Teh Squeaky Wheel
Happy Satyrday, GN!
Been up for a while -- eyeball was hurting but then there was a coyote in the backyard yipping away. Chased him off, but Tatum, luckily at home, has been on patrol inside going room to room. He’s nervous.
Good morning, Sven. So sorry to hear about your eye, both this morning and the general route it’s been taking. No fun at all. I sure wish something better could be done for you.
dv8 certainly has been enjoying his discussions and discoveries about music with all y’all here. It’s been a joy to listen to it second hand. I’m excited about your excursions into classical music. I have my own questions about that. Think about what moods you would like to fit some classical music into and I’d like to see if we can all share what we love to listen to when we’re in certain moods. Did that make sense? For instance, on the Sabbath I like to listen to John Dowland in the mornings. That’s mostly lute instrumentals from around the 1580s or so. When I’m home alone of an evening and contemplative I might listen to Chopin’s Nocturnes and Preludes. When I used to do roofing with my brothers we listened to opera but I can’t remember which composers — probably Wagner or another full masculine sound.
Schoenberg is for murdering people and burying the bodies or stumbling home drunk but I wouldn’t know about his music or those activities. I suspect the music inspires the actions and not the other way around.
Music is endlessly fascinating, Sven, and I always loved hearing about your forays out to different concerts.
I don’t know if you remember it but we had a long discussion years ago on the wheel where I asked others to chime in on their thoughts on a famous Bach E Major violin concerto that David had arranged in F Maj for flute. Whenever someone heard the arrangement of the piece they had an extreme reaction of joy!! It was crazy! Anecdotal but truly amazing. It’s a wonderful bit of music to begin with but that flute tweak caused the human nervous system to go into catnip mode. My neurologist was fascinated at the time.
Home alone music.
This is what I often listen to on Sunday mornings.
I seem to gravitate to quiet Bach piano when I know guests are coming over. It makes very good background music. Of course, if they’re the right kind of friends forget the classical music -- only Irish music will do!! I’ll be interested to see what musical habits you gerbils have. What’s your “road trip” music?
Hmmm… I could do this all day but I should be sleeping.
Goodnight my friends.
Happy Caturday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Sven, and Harper!!!!11!!!
Sven -- I’m sorry your eye is still giving you problems. I hope your doctor can find a solution.
Harper -- “road trip” music? Irish music, The Traveling Wilburys, an old CD of a South African group Johnny Clegg and Savuka, Straight No Chaser, Neil Diamond, Genesis, and whatever else strikes me at the time.
Happy Crocurday Wheelizens!
Hi, Sven, Harper (!!!) and Paddy!
Sorry to read yer eyeball’s still giving you fits; hope you heal soon, damnit.
Maaaaaan…this project is kickin’ my ass; maybe I’m getting a bit too old for this chit. I’m really exhausted; glad I’m only out here for another two weeks.
OTOH, the Board and homeowners seem to be very happy with us, so that bodes well for having an inside track to getting the bid for the remaining half of the HOA next year.
Not sure how I feel about that possibility right at the moment. 😉
I LOLed at at your description of Schöenberg’s oeuvre. As a yout’, I actively sought-out “contemporary” classical stuff and ultimately came to the conclusion that much of it (Arnie, Henze, Cage, etc.) was pretentious crap. I found Alberto Ginastera a notable exception; too bad he’s not better-known, IMO.
In re orchestral TV/film scoring influences I leaned toward Stravinsky, Bartok, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Bernard Herrmann (probably my biggest single inspiration) and Carl Stalling. 😉
Also several jazzers who did scoring like Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin, Dave Grusin and a few others like Mancini who did credible jazz-influenced stuff.
Despite his massive success and influence, I generally find John Williams predictable and heavy-handed. (But then I’ve felt since I was a kid that underscores should support the storytelling without “telegraphing” stuff or beating one over the head. IMO Herrmann was a freakin’ genius at that along with creating a unique “tone” for most of his scores. Films like “Taxi Driver”, “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, “Fahrenheit 451” and “North By Northwest” all -- to me -- have a sound/”feel” which are very distinct from one another.)
LambiePieK is well (despite the fact her employer seems bent on killing their entire IT staff); I sure do miss her. Which, given we’re coming up on our 10th anniversary, is nice.
Off to run some errands; might BBL.
… and I was going to make the Saturday is Crocurday type of remark but I see Fatwa beat me to it by a mile or ten.
Wow, a plaguie sighting!!!!! Amazing. now that’s something you don’t see every day!!
Well, most of us don’t.
Thanks, guys, for expressing concern over my eye/vision. I know I whine quite a bit about it and that you all are too polite to tell me to sack up and get over it. I’m trying several new things now, but none of them are quick fixes, so I’m trying to be patient.
Thank you, Miss Harper for the musical recommendations. Mac gave me a list of classical artists to try out and I got through most of them, but honestly after a while they all start to sound the same to me. Tomorrow though, when I get up and turn on this machine I will listen to your Sunday morning recommendation. Thanks!
As far as road trip music goes, it’s mostly rock-driving tunes for me. I’ll have to put a list together and then we all can add to it to come up with the ultimate driving play list! To start:
Golden Earring-Radar Love
Judas Priest-Turbo Lover
Traffic-Low Spark of High-heeled Boys
And that’s as far as I got right now.