If you have a couple hours to kill one evening, click over to YouTube and search for song covers made my amateur musicians. Sure, you’ll see a lot of junk, but if you’re patient and your search-fu is strong, you’ll find some amazing performances. I went YouTube prospecting a few weeks ago and found a […]
Category: Tunes, Hot and Not Hot
One of my Christmas traditions is to listen to my favorite parts of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” as close to Christmas Eve night as possible. I have a terrific rendition, by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis, that brings majesty and reverence to the piece in ways the traditional chamber orchestra recordings do […]
Ever hear a song on the radio and say to yourself, “Oh, hey! I haven’t heard that song in ages. I really liked it!”. Well, “Ding Dong Merrily on High” is that Christmas song for me. The tune is delightful (but a bear to sing well because the chorus is two long phrases and you […]
If you know me even a little bit, you know I love Christmas music, especially the classics done by old-school musicians who know the value of a simple melody sung well. Nat King Cole, who for my money is one of the three finest male pop singers ever (along with Sam Cooke and Frank Sinatra), […]
I love Christmas music. I figure I have a couple dozen Christmas albums in my iTunes collection that I either ripped from CDs that I bought over the years or downloaded from iTunes or Amazon and I’m always on the lookout for good stuff to add to the collection. At this time of year, they […]
While I was on my blogging break, I missed the 200th anniversary of the birth of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. You may not think you know who Liszt is, but you know his music.