Blog Posts on Music

Artists needed for Haitian relief fundraiser

Two professors at Nazareth College are organizing a fundraiser next Wednesday, January 20th to raise money to help victims of the Haitian earthquake.   If you are a musician, actor, poet, or dancer of any age, you are invited to participate.  To get involved, email either Dr.

New Year Resolution

Happy New Year! While zillions of people aspire to start fresh, to stop smoking, lose weight, and eat healthier foods, I resolve to eat better quality chocolate and update my blog more regularly. To that end, I offer you two items.

 

Best Music of 2009

In reviewing the music of 2009, I was struck by how good it actually was. My first thought was that no one recording knocked me out as the run away best of the year, but there were so many exceptional ones, it was hard to pick just ten.

Happy Holidays, or rather, "Feliz Navidad!"

Happy Holidays from your afternoon host guy on WXXI!  It's been a busy Fall, but now that the Winter is officially upon us, I thought I'd offer a little Christmas present to you.  The Eastman Wind Ensemble just toured to Michigan and Chicago, playing at the prestigious Midwest Clinic.

Murder By Mistletoe

I'm a sucker for this sound. It's The Felice Brothers. I'd recommend it for just the piano break alone, for the way it starts to tip over, but the lyrics are interesting too. There's a man drifting off to sleep in an "attic full of make believe" while carolers sing in the street. Later he watches a woman smile on TV and ends up "laying with last year's love, high as the moon above."

Looking for a new carol

The order forms offering music for the year-end festivities begin crossing my desk in September.  All lovely, pretty stuff.  All pretty much the same as last year.  And then we have a banner year, and newly minted magic fills the airwaves.  So here's a short list of holiday CD's I found this year--some with a new take on old pieces, and some with something entirely new. 

Alec Baldwin as host of New York Philharmonic

Every Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. WXXI-FM Classical 91.5 broadcasts concerts from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Jello never looked so good to Leonard Slatkin

Click here to read conductor Leonard Slatkin's description of his heart attack and recovery process: http://leonardslatkin.com/.

 

Osso

Osso joined me for a wonderful set on Open Tunings!

How to be a complete band nerd...and totally rock out

The video game Rock Band lets you sing into a microphone that's plugged into your game console.  If you sing the right pitches and the right rhythms, you earn points.  A bored flutist recently made this stunning discovery: