“…it’s a conclusion that also excises the élitism and snobbery from music, allowing for one to enjoy both Mozart and, say, Boston. Both Joscho Stephane and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Both Oscar Peterson and Steve Winwood. Both Jessye Norman and Ella Fitzgerald. Both Jimi Hendrix and Stochelo Rosenberg.
Makes me feel a lot better about myself when I find myself turning up ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen.'”
Continue reading Music, the Universal Language?
A post from our friend at this blog. This: Musical offering for the winter solstice A side note: I love … Continue reading Just Beautiful!
Years from now, music historians will look back at these recorded moments with the same reverence they hold for tales of Mozart and Haydn “jamming” together in the 1700’s, and for the original “Schubertiads” of the early 1800’s. Continue reading “Yeah, man… you got a lot to say in there!”
The moment at 6:52 (repeated at about 7:10) is perfect. It’s one of the most exquisite moments in music history. One of these fabulous guitarists is not me. I’ll leave it up to you to guess which one.
Continue reading Two of the Greatest Guitarists Ever!
The name of the song is kind of silly, even cringe-worthy, but that doesn’t change the fact that what this guy does with a guitar is really good. Continue reading Love This Song!
There are a million million chord sequences in life. Some of them need to be changed out for new ones. Some need to go away entirely. Some need to be improved, some reduced, some simply modified. Some need components replaced entirely. That’s always true. In everyone’s life there are chords that just don’t work. They don’t change the fact that your life can have beauty, excitement, fun, thrills… growth. Continue reading Play A Different Chord
Christmas is a holiday whose principal themes are perfect love, redemption, hope, salvation, eternal life and joy. So, as I listened to NPR on the way home from a delightful family Christmas with my daughter and son, I marveled as they had a feature about, of course… “dark Christmas music.” Continue reading NPR Watch (I couldn’t help myself) (12/25/17) — Grim Christmas
I wonder what NPR would have thought of, say, someone who hypothetically became a Conservative legend after having financed his magazine with counterfeit money. What if NPR found out, for example, that William F. Buckley had used a million bucks in counterfeit cash to launch National Review? Do you think NPR would have thought that was just a clever bunch of people finding a clever way to launch their Conservative media empire? Or, do you think rather that NPR might have been in scornful high dudgeon, insisting that the right-winger was really nothing more than a criminal, and a fraud?
Yeah… that last is a lot more likely. Continue reading NPR Watch (4/20/17) – NPR Speaks Approvingly of Grand Theft
It’s probably only because three of the finest guitarists who ever lived(1) are playing in it. Plus, I love that … Continue reading I DO Love This Song!
So, I did a little tooling around on the web in search of more material by my new favorite guitarist, … Continue reading Holy Mackerel! GREAT Song! (Part II)
My new favorite video! I love the chord progression that starts at exactly 32 seconds into the composition. It’s a … Continue reading Holy Mackerel! GREAT Song!
Look, when I was much younger, I used to be able to “get girls” by playing in a rock ‘n … Continue reading Fine, I Admit It — There’s SEX In Rock ‘n Roll (Rated PG-13)
National Public Radio has several obsessions. Their vision of the world is pinched, crabbed… tunnel-vision. They care about only the … Continue reading NPR Watch – 12/28/16 – NPR Obsessions
‘Tis the season of giving. Everyone wants us to give, give, give. People ask us numerous times to donate our … Continue reading Christmas Giving
It’s all around. I see/find it in frequently in music. So much gorgeous music has been performed, written, sung, played that … Continue reading Evidence of God
A (not so) secret (not so) guilty pleasure of mine is gospel music. I just love Lynda Randle’s voice… and … Continue reading I Just Love Lynda Randle!
This is another one by Alan Miner — the Greatest Guitarist No One’s Ever Heard Of. It’s calming, sweet-sounding, relaxing, … Continue reading Okay — One More…
Three minutes and 23 seconds of sheer delight. One thing that’s just beyond impressive: Richard Smith’s right-hand technique. He’s the … Continue reading Brent Mason, Richard Smith “Sugarfoot Rag” Chet Atkins Tribute 2014 – YouTube
One of the most wonderful performances of an old jazz classic is here. The great Rory Hoffman shows what a … Continue reading I Get to Turn the Lights Back On…
He’s: Rory Hoffman. Here’s a sampler. Treat yourself. Turn it on, turn up the volume, sit back, watch and listen. … Continue reading One of the Most Talented Musicians in the World
That he’s playing (here) with Vinnie Raniolo makes it extra special super wonderful great tasty mondo spectacular. Now, mind you — the … Continue reading Loving Rory Hoffman!!!
Glen Campbell does a very fine version of the William Tell Overture on what looks like a mic’ed Ovation nylon … Continue reading This Is Just Way Too Fun!
Here: Tommy Emmanuel & Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo Swing 39 Swing 42 They even let Vinny Raniolo — one of … Continue reading So Much Talent in ONE Place!
If you’re a guitarist like me, then this will be an hour and sixteen minutes of pure Heaven for you. If … Continue reading a Little Bit of Heaven
Many, many in the punditocracy and the commentariat have been wondering aloud whether her Hillariness can survive the “drip-drip-drip” that has been taking the … Continue reading Hillary: It Hasn’t Been “Drip-Drip-Drip” For a VERY Long Time
I was surfing the web today while eating lunch, and I found the following list of statements. I agree with … Continue reading A Thought Exercise I Found Today
Also by William J. H. Boetcker: I don’t think. I don’t know. I don’t care. I am too busy. I leave … Continue reading Seven National Crimes
The 10 “cannots” (By William J. H. Boetcker) that Leftist politicians ignore: You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. … Continue reading The Ten Cannots
In many, many previous blog posts, from long, long ago, we pointed out what the great John Hawkins, at Townhall.com blog, points … Continue reading Powerful, Influential People Read This Blog (Part 28), or: “Black Lives Matter, Right? (Part 2)”
I wrote a reply to the great Mike, and realized that it deserved to be its own post. Something I’ve … Continue reading Dems as Caricatures
In this post, here, I pointed out that, no, rudeness is not a Conservative principle, but that it most definitely is a … Continue reading Rudeness is Not a Conservative Principle (Part II)
In a recent essay, the indispensable Jonah Goldberg said, maybe stating the obvious: “rudeness is not a conservative principle.” (link … Continue reading Rudeness is Not a Conservative Principle
Should be a lesson for life. You know how you believe about an issue. Name it: gay marriage, death penalty, … Continue reading Think It Through
— WARNING: Straight talk about Planned Parenthood, Nazis and other noxious, malodorous things — absolutely not for the faint of heart … Continue reading More Deep, Dark Sadness… (Part III)
— Nope. No, they don’t. Not to the Left, that is — Or, evidently, even to other black Americans. After … Continue reading Black Lives Matter, Right?
In this post, we called it… and we’re calling it again. Hillary Clinton is out. Before the convention. Gone. History. … Continue reading You Heard it Here First… (Part II)
In this post, we discussed the monster Kermit Gosnell, now languishing in prison for ripping apart new-born babies, and running … Continue reading More Deep, Dark Sadness… (Part II)
— How Will You React to the Ghouls of Planned Parenthood? — I await the new Planned Parenthood line of … Continue reading Democrats – This is a Test (Part II)
— How Will You React to the Ghouls of Planned Parenthood? — All indications are that you have already failed… … Continue reading Democrats – This is a Test
Well, not really, but the below is all true. Just some quick, stream-of-consciousness observations and predictions about the upcoming presidential primaries … Continue reading You Heard it Here First…
I just lied through my teeth to a pollster. For every question the pollster asked me, I answered the exact … Continue reading I Did It! YOU Should Do It Too!
It’s right here. In a great interview, the great Thomas Sowell expounds on intellectuals and race. Just in case you … Continue reading Fifteen Minutes of Brilliance
In this post, I covered the tiff between Donald Trump, billionaire candidate for the Presidency, and John McCain, Republican Senator … Continue reading THE Proper Perspective on Trump vs. McCain (Part II)
Warning: Rated PG (mild profanity, not usually permitted here) The proper perspective on the tiff between Donald Trump and John McCain? … Continue reading THE Proper Perspective on Trump vs. McCain
I’m watching the news at my humble home. One headline is that the White House flag has not flown at … Continue reading The President of the United States is … an Anti-American Disgrace
Here we asked the question: “Should we start the count of “the depredations of islam in North America?” Let’s add: … Continue reading Time to Start the Count? (Part II)
Donald Trump said that John McCain is not a war hero because of whatever. Needless to say, this was red meat … Continue reading How to Think About Trump’s Remark
Thank you, xParetorius, for that gracious introduction at the end of my inaugural post in this blog! I am FreeThinker … Continue reading I Am FreeThinker
I’m ashamed of my race. I’m not ashamed of the color of my skin. I’m a brown girl in my … Continue reading Ashamed of My Race(1)