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Poetry Set to Music: “The Hypno-Domme Speaks, and Speaks and Speaks,” by Patricia Lockwood

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May 20, 2017

The text: The Hypno-Domme Speaks, and Speaks and Speaks, by Patricia Lockwood [Source: Poetry (December 2013)] Music for mezzo-soprano and computer: Jennifer Beattie, mezzo-soprano; Jason Charney, music/recording; Poem by Patricia Lockwood

Flamenco: Tomatito Performs “Pa la Pimpi” Live

The amazing flamenco guitarist José Fernández Torres (Tomatito) is joined here by his daughter, Mari Ángeles Fernández Torres, on vocals.

Piano Jazz: Vijay Iyer Trio Live in Studio, Playing Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”

Recorded at KPLU Studios, February 2011.  An awesome live performance of the jazz trio’s interpretation of Michael Jackson’s 1983 single, “Human Nature.”

Track of the Day: The Statler Brothers, Flowers on the Wall

Now don’t tell me I’ve nothing to do…  

Daniil Trifonov, Verbier 2012 performance. Plus a few words on his Nov. 2016 Kauffman Center concert in Kansas City

Daniil Trifonov plays Chopin, Debussy, and Stravinsky at the 2012 Verbier festival in this video (not mine, just found it out there in the wild). I added a track list below.  (The SoundHound app is great for digging up information on pieces you know but can’t recall the name of). 0:00  Chopin. Étude, Op. 10 No. 11… Read More ›

Track of the Day: Fleet Foxes, The Shrine/An Argument (BBC Maida Vale Session). Plus a few words on Yeats.

My favorite among the Fleet Foxes songs from the sessions recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios (actually, among any of their recordings).  This one has a transcendent quality; everything is still for a little while when it ends.  For me, anyway. I find myself charmed by the little inner reference to Yeats’ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” it’s done sweetly and without… Read More ›

Betty Boop: Snow White (1933)

Featuring a surreal version of one of my favorite jazz standards, “St. James Infirmary,” performed by a frequently morphing, animated Cab Calloway stand-in (starting at 4:17).  Music by Cab Calloway and his orchestra.

Track of the Day: Fleet Foxes, Montezuma (BBC Maida Vale Session)

I prefer this version of the song even above the version on their album Helplessness Blues (if you use Spotify, you can use the link to go right to the album).  Maybe one part of my fondness for this song stems from the fact that I grew up in a town called Montezuma. Only part of it, though; for… Read More ›

Richter plays Ravel, “Le Gibet.” Plus some thoughts on French Romantic poetry.

Sviatoslav Richter playing Maurice Ravel’s “Le Gibet,” the second of the suite of pieces for solo piano titled Gaspard de la Nuit: Trois poèmes pour piano d’après Aloysius Bertrand.  Recorded live in Moscow, 1954. “Le gibet” is composed around a grisly subject: in the original poem, the dead occupant of the gibbet (gallows) is described in painstakingly lurid detail.  The poem seems to… Read More ›

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