Tag: music

All Eyes on Me: The Parody, The Original, and the Cover

 

This is Bo Burnham.

Bo Burnham is a comedian/social commentator.  He looks like a slightly dorky, good-looking guy you met in your classes in college.  He was probably going into some science field or programming.  Either way, he never looked at you strangely if you mentioned you played D&D; he’d probably even tell you about his own character.  He did just fine in his classes and was always ready with a fun quip.  He made everyone feel good and was actually quite insightful about the relationships of others around you.  He was just a good guy and everyone liked him, even if not everyone got his dorky and sometimes dark sense of humor.

In real life, Bo Burnham is around 30 years old now.  He’s been doing the comedy, parody-song-thing for the last 10 years or so.  He’s done remarkably well at it, all told, and has been all over the country.  He has a niche following.

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Question came up last night on Musker. “What’s your favorite purely predatory/aggressive song – something you’d play while sacking a city? I’m trying to put together a collection to motivate a quiet buddy at the gym.” Personally, if I were laying waste to a city and killing without remorse, (perhaps from within some kind of […]

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Nope. 1962. On his second record, the one with “Blowin’ in the Wind,” he made this fun racket, but it was only on early versions of the LP. Pretty close to the sound that hurt Pete Seeger’s sensitive and politically correct ears at the Newport Folk Festival in ‘65, though Pete Seeger too would later […]

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What is the best song on the subject of science. I’m not thinking about songs about space; there’s a buttload of them, and a lot of them are amazingly good. Well, Let’s get the obvious candidates out of the way first. Like the Thomas Dolby one. It’s really obvious, so I’m going to link and […]

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Sounds of Nature: Music or Noise?

 

Years ago, I was visiting with an acquaintance about living in our residential community. She loved it here, she told me, but she couldn’t stand the nighttime racket. I must have looked puzzled and asked what she was describing — THE FROGS CROAKING ALL NIGHT!

I looked at her with a stunned expression. Seriously?! I love to lay in bed, listening to the frogs chirp their delight at being drenched by recent rain. Their chorus was music to my ears.

Don’t misunderstand. I would never describe myself as a nature nut. Like most people, I love clear blue skies, walking on a mountain trail, admiring a rainbow after an afternoon rain, and breathing in the clean air.

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It is Saturday night on the West coast. My day of work is done and as I settle down with a tasty RBBF-approved beverage, I think about the music of my teenage years.  I’m a Gen X-er.  One of the last before the Millennial folks came to roost, I am often in a strange era […]

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The 2020’s are playing out like Rian Johnson scripted a reboot of the 1970s. (Read that line in your head in Critical Drinker’s voice for full effect.) The USA once again has suffered a massive, humiliating defeat at the end of a long, disastrous war. We once again have elected an utterly incompetent Democratic president […]

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I noticed the opposite once upon a time, but sticking with the more positive aspect, good music does seem to soothe a lot of mental aches and pains, anger, and anguishes.  I have some ideas to start off and may think of others.  There are some great ones and I’m sure I don’t know many […]

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Wagner’s Parsifal: A Book Report

 

I’ve just finished reading Roger Scruton’s Wagner’s Parsifal. It was Scruton’s last book, about Wagner’s last work, and though I struggled to get through his Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left, I thought I’d try Parsifal anyway.

To be clear: I’m ignorant of opera. I once saw Carmen in Warsaw, but that and What’s Opera, Doc? are my forays into that intimidating, expensive art form.

‘Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying’

 

I wanted to post this before Advent is over and just getting to it now. During the first Sunday of Advent, a priest in a homily brought up an Advent hymn, “Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying,” to make a particular theological point. I had never heard of that hymn before, and no wonder. As I researched it turned out to be originally a Lutheran hymn. (Although I did find a version of this in my Catholic hymnal at church, an abbreviated version with a slightly different title. I don’t recall it ever being sung at our church.) If you want to learn its history on how it went from the German composer, Philipp Nicolai (1556–1608), how it was made popular by J. S. Bach, and how it entered the English language through Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878), you can read about it here.  It has a really rich history.

But my purpose is to share this hymn. Has anyone heard this before? It has a rather unusual melody, perhaps because it was composed during the baroque or perhaps because it was translated from German. Or both. Here is a very beautiful choral arrangement by the Luther College Nordic Choir.

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Thank you, thank you, @JoshuaFinch for your posting of the Scarlatti Sonata performed by Murray Perahia. It was so lovely and so much what was called for, that I searched for more. Thus Marcelle Meyer has entered my life. Here is a new mastering of 58 Scarlatti keyboard Sonatas from this fascinating and kind of […]

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A Malaise of Meaning: What’s with ’90s music?

 

Before the rise of atheism and Communism, there was Nietzsche and Dostoevsky. Both men managed to pick what would come after the retreat of religious faith, and fans of both authors point to them as nearly having ESP with regard to the future zeitgeist.

I was thinking of the predictive power of art while listening to horrible punk and emo music from the late 1990s and early 2000s. I think it explains the increase in government corruption, the rising suicide rate, and the opioid epidemic. Almost all the songs are musically repetitive and very few could… how I put it… sing? They yell in a manner related to the musical instrument about how they find school boring, society unfair, and their attempts at coitus unsuccessful.

All these topics are fine sources of artistic inspiration, but these songs seem devoid of any depth. However, like Michel Houellebecq’s novels, the emptiness seems to paint a fascinating picture of ennui, though with far less artistic skill.

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Apropos of a dinner conversation this weekend, I had a thought about Christmas songs. I don’t mean hymns in this context, but rather the popular standards like White Christmas or The Christmas Song. On Sunday, during a family dinner at one of my favorite supper clubs, Feliz Navidad came on in the background (the restaurant was playing […]

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