Happy Thanksgiving, Y’All!

Here are the mellifluous guys from Cantus weighing in with my general sentiments for the season. Enjoy your Thanksgiving week(end)! ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill be in the valley [Read More…]

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Now THIS Is What Coldness Sounds Like!

An onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like the thing it’s describing, right? But what do you call an entire musical piece that does the same thing? Well, I call it “What Power Art Thou Who From Below.” And it comes from Henry Purcell’s opera, “King Arthur: The British Worthy.” What power art thou, who from [Read More…]

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Celebrating Javier Navarrete’s Patchwork Score for “The Warrior’s Way”

Fun Susanka Fact o’ the Day: I have (and have always had) an inordinate soft spot for mashups and homages, especially when it comes to movies and music. I love the little “Ah-HAH!” moment that comes from recognizing something you’ve seen somewhere else; the little thrill of being “on the inside,” a knowing part of the Intellegentia. [Read More…]

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SSF: “The Monk and the Fish”

Today’s short crossed my path this past weekend courtesy of a Facebook friend to whom I am now immensely grateful. I’d never seen it before. Never even heard of it, in fact. Which is flat-out inexcusable, given how much I love its creator (Michaël Dudok De Wit, whose Father and Daughter is 100% — maybe even [Read More…]

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Ned Devine’s Parting Glass

Take a drink and remember the man. And raise your spirits to the sky. Raise them to Ned Devine. God bless you Ned, and may we be forever in your debt. My Patheos confrère, Kate O’Hare, posted this great Tullamore Dew ad over the weekend. It’s not new, as she mentions. But it’s always welcome, for [Read More…]

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No Commentary Necessary — Sir David Attenborough Narrates Adele’s “Hello”

As a huge fan of Sir David’s VO and documentary work, this is pretty much exactly what I would have expected. In other words, it’s pretty much perfect. Adele’s Hello video gets the Sir David Attenborough voice over treatment on Greg James. [Read more…]

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The Surprising Link Between Lucretius’ “On the Nature of Things” and Ridley Scott’s “The Martian”

Here’s a fun account of (some of) the thoughts that went into the music behind Scott’s highly-successful The Martian — an account (via Daniel Schweigber’s interview with composer Harry Gregson-Williams over at Film Music Magazine) that features a surprise cameo from Rome’s very own Lucretius: A key area for me was how to play “us” looking on at him as [Read More…]

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More (Inexplicably) Obscure French Baroque Music

This was playing during the last 15 minutes of my Journey Back From Gallup yesterday. It’s the first movement of a sonata by French violinist and composer Jean-Joseph de Mondonville (who is also known as Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, just in case the first moniker seemed too terse to anyone), and it’s really, really fine [Read More…]

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A Handful Of Mighty Musical Hunters

That’s Alaric Rokko Jans’ score for David Mamet’s astonishingly (and unfairly) obscure period film, The Winslow Boy. Adapted by Mamet from Terence Rattigan’s 1940’s play of the same name, it’s a really fine piece of work. And the score is a perfect fit for the mood and tone of the film. (“Tone.” Heh.) [Read more…]

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Parked By the Jukebox with The Pennywhistlers and “Run Come See”

What am I listening to today, you ask? “Run, Come See Jerusalem,” an old Bahamian Song by (maybe?) Blind Blake Higgs, about the Great Hurricane of 1929 and the sinking of a ship named The Pretoria (if I understand the lyrics/what’s going on). This one’s from The Pennywhistlers, which (if Wikipedia can be trusted) were “an [Read More…]

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