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 ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Interlude – Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb, 1st mov.

Joseph Haydn’s Concerto per il Clarino, (Hob.: VIIe/1) (Trumpet Concerto in E flat major) was written in 1796 for his long-time friend Anton Weidinger. Joseph Haydn was 64 years of age. Filed under: Music Tagged: 1st mov., Haydn, Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb, The DWR Friday Classical Interlude

PostArctica: Dan Bern – the year-by-year home run totals of the great barry bonds

Had the pleasure once again of seeing Dan Bern in person at Turbo Haus in Saint Henri on Saturday. He played this song and I was stunned as I consider it to be one of the greatest post-” “-postmodern songs ever!

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Music Interlude – Brahms Hungarian Dance no.5

The Hungarian Dances (German: Ungarische Tänze) by Johannes Brahms (WoO 1), are a set of 21 lively dance tunes based mostly on Hungarian themes, completed in 1869.[1] They vary from about a minute to five minutes in length. They are among Brahms’s most popular works, and were certainly the most profitable for him. Each dance ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Modéré” de Georg-Philipp Telemann

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PostArctica: Grimskunk at Verdun Art

Yesterday was the now annual event on Wellington street called Verdun Art organized by Nadia Gagnon of Maltehops. And it was nothing less than an awesome day of music on the street. There were 5 musical groups and the Girardin family and friends put on a drumming concert from their balcony. Little girl lets the ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Tomaso Albinoni – Adagio in G minor

Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751) was an Italian Baroque composer and contemporary of Vivaldi. Albinoni was famous in his day as an opera composer, however he is mainly remembered today for his instrumental music including his Adagio in G Minor. Life and Music Born into a wealthy family of paper manufacturers who produced playing cards and owned ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Telemann: Concerto for three violins in F major (TWV 53:F1) Largo – Vivace

Georg Philipp Telemann was born in Magdeburg, the son of a Lutheran deacon who died in 1685, leaving the mother to raise their three children alone. The youth showed remarkable talent in music, but was temporarily discouraged in his chosen pursuit by Puritan Lutherans, who told Telemann‘s mother that he would turn out no better ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Piazzolla’s Oblivion

Piazzolla’s nuevo tango was distinct from the traditional tango in its incorporation of elements of jazz, its use of extended harmonies and dissonance, its use of counterpoint, and its ventures into extended compositional forms. As Argentine psychoanalyst Carlos Kuri has pointed out, Piazzolla’s fusion of tango with this wide range of other recognizable Western musical ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Industrial Interlude – Like A Prayer – Bigod20 remix.

Not quite baroque, but everyone needs a good thumpy track to dance with once in awhile. Life is a mystery, Everyone must stand alone I hear you call my name And it feels like home [Chorus:] When you call my name it’s like a little prayer I’m down on my knees, I wanna take you ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – BVW 1034, Andante and Allegro

Composed c. 1724, when Bach was around 39 years old.   Filed under: Music Tagged: J.S. Bach – Andante and Allegro from sonata in e minor, The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Bach, Menuet Trio in G minor, BWV 929, Piano

This piece also falls into the almost doable category. We’ll have to see. 🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: Bach, BWV 929, Menuet Trio in G minor, Piano, The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Choral Interlude – Though My Soul is Set in Darkness

Just came back from a vacation/choral music workshop.  This is one of the round we sang.  Simple, haunting, and beautiful. Appreciate the difficulty of A cappella and maintain a steady tempo and intonation. ( I know I certainly did)  🙂 ——- Sarah Williams’s poetry is where the text for the round originated. Williams was born ...

Tattered Sleeve: Requiem for the Hangover of a Canadian Immigrant – Original Song # 36

Eleven months in Still finding your place You cheer for the Habs Watch The Amazing Race The kids have made friends Learned some French, ate Subway (Read more…) you cannot find work And you have just four weeks’ grace Lo and behold It’s Canada Day The PM looks lost touring a tipi in the rain ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Bach Little Prelude BWV 926

Looks easy-ish. Not. Filed under: Music Tagged: Back, Litte Interlude BWV 926, The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – O Fortuna?

I’m pretty sure this is not the libretto we want, but the one we deserve. 🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: O Fortuna, The DWR Classical Music Interlude

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Ultimate Caregiver’s Playlist

Music is often the soundtrack of our lives. Particular songs evoke memories of personal pain, triumphs, love, commitment and maybe a broken heart. Other tunes just make us happy by prodding us to smile and dance. Caring for another person is a journey full of some of the greatest dramas in our lives, so I ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Straighten Up and Fly Right – The Andrew Sisters

“Straighten Up and Fly Right” is a 1943 song written by Nat King Cole and Irving Mills and performed by The King Cole Trio. The single was the trio’s most popular single reaching number one on the Harlem Hit Parade for ten nonconsecutive weeks. The single also peaked at number nine on the pop charts.[1] ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The Andrews Sisters – Rum and Coke Cola

Love the rich vocals. 🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: Andrews Sisters, The 40’s, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Musical Interlude – O Fortuna

Went with the family to see this on the weekend.  The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra did a splendid job with the piece. O Fortuna velut luna statu variabilis, semper crescis aut decrescis; vita detestabilis nunc obdurat et tunc curat ludo mentis aciem, egestatem, potestatem dissolvit ut glaciem. Sors immanis et inanis, rota tu volubilis, status malus, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Marcello Sonata no.1 in F+

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Interlude – Mahler 2 – Resurrection

Well, folks let me tell you, listening the the choral finale of Mahler 2 is inspiring, but singing it…  Next level experience.  We had the Calgary Youth Orchestra and 3 other choirs join my choir to tackle this monumental piece.  Every chorister should have the opportunity to sing in this iconic musical experience. Original German ...