What’s that sound? ~ All Along the Watchtower, Bear McCreary style.

Battlestar Galactica Season 3 soundtrack by Bear McCreary

It’s a rare enough thing that television offers art of remarkable quality, but (imho) Battlestar Galactica — the “reimagined” series which aired beginning in 2003 — did just that. Not only in its scripts, cinematography, visual effects and acting, but also the soundracks scored by Bear McCreary and (for the […]

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I can love that tune on the very first chord ~ Donny Hathaway

Donny Hathaway ~ I Love You More Than Youll Ever Know

And some stuff you just love from the very first chord … timbre, qualities of its attack, sustain and decay, the authority with which it’s played, the key it’s played in, the instrumentation and even their arrangement, the way all these elements come together in that brief moment when sound […]

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Don’t Drink The Water ~ A troubadour of the first order.

An Acoustic Evening With Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds At The MGM Grand

Matthews is a hell of a showman. I have a number of live versions of this song done fully-kitted out with a full complement of musicians. He and his band let it all hang out on stage and, as they say, the crowd goes wild. Which makes the essential power […]

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Jethro Tull’s Journeyman ~ Kick back and enjoy the ride

Jethro Tull ~ Heavy Horses

I’m not sure a more fascinating and inventive song — both lyrically and musically — has ever been created about the simple act of commuting home on the train. What I really love most about Jethro Tull’s Journeyman (Heavy Horses, 1978), is the way the bass drives both the melody […]

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Uncomfortably numb ~ David Gilmour and I can’t put our finger on it

David Gilmour

I’m going to tell you a story about someone who became a part of my life in a way few other people ever experience. Well, I wonder about that. I wonder how many other people go about their day-to-day lives only vaguely aware that there’s something unusual going on in […]

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Letting go, moving on, going forward ~ Camel and Ice

Camel ~ I Can See Your House From Here

Camel’s lilting, melancholic and epic instrumental, Ice is among my favourite pieces of music. Discovered on a late-night college radio station in 1979 in Rochester, New York, it stands out on the album I Can See Your House From Here (despite the DJ’s touting of Remote Romance as, “Best on […]

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Trundling across Terra Incognita ~ Gondwanaland

Terra Incognita ~ Gondwanaland

In 1994 I criss-crossed Australia, much of it across the expansive aridity of the so-called Red Centre, and all of that was sharing a ’79 Holden Gemini with my travel partner. A Gemini is a sub-compact sedan. This one had no air-con, and so we trundled across the expanse with […]

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Tumare Darshan ~ The essence of Noosa

Deva Premal ~ The Essence

OK… something to end this very loooong, but very productive day. A song that I will always associate with a beautiful beach in a faraway land and a short strip of magical bistros and restaurants barely more than a stone’s throw from the beach. There were sacred sunrises, and uncanny […]

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Explore Within ~ Chances are Sheryl Crow can take you there

album-wildflower

Aside from being among the most beautiful songs in Sheryl Crow’s very large catalogue of extraordinary, Chances Are lyrically reaches deep down inside and churns about, exploring within. The lyrics seem to be about trying to make a difficult relationship work, but I enjoy reading it as a light on […]

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