As readers know, I love a good piano concerto, engagingly played…or, if not that, a really funny one like this from my colleague KR: For this week’s interlude I’ve picked one of Monty Python’s most side-splitting classics (in both senses of the word): Sviatoslav Richter playing that old war-horse, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Putting [...]
So I’m hanging out in the WAMU radio studio the other day waiting to go on the Diane Rehm show, I go to hang up my coat, and who do I run into? No less than the supremely awesome Carole King. I was totally star struck. I gave her a big hug and thanked her [...]
I asked my CBPP colleague PVdW, who I know has great taste in music (because he agrees with me), to choose this week’s interlude. He made an inspired pick that will banish from your mind all the nonsense about which I’ve been writing. And I say that even while spell check wanted me to change [...]
I’ve probably got about 500 CD’s. And I probably listen to about 30 of them. I used to feel bad about that but I’ve concluded that life is short and getting shorter, so I might as well listen to the stuff that I love the most. Anyway, for an album CD to make it into my top [...]
Here I was, about to head into the weekend without a musical interlude when my colleague MB came up with this awesome Caribbean jam: “On the heels of Mardi Gras in the US and Carnival in various countries, I thought it might be fun to honor those celebrations with a little calypso from Trinidad <<< [...]
It was my very good fortune to spend yesterday afternoon listening to our local symphony perform Mozart’s 4th violin concerto (the Alexander Symphony with the very able soloist Claudia Chudacoff). The second movement just carried me as far away from sequestration and the like as I could go and still be back with you here [...]
…to which I’ll be adding throughout the day: –Benny Goodman – Moonglow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00i1DoS4suU My Grandfather recently passed and this was one of his favorite songs. –It’s Friday, and yes I’m ready to rock!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvmkrazCm_s I dedicate this one to Austerians everywhere… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyzU0IvxKq8 (why didn’t I think of that?? JB) –Great song from one of the best [...]
In the comments section, post a link to an online song or symphony or rap or whatever (as long as it’s music) and a one-sentence comment describing why you like it enough to have it posted on these hallowed grounds. I’ll try to post them all later, depending on supply and demand. Remember, OTE is [...]
Even as the labor market expanded in 2012, union membership fell again, both in the private and public sectors, according to data released this morning by the BLS. –Among all workers, 11.3%, or 14.4 million were union members in 2012, compared to 11.8% (14.8 million) in 2011. –The share of union members in the public [...]
I heard this Mozart piano quartet–one of my absolute favs–in the car the other day and I’m once again obsessed with it, an obsession I hope you share with me. Here’s the first movement played by a quartet who I thought does a wonderful job with it. A few things to watch out for: –the [...]
My main man CW offered the following Buddy Guy/John Mayer feature, Feels Like Rain. Which, after listening to the first few bars of Buddy’s killer solo, I must say I wholeheartedly endorse.–JB When two blues greats get together and feed off of each other, it’s nothing short of spectacular. In this case, the artists and styles [...]
We went to see the Arena Stage’s production of My Fair Lady, a show which boasts some of the most perfect music/lyrics ever staged. Here’s a couple of my favorite numbers but feel free to add others–and there are many more wonderful tunes here–in the comments. “Kick up a rumpus, But don’t lose the compass, [...]
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got young kids who for some reason would rather listen to pop radio than NPR when we’re in the car. The upside is that I get to hear some great material that you don’t get on Morning Edition. Here’s Want U Back by Cher Lloyd–play it loud…I know we’re a [...]
In our house, the holiday season officially begins with the playing of these absolutely classic versions of a couple of carols sung by the incomparably soulful Lou Rawls. First, we have that funky little drummer boy–be sure to listen on good speakers or with headphones, so you can hear the bass man kickin’ it. Second, [...]
Here’s my favorite version of the great Irish story of love in the garden where the praties (potatoes) grow, sung by the quintessential Irish tenor, John McCormack. Sure to put a smile on the faces of all me lads and lasses. “Nor did she wear a chignon I’d have you all to know And I [...]
While sitting in Starbucks last night borrowing some electricity and some wireless, they hit me with this deeply grooving jam–Blues for J–by the master of the Hammond B-3, Jimmy Smith, with Kenny Burrell (g) and Grady Tate (d). Check it out and if it doesn’t get your toes tappin,’ see your doctor immediately.
This being Sunday, you probably want to listen to a mass. I’ve previously posted excerpts from the Bach B-Minor Mass which many quite reasonably consider the king of the genre. But I love Mozart’s Coronation Mass just as much…I try to listen to it every few months just to realign my cellular structure. Here are [...]
Stumbled on this wonderful old Steve Miller song, Seasons, guaranteed to thoroughly mellow you out. I had this album back in 1969 when I was 14 and I still remember all the songs like it was yesterday. My musical memory is much better than my other memory.
So maybe if I post it up here I can clear out some much-needed space in the aging noodle. It’s that classic ballad–They Say It’s Wonderful–sung by Doris Day in a slice of pure Americana. If you’re wound up about something, take a few minutes of this and call me in the morning.
I know–it’s only Wednesday…why a musical interlude…aren’t they reserved for Friday? It’s because I was talking to my pal GL about the idea of variations on a theme and she’d never heard one. So I snapped into action and found this lovely treatment of Mozart’s variations on Twinkle, Twinkle. It’s just so damn charming that [...]
[Outsourced to GL, age 22...that's right...this is part of my ongoing research into:] What The Kids Are Listening to These Days! I’m going to shake things up a bit around here with my Friday Musical Interlude guest spot — while Jared typically keeps things in the jazz or classic family [um...I have, on many occassions, [...]
A friend just shared this CD of a 1967 recoding by Lee Morgan and a bunch of jazz greats, including a young Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. I love this little minor blues, especially Herbie and Wayne’s solos. Wayne sounds to me like a space ship exploring the galaxy and touching down on interesting planets every [...]
In honor of both that plucky little space rover, Curiosity, and space-cadet commander MB, this week’s interlude offers a couple of funky jams from beyond earth’s stratosphere. First, here’s Billy Preston’s Outta Space, which I understand is what Curiosity plays on its headphones as it goes around taking pictures up there on Mars. Second, for [...]
A few folks want to know what happened to the Friday music interlude. Well, here it is—a day late, but worth waiting for. In honor of those incredibly speedy Jamaicans, a paean to the red, gold, black, and green flag from the great Reggae band Steel Pulse. Libertation! True Democracy!