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  1. Mendalla

    I'm singing the blues...

    Or, more accurately, Nahre Sol and LA Buckner are. This week's Sound Field is about the blues and its wide-ranging influence on modern popular music from jazz to rock to country. And it's another terrific episode. And, yes, they do take a stab at writing their own blues tune.
  2. Mendalla

    Some seasonal music

    No, not THAT season. It's way too early. Halloween, which looms in two nights, is the season for this thread. Reilly and Mackenzie Zamber, aka The Hound+The Fox, have been celebrating in style with a couple new videos over the past week. First, a lyric video for their cover of Jack And Sally's...
  3. Mendalla

    Banjos are a twangin'

    I was one of the first subscribers to PBS Digital's YouTube channel Sound Field, a series about music that looks at the art form from a variety of perspectives. It's hosted by two rather diverse musicians, classical pianist Nahre Sol and pop-rock session percussionist LA Buckner. Recent episodes...
  4. Mendalla

    "Legend", my ass

    To be clear, I have been a fan of opera tenor Placido Domingo since at least the release of his pop album Perhaps Love in 1981. The title song, written by the late John Denver and sung as a duet with Denver, is a masterpiece of pop music writing and there are other tracks, sung solo, that use...
  5. Mendalla

    2019 Canada Day music thread

    It's Canada Day weekend and what better time to celebrate the fine music that has come, and is still coming, from Canadian artists. I'll kick it off with an old classic. I first heard Both Sides Now in Grade 5 or 6 when our school choir sang it during a concert we did at a nearby longterm care...
  6. Mendalla

    RIP Andre Previn

    Pianist (in both classical and jazz), composer, conductor Andre Previn has left the world at 89. Born in Germany as Prewin, his Jewish family fled first to Paris and then finally Los Angeles to escape the Nazis. Once in LA, he started his piano career in Hollywood. He moved easily among styles...
  7. Mendalla

    Opera

    I went to the opera today. It was Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro done by the opera program at Western. Obviously, it was not as professional and polished as you'd get at Opera Ontario or the COC, but they do a remarkable job. The leads were good at their roles, they had some nice set pieces...
  8. Mendalla

    RIP, Beard Guy (Walk Off the Earth)

    No. This is not what I expected or wanted to see on Twitter tonight. Mike Taylor of Walk Off the Earth, better known to fans as "Beard Guy," died in his sleep last night. No cause known yet nor do they mention his age. He's the father of two children, one of whom appeared in the band's Christmas...
  9. Mendalla

    Baby it's cold outside banned?

    So, the old chestnut winter standard "Baby It's Cold Outside" has been stirring up controversy in recent times. It's a duet, usually male-female, with the male trying to talk the female into staying with him instead of going home. In the #MeToo era, many are questioning if it is appropriate...
  10. Mendalla

    We need a little Christmas now ... 2018 Christmas Music thread

    It's a bit early but I saw this absolutely adorable video and couldn't resist using it to get our Christmas music thread booted up. Giorgio Michael is the eldest of the three children of Gianni and Sarah of Walk Off the Earth, and the band all appear in the video (Santa is one of them) hence...
  11. Mendalla

    Postmodern Jukebox

    On the surface, Postmodern Jukebox is a weird concept. Take a song from one era and rearrange it in the style of another. However, PMJ founder/arranger/pianist has produced some wonderful music and helped promote some wonderful singers using just that concept. I've posted some of the singers who...
  12. Mendalla

    Live Aid 1985

    Listening to Queen's set from 1985's Live Aid concert event on Youtube and, damn, has it really been 33+ years? One of the best concert events of its kind still. Sure, some of the artists were of the day and are kind of forgotten, but there were also some great performances from some of the...
  13. Mendalla

    Watching art in progress - the musical Milagro

    It isn't exactly a secret that I am a fan of Peter and Evynne Hollens, a married couple with music careers who promote themselves primarily through Youtube channels and Patreon. Both are terrific singers. Evynne's latest project is a fascinating one. She and singer-songwriter Anna Gilbert are...
  14. Mendalla

    The Maple Leaf is Wavin' at the Grammies!!

    Okay, I'm a bit cynical about awards shows and don't generally watch them. However, various outlets that I follow are tweeting them and I've seen a couple Canadian wins that made me smile. First off, the late Leonard Cohen won a posthumous award for best rock performance for "You Want It...
  15. Mendalla

    Random acts of music

    Okay, this is just a thread to post anything musical that catches your fancy. Comment as you wish, but I hope we can keep the discussion on music. This came up in my channel today. It's two of the current members of Celtic Woman with a pair of males singer who I do not know singing the old...
  16. Mendalla

    Christmas Music 2017

    One month today is Boxing Day, so I think it's safe to get the annual WonderChristmas music thread going. I'm not going to split sacred and secular this year, but if someone feels there should be a separate thread for the religious stuff, go for it. To get things going, a couple that came to my...
  17. Mendalla

    Let's rock ...

    Damn it, I need a music thread and I need it now. Just saw the finale from the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and it rocks. Hamilton rockers The Arkells joined by rock legend Randy Bachman for Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" (not Young's best song, but probably his most...
  18. Inannawhimsey

    Symphony of Humanity

    Fellow Convivial Sentients I didnt know where 2 put this marvy piece; it could fit in the AGI thread or Mendalla's Science thread and others Its a quartet. Made by 4 severely motor impaired people hooked up in such a way that their brains play music... 9 minute video with a blurb explaining...
  19. Mendalla

    So, what are you listening to these days?

    What music, radio programs, whatever do you listen to as you go about your day? Could be in the car, at the office, at home as you do things, whatever. On in the car while driving to work and noodling about London: "The Mission" by Styx. Yes, they are still going, with three original members...
  20. Mendalla

    Canada Day Wonderparty!!!!

    So, it's a long weekend for those us still in the working world. Whatcha up to? Anything exciting? Grab a beer out of the coolers over there and a burger off the BBQ (beef is on the right, turkey in the middle, veggie on the left) and let's enjoy some long weekend fun. And I thought I'd get...
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