Lots of things that interested me recently, many of them dealing with music.
This website is quite interesting and has several fascinating SOUND CLIPS from Aerosmith to Pavarotti including Joan Sutherland and harmonics singing. Even if you don't read the whole article, it is fun to listen to the singers clips and read the short info about their sounds. The sound clips and "infographics" of the vocal instrument are located in a box on page one of the article entitled "ALSO IN THIS ARTICLE". *** There's a film called The Singing Revolution which was shown in L.A., opened in NYC recently, and has been shown in a few other places in the U.S. It is a full-length documentary about the relationship between singing (much of it choral singing) and the struggle for Estonia's independence from the Soviet Union. You can see and hear film clips and request that the film be shown in your community by going to the film's website. *** Ever see Now Play it, a YouTube variation? It contains tutorials that explain how to play specific popular songs -- many posted by the recording artists themselves. This page, for example, lets you download a 27-minute video tutorial of Paul McCartney explaining how he played the parts on a single from his last album. Other entries: Iggy Pop ("Lust for Life"); David Bowie (several, including "Heroes" & "Space Oddity"), Radiohead, others. The downside: The site bills for downloads. Let's see how long THAT lasts. *** I know they're over, but I still enjoy Ask Vulture: Should You Watch Sunday Night's Grammy Awards? *** Subject: A RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES? Not an inalienable right, it turns out. *** There have been dissenters of Brahms' work since the nineteenth century, some of them heavyweights, e.g., Tchaikovsky and Britten. The blasphemy continues in this piece from the Washington Post by Anne Midgette. *** HEMA is a Dutch department store. The first store opened on November 4, 1926, in Amsterdam. Now there are 150 stores all over the Netherlands. HEMA also has stores in Belgium, Luxemburg, and Germany. In June of this year, HEMA was sold to British investment company Lion Capital. Take a look at HEMA's product page. You can't order anything and it's in Dutch, but just wait a couple of seconds and watch what happens. *** Why I'm supporting John McCain: