chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Pandora just came up with this one. I'd almost forgotten how much I love it. This is a very nice live version:

The only thing that's missing from this recording is the soft little random chimes at the beginning, which always give me happy shivers down my spine.

"Pippin"

Mar. 30th, 2013 04:21 pm
chomiji: Yumichika from Bleach, with the caption It's Showtime! - with a musical note (yumichika-showtime!)

[livejournal.com profile] lawless523 had a post about Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell (and Jethro Tull's Aqualung). Godspell was composed by Stephen Schwartz, who also did Pippin.

Pippin has always been one of my favorite shows. I'm not under any illusions that it's a classic of the American Broadway Musical genre, but the loopily sinister hippy-carnival/medieval costumes (original designs by Patricia Zipprodt) and the pop-y songs with their loving nods to classic U.S. showbiz tropes, have always made me happy.

Cut for pictures and video )
chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

This just came up on Pandora, and I had the same feeling of yearning and emotional lift that I did the first time I heard it on the radio, back in my teens:


"Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel ... probably my favorite song ever.
chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

(An online exchange just reminded me of this song, and the little spoken intro about doing what you love and about songwriting is so cool.)

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

- Stan Rogers' cover of Archie Fisher's song

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

- "Redtail Hawk" by Kate Wolf (1942-1986)

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Anna and Kate McGarrigle ... this is an old favorite. The little bass riff in the background slays me.

Trivia: Kate (d. 2010) was Rufus Wainwright's mother.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

[livejournal.com profile] lawless523 has a post about Steeleye Span, the British folk-rock group that so many of us geek-folks loved during the 1970s. The songs she highlighted reminded me of this one, from Span lead singer Maddy Prior's solo album Woman in the Wings:

"Long Shadows"

Click for lyrics )
chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

"She saw the moon over Milford Haven
Stars in a flaming sky
She stepped out into the sunrise
And she found that she could fly

- Oysterband, "Milford Haven"

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Amazon and Pandora have both recommended a group called the Lumineers for me. I don't think they've ever come up with the same group for me at the same time like this.

Pandora played me one cut, which was pleasant but not perfect: certainly none of the happy head rush that I felt when I first heard "Can You Hear Me" by Poets of the Fall or "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men. I guess I'll see what else is up by them on YouTube. Anyone else familiar with them?

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Tip of the hat to [livejournal.com profile] mmcirvin at James Nicoll's place for this group. These guys have a more U.S. country/roots vibe, but the general sound is indeed similar to Of Monsters and Men.

ETA: This one too: Child.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

"Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men

ETA: My Lord, I am completely besotted with this group! Mountain Sound is awesome too!

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

So this was excellent. I know that various critics have been mouthing off about Springsteen and saying that he's not so relevant these days, or whatever. But let's face it: if you still enjoy hearing his songs, whether they're 2 years old or 30 years old, he's relevant to you, and I'm definitely in that category.

Cut for more, including concert setlist )

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

India.Arie & Idan Raichel. >purrs<

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

... in a writing prompt:

Wow, that hit the spot more effectively than anything has for a while.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

(Bruce plus Southside Johnny and the whole flippin' E Street Band! Just listen to those fat horns! Nuh NUH, nuh NUH ... Love, love, love: "I'm down on my bended knee, just beggin' you to talk to me!")

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

2011 logo for the Takoma Park Folk Festival, with the festival name, a stylized banjo, and the word Peace in many different languages

"The 34th annual Takoma Park Folk Festival will be held on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and this year’s theme of Peace and Reconciliation is in recognition of that tragic event. Performers have been encouraged to present music and dance related to this theme, and they will reflect ways that the arts can promote unity and harmony across cultures. Some performers, such as emma’s revolution and Magpie, are internationally known peace advocates. The Festival also will provide opportunities for visitors to hear and discuss various points of view with representatives of nonprofit organizations at our Community Tables."

Festival Website, with schedule of performances, directions, list of community groups participating, etc.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)
chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

The Washington Post had a review of a recital by U.S. opera star Joyce DiDonato, in which she performed pop standards as well as arias. The WaPo reviewer loved her, so I was wondering what she sounded like.

Well, of course YouTube had videos. Lots of them. So for the past half hour I've been listening to her sing "Over the Rainbow," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and stuff like that.

She's far too mannered for my taste, and she has that operatic vibrato, which I don't like much. But man! What a set of pipes! When she goes for a high note, you know she's still got a lot more to give: such power.

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuya-say what?)

Ganked from all over the place, including louiselux, indelicateink, and devikun. I'm not sure what type of music I'm making here ... perhaps ironic folk-rock in the mode of Freedy Johnston?



Go to Wikipedia and hit random. The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

Go to quotationspage.com and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

Go to flickr and click on explore the last seven days. Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together. Post it with this text in the caption.


I swear I did not fudge the results ... but the album title and the picture go together awfully well, don't they? (The band name, not so much!)

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