Category Archives: Music

40 Years Ago Today

I have to admit, I have always loved this silly thing. Somehow it seems appropriate that it came out on Halloween, even though it’s not a Halloween song. But 40 years? How can it be 40 years? I can remember when it was new and I’m not even… Oh. Wait.

Music of the Spheres

I heard this on the radio a couple of days ago while I was driving. The DJ sort of mumbled the name of it and the name of the composer, as classical DJs tend to do. I guess they’re trying to sound reverent or respectful or something but I wish they would knock it off and speak up! Anyway, all I heard was, “Mumble mumble mumble by Michael Mumble.” So, later I looked it up on the radio station’s website. It was Music of the Spheres by Mike Oldfield. I haven’t heard that name in a while. Remember Tubular Bells? For some reason I’ve always had the feeling that Tubular Bells is one of those works we are supposed to hate to prove how sophisticated we are but I like it, which I think makes me more sophisticated; so there! Seriously, if you don’t like it you’re just not sophisticated enough to understand. 😉

I also like Music of the Spheres. This is just a sample. You can also listen to the full album, which I might do sometime. Or maybe I’ll just buy it.

How Low Can You Go?

Did you know that there is a such thing as a bass flute? I did but I had never seen one before. I like this a lot. Very serene.

There’s also a contrabass flute. This is lovely too.

And, if you want to get ridiculous, there’s even a subcontrabass flute.

Unmitigated Gaul

Yesterday on the radio I heard something by The Orchestra of Unmitigated Gaul. Well, of course I can’t resist a good pun but they also happen to be excellent. I looked for them on Youtube but didn’t find anything. Click on the link and you can listen to their album, Widdershins: The Legend of Tristan Shoute.

Mid-Week Music Break

Saw this on Facebook.

“On a cold British morning a television crew filmed this unknown (to the British) African-American woman who, dressed to the nines, danced, sang, and played the guitar in such a fashion that it managed to inspire a whole generation of singer-songwriters. Her combination of gospel with early rock and roll shows her as “the link” between two categories of music which, over the years, evolved into the very different styles that they are today.”more


If you must be stuck on a delayed flight this is definitely the plane you want to be stuck on.