20 ways to find new music that you like

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Here are some different web sites that introduce you to music in different ways. From live music to internet radio to using an algorithm to try to figure out what music you like: 20 fantastic ways to find new music that you like (no Last.fm & Pandora inside) At the moment I’m listening to music […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir in concert

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

I attended DaCapo Chamber Choir’s final concert of their season, “Celebrating Home.” The choir is directed by Leonard Enns, and Catherine Robertson was guest pianist. The choir sang seven pieces, six unaccompanied and one with piano. There were also two piano solos. I was familiar with three of the seven choral pieces. DaCapo sings mainly […]

Measha Brueggergosman in concert

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of music

I saw Measha Brueggergosman in concert last night. She is mostly known for singing opera, but on this occasion she was singing jazz and jazzy versions of hymns, pop, and folk songs. She’s on tour promoting her “I’ve Got a Crush on You” album. Here’s a statement I can’t remember saying about any other concert: […]

Best of the best: music

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here are my favourite 20 albums in three categories. There are lots of great individual songs but these are great albums to listen to as a whole. Soundtracks Klaus Badelt — Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl John Barry — Dances With Wolves Christophe Beck — Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The […]

Music part 3: classical

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I learned a lot about classical music from music courses when I was in university. One course took place over a month in Vienna, where we went to concerts virtually every evening. I’ve recently renewed my interest in classical music, listening to music I haven’t listened to in years and also picking up some music […]

A plethora of music lists

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Here’s a web site that has a lot of music lists.  They have lists for all styles of music — rock, blues, jazz, fusion, country, folk, and classical. They have lists by album, song, and artist. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular style of music, you could start here. They also have […]

Music part 2: popular

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I used to sing in an all-male a cappella quartet. So that’s one type of music that I like — the Nylons and the Essentials, as well as the Flying Pickets, the House Jacks, the Alley Cats, and the Bobs. I like songs where I can understand the lyrics — otherwise what’s the point of […]

A place for soundtrack reviews

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

If you’re interested in soundtracks, you might find this site useful. They review a lot of soundtracks, and they even give out their own awards each year. For a bunch of prolific composers they have a list of all the soundtracks they’ve done. I might not agree with everything the reviewers say, but they’re very […]

Music part 1: soundtracks

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

What kind of music do I like? I’ll divide my list into three categories: soundtracks, popular, and classical. A few months ago I started using iTunes. I’ve copied all of my CDs onto my computer, and bought a few new albums. I’ve also bought some single songs from iTunes — most songs are $0.99 and […]

Classical music & unbroken windows cut crime

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A good news story from a while ago, in case you didn’t hear about it… Mozart’s classical music cuts crime rates in New Zealand mall I think this is fascinating. Why does playing classical music lower the crime rate? Malcolm Gladwell might have the answer. Chapter 4 of his book The Tipping Point is subtitled […]