Music for today

January 23, 2010

Everything Changes – Sheila Brody

You take a chance, you throw the dice
You risk it all, it’s just a part of life
You hold on tight, to what you know
You can’t hold back, you gotta let it go
Every little step that you embrace
One road ends, another begins and
Takes you to a better place

The End of the End – Paul McCartney

At the end of the end
it’s the start of a journey
to a much better place
and this wasn’t bad
so a much better place
Would have to be special
No need to be sad

Money Changes Everything – Cyndi Lauper

Money changes everything
Money, money changes everything
We think we know what we’re doin’
That don’t mean a thing
It’s all in the past now
Money changes everything

Changes – David Bowie
Hunky Dory, 1972

(Turn and face the strange)
Dont want to be a richer man
(Turn and face the strange)
Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

Sunday – David Bowie

In your fear
Of what we have become
Take to the fire
Now we must burn
All that we are
Rise together
Through these clouds
As on wings

Changes – Benny Goodman

There’ll be a change in the weather, a change in the sea.
Before long there’ll be a change in me.
My walk will be diff’rent, my talk and my name,
Ain’t nothin’ about me is gonna to be the same.
I’m goin’ to change my way of livin’, boys, (if) that ain’t enough,
Well then I’ll change the way I strut my stuff,
Nobody wants you when you’re old and gray.
There’ll be some changes made to-daaay.
There’ll be some changes made.


♪ Nuevo Flamenco and Reggaeton ♪

April 6, 2008

Jeff Tamarkin: "Simply labeling Barcelona‘s Ojos de Brujo a nuevo flamenco group is a
little like calling Disney World an amusement park: it’s way too
inadequate a description."
OdB is available at This music recommendation is specifically targeted to Alan Adamson, who enjoyed Bach por Flamenco. Coincidentally, Alan lives in Canada, and my favorite classical guitarist is Daniel Cox from Edmonton. Unfortunately as far as I can tell, Cox isn’t recording now. He produced several albums during the early days of when its business model was to give all the music free, and hope a few people would, like me, also buy some CD’s of the same music in the hope that some of the money would make its way back to the artist and encourage them to keep playing.

Pick two is the Reggaeton Kings, also on Fortunate name for the band. If you’ve heard some Reggaeton and would like some more, where do you find it? In the old days you’d ask the knowledgeable clerk at the local record store. (Are you old enough to remember what a record store was?) The emusic categories are far too crude to find it. You could search for Don Omar, and along with some music find postings by purists sniffing that Don Omar isn’t real Reggaeton. Or you can just search for the word, and the Kings come up. I’m surely missing lots of Reggaeton from bands with less fortunate names, but that’s okay because the Kings are as the album cover says, Lo Mejor.


Some Country Music

February 10, 2008

Today’s music is country. Start old timey with Merle Haggard, The Bottle Let Me Down, and Okie from Muskogee, both on eMusic. Next for the anti Okie from Muskogee there’s Ray Wylie Hubbard singing Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother, on iTunes. Then for more from Oklahoma, the traditional Red River Valley by Johnny Williams and the Playboys, on eMusic; the modern country Okie Skies by the Bays Brothers (no relation) on eMusic; and some Austin style Western Swing: Asleep at the Wheel, Take Me Back to Tulsa, and Cotton-Eyed Joe, on eMusic. Next head north to Alberta for Big Boned Gal by k.d. lang, on iTunes. Then go south to Sinoloa for Compadres in the Old Sierra Madre by The Waybacks, on eMusic. Then some bluesy country, Flyin Shoes by Townes Van Zandt, on eMusic. Finish up with crossover country by the Dixie Chicks, Not Ready to Make Nice, on iTunes. But get the music video; it’s excellent.

music pick – free classical downloads

January 11, 2008

Today’s music pick is an eclectic collection of classical tracks, FREE from the BIS label to celebrate their 35th anniversary.

Johann Sebastian Bach | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Ludwig Van Beethoven | Edvard Grieg | Antonio Vivaldi | Alexander Scriabin | Silvius Leopold Weiss | Francesco Canova da Milano | Francisco de la Torre | Georg Christoph Wagenseil | Benjamin Godard | Michael Praetorius | Christian Lindberg | Jacob van Eyck | Oystein Baadsvik | George Frideric Handel

Download all 27 tracks – 2 hours of music. C’mon, you took the Vivaldi Four Seasons, so go ahead and take the tuba solo too. I suppose the point of giving it away is that we’ll listen to it and discover some artists and composers we like, and buy some more. The Four Seasons interpretation by the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble strikes me wrong, and I realize it’s because it’s different from the recording I always listen to. But it’s that expectation that’s wrong. Music isn’t meant to be identical at every listening. Live music is best. But when an iPod is all we have, then at least we might mix up a few different recordings of the same piece. We might make some new favorites.

eMusic usually has an assortment of free downloads in different genres. Here’s one that’s not free but might as well be: house music trance performer Peter Rauhofer live at the Roxy. Each track is over 70 minutes and counts as one download. Less than half a cent per minute. I won’t be able to say whether I like it or not until I spend, say, 35 minutes listening. But I’ve complained about 30 second preview clips being too short to judge music, so at half a cent per minute I’ll give Rauhofer a try.


Buscemi: Retro Nuevo

December 10, 2007

I found Buscemi’s Sahib Balkan while looking for something else, listened to a bit more of their music, and ended up getting the entire Retro Nuevo album. You can hear influences from house music, Brazilian, African, and Middle Eastern music. However, Buscemi is really Dirk Swartenbroekx, from Belgium. Since Fay Lovsky is the only female singer credited, she must have a very wide range. 


Bach por flamenco

November 15, 2007

Today’s music is Bach por flamenco by Miriam Méndez, a pianist and composer from Seville who studied with Riccardo Chailly. In SPEC we have fair use rules regarding competitive performance claims. If you say your system is the fastest, you must say the fastest what. For example I couldn’t just claim that UltraSPARC T2 is fastest on a high performance computing benchmark without mentioning that is in comparison to other single chip systems and telling where the data came from, thus allowing the reader to easily see that there are faster multi-chip systems. Often the subsets make sense in terms of real customer needs. But sometimes the descriptions of the class of results being compared becomes rather strained as marketers from many companies try to find some delineation that will allow them to claim the #1 spot.

With that in mind, let me state unequivocally that Méndez’ is the best flamenco interpretation of the Bach preludes and fugues that I have ever heard! And if you can’t imagine such a thing, all the more reason to take a listen. It’s quite nice to listen to – one of those unusual combinations that seems natural once you hear it.


songs for today

October 28, 2007

Music recommendations for today: Season of the Witch, by Donovan; followed by Handel’s Water Music, both available on