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I saw that movie tonight. I laughed, I cried, I swore (in both official languages)...and it was worth it.

Music video (that's actually related)!

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Courtesy of CBC Radio's Q:

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D'you suppose we could get at least twenty people interested in a Canadian Music community?

Neil Young, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kashtin, Tanya Tagaq, Metric, Bruce Cockburn, New Pornographers, Arcade Fire, Rush, Stars, Coeur de Pirate, the list goes on...

Putting the question out there.
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I was listening to Q the other day whilst doing the work at the day-job, and they had host Tom Power interviewing this big-name opera singer, Michael Fabiano. As they do. I'd strongly recommend listening to the interview, whether you care about opera one way or the other.

One of the things Mr. Fabiano mentioned in passing was how a lot of people in the audience got up to all manner of hijinks back in the 19th century, up to and including "fornicating". Naturally, this got me thinking of opera as being the 19th Century equivalent of the drive-in movie theatres of the 20th. Because some things - like human behaviours - only change venues over the centuries.

Which led to me thinking of some of the stuff [profile] diane_duane included as a sidebar plot in her Star Trek novel Dark Mirror, involving Will Riker and wo'rIv puqloD mogh (AKA Worf, son of Mogh) exploring violence in opera...up to and including riots that occasionally brought down governments.

And then Mr. Fabiano also went on to invoke Hans Zimmer in passing as part of a way of linking certain genres modern cinema to their operatic forbears. Not a bad choice. I'd add John Williams - the composer, not my father - and Bear McCreary...particularly the latter's work on Battlestar Galactica. Orchestrations that threw in everything from taiko drums to bagpipes, sometimes in the same anthem, and made them work together. Both in support of the drama on the screen and as stand-alone music.

And I'm not sure where I'm going with all of this.
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Leonard Cohen's "Democracy" as a rallying anthem to close out the evening. Cohen's own performance, or Don Henley's interpretation? Or is there another version you like?

Good night, and good luck.
dewline: (Grief)
And we've lost Chuck Berry and Berni Wrightson so far this weekend, among many others whose lives I know far less of.

Update 19 March 2017: Add Jimmy Breslin to that list. :-(
dewline: (musical discussions)
"...and all we want, is to feel like all we got didn't cost us everything...even if we never win."

Whoops

Feb. 27th, 2017 09:36 pm
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Needed to clean off almost 100 CDs after getting home from the doctor's office after work. In trying to avoid a puddle, I stepped on what I thought was solid snow and earth and landed in a slough. Water, and bits of plants from that soaked through the storage case I was using to take the CDs between work and home.

And this accident happened en route TO the doctor.
dewline: (canadian music)
If you dare: Bruce Cockburn's "All Our Dark Tomorrows", suggested by the letters section in today's Toronto Star.

Opening line: "The village idiot takes the throne, his the wind in which all must sway..."
dewline: (musicians)
Good morning, and good luck.

(At least it was local morning when I wrote this.)

CBC Music's starting up another edition of their annual Searchlight competition, for those Canadians reading this with an eye on music as part of their income-earning or sanity-supporting programmes.

Details on their YouTube channel on how to enter.

With diligence and luck, Canada's music library will improve in both size and quality as a result. It usually does.
dewline: (musicians)
I wonder if this could have been the anthem for Star Trek: Enterprise, had it gotten that fifth season...

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Remember this comment from a year and a half or so ago?

I'm still looking for a Discman-style gadget.
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A question for the Leonard Cohen fans in the room: if you were to pick from the cover versions of "Who By Fire?" available to us all, which would you consider the best possible at present? You're quite welcome to change your minds later, or to object to the question itself if you've a mind to do so.
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Listening to "The Winter Soldier" anthem from that movie's soundtrack. The ambiguity and the mounting tension in it...seem too apropos right now.

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