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Post by CarmelaBear » Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:21 pm

Remember Mitch Miller? He died in 2010 at 99 years of age.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs-mM96B17U
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Post by CarmelaBear » Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:41 pm

Eurovision is the world's biggest non-sporting event. It is a TV contest.

http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015- ... c-factory/
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Post by Roncooper » Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:34 pm

James, I really enjoyed the Dan Fogelberg videos. I love the raw beauty that comes from a great talent without all the post production polish. You were on the tour. That must have been exciting.

I loved Elvis in the 50s before they made him a pop star and early Dylan playing the guitar, harmonica, and singing, all with great energy.

For me, there is something magical about raw talent.

Here is one from Joni Mitchel singing about following your bliss.

Just a lady playing a piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD08NDcQMxU
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Post by Roncooper » Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:48 pm

Carmela,

I remember Mitch Miller, but my family didn't watch him. My parents liked county music. They watched Spade Cooley, and a weekly Jamboree. It was a great event when Johnny Cash was on the show.

I dated Spade Cooley's daughter, Melody, for six months. She was my first love and she broke my heart.

Back to Mitch. That was a great song. Songs from the 1920s were unique and a lot of fun.

Here is one with Fred McMurray as the lead singer. The title is "All I want is just one girl," but he says he could use three or four.

The bands were smaller then, and more energetic than the big bands.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaEgxVODgC4
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Post by CarmelaBear » Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:12 pm

Hi Ron,

Country music is a style I rarely heard as a kid. We would watch the Grand Ole Opry, and my favorite personality was the lovely Minnie Pearl....."hooow--deee!" The tag hanging from her hat never really caught on as a fashion statement, but maybe it should.

I listen to Dan Fogelberg and Joni Mitchel, but my favorites are James Taylor and Billy Joel. They get me through moods, crushes and every kind of relationship (not just affairs). Sometimes Simon & Garfunkel, Enya and Joan Baez.

Bizet's "Carmen" is invigorating for me as I identify with the whole drama of it and because my father's sun sign was Taurus, the bull.

To relax or concentrate, I listen to classical pieces. Yo-Yo Ma is great, and I'm really big on the whole cornucopia of great familiar composers like Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, etc.

I know precious little about music as a subject, but I am an enthusiastic listener.

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Post by Roncooper » Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:36 pm

Carmela,

I remember Minnie Pearl. We used to enjoy Les Paul and Mary Ford. Les Paul was a pioneer of the electric guitar and Mary Ford was his better half. Here is a medley.

I think the second song is very interesting given the sexist atmosphere in the 1950 and the "helpless female" stereotype that was prevalent.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up17wtSQZO0
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Post by JamesN. » Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:39 pm

Ron; in her area of expertise Joni to me is without peer; in a class all by herself and absolutely unique. Most of the general public is familiar with what you might call her ( folk-pop ) material but she is so much more as a musical artist.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joni_Mitchell

( This is a selection taken from her album which she collaborated with Charlie Mingus called " Mingus " and played live in a concert album call " Shadows and Light ". It has some of the cream of the crop of Jazz players from that era and is an excellent example of her broad range and depth. ):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bSuCOcL39U

( Here is the rest of the concert if you are interested. ):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLKb9Ms68ME



Carmela; Sarah Cannon; ( aka as Minnie Pearl ); was no rube; and to me she represented the very best qualities of any of the country music industry's iconic figures.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnie_Pearl


BTW I really liked your classical music choices; and like you I am also a big fan as well.
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Post by CarmelaBear » Sat Apr 04, 2015 4:36 pm

More digging:

From his 1997 Hourglass album, James Taylor gave us, "Enough To Be On Your Way". It resonates with a powerfully familiar kind of sorrow. Originally inspired by the death of his brother, Alex, who died in Florida, while Alex was recording one of his own songs. Alex was only 46 when he checked out after consuming too much alcohol. It happened on the birthday of his brother.

Although Taylor changed the lyrics to create an "Alice" for his song, the first stanza cuts through the air with painful shards of grief that fall hard to the floor.
So the sun shines on this funeral just the same as on a birth
The way it shines on everything that happens here on Earth
It rolls across the western sky and back into the sea
And spends the day's last rays upon this fucked up family
So long, old pal.
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Post by Roncooper » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:22 am

James,

I enjoyed the Mingus concert. I liked jazz until "Modern" jazz came in during the 60s. That turned me off to jazz, but this concert was beautiful.

Carmela,

I liked Carmen. We saw a live performance at the Tennessee Theater this year. It was an excellent version.

http://www.tennesseetheatre.com/plan-yo ... tual-tour/

My favorite operas are mostly Italian plus Mozart. Here is the list.

The last of Mozart's operas beginning with "The marriage of Figaro."
Rossini's Donna del lago (The lady of the lake.)
Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor
Verdi's La Traviata and his version of Falstaff.
The great Puccini who composed La Boheme and Tosca.

These composers had others that were also very nice.

The director Franco Zeffirelli made a movie version of La Traviata which was very enjoyable.
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Post by JamesN. » Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:10 am

Carmela, I thought you might like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPRESlT4Ccg


Ron, I'm not really that knowledgeable about Opera but here is one I thought you would enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMD_5UzjdqQ



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Post by Roncooper » Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:21 pm

James,

That aria is from Puccini's last opera, Turandot.

I like all kinds of music. I follow Louis Armstrong's philosophy. He said there are only two kinds of music, good music and bad music.
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Post by JamesN. » Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:44 pm

Roncooper wrote:James,

That aria is from Puccini's last opera, Turandot.

I like all kinds of music. I follow Louis Armstrong's philosophy. He said there are only two kinds of music, good music and bad music.

Ron,

I really liked seeing a young Luciano Pavarotti, ( what a powerful performance ). I could not agree more with your statement about Louis Armstrong's philosophy about music. A Jazz artist I use to work with shared a very special story with me about him that's worth mentioning here.

It seems this fellow was playing in the lounge at the hotel that Louie was staying at while booked for a local concert. When stopping by after his earlier performance he was so impressed he went back upstairs and got his horn and came back and sat-in the rest of the evening. My friend told me it was one of the highest compliments he ever experienced in his musical career. A pretty cool thing to happen I thought; to have one of the Jazz greats of all time sitting in with you because he liked what you were doing. 8)
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Post by Roncooper » Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:39 pm

What a great story. Three cheers for Louis that he would actually join in. He was one of a kind.

The story reminded me of another Joni Mitchell song about buskers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bSgoNNQ0m8
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Post by JamesN. » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:06 pm

Roncooper wrote:What a great story. Three cheers for Louis that he would actually join in. He was one of a kind.

The story reminded me of another Joni Mitchell song about buskers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bSgoNNQ0m8

Ron that link is truly one of the most eloquent expressions of what music represents to the human spirit I can think of. I had not heard that song in years and it moved me just as much as it did then. Just now outside my window the birds are calling and singing about the joy of spring that has arrived. I must go and seek it before the moment slips away. Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful piece. 8)
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Post by Roncooper » Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:52 am

I thought I would post another original and cover.

The original is by the incredible Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uThnUmWRCCs

The cover is by Linda Ronstadt, who not only had a great talent, she was also a muse. Just listen to the alto sax.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmu-UUl_dLE
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