Come Friends, Who Plough the Sea

For a couple of years some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

This week, Tim suggested we all share something from Broadway. Not just a musical. Broadway. Do I share 42nd Street, which I played in the pit for (just in high school, not on Broadway)? Do I share Carousel, The Music Man, or some other play for which I was on stage? Do I share Footloose, Wicked, or some other play which I’ve actually seen on Broadway? It was a hard choice, and I purposefully waited until everyone else had shared something, so they would narrow my choices (kind of the opposite of how I choose what to share most other weeks). Before I get to my choice, here’s what my friends shared:

Sister Act (2009)

I didn’t know they made this a musical, but I liked the film, so … sure.

When Scott shared this, he said it’s “slightly sacrilegious and inappropriate at times, but most of it is good.” Not being Catholic (not that he is either), I still get that. Continue reading

Blessed All the Young at Heart

For a couple of years some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Count Basie Orchestra – April in Paris (1957)

This may be my shortest review of an album since we started playing this game: Continue reading

Nothing is New

For a couple of years some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

The Black Keys – Turn Blue (2014)

After I shared what I did for the week, Tim suggested we all share our favorite album that has come out in the two years since we started playing this game. And it’s a great idea. Except I already shared (and I don’t listen to a ton of new music, so I’d have to think about it a little more). But here’s Tim’s: another Black Keys album. Continue reading

For Every Useless Reason I Know There’s a Reason Not to Care

For almost two years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Guns ‘n’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987)

I used to be a big G’N’R fan, but have kind of drifted away from them for years. I never before realized that the first six songs are (more or less) all about violent life in the big city and the last six are all about love (kinda). Continue reading

There is Magic at Your Fingers

For almost two years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Well Tempered ClavierJohann Sebastian Bach – The Well-Tempered Clavier (1722)

I haven’t really been keeping track, but I would imagine this is easily the oldest thing that’s been shared in the past two years. Previous to this, I think the oldest album was Copland’s Rodeo in 1942. Although there were some Duke Ellington songs that same week from the late ’20s.

A little background: in 1722 there weren’t pianos and what they did have (claviers) weren’t exactly tuned like pianos. They were tuned to a specific key, which meant that to play in a different key, you either had to retune or switch instruments. Bach wanted to have one keyboard that could play in any key, so he wrote these 24 pieces (one in each key, including major and minor)(unless you count the preludes and fugues separately, in which case there are 48) to make it inconvenient to play this whole series without one well-tuned keyboard. Continue reading

Laughing Too Loud When We found We Were Locked Out

For almost two years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Greg Camp – Defektor (2008)

Greg Camp – songwriter, guitarist and back-up vocalist for Smash Mouth – quit the band and recorded this solo new wave garage rock album.

It was a bit of work to find this whole album. His myspace page has links to videos on YouTube, but they’re not all there. The album isn’t on Google, iTunes or Spotify. It’s a hard album to find. A site I had never heard of before (Tidido) did have it, although not the title track. Continue reading

It Might Be a Shame and You Might Be Disheartened

For almost two years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Hanson – Anthem (2013)

Here’s a carry-over from last week. Continue reading