Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
Since we got that foot of snow last weekend I guess we can say winter has really kicked in. OK, couldn’t resist, and I’m not sorry.
March 19th is the first day of spring. Till then, two months of winter that will seem like triple that. I despise winter. Too long. Too cold. Too dreary. But I’ll admit the season has its moments.
A personal challenge putting together this week’s feature. Could I find nice wintry music and mix in with some not at all yucky images?
You be the judge on how we did. Let’s get started with a Christmas song that has nothing to do with Christmas. The holiday is never mentioned. This is a light, easy, whimsical instrumental by saxman Dave Koz with trumpeter Rick Braun and guitarist Peter White that is appropriate before and after December 25.
Of course that’s a look from beautiful Door County, WI.
Richard Smith wrote “Winter Wonderland” in 1934. His inspiration: a snowy Central park in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, seen here last month.
One of the best contemporary jazz bands is Fourplay. This is an original composition by the group in 2009.
A picture print by Currier and Ives. Their lithographs were very popular wall hangings in 19th-century America that portrayed the history and customs of American people.
When it comes to wintry music Grammy-nominated composer David Arkenstone might be the best. His is a distinctive sound, combining global, cinematic, and rock into his style of new age. Arkenstone’s music has been featured in film, television, and video game scores as well as dozens of his own albums.
At the time this blog was posted the snow is snowing and the wind is blowing.
Arkenstone’s music has been described as Cinematic new age rock. “It is sometimes difficult to categorize my music and this is a term I can live with,” he said.
I stumbled upon this next album but know nothing about the performers. I do know this material fits our theme this week. The group is called WordHarmonic.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
So, that was all good stuff. Pretty. Smooth. Pleasant.
Y’know what? I still can’t stand winter.
But I do agree with Tony Bennett and his daughter Antonia.