Gary Wright – Dreamweaver – Symphonic Rock

Dreamweaver is a song by Gary Wright released in 1975. It has a symphonic rock style created by the exclusive use of keyboards and synthesisers.

In this video you can see Gary playing Fender Rhodes piano. Other instruments include Hammond Organ, Minimoog and ARP String Ensemble (from Wikipedia).

Watch the video, enjoy this music and follow the lyrics. You probably remember this music used in Wayne’s World.

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Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum – Symphonic Rock

Procol Harum’s single “Whiter Shade of Pale” was released in 1967 and was one of the first “symphonic rock” songs I heard. The other is the Moody Blue’s “Nights in White Satin“.  I particularly like the sound of the Hammond organ.

There is a lot of discussion of how the music was influenced by J. S. Bach and you can read more on Wikipedia about this.

So let’s hear the original song, follow the lyrics then watch a more recent live version.

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Interstellar – the search for new worlds

InterstellarIn late December 2014 I saw the movie Interstellar on the big screen in the Event Cinema, George Street, Sydney.   I sat in the third row so I could get the maximum effect of the big picture and sound.

I enjoyed the film very much and there were so many aspects that gave me deep satisfaction –  sending my imagination into outer space, exploring the universe, thinking about  human survival and what it means to be human.

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Pablo Sarasate – Violin music from Spain

SarasateI became familiar with the violin music of the 19th Century Spanish composer Pablo Sarasate when I attended concerto competitions organised by the Kuringai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sarasate was born in 1844 and died in 1908. In this article I have located videos of  my favourite Sarasate compositions including the  Carmen Fantasy which is often performed in violin competitions.  as well as Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Tunes). I have also enjoyed performances of Navarra – for two violins and piano.

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The Music of Cosmos

Music of CosmosIn the early 1980’s I watched the wonderful 13 part Cosmos series written and narrated by Carl Sagan. The music used in the series included electronic music by Vangelis and Tomita, classical music by Vivaldi, J S Bach, Shostakovich, Takemitsu and Stravinksy.  World Music was also included with a traditional song from Bulgaria and shakuhachi music from Japan.

What I love about soundtrack albums is discovering new music, and this album is wonderful aural feast.

The purpose of this blog post is to share images of the record cover as well as the soundtrack on YouTube. Listen to the music and be transported into the cosmos!

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El Condor Pasa

condorIn 1970 the pop duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel released  El Condor Pasa (Spanish for “The condor passes”).

I loved this song and was captivated by the exotic sounds of  South American instruments including flutes and charango – an Andean string instrument made from the shell of an armadillo.

Paul Simon added lyrics which I have included below.  I discovered that the song is not by Paul Simon but composed by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomía Robles in 1913 and based on traditional Andean folk tunes.

Here is the Simon and Garfunkel version, then the original song.

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Hey Jude – The Single (45 rpm)

titleIn a recent post I listed my favourite Beatles songs. At the top of the list is Hey Jude. It just so happens that I own a 45 rpm single of this song and it is in reasonable condition.

Considering it would be just over 40 years old I thought it might be worth something so I checked eBay (click the link to seach eBay) and found a few copies at very low prices. I have decided to keep the single for nostalgic reasons.

In this post I share scans of both sides of the single, its packaging and a book of piano sheet music.

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My favourite Beatles songs


Recently I made an audio CD compilation of my favourite Beatles songs. A friend asked me for my favourite ten songs which got me thinking about my almost life-long appreciation of the Beatles.

I was able to put 22 songs on the CD and here is the list.   I don’t have an all-time Number 1 song but  these songs are  by favourites:

  • Hey Jude
  • Here Comes The Sun
  • Let It Be
  • Yesterday
  • Blackbird
  • Michelle
  • Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  • Across The Universe
  • Something
  • Dear Prudence
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • A Day In The Life
  • When I’m Sixty-Four
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Nowhere Man
  • In My Life
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Day Tripper
  • Lady Madonna
  • Piggies

I searched YouTube for a selection of songs for you to hear.

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