Music

This sub-category of Culture would be used to discuss items related to music. It might be songs I’ve downloaded, CD’s I’ve purchased, or musical performances I’ve attended.

Straight Outta Compton – A Movie Review

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May 232017
 
Straight Outta Compton - A Movie Review

The movie delivers an edgy, powerful film, and should stand the test of time as an accurate portrayal of seminal moment in music history. Starting in 1987, a group of 5 individuals start what came to be, the group N.W.A and with their powerful lyrics, strong wills, and big dreams, they got the ball rolling for the hip hop and rap music industry that we see today.

Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, and Michel’le – A Movie Review

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May 222017
 
Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, and Michel'le - A Movie Review

Celebrated hip-hop recording artist Michel’le will speak up and speak out about the darker side of Compton hip-hop as she narrates the Lifetime Original Movie, “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le,” based on her life story, premiering Saturday, October 15 at 8PM ET/PT. The first lady of Ruthless Records, who triumphed over a life riddled with abuse and adversity, is ready to share her story with the world.

Photos from the San Francisco Trip

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Apr 272016
 
Photos from the San Francisco Trip

We went again to San Francisco two weekends ago for the Gay Men’s Chorus Concert, Tales of Our City, which included Armisted Maupin speaking about his adventures in San Francisco in 70s, 80s, and 90s, and his remembrances of people like Harvey Milk and other gay leaders of the time.

Whiplash – A Movie Review

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Mar 152015
 
Whiplash - A Movie Review

My expectations were not too high, and I was surprised that Lay was interested at all. I was in the band in high school, a great band at that, with a tough (but nothing like the J.K. Simmons character, Terence Fletcher) band director. I just didn’t see how it could be that compelling. Boy, was I wrong. Everything about this film was stellar; casting, writing, acting, directing, music and cinematography all came together to just tell an incredible story. You really need to see this movie, which is already out on DVD, Amazon and Redbox.

A Little Christmas Joy

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Dec 152014
 
A Little Christmas Joy

I think all the presents are purchased. Most are wrapped. Tree and decorations are up, and we had a great time at Saturday night’s Christmas Concert by the Orlando Gay Chorus. But this John Lewis Christmas Ad will really get you in the spirit. The music is ‘Real Love’ performed by Tom Odell, the original song […]

Inside Llewyn Davis-A Movie Review

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Jun 022014
 
Inside Llewyn Davis-A Movie Review

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles — some of them of his own making. I really expected I would enjoy this movie, as did Lay. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it at all.

Christmas 2013

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Dec 232013
 

Here’s a beautiful piece, again by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles with students from the Creative Planet School of the Arts performing a David Bowie song, “Peace on Earth.” Coincidentally, this performance took place the day after the Newtown Shooting in 2013, and the performance was dedicated to those who’s lives were touched by violence.

Joy To The World-Cello

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Dec 252012
 

I’ve become a huge fan the cello, and someday I’d love to take lessons. This is performed as a multi-track recording by Sharon Gerber. It really showcases what a dynamic instrument the cello can be in the right hands. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Day and that the New Year is your best ever.

O Holy Night-Piano

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Dec 252012
 

I stumbled across Chris Commisso’s YouTube channel some time back. He doesn’t his own arrangements of carols and hymns, and does a great job with arrangements and the performance. This is his arrangement of the old standby, “O Holy Night.” I love this carol and especially this arrangement. It’s totally true to the original tune, but with just enough embellishment to really showcase this pianist’s talents.