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General posts, thoughts, and links, some about music, some not!

Happy Piano Day 2015!

29th March 2015 – The celebratory holiday just for the Piano!

http://www.pianoday.org/

New Look Website!

Check out the new and improved JSM Website. It promises NOT to deliver corn on the cob, wet running shoes, a bag full of other plastic bags like the one in your kitchen cupboard, cadburys coffee mugs, freshly installed 10000 thread carpet – It exists only to offer up the pure uncut unadulterated sweet eclectic sounds of new Music.

Music is the language of us all.

Help me Hugh Jackman!

I had the flat to myself all weekend, and thought it would be great to write Hugh Jackman a song!

Muse at the o2 Stadium, London, October 27th 2012

There have been three amazing concerts in my life that stand out and that I will never forget. 1) Metallica in Brisbane in 2004 2) Foo Fighters Festival at Milton Keynes bowl in 2011 and just recently 3) the Muse Concert at the 02 Stadium, October 27th.

It was sensational. The Music was huge, the lighting amazing and the pyramid screen rig – was altogether its own amazing alien feature in itself, with a life of its own.

Find attached some of the pics from the concert taken on my Samsung S3.

 

Muse at London o2 stadium October 27th 2012

Muse at London o2 stadium October 27th 2012

Muse at London o2 stadium October 27th 2012

Muse at London o2 stadium October 27th 2012

Muse at London o2 stadium October 27th 2012

Muse at London o2 stadium October 27th 2012

Muse at London o2 stadium October 27th 2012

Muse at London o2 stadium October 27th 2012

Muse at London o2 stadium October 27th 2012

 

 

Two fabulous works that bring me to tears..

OK so I am pathetic, a bit of a softie, a musical wimp but if I cared I wouldn’t post it here for everyone to have a listen and make up their own mind…

There are two things musically that actually bring me to tears (just about) everytime I hear them. I think its because both instruments, when used so masterfully, go past ‘just playing notes’ and actually (no pun intended) SING…

Like a flutterby whispering from the top of Mt Everest until its creates an avalanche below with wave upon wave of ethereal musical prayer washing over me until it consumes and swallows me whole…

Have a listen and make up your own mind..

1) Nigel Kennedy’s live 2005 concert in France where he plays Vivaldi’s Concerto No.2 in G minor RV315 “Summer” (Adagio) 2nd Movement (With the Polish Chanber Orchestra)

LINKS: SPOTIFY YOUTUBE

2) Mozarts Aria ‘Queen of the night’ from  Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) performed by German opera Singer Diana Damrau (and an Aria known for its difficulty)

LINKS: SPOTIFY YOUTUBE (YouTube: 2:50, 3:00 and 4:16- absolutely amazing)

I am lucky enough to see “The Magic Flute” live TONIGHT at the Coliseum here in London and although its in English (can sometimes be like watching a badly dubbed Asian film) I still cant wait…

Love in Music, Always

James