Friday, January 30, 2015

5 on Friday -- Set 257




Spinning Friday tunes since 2010...

For anyone who wants to join in, simply choose five pieces of music and post them for other bloggers to enjoy. Then check out the set posted by the other 5 on Friday blogger -- you can sign in over at Golch Central's Rambling Stuff.

Brad and I went to see Into the Woods yesterday, which we both loved.

That brings me to this week's fairytale-inspired set.


1 - Enter Sandman - Metallica 





2 - White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane 






3 - Little Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham and The Pharoahs 






4 - The Frog Prince - Keane 





5 - Rapunzel - Dave Matthews Band 




Friday, January 23, 2015

5 on Friday -- Set 256




Spinning Friday tunes since 2010...

For anyone who wants to join in, simply choose five pieces of music and post them for other bloggers to enjoy. Then check out the set posted by the other 5 on Friday blogger -- you can sign in over at Golch Central's Rambling Stuff.




In memory of my Uncle Frank, who passed away on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, here's a set of traditional bluegrass and Appalachian music for a Virginia mountain man and gentle giant.

That's my mom giving her brother-in-law the classic Meuse sisters cheek squeeze in the early 80s. My grandma, originally a Meuse, and all of her sisters -- and possibly all female ancestors from this line -- were unrivaled cheek squeezers.

Usually he was too tall to have to worry about that too much. Ha ha!



1 - Wandering Boy - Adam Hurt 







2 - Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver 






3 - Keep on the Sunny Side - The Carter Family 






4 - Tis Sweet to Be Remembered - Flatt and Scruggs 







5 - In the Sweet By and By - Bluegrass Martins 





Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Friday, January 16, 2015

5 on Friday -- Set 255




Spinning Friday tunes since 2010...

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As you no doubt noticed, there wasn't a 5 on Friday set last week, as Brad was in surgery last Friday, having his appendix removed.

Although for Western calendars, the new year dawned on Jan. 1st, in the Chinese year it's still the Year of the Horse. For both Brad and me it's been a year of moving on, and even in these last weeks of Horse energy, we're leaving things behind that don't work for us any longer. Like his appendix!

Brad's at home now after spending six days in the hospital. It hadn't burst, but was hanging by a thread from doing just that, so he had a lot of abdominal infection and inflammation from which to recover.

This week's set goes out to all of our friends, near and far, who wished Brad a speedy recovery.



1 - All About Us - t.A.T.u. 








2 - Yellow - Coldplay 







3 - Lean on Me - Bill Withers 








4 - Best Friend - Harry Nilsson 








5 - Stand By You - The Pretenders 




Friday, January 2, 2015

5 on Friday -- Set 254




Spinning Friday tunes since 2010...

For anyone who wants to join in, simply choose five pieces of music and post them for other bloggers to enjoy. Then check out the set posted by the other 5 on Friday blogger -- you can sign in over at Golch Central's Rambling Stuff.

January dawns and I'm launching a brand new feature this year, now that I've wrapped up 2014's The Hit Makers.

This year I'll be taking a once-a-month look at specific instruments and showcasing five songs or tunes which place that instrument front and center.

My new feature is called Spotlight On...

...and for our first instrument, I'm looking at that most primal of instruments: the hand. Here are five songs which shine a spotlight on handclapping


1 - The First Circle - Pat Metheny Group - 1984









2 - Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkel - 1970







3 - Eight Days a Week - The Beatle - 1964








4 - Stuck in the Middle With You - Stealers Wheel - 1972








5 - Car Wash - Rose Royce - 1976




Thursday, January 1, 2015

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Friday, December 26, 2014

5 on Friday -- Set 253




Spinning Friday tunes since 2010...

For anyone who wants to join in, simply choose five pieces of music and post them for other bloggers to enjoy. Then check out the set posted by the other 5 on Friday blogger -- you can sign in over at Golch Central's Rambling Stuff.

December -- one final time for my monthly feature for 5 on Friday -- The Hit Makers.

Once a month throughout 2014 I've featured the songs or compositions that launched careers. I've looked at different musical styles and the groups or singers from those styles whom I've loved the best.

I've really enjoyed this project. I'm going to launch a brand new one for 5 on Friday in 2015 -- stay tuned.

To wrap up The Hit Makers, I'm turning now to an abiding love of mine: film scores.

Here are five of my favorite film composers and the scores that brought them into wider public recognition.


1 - Fiddler on the Roof - adapted from Jerry Bock's Broadway score by John Williams - 1971

My love affair with all scores John Williams technically began with his Star Wars score, when I sat cross-legged in front of our old stereo listening to the different themes with my 70s headphones (a cherished Christmas present.) Yet my family had already fallen for his Fiddler on the Roof soundtrack a few years earlier, initially borrowing and re-borrowing the soundtrack album from the library -- until it dawned on us that maybe we should just go ahead and buy the album for ourselves. You can definitely hear his signature orchestration in this piece.

John Williams won an Oscar for his work on this score. 







2 - Chariots of Fire - Vangelis - 1981

Vangelis' score for Blade Runner, which was released a year after Chariots of Fire, was the score that brought me to this composer. I also adored his score for The Bounty, and used a piece from his L'Apocalypse des Animaux (La Petite Fille de la Mer) for one of my university film projects.

The opening theme made it to #1 on the Billboard Top 100 as a single in the US, #12 in the UK and #21 in Australia.

Vangelis won an Oscar for his work on this score.  





3 - Batman - Danny Elfman - 1989

Basically, I've been a fan of Danny Elfman's since the beginning -- Pee-wee's Big Adventure. I even considered putting his Beetlejuice soundtrack as his breakthrough score, but then again I'm the exact target audience for his work. If I think in terms of the general public, in discussing this with my husband, we feel that the Batman soundtrack is the score that put Danny Elfman into the public spotlight.

He won a Grammy for his work on this score.






4 - The Lion King underscore - Hans Zimmer - 1994

I discovered Hans Zimmer's music through the amazing 2000 score for Gladiator. Like many others, I'd listened to Zimmer's work in many other films before then, but the Gladiator score is what made me a fan.

His work on 1994's The Lion King, adding additional underscore alongside the Elton John songs, brought him before worldwide audiences as well as winning Hans Zimmer an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy.






5 - Requiem For a Dream - Clint Mansell - 2000

The soundtrack that turned me into a Clint Mansell fan was the 2006 score for The Fountain (especially Death is the Road to Awe.)

General audiences will be most familiar with his theme from Requiem For a Dream, a cult movie hit that wouldn't be as recognizable to the public compared to this piece of music. The theme was picked up independently from the film and used heavily by studios as the music for newly-releasing movie trailers in cinemas.