Category Archives: Music

And He Sings Too

I had heard that Mike Rowe sang opera but I hadn’t heard the whole story before.

And here’s how you sing The Star Spangled Banner if you can’t hit the high notes.

Tunnels of Music

Here’s another one from an extremely fascinating series of videos. I posted the one of Flight of the Bumblebee last week. Here’s another one. It’s even more fun toward the end where it gets busier. And there are a few others: Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy.

Classical Music Effects

For the record, I don’t believe in The Mozart Effect and even if it’s true, I think trying to convince people to listen to classical music for some beneficial effect is wrong and detrimental. So I found this hilarious:

LISZT EFFECT: Child speaks rapidly and extravagantly, but never really says anything important.

BRUCKNER EFFECT: Child speaks v-e-r-y slowly and repeats himself frequently and at length. Gains reputation for profundity.

WAGNER EFFECT: Child becomes a egocentric megalomaniac. May eventually marry his sister.

MAHLER EFFECT: Child continually screams–at great length and volume–that he’s dying.

SCHOENBERG EFFECT: Child never repeats a word until he’s used all the other words in his vocabulary. Sometimes talks backwards. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child blames them for their inability to understand him.

There are several more, and don’t miss the comments because there are even more.

Note: I first saw some of these on Facebook then Googled it to find more.

Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706. If you’re my age you probably learned in elementary school that Franklin talked to the French, “discovered electricity,” invented the lighting rod, and wrote a few wise and witty lines, such as “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” And that was just about all. But, as adults, we have learned that he did quite a bit more than that. One of his many inventions was the glass armonica.

And here is a modern composition for glass armonica and orchestra.

Better Than Blue

It can be a little embarrassing to admit that you like Elvis Presley. There’s a good chance that someone will assume that you are one of those people. And some of his best songs are neglected in favor of the more catchy, and in some cases annoying, songs. Take, for example, Blue Christmas. (Please!) I absolutely hate, loathe, and despise that song. Maybe if they didn’t play it so much around Christmas. It is not really a Christmas song. It’s a broken-hearted love song that just happens to mention Christmas. (not to mention that the background is seriously annoying which might be the worst thing about it. I usually like Elvis’s background singers but on this one they sound like… well, I can’t think of anything else that bad right now.)

Elvis recorded at least one whole album of Christmas songs but Blue Christmas is the only one you ever hear. Unless you go looking for them yourself. This is one of my favorites, even though I don’t entirely agree with the sentiment. If every day was like Christmas, Christmas would no longer be special. In fact, I think, in some ways, all the wrong ways, every day is like Christmas. Kids no longer have to wait for Christmas to get toys or special treats. Most kids get toys and treats throughout the year, often as bribes to “be good”. And we adults don’t wait to treat ourselves either.

But anyway… sorry for the rant. Here’s the song. I love the gentleness of it.


I know I said I wasn’t going to post anything today but then I read this about the Buffalo Philharmonic and I was intrigued by Kelly’s description of the orchestra as “rather like dark chocolate, deeply rich and complex,” so I went searching on Youtube and found this seasonally appropriate piece that I had not heard before.


This is supposed to be the most relaxing tune ever.

Poppycock. (I love that word.) I listened to the whole thing and I think it actually made me a little bit tense. That constant droning… it’s like an insect buzzing around the room. So what is the most relaxing tune ever? (IMO, of course) The first that comes to mind is Silent Night as performed by Mannheim Steamroller. As for the most relaxing non-seasonal tune… I’ll have to think about that.