Archive | March, 2013

Weekly Vinyl – Cajun Paradise

8 Mar

Cajun Paradise
Wayne Toups and the Crowley Aces
(1979)
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It’s hard for me to differentiate the quality of Cajun music. It all goes to the fact that I don’t think I’ve ever heard any bad Cajun music. I have heard excellent music in this genre. The worst I could say about any Cajun music is that it is typical. Not bad, but OK. Wayne Toups and his Crowley Aces are not in the excellent category. They seem to lack flair in this recording. Their playing is measured and has a feel that the band is holding a lot back in terms of energy and excitement. To be fair, this music has to be experienced live to really come out. This album was recorded when he was just 21, and was released in Europe before he made a career for himself in his native USA. I picked this up in a bin in Switzerland where I got a lot of good interesting albums to be sure.

Stuff and things

4 Mar

This will be an occasional theme here. I try to be a minimalist, but I have a lot of stuff and things. I have friends who espouse being minimalistic and not encumbered with possessions. But they all have stuff. And things. It is a condition of our society. It is the human nature. Collecting. Acquiring. Stuff. Things.
For several years now I have been trying to shed myself of my stuff and things. I have been trying to limit the stuff, and things that pollute my mind. I am not failing in this quest. I have not succeeded either. Like a magnet rolling on the floor – stuff and things get attached to me – my life.
Books, magazines, records, CDs, cassettes all have value. Guitars, musical instruments, musical technology (electronic effects), drums and percussive thingamabobs, microphones and recorders – all have value. No? The flotsam and jetsam of the technological age (computers, scanners, etc.) that I have kept alive to keep on doing what I do – whatever that is…
Stuff and things… Stuff and things… I love them. I hate them.

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Socks away

3 Mar

Socks away

Lost socks at Tim Hortons. I guess the Roll-Up-The-Rim contest knocked the socks off.

Weekly Vinyl – The Romantic Cello Music of Spain

1 Mar

The Romantic Cello Music of Spain
Janos Starker
(1968)
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When I pulled this album out of the stack I though that this was just going to be a run of the mill classical album. I like the cello. I like the sound it makes – the deeply melodic, soulful sound. I gave it a listen and was impressed. The music was not as “romantic” as I thought. I was expecting much more saccharine pap and what I heard was quite pleasant but not entirely memorable. The album has descriptions of the musical pieces presented on this recording and this makes for some interesting reading. I did a quick search on Wikipedia in a vain hope that I would find out something more about the cellist, Janos Starker, than was given in the notes on the cover. Behold, this is not some little vanity project by an obscure cellist. This guy, Starker, has over 160 recordings to his name and apparently recorded all works composed for the cello.