Modern Music

Modern Music

Overall, some interesting thoughts in this article by Alexander Hellene [https://alexanderhellene.substack.com/p/temporal-investment?s=r ] Temporal InvestmentThe first in what will be an informal series of posts touching on life in the pre-Internet age. The Internet changed everything, some things for the better and some things for the worse. Music firmly falls into the latter camp. Popular music, at least. Rock music, in particular. But the industry as…A. Hellene AuthorAlexander Hellene [htt…

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Christmas "Music"

Christmas "Music"

As the commercialization of Christmas encroaches upon more and more of the year, one of the most obnoxious things to me is the insistence that most places have on playing "Christmas Music." Of course, the issue here is that so much of the so-called Christmas Music simply isn't. I used to consider it more an irritation at violation of seasonal boundaries - let's actually celebrate Thanksgiving first - but now I'm sure it's more of the content. I have no problem with playing or listening to "We T…

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Musical Stylings

Musical Stylings

Things were actually slower this week, and next week, excepting a job that I'd have to get on a lift for an on-site mount, is going to be an opportunity to get some longer-term projects knocked out after catching a breather. That also means being able to catch some time with the gang other than the usual Saturday session. In the meantime, I discovered that Floor Jansen, the most recent and, in my opinion, best singer of the three who've fronted Nightwish as female vocalists, had appeared on a…

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More Noise

More Noise

The post from the other day on Nightwish's new single [https://thelastredoubt.com/noise/], in concert with my other recent post on personal "brands [https://thelastredoubt.com/brands-are-shallow/]", has stayed on my mind. Apparently, there's a significant contingent of Nightwish fans that are "WTF" and not quit sure they like it, or will come to like it. I can see that. Not my concern. A lot of people have seen the first layer - the strong criticism of social media. What keeps pulling my att…

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Noise

Noise

Like Peter Grant [https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2015/08/nightwishs-latest-album-is-different.html] , I have something of a love-hate relationship with Nightwish. I love their music, but the themes they touch on at times... eh. That said, it looks like it's time for a new album, and a new single has been released: Noise. Before we go there, a segue: If you want to skip the video, it's a discussion of how every public space is utterly polluted by sound - and not even beauty in music…

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What is a Song?

What is a Song?

Sounds like a simple question at first. The good news? I'm not going to go into music theory. Nevertheless, the question is serious. What exactly is a song? Pick up a score, a set of tabs, but it's not a song. Sure, I could learn to read it, and to some extent then, "hear" the music in my head, but it's not the song. Compare the following: Are they the same song? Why not? Sure, the arrangement is different, the singers are different, and in this case, the styles are radically different, y…

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A bit of Country

A bit of Country

A friend of mine introduced me to the below Corb Lund song. It's a haunting little bit about the hazards of mercenaries. The album it is off of, Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier, is an excellent piece of work, focused on horses and horse people.…

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More Sabaton History

More Sabaton History

As we enter the Christmas season, it is appropriate that Sabaton cover the last stand of the Swiss guard at the Vatican in 1527. I've said before - I am not sure where their beliefs truly lie, as they publicly eschew the title of "right wing." Nevertheless, the very fact they can and will discuss subjects like the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi party with some sympathy for the German people, as well as the effectiveness, heroism, moral courage, or bravery of the ghost battalions, the Ger…

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