Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tuesday Holiday Tune Session

Merry Christmas to everyone out there... Be it your faith or not, be merry.
As it is well known, I am not really big on Christmas, but the Red Queen can be. Work has her super stressed right now, but she usually loves it. So much so, that of all the music I have loaded on iTunes over 400 of them are Christmas music of some strain. Classical, Baroque, Celtic, Traditional, Religious, Blues, Jazz, or Pop; take your pick, it's there. Some 20 plus hours of Christmas music.
There are no less than 10, count 'em TEN Silent Nights. Eight Ave Marias, Joy to the worlds, and O Holy Nights sung by monks, choirs, artists of every strain or just instrumental in English, Italian, German, Spanish and (I kid you not) Gaelic... At a minimum.
It's a bit daunting, I tell you.
Since Christmas comes but once a year, and since there is such a wide variety here, This Tuesday Tune Session will contain not the usual 10 songs (Heck, I could have just done Silent Night 10 times) I'm doing twenty. Also if a title repeats, I will only include it once by the most unusual artist that comes up.
With out further delay; Tuesday's Tunes:
1. I'll Be Home For Christmas - Tony Bennett
2. Jingle Bells - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
3. Wexford Carol - Nightnoise
4. Ave Maria - Harry Connick Jr.
5 Salve Regina - Boston Camerata
6. Silver Bells - Lou Rawls
7. Little Drummer Boy - Peggy Lee
8. Good King Wenceslas - The Irish Tenors
9. Exultation - Waverly Consort
10. Praesta Quaesumus - Benedictine Monks of St. Martin Beuron
11. O Holy Night (Italian) - Pietro Ballo & Massimo Children's Choir
12. Skating - Vince Guaraldi Trio
13. Benedicamus Domino - Chanticleer
14. Carol of the Bells - Andy Williams
15. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Canadian Brass
16. Baby It's Cold Outside - Willie Nelson & Nora Jones
17. Let It Snow - Dean Martin
18. Silent Night, Holy Night - Mahalia Jackson
19. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Etta James
20. Joy To The World - Thomas Hampson
What are you tuned into this Christmas?


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Ink # 47

Oh, Canada! "A" the long tall beauty is a northern neighbor just in town for a visit. She was very gracious about letting me get a shot of this awesome artwork... And since she towered over me at six feet, two inches, gracious is the word of the day. In fact, I'll say it again, "Gracious". I have to say, this "tree of life" is impressive, and so was she. Thanks, doll for sharing.


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Tuesday Tune Session

Pearl Harbor Day. With all my running around this week, I almost forgot. Here's to my Pop and all the others who went through that Hell Sunday morning so long ago.
Sorry for the sparse posting, but the Red Queen was home from working in NYC so she takes priority over most everything else. She came home just in time for the worst cold snap yet... and no heat in the old home except plug ins and propane... Tough duty for my best girl, especially since it was a whopping 16 degrees this morning. But, she's back up north where heat is the flick of a switch, and I'm OK with fire from a tank... For now.
Well, I'm cold and tired, let's see what's in the music files.
1. Sloop John B - The Beach Boys

2. Tin Pan Alley - Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble

3. Moonlight Mile - The Rolling Stones

4. Si Puo? (La Boheme: Act 1) - Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Etc.; Herbert Von Karajan: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Oper Chorus

5. That Man Will Not Hang - Mclusky

6. Lover's Prayer - Van Morrison

7. The Captain - Kasey Chambers

8. Mass IV Sanctus, Sanctus - Huelgas Ensemble with Paul Van Nevel

9. Pony Blues - Alvin Youngblood Hart

10. Femme Fatale - The Velvet Underground

So... What are you tuned in to?