September 19, 2012

My top 25 Most Played in Itunes (Sept 2012)

1. O Valencia, Decemberists
2. Calamity Song, Decemberists
3. Fernando, ABBA
4. Wasted on the Way, CSNY
5. Speed of Sound, Coldplay
6. Caroline, Brandi Carlile
7. Free Fallin', Tom Petty
8. Hero, David Crosby
9. You're an Ocean, Fastball
10. The Problem with Saaints, Neil Gaiman
11. Aint no Rest for the Wicked, Cage the Elephant
12. The Future, Leonard Cohen
13. Get in Line, Barenaked Ladies
14. Jungle, Electric Light Orchestra
15. Mr. Blue Sky, Electric Light Orchesta
16. Julie Don't Live here, Electric Light Orchestra
17. The Future Soon, Jonathan Coulton
18. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
19. The Way Life's Meant to be, Electric Light Orchestra
20. Mad World, Michael Andrews
21. Come Dancing, The Kinks
22. Flash, Queen
23. I'm Gonna be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers
24. I Can't Decide, Scissor Sisters
25. Mamma Mia, ABBA

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December 22, 2011

Ring out Solstice Bells

Now is the Solstice of the Year
Winter is the Glad song that you hear
Seven maids move in seven time
Have the lads ready up in a line

Ring out these bells
Ring out, Ring Solstice Bells
Ring Solstice Bells

Join together beneath the mistletoe
By the holy oak where on it grows
Seven druids dance in seven time
Sing the song the bells call loudly chiming

Ring out these bells
Ring out, Ring Solstice Bells
Ring Solstice Bells

Praise be to the distant sister sun
Joyful as the silver planets run
Seven maids move in seven time
Sing the song the bells call loudly chiming

Ring out these bells
Ring out, Ring Solstice Bells
Ring Solstice Bells
Ring on, Ring Out
Ring on, Ring Out

Jethro Tull, _Ring Solstice Bells_

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January 23, 2010

Infographics on the Beatles

Via my friend Kevin, an infographic way of looking at the Beatles music.

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March 15, 2009

Last to know about Jonathan Coulton

Sometimes I am cutting edge and discover stuff for all of you to share and enjoy.

And, sometimes, I am the *last* to know.

From what I have gathered, I must be the last person in my social song to discover the geek-filled songs of Jonathan Coulton.

But, then, I don't have very many ranks in Knowledge: Music.

"The Future Soon" is particularly good. I am going to have to spend some time listening to more of his music and buying some.

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December 27, 2008

The Beatles and Mathematics--Two Great Tastes

A Mathematical Mystery Tour

On NPR this morning, Kevin Devlin talks about the connection between the Beatles "Hard Day's Night" and Fourier Analysis. That jangling chord that starts the song? The analysis can tell you just how the Beatles did it in the days before synthesizers.

This sort of analysis might lead to being able to determine the authorship of songs that are in dispute, like "In My Life". The theory goes that musicians have certain patterns and cadences that Fourier Analysis can tease out.

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December 16, 2007

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Impressions of my first visit to a TSO Concert:

TSO seems to be the fruition of the concept "If ELO and Rick Wakeman decided to do Christmas Concept albums together."

Very crowded. ~9000 fans squeezed into the Target Center, which was at full capacity. Logistics were bad about people getting in, the people sitting next to me didn't show until the show started because of the bottlenecks in getting into the arena.

Lasers, lights, and even pyrotechnics. The TSO people certainly know how to put on a show as far as visuals are concerned.

TSO did, as far as I can tell, the entirety of their first album,Christmas Eve and Other Stories and then branched out to a couple of tracks from other albums, and non album stuff.Aside from the narration of the "story", they didn't do many songs with vocals at all.

Doing the Peanuts theme in the Twin Cities was a smart and audience-popular touch. The crowd overall, though, was politely subdued (I assume this is because the demographics didn't track that young). I liked their instrumental version of Roll over Beethoven.

Even though I was at the back of the stadium relative to the performers for most of the performance, on a couple of occasions, a couple of the performers came forward to a small sub-stage which was much closer.

A couple of technical glitches that were Target Center's fault drew humor more than frustration from TSO and the concert goers.

I would see them again in concert, you betcha.

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