Some Consolation

This is what I get for going to work when most people are on vacation/holiday. It's a driveway at one of the farms I pass, with their own streetlight, but we'll just pretend it's the moon, 'k? And these trees on the hill. I like silhouettes. I did not set the camera to black and … Continue reading Some Consolation

Current Inspiration

This piece gives me chills. I just wish it was longer and didn't end so abruptly. I give you: Two Steps From Hell, "Protectors of the Earth" from their album, "Invincible."   http://youtu.be/ASj81daun5Q   I downloaded the MP3 version from Amazon, in case anyone's wondering. I still don't know if this current WIP is going … Continue reading Current Inspiration

Festival of Carols

The annual tradition of the Festival of Carols begins tomorrow on Portland's classical station, KQAC. They play the most beautiful Christmas music composed through the ages, so many pieces and arrangements that you've likely never heard. It's four days of non-stop glorious music so if, like me, you've had all  you can stand of "Rockin' … Continue reading Festival of Carols

Hard Times Come Again No More

I'm not sure why but this song started going through my head today. This is for anyone going through a tough time. http://youtu.be/vstfG98GxFk The singers are (l to r) Mary Black, Tommy Fleming, Eleanor Shanley, and Maura O'Connell, accompanied by De Danann. For those not familiar, this was written in 1854 by American composer Stephen … Continue reading Hard Times Come Again No More

Weird Things I Wonder About

You guys are probably used to my bizarre musings, but just in case the needle on the weird-o-meter hasn't been pegged lately, allow me to give it a nudge. I'm a huge classical music fan (as you no doubt know) so I've often felt sad thinking about people who lived before Mozart was born and … Continue reading Weird Things I Wonder About

The Grass Where He Stood

Since I have the great luxury this year of having President's Day off (I can't remember the last time I had it off, maybe not since school?)  I thought I'd post a small tribute to Honest Abe, although that's a little disingenuous. Mostly I'm obsessed with the piece of music that plays over the images, … Continue reading The Grass Where He Stood

Circle of Joy

Since I have no news, other than being home sick for the last three days and trying to work from home a bit, I thought I'd share some music. Here's a beautiful Celtic harp piece called Circle of Joy, by Lisa Lynne. Windham Hill sticks it on their Celtic Christmas collections, which is fine, but … Continue reading Circle of Joy

Counterpoint

Perhaps a counterpoint to my last post, this is soothing, rather than distressing. I woke to this on the radio the other day. Music at that hour, when I'm not yet fully awake, has a profound effect on me. I am unable to move, even to roll over and check the time, lest I miss … Continue reading Counterpoint

Shining Night – A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen

http://youtu.be/j_9kmZeXx5U   You guys know I love this man's music, I've posted it here before, and I'm thrilled they've done a documentary about him now, while he's still with us. This is just a trailer for it. Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen' celebrates the life and music of the artist whom musicologist … Continue reading Shining Night – A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen