Musical Interludes

A couple of musical items I stumbled across on the web this last couple of days:

Orac has a video of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot. This is commemorating her loss 31 years ago.

The Guardian has started an A – Z series on Classical Music:

A is for Amadeus, B is for Beethoven

C is for Carmen, D is for Debussy

E is for English music, F is for Fauré

I have strong opinions on his disparaging comments about English classical music as he totally ignores Britten and suggests that having Elgar and Sullivan as the most influential English composers (presumbly this century) is not good as compared to America’s Jazz Greats:

The greatest English composer is Edward Elgar, whose music was joyfully archaic even when it was new; the most appealing English composers are pastoralists like Ralph Vaughan Williams and Frederick Delius, whose undeniably soothing work stops somewhat short of authentic greatness.

Whereas, in the intervening years, the Americans have produced Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, Great Britain has produced no musical titan. The most famous, successful and influential English composer is still probably Arthur Sullivan. This is not good.

Also if you list Hendrix as a classical music composer, doesn’t that mean the Beatles and Stones should get a look in?

My choir will be singing Carmina Burana with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in March so I was interested to hear this interview about it this morning.

On the Folk Show on WXPN on Sunday, Gene Shay played Tom Russell‘s “Whose Gonna Build Your Wall?” a great song in the same theme of Woody Guthrie‘s “Deportees (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)“. You can hear Tom’s song on this immigration EP!!

Also Arlo Guthrie was live from World Cafe yesterday – hear the concert here.

Finally John Hall got elected to the House of Representatives. Hooray, a folk musician in Congress!

Seeger sessions