About a year ago I began to practice yoga. It coincided with my fundamental change in diet. In other words, my 2015 new year's resolution was a major success through discipline and a strong mindset. I can't wait for the 2016 resolution to reap rewards.
Yoga is very much about music. Music that's sometimes maligned by the music snobs. The new age genre elicits plenty of snide comments on it's lack of true musicality, whatever that might be. It was announced that Yanni is coming to Cleveland this summer and, sure enough, the comments popped up on Facebook.
I used to be one of those who derided spiritual music of this sort. With maturity comes wisdom. This sort of music can be good for the soul. It's not so much about listening as it is creating a vibe in your environment.
I've been using SiriusXM's Krishna Das Yoga Radio for my yoga sessions but it tends to be more about chanting and meditation. I decided to create my own Spotify playlist. All I did was google search for articles on the best yoga music. I ended up with 24 hours of bliss. Enjoy.
How did I miss the reports of David Bowie battling cancer for the past 18 months. Knowing that would have certainly helped soften the gut punch I took upon awakening to the fact that one my musical idols was gone. That was two hours ago. I'm still stunned and deeply saddened.
David Bowie is the artist who truly opened up the world to me. The discovery of Bowie's music and, in particular the Ziggy Stardust record which is my second favorite album of all time, coincided with my move from top 40 to progressive rock on the radio dial. He influenced my musical taste at the time, turning me on to the likes of Roxy Music, Mott The Hoople, Kraftwerk, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and others.
I can recall as a naive kid stopping in Disc Records at Westgate weekly to see if the Aladdin Sane album had been released yet. Obviously I bought it the week it finally did arrive. The same pattern of waiting anxiously for new Bowie continued for years and every album seemed like a new beginning with a new character. The original rock and roll chameleon.
I was curious to see what radio stations might abandon their format this morning to concentrate on the music of David Bowie. Surely WNCX, Cleveland's classic rock station would. Nope. I knew the BBC's 6 Music would be though and have found great solace in listening to the songs and shared remembrance texts and emails being read and shared by the DJs.
I want to go to a bar after work and singalong to Bowie's music with friends. I hope you can join me.
Today's Thursday or on Facebook some know it as "throwback Thursday". That got me to wondering what I was blogging about, say, five years ago. Well, I took a look and discovered that one of the rare contributors to Radio Hannibal was in the midst of a very lengthy project, The 101 songs of Bruce Springsteen.
The countdown, which included lengthy and personal essays on each song, was written by an Aussie I'd met through a music message board. It took months to write and publish the entire list.
With Springsteen kicking off his tour a week from Saturday in Pittsburgh I thought it would be fun to look back on it.
If you've seen the documentary Jingle Bell Rocks then you know of Andy Cirzan. He's one of the colorful characters who collect obscure Christmas music that are featured in the film. By day he works at Jam Productions, a Chicago concert promoter, and in his spare time rummages records for the musical oddities of the holiday season. Well, he collects jazz records too.
Every year for a couple of decades now he puts together a mix of his latest discoveries and shares them with the world. It used to be just a mailing list of friends and music folk but now the compilation is offered as a download for a limited time each holiday season.
1. Belle and Sebastian - Nobody’s Empire 2. Fr. John Misty - Chateau Lobby #4 3. Tame Impala - Let It Happen 4. Jason Isbell - 24 Frames 5. Florence + The Machine - Ship To Wreck 6. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - S.O.B. 7. The Weeknd - Can’t Feel My Face 8. Foals - What Went Down 9. Lord Huron - Fool For Love 10. Carly Rae Jepsen - Run Away With Me 11. Grimes - California 12. CHVRCHES - Leave A Trace 13. My Morning Jacket - Compound Fracture 14. Rhett Miller - Most In The Summertime 15. Houndmouth - Sedona 16. Destroyer - Dream Lover 17. Natalie Prass - My Baby Don’t Understand Me 18. Tobias Jesso Jr. - How Could You Babe 19. The Decemberists - Cavalry Captain 20. Jack Fords - Big Sky Blues 21. The Mavericks - (Waiting For) The World To End 22. Leon Bridges - Smooth Sailin’ 23. JD McPherson - Let The Good Times Roll 24. Adele - Hello 25. Kurt Vile - Pretty Pimpin’ 26. Beirut - No No No 27. Calexico - Falling From The Sky 28. Mercury Rev - Are You Ready? 29. Mac DeMarco - No Other Heart 30. Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands 31. The Arcs - Stay In My Corner 32. Matt and Kim - Hey Now 33. Hot Chip - Need You Now 34. Courtney Barnett - Depreston 35. Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better 36. Alabama Shakes - Future People 37. Mark Knopfler - Beryl 38. Brian Wilson (wth She & Him) - On The Island 39. JR JR - Gone 40. Deer hunter - Breaker
2. Belle & Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
3. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
4. The Mavericks - Mono
5. Tame Impala - Currents
6. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
7. The Jack Fords - There It Is
8. Grimes - Art Angels
9. Ryan Adams - 1989
10. My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall 11. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon 12. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love 13. Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass 14. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon 15. Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa 16. Ryley Walker - Primrose Green 17. Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues 18. Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion 19. Foals - What Went Down 20. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye 21. Kurt Vile - B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down… 22. Mercury Rev - The Light In You 23. Destroyer - Poison Season 24. Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful 25. James McMurtry - Complicated Game 26. Brent Kirby & His Luck - Patience Worth 27. Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart 28. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color 29. Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile 30. Leon Bridges - Coming Home 31. Sun Kil Moon - Universal Themes 32. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats 33. Beach House - Depression Cherry 34. Josh Ritter - Sermon On The Rocks 35. Rhett Miller - The Traveler 36. Mac DeMarco - Another One 37. Darlene Love - Introducing Darlene Love 38. Jesse Malin - New York Before The War 39. FFS - FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) 40. Roman a Clef - Abandonware 41. Viet Cong - Viet Cong 42. Kamasi Washington - The Epic 43. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier 44. Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands 45. Best Coast - California Nights 46. Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness 47. Blur - The Magic Whip 48. Dan Deacon - Gliss Riffer 49. Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Style 50. Peace - Happy People
A few days ago I posted my list of new holiday releases worth a listen. The music staff at the New York Times has compiled their own choices, Making Merry With Music. Some of them match my list while there are others I was unaware of that I quickly added to my playlist like The dB's Christmas Time Again and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
What's that you you ask? Where can you get a look at my playlist? I've been curating Radio Hannibal Christmas Music on Spotify for years now. This massive selection (close to 300 hours) holds no prejudice and includes some truly cringe-worthy albums. For some reason I'm much more tolerant of mediocre music when it's wrapped in Christmas paper.