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.

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Stand By Acapella Soul! ~ Vid of the Day

Acapella Soul’s Doo-wop delivery of Stand By Me (a 1960, Ben E. King / Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller composition) is unplugged music at its very finest. Consider all that is and isn’t involved within the musical mix…

We find no composer obsessing over each and every note of a spontaneity robbing, musical score… instead, these talented singers draw on their impeccable musical instincts / sensibilities / timing. No need for overcrowded, over-orchestrated instrumentation… except for the assist of a solitary upright bass, the lead vocals and harmonizing more than get the job done! No electrification… these performers are tapping into the pure power of their passion for music… for life itself.

There’s no need for roadies / sports arena stage construction crews… Acapella Soul sets up their group / stage on the streets, in subway stations or… in this instance… in NYC’s Central Park. No hidden, deceptive behind the scenes recording studio enhancement / wizardry is required… these consummate professionals draw on the magic of the moment to cast their musical spells.

No stage lighting save for the sunshine above. No pyrotechnics save for the enduring spark of the timeless human spirit!

It has oft been said… by many… that the human voice is an instrument. Acapella Soul’s live and video performances provide the living proof of that claim.