We had a dusting of snow a few days ago, but the ground is barely covered. So, it’s going to be a sort of a White Christmas here in Des Moines.
What a perfect opportunity to enjoy this Christmas classic, written by the great Irving Berlin, and sung by Bing Crosby and Martha Mears.
Merry Christmas, Quiner’s Diner readers! More…
Advent has many components, beginning with our preparation for the coming of the Lord.
It also allows us to revel in a season of great music, both sacred and secular.
The secular song above is a catchy, newish Christmas song that I never get tired of listening. Mariah Carey wrote it and sings it above with Michael Bublé.
Happy Advent! More…
By Tom Quiner
The song failed not once, not twice, but thrice.
I’m talking about the classic song from the Great American Songbook, “The Man I love.”
Written by the legendary songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin, they attempted to place it in three of their musicals but had it bounced by the director each time.
It wasn’t that the song was lousy, it just didn’t fit the genre of musical theatre. It eventually became a hit as a stand-alone single.
The Youtube video above is taken from the television series, “The Young Indiana Jones.”
This song is an American masterpiece. Enjoy.
The most basic interval in music is a perfect third.
If you listen to much popular music, and I admit I don’t, you’ll be clubbed over the head with the sound, as the video above demonstrates.
A good friend of mine taught music theory at a local university. He is an outstanding musician in his own right, with a Phd in music. He explained what the public appreciates the most in song writing: predictability.
Their minds expect a certain, predictable ‘next note’ to occur following a series of (usually predictable) notes that precede it. It is almost as if God had hard-wired man to appreciate certain tones, and the progression of these tones, more than others… More…
It’s the worst song ever written.
It depends on the poll, of course, but Jimmy Webb’s 1968 hit song, “MacArthur Park,” is legendary for its maudlin smaltizness, its preposterous imagery, and its mushy lyrics.
Add in Richard Harris’ legendary over-the-top performance, and you’ve got a recipe for a song people love to… More…