Monthly Archives: April 2012

“On Music and Passion”

Benjamin Zander gave a wonderful talk on TED titled “On Music and Passion”. It was really inspiring to see his own passion and his definition of success towards the end of the talk.

And remember: Classical Music is for everybody!

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What makes a musical Radio (or TV) Station “good”?

Radio Broadcast Studio

Radio Broadcast Studio (Photo credit: Leonardo Rizzi)

Some of the TV but mostly Radio stations, seem to have their own feel and atmosphere around them. That feeling is what makes me connect to them over and over again. Where does that feeling come from? What makes them attractive?

I don’t have an exact answer but I think it’s a mixture of the following. There is a thin line between everything they broadcast. The way they edit their music selection has a “golden thread” between all the pieces. Whether it’s the genre (but not only) or a common theme they all address during a certain show. I like to be intrigued by an occasional new piece I never heard before. Something that will make me “Like”, send myself an email or make me look for a paper and pen with shaking hands, just so that I’ll remember to download or view it later on.

Radio stations have the ability to use social networks to increase the listening experience and make it more open. I like those stations that have a good Facebook page with more background information on it. Whether it is broadcast lists, information about the artists or pieces and a vibrant on-line discussion going on.

And there is another human factor. The radio broadcaster. A good broadcaster is both a friend and a guide to new musical fields.

I guess that the bottom line is that as a listener I like to feel at home with my musical stations but also to embark on occasional adventures and to feel that someone out there cares about my musical taste.

Radio New Zealand Concert

Radio New Zealand Concert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the Radio stations I like the most is Radio New Zealand Concert. I use RadioSure to listen to them on the Internet as I’m about half the world away. Have a look at their Facebook page  as well.

The French Mezzo TV is my favorite musical channel. Although I still need to work on my French it’s always a pleasure to watch them.

What are your favorite Radio or TV stations ?


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Record Day

Rasputin Music in Berkeley, California.

Rasputin Music in Berkeley, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Record Store day is coming up on April 21st.!

Check this out –

“The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April”

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George Harrison

George Harrison in the Oval Office during the ...

George Harrison in the Oval Office during the Ford administration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George Harrison‘s music has always touched me. After hours of listening to the Beatles songs, his contribution suddenly became apparent. Here is an article about his best 10 Beatles songs:

George Harrison’s 10 Best Beatles Songs

By: Mathio Andreon

George Harrison is typically known as the “quiet Beatle” and often sadly even while the “forgotten Beatle” and that’s resulting from the fact that he was in exactly the same band since the greatest songwriting team in popular music history. Lennon/McCartney were good enough to overshadow almost anyone but that getting the case Harrison wrote numerous terrific tunes with the Beatles and that’s what this article is set to highlight.

He had been the most youthful Beatle which describes his “late blooming” as a songwriter in comparison to his band mates John Lennon as well as Paul McCartney. When the Beatles recording session happened within January of 1970 Harrison was only 26 years old.

Harrison’s ideal recognized Beatles arrangements are in all probability his pair of monitors from the Beatles final album Abbey Road; “Here Comes the Sun” & “Something.” And whilst these songs are certainly great and no doubt belong within the list of Harrison’s best ten Beatles songs I want to see through these monitors and other popular Harrison compositions such as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from the White Recording and “Taxman” through Revolver to get a number of his more overlooked Beatles gems.

My recommendations for George Harrison’s Ten best Beatles Songs with notes upon each:

“Something” — Frank Sinatra said “Something” was their favorite Lennon/McCartney composition and the finest love tune ever created. It’s the second the majority of covered Beatles song of all time after “Yesterday.” It’s been covered by the enjoys of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and James Dark brown. It made Moving Stone magazine’s listing of the top 500 songs ever in 2004.

“Here Comes The Sun” – One from the first songs to feature the Moog synthesizer that Harrison played on the recording. The tune was designed in Eric Clapton’s garden. Clapton as well as Harrison had been friends.

“Taxman” – The opening track on the Revolver recording features a few short blistering guitar solos through Paul McCartney.

“While My Guitar Lightly Weeps” – Although George Harrison was the Beatles lead guitar player he again gives the guide guitar responsibilities to another person on one associated with his best songs. An excellent example of Harrison’s insufficient ego. On this track Harrison’s close friend Eric Clapton came in to play the lead acoustic guitar part. This tune also created Rolling Rock magazine’s 2004 list of the Five hundred greatest tunes of all time. The lyrics of the tune have a very fascinating origination. Harrison was reading the I Ching at the time and influenced by the suggestions in the guide he chose to write an audio lesson based on the first words he or she read whenever opening a random guide at an arbitrary spot. The very first words he or she read had been “gently weeps.”

“It’s Very Much” – This song had been originally featured on the Yellow Submarine recording and is one of the most overlooked Harrison tunes. It’s also among my favorites. It includes a very distinctive sound to the recording that makes it sound like the entire band is within a container except for these thunderous hand claps and the vocals. It was actually documented in May of 1967 prior to Sgt Pepper was released and had been set to be included upon Magical Secret Tour however was rather pushed back again and ended up on the Yellow Submarine soundtrack album which included mostly George Martin instrumentals and songs such because the name track which in fact had already been released.

“Within You Without You” – This was George’s sole factor to Sgt Spice up. Harrison recorded this song with Indian musicians without any input from the additional Beatles. I’ve generally seen this song slagged off by people but to me this is an essential and wonderful the main Sgt Pepper recording. It’s a trip inside the trip that is Sgt Pepper. Just about all of the instruments within the song had been played through classically educated Indian musicians.

“Long Long Long” — The perfect song to follow up “Helter Skelter” on the Whitened Album. A superbly understated song which Harrison states is about Lord.

“Blue Jay Way” – Harrison’s sole contribution for the Beatles the majority of over the top psychedelic recording Magical Mystery Tour seemed to be Harrison’s most purposely psychedelic song. Even though the actual song is not perfect it will have a large amount of strange manufacturing effects which endear it in my experience.

“If I Needed Someone” — This was the only real Harrison written song that the Beatles played regularly throughout their touring times. This is of course mostly since the band stopped touring prior to Harrison wrote the majority of his better songs. This was one of two Harrison songs to be incorporated on the Rubberized Soul recording. The other being “Think For Yourself” also is a beneficial song but I favor this one. The tune was heavily influenced by the style of the Byrds.

“I Want To Tell You” – This was one of three Harrison tunes included about the Revolver album. Interestingly he or she went through having Three songs upon Revolver to only 1 on each of the next two Beatles albums; Sgt Pepper and Enchanting Mystery Visit.

George Harrison was an useful member of the Beatles not only for his excellent lead acoustic guitar playing and the Indian influenced sounds he brought to this guitar rock band but with his exceptional songwriting. These are just 10 associated with Harrison’s great Beatles songs there are other people that also deserve mention for example “Old Brown Shoe,” “Only A Northern Tune,” and “I Need A person.”

George Harrison is often known as the “quiet Beatle” and sometimes unfortunately even as the “forgotten Beatle” and that’s due to the fact that he was in precisely the same music group as the greatest songwriting team within favorite songs historical past. Lennon/McCartney had been superior enough to overshadow just about any one but that being the situation Harrison wrote several excellent songs using the Beatles and that is exactly what this article is arranged to highlight.

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