Baroque February

I have no formal education in music, just a keen interest. Anything I know about classical music I have gleaned myself over time, and I’m learning as I go.

The Baroque era was an early part of that self-lead musical discovery. Many works of classical music that I encountered early in my adulthood came out of the Late Baroque period.

The Baroque was both a long and significant era in western music.

It’s broken into three parts, conveniently named Early (1550–99), Middle (1600–49), and Late (1650–99), with 50 transitional years on either end to stretch the entire era to 250 years. Modern composition styles that many would most easily identify as classical music, like the concerto, sonata, and symphony, originate in this period. Given the length and influence, I feel like the Baroque deserves it’s own blog series, separate from other classical music.

Below are some February born or baptized Baroque era composers whose works I’ve come across.

EARLY

Biagio Marini    

Michael Praetorius  

Francesco Maria Veracini

Stefano Landi 

 

MIDDLE

Giovanni Battista Vitali   

Johann Philipp Krieger 

Francesco Cavalli 

 

LATE

Johann Adam Birkenstock

Francesco Maria Veracini

Nicolas Chédeville 

Pietro Gnocchi 

Georg Friedrich Kauffmann 

Johann Melchior Molter 

Giacomo Facco 

Louis Marchand 

Johan Agrell 

Arcangelo Corelli 

George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She wrote the songs – let’s start big this year!

Dolly Parton.

Do I need to say any more? She’s a music legend for a reason.

Below I’ve listed some of my favourites written by her, and I’ve included some covers of her songs as well. Enjoy!

Coat of many colors

Jolene

  • The White Stripes singing Jolene
  • Norah Jones singing Jolene
  • Laura Marling & Mumford & Sons singing Jolene

I Will Always Love You

Eagle When She Flies

Yellow roses

Two Doors Down 

Kentucky Gambler

Do I ever cross your mind

Two Sides to Every Story  (with Porter Wagoner)

No Reason To Hurry Home (with Porter Wagoner) 

Poor Folks Town

Nine to Five

 Jeannie’s Afraid Of The Dark (with Porter Wagoner)

I’ve Been Married Just As Long As You Have (with Porter Wagoner) 

Unlikely Angel

Somebody’s Missing You

I Will Forever Hate Roses

Marry Me!

Apple Jack

More Where That Came From (with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette)

Let Her Fly

Nickels and Dimes

Second Best

Just The Way I Am

The Bridge

Don’t Let it Trouble Your Mind

Just Because I’m a Woman

The Seeker

Love Is Like a Butterfly

The Bargain Store

And check out these songs for which Dolly was the writer but not singer:

 

 

 

 

 

Baroque January

I have no formal education in music, just a keen interest. Anything I know about classical music I have gleaned myself over time, and I’m learning as I go.

The Baroque era was an early part of that self-lead musical discovery. Many works of classical music that I encountered early in my adulthood came out of the Late Baroque period.

The Baroque was both a long and significant era in western music.

It’s broken into three parts, conveniently named Early (1550–99), Middle (1600–49), and Late (1650–99), with 50 transitional years on either end to stretch the entire era to 250 years. Modern composition styles that many would most easily identify as classical music, like the concerto, sonata, and symphony, originate in this period. Given the length and influence, I feel like the Baroque deserves it’s own blog series, separate from other classical music.

Below are some January born or baptized Baroque era composers whose works I’ve come across.

EARLY

Antonio Maria Abbatini

 

MIDDLE

Johann Hermann Schein

Christoph Bernhard

Portrait of Adam Krieger by Romstet

Johann Friedrich Alberti

Adam Krieger  

Pietro Filippo Scarlatti

 

LATE

Gregor Joseph Werner

William Hayes (transition) 

Christoph Graupner

Jacques Duphly (transition) 

Johann Joachim Quantz

Joseph-Hector Fiocco (transition)

Antonio Veracini  

Giuseppe Sammartini

Johann Georg Pisendel

 

The music that slipped away in 2017

I admit, 2017 music losses were completely over-shadowed by the insanity of politics. But this year again, every genre lost a legend or two it seems. Country music lost Glen Campbell, funk lost Clyde Stubblefield, romance lost Al Jarreau, we lost the inspiration for Mr Tambourine Man Bruce Langhorne, jazz lost Arthur Blythe, the Allman Brothers lost more than most, and we all lost the legendary Chuck Berry. The year also sort feels like seven degrees of separation from Paul Simon. 

I’ve tried to round up some of the farewells below; it’s a long list. Omissions are not meant to offend, but do reflect my personal taste in music, and the paths I have both traveled and not yet discovered in music.

I don’t think as a Canadian I could start any mourning with anyone except Gord:

Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip)

Tom Petty (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

Chuck Berry

Glen Campbell

 

Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers)

Maggie Roche (The Roches)

Roberta Peters

William Onyeabor

Buddy Greco

Nicolai Gedda

Eddie Kamae

Larry Coryell

Clyde Stubblefield

Barbara Carroll

Al Jarreau

Arthur Blythe

Joni Sledge (Sister Sledge)

Dave Valentin

Sylvia Moy – I wrote blog about her earlier this year.

Bruce Langhorne

J. Geils

Linda Hopkins

Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers)

Barbara Smith Conrad

Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)

Geri Allen

Rosalie Sorrels

Paul Zukofsky

Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) – not a big fan sorry, so no song link.

Ray Phiri

John Abercrombie

Fredell Lack

Bea Wain

Sonny Burgess

Barbara Cook

Tom Paley

Zuzana Ruzickova

CeDell Davis

Charles Bradley

Brenda Lewis

Michael Friedman [theatre]

Don Williams [country]

Holger Czukay (Can)

Walter Becker (Steely Dan)

Jim Nabors

Carol Neblett [opera, soprano]

Jon Hendricks [jazz]

Dimitri Hvorostivsky [opera, baritone]

Wayne Cochran

David Cassidy

Pete Moore (Miracles)

Della Reese [jazz]

Malcolm Young – I’m including the link to his obituary because he played a part in my formative years, but no song link because I have never been a particular fan of AC/DC.

Fred Cole

Keely Smith [jazz]

Pat Dinzio (The Smithereens)

Vincent Nguini

Johnny Hallyday – the “Elvis of France”

Mitch Margo

Tommy Keene

Mel Tillis [country]

Chuck Mosley (Faith No More)

Robert Knight

Dick Noel “King of the Jingles”

Al Hurricane

Howard Carroll (Dixie Hummingbirds)

Jessi Zazu (Those Darlins)

Skip Prokop (Lighthouse)

D.L. Menard

Micheal Johnson

Red West

Jimmy LaFave

Robert Miles

Cuba Gooding Sr. (The Main Ingredient)

Dick Contino – I have a surprising love of accordion music

Allan Holdsworth [influencer and in many groups]

David Peel

Paul O’Neill (Trans-Siberian Orchestra )

Clem Curtis (Foundations)

Horace Parlan [jazz]

Leon Ware

Clyde Stubblefield

Svend Asmussen [jazz]

John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia)

Ronald ‘Bingo’ Mundy (Marcels)

Jaki Liebezeit (Can)

Peter Sarstedt

Behind the music

George Avakian [jazz] – produced recordings by legends I love, like Louis Armstrong.

Harold Pendleton – Reading Festival & Marquee Club Founder.

Bill Marin –  behind acts I love, like Tito Puente and Celia Cruz.

Carol Peters – manager of the band Heart, a band of women managed by a woman. How could I not note that?

Johnny Sandlin – Allman Brothers producer. I told you they got hit bad in 2017.

Harry Sandler – behind acts I love, like John Mellencamp, Eagles, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Nicks.

Nigel Grainge – founded Ensign Records home to acts I love like, Sinead O’Connor, The Boomtown Rats, Thin Lizzy, The Waterboys, and 10cc.

Eric Miller – brought back recordings by legendary artists I love, like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Ray Charles, and might be the reason I found them and love them.

Ilene Berns – ran Bang Records with groups I love, like Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The McCoys, Strangeloves.

Marilyn Petrone – music executive who has worked with more artists I love than I can list but to name a few: Tina Turner, War, ELO, Kenny Rogers, and Johnny Rivers.

Buddy Bregman – worked with legends I love like, Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Merman and Bing Crosby.

I know she’s not a musician, but since her loss mattered to me I’m going to include her with the song we all associate with her: Mary Tyler Moore

December songs

Second week: Songs for Christmas have been done. I’ve done it. I don’t want to do it again. There’s more to the December than the one holiday.

Counting Crows – A Long December

The Moody Blues – December Snow

Cyndi Lauper – December Child

The Everly Brothers – June is as Cold as December

Weezer – December

Willie Nelson – December Day

Merle Haggard – If We Make It Through December

Alison Krauss and Natalie MacMaster – Get Me Through December

Collective Soul – December

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – Air Of December

Glen Campbell – Cold December (In Your Heart)

They Might Be Giants – Will You Love Me in December As You Do In May

George Michael – December Song

The Four Seasons – December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)

The Waterboys – December

Said the Whale – Black Day in December

Cowboy Junkies – December Skies

Prince – Last December 

A month of winter songs

Songs for Christmas have been done. I’ve done it. I don’t want to do it again. There’s more to the season than the one holiday.

         Simon & Garfunkel – A Hazy Shade Of Winter

                                      Nico – Winter Song

                                                                          Pixies – Winterlong

Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds

                                                                          Tori Amos – Winter

                                   Steve Miller Band – Winter Time

Linda Ronstadt – Winter Light

                       Queen – A Winter’s Tale

Bruce Springsteen – Winter Song

               The Rolling Stones – Winter

                                           The Waterboys – Winter Winter

                                Of Monsters And Men – Winter Sound

Gordon Lightfoot – Song for a winter’s night

                              Rodney Crowell – Forty Winters

                                                  The Pipettes – A Winter’s Sky

                                      Cowboy Junkies – Winter’s Song

Dishwalla – Winter Sun

                              Blondie – Winter

                                            Big Country – Winter Sky

                        Nazareth – Winter Sunlight

Grand Funk Railroad – Winter and my soul

                 Engelbert Humperdinck – Winter world of love

                                    Hank Williams – Faded love and winter roses

Merle Haggard – Roses In The Winter

                                              The Staves – Winter Trees

Missy Higgins – Blind Winter

Said The Whale – The Bones of Winter

  Harry Chapin – Winter Song

                       Shawn Colvin – In The Bleak Mid-Winter

                                          U2 – Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baroque December

I have no formal education in music, just a keen interest. Anything I know about classical music I have gleaned myself over time, and I’m learning as I go.

The Baroque era was an early part of that self-lead musical discovery. Many works of classical music that I encountered early in my adulthood came out of the Late Baroque period.

The Baroque was both a long and significant era in western music.

It’s broken into three parts, conveniently named early (1550–99), middle (1600–49), and late (1650–99), with 50 transitional years on either end to stretch the entire era to 250 years. Modern composition styles that many would most easily identify as classical music, like the concerto, sonata, and symphony, originate in this period. Given the length and influence, I feel like the Baroque deserves it’s own blog series, separate from other classical music.

Below are some December born or baptized Baroque era composers whose works I’ve come across.

EARLY

Orlando Gibbons

Agostino Agazzari

Christoph Demantius 

William Croft as a choirboy, by Unknown artist, painting, circa 1690

Orazio Vecchi

Manuel Cardoso

Alessandro Piccinini

Michelagnolo Galilei

Henry Lawes

MIDDLE

Adam Drese

Johann Rudolph Ahle

Samuel Capricornus (born Samuel Friedrich Bockshorn)

Bernardo Pasquini

Johann Adam Reincken (also Jan Adams, Jean Adam, Reinken, Reinkinck, Reincke, Reinicke, Reinike)

Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco 

LATE

Johann Krieger

William Croft

Domenico Sarro (also Sarri)

Francesco Geminiani

  • 12 Concerti Grossi, 1/2 & 2/2

Capel Bond

Antonio Soler 

Daniel Eberlin (transition period)

Michel Pignolet de Montéclair

Francesco Scarlatti

Johann Christoph Bach

Lodovico Giustini (transition period)

Michel Richard Delalande (or de Lalande)

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

Giovanni Battista Somis

André Campra

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault

Giuseppe Valentini

Conrad Friedrich Hurlebusch

 

 

November earworm round up

I wake up almost every morning with an earworm. Sometimes they fade quickly, other times they last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me doubt my own sanity. They come from all genres. I can never figure out what triggered them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and good music never goes out of style.

Here’s a roundup of my November earworms:

Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover

Dee Clark – Raindrops

Buckwheat Zydeco – Tee Nah Nah

Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero

John Hammond – 16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six

Johnny Rivers – Poor Side of Town

k.d. lang – Miss Chatelaine

Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love

Tom Fogerty – Sick And Tired

Rickie Lee Jones – Young Blood

Gordon Lightfoot If You Could Read My Mind

Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe

Bonnie Raitt – Something To Talk About

Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You

Randy Newman – You’ve Got A Friend In Me

LuLu – To Sir With Love

Donna Fargo – The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA

Peter, Paul and Mary – Leaving on a Jet Plane

Petula Clark – A Sign Of The Times

Kim Stockwood — She’s Not In Love

Luther Ingram – If lovin you is wrong I don’t wanna be right

Chilliwack – My Girl

Lavern Baker – I Cried a Tear

Clyde McPhatter – A Lover’s Question

Nina Gordon – Tonight And The Rest Of My Life

The Youngbloods – Statesboro Blues

Chic – Dance Dance Dance

RuPaul – Supermodel

Merle Travis – No Vacancy

Björk – Human Behavior

She wrote the songs – Golden girl

Lotti Golden is a cult icon of the late 60s music scene. She was one of the creative women that began to demand that their share of the spotlight shine on the unique perspective of women, not just on women’s voices singing men’s words. I found her in my early 20s when I ended up with a record someone gave me. That record is lost. Sadly, she isn’t on iTunes (unless I’m doing something wrong) so she won’t be found by another generation of women. As my favour to you, I’m going to share her.

From her 1969 album Motor-cycle:

Gonna Fay’s

A Lot Like Lucifer

This is also a great song, from a 1971 album:

Staircase between the floors

Or this song also from 1971:

 Sock It To Me Baby-It’s Your Thing

In the 80s she moved into writer producer roles, and co-wrote some fabulous songs.

Brenda K. Starr ‎- Pickin’ Up Pieces

Warp 9 – Beat Wave 

Diana Ross – Dirty looks

E.G. Daily – Some People

I hope you enjoyed this little intro to an artist that isn’t in the spotlight anymore. See if you can find her music elsewhere. I know I’m going to keep looking for her in discount LP bins every chance I get. 

Songs worth remembering

There are many songs about war and peace. We’ve been singing about those two conflicting states since the dawn of time. 

November 11 is Remembrance Day.  In honour of that day, here are eleven of my favourites.

 

  1. Billy Bragg – Between The Wars
  2. Bobby Darin – Simple Song of Freedom
  3. Jackson Browne – The Drums Of War
  4. Paper Lace – Billy don’t be a Hero
  5. Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction
  6. Pink Floyd – The Gunner’s Dream
  7. Bob Dylan – Blowing In The Wind
  8. George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
  9. Queen – Hammer To Fall
  10. The Jam – Little Boy Soldiers
  11. The Original Caste – One Tin Soldier