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Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada! October 9, 2017

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Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada!

Woke up to a relatively chilly day here in the Ottawa valley (around 11oC, about 51oF), actually weather that’s about normal for this time of year.

I want to wish all my Canadian friends a very good day, and one that is filled with all sorts of reasons for being thankful.

To honour this day, I thought I would just share a bit of Canadian music from Nova Scotia musician Melanie Doane…

To all my Canadian friends and peeps, here’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

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Happy Birthday, Ian Anderson August 10, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Ian Anderson! 🙂

Ian Anderson, the lead singer of the British progressive rock group Jethro Tull, celebrates his 69th birthday today. I have long been a fan of Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson’s solo work, and am delighted that Ian is celebrating another birthday.

::singing::
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, dear Ian,
Happy Birthday to you!
::stop singing::

Best wishes, Ian. 🙂

Oh, and for those who want to learn more about Ian’s work and Jethro Tull, just follow the link. 🙂

Some Men At Work Goodness, Times Three August 3, 2017

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One of my favourite music tracks from Men At Work is the song “Land Down Under”.

Thought I’d share three of my favourite videos of the song. The first is the original song by Men At Work.

The flute work is just amazing on the song.

Here’s another version with an…alternate version to the flute, with the lovely Cecilia Noel.

Different, to be sure.

Finally, here’s my favourite version live with an older Colin Hay and a marvellous flautist, Gina Luciani. Not as perfect as the original band’s flautist, Greg Ham, but damn near close.

Any way you look at it, great, fun song! 🙂

In Honour of Kate’s Birthday July 30, 2017

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In honour of her birthday…

Happy Birthday, Kate! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Kate Bush! July 30, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Kate Bush!

One of my favourite musicians of all-time, Kate Bush, celebrates her birthday today!

I first started listening to the music of Kate Bush back in 1978 or 1979, with her first album, The Kick Inside (1978), a brilliant progressive rock album, with tracks such as “Wuthering Heights”, “James and the Cold Gun”, “Oh, To Be in Love”, “Them Heavy People” (a track I adore), and the title track. I can’t explain what it was about the album and her voice that made me fall for the singer and want to hear more of her work. The follow-up album, Lionheart (1978) (though I don’t think I heard this album until a year later, being in Canada as I was), was…remarkable, superb, and even better than her first one. “Symphony in Blue”, “In Search of Peter Pan”, “Kashka From Baghdad”, “Coffee Homeground” still resonate with me.

Anyway, I’ve been listening to Kate’s music since she started, and am still a huge fan. I was also lucky enough to see her in concert back in the mid-1980s, and she is even better live. Enough already.

Here’s wishing Kate Bush a very Happy Birthday! May she have a healthy, happy, prosperous, and blessed year ahead, and may a warm breeze always blow at her back.

R.I.P. Chuck Berry (1926-2017) March 19, 2017

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Terribly sad news in the music industry. (Heard about it a couple of hours after yesterday.)

Rock ‘n roll musician and legend Chuck Berry has died. 😦

Rock ‘n Roll Legend Chuck Berry Dies at 90

Chuck Berry, Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer, Dead at 90

I’ve been listening to rock ‘n roll for most of my life, to be honest, and this news was both saddening and shocking to me for various reasons that I’m not going into here. Chuck Berry was one of, if not, rock’s greatest practitioners, guitarists, and the best pure rock ‘n roll writer who ever lived. He’s going to be sorely missed.

Here’s the iconic song from 1958.

*sigh*

A Delta Goodrem Morning March 13, 2017

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It’s Monday morning.

Start of another work week, right after the switch over to Daylight Savings Time. So I thought I’d offer something pleasant for the morning. This is Delta Goodrem performing one of her huge hits, “In This Life”. (Back in 2007.)

Book Stacks Arrived (and a CD) March 7, 2017

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One of the things I’ve always said is that I’m quite likely to die with a stack of books that I won’t have read left behind.

Here’s proof of this. This load of books arrived in snail mail yesterday, Monday the 6th.

And here’s the second batch of books that was waiting at my door when I got home this afternoon. (There was also a Delta Goodrem CD with this package, but you can’t make that one out too well.)

I’m glad to have received the books, now just gotta find time to read them all. 🙂

A Bit of Mike Oldfield February 3, 2017

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Home from work. It has been a long day, and I’m tired, still somewhat sick, and my foot problem is bothering me quite a bit today.

So I figure I’ll brighten my mood. I love Mike Oldfield’s music, and one of my favourite late 1980s videos of his music is this lovely, cheerful (somewhat weird) piece. Enjoy the video! 🙂

And for those who want to see it live, here’s a version of the performance version of the song.

I’ve Been Earwormed, Again! January 31, 2017

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Haven’t heard of this artist until yesterday, but there’s something about Tove Lo‘s music. Note this video is NSFW due to some of the lyrics and the last part of the video. So be warned. And I’ve been earwormed. 🙂