Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Little Bit of Broadway

Yellow Submarine

Fifty years ago this month the Beatles arrived on American shores, and music, culture and hair have never been the same since.  This afternoon, we are listening to the soundtrack from the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine, starring the Fab Four saving Pepperland from the Blue Meanies, who were draining all the color from that undersea paradise.

I just wish the soundtrack had more of the vocal music from the film!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Jazz World

1. ARTIST: Dainius Pulauskas
SONG: "Waltz."
ALBUM: "1999."

2. ARTIST: Dainius Pulauskas
SONG: "Stream."
ALBUM: "1999."

3. ARTIST: Mess
SONG: "a nice ride."
ALBUM: "st. amblendfoil."

4. ARTIST: Mess
SONG: "moss."
ALBUM; "st. amblendfoil."

5. ARTIST: Nino Katamadae & Insight
SONG: "I Will Come As A Snow."
ALBUM: "Moscow Jazz Collection." 2007

6. ARTIST: Grace Kelly
SONG: "It Might As Well Be Spring."
ALBUM: "Mood Changes."

7. ARTIST: Grace Kelly
SONG: "Ain't No Sunshine."
ALBUM: "Mood Changes."

8. ARTIST: Grace Kelly
SONG: "Here, There, Everywhere."
ALBUM: "Mood Changes.
============================ 8 P.M.
9. ARTIST: Ahmad Jamal
SONG: "Saturday Mornings."
ALBUM: "Saturday Mornings." 2013

10. ARTIST: Ahmad Jamal
SONG: "The Line."
ALBUM: Saturday Morning."

11. ARTIST: Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wodd
SONG: "Tequila & Chocolate."
ALBUM: "Never Stop."

12. ARTIST; The Bad Plus
SONG: "Snowball."
ALBUM: "Never Stop."

13. ARTIST: The Bad Plus
SONG: "2 P.M."
ALBUM: "Never Stop."

14. ARTIST: Mulgrew Miller
SONG: "The Sage."
ALBUM: "Chapter 1 & 2."

15. ARTIST: Bill Evans with Eddie Gomez & Philly Joe Jones
SONG: "Green Dolphin Street."
ALBUM: "California Here I Come."

16. ARTIST: Ginger Baker Trio
SONG: "The Day The Sun Comes Out."
ALBUM: "Falling Off The Roof."

The End.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Little Bit of Broadway

The Little Mermaid

This afternoon’s opera was the story of Rusalka, a water-nymph who has fallen in love with the young prince who often visits the lake where she resides. Wishing to transform herself into a human, she visits the witch Jezibaba, from whom she learns that a potion will accomplish the task, but at a dreadful price. Not only will Rusalka lose her voice, but should the prince betray her, they will be forever damned.

I’m happy to say the Broadway version turns out a lot happier than Dvorak’s. In Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the mermaid Arial falls in love with a handsome prince. In order to transform herself into a human, she visits Ursula, where she all takes a trade where she will lose her voice but if she doesn’t win the prince, she’ll lose her soul.

We are listening to the Broadway stage version this afternoon.

Music Alan Menken
Lyrics Glenn Slater and Howard Ashman
Book Doug Wright
Basis The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen and Disney's 1989 animated film of the same name

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Little Bit of Broadway

Shrek the Musical

We are listening to a fairytale this afternoon – well, maybe we ought to call it an orgetale! This afternoon we are listening to Shrek the Musical, the 2008 Broadway musical based on the 2001 animated film. All Shrek wants is his swamp back, with no blue birds, puppets, fairy godmothers, blind mice, etc…. He goes to confront the Lord who is banishing all the fairytale creatures into his swamp, and is promised relief, if he only does one little favor…..

We are listening to the original cast recording his afternoon..

Music Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics and Book David Lindsay-Abaire
Basis 2001 DreamWorks film and 1991 book by William Steig
Shrek Brian d'Arcy James
Princess Fiona Sutton Foster
Donkey Daniel Breaker
Lord Farquaad Christopher Sieber