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Sonic Gems – Roxy Music – Avalon

In 1971, Roxy Music was formed as an English Art Rock band by Bryan Ferry (vocalist/songwriter, Graham Simpson (bass), Phil Manzanera (guitarist), Andy Mackay (sax and oboe), Paul Thompson (percussion), Brian Eno (synth), Eddie Jobson (synth and violin) and John … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: Queen – A Night At the Opera

A Night At the Opera is the fourth studio album by British rockers, Queen.  The album incorporates ballads, music hall, hard rock and progressive hard rock influences.  It probably best known for Bohemian Rhapsody.  But that’s a song that will be … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems – Arvo Part – Tabula Rasa

Born on September 11, 1935, Estonian composer Arvo Part is world renown for his classical and religious music.  His music is partly inspired by Gregorian chant and he has performed as a musical minimalist since the late 1970s.  He is … Continue reading

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Sonic Gem: The 1950s – Ten For Ten

This decade’s music was dominated by rock-n-roll; doo-wop, pop, swing, rhythm and blues, blues, country and rockabilly.   The playlist below offers the top ten songs in the United States for each year of this decade.  Enjoy!!

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One Thousand Recordings – ABBA – Gold

Tonight, we begin a new aspect of Aloha Promises Forever. We are going to explore recordings that it is said that we should all hear before we die. Tonight, we are starting with Abba.  This is a group that most … Continue reading

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Classical Guitar

The classical guitar or Spanish guitar is the concert guitar used within classical music and is a wooden guitar using nylon strings.  It is usually played using a fingerstyle approach plucking note with finger nails and sometimes finger tips to … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: The Classical Guitar Has Its Own Dynamic

“The classical guitar has a dynamic to it unlike a regular acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. You know, there’s times when you should play and there’s times when you gotta hold back. It’s an extremely dynamic instrument.” – Steve … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Book of Psalms

The Book of Psalms  or Tehillim meaning praises is the first book of the Ketuvim (“Writings“).  This is the third section of the Hebrew Bible which to a Christian, of course, is known as the Old Testament.  The title derives from Greek instrumental music … Continue reading

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Quintessential Jazz I

As part of the musical education of my daughters, I am making certain that they are exposed to music that I believe is essential to understanding modern music.  In that, I have taken some time to compile three musical play … Continue reading

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Instrumental Blues – Part I

Early on when I started discovering that I liked playing more than classical, I started developing an interest in the blues and then blues rock before even the jazz then progressive hard rock periods of my life.  Now, I mainly … Continue reading

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