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Friday, January 26th, 2007

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue. From the CD cover:

Why another reissue of Kind of Blue?

More than a milestone in jazz, Kind of Blue is a defining moment of twentieth century music, one of those incredibly rare works of art that achieve equal popularity among musicians, critics, and the public at large. The rest of us might tend to agree with Jimmy Cobb, the drummer on the album, who commented of Kind of Blue that it “must have been made in heaven.” Don’t we all enjoy a taste of heaven now and then?

Marvelous.

More Sunday hard rock

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Another Sunday, another opportunity to discover a great piece of music (if only via CD, and not live in some concert hall some place):

Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, in a recording from 1989 with Herbert von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

His Seventh symphony was the most beloved of Bruckner’s symphonies with audiences of the time, and is still popular. It was written 1881-1883 and revised in 1885. During the time that Bruckner began work on this Symphony, he was aware that Wagner’s death was imminent, and so the Adagio is slow mournful music for Wagner, and for the first time in Bruckner’s oeuvre, the Wagner tuba is included in the orchestra.

Ah, the living room doesn’t quite do it justice (my stereo sound system whatever is fairly low-tech).

Interwoven Teamsite and Bob Marley

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

There’s this one sound effect in Interwoven Teamsite (when a popup window fails to pop up) that reminds me of that funky Reggae guitar sound in Could you be loved by Bob Marley.

Day After Tomorrow

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

I got your letter today
and I miss you all so much here
I can’t wait to see you all
and I’m counting the days here

I still believe that there’s gold
at the end of the world
And I’ll come home to Illinois
on the day after tomorrow

It is so hard and it’s cold here
and I’m tired of taking orders
And I miss old Rockford town
up by the Wisconsin border

What I miss, you won’t believe
shoveling snow and raking leaves
And my plane will touch down
on the day after tomorrow

I close my eyes every nite
and I dream that I can hold you

They fill us full of lies, everyone buys
’bout what it means to be a soldier
I still don’t know how I’m supposed to feel
’bout all the blood that’s been spilled
Will god on this throne
get me back home
on the day after tomorrow

You can’t deny, the other side
Don’t want to die anymore then we do
What I’m trying to say is don’t they pray
to the same god that we do?

And tell me how does god choose
whose prayers does he refuse?
Who turns the wheel
Who throws the dice
on the day after tomorrow

I’m not fighting, for justice
I am not fighting, for freedom
I am fighting, for my life
and another day in the world here

I just do what I’ve been told
We’re just the gravel on the road
And only the lucky ones come home
on the day after tomorrow

And the summer, it too will fade
and with it brings the winter’s frost dear
And I know we too are made
of all the things that we have lost here

I’ll be 21 today
I been saving all my pay
And my plane will touch down
on the day after tomorrow
And my plane it will touch down
on the day after tomorrow

Music and lyrics by Tom Waits and Kathleen Waits-Brennan (from the album Real Gone)

Sunday hard rock!

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

I recently picked up a CD with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in a recording from 1958 featuring legendary US pianist Van Cliburn. I so need to catch a live performance of grand piano and orchestra. It’s been years and I’m due for my next fix. Good stuff.

Trivia factoid: As a kid, I used to play with legos for hours on end listening to the LP.

October 17, 1989

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

17 years ago today, the earth shook here in the San Francisco Bay Area in what became known as the Loma Prieta Earthquake. I was an exchange stundent at Saratoga High back then. That afternoon, I happened to be only a few miles away from the epicenter (though we weren’t the hardest hit and suffered only minor damage). We were hanging out watching tv, I remember MTV was playing Love Shack by The B52’s at 5.04pm when the house and everything in it started moving as if a giant had stopped by to casually hand out a massage of the entire building. According to official resources, the jolts lasted only 15 seconds, but to both my Colombian host brother and me it seemed like much longer. And of course we did what everybody tells you you’re not supposed to do: we ran outside as fast as we could once we realized what was going on.

Oh well, exciting and memorable times. Which reminds me, I still need to get my disaster preparedness kit in place. You never know: the Big One might be just around the corner…

Charlie Haden: Nocturne

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

Nocturne, a wonderfully calm album by Charlie Haden. He’ll be in town November 4, for the San Francisco Jazz Fest: Alice Coltrane Quartet featuring Ravi Coltrane with Charlie Haden & Roy Haynes (Upcoming). Anyone wanna go?

Btw, if you like jazz and web apps, check out Matt’s keynote he gave at Blogtalk Reloaded: Wordpress and Jazz (PDF, 2.3MB), also available on Google Video.

Funny, I keep getting into conversations lately about music and rhythm and the web.

نور العين

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

So I downloaded Amr Diab’s 1996 album Nour Al Ain (نور العين) on iTunes. Reminds me of my trip to Damascus, Syria back in 1997.

It is such a shame what’s going on in the Middle East, such a shame.

Anyone who’s ever been to the region would probably agree.

Arkansas

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

The designers of the Arkansas
Were inspired to choose a form that was
The exact dimensions and the shape
Of the state whose name she bore.

Yes, the ship was shaped like Arkansas,
And the hull was formed without a flaw.
Every detail had been reproduced
On a scale of one to one.

I was on the coast of Arkansas
When I saw her colors from the shore,
And I sadly waved my handkerchief
As the ship began to sing:

“I’m the ship that’s shaped like Arkansas
And my hull was formed without a flaw.
Every detail has been reproduced
On a scale of one to one.

“Avast, me hearties!
Ahoy, me state!
Ahoy, there! Avast, there!
Ahoy, there, me hearties!”

When the rising tide engulfs the shore
And the waves roll over Arkansas,
Will the ship return to anchor there
And replace the sunken state?

For the ship was shaped like Arkansas,
And the hull was formed without a flaw.
Every detail had been reproduced
On a scale of one to one.

Music and lyrics by John Linnell (from the album State Songs)

Since We Met

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

The Bill Evans Trio: “Since We Met”. Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York City, January 11-12, 1974. Bill Evans, piano. Eddie Gomez, bass. Marty Morell, drums.

Wonderful.