Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Happy Patriots’ Day!

September 11, 2017

Happy Monday!  On this the anniversary of 9/11, what better tribute than this song by Toby Keith, “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue”?

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Chaconne in F Minor for Harpsichord!

August 12, 2017

Johann Pachelbel, best know for his Canon in D Major (and rightly so) was a prolific composer during the Middle German Baroque period.  He composed more than 200 compositions for organ, works for other keyboards (e.g., harpsichord), sacred music, and chamber music.  His exact birthdate is unknown (but it was sometime in August (ca. 1653) due to his baptism in early September), so to honor this wonderful composer during his birthday month, here is his Chaconne in F Minor for harpsichord.  Enjoy!

Something to Trumpet About!

July 12, 2017

Here’s a version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (a la a trumpet quartet) . . . enjoy!

Happy Fourth of July, 2017!

July 4, 2017

As we celebrate the anniversary of our day of independence, here is a unique version of our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, by a trio of trumpet players.  Enjoy!

Hallelujah!

June 12, 2017

Happy Monday!  Hmm, in hindsight I probably should have posted this one yesterday, but alas, it will just have to serve as a beginning of the motivation.  This is a wonderful version of “Hallelujah” by Rhema Marvanne.  Enjoy!

Piano Concerto in A Minor!

June 8, 2017

This concerto is one of Robert Schumann’s greatest orchestral works, and what better way to celebrate Robert Schumann’s birthday than with this magnificent piano concerto?  Enjoy!  But first, some interesting facts: did you know that  . . .

  • Schumann failed as a pianist (and devoted most of his energy toward composition)?
  • Schumann was a poet as well as a composer?
  • Schumann was not a talker?
  • Schumann spent the last two years of his short life (died at the age of 46) in a mental asylum?
  • being a father was important to Schumann? (And he was a really good one.)

Enjoy!

How Great Indeed!

June 4, 2017

I really enjoy a capella singing, and there are a handful of songs that I never tire of hearing.  “How Great Thou Art” is one of those songs.  Here is a version by the group Home Free.  Enjoy!

Happy Memorial Day, 2017!

May 29, 2017

Today we honor those who have died in active military service!  And, what better way to thank them than with Toby Keith’s “American Soldier.”  Enjoy!

Another Bohemian?!

May 14, 2017

Pentatonix is an amazing a capella group that I have enjoyed for years.  Here is their version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody!  Enjoy!

How About Some Cannons?!

May 7, 2017

On this, the birthday of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (in 1840), join me in listening to one of my favorite Tchaikovsky orchestral pieces (not counting any of the songs from the Nutcracker, of course).

And, if this has whet your appetite for more Tchaikovsky, then how about spending a little more than an hour-and-a-half of of your day with some of Tchaikovsky’s best works? Enjoy!