4 Sax Songs… Correction… Only 1 ~ February BlogCast

I’ll be suspending my regular format of seguing multiple tracks into one theme. That’s because I’m giving the top billing / the only billing to saxophonist, extraordinaire, Richi Jones. Why?

Because of the rude inattentiveness of… uh… dare we even call them his audience? How could they so brutally, blatantly ignore him while he’s pouring his heart out? Worse yet… unless there had been some sort of a delayed reaction… i.e., after the vid’s cut off point… not even one person applauded him.

I’m not the only one who noticed how nobody was noticing. They just kept on milling about and yackety-yakking. Had he walked off the stage it’s likely it wouldn’t have even fazed them then. So self absorbed were they, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if some of them are still present… nearly nine years after the production of this video.

A few examples from the YouTube comment section…

“I think that this video is a statement about the [sic] our post-modern world in which aesthetic quality is overlooked in place of other things such as material value. It’s very symbolic in this video as the crowd fails to recognize the aesthetic value and true expression coming from the stage right beside them.”

“So pisses me off that the people there weren’t paying attention to the virtuoso performance of this difficult piece. I hope he stuck with it… at least we have this to preserve and remember him by in any case.”

One commentator even worked in composer Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street lyrics to make the spot on observation…

“People in the background: ‘It’s got so many people but it’s got no soul.’”

I’m outta here!

 

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Happy 2019! January BlogCast

Welcome to our first BlogCast of 2019! I extend outward my Happy New Year wishes to all who reside within the WordPress community and throughout our world.

Of course, merely wishing happiness does not make it so. And such happiness does not come easy considering how… year in / year out… far too many of my homeland’s and home world’s compatriots have been empowering leadership unwisely… or far worse yet… have little to no choice in the matter.

Even so, there’s still reason for hope. This post’s videos amply prove there are still plenty of us who do envision the possibility for a better day… a better world. And just knowing of their existence does act as my own mood elevator. Hopefully, once you experience the clarity of their minds and passion within their hearts… you’ll feel the same way, too?

 

Sheryl Crow covers Nick Lowe’s
What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love & Understanding

Broadway for Orlando covers Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s
What the World Needs Now is Love

(be sure to follow this link, too)

156 countries unite to cover John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s
All You Need is Love

 

I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you to click back here for my next monthly BlogCast… slated to hit the www during the first week of February 2019.

FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

 

 

 

ADDENDUM: Corrections / clarifications to assign proper song accreditation were made on 01/01/19 (approximately 7 hours since the original posting time).

Ode To Joy To The World ~ A Don’t Miss Holiday BlogCast

It was at this same time last year that I found myself wondering if anyone within our vast world had ever thought about performing a musical mash-up of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and George Frideric Handel’s Christmas carol Joy to the World?

Back then, I instantly realized the “A” to my “Q” actually existed… just mere clicks and typed in search parameters away over @YouTube where one’s wish is (almost always) their command. Indeed, The Piano Guys had performed my sought after musical medley to which this post’s lead video will… beyond a shadow of a doubt… attest.

Well… I did wind up featuring this extraordinary, uplifting Piano Guys performance last December and since my replaying it this early a.m. has not lessened, one iota, the welled up tears of joy in my eyes, I’ve decided to play it again in this post… in fact to transform their rendition of Ode To Joy To The World into this blog site’s tradition.

Since not many WordPress residents and visitors are all that familiar with me… well… to introduce myself and familiarize yourself with my POV… let’s just say that as a harsh critic of narcissistic and capricious leadership… which isn’t leadership at all… I do find it my constant struggle to see our world from a “glass half full” perspective.

That said… there is compelling evidence to refute such skepticism. Indeed, once more, humanity has squeaked on by to survive another year… to add yet another chapter to our human story. And that, in itself, is no minor miracle. Our getting another opportunity to “get it right” is also reason enough for us to express our shared feelings of gratitude and joyousness.

Alas… long sigh… if only finding peace of mind and establishing world peace were mere clicks and typed in search parameters away.

Perhaps this concluding video provides us a clue? Yeah… I think so.

You see… it all begins with good intent, a song in one’s head / heart and resolve… that person stepping forward and then another and another… until it all coalesces / snowballs into a flash mob.

Flashmob Flash Mob ~ Ode an die Freude (Ode to Joy) Beethoven Symphony No. 9

However you choose to celebrate the December holidays… and even if you harbor a more secular view causing you to opt out from such festivities… my wish is for our peaceful coexistence. If we can manage to accomplish this, the joy will flow outward quite naturally to reach all corners of our world.

 

 

December BlogCast ~ A Nontraditional Holiday/Wintry Mix

 

Greetings to all. Once again, it’s time for our monthly musical get-together.

My mission… to present a non-traditional holiday / wintry mix to tap into those year-end, taking inventory of our lives, contemplative moods, which many of us do tend to experience as the December holidays start to descend upon us.

To define “non-traditional”… well… unless you opt to click onto this paragraph’s links… don’t expect to hear any holiday tunes featuring either Woof-Woof translations or harmonizing, hyperactive Chattering Chipmunks.

Instead… the music on tap will tap into folk at its finest… and in the case of 4 out of the 5 tracks, they’ll be accompanied by visually stunning scenes of Ma Nature at her finest… reminders to us all of what we stand to lose should we foolishly dis her.

On a technical note… there are a couple of ways to deal with YouTube commercials… those Madison Avenue jingles, which really do jangle BlogCast aesthetics. TRUE, we can just accept them “as is”… HOWEVER… if you’d prefer to don your DJ cap… the following brief tutorial could come in handy.

To ensure these segues are seamless, cue them all up in advance. Once you either PLAY or SKIP these Ads simply click PAUSE and confirm each song’s counter is set at 0:00.

And that now said… let’s let the recording artists and videographers say the rest…

 

Don McLean ~ Winterwood

Tom Paxton ~ Early Snow

James Taylor ~ You’ve Got a Friend

Joni Mitchell ~ The Circle Game

Steve Miller Band ~ Seasons

I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you to click back here for my next monthly BlogCast… slated to hit the www during the first week of January 2019.

FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

 

 

November BlogCast ~ Moments of Silence

 

Time again for another of our monthly musical get-togethers. This time around the video selections will reflect a melancholy mood. That’s about the most one could expect considering the recent, mere week apart incidents of domestic terrorism. More specifically…

• An anti-Semitic domestic terrorist, armed with Glock .357 handguns and a Colt AR-15 rifle, went on a rampage at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue (my heartfelt hopes that the 6 wounded folks recover as much as is humanly / medically possible. My wholehearted condolences to the families and friends of the 11 who perished).

∗ The USPS became the unwitting deliverers of a mindless, hate-mongering domestic terrorist’s pipe bombs… approximately one dozen IEDs designed to intimidate anyone who does not mindlessly march in lockstep with the mindless, hate-mongering, fake prez. Fortunately… none of these devices exploded.

In both cases that alleged prez refuses to own the violence which his willful hate-mongering has spawned amongst his devotees.

Considering how 11 gunshot victims have been silenced and factoring in how there have been multiple attempts to silence the Freedom of Speech of the liberally minded… well… the following imagery enhanced, somber selections are quite apropos…

 

Ernesto Cortazar ~ Piano Cover of Beethoven’s “Silence”

The Fall of 2018? The Downfall of America?

Shakira Elizabeth ~ Flute Cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence”

“Silence like a Cancer grows!” We mustn’t let the rightwing media noise machine drown us out!

Luca Valenti’s Cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence”

Never allow anyone to gag your mouth / silence your liberal views!

 

I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you to click back here for my next monthly BlogCast… slated to hit the www during the first week of December 2018.

FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

 

October BlogCast ~ EyeTunes Covered

 

Welcome to our monthly musical get-together. Setting up this BlogCast’s theme won’t take much time. The four featured tunes… superb cover versions all… contain lyrics, which mention three of the six major colors of the human eye’s iris.

From the FYI Dept… since none of the composers saw any particular need to clutter their songs with dry statistics, I figured I’d clutter this post to briefly mention the results of my quick Google search… namely… that 55% of our human family members have Brown eyes, 8% Blue and 2% Green.

On a technical note… whenever YouTube commercials pop up, they do ruin my segues. Of course, you can just play them back “as is”… OR… if you’d prefer to don your DJ cap… the following brief tutorial could come in handy…

To ensure these segues are seamless, it’d be advisable to “audition” the 2nd, 3rd and 4th tracks in advance. That way you can either PLAY or SKIP any YouTube Ads that may appear from time to time. I mean, Madison Avenue jingles do jangle this BlogCasts’ aesthetics. However, once the Ads are out of the way, just click PAUSE and confirm the counters are “ZEROED OUT”. If your reflexes aren’t quick enough, the songs may start too soon. If so… re-cue the tracks by simply dragging that “RED DOT” backward to 00:00.

That duly noted… let’s give these EyeTunes a listen and a look-see…

 

Janet Devlin ~ Behind Blue Eyes (Who Cover)

Caroline Jones ~ Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison Piano Cover)

Ariana DeBoo ~ Green Eyes (Coldplay Cover)

Emily Kirsch ~ Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (Crystal Gayle Cover)

 

I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you to click back here for my next monthly BlogCast, which typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into a variety of appealing themes. My next program is slated to hit the www during the first week of November 2018.

FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, don’t forget to like, follow, share and comment (click onto this blog’s headline to access the “LIKE” and “Reblog” buttons and “Comment Box”).

 

No Crickets Were Harmed During This September BlogCast

 

Welcome to our monthly musical get-together. Before we PB the tunes, I’d like to briefly state how the inspiration behind each BlogCast’s musical selections can come from many different sources. However, this month in particular, has involved the most serendipitous occurrence, to date. Here’s how this evolved…

Since this past week’s Michigan weather has been on the sultry side, I’ve been keeping my windows wide open long after sundown. So, in addition to welcoming in the somewhat cooler night air, I’ve also been treated to the seasonal serenade of crickets… these lovely creatures even lending some “lyrical” ambiance to my twilight piano playing. Well… that was when my free-associating mind started recalling some recording artists, who’ve deliberately mixed cricket sound effects into their own tracks.

Naturally… this became the “angle” to this month’s musical presentation.

I even test segued these three tracks through my stereo system’s mixer last night… and wound up even more impressed by how the in-real-time crickets blended in so perfectly with their prerecorded colleagues… especially the cricket soloist, who has somehow managed to set up residence in my cellar.

BTW, as much as I do admire his singing, I do hope to return him, soon, to the great outdoors. Working towards that happy, humane ending, my strategy involves capture and release. If I spot him, I’ll carefully slip a glass jar over him, slide a piece of cardboard under the jar and then carry him out to my backyard to set him free.

Some may say that my making such a fuss is inordinate. But… I think not. You see, my quick Google Search has turned up three cultural reasons for nonviolence…

“In Asian culture, it is considered bad luck to kill crickets because for thousands of years, crickets have been referred to as ‘watchdogs’, guardians that chirp and make noise when danger approaches. The Native American culture believes that crickets are a sign of good luck, and it is considered disrespectful to mimic their chirping. In Western culture, killing a cricket inside the home is considered bad luck because a chirping cricket symbolizes a future windfall.”

So, my listeners, you can trust me when I claim: No crickets were harmed during the production of this BlogCast.

On a technical note… whenever YouTube commercials pop up, they do ruin my segues. Of course, you can just play them back “as is”… OR… if you’d prefer to don your DJ cap… the following brief tutorial could come in handy. Check it out.

To ensure these segues are seamless, it’d be advisable to “audition” the 2nd and 3rd tracks in advance. That way you can either PLAY or SKIP any YouTube Ads that may appear from time to time. I mean, Madison Avenue jingles do jangle this BlogCasts’ aesthetics. However, once the Ads are out of the way, just click PAUSE and confirm the counters are “ZEROED OUT”. If your reflexes aren’t quick enough, the songs may start too soon. If so… re-cue the tracks by simply dragging that “RED DOT” backward to 00:00.

Well my listeners… we’re now in biz!

On a musical note… if you’re fortunate enough to have your own cricket population residing in your “corner” of our world, I highly recommend that you have them sing along with these cricket enhanced tunes…

 

Leon Russell ~ My Cricket

Beatles ~ Sun King

John B. Sebastian ~ I Had A Dream

I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you to click back here for my next monthly BlogCast, which typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into a variety of appealing themes. My next program is slated to hit the www during the first week of October 2018.

 

FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, don’t forget to like, follow, share and comment (click onto this blog’s headline to access the “LIKE” and “Reblog” buttons and “Comment Box”).