…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 albums of the year – check them out if you haven’t: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljzehPvr9zk
(from a separate commenter touting same song: “A great song from 2012 that seems like it could have been written about our current political process.”)
–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
–To which I would add one of the very great endings in Beethoven, an ending that brings audiences to their feet: the Choral Fantasy. I’ve only posted the second part. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
—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. [“Have One’s Day”…nice…JB]
—Two versions of the same piece, played by Sarah Chang and Josh Bell, respectively:
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 ).
—Posted this one on my FB page earlier today, from “Red, White and Blues at the White House:”
The expression on Warren Haynes’ face at the 3:47 mark is priceless.
—Al Jarreau’s version of Dizzy Gillespie’s ‘Groovin’ High’ featuring Al’s lyrics:
Here are the lyrics from Al’s site:
And also some info about Dizzy’s song and its origins:
I love this tune!! Happy Friday!!
–I tried to think of a snarky comment to go along with it but this piece just makes me cry for some reason.