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And I think the version of Proud Mary that Tina Turner and Beyonce just performed was magic.

Every now and again, the Grammys just come up with a performance that just stops your breath. I think I've just seen this year's.

(And can you believe that Tina has legs that are arguably better than Beyonce's? The woman's gotta be hitting 70!)
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Last night, [livejournal.com profile] mycrazyhair & I went to see [livejournal.com profile] zoarazul in the spring QuodLibet concert, and enjoyed some absolutely wonderful music.

It was all sacred music this time round, and all of it was good. The highlight for me had to be a version of Ave Maria by Franz Biebl that was absolutely breathtaking, although the Alleluia by Jean Berger was also wonderful.

There's something about beautiful harmonies done by beautiful voices that just transports me. The main reason I kept singing in my Church choir long after I started questioning my faith is that music touches the divine, for me. I may not have believed everything in the service, but I was always sure that God was in the music.

Last night reminded me of that.

Beautiful.
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I went with [livejournal.com profile] mycrazyhair to see Great Big Sea tonight, and I have to tell you, it was one of the best concerts they've ever done. Well, that I've seen anyway, and I've been seeing them an average of about twice a year since, oh, '94-ish.

They played for well over two hours, in two sets - the first set was all traditional stuff, a lot of it from their most recent release. The highlight for me was probably the acappella version of The River Driver, although The Mermaid's Song was also a lot of fun. And they played Billy Peddle for the first time in a long time. That was actually quite neat - they used the flute and double bass to emulate uillean pipes, and I'm sure the first bit they played was actually from Riverdance.

In the second set, they played more a mix of songs, including most of the songs that were hits of one sort or another. They played an absolutely lovely version of Sea of no Cares, along with General Taylor, Consequence Free, Up, Run Runaway and Mari-Mac. Sean did a beautiful version of Danny Boy, in honour of St. Paddy's Day.

As usual for a GBS show, the crowd was fabulous. We danced, we sang, we had a great time! Now, my feet hurt from dancing all night, and I think it's time for me to go to bed.
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Short Form: [livejournal.com profile] mycrazyhair & I made it to the Dar Williams concert at the Church of the Redeemer last night, and it was all good.

A little more detail:
It was really nice to see her perform again - I haven't seen her perform since the Ottawa Folk Festival a couple of years ago. She looked great, and she sounded even better. It was a solo acoustic set, unlike her tour of the States earlier this fall. Just her and a guitar, and I thought it sounded fabulous.

I didn't keep a set list, but from what I can remember? She did a fair number of songs from the new album, and I realized that I like them a lot more than I thought I did. You Rise and Meet the Day for instance - as a quiet, acoustic performance, it's a beautiful love song, but I never got that from the album version. I should have, but the slickness of the production on the album somehow seems to diminish the emotion behind the song. Anyway, I loved the performance of it last night.

As I expected, she did a number of songs from the new album - Close to my Heart, Teen for God, Empire, and Beautiful Enemy, with The Hudson as a requested encore.

My favorites of the evening, though, were her earlier stuff. She asked people to sing along on The Christians and the Pagans, which was fun. The only people I could hear singing, though, were myself & [livejournal.com profile] mycrazyhair, which was a little disappointing. Maybe because we were in a Church? When I was a Boy made me choke up, as it always does. February was haunting.

There were lots of little anecdotes between the songs, as usual. I did like her description of the weight and palatte of certain cites, the greyness that big cities have, and the beauty that can be found there.

The audience was a little weird - it appeared full, but it was the quietest concert crowd I've ever been in. Maybe that's a result having it in a church. I mean, I know we're nice, sedate Canadians, but still...

She's a great performer, so I'm very glad I made it last night.

Dance Music

Nov. 5th, 2005 10:20 am
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You know what's the sign of a good dance tune? When you're stuck in traffic, listening to tunes, and something comes on the stereo that has you shimmying so hard in your seat that you manage to work up a sweat without even taking your foot off the clutch.

Hung Up by Maddona? That's a good dance tune. I'm just sayin'.

Yeah, the guy in the next lane was getting a good chuckle out of watching me. So what? I was havin' fun!
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For my third (!!) post of the day, I thought I'd look at some songs...

So as directed by [livejournal.com profile] dglenn, by way of [livejournal.com profile] much_ado,
The instructions:

Go to MusicOutfitters.com.
In the Search box, enter the year you graduated high school.
The first item returned should be the 100 most popular songs from that year. Cut and paste them into your journal.
Bold the ones you like.
Underline your favorite.
Strike through the songs you loathe.

My list )

Geekery

Aug. 6th, 2005 11:47 am
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I actually did it.

I actually just switched banks just so that I could get an iPod shuffle.

How sad is that?

I think I'll like it. I won't get the thing for 6-8 weeks (they mail it to you), but still, I think I'll like it. *g*

Now I just need to finish ripping all my music to my hard drive and build some "gym", "travel" and "walking" playlists so that I can load the Shuffle up easily once I get it. Fun!
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To sum up: Another great concert by these guys. High energy, lots of fun.

A little more detail... )
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Since [livejournal.com profile] iclysdale posted a link to the new Eminem video, I figured I'd check it out.

Wow.

That's just amazing. Pure political rage, played out on screen. I just wish it had hit the airwaves a month ago, so that it might make some difference. My favorite part is the single mom with the eviction notice pulling on a black hoodie with Bush on the TV in the background proclaiming tax cuts for the rich, but it's all good. It's not just the video - I want an mp3 of the song so that I can figure out all the words, cause I'm liking the song itself, too.

It's available at Interscope or here, if you want to take a look.

I am so getting this album when it comes out.
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Wow.

What a fabulous concert. It easily made my all-time top 5, and maybe even my top three. Prince is unbelievably charismatic in person, even if your seats are in the upper bowl. For someone who seems so misanthropic, he sure knows how to work a crowd. And, he was funny!

He played more than 30 songs, over almost 3 hours. 6 of these I didn't know - I think one was improv, and I've identified 2 more as definitely being on Musicology. I'll have to listen to the CD and see if I can identify the others, as well.

Favorite moments )

Since [livejournal.com profile] whynotsteve asked, I managed to write down a set list )

The energy levels from the crowd were fantastic. I spent most of the night on my feet, dancing and singing. So much fun. The only song I was expecting to hear and didn't was 1999.

Definitely worth the $80. If you can manage to see him, go.
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