Because Blacksmiths Are Musicians, Too. Sort Of.

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I have been obliged to publish some of the following Lessons, because surrepticious and incorrect Copies of them had got Abroad. I have added several new ones to make the Work more useful, which if it meets with a favourable Reception; I will still proceed to publish more, reckoning it my duty, with my Small [Read More...]

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Today’s Shocking Internet Discovery

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OK, so “shocking” might not be the word everyone would use for something like this, but just stay with me for a minute… Today, as I was poking around on the InterWebs for some music to edit to – Note to Self: Editing to Cling Mansell’s “Death Is The Road To Awe” makes me feel like The Most [Read More...]

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Yes, You’re Right. John Williams Is A Magician, Basically.

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Filtering out the noise to clearly see what the story needs is a lesson every great filmmaker has learned. As someone greatly intrigued by the role (and importance) of music in movies, I find myself grateful yet again for the legendary John Williams and the (original, of course) Star Wars films. No, I’m not talking about The Auralnauts’ [Read More...]

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Dancing Along To Grainger Playing Grainger

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Another example of one of my favorite pet categories: Artist(s) Performing Their Own Work(s). Only in this case, it’s not words (like most of the things I’ve found). It’s music. Percy Grainger’s, specifically. The crazy Australian composer and pianist. (Note: I say crazy because of his hair…and his tempos. Not because I have any reason to think [Read More...]

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Djembe Therapy. It’s Good For What Ails You. I Promise.

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I’ve been saving this one for a while, but I decided to bust it out today for no particular reason except that I love it and it makes me smile every time I see it and I’m all about the smiles right now. Oh, and also because James got to play a djembe with the [Read More...]

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Heinrich von Herzogenberg Is My Latest Musical Discovery

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Let’s be precise. We’re not talking about just any von Herzogenberg; we’re talking about “Heinrich Picot de Peccaduc, Freiherr von Herzogenberg,” “an Austrian composer and conductor descended from a French aristocratic family.” Two historical facts of particular note: Early on he was attracted to the music of Richard Wagner, but after studying J. S. Bach‘s works he became [Read More...]

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What The 4th Of July Always Sounds Like (To Me)

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Earlier this week, I mentioned John Philip Sousa’s unmatched compositional contributions to the sounds of the Fourth of July. So I suppose now’s the ideal time for me to admit that despite the almost-relentless performance of his “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the sound that I will always associate with today’s holiday is not “SaSF.” Or any [Read More...]

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Gearing Up For The 4th With America’s March King

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There are few names as inextricably linked with the Fourth of July as that of John Philip Sousa. Even those for whom the name means nothing will almost certainly recognize his “Stars and Stripes Forever” after only a few bars. That piece will be playing on a loop from now ’til Sunday morning. (It’s the National March, you’ll [Read More...]

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Music For When It’s All Just A Bit Too Much

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For me, “escape” usually means movies. But sometimes, I just need a quick fix. And then, it’s music that does the trick. If you’re in the “Today’s Just Too Much” camp with me, here’s a little something to help. Crank up the volume. Put on some good headphones (if you’ve got ‘em). And maybe even close your eyes. It’s wonderfully transportive music. [Read more...]

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My Most Powerful Memory of Mr. James Horner

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And then, as the words faded from the screen, I heard this — eulogistic, yes, but a eulogy filled with peace, with pride, and with hope. Mr. Horner had penned something as essential to my ability to digest and respond to the film as were the images themselves. It was perfect. [Read more...]

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