March 19, 2010
More for your listening pleasure!
This week’s listening suggestions for the not-so-faint at heart looking to expand their minds….
1 – “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock. This is a jazz fusion piece by the amazing pianist Herbie Hancock, known mostly to children of the 80’s for “Rock It”, but he is so much more than that song. Hancock is a brilliant pianist and gifted composer in a live performance with an excellent backing band.
2 - “Vissi D’Arte” from the opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. This is a beautiful aria sung here in a concert setting by Renee Fleming. This is a beautiful voice and a beautiful rendition, just listen to the lyricism and the tone. The aria, by the way, is sung by the character Tosca, who has been put in an impossible situation. She is pleading with God to help her, saying that she has “lived for art” and “never asked for anything”. Great, great composer.
3 – “For the Love of God” by Steve Vai. This is a live performance from 1996. Steve is sometimes criticized for being too much of “technical” guitar player, and not showing enough emotion. This song is one of my favorites of his. The actual song starts around 1:45.
4 – “They Don’t Care About Us” by Michael Jackson. Say what you will about the man, but the musician had some real flashes of genius. This is not as well known as some of his other songs, but I love the percussion part in this and I dare you not to sing along after listening.
That’s all for this week, and again, comments welcome!