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[personal profile] james asks: Who is the most obscure composer, band, or individual musician that you adore?

I don't quite know if you can call them a band -- more of an event -- but I love the Revels. I first met them via Christmas music, of course, but they also have collections for other seasons, and one on a seagoing theme, and others as well. There's not just one Revels, either; I have music from the Portland Revels and the California Revels.

This is music that you want to get on CD so you can read the booklet. I've learned all kinds of things about the history of music, or history through music, from the Revels.

It's a dream of mine to actually see a Revels show, but since I seem to keep moving further and further away from big cities, I don't know how likely it is.

I also have some much-loved songs from Solstice Assembly. The CD notes said something like, "This collection was born when I thought to myself, 'What if the Revels came to my town and they didn't invite me?!'" They seem a bit more irreverent than the Revels.



Christmas Revels:
Aro Que Nostre Seign'Es Nat
Malpas Wassail
Traveller's Prayer (for your pagan needs)

Non-Christmas Revels:
The Merry Horn
Anchor Song
Le Semeur



Solstice Assembly
The Ripe and Bearded Barley
Roulez!
No Ozone


Go here to add your own question.

The questions thus far are under here. )
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Since nobody claimed today, I'm going to answer the question nobody asked, which was: "What's new in the Christmas music collection this year?"

For those who haven't known me long, I collect Christmas music, and if you hate Christmas music because it's all either shiny shiny plastic or an unseemly show of sentimental piety, I might have a pleasant surprise for you.

My Christmas car playlist is up to 579 songs -- that's with all the instrumentals taken out, and only including songs that either have three or more stars or are brand-new and thus unrated. Every time iTunes upgrades, I have to go looking for another workaround to do what apparently no one but me wants to do, namely: first shuffle a playlist randomly, and then hang onto that random order and play them in that order every time. (Apple's random shuffle is actually random, which isn't good, because when I have a playlist of 579 songs, I get really cranky if I hear the same song twice in one day.)

Download six songs here:

  • Jackie Oates, The Halsway Carol. Trad-folk. "Sing for the coming of the longest night."
  • Joel Mabus, The One-Horse Open Sleigh. Solo acoustic guitar, old-time country feel.
  • The Miserable Offenders, A Stable Lamp Is Lighted. Because how could I resist a band called the Miserable Offenders? Piano and voices; the music's OK but I chose this one for the words. "And every stone shall cry, and straw like gold shall shine."
  • Kate Rusby, The Christmas Goose. Trad-folk. Basically a slightly bawdy joke turned to a ballad. (I discovered when I did a search for this that I have six songs with "goose" in the title, and I'm pretty sure they're all different.)
  • Blast From the Past, Joy in the Morning. A capella choir.
  • Thea Gilmore, Sol Invictus. A capella voices. Not Christmas, strictly speaking, but don't we all need a song of rebirth this year?

    Go here to add your own question.

    The questions thus far are under here. )
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Hidden Virtues just taught me how to hook into the Teranerd network from home. Do you know what this means? This means that Friday can be a day without shoes!

(Hidden Virtues is my cubemate and trainer. She talks like the biggest slacker you ever met, while quietly doing more work than any three other people.)

Anyway. Ahem.

[personal profile] ranalore asked: Do you write to music? If so, what makes a good writing soundtrack?

If I'm in control of my surroundings, I write to blissful silence, because I'm very easily distracted by sounds.

But if I'm in a coffee shop or something, I'll play music softly to drown out the sounds of other people's conversations. But because I'm easily distracted by sound, this music has to be either instrumental or in a language I don't understand. (And I mean I can't understand any of it. My Spanish fluency is such that if I lived in a Spanish-speaking country I'd probably get held back a year before being sent to kindergarten, but a song in Spanish is just familiar enough to distract me.)

My Working Music playlist is a weird selection -- Renaissance and baroque, 1950s jazz, bluegrass and roots music, African pop, folk in various languages. Here's a sample:

Carolina Chocolate Drops, "Snowden's Jig": Oliver Mtukudzi, "Pindurai Mambo"; Oni Wytars Ensemble, "Fa mi cantar l'amor"; Peter Knight, "Seven Dancers"; Baltimore Consort, "Newcastle"
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[personal profile] nestra prompts: You seem to have unusual taste in music (which I mean as a compliment). Where did you pick up some of the stuff you like? Where do you find new music?

My musical history, with download links )
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[personal profile] wychwood prompts: What is your very favourite Christmas music? What makes good Christmas music for you? Which one CD etc would you recommend?

For those of you who just met me, I have 1,049 Christmas songs, including eleven distinct melodies of "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night." It's fair to say that I really love Christmas music.

As far as what makes for good Christmas music -- well. I like acoustic instruments. If there's a vocal ensemble, I like it to be small, as opposed to something like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir where you can't pick out a single voice. I'm very partial to 6/8 time. When it comes to religious music, I quite like the weird and unorthodox, which is why I also have three distinct melodies of "Down In Yon Forest."

The hardest element to define is: If you'll think of a continuum more or less between quality and authenticity, there's a sweet spot in the middle but more on the authentic side. In other words, I've been known to reject a recording because it was too off-key, but I'm much more likely to reject a recording because it's "too slick" or "overproduced" or some other vague thing that means too far away from simple enjoyment of the music. Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band are right on that sweet spot for me, and so are the Christmas Revels.

Recommendations and download links inside )
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The new car has an iPod-capable stereo, something I've never had in my life. So I can put all 309 of my four- and five-star Christmas songs on it. I'm having a lovely time.

So I thought I'd share some stuff with you. Come inside. Read more... )
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From [personal profile] vickita:

Here are the rules: Comment with a request, and I'll give you a letter. You go and post five favourite songs/music videos that start with that letter.

She gave me D, so I give you ...

'Dainty Davy' by Jean Redpath. A love song collected by Robert Burns, and said by some to be based on a true story, about a woman who foolishly protected a young man by ... hiding him in bed with her nubile daughter.

'Devoted To You' by Carly Simon & James Taylor. When I was in high school, the chorus raised money by taking donations in exchange for sending a pair of singers into someone's homeroom to sing this song to them. I also know how to sing a third part in between the two voices, resulting in a paian to the eternally devoted love of three people.

'Don't Sugar Me' from 'Songs of the Pogo.' A poem from Walt Kelly's "Pogo" cartoon, set to music. Dr. Google informs me that the singer is the improbably named Fia Karin. I actually prefer the Muppets version.

'Drake's Drum' by the Revels. "Drake is in his hammock and a thousand miles away./Captain, art thou sleeping there below?/Slung atween the roundshot in Nombre de Dios Bay,/Dreaming all the time of Plymouth Hoe."

'Dry Bones' by Sons of Andros. I got this from a collection of folk music from the Bahamas (which I discovered accidentally while downloading doo-wop, as you do). I'd never known where that whole "ankle bone connected to the knee bone" thing came from.
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Hey, wow, there's a holiday coming, isn't there? Until I finished the cookbooks, I couldn't even stand to look at it.

It's been a couple of years since I posted Christmas music, so all this is newly acquired during that time. Help yourself -- since it's Sendspace, no need to comment if you don't want to, but let me know if you want to download and the links have expired.

Huh. I have a lot of wassail songs, for a person who doesn't drink.

Read more... )
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First, here's a song that really ought to have a slash story written about it -- preferably by someone who, unlike me, actually knows something about Ireland and England:

Elvis Costello and the Chieftains, Any King's Shilling.


You're a fine one, oh yes you are.
You're a fine one, just like me.
And we're friends, now, wouldn't you say?
We've been friends, now, haven't we?
Stay at home tonight if you know what's good for you.
I can't say more. It would be telling.
But if you don't, what will become of you
Just isn't worth any king's shilling.
Please don't put your silly head
In that British soldier's hat ...


Plus some collected overheards and overseens:

I used to be with it. Then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it and what's it seems scary and weird. -- commenter on Consumerist.com ([personal profile] aynatonal points out that this is a Simpsons quote)

Read more... )
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Today I want everybody to go out and buy two CDs because I like them. Read more... )
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R.I.P. to singer and Steeleye Span founder Tim Hart.

The Dalesman's Litany
Lish Young Buy-a-Broom
The Spotted Cow (I told the spouse, "That big electric bass is the cow, I think," and he said, "I thought it was the Sixties.")
Oats and Beans
Adieu, Sweet Lovely Nancy

Music post

Aug. 13th, 2009 09:01 pm
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Some songs I'm enjoying lately -- lot of trad folk and acoustic string stuff, heavy on the harmony. Just because.

Malinky, "The Light Dragoon"
Tom Chapin, "Wheel of the Water"
the Carolina Chocolate Drops, "Sourwood Mountain"
Love Hall Tryst, "Jack in the Green"
Sons of Andros, "Dry Bones"
Marley's Ghost, "Turtle Dove"
Dicey Doh Singers, "You Ain't Hurryin' Me"
Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt, "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" (from "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," a Pete Seeger tribute CD -- I've discovered that one of the things Amazon downloads are good for is letting you listen to samples of all the songs on a tribute CD, find the one or two decent ones, and not be stuck with all the crappy ones)
Martin Carthy, "Hard Cheese of Old England"
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Hello, world! Sorry to be so absent. My right shoulder now has tendinitis in two places, which is just insult to injury, say I. Chiefly because it hurts to type, which is really cutting into my social life.

Very odd, to live in a world where that last sentence makes sense.

Anyway, I have nothing to offer but a cautious, elbow-close-to-the-body wave, and yet I make requests: Would anyone happen to have an mp3 of Aztec Camera's "Jump" that they'd be willing to share? I'd be ever so grateful.

Never mind; [personal profile] tao saved me, the way he always does!
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Me myself, I like Christmas, maybe because (1) I eat whatever I want, and (2) my family and in-laws are hundreds of miles away. But [livejournal.com profile] tofty has worked up a playlist of depressing alternative Christmas songs. At her suggestion, I present the matching collection of old-fashioned traditional depressing Christmas songs.

Verily, the Tide of Christmas Doth Blow (the Nasty, Brutish, and Short Traditional Music Mix)

Andrew Parrott and the Baltimore Consort: Coventry Carol. Or: Let's see if we can save this baby while all the others are murdered.
The Voice Squad: Down In Yon Forest. Or: Arthurian imagery, sick wounds, blood.
The Voice Squad: The Holly She Bears A Berry. Blood. Blood, I tell you.
Deller Consort: Adam Lay Ybounden. Or: Crime. Punishment. Eventual redemption. For this we're required to give thanks.
Baltimore Consort: Remember, O Thou Man. Adam's fall, part 2.
Baltimore Consort: Bellman's Carol. Or: This little baby y'all are so excited about? He's gonna die.
Maddy Prior: Poor Little Jesus. Yup. Gonna die.
Maddy Prior: See Amid the Winter Snow. And plus it was really nice where he was, whereas here? Not so nice.
Anonymous 4: Seven Rejoices of Mary. Seeing her son crucified. Makes a mother's heart glad.
Revels: Dame, Get Up and Make Your Pies. Mutilated birds.
Revels: Malpas Wassail. Random drunken people at your door demanding figgy pudding.

Download here.
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Does anyone have any of these that they're willing to share? Kidlet request!

"Bow, Belinda" (any version)
"The Wheel of the Water" (any version)
"Bella Notte" (from "Lady and the Tramp")
"Honor To Us All" (from "Mulan")

"Turkey In the Straw" (any version that's not played at totally breakneck speed)
"Robin in the Rain" (ideally someone other than Raffi)
"Rise and Shine (Arky Arky)" (have had no luck finding any version that's not unbearably saccharine -- maybe y'all can do better)
"Camptown Races" (something that's not instrumental; I have Larry Groce, but would like something maybe a little less plastic)


Thanks!
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iTunes 8 has this function called Genius, which makes a customized playlist starting from a song you choose. Preliminary observations:

- Genius is inordinately fond of the Cowboy Junkies' "Misguided Angel," which shows up in about 50% of the playlists it generates.

More observations, plus a .zip file with a motley collection of countryish things )
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Can anybody set me up with Garth Brooks' "Friends In Low Places" and Toby Keith's "As Good As I Once Was"?

I hasten to add that it's not for me; Ptom wants me to put together another CD for him.


Thanks -- got 'em!
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Every now and then, my technologically challenged friend Ptom sends me a list of songs and asks me to track them down and put them on a CD for him. This time there are several that I can't find at either Amazon or iTunes. Does anyone have:

- Why—Wednesday Week


- Pouring Water on a Drowning Man—James Carr
- Baby, It’s You—Elvis Costello & Nick Lowe (I can find reference to this as part of a medley, but I can't find it alone, nor can I find a place that has the medley available for download)
- Crash—The Primitives
- Back in Time—Graham Parker
- My Path Belated—Camper Van Beethoven


Thanks!

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