Last night it was songs about love. Tonight let's see how many songs you can come up with about water.
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Laptop-rapper MC Lars encapsulated with surgical accuracy what it meant to be in a band in 2006 with the above song and clip, the tale of the sub-meteoric rise and subsequent fall of the fictional emo band Hearts That Hate (the genius lies in making the chorus of the song the chorus of the fake band's song. Are you following?)
Lars has a new album coming out next Tuesday titled This Gigantic Robot Kills, and like many artists who aren't quite making a fortune selling records, he's fine with people downloading it. Talking to Spin about the book The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution, "it treats the music model as water as opposed to a physical thing. When you pay for water, you get a certain amount of water. You don't pay per drop."
Okay, Lars -- time to bittorrent your new album.
There are times that I really dread trying to come up with the music posts. Taste in music is so subjective and you guys can be really brutal in letting us know what you think.
But after I read SilentPatriot's post on Katrina, I knew exactly what song to feature.
Here's the birthday boy, Aaron Neville, singing Randy Newman's Louisiana 1927
From the notes of the YouTube video:
The great Sviatoslav Richter plays Ravel's - Jeux d' eau
Jeux d’eau is a piece for solo piano by the French Impressionistic composer, Maurice Ravel. The title often translates to “Fountains”, “Water Games”, and “Playing water” (See Jeux d'eau, water features in gardens.) The piece, a virtuosic tone-poem, is inspired by Franz Liszt (Jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este), and also as Ravel explained:
- Jeux d’eau, appearing in 1901, is at the origin of the pianistic novelities which one would notice in my work. This piece, inspired by the noise of water and by the musical sounds which make one hear the sprays water, the cascades, and the brooks, is based on to motives in the manner of the movement of a sonata—without, however, subjecting itself to the classical tonal plan.
This work is considered one of the first examples of "musical impressionism" among Ravel's compositions...