Amazing Grace (RIP Chris Squire)

A tribute to Chris Squire, the bassist of Yes, a founding member and the only persistent member throughout the band’s history, who passed away recently. The video begins with the song Whitefish and then transitions at the end into Jon Anderson singing Amazing Grace. It seems like such a fitting tribute. The solo Whitefish is one [Read More…]

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Capitalization Matters

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Genesis: The Cinema Show

Recently brainstorming with colleagues, I mentioned to one who teaches Classics that there are references to classical literature in really old Genesis lyrics, such as “The Cinema Show.” And since it also contains one of my favorite keyboard solos to play at the end, here it is. And if, like my colleague, you are a [Read More…]

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Amazing Grace performed by Neal Schon

I just happened to come across this video of Neal Schon performing the tune to Amazing Grace as a guitar solo. Then the entire band Journey, with Arnel Pineda on lead vocals, then performs “Who’s Crying Now?” [Read more…]

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Meditation from Thais

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Time and Relative Dimensions in ROCK

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Hail the Conquering Hero

Here’s my son making his first solo French horn performance, accompanied by me on the piano. The piece is “Hail the Conquering Hero” from Judas Maccabaeus by Georg Friedrich Händel, in the arrangement by Arthur Frackenpohl. The melody is probably more familiar to some as the tune from the hymn “Thine Be The Glory” (among English [Read More…]

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The Greatest Rock Keyboardists

As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the topics of discussion in our car ride to and from Holiday World yesterday was great rock musicians. Those in the car with me were at best vaguely familiar with some of the keyboardists that immediately came to my mind, in some cases in spite of [Read More…]

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