03. April 2017 · Comments Off on Bieber Madrigal · Categories: Pop Music

Yes, there is a composer named Bi(e)ber. Maybe even more than one. BUT … this is a Justin Bieber song.

Now, I have to confess I’ve never heard Justin Bieber.

That’s right: NEVER.

My kids are old enough they didn’t get into him. Should I be grateful? I honestly don’t know. Maybe he does a great job with what he does!

But in any case … I know he has a song called “Baby” and after I post this I’ll see if I can find the original to compare. This is a group called Cadence.

Lucas Marchand (Tenor)
Ross Lynde (Tenor)
Carl Berger (Baritone)
Kurt Sampson (Bass)

Okay … compare and contrast. Or don’t. You choose!

03. February 2016 · Comments Off on Gaga For Oboes · Categories: Oboe, Pop Music

I hear the Lady is going to sing the National Anthem for something called the Supper Superbowl. So here to honor her … the instrument she WISHES she played, I’m sure! (And hey, there’s Devin Hinzo!)

The Mannes Oboe Studio (2013-2014) plays the encore piece “Gaga for Oboes”, a medley of songs by Lady Gaga for 5 oboes and English horn, transcribed/arranged for them by oboist/reed-maker Ryan Walsh. The songs in the medley are: “Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, “Telephone”, “Judas” and “Applause”. The players from right to left are: Cat Cantrell, Cory Snoddy, Phil Rashkin, Scott Wollett, Devin Hinzo and Ron Cohen Mann. (That last one … well … he manages heels better than I ever would. Go figure.)

13. February 2013 · Comments Off on Space Music · Categories: Pop Music, Videos

I don’t often put pop music up here, but I just enjoyed this … a song about being out in space sung … well … out in space. (And earth, too.)

15. September 2011 · Comments Off on Tori Amos Goes “Classical” · Categories: Pop Music, Videos

(I still say popular artists want to go classical because they want to be taken more seriously and live on after they are gone, and classical artists want to cross over because they have such a desire to be popular. But of course I could be all wrong. It’s happened before.)

But anyhoo … just read an article that begins with this:

As they grow older, it seems more and more adventurous rock and pop stars of the past 30 years are turning their attentions to classical music. Whether to legitimise the latter end of a long career or to appeal to the maturing tastes of their original fans as they, too, grow up – Sting, Elvis Costello and many other rock hall-of-famers have waded into the murky waters of classical crossover with a symphony or string quartet in tow… And with varying degrees of success.

Now Deutsche Grammophon, the world’s oldest classical label, has enlisted alternative singer-songwriter Tori Amos to pen a song cycle drawing on classical themes. The result, Night of Hunters, will be released on September 23. Amos, now 48, fuelled a feminist revolution in popular music during the early 1990s with hits like Cornflake Girl and Crucify. Incisive lyrics, electrifying stage presence at the piano and sales of more than 12 million albums have secured her place in the pantheon of women in rock. She also happens to be classically trained. So why combine the genres now?

I still puzzle over what makes something classical and what doesn’t. And maybe it just doesn’t matter, as long as it’s good.

Thanks, Chris Foley, for bringing this to me attention! (Credit where credit is due. Always.)

… but I do apologize. This thing can get stuck in your head. Seriously stuck.

05. May 2011 · Comments Off on Yet Again I Ask … · Categories: Classical, Links, Pop Music

… what makes it classical? (As you recall, I pondered this when it was announced that Madonna was writing classical music.)

Read online:

Tori Amos describes her classical music album in the most Tori Amos-y way possible


Tori Amos announces classical album and UK tour dates

(The first is here.)

12. July 2010 · Comments Off on Heyo Ma Ma Ma · Categories: Pop Music, Videos

English horn in a pop band? On Saturday Night Live? Who knew? (I’d heard the song before and still wasn’t really clued in to the English horn part. Silly me!)