Music

Musical Notes: Uprising (Muse)

Wow, another week is over. And with that, here’s one of my favourite pieces…it has a wonderful sound…and the lyrics…well, we won’t go into them today. But, Muse, starting out as three kids trying to keep out of trouble, is always worth listening to. Here Uprising…

Have an awesome start to the weekend…

(oh, the music video might be a bit too creepy for some…maybe just listen)

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Cameron Carpenter…modern organist of note

I love to play Bach. His piano works are absolutely wonderful but pulling out all the stops on the organ used to give me such a power kick. Such an amazing feeling. And I often miss giving my fingers and feet a good workout on my favourite instrument. I haven’t played in years but when I did I used to get such joy out of adding a modern slant to the pieces. Well..as I don’t really have a chance to play at the moment, listening to Cameron Carpenter is the next best option. Having recently seen him in live action at the KKL Luzern, I was just blown away by this wonderful artist and his international touring organ. Oh what a performance he gave. (Get rid of any preconceived ideas of boring organ music)

Marshall&Ogletree opus 8 - molto dramatico

Bach’s Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) had each of the 30 variations presented with a unique Carpenter-spin on it. Well, many might not appreciate this as a number of “purists” walked out fairly early on. What a pity. Isn’t art about personal interpretation? Anyway…each to their own. After interval, followed a contrasting Symphony Nr 2 (Romantic) by Howard Hanson and arranged for organ by Cameron Carpenter. It was so vivid that one could picture a movie unfold in the mind. Just stunning! I wish it hadn’t ended.

Well…here one of my favourite pieces by my favourite organist, albeit not what I heard at the KKL or on the touring organ…but hey… (turn up the volume to the full!):

Oh well…addendum…just found this performed on the touring organ…sigh…wonderful:

Beautifully haunting…

La Nuit de la Saint Barthélémy. I was first introduced to parts of this piece through my review of La Reine Margot (here). I’ve now heard it in its wonderful entirety. There’s this beautiful surreal feel to it. Just stunning. Composed by Goran Bregović, the music to this film was apparently the reason for entry to the Cannes Film Festival. I absolutely love the combination of sounds and, dare I say, effects. And some of those chord progressions…! With that underlying relentlessness… ah, have a listen – it will be better than I can explain…

 

Awesome Piece of Music – from the Slow West Trailer

So…how cool is this piece of music I stumbled over last night while giving the trailer of one of my favourite westerns, Slow West (2015), a watch…

Have a listen here –  this song (Come Alive by Hanni El Khatib) just rocks! It works so nicely in the trailer (further down).

If you haven’t seen this one, oh boy, give it a go…

Ahhh, what a movie. Refreshing. Brilliant. I was glued from beginning to end. Acting, cinematography, music…everything just right. Once again, a moderate-paced western (seems to be the trend these days) but not for a moment did Slow West ever feel slow. Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) comes to America from Scotland to find his true love. Having managed on his own so far yet still “wet behind the ears” he comes across Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender) (or, maybe it is Silas who comes across Jay), an outlaw, who so kindly offers to guide him across the dangerous country (naturally there are ulterior motives). Well, they encounter some interesting characters and things are, obviously, not what the seem. I did not see the ending of this one coming. Definitely one for the collection. Here’s the trailer to give you an idea…Michael Fassbender brilliant as ever. As is Ben Mendelsohn.

Musical Notes: Take a Bow (Cherry Pill)

It’s about time I send something musical your way that is very close to me. With an awesome sound like this…something unique and different…you can’t say I’m biased just because these two are very close friends of mine. “Roar” and “K”, love your sound. Love your music. Miss you guys.

Enjoy…Take a Bow…

Musical Notes (and Tribute): Breathe and Firestarter (The Prodigy)

Here one of the pieces that take me down memory lane of my student days…Breathe by The Prodigy. Front-man Keith Flint was today found dead in his home. Album The Fat of the Land had some interesting tracks…while not always “easy” listening, I always enjoyed what The Prodigy brought to music. Weird…I’ve been listening to it quite a bit in the car recently…here Breathe…

oh sod it…here Firestarter too…