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Sting – An Englishman in New York +

This cheered me up. May it cheer you up, too.

The third song “Shape of my Heart” sounded familiar tho the title did not. It was sampled by British R&B singer Craig David for his song “Rise and Fall” and he actually got Sting to sing it with him. They are both great songs.


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Wisteria and Vaughan Williams memories

Traveled to north Kyoto today to visit an old friend.

Last time we’d been this way was over 20 years ago. Along the way, we saw many flowering wisteria trees. They reminded me of the ones in St. Edmund’s Hall, Oxford. Vaughan Williams’ “Variation on a theme by Thomas Tallis” was playing on the sterero. “Teddy Hall” was my father’s college, and the Vaughan Williams was one of his favourite pieces. He passed away 2 years ago this spring.


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Song for the week, and for a lifetime

“When you see another human being, what do you see?”
A fat person? A stupid person? A white person? A black person? A green person? A man? A woman? An old person? A young person?
Or do you see a human being?
Do we even know what a human being really is?
Do your eyes see? Is your heart open?


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All is well

My father passed away recently. I was with him in his last days. I played this song over and over during those days. It gave me strength.

The words, or very similar ones, crop up in most parts of the world. The original may be from the Upanishads, I’m not sure.

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Video: The Great Unwind!


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Music for Monday (or more babes playing crazy piano)

Came home today with  the last movement of Prokofieff’s Piano Sonata No. 7 playing in my head, for some reason. Haven’t heard it in years. The first time I heard it was I think Martha Argerich playing it. I heard it once. I told my piano teacher “I want to play that!” She freaked out. I bought the music and practised on my own anyway. Of course, I couldn’t play it, but it is just such a cool piece, especially the final (3rd) movement, which only lasts a few minutes, a few muscle-exhausting, head-banging, emotionally-draining minutes.

It being several decades since I heard this piece (why the hell it should be in my head, then?), I couldn’t remember its name, only that it was by Prokofieff. After floundering around unsuccessfuly on the internets thingies, I finally remembered Argerich had played it. Cue Youtube. It’s a lousy recording, taken by someone in the audience, and the sound is less than ideal and there’s the back of people’s heads all over the place. But. There’s a backstory. In 1990, Argerich was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Treatment was successful and it went into remission. Only to flare up again in 1995. This time it had metastasized to her lungs and lymph nodes, usually a death sentence. But the John Wayne Cancer Institute did surgery on her lung and gave her an experimental vaccine. It worked! In gratitude, Argerich did this benefit concert at the Carnegie Hall.

Argerich is a badass. She doesn’t move around much in this performance, but her 3rd movement is fast (though no faster than her previous recordings of this piece), and when she’s finished, no messing around, she just stands straight up! “That’s it, folks! Time to go home!” (If you want to jump to the 3rd movement – my favourite part – it starts at 13:23). (One of her daughters – she has 3 by 3 different fathers – made a movie about her mother which sounds fascinating: read a review of it here.)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSeriQx3RLM

YouTube kindly suggests similar videos you might be interested in, and high on the list was the same piece of music played by another dame, Russian (or to be precise Georgian; they might not like being lumped with the Russians, like the Scots hate being called English, quite understandable). Completely unpronounceable name, but great playing: much clearer than Argerich’s, imho, and perhaps the 3rd movement taken a little faster. I like the way she grabs the back of the seat after finishing the piece, as if the piano (or the piece) had thrown her off after a titanic struggle): here’s S. Prokofiev Piano Sonata no.7 Opus 83 (B) By Khatia Buniatishvili

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqgkmbRm1rY

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Music for Sunday

My wife and I are both fans of jazz pianist Keith Jarrett and many years ago went to see him play in Osaka. He was back in Osaka a few days ago, but cut his performance short because he was distracted by the poor manners of the audience who made so much noise coughing and whatnot that he just stopped playing and walked out. This is something of a trademark for Jarrett. Back in the days when he did long solo improvisations, he would suddenly stop and walk out when the inspiration left him, i.e. when he’d had enough, as he did in the Osaka concert I went to see.

A google search for this recent walkout got no results, but there are plenty of irate Japanese comments from locals. Apparently, he cut short not only his May 6 Osaka concert, but also his May 9 Tokyo concert. I hope Sir Paul McCartney doesn’t do the same at the Budokan!

My wife had some fantastic jazz piano playing while she was surfing  the internet. When I asked her who was playing, she told me Hiromi Uehara. If you were one of those who spent good money to see Keith Jarrett and were disappointed, or if you weren’t but just love jazz piano, or simply enjoy watching musicians having a blast, here’s Hiromi playing one of her own compositions, the fast and furious “The Tom and Jerry Show”.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HcKrd3K8_A&list=RD-HcKrd3K8_A

 

 


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O Holy Night

It’s not Christmas, but who cares! This is a beautiful song. It’s not the version of Holy Night I learned as a child, and perhaps for that reason I prefer it. Tracy Chapman’s slightly tremulous delivery adds a unique charm to this particular version.

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Baby Mamas

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Jaco Pastorius, John Scofield and Kenwood Dennard – The Chicken Studio – YouTube

We musicians may get a kick out of this stuff but to other people it just sounds like some 70´s porn soundtrack

via Jaco Pastorius, John Scofield and Kenwood Dennard – The Chicken Studio – YouTube.

Beautiful, luscious, laid back, sexy… Go Chicken!

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Jaco Pastorius, a tortured soul towards the end of his young life. Man, could he play.

Check out this stunningly beautiful piece by the “Trio of Doom” (Pastorius, John McLaughlin and Tony Williams. After listening to the first few minutes of this song was enough to persuade me to hop over to my online music store and buy the cd. )

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