Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

The “Day of Finnish Music!”

December 8, 2016

Today marks the birthday of Jean Julius Christian Sibelius, Finland’s greatest composer.  Finland has actually celebrated this day as “Flag Day” since 2011 in honor of Sibelius whose music is credited with helping Finland establish its national identity when seeking its independence from Russia (Declaration of Independence was adopted on December 6, 1917).   My first exposure to Sibelius was in band class (during Junior High and High School) where we often performed his work “Finlandia.”    For your listening enjoyment, here is Opus 26, Sibelius’ symphonic poem which was a covert protest against Russian censorship!

“Pay no attention to what the critics say.  A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.”  (Jean Sibelius)

Can You Say Prodigy?!

December 1, 2016

Here is an amazing performance (Beethoven) by a three-year-old prodigy!  Wow.

November Sky!

November 18, 2016

Happy Friday!  As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday (coming up next week), let’s take a moment to reflect on what it means to be thankful.  Here’s a wonderful instrumental piece to assist in this reflection (courtesy of Yanni).  Enjoy!

God Bless the U.S.A.!

November 11, 2016

Happy Friday and Happy Veterans’ Day!  Today is the  day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military. So to each and every veteran, “thank you” for your service.  In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served — not only those who died — have sacrificed and done their duty.

The Cello Song!

November 4, 2016

When I think of cello, I think . . . the Piano Guys (Steven Sharp Nelson to be exact).   Here is his rendition of the Prelude to J.S. Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1.  Enjoy!

From the Scottish Highlands!

October 21, 2016

Happy Friday!  I never tire of listening to the wonderful music of The Piano Guys.  Here is a version of “This is Your Fight” song.  And the scenery is not too bad either.  Enjoy!

The Answer . . . !

October 7, 2016

. . . is Blowin’ in the Wind! I’m a huge fan of this Bob Dylan classic, so when I found this version by Scott Hoying, Julia Harriman, and Mario Jose I couldn’t resist sharing it.  Hauntingly beautiful voices and harmonies.  Happy Friday!

Flute, Violin, and Bagpipe!

September 23, 2016

Happy Friday! Here is an “amazing” rendition of Amazing Grace involving Andre Rieu (on violin) and Teun Ramaekers (on piccolo/fife).  Unfortunately, I’m not sure who’s playing the bagpipes so I cannot give her a shout-out at this time.

My Church!

September 8, 2016

Here is a wonderful song written by Maren Morris entitled “My Church.”  This is an acappella version performed by Home Free.   This song is positively fabulous (in a country-gospel kind of way).  I really enjoy and appreciate the depth, the richness, and the range of the bass — well done!

An Organ Master!

September 1, 2016

Pachelbel_signatureJohann  Pachelbel . . . [while we know he was born in 1653 (in Nuremberg, Germany), we don’t know the exact date of birth — but he was baptized on September 1st — so today will have to do] . . . was considered one of the most important composers of the middle Baroque era as well as one of the great organ masters of the generation before Johann Sebastian Bach.   Of course, my favorite piece would be the Canon in D Major. . . enjoy!