koppie — Mon, 07/09/2012 - 21:41
I don't think you realize just how awesome Beethoven's 9th really is. Beethoven was a rebel in his day - the original punk rocker - and he broke so many rules with his 9th Symphony it's amazing they didn't take away his baton. (Actually they did; he co-conducted the first performance of the 9th but the "real" conductor told the orchestra to ignore Beethoven.)
koppie — Tue, 06/12/2012 - 03:55
This song has a story behind it. At Roaring Camp last month, someone dropped by my camp with a gift. Sadly, I was out, and the benificent stranger didsn't stay around long enough to identify himself. I still don't know who it was, but he gave me a copy of a wonderful album called The Irish Volunteer by David Kincaid. There's some wonderful music on the disc, but this one in particular jumped out at me:
koppie — Tue, 06/12/2012 - 03:32
This is a new thing: breaking down historical songs. If you know me, you know I love 18th-century folk songs, particularly Irish-American songs and sea chanties. But I've found you enjoy it even more when you understand what they're saying. First, an old favorite, I'se the Bye. I grew up on this song, and I used to believe that I was, in fact, the Boy.