Many Moons Ago ~ A July Lunar BlogCast

PREFACE: For this BlogCast, playing back these two YouTube clips simultaneously allows Neil Armstrong to become an astronaut / DJ doing the talk-over intro to the Police track, Walking on the Moon.
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On Sunday, July 20, 1969 at 10:56 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Neil Armstrong became the first (known) human to ever set foot on the Moon… and moments later, Buzz Aldrin joined him to become the second.

This “giant leap for (hu)mankind” had been the attainment of John F. Kennedy’s goal… that young visionary giant’s dream fulfilled… AND the culmination of a team effort involving an estimated 400,000 engineers, scientists and technicians… many of them having taken their President’s message to heart.

My own memories of this night center on the combined sense of heartfelt awe, thrills, and yes, even a bit of national pride… heady emotions, which managed to shadow me wherever I wound up. And there had been an abundance of brilliant light to create those shadows… be that the Apollo 11 crew’s beamed back to Earth lunar “Reality Show” (accompanied by CBS journalist / anchorman Walter Cronkite’s own play-by-play) OR during my own repetitious “small step” ventures into the great outdoors to naked-eye gaze upward at the waxing crescent phased Moon… lazily arcing SE to SW across Michigan’s after dark skies.

This past half century has not diminished my own wonderment one iota. I only wish that all who, alongside me, had eye-witnessed this event of the millennium could say the same… and that we… who never lost that rush… had better communicated our feelings to posterity.

Humankind needs an Apollo magnitude sense of accomplishment to transcend the daily drill. If for no other reason, that does keeps us out of trouble. But there really is one far greater reason, too. Without such adventure, humanity risks being reduced to droids… maybe even the Borg magnitude drones that inhabit Sci-Fi’s Star Trek universe.

 

 

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!

 

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”).

 

 

August BlogCast ~ 4 Tracks in 4 Minutes Flat!

 

Welcome to our monthly musical get-together. Hey… I can dig it! In our get everything done yesterday world, who even has time for music, anymore? Right?

Problem? No Problem!

Even if U think my playlist sucks, it’ll all B over B4 ya know it. That above headline is NO lie! Hell… the only way this could possibly B a drag is if YouTube tacks on some of their 4 minute ads! YIKES! I mean… who doesn’t click the skip button when that happens? Right?

Crunching the PB Nos.

trk. 1 = 02:01
trk. 2 = 00:45
trk. 3 = 00:50
trk. 4 = +0:24
G Tot = 04:00

 

Blur ~ Song 2

Bush ~ X Girlfriend

White Stripes ~ Little Room

Beatles ~ Her Majesty

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 September ’18.

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”).

 

July BlogCast ~ Connecting The Starry Dots

 

At this point of our human race’s annual lap around old Sol, I welcome you to our BlogCast monthly get-together. In this installment, we’ll discover four stellar recording artists’ musical performances… to excite our ears… accompanied by four videographers’ interpretations of this music… to please our eyes. Interwoven into the mellow musical mix will be images of breathtaking Earthly splendor, natural wonders and celestial bodies. We’ll even eyewitness an artist connecting the starry dots into a constellation rarely… if ever… seen in textbooks.

Obviously, I could not have pulled off such an astronomical coup… taken that quantum leap… without the considerable help of featured recording artists Don McLean, Bread, Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin (a.k.a. Enya) and Julia Westlin… without YouTube videographers glivingston73, Roadvideo 404, Tatiana Blue and JuliaWestlin. My mega thanks to them all.

On a musical note… on an informational and philosophical note, too…

♦ Throughout the playback of Don McLean’s ode to Vincent Van Gogh, we’ll be getting glimpses of this painter’s incomparable work… including the one titled (what else) Starry Night.

♦ We’ll hear Bread’s If and Enya’s Paint The Sky With Stars… discover how well both tracks segue since they have the same key signatures and similar lyrical themes.

♦ I had originally planned on featuring Ben E. King’s rendition of Stand by Me. However, while auditioning prospective tracks, YouTube’s recommended videos algorithm wound up both wowing me and changing my mind. In this instance, my new pal Al (short for algorithm… haha), had simultaneously introduced me to Julia Westlin and one of the finest cover renditions I’ve ever heard. [Blogger’s whispered aside: Methinks my musical soul hath been touched by an angel!] Well… that virtually heavensent song certainly sent me rushing over to my piano to confirm what my musical ear was already telling me… it was recorded in the Key of “A” (the significance of this appears below… Please Stand By). My programming sensibilities and lifelong appreciation of music did the rest.

♦ It’s a virtual certainty that we’ll be gobsmacked by the pitch perfect, breathtaking voices of Westlin and Enya. The manner with which these songstress’ voices and sung lyrics blend so seamlessly together… well … the resultant segue is every DJ’s dream come true.

♦ Each and everyone’s overall quality of life could dramatically improve were we all to take to heart Stand By Me’s love one another / help one another lyrical philosophy… to fearlessly and steadfastly breathe those sentiments into our interpersonal relationships… renew them when necessary… liberate ourselves… allow this spirit fly freely… soar upward and outward until it reaches all four corners of our world and touches all seven+ billion souls.

On a technical note…

♦ Once Don McLean turns in his topflight performance, all remaining tracks will play out in the Key of “A”, which makes the ending, fade-out moments of each song tonally overlap perfectly with the fade-in instrumental lead-ins to each successive track. As DJ’s, that’ll make life… both yours and mine… far easier and enjoyable.

♦ I do wish I could directly stream these BlogCasts to you… or go the podcast route… but since I can’t afford the required tech… that’ll make life… both yours and mine… just a tad more complicated. You see, my having to go the YouTube route means that their penchant for profitability will cause Ads to pop up from time to time.  As of my posting time, sponsor Menards™ preempts the start of nearly every video. True, they are a fine home improvement store / retailer but their catchy li’l jingle does jangle this BlogCasts aesthetics. But fear not… I do have a quick-fix solution. My brief, one paragraph tutorial outlines the EZ procedure.

It’d be advisable to cue up the 2nd, 3rd and 4th tracks in advance. That way you can either PLAY or SKIP whatever YouTube Ads that may appear. Once you do so, quickly click PAUSE and confirm the counters are “ZEROED OUT”. If your reflexes aren’t quick enough, simply re-cue the song by dragging that “RED DOT” backward to 00:00 and engaging the PAUSE button… STAT!.

Well my listeners… we should now be in biz! It’s time for us to liberate these heavenly tunes… set them afloat atop the undulating, aural waves of mellifluous, relaxation music. <– YIKES!!! I cannot believe I served up that word salad. I’ll just have to… pun intended… toss it.

So sorry. I swear to the cosmic deities… and to you, too… that my musical repertoire is much, Much MUCH better than my repartee. In other words… its time to let this music speak for itself…

 

Don McLean ~ Vincent

Bread ~ If

Enya ~ Paint The Sky With Stars

Julia Westlin (ACAPELLA) ~ Stand By Me

 

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 August 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”).