The Play Of Daniel, The Play Of Herod

So this year I have treated myself to a Birthday/Christmas present (some might even say an extravagant one) a hard to find set of recordings of The Play Of Daniel and The Play Of Herod that I’ve had my eyes on for several years. Now I know early music is not everyone’s cup of tea, but for me it has always held a special sense of wonder and fascination. Noah Greenberg and New York Pro Musica are credited with reawakening in America an interest in early music performance, and their recreations of these two Medieval musical dramas... Read More...
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Olde Music

Okay, so after writing about some new favorite music, I thought I’d add a little bit about some old favorite music, old in that I’ve been listening to it for some 26 years now, and old also because it’s period music, in this case madrigals. Most of my good friends know that my musical tastes are all over the map. When you drop by my house or hop in my truck you never know what you’re going to hear coming out of my stereo. Well, when I was in high school I spent a couple of years singing in the high school madrigal group. I liked it. And then my good friend Dave McCausland introduced me to the annual Madrigal DInner at Western Illinois University, and that was it...
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Sunny Side Up! Paolo's Back In The Saddle Again.

Last fall my friend V in the Netherlands introduced me to Paolo Nutini. She’d pent her summer out on the beach listening to his first CD “The Streets.” It was really good stuff, Maynard. Well, after a bit of a layoff, Paolo has now released his second recording “Sunny Side Up,” and all I can say is REALLY good stuff, Maynard! I love this CD already, and I’ve only just started listening to it. Paolo is a young Scottish bloke from Glasgow, but he sings far beyond his years and with a musical sense that puts him in a very special class of singers. Here are a few choice selections from his sophmore effort. Listen and enjoy, and then run out to your neighborhood music store and buy this one. It’s a keeper. Thanks, V!

Growing Up Beside You    Pencil Full Of Lead
No Other Way                   High Hopes
Chamber Music

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Reading Stories For A Friend

My friend V up in The Netherlands has become a big Charles de Lint fan over the winter. He’s a very inventive writer from Ottawa, Ontario and a longtime favorite of mine. For the past few months V and I have been reading books together and talking about them, and it’s been a lot of fun. We’ve read some good stuff. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell I think was our first, a wonderful cross of sorts between a bit of Harry Potter magical humor and a Jane Austen book of manners and social intrigue. I loved it. And we’ve read Cloud Of Sparrows and The Shadow Of The Wind, both of which were excellent and a lot of fun. The Shadow of The Wind in particular I liked because it felt a bit like something Victor Borges or Umberto Ecco might have penned, but with a good dash of Jane Eyre added to it. Real Gothic Romance fun! We just finished de Lint’s Moonheart, and V also read two more of de Lint’s short story collections, Dreams Underfoot and The Ivory And Horn. But there was one Charles de Lint book V wanted to read that she couldn’t find over there anywhere, not even online, Moonlight & Vines....
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Good-bye, Old Friend

Hello, All, and a belated Happy New Year to you! January almost slipped by without a comment here, but it looks like I'm gonna sneak a post in just under the wire. LOL! We had a bit of unexpected excitement just after Christmas. My trusty old Apple Titanium Powerbook (that's 'TiBook' in Apple speak, but 'Pi (Pirate!) Book' to all who knew him) suddenly and most unexpectedly kicked the bucket. He was nearly 7 years old which in computer years is like, Ancient, and in truth he lived a very full and adventurous life, but I really, really hated to see him go.
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