Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Singing Nun

I was a Medieval History major in college and hence, I'm a sucker for anything to do with the middle ages. And that includes music. The music of the 12th Century abbess and mystic, Hildegard von Bingen is almost other worldly. If you're in the mood for come contemplative and truly relaxing music (and in these trying times, it's especially welcoming), give this a listen. If you enjoy it, you'll find plenty of it on youtube. Peace be unto you!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

How slow can you go?

Slowdive is an interesting dive. The New Yorker said recently that they were everything but a quiet. slow band. Boy did they get it wrong. They are a total shoe gazer band I haven't posted much in the last year on this blog, but I invite you to check out this band from England; I'll try to post more in the future.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

To the Max!

Max Richter's music is a blend of classical, electronica, and rock. He called his music "post classical. Richter was born in Germany and moved to the U.K. with his parents when he was you. He has recorded numerous albums, which include film scores and a ballet. He also did a score for an episode of the tv show, "Black Mirror."

Friday, January 20, 2017

Ole, Ola!

This was a driveway moment. The song I heard on our local classical music station just blew me away. It was by someone I'd never heard of and totally misheard his name. So I went to the station's website and looked him up. I'm glad I did because this composer is amazing. Instead of giving you a long background of the artist, I'll just share a couple samples of his music. His hame is Ola Gjeilo and he's originally from Norway, but he lives in New York. Enjoy!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Doggin' it!

Moondog is a legendary yet under appreciated composer and performer of contemporary classical music. He was born in Kansas in 1916 and grew up near Indian Reservations, which had an affect on his musical taste. He was blinded as a teen and learned Braille. That's how he learned about music. He became a self-taught performer and composer, eventually becoming a street person in NYC for many years. He spent the last 20 years of hi life in Germany. His music, unfortunately is rarely performed even though he influenced many of the minimalists composing today.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

You can bank on it

Jillian Banks grew up in Tarzana, California. As a young girl, she started writing songs after a friend gave her a keyboard. Banks started uploading her music in 2013. She finally released her first full-length recording, "Goddess" in 2014, which was followed by 2016's "The Altar". She has a moody, rich voice and her music is a blend of downtempo pop, R&B, and electronica.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

"Roger that."

Here's my prediction, Maggie Rogers is going to be a huge sensation. She has one of the most amazing voices I've heard in in a long time.  and she has great taste in the in the mixing room.  She says one of her favorite inspirations is Bjork., which is a good thing in my opinion.  Maggie's  a recent graduate from college and has released a couple of CDs on her own. She recently released a single "Alaska" which went viral on Youtube.  And she has a CD in the making. I just think she's someone you're going to hear from in the near future. What a great talent. And what a great voice.