CMXtraneous: Music

Right on the edge of useful

I can't believe I got sucked into this music baton like everyone else...

Posted Friday, May 20, 2005 4:17:24 PM by Derrick Ypenburg

Derrick Ypenburg

Total Volume

Maybe a GIG. Not too much. I download obscure stuff I can't find in stores and listen to my CD collection otherwise. People should buy more CDs. Support the artist and actually take the time to find out about the album and the artist by reading the insert in the CD. Be a fan of music and not a fairweather listener.

Last CD Bought

I bought 2 last time: K-OS - Joyful Rebellion (One of the most under rated hip-hop artists. No gangsta stuff, just intelligent hip-hop) and Mars Volta - De-loused at the Comatorium

Song Playing Right Now

Lost Souls by the Doves

Top 5 Tracks

This Time - The Verve
Everyday is Halloween - The Ministry
B'Boy Stance - K-OS
Outer Space - The Prodigy
Any old stuff from Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains

Five people I'm passing the baton to:

I don't have any friends to send this to anymore as they all got sick of me sending them cheezy baton mails all the time :(

Category tags: Blogs and Blogging, Music, On the Personal Side

Music Baton Revenge

Posted Thursday, May 19, 2005 12:10:28 PM by Sheri German

Sheri German

OK, my daughter said that if I was going to name her in the revenge of the music baton, I was going to have to let her answer in my blog. So, gentle readers, here is Jenn German, my teen daughter, who has very eclectic tastes...

Here's Jenn...

Greetings. I could, as my mom said, simply put this in a reply to her music entry. However, as I consider a non-CMX partner to be unarmed and defenseless, passing on the baton to me is cheating. Therefore, I am instead hijacking her blog. Nyah!

Total Volume

I try not to look. I'm extremely paranoid about hard drive space, and I only check how much space is left in total.

Last CD Bought

Russian Favourites (a whole lot of Missourgsky, with some Borodin and similar composers thrown in

Song Playing Right Now

Nothing at the current moment, but I had "Kovanschina" by Missourgsky on my iPod a few minutes ago.

Five Songs I Listen to a Lot (at the moment)

  • "At the Great Gates of Kiev" from Pictures at an Exhibition by Missourgsky
  • "Kovanschina," by Missourgsky
  • "Habit," by Jump, Little Children
  • "Paperboy," by Mycroft Holmes
  • "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues," by EELS

Five People To Whom I Am Passing this Baton

  • Meredith Collier
  • Danielle Trucano
  • Bob Jones
  • Nicole Harris
  • Jana Piotrowsky

Category tags: Music

The Musical Baton

Posted Thursday, May 19, 2005 11:16:47 AM by Sheri German

Sheri German

OK, I am gonna get Tom Muck for this--passing me the music baton LOL. Or perhaps you, my gentle readers, should. I know what you're thinking: "Oh, no! That ranting classical music person again. Not her!"

Total Volume

Zero when I am working. Here's my little secret: I can't listen to music when I am working because soon I am NOT working. Music is a snake charmer and it makes me want to get up and dance. I do have a Bose Wave radio with CD player in my work area, but that is silent during the day unless there is a big, breaking news story.

In the car is a completely different story. I spend hours a week in my car. I turn the volume up loud. In fact, we're in the market for a new car, and we're looking at one with an upgraded sound system. I could care less what color, make, or model the car is. I will even live without air conditioning and heat--but I can't live without a CD player and great sound system. What do I listen to there? I toggle between WBJC and WGMS, our two remaining local classical music stations, and my CD player. I just bought Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony from the Apple Music Store, and have been wearing a groove in that of late.

Oh, wait. You mean my HD volume LOL? Very little. I burn my tunes to CDs with my SuperDrive.

Last CD Bought

The above mentioned Benjamin Britten Simple Symphony

Song Playing Right Now

None, but like Tom, I am listening in my head--and it's the fourth movement of the Simple Symphony.

Five Songs I Listen to a Lot (at the moment)

  • Shostakovich Piano Trio in e minor
  • Hindemith Four Temperments
  • Benjamin Britten Simple Symphony
  • Camille Saint-Saens Samson and Deliah
  • Prokofiev Second Violin Concerto

Five People To Whom I Am Passing this Baton

  • Jenn German
  • Rebekah Herbold
  • Elizabeth Bateman
  • Laurie Casolino
  • John Gallant

Category tags: Music

The Baton

Posted Thursday, May 19, 2005 10:46:06 AM by Ray

Ray

Dragged kicking and screaming into blogging conformity... I suppose I have to respond to Tom's passing of the musical baton.

Total Volume

I have no idea. I guess my Rio has about 12 gb on it, but that is mostly from rips of my CD collection. I do not download music... the quality is just not there for the money. I use Rhapsody almost constantly during the day at my office. I imagine their volume is pretty big.

 Last CD Bought

Victor Wooten: Soul Circus - I love Victor. He is truly one of the greatest musicians around and a terrific guy. This album is not my favorite. It contains some great playing that is, unfortunately, mixed in with lyrics that are not up to par with the music itself. Vic's political views can shine through with a flavor of racial angst that rings just a little hollow to me. But he is really an amazing bass player and a loving guy. Check out any of the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones stuff or his album A Show of Hands (ALL bass... no other insturments... amazing).

 Song Playing Right Now

Nickel Creek: Beauty and the Mess

 Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:

I typically listen to albums (CDs for the young), not just songs. Here are my top five albums (recently)...

  • Rush - Vapor Trails
  • Nickel Creek - This Side
  • Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Left of Cool
  • Victor Wooten - A Show of Hands
  • Steve Morse Band - Southern Steel

 Five People to Whom I’m Passing the Baton

  • Danny Patterson
  • Danny Kastner
  • Paul Newman
  • Chris Flick
  • Heidi Bautista

Category tags: Music

The baton

Posted Thursday, May 19, 2005 9:14:20 AM by Tom Muck

Tom Muck

Bill passed me the musical baton (from Stephanie originally), so I'll play along.

Total volume

0, zip, nada. I don't generally mix the computer with music, and don't have an iPod. In fact, my office machine doesn't even have sound. I've been to iTunes and they don't have much that I would be interested in. They seem to only have a few things. I buy CDs. . .lots of them. I don't know how many, but when I like a group or artist I usually get everything they have, including bootlegs, live albums, and re-issues. If there is an artist I like, like Little Walter, I hunt down every song they've appeared on and track down out-of-print albums and CDs on Ebay and other online music stores. My favorite company is Document Records, because they reissue all the old blues 78s on CD in their "Complete recorded works" series. At home I usually throw an old album on the turntable in my office.

Last CD Bought

Judas Priest: Angel of Retribution. Judas Priest is back together with Rob Halford after many many years apart and the album is great. Not quite up to the old classic albums that always had memorable songs that became instant barroom classics, but still a solid album.

Song Playing Right Now

None on my computer. In my head, the Roy Orbison tune sung by Carrie Underwood last night on American Idol.

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:

I don't generally listen to songs individually unless I listen to the whole CD/album, but here are 5 recent well-played songs (with listen-links, if you're interested):

Five People to Whom I’m Passing the Baton

  • Ray West
  • Kim Cavanaugh
  • Sheri German
  • Big John
  • Tom Green

Sorry guys. ;-)

Category tags: ColdFusion, Music, On the Personal Side

That Silly Musical Baton

Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2005 3:48:55 PM by Stephanie

Stephanie

Well, I'm not much for personal blogging, but when Mark Wubben passed me the musical baton, I simply had to play along. After all, it's a quick and simple one and it's been awfully fun reading other people's musical selections. So here are my answers to the meme.

Total Volume

10.76GB

Last CD Bought

I'm an iTunes queen, so I usually buy singles instead of CDs. However, for Mother's Day, my boys got me Franz Ferdinand (the one with the bonus disc) and I've been enjoying that.

Song Playing Right Now

Right now, it's "Lopsided" by At The Drive In. But when Mark's email came in, it was "Shopping for Blood" by Franz Ferdinand.

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:

This is difficult since I have a pretty big list in iTunes that is usually set to random. And it depends on my mood. Why didn't they give us space for at least ten?

  • Gravity - The Dresden Dolls
  • Drive - Melissa Ferrick
  • Street Spirt (Fade Out) - Radiohead
  • Turn Up Turn On - Careen
  • Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat

Five People to Whom I’m Passing the Baton

Ohhh... they're probably gonna kill me, but I'm passing it to:

Robert Hoekman
Scott Fegette
Dan Mode
Gordon Mackay
Bill Horvath

I hope none of you now have two batons. Leave me a note and let me know where yours is. New musical ideas always welcome. ;)

Category tags: Blogs and Blogging, Dreamweaver, Music, On the Personal Side

Saving Mozart

Posted Friday, May 13, 2005 12:59:37 PM by Sheri German

Sheri German

After three years of sitting in on the Howard County Middle School Gifted Talented Orchestra, it's all over. My son joined the viola section in 6th grade, and I stayed for rehearsals partly because we live a half hour away and driving home, then back again made no sense. I also stayed, however, because I liked watching the music evolve from the first sight-read train wreck to a finished, polished gem. I liked watching the director, a master teacher who handled the children with skill and humor, mold pieces in the shortest time possible, as the bird flies. I fell into creating and managing the orchestra web site, helping with chairs, and organizing parent volunteers.

It's all over now. My son is graduating from eighth grade. He probably didn't always like having me there. I probably won't be able to sit in on the equivalent high school orchestra, Howard Regional Youth Orchestra, that he hopes to join. So it is with a great deal of melancholy that I attended the final HCMSGTO concert of the year. I sat amazed, as always, at the quality of an orchestra that auditioned and accepted only children who played at a high level because they were willing to practice diligently. Still, even among these children, few will become professional musicians. There are just too few spots for professional classical musicians, coupled with ever dwindling audiences.

Why don't young people like classical music? Or is it just that they think they don't like classical music because of all the misconceptions out there? Even those with the best of intentions write things like "to become relaxed before bed, listen to classical music." No wonder young people don't give it a chance. I don't like deadly dull, soporific music either. And classical music. is. not. dull. Nothing beats the savagery of Stravinksy's Rite of Spring cranked up loud while you're driving 70 on the Interstate. Shostakovich's Piano Trio in e minor would give any heavy metal piece a run for its money, written as it was on the theme of Jews being forced to dance before being shot by the Nazis. Or how about this? Last summer we drove through the Austrian Alps with Wagner Overtures blasting from the bus CD player. Everyone--young and old--got a rush from that. Classical music appeals to my Dionysian side, not my meek and mild side.

So how do we save Mozart? A lot rests with our music educators, many of whom are confined to teaching in janitor's closets, like our daughter's string orchestra teacher was for her first couple years of high school. Engaged in an underground movement of sorts (competing as they are for dollars that many parents would prefer to see put into sports), the dedicated music teachers of Howard County are answering the challenge. At the final orchestra concert, the superintendent of music took the mike and told the audience that Howard County had just been named one of the top school systems in the country for music.

It helps that our county is within spitting distance of Peabody Conservatory (a division of John Hopkins), and is awash with the highest quality teachers, both private and in our schools. It helps that we have educated families who recognize the value of music lessons and are willing to see that their children get them. But what will save Mozart is the dedication of our music teachers as they give time to all the extracurricular orchestras, bands, and festivals that the county hosts. Yes, most of the children in these groups will not become professionals, but they will become audiences.

And as wonderful as it is to have YoYo Ma and Joshua Bell and Wynton Marsalis, in the end only audiences - head over heels in love with the music - can save Mozart.

Category tags: Music