March 05, 2005

Cultured pearls before swine

Mookie has been expressing an interest in classical music, so when mom and I saw a multiple CD collection arranged by composer, we had to get it. Brahms, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin (I explained that it was pronounced "show-pan", Vivaldi, a couple of the Russians (that I won't bother misspelling here), and even one of Gershwin.

She's been working her way through the set, and I had to smile when she said her biggest problem was knowing where she left off, because right now it all sounds pretty much the same to her. She'll figure it out, and she seems to be giving it a real chance, which makes me happy.

In related news, I became so disgusted with our local "classic rock" station that I took them off the main buttons in the truck and replaced them with classical. It's been a nice change.

What did the classic rockers do? Besides the most annoying collection of DJ's I've ever had to spend time with, they've decided that the Beatles and Rolling Stones are responsible for 30% of all classic rock worth listening to. That gets old fast.

Adios Ringo and Mick. Hellooooo Wolfgang.

Posted by Ted at March 5, 2005 04:35 PM
Category: Square Pegs

Ahhhh, Bach.

Posted by: nic at March 5, 2005 05:47 PM

Aah, Rhapsody In Blue. Yes, Gershwin deserves to be included, imo.

They all sound sorta the same to Mookie right now probably because she's used to hearing that kind of music. (To my mother, all punk rock songs sounded the same, but to me they were all so distinct.)

One thing that can make a difference is for Mookie to listen not just for where the music takes her, but also to how it's taking her there. Appreciate how all of the different instruments, and their parts, fit together. (And to appreciate that a complex symphony was written by one man who could hear every part distinctly in head before writing it all down!)

Listen to how a Bach fugue plays on a repeating theme, changing the way it sounds just slightly with every pass. Listen to how an entire perfect peice like the first run-through of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nact Muzik can change and grow through each successive run-through.

And, my favorite; Listen to how the final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony sounds like the musicians have no set script, but rather did a Vulcan mind-meld, picked up their instruments, and began to write it from scratch! Themes are half-heartedy tried and discarded and revisited and altered. Then several themes finally fit together triumphantly and **BAM** the chorus joins in singing the orchestra's melody:
"O, fre-oi-oi-oi-oi-oind-eh!!"

Em. Sorry. Gonna go pop some Beethoven into the CD-ROM now....!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at March 5, 2005 06:14 PM

30% huh? Look at it this way.Woodstock was held and nobody missed them.Would it have been soooooo much better if they had been there?No!I would have probably missed Sha Na Na more than the Beatles.
BTW,Ted,was that 94.7?At least it wasn't stern or Elliot in the Morning.
Out here we all hit 99.3 The FOX.John Boy and Billie in the morning rules!

Posted by: Russ at March 5, 2005 10:00 PM

Nic - LOL!

Spork, you never cease to amaze with your music knowlege and ability to put it into words. I really envy that.

Russ, yeah, it was Arrow whatever - 95.7 sounds right. I'm sick of their self-important blowhard DJ's. I quit listening to Howard Stern a long time ago, he just got too mean to enjoy, ya know?

Now I'm heading to work before the morning shows (on the road at 5am), so I listen to CD's on the way in and various stations on the ride home. I kind of like WINC FM, whatever their numbers are, it's "90's and Today" and a pretty good mix.

Posted by: Ted at March 6, 2005 09:32 AM

WARW, 94.7, the station that insists that the Talking Heads, Devo, The Cars and Duran Duran are "classic rock."

Excuse me, Cerph? Is that how you spell your ridiculous name? Tell, me... Back when the now-"classic rock" you play was new, did you EVER play any of those groups?


You were on a Album-Oriented Rock station, and I bet my left lung that you didn't play Devo. Or The Pretenders. or Phil Collins

Posted by: Rob@L&R at March 6, 2005 04:19 PM

WINC FM is 92.5 and its out of winchester.

I'm really liking the classical so far, but I keep forgetting which CD I left off on so I think I've listened to the same disk several times with out realizing it. lol. Meh.


Posted by: Mookie at March 6, 2005 05:55 PM

Y'all! Yeah Howard has gotten to be quite the jackass.Even though I never really cared about him one way or the other I just found out something about him here not long ago that really makes me wanna whip his ass.Actually it was Andrew Dice Clay talking about it on the John Boy and Billie Big Show one morning.
Apparently Clay had been on Sterns show one morning and right afterwards Stern brings in this 11 year old boy who contracted AIDS from his mother.Well Howard just thought that was hilarious.Not only did he make fun of the kid right there but turned around and poked even more fun at him after he died.
When Clay found out about it he called Howard up and said;"So what's the freakin' joke?I don't get it." Howard then replied;"I'm sorry but I just thought it was funny and I still do."
According to Dice there might be some payback if he get's ahold of him.I've got tickets on reserve.
Elliot in the Morning on DC/101 is another one that should be shot......out of a cannon......into the sun!He goes into a restaurant/bar with his crew one night and get's all drunk and starts raising hell about how he's gonna kick everyones ass or something to that effect because of something or another.Then when the bouncer comes over to shut him up he starts in with his "I'm gonna sue you" crap.Then he starts talking(on the radio)about how he "held back from kicking the guy's ass".
Well little does he know that the bouncer he was talking about is listening.He picks up the phone and calls Elliot and asks him if he'd like to put his money where his mouth is.Elliot goes right back into that "I'll sue" stuff.What a wussy!
Well there's always the Greaseman.I heard him in Fredericksburg not long ago waaaaaay up on the dial.
Cerph?Don't I remember him from 98 Rock or DC/101?Does he really spell his name that way?Maybe it's Cerphe'!
Oh,well!There's always Q102.HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Posted by: Russ at March 6, 2005 07:40 PM

in the "DJs" defense, they don't select the music, a consultant does. Us jocks are nothing but voice monkeys nowadays who get to crack the mic a few times an hour and stare at the computer while it segues the music...

I hated being on the classic rock station for the year and a half that I was on it. It got to be completely monotonous.

Posted by: Derek at March 7, 2005 01:33 AM

Derek, I understand that the DJ has zero control over the music, but the DJ's on that station are just so full of themselves that it's sickening.

We had a country station here that altered its format a few years ago. They went "upbeat country" and were pushing the "no ballads, no downer songs" line. Sounded great, except the next thing they did was hire the most obnoxious talk DJ team I've ever heard for their morning show. The station took a wonderful idea and totally screwed it up.

Plus, now with the super-network stations, you hear the same selection of songs from the local stations wherever you go. I miss the days when part of the fun of travelling was finding new and different radio stations.

Posted by: Ted at March 7, 2005 06:16 AM


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