Category Archive: Music

Nov 20 2013

Like a Rolling Stone

I don’t know what to make of this. But there are a lot worse things you can do than spend a few minutes listening to Bob Dylan singing one of his greatest hits, as if it were being done by a whole variety of different TV channels that you can choose to surf through.

Nov 05 2013

The lion sleeps tonight

This version by the popular duo Hippo and Dog never fails to make me smile. Hippo Sings & Dog Dances to The Lion Sleeps Tonight from Cris Popenoe on Vimeo. For some reason, I had always thought that this song was performed by a group of black singers from Africa or the Caribbean. Just shows …

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Sep 20 2013

A physics version of Bohemian Rhapsody

Via reader Mark I heard about Timothy Blaise, a graduate student at McGill University, who has created an incredibly good cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody that not only sounds good musically but actually hits some of the main points of string theory.

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Aug 29 2013

Ghost riders in the sky

The late great Johnny Cash takes his turn at interpreting a strange but fascinating song, arguably one of the best cowboy songs ever written. I remember loving it for its great rhythm whenever it came on the radio, but never listened carefully to the lyrics. I just did so and found them weird, but the …

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Aug 28 2013

The Ventures and drums

The Ventures were an instrumental rock group from the days of my youth who were known for their up-tempo, driving, pulsating beats that gave special prominence to drummers. They were one of the few purely instrumental rock bands that had an extended successful career, the British group The Shadows being another one. Here are two …

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Aug 25 2013

Opera singing protesters

Portugal is one of those countries that decided that increased austerity for its people was the way to go in dealing with its financial crisis and the result has been massive hardship for many. This has led to protests outside parliament and other venues where prominent government leaders are assembled. A professional opera singer Ana …

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Aug 24 2013

Linda Ronstadt

The singer Linda Ronstadt has said that she is suffering from Parkinson’s disease that has progressed to such a stage that she is no longer able to sing. That is sad because she had a lovely voice.

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Jul 24 2013

From Small Things (big things one day come)

I really like this song by Bruce Springsteen.

Apr 23 2013

Richie Havens (1941-2013)

He died yesterday of a heart attack at his home. He was 72. Who can forget his performance at the 1969 Woodstock festival?

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Feb 17 2013

Ron Moody reviews the situation

Growing up in the pre-internet (and indeed pre-VCR) age, one could only see films when they were still in the theaters and so had only one or two chances. So a great performance would have to be savored in one’s memories. The arrival of the VCR and videocassettes changed all that, giving new life and …

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