Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Fonseca flash mob on Times Square!

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Overlooked in this week’s news, Colombian Fonseca played live at Times Square, with flash mob dancing last Thursday, April 18,



Fonseca and the dancers are celebrating the positive changes in Colombia, according to a press release from the Comité Colombiano.

Fonseca’s currently on a tour of of 16 cities in the USA. The tour dates are listed at Fonseca.net and you can follow him on Twitter @Fonseca

Jaime Bayly interviewed the Grammy winner recently (in Spanish),

Swing time!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the news is bad enough, with American hostages of terrorists in Africa – expect more of that after Behghazi and Algiers, Iranians, drug lords, executive orders (I can go on and on), that I’m actively seeking refuge in the music that carried our great nation through the Great Depression and World War II. Things were worse then, but give the folks now in Washington enough time and things will be worse now.

For the past three evenings at 7-8PM I’ve been playing swing music on Spotify, and sharing the music on my Tweeter and Facebook feeds. (I’m easy to find in both Tweeter and Facebook, as “Fausta”, i.e., https://twitter.com/Fausta https://www.facebook.com/fausta.)

Tuesday was Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, last night it was (early) Artie Shaw, tonight’s Benny Goodman.

Tomorrow (if I stay home) will be Glenn Miller.

Tweet your requests, and enjoy!

Sunday morning Suo Gan

Sunday, January 6th, 2013


Yesterday I was watching Empire of the Sun, which is a troubling movie in many levels (but not quite as troubling as JG Ballard’s other works), and the Welsh lullaby Suo Gân punctuates a key scene of the film.

Bryn Terfel performs my favorite version of Suo Gân. You can buy the MP3 from Amazon, but it was also used in this beautiful short film, The Dinner Guest by Joe Gleason, to great effect:

Here’s Bryn, with a piano accompanist,

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. May God bless you and your family and loved ones.

New Year’s tango: J&J

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013


Jennifer Kozar & Janusz Godyn
2011 Winners of Dancing in Small Spaces Contest
Demonstration to Mandragora Tango New CD Release, Barrio Longfellow, which is also available on MP3 so you can listen to it right now.

Happy tandas!

Christmas music, not the Carol of the Bells

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Some of us do not like carols. Take the Carol of the Bells, for instance, a repetitive, brain-numbing, annoying, nightmare-inducing piece if ever there was one.

But we like Christmas music, so, what to listen to?

These 4 selections will bring Christmas joy with a different twist, and better yet, you can get them on MP3 right now.

Enjoy!

Tuesday night Tony Bennet

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

With Vicentico,

In concert in Buenos Aires, and in the studio version:

With Amy Winehouse,

Uninvite Psy! UPDATED

Saturday, December 8th, 2012


Korean rapper Psy, he of Gangnam Style(*), is scheduled to perform at the White House tomorrow.

It turns out that Psy had some unkind things to say to the USA back in 2004

According to reports, in October of that year, Psy took part in a concert in which he joined several other prominent artists onstage for a version of Korean rock group NEXT’s song “Dear American,” and after seizing the microphone, rapped a verse that stated “F—ing Yankees” and their families, should be killed “slowly and painfully.”

The concert reportedly took place months after the kidnapping — and subsequent beheading — of South Korean missionary Kim Sun-il by an Islamist group, who demanded the nation cancel plans to send 3,000 troops to support the U.S. war in Iraq. After the South Korean government refused to back down, Kim’s execution was videotaped, with the masked executioner stating “Korean citizens, you were warned, your hands were the ones who killed him … your soldiers are here not for the sake of the Iraqis, but for cursed Americans.”

Say again? Islamists murder a Korean missionary, and it’s the Americans who are the “F—ing” evildoers?

In case you think he just blurted it out on impulse, here are the lyrics,

Kill those f****** Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f****** Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully

Not what you would expect from a performer that claims,

“In my music I try to give people a release, a reason to smile.”

Psy now wants to go to the WH, though, so he’s issued a non-apology, starting with the classic,

“I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words,”

by which he’s not apologizing for what he actually said, but for the pain he caused you.

Apology accepted, but please stay home.

And, by the way, I find it offensive and inappropriate that the White House would have him perform after finding out about this, for two reasons: the incitement to violence against Americans, and the fact that tomorrow’s is a Christmas concert.

UPDATE,
Obama Still Meeting with “Gangnam Style” Korean Rapper, Who Rapped So Eloquently About Murdering US Troops & Their Families

Cross-posted at Liberty Unyielding.


(*) In case you don’t know what Gangnam Style is, here‘s the video.

Dave Brubeck, RIP

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck dead at age 91

Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd.

Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure, en route to “a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” said Gloyd.

Here’s a 1961 TV performance,

Sunday night song: Amazing Grace

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Blind Boys of Alabama sing Amazing Grace. Their live performance version tonight was a powerful spiritual experience.


Friday night opera: Siegfried

Friday, September 14th, 2012

PBS is playing the Met‘s Wagner’s Ring cycle, and last night was Siegfried‘s turn,

Aficionados have been comparing Ring versions with this new one.

Of course, viewers of a certain age are familiar with the Siegfried immortalized by Elmer Fudd,