All posts filed under: Strange Music

Forest Floor

When Mtv began to drastically reduce the amount of programming dedicated to music in favor of reality shows, it faced a lot of criticism. The network pushed back by claiming that it still featured many emerging artists on those shows, therefore continuing to give new artists screen time and exposure. I was incredible dubious of these claims at first. But over time, Mtv became more and more diligent in listing song information in each show episode, and apps like Shazam make it even easier to identify a song from a small snippet. I can’t say I watch many of Mtv’s reality show offerings these days, but I do watch Catfish, which does feature a lot of good music, like this dreamy song by Ocie Elliot.

Spring Folklore

The Grammy’s may not have looked the same this year, but they still found a way to cram as many over the top performances as possible. My favorite was Taylor Swift’s cabin themed mash up of songs from her twin albums Folklore and Evermore. I’m driving to the Smokey Mountains today for my own cabin retreat.

Tiny (Home) Desk Concert with Max Richter

NPR may not be able to host its Tiny Desk concert series at its office, but they have been able to find artists willing to film sessions at their homes. Max Richter capitalizes on the alternative arrangement with this recording of several instrumental pieces, captured in elegant black and white. You’ll probably wish you could escape to his countryside home after watching.

This Bitter Earth

This short film, a continuous shot of Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring performing an excerpt of the now canceled production of This Bitter Earth, was filmed during the eve of the pandemic. The music is a mash up of “On the Nature of Daylight” performed by Max Richter and “This Bitter Earth” performed by Dinah Washington.

I Rise Up

The long running science fiction show Dr. Who is well known for the wild adventures of it protagonist, an alien space and time traveler known as The Doctor, who battles bullies and injustice across the universe. Some of the show’s most poignant episodes however, are set right on earth. An episode from the shows more recent season finds the Doctor and her companions trying to thrwart the efforts of a time traveling parole who blames all of his hard times on the Civil Rights movement. He is determained to change the course of history by ensuring Rosa Parks never refuses to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus in 1955. At the end of the episode, they realize that the only way to ensure history plays out as it should is to remain on the fateful bus ride, ensuring that the bus is full enough that the driver will ask Rosa to give up her seat. This forces them to watch silently as Rosa refuses and is then arrested. The scene is set to …

A Night on Bald Mountain

A few years ago I bought a Halloween compilation with a mix of movie themes and dark classical music. After it downloaded, I noticed that the recording for Night on Bald Mountain was actually titled A Night on Bald Mountain. I spent a few minutes trying to google whether adding “A” to the beginning of the title was correct or not (did not find a definitive answer) and didn’t think much of of it after. Until this summer, when I finally bought a car with a USB connection that lets me connect my phone to my car’s stereo system. By default, it will play the first song alphabetically listed in my music library, which is A Night on Bald Mountain. Mussorgsky’s tone poem is now what I wind up listening to while I back out of my driveway. Which is fine with me, since Night on Bald Mountain was my favorite part of Fantasia growing up. Leopard Stowoski‘s blending of the piece with Ava Maria is the reason why I chose to walk down the …