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, yet there is a commonality there that any…

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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 German army holding Berlin and escorting civilians to safety in the…

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A bit of Music

A bit of Music

Some nifty stuff, over at soundcloud Glacier Music Part I, by jaredburrell.comtrack by jaredburrell.comBandcamp Album of the Day Sep 14, 2017jaredburrell.com…

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Sabaton and the WW1 Memorial

Sabaton and the WW1 Memorial

Sabaton was in Atlanta Sunday night as the third show of their tour for The Great War. What a show. Hammerfall opened, and did a great job as well, with a large percentage of the crowd also being fans. It was also a nice touch to play the orchestral arrangements from the Soundtrack to the Great War during the setup after Hammerfall's set. Joakim handed off his sunglasses near the end, this time to a seven year old girl with huge ear covers sitting on her parents shoulders. The mosh pit wasn't huge, and when "Swedish Pagans" came on, sat…

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Getting a Fixx

Getting a Fixx

This post was inspired in part by the passing of Ric Ocasek, of the Cars. I absolutlely loved their first album, and it is still my favorite despite being introduced to the band via the album Hello Again, my other favorite. While there are good songs on Shake it Up, Candy-O, etc., none of them gelled for me. What really stuck out for me for the Cars was the not just the way they used rhythm, but the way in which they managed to sound simultaneously spare and yet full. There is one other band, or more accurately album, that…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Just a few odds and ends for the day. First - Corb Lund Crossing over from purely music to a bit of history, the frankly incredible tale of Sgt York. For those interested in engineering geekery, a long-ish, but well put together video on rocket motor designs.…

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