Monthly Archives: April 2020

Tone Poem Tuesday (Wednesday Edition)

No excuse, I just didn’t get to it yesterday. You get what you pay for, folks! But anyway, a repeat of a favorite work of mine. This twenty-minute concert overture by Edward Elgar is lyrical and exciting. It reminds me … Continue reading

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Words, and a bird

After a long period–more than a year!–in which I have been mainly focused on editing drafts of various manuscripts, I am finally back to actually drafting one. It’s Book Two of Seaflame!, which you may remember by its old not-actual-title … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday (Friday edition)

Sorry to be a day late, but I had my regular shift at work yesterday, combined with my weekly grocery shopping, combined with having to go back in to work to assist with an overtime job (installing a new refrigerated … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

Baroque music hasn’t always been my cup of tea, but I’ve made strides in its direction over the years. And even when I wasn’t a big Baroque fan, I’ve always rather liked the music of George Frideric Handel. There’s a … Continue reading

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Poetical Excursion: “The Ruin”, from the Anglo-Saxon

This poem is fascinating in that it seems to anticipate Shelley and Ozymandias by almost a thousand years. It describes in some depth the ruins of a Roman city, which has fallen into decay and disrepair, and juxtaposing that imagery … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

I’ve always loved Loreena McKennitt’s music, although I did lose track of her for a while. It turns out that she had a new album in 2018, called Lost Souls. Here is the first track from that album, “Spanish Guitars … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

I could do some historical research on this piece, but…nah. Just enjoy the theatrics. Here’s Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, with chorus! You don’t hear the choral version all that often. Share This Post

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Beethoven: the “Hunt” Sonata

Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 18 (Op. 31, No. 3) has been a favorite piece of mine for years…and for years I didn’t know what it was. I first heard part of it–not the whole work, but a single movement–at my … Continue reading

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From the Books: A MAN ON THE MOON (Apollo 13 at 50)

Fifty years ago today, a Saturn V rocket blasted off from Cape Kennedy Spaceport. The destination of the three-man crew–astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert–in the command module perched atop the rocket was the Fra Mauro Highlands on … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

If you’ve ever been around piano students or piano teachers, you’ve heard this work of Beethoven’s. The Sonata No. 8 in C minor, also known as the Pathetique, is often a young pianist’s first entrance into the world of the … Continue reading

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