Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August Rush - Ashtanga Chant

A different kind of song tonight.

First, the ashtanga invocation that is chanted at the start of the Ashtanga Primary series (my favorite yoga that has given me so much!) as chanted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Second, a variation. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August Rush - Thomas Newman

I discovered my love for Thomas Newman with the Adjustment Bureau soundtrack. I focused tonight's music inquiry into finding more music from Newman. Some of my favorite movies are scored by Newman and I had never connected the dots. Does Newman' music tip these movies into my favorites category, or does Newman only score movies that I'm drawn to?

Here are a few samples and I love and treasure each of these films.


Monday, August 26, 2013

August Rush - Pablo De Sarasate

One of the best violinist of all times, Pablo De Sarasate, performs Zigeunerweizen.
This is a recording from 1904.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

August Rush - Bob Dylan

I know I said I would find new music, and this isn't new to me. But.... I don't have it in my rotation and I really should. I was reminded of it when i found it listed as number one best song of all times according to Rolling Stone.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

August Rush - Ray Charles

I found a list of the 100 best songs of all times from Rolling Stone. I clicked on the top ten and came across this one and I love it. I'd never heard the whole song before and I'm glad I found it tonight!

Friday, August 23, 2013

August Rush - Russian Flash Mob

I wish I was there when they made this. Someday, I would LOVE to be in or near a flash mob!
Thanks for the suggestion Bill! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August Rush - Dolly Pardon (you'll be surprised)

Dolly Pardon's "Jolene" on slow speed recommended by Mitch. I love this version...

And, if you're curious about the original...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

August Rush - Passion Pit

I found them, forgot about them, found them again, and will keep 'em!

Take a Walk by Passion Pit

Friday, August 16, 2013

August Rush - Hallelujah

My intent for August Rush was to discover new music and refresh my playlist. I believe we have a soundtrack to our lives and mine needed some new energy.

Tonight, I'm not discovering new music, but exploring one of my all time favorite songs: Hallelujah. I loved this when I heard Jeff Buckley's version years ago. Listening to Pandora tonight I heard a new version which prompted a search for all possible versions. There are too many to post, but here are a few.

For those who love this song as much as I do, I'd love to know which version is your favorite. This song feels transcendent. It feels as if it was written for my soul to sing. It feels as if it holds the weight of the world, effortlessly. 

The original:

My favorite version:

So good.

Justin Timberlake:

Jon Bon Jovi:

Jason Castro - I remember when he sang this on American Idol:


Regina Spekor - always with her own twist:

Carly Rose:

 Skip to 2 minutes in:


Celine Dion and the Canadian Tenors - a beautiful surprise! 

Sheryl Crow:

John Cale:

Susan Boyle:


Il Divo -  Translated:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

August Rush - Radioactive

Imagine Dragons by Radioactive

I'm obviously late on paying attention to this one.. 64 million views on YouTube.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

August Rush - Buddy Guy

I'll be seeing Buddy Guy at the Hollywood Bowl later this month. I'm loving this one...
"Damn Right, I've Got the Blues"

Sunday, August 4, 2013

August Rush - Built By Alaska

Built By Alaska

August Rush - Said the Whale

August Rush - The Arkells

The Arkells "Coffee"

August Rush - The Opening Act (Young the Giant)

Welcome to August Rush!

This month's goal is all about music! I'm not sure what shape this month will take. I'm going to design it... right... now... as.... I ... type ... this...

  • Find a new song every day for a month. (ask friends!) 
  • Play piano. Every day. At least one song.
  • Go see live music at least once per week. 
  • Visit the Grammy Museum! 
Done. Plan in place. 

First new song: featuring Young the Giant. How have I not noticed them before?