This month I’ve returned to Renaissance Music. For the uninitiated, the Renaissance Era is sandwiched between the Medieval and Baroque Periods, with some overlap. A good ballpark figure is 1300-1600 A.D. I understand the Renaissance wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, when unspeakable things still happened without question. However, the period was noted for progress, especially in the arts. In the Twenty-First Century, the preferred method of familiarizing ourselves with early music — or any type of music — is buying some of it on iTunes and listening through earbuds. There’s also Spotify, other streaming services and CDs. … Continue reading Listening to New Old Music
I USED TO THINK OF GEORGE MICHAEL AS BEING MECHANICAL, LIKE A SCIENTIST IN A WHITE COAT, WORKING IN A LABORATORY, CREATING PERFECT HARMONIES, AND ALL THE WHILE I WAS SECRETLY ADMIRING HIM. — BOY GEORGE Continue reading Boy George Quotation
DON’T PLAY WHAT’S THERE. PLAY WHAT’S NOT THERE. — MILES DAVIS Continue reading Miles Davis Quotation
ONE GOOD THING ABOUT MUSIC, WHEN IT HITS YOU, YOU FEEL NO PAIN. — BOB MARLEY Continue reading Bob Marley Quotation
THE REAL PROBLEM WITH REALITY IS THE LACK OF BACKGROUND MUSIC. — ANONYMOUS Continue reading No Background Music?
I found this on YouTube just a few minutes ago. Note: I’m told that the use of the word ace as a verb, meaning to do something perfectly, originates in North America. The United States is where I’ve always heard the word used that way, and that’s how it’s intended in the bold print above this post. Continue reading Eric Clapton Aces it!
Some pieces of art that should become legendary are forgotten. When George Michael and producer Phil Ramone got together to create an album of standards in the late 1990s, they were probably aware that the end result would not be a commercial success. Although Songs From the Last Century isn’t in the same league with the later Michael-Ramone collaboration Symphonica, it’s worthy of more attention than it receives. Below is a link to a YouTube audio-only upload of Mr. Michael’s cover of Secret Love. Secret Love was first recorded by Doris Day, for the 1953 movie Calamity Jane. Sammy Fain composed the instrumental music, and the … Continue reading George Michael’s Late 1990s Classic Cover
MUSIC EXPRESSES THAT WHICH CANNOT BE SAID AND ON WHICH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE SILENT. — VICTOR HUGO Continue reading Victor Hugo Quotation
About a year ago, I decided to write an essay on the late George Michael’s life and work. I thought I already knew quite a bit, and expected the research and writing to last about two months. It’s a good thing there was no publishing contract with a deadline. I live in the United States, and didn’t realize how much of GM’s work was released without being promoted here. To produce a well-informed essay, I needed a year to complete it. I bought CDs I didn’t previously know existed, and looked a lot more closely than expected at music videos … Continue reading George Michael: An Appreciation
I’VE ACHIEVED WHAT EVERY ARTIST WANTS, WHICH IS THAT SOME OF THEIR WORK WILL OUTLIVE THEM. — GEORGE MICHAEL Continue reading One Year After George Michael’s Passing