Friday Musical Interlude: Readers’ Choice!

January 25th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

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 a family blog, so please keep it clean-ish.

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11 comments in reply to "Friday Musical Interlude: Readers’ Choice!"

  1. Ken Houghton says:

    “so please keep it clean-ish.”

    Oh, well.

    A classic, made all the more poignant since HSBC’s admitted drug-money-laundering will not be prosecuted: “A businessman gets caught/With 24 kilos/He’s out on bail and out of jail/And that’s the way it goes.” (Not to mention a great dance tune: White Lines.

    We talk about Classical Music as if it weren’t being created today, and as if the lineage from Bartok to King Crimson didn’t exist.

    And one for those who want to change Social Security: “Now I’m 77 and with G-d as my Witness/I earned every dollar that passed through my hands”: Minutes to Memories.


  2. Mike says:

    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


  3. Patrick Kenney says:

    Benny Goodman – Moonglow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00i1DoS4suU

    My Grandfather recently passed and this was on of his favorite songs.


  4. Josh says:

    Tame Impala- Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wycjnCCgUes)

    A great song from 2012 that seems like it could have been written about our current political process.


  5. Jim D says:

    Beethoven: Prometheus Overture

    The first fifteen seconds deliver the most powerfully dramatic opening in classical music, period — you can’t *not* feel excited after something like that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vcPkUfRAzY


  6. readerOfTeaLeaves says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afrwtA_Bfc8
    My kids got me hooked on KPop (Korean Pop) and this song, ‘SEOUL’, is done by two of the biggest Korean groups (“Super Junior” and “Girls Generation”); no wonder Samsung is going gangbusters these days.


  7. Allen says:

    Al Jarreau’s version of Dizzy Gillespie’s ‘Groovin’ High’ featuring Al’s lyrics:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3km95QOMyao

    Here are the lyrics from Al’s site:

    http://www.aljarreau.com/albumdetail.php?alb=accentuate_the_positive&song=09

    And also some info about Dizzy’s song and its origins:

    http://www.jazzstandards.com/compositions-1/groovinhigh.htm

    I love this tune!! Happy Friday!!


  8. Rick Schaut says:

    Posted this one on my FB page earlier today, from “Red, White and Blues at the White House:”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2burpTQSDMA

    The expression on Warren Haynes’ face at the 3:47 mark is priceless.


  9. Auros says:

    Two versions of the same piece, played by Sarah Chang and Josh Bell, respectively:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss1URTJYlfQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMhQ_aXBhJA

    This is the Méditation de Thaïs, from the opera Thaïs by Jules Massenet. I’m not sure I can put into words why I love it; the music speaks for itself. It’s not clearly a “sad” or “happy” piece. It flows between a sensuality that’s almost erotic, and a kind of holy purity. Mostly, it is simply, breathtakingly, ecstatically _beautiful_.

    The Chang performance is live, which means the recording’s not as clean, but you get to see the physicality of the performance. Josh Bell is one of the best violinists alive today (and responsible for the awesome Metro Busking story — http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html ).


  10. Dilip says:

    It looks like the deadline has elapsed but I’d still like to submit this piece for consideration :-)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UcfRzCdmMs

    I tried to think of a snarky comment to go along with it but this piece just makes me cry for some reason :-)


  11. Dilip says:

    I actually meant to link to this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWPO0J2NWGw

    but really both of them put me to sleep which is probably what everyone should do and hope Congress has figured things out by the time we wake up.


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