Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Choral Interlude – Franz Schubert – Messe G-dur I: Kyrie

Guess who is singing this mass. 🙂 Just the Kyrie for today, the soporano soloist is quite good.  Enjoy. 🙂

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Ken Ham

Ah, 2018 opens with a intelligently compelling argument brought to you by none other than the nigh-famous Ken Ham.  (Folks, I think may have fused my cortex writing the words intelligently and compelling in the same sentence as Ken Ham). Filed under: Music Tagged: Religion, The DWR Sunday Relgious Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Haydn’s Nelson Mass

I’ve found a much better version of one of my favorite masses.  The soprano soloist is amazing in this version. Haydn’s chief biographer, H. C. Robbins Landon, has written that this mass “is arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition”.[1] Written in 1798, it is one of the six late masses by Haydn for the Esterhazy family ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A New Year’s Resolution That’s Actually Fun!

I am so pleased to host this guest post by writer, Karen Weeks. Karen perfectly captures why the arts are so important to us all – at any age! I’ve witnessed the healing power of music in my own life and in the lives of everyone I love. So why not make 2018 the year ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – .S. Bach WO – BWV 248 Teil1 “Jauchzet frohlocket “

It’s a repeat, but I like this performance better and really, no such thing as too much Bach. 🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: 248, Bach, Bach – Fugue in G minor BWV 578, The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The Imperial March – A Musical Analysis

I understand about a third of what he’s talking about. Music theory is complicated. :/ A great video though. 🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: John Williams, Music Theory, The Imperial March

wmtc: listening to joni: #3: ladies of the canyon

Ladies of the Canyon, 1970 Original Front Cover I put this album on for the first time in probably three decades, and I thought, ah, here’s Joni. Ladies of the Canyon, Joni’s third album, is the first time we hear the seeds of the future Joni, the first glimpses of elements in her music which ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Handel – Tochter Zion

Filed under: Music Tagged: Handal, The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude, Zion’s Daughter

wmtc: listening to joni: footnote #2

I decided to solve the problem of over-interpretation of lyrics in Reckless Daughter (described here) by putting down the book. I’ll go back to it in the future. For now the listening project is more interesting and absorbing to me than reading the biography. This means I’ll review the two books on the nonfiction book ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Bach Christmas Oratorio Excerpt – BWV 248; No. 1: Part I,

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248; No. 1: Part I, Chorus: Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf preiset die. Filed under: Music Tagged: auf preiset die, BWV 248; No. 1: Part I, Chorus: Jauchzet, Christmas Oratorio, frohlocket, The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude

wmtc: listening to joni: footnote #1

Reading the biography Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell while doing this re-listening project is proving to be an obstacle. In general I’m enjoying the book. I love learning more about the artist who created the most meaningful music in my life, and about the woman I have always considered a personal role model. I love ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Jazz Interlude – Christmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi

We happen to be singing an arrangement/medley of this piece this year in choir.  Welcome folks and here is wishing to a nice smooth December to you all. Filed under: Music Tagged: Christmas Time Is Here, The DWR Friday Jazz Interlude

wmtc: listening to joni: #2: clouds

Clouds, 1969 Clouds, front cover Listening to Clouds was a strange experience for me: I didn’t know the album! I know every note of every album Joni has recorded since then, but this one was foreign. Of course I know the famous songs from this album — “Chelsea Morning,” “That Song About the Midway,” and “Both Sides, ...

wmtc: listening to joni: #1: joni mitchell (song to a seagull)

This is my first post in my re-listen to the music of Joni Mitchell in chronological order of album release. These posts come with all kinds of disclaimers, chiefly that I don’t know what I’m doing. I wanted to write about the two Reckless Daughter books before starting on these posts, but I’m ready to move on ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Meta Musical Interlude – Eye Tracking A Pianist

Being a piano student and slowly learning the craft I found it fascinating to see the differences between how two pianists tackled and tracked their music. Filed under: Music, Technology and Computers Tagged: Eye Tracking, The DWR Friday Meta Musical Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Classical Interlude – Piano Piece with Perfect Harmony

Filed under: Music Tagged: Perfect Harmony, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Bach – Fugue in G minor BWV 578

Pipe organ music that kicks your ears up, but in a good way. 🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: Bach – Fugue in G minor BWV 578, The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude

wmtc: listening to joni: a new wmtc feature

Two new books about Joni Mitchell have come out, with — strangely — the same title. Reckless Daughter: A Joni Mitchell Anthology, edited by Barney Hoskyns, is a collection of stories about Joni* and reviews of her work. It’s part of an ongoing collection called Rock’s Backpages, which looks at rock through accomplished music writers ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – J.S. Bach Praeludium in c minor, BWV 546

The sombre clarity of the pipe organ. Filed under: Music Tagged: BWV 546, J.S. Bach Praeludium in c minor, The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Telemann – Harpsichord Concerto in B Minor TWV 33:A1

One can only dabble with the current popular music for so long. Today, it is back to the Baroque with Telemann and a wonderful harpsichord concerto. Telemann’s Concerto in B minor App. TWV 33:1. This work originally was scored for violin and orchestra (now lost) and today exists only in the composer’s own harpsichord arrangement. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Loss For Canada And Our World

Gord Downie was the pride of our nation: Chantal Kreviazuk https://t.co/BnNLhznllF — chantal (@chantalkreviaz) October 20, 2017 He's our Rock Pounding Father of Canadian music, and he's gone. https://t.co/UHsCnPR2lR — Saskboy (@saskboy) October 18, 2017

Song of the Watermelon: 9 Favourite Tragically Hip Songs

I’ve never considered myself a Tragically Hip superfan, but in the wake of singer Gord Downie’s passing last night, it is hard not to feel impacted. The group produced many great songs over its three-decade career (as well as a few not-so-great ones) and gradually cemented its status as “Canada’s band.” Downie himself was a ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Musical Interlude – Prelude to War – Bear Mccreary

Bear Mccreary loves Taiko drumming. So say we all. This track was first played on the re-imagined “Battlestar Galactica” television series during the season 2 episode “Pegasus”, for its final, climactic scene. After Battlestar Galactica Flight Deck Chief Galen Tyrol and Pilot Karl Agathon are arrested, on the orders of Fleet Admiral Helena Cain, for ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Classical Music Interlude – Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor – Cursed?

I love it when the CBC puts together some fascinating historical tidbits about the music I enjoy. Filed under: Music Tagged: CBC, Cursed?, Mozart Requiem, The DWR Friday Classical Music Interlude

wmtc: rip tom petty

The death of Tom Petty is terrible, shocking, dare I say heartbreaking news. From the moment I heard those unmistakeable first notes of “American Girl,” I was hooked. I was a teenager when Petty first fought the battle to hold down the price of records. (Archival story about that here.) It would be the first ...