In reviewing the music of 2009, I was struck by how good it actually was. My first thought was that no one recording knocked me out as the run away best of the year, but there were so many exceptional ones, it was hard to pick just ten.
Happy Holidays from your afternoon host guy on WXXI! It's been a busy Fall, but now that the Winter is officially upon us, I thought I'd offer a little Christmas present to you. The Eastman Wind Ensemble just toured to Michigan and Chicago, playing at the prestigious Midwest Clinic.
I'm a sucker for this sound. It's The Felice Brothers. I'd recommend it for just the piano break alone, for the way it starts to tip over, but the lyrics are interesting too. There's a man drifting off to sleep in an "attic full of make believe" while carolers sing in the street. Later he watches a woman smile on TV and ends up "laying with last year's love, high as the moon above."
The order forms offering music for the year-end festivities begin crossing my desk in September. All lovely, pretty stuff. All pretty much the same as last year. And then we have a banner year, and newly minted magic fills the airwaves. So here's a short list of holiday CD's I found this year--some with a new take on old pieces, and some with something entirely new.
The video game Rock Band lets you sing into a microphone that's plugged into your game console. If you sing the right pitches and the right rhythms, you earn points. A bored flutist recently made this stunning discovery:
While reading through my emails, I found one slugged "Touching story RE: Andre Watts." It both broke my heart and reaffirmed all that we can do with music, and with TV. I was once told that Andre Watts is a great and generous man. This confirms that beyond all doubt. Enjoy.