Music

Friday’s Drive Home with Natural…

…not much to be said but turn it up full blast and enjoy the drive on the highway home!

I thoroughly enjoy this one…Natural by Imagine Dragons. It also has some “sentimental value” with a very specific time/association in my life…you know, when a piece of music coincides with life and thus becoming forever intertwined?

(Video might be disturbing to some so maybe just listen)

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Friday’s drive home with Danger Zone

This is such a wonderful song to just turn up the volume and put your foot down (ok, not really as speeding fines here are just way too expensive) driving home after a satisfying day at work. Gosh…I remember those days of Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer…how young they were (as were we). And Meg Ryan! You’ve got to love those 80s movies…

Well…moving along swiftly…here’s Kenny Loggins with Danger Zone:

 

Musical Notes: Path (Apocalyptica)

I had the privilege of seeing Finnish band Apocalyptica in 2008 at The House of Blues in Las Vegas. And oh, what a superb concert it was. A perfect size venue with a huge amount of musical atmosphere. Brilliant! For me, it is always so inspiring to see other classically trained musicians (the three cellists are all graduates of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki) make it in the rock and/or pop (or whatever derivative genre) music world.

I’ve always enjoyed their works and this one is no different. But what I quite enjoy here is the visual “mood”…their engagement with each other (or lack thereof) until finally, so it appears, Eicca Toppinen (front right) cracks a smile. Just watch the faces. Oh…the playing is great too!

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)

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)

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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.