Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Imagine

A change of pace, let’s imagine for a minute that Lennon’s Imagine piece was written in the Baroque period.  It could sound a little like this. Filed under: Music Tagged: Cross Over, Imagine, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Domenico Scarlatti, Sonate in fis-Moll, K 67

This Sonata in F sharp minor first appeared in a manuscript of other Scarlatti sonatas and pieces in Venice in 1742. However, virtually all the music in it is believed to have been written during or before 1719, the year the composer departed Italy for Portugal. This particular Sonata is short, even for Scarlatti — ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Ponchielli – La Gioconda

You know this piece, just not the full form. Skip to 2:20 if its still a mystery. 🙂 Although in his lifetime Ponchielli was very popular and influential, in introducing an enlarged orchestra and more complex orchestration, the only one of his operas regularly performed today is La Gioconda. It contains the great tenor romanza ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Last Leaf

A toast, to Ok Go for rising to the challenge and leavening no stone upturned while baking up such creative music video. 🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: Ok go, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude, The Last Leaf

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Spooktacular Interlude – The Monster Mash

Well, it is that time of year again, and nothing really says ‘Halloween’ like the good ole Monster Mash.  I’ve found a couple versions, but I like the original the best. Sometimes updated for the times isn’t always a good thing.  I’m with down with Frank’s opinion in the ‘modern’ Monster Mash. “Monster Mash” is ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Chopin Fantaisie-impromptu, Op. 66

We’ll quietly file this under things that I won’t be able to play anytime soon. 🙂   Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu in c sharp minor is a technically difficult but also very fun piece to play, and it’s easy to see why it’s among Chopin’s most famous and popular works. It is interesting to note that ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Don’t Speak

No Doubt is one of my favourite bands, it seems, they have a song for almost any occasion. You and me We used to be together Everyday together always I really feel That I’m losing my best friend I can’t believe This could be the end It looks as though you’re letting go And if ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The Buena Vista Social Club

The success of both the album and film sparked a revival of international interest in traditional Cuban music and Latin American music in general. Some of the Cuban performers later released well-received solo albums and recorded collaborations with international stars from different musical genres. The “Buena Vista Social Club” name became an umbrella term to ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri

Greetings folks.  A little bit of cross pollination going on today for this interlude.  Last Saturday we were looking for female power anthems – songs that inspire and make you want to grab the world by the lapels and give it a good shake.  Finding songs by dudes about taking names and kicking ass, was ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Interlude – Malher No.1 Second Movement

I love Mahler No.1.  The second movement is such an amazingly happy dance suite.  I smile when listening to it. The second movement is a modified minuet and trio. Mahler replaces the minuet with a Ländler, a 3/4 dance-form that was a precursor to the Austrian waltz. This is a popular structure in Mahler’s other ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Chopin Étude Op. 25, No. 11

Étude Op. 25, No. 11 is a study for developing stamina, dexterity, and technique – essential skills for any concert pianist. It begins with a piano introduction of the main melody. The first theme follows, consisting of tumultuous cascades of semiquaver-tuplets (sixteenth-note-tuplets) and a leaping figure for the left hand in the relative major, C ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The Skye Boat Song

A great piece and fun to sing. 🙂 The Choir of New College, Oxford, under the direction of Edward Higginbottom, perform the Scottish folk song ‘The Skye Boat Song’, which tells of the escape to safety of Bonnie Prince Charlie to the Isle of Skye. Having been defeated in the Battle of Culloden (the final ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Army of Me – Björk

   The “Sucker Punch Remix” of Björk‘s “Army of Me” is based upon a trip hop production and “repeatedly pummels via the psychedelic vocal delivery and careening, crushing guitars”.   Did you need to darkly-dangerously rock out?  This, gentle readers, is your tune.   Filed under: Music Tagged: Army of Me, Björk, The DWR Friday ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude: an Odd Intersection

When it comes to musical taste, I guess you could say Arb and I are a little… odd?  We’ve shared our love of classical and choral music quite a bit, but then we also like the hard stuff.  Here is a whole group of young people who seem to feel the same way: Viva Vox ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – This is Your Fight Song

Starting the video a bit later to avoid the god-baggery they included in the beginning.  🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: Piano Guys, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude, This Is Your Fight Song

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The Sound of Silence cover by… Disturbed?

The Simon and Garfunkle green greatest hits album was the very first piece of music I acquired on Compact Disk.  I can still remember receiving for Christmas a portable stereo system with the newfangled technology known as a “CD”.  Oh, what aural experiences were to be had. 🙂 I’ve heard many covers of the Sound ...

Dead Wild Roses: Christmas Friday Musical Interlude – Silent Night (again)

Arb may not be such a fan of Silent Night, but it will always be special to me.  In my church while I was growing up, we would end our Christmas Eve service by all getting out of the pews to stand in a huge circle around the sanctuary.  We’d pass out candles, then turn out ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Friday Pre-Xmas Musical Interlude – Silent Night featuring Plácido Domingo & ThePianoGuys

I kinda hate Silent Night as our choir has sung this tune to death over the last 5 or 6 years.  However, you don’t see shit as fine as this everyday.  Domingo is the gold standard for Tenors and all of us wee fledgling Tenors wish we could be a quarter as good as he ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude: The stuff you grow up with – Angel of the Morning – Juice Newton

  **Fascinating stuff, I heard this tune, while doing the dishes, on CBC’s Vinyl tap(!).  I usually cast a jaundiced eye toward shows centred around pop music and what not, but Saturday evenings, the choices available of good non-commerical radio is notoriously thin. **So, dishes with the ‘Tap’ it was. **And a quick trip through ...

Dead Wild Roses: Friday Classical(ish) Interlude: Beethoven’s 5th… for electric guitar

A love of Beethoven was one of the things Arb and I bonded over, early in our relationship.  Going on a road trip in the mountains together, we brought along all nine symphonies, and the combination of gorgeous music, gorgeous scenery, and of course, plenty of New Relationship Energy, made for an almost transcendent experience. ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – A Swinging Christmas – Arr. Jay Althouse

This earworm will not go away.  I cannot escape because I have to practice the damn piece for our upcoming choir performances.  So what’s better than an earworm?  Sharing one, of course. 🙂 This is the best version I can find on youtube, so until we bust out our version, this will have to do. ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – ‘Passacaglia’ from Battle Star Galactica

We are putting this on the list of piano music that is too damn hard right now, but stuff I will eventually be able to play.  Watch his hands after the first repeated section – what is going on is that he is alternating quickly between two sets of notes a 6th apart with the ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Vienna Symphony Orchestra Project

Oh 1986, what a year you were.   It brought us the VSOP and the melding of classical and pop music.  Yes friends, lets go back and kick it down with some Rock Me Amadeus. Listening to the tune again made me laugh at a couple of spots, the sampling is… interesting, but it still awesome ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Frightday Musical Interlude – The Monster Mash

Yet another DWR interlude that reveals how old yours truly actually is. 🙂  I have this on vinyl direct from K-tel records and distinctly remembering twisting-out to this groovy tune as a child.  Happy Pre-Halloween all. Filed under: Music Tagged: Dating the Author, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude, The Monster Mash

Dead Wild Roses: Another Bonus Musical Interlude with Vi Hart

Vi Hart is truly amazing. Awe inspiring yet accessible, sublime yet exciting, her videos are strange, wonderful, fun, educational, and so many other great things combined. Now it’s time to expand your mind with a delightful explanation and demonstration of Shepard Tones   Filed under: Music Tagged: Illusions, Math, Music, Shepard Tones, The DWR Friday ...