Mon, Jan 9, 2006, 10:01pm snipped-for-privacy@BULLtopworks.ca (Robatoy) doth rap:
Loaded up the MP3 player with music that makes me work hard and gets my
mojo working. <snip>
I'm awaiting your post, where you tell us about your shop accident,
from paying attention to the music, instead of your fingers and the
You'll never get anywhere if you believe what you "hear".
What do you "know"?
- Granny Weatherwax
Try the RoadHouse podcast (http://www.roadhousepodcast.com /). A great hour
of blues you have never heard, new every week. I subscribe to this and
Dave Raven's podcast as well ... gradually filling up my ipod. Some tough
decisions ahead of me when it's full.
Stillwater Lake, Nova Scotia
That's Utmost Most Reverend Royal Highness Mr. Leo Kotke, to you, Mike.
NObody does it like Leo. I tried to work out a piece of Leo's. I
discovered that I was short 3 fingers and 4 strings. NO idea how he does
what he does. Amazing.
(He must use a tuning, no?)
Look for Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond in that vein. Jimmy Rogers
(the blue yodler, not Honeycomb), Hank Williams Sr., Merle Haggard, Hank
Snow, Kitty Wells, Reba McIntire, Emmy Lou Harris, Bela Bartok, Mozart,
Mendellsohn (sp), Brubeck (Take 5), Miles Davis (Kinda Blue), on and on...
If you like Choral Music, pick up a CD by Chanticleer, my favorite men's
chorus ever. Russian? Try Dmitri Bortnyansky "Sacred Concertos", Vol4
(if Concerto 24 doesn't get your blood moving, you are dead) and "Agnus
Dei" by the Choir of New College, Oxford (Ave Verum Corpus). These
should be played rather loud.
Mariachi Mexico and Mariachi Vargas are great and good fun, especially
with a Pacifico or two. Anyway, that's enough for now.
Start your day with Copeland's, "Fanfare For The Common Man".
In fact, it might be interesting to do one day with all the music from
Copeland's stuff for the Martha Graham ballet.
"Appalachian Spring" is a sure winner.
On day two I would fire up Dvorak's, "New World Symphony". A tasty
piece that will hook you firmly into the work ethic.
I particularly like the brothers Gershwin, but I would save them for
The Holderlin/Nietzsche/Strauss piece, "Also Sprach Zarathustra",
would be a wonderful way to start a Wednesday.
If you play, " The Ride Of The Valkyrie's", at lunchtime, you will be
invigorated for the whole afternoon.
A Thursday is a good time for a bit of Beethoven. I would recommend,
"The Ode To Joy", a joint effort of Messrs. Schiller and Beethoven,
for your buckup after lunch.
Friday is a prefigurement of the weekend and thus deserves a
celebratory sort of music. If you are not into Mozart, I would go for
ZZ Topps, "Sharp Dressing Man", but what do I know.
Tom Watson - WoodDorker
tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email)
<<If you play, " The Ride Of The Valkyrie's", at lunchtime, you will be
invigorated for the whole afternoon. >>
Especially, if like me, you see the choppers coming over the surf in
Love the music, but unless I am at the symphony, I am seeing Robert
Duvall with his campaign hat on in my mind's eye.
Lots of eclectic and esoteric music mentioned here, no doubt.
But Robatoy, no mention of your fellow Canadian K.D. Lang?
Well, Nailshooter41, *IF that's your real name*, nobody can hit a note
in the middle like KD Lang. Rides her Harley, smokes cigars, rolls her
own tampons, and then sings with a sensitivity that is so amazing, it
boggles the unboggable.
I mean, how can a voice that is so accurate, so rock-solid, be so light?
A friend of mine e-mailed me today to tell that Alanis Morissette was
going to be on Leno. I watched it. She's really become very well honed.
Another amazing talent.
Now, having said all that... I can't stand either one of them, even
though I can appreciate their abilities. Kinda like the rabbi who
performs a circumcision with a Scary Sharp (TM) izmel, quickly and
expertly. You got to tip your hat to the guy, but would you buy the
I liked KD back in the early days, with the Reclines, when she was on
Jack Webster's show talking about being the reincarnation of Patsy and
wearing hornrim glasses with no lenses. But since then? The woman has a
beautiful voice, but there's no *soul* in it.
Speaking of a light voice... Have you ever listened to Blossom Dearie?
And yes, that's her real name.
*I'd* peel her a grape...
The moral difference between a soldier and a civilian is that the soldier
accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic of which he
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