prettiest anthems that there is):




__________________
A diamond necklace played the pawn...
0
Lisa G/TS

Registered:
Posts: 152
Reply with quote  #84 
Al - Thanks for your thoughts and more great music selections. That version of our anthem is most appropriate considering we're a "melting pot" country, just like the USA. (I know, good luck getting Chump to wrap his head around that).  [rolleyes]

That video clip at the end of the news initially shattered my heart to smithereens, just thinking there's 2 of the kids who are going thru hell now. Odd thing is when I saw it again, it felt a little more cozy and comforting. 

There's been horrors in interviews with survivors who'll likely have PTSD and be scarred for life from this. 

I love this feisty piece a young man wrote:

 

Quote:

Hey, to the guy who shot up Nova Scotia. I’ve already forgotten your name. I can’t be bothered to look it up.

Wherever your soul is rotting, I want you to listen for a minute.

Hear those bag pipes? Hear those guitars and drums? Hear those voice singing? Hear those stories being told? That’s Nova Scotia getting over you.

You accomplished nothing. Whatever you set out to do - you failed. Nova Scotians have been through worse. They always come back stronger.

Listen again to those stories and songs. They aren’t wasting time on you. They are celebrating their loved ones, remembering their past, looking at their future - strong families, strong neighbours, strong people.

You failed. Just wanted to make sure you knew.



To borrow some phrases from the younger set, "Boo Ya! Drop the mic!" 

Only a couple of weeks back, they had some fun with a phrase their Premier used in a briefing that fits with this COVID thread. So in the spirit of that feisty bunch, here you go:


 


__________________
"Stay-cation for the Nation", "Crush that Curve"
0
Larry Franz

Registered:
Posts: 491
Reply with quote  #85 
What happened last week in Nova Scotia was especially hideous. One police official said it was "unimaginable". People search for the right language when something like this happens, but it wasn't unimaginable, or shouldn't have been, even in Canada or New Zealand a year ago.

I've been listening to someone different today, Gabriel Fauré. This is beautiful and fitting.

Requiem in D Minor, Op. 48: In Paradisum, London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble


This is beautiful too.

Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80: Sicilienne, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
youtube.com/watch?v=RDklWGcFxM8


PS:  While we're being so high-toned, a replay from an earlier thread:

The King's College Choir of Cambridge -- "Miserere Mei, Deus" ("Have mercy on me, God") by Gregorio Allegri, circa 1638
youtube.com/watch?v=J5FlOOIrbHk

__________________
https://whereofonecanspeak.com/
0
Larry Franz

Registered:
Posts: 491
Reply with quote  #86 
"Music To Isolate By" feels isolated. 

Nevertheless: 

And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute — one minute — and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning?” he asked. “Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”

After the president’s comments, searches soared for cleaning products like colored laundry detergent capsules, or Tide Pods, leading the Washington State emergency management division to tell people, “don’t eat Tide pods or inject yourself with any kind of disinfectant.”

Someone said the president was merely being "inquisitive", but the president of the United States should not be bringing up absurd, extremely dangerous treatments on national TV, unless it's to strongly warn the public against them. It's not a subject to be "inquisitive" about. He made it seem plausible and nobody there disagreed. 


So, we've discussed a massacre and a dangerously unfit president. A change of pace:

Nat King Cole -- "Smile" (written by Charlie Chaplin, who was fine, but no Buster Keaton)



Singing Fom My Window -- "What a Wonderful World" (musicians from around the world and beautiful views from windows around the world too)


Unless you stick with Louis Armstrong or Willie Nelson, it's a bit hard to find a performance of "What a Wonderful World" that isn't embellished with too many strings or vocal gymnastics.

Then there's Joey Ramone's version:
youtube.com/watch?v=sL9iuAd93B8


All right, in for a penny, in for a pound.

Judy Garland -- "Over the Rainbow"

__________________
https://whereofonecanspeak.com/
0
Larry Franz

Registered:
Posts: 491
Reply with quote  #87 
One recommended by a person, two by YouTube. 

not "Lola" (credits at the end)
youtube.com/watch?v=P-qKl4LIabA

Chris Mann -- apparently the most popular not "Sharona", with 6.6 million views 
youtube.com/watch?v=ojrtwXqqc6g

The Kiffness & The Kiffness -- not "Sounds of Silence"
youtube.com/watch?v=wZsfy8AD_S0


Relationships don't last forever. Entropy always wins and silence can destroy. Deleting your account is easier than saying good-bye to someone you love, plus it's easy to create a new one (an account, not someone you love), when you have something to say (if Brian gets creative again, for instance).

Take it easy, everyone, especially Lisa and Al. [smile]

youtube.com/watch?v=SoqYQdregRI


__________________
https://whereofonecanspeak.com/
0
Lisa G/TS

Registered:
Posts: 152
Reply with quote  #88 
I'm AOK here, thanks Larry.

Back to more fun - in a "from the sublime to the ridiculous" sense.

First, a cool a cappella twist on Billy Joel's "Honesty":




Secondly, a hilarious Disney rewrite on YouKnowWho's latest ridiculousness:


__________________
"Stay-cation for the Nation", "Crush that Curve"
0
Al Forsyth

Registered:
Posts: 3,638
Reply with quote  #89 
Larry - you are pulling out some BIG guns. Love the music: from Requiem (please no Mozart though - that one scares me), the Smile by NKC and Chaplin Violins (?), What A Wonderful World - EXCELLENT, and of course Judy-Judy-Judy. 
Thinking that every day is either manic OR like every other day - what day is it?

Getting to the nostalgia: If you have the TIME to watch and listen

"Everyone should have a lower East Side in their lives"
From Alexander's Ragtime to tragedy to God Bless America to owning his own publishing. I'm not finished myself with this but it is EXCELLENT!!!!



__________________
A diamond necklace played the pawn...
0
Lisa G/TS

Registered:
Posts: 152
Reply with quote  #90 
Here's one with a title I'd like to dedicate to all those impatient, immature twits protesting everything should re-open now (WARNING: Contains high level of Canucks): 

[rolleyes]


__________________
"Stay-cation for the Nation", "Crush that Curve"
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.