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Music

There is a lot of music available on my site to listen with Spotify and watch on YouTube.

Some alternate Music Players may be used instead of “Spotify” to select highlighted artists or albums.  Additional information is also available about using Spotify.

Photos

The Photo Gallery highlights some of my photos, including a lovely panoramic full Morning Rainbow. My 10 most popular photo posts are listed in Favorite Photos. A Photo 101 Calendar displays all 21 photo blog posts during the Photography 101: A Photo a Day workshop in Nov 2014, organized in calendar format with day of week, date, and theme/title. There’s a Photo Summary that lists all photos in reverse date order.

Travel

Travel posts feature photos from an 8-day Viking Rhine Cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands, as well as an extended 2-week Germany Trip with visits to Munich, Salzburg (Austria), Romantic Road (Nördlingen, Dinkelsbühl, Rothenberg ob der Tauber), Leipzig, and Berlin.

Writing

Writing posts includes my Poetry assignments in the Writing 201: Poetry course in Feb 2015. Best Stories features a few articles with stories, short quotes, and thoughts about my grandchildren, children, and parents.

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Conspirare: Christmas 2017

Listen to the Conspirare Christmas concert with Austin singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez as special guest that was recorded live on Dec 10 at 7:30 pm CST from the Tobin Center in San Antonio, Texas.

It was streamed on their YouTube channel at Conspirare Christmas, but it is still available so you can watch it whenever you have time to enjoy it.  Sometimes it’s not easy to catch these live events, especially during this busy time of the year. Please see  the Conspirare website for more information. A PDF version of the printed program is available here.

Conspirare is a Grammy® award-winning choral ensemble that creates exceptional concert experiences and world-class recordings under the incomparable direction of Craig Hella Johnson. A repertoire as diverse as our talent showcases our artists’ rigorous classical training while expressing the voices of distinctive composers from Bach to Barber, Handel to Kyr, Lassus to Lang.  Inspired by the power of music to transform lives, Conspirare performances are musical magic.

If you have never experienced listening to Conspirare, they are absolutely wonderful!  Truly amazing.  This is your opportunity to hear them live.  If you have a smart TV, Apple TV, or Roku, you can enjoy the event on a large screen and high-quality  speakers.

They were excited to share this program with friends around the world. Please invite your friends and family to watch too!

Christmas 2017 – Tobin Center in San Antonio, Texas (Dec 10, 2017) – 1 hr 55 min

 

Albums

Enjoy their Christmas albums recorded live at The Carillon in Austin, Texas..

Beautiful City – Christmas 2016 – 28 songs, 1 hr 11 min

 

Singing Heart – Christmas 2015 – 29 songs, 1 hr 12 min

 

Unclouded Day – Christmas 2013 – 32 songs, 1 hr 17 min

 

One Voice – Christmas 2012 – 27 songs, 1 hr, 13 min

 

Love Again – Christmas 2007 – 29 songs, 1 hr, 18 min

Listen to more of his music at my Conspirare post with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well along with an updated playlist.

Photo credit: Beautiful City – Christmas 2016 @ Amazon (album cover)

Michele McLaughlin: Christmas Plain & Simple III

Michele McLaughlin: Christmas Plain & Simple III

Listen to solo piano Christmas music by Michele McLaughlin on her new album Christmas Plain & Simple III.

I have included the earlier Christmas albums in her Plain & Simple series with videos of her Christmas songs, along with my custom playlist of all her Christmas music.

There’s the nice review by Kathy Parsons at MainlyPiano.com of the new album, as well as earlier releases Plain & Simple II, and Plain & Simple.

Albums

Enjoy her Christmas music.

Christmas Plain & Simple III (2017) – 12 songs, 34 min

 

Christmas Plain & Simple II (2010) – 15 songs, 45 min

 

Christmas Plain & Simple (2005) – 15 songs, 42 min

 

Playlist

My custom playlist includes music from all her Christmas albums together.

Christmas Playlist – 42 songs, 2 hr 2 min

 

Videos

Here are videos of songs on her Christmas albums.

Sing We Now at Christmas on Christmas Plain & Simple III (2017) – 2 min 40 sec

 

Melancholy Snowfall on Christmas Plain & Simple II (2010) – 3 min 51 sec

 

Little Drummer Boy on Christmas Plain & Simple II (2010) – 3 min 24 sec

 

O Come Emmanuel on Christmas Plain & Simple II (2010) – 3 min 24 sec

 

O Christmas Tree on Christmas Plain & Simple II (2010) – 3 min 37 sec

 

Midwinter Memories on Christmas Plain & Simple II (2010) – 5 min 58 sec

 

Winter Solstice on Christmas Plain & Simple (2005) – 3 min 37 sec

 

Silent Night on Christmas Plain & Simple (2005) – 2 min 59 sec

 

Celtic Christmas on Christmas Plain & Simple (2005) – 2 min 44 sec

 

See my Michele McLaughlin music post with her albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well.

Photo credit: Christmas: Plain & Simple III  @ Amazon (album cover)

My Top Songs – 2017

My Top Songs – 2017

Listen to the top 100 songs that I played on Spotify during 2017. They recently sent me an email which highlighted my 2017 music. I guess you could say that I love a wide variety of music from many genres and artists, but especially new age and piano. But I guess you probably already knew that, if you have followed my blog over the past three years.

Playlist (2017)

Your Top Songs – 2017 (Playlist) – 100 songs, 6 hr 53 min

Enjoy the following custom playlist Spotify created for me with the 100 songs that I loved most this year, all wrapped up.

 


Playlist (2016)

Your Top Songs – 2016 (Playlist) – 99 songs, 7 hr 4 min

If you want to hear what I listened to during 2016, here’s another custom playlist with the songs I loved the most for the previous year.

 


Summary

Here are various summaries they provided that reflect my Spotify listening history during 2017. Very interesting!

Statistics

  • 9,231 minutes (153 hours)
  • 1,843 songs (153/month)
  • 433 artists (36/month)
  • 35 genres
  • 12 skipped tracks

Artists

Songs

  • Lost in Familiar Surrounding
  • Reflected in a Flowing Stream
  • As Seasons Change
  • Procession of Moon and Stars
  • Preludium in C Major (Variation) – J.S. Bach

Genres

  • New Age
  • Classify
  • Focus
  • New Age Piano
  • Folk-pop

Age

The average age of Spotify listeners for Pop is 27, and 41 for New Age, whereas I am 72.

Birds of Chicago: American Flowers

Birds of Chicago: American Flowers

Listen to Americana music by Birds of Chicago on their new EP album American Flowers.  Having relocated to Nashville, this  contains a suite of songs that didn’t feel quite at home on their upcoming sprawling rock and roll circus of an album Love in Wartime to be released in April.

New Album

American Flowers (2017) – 6 songs, 30 min

 

Videos

Here are videos of a few songs from their new album, as well as many others from other albums and live performances.

American Flowers on American Flowers (2017) – For Folk Alley Sessions – 5 min 52 sec

 

Hold Steady, Rock Slow on American Flowers (2017) – Live on CKUA at Edmonton Folk Fest 2017 – 5 min 39 sec

 

Baton Rouge – Live on Folk in the Field at Calgary Folk Festival (2017) – 6 min 31 sec

Super Lover – For Red Barn Studio Live Sessions at Fayetteville Roots Festival (2016) – 3 min 48 sec

 

Real Midnight on Real Midnight (2016) – For Folk Alley Sessions (2016) – 5 min 23 sec

 

Remember Wild Horses on Real Midnight (2016) – For Folk Alley Sessions (2016) – 4 min 49 sec

 

Good Dream – For Folk Alley Sessions (2016) – 5 min 19 sec

 

Kinderspel (child’s game) on Real Midnight (2016) – For Folk Alley Sessions (2016) – 5 min 58 sec

 

Good Time and Times on Real Midnight (2016) – For Ear to the Ground B-Sides from Folk Alliance 2016, Kansas City – 4 min 20 sec

 

Color of Love on Real Midnight (2016) – For Ear to the Ground B-Sides from Folk Alliance 2016, Kansas City – 3 min 22 sec

 

Dim Star of the Palisades on Real Midnight (2016) – For Ear to the Ground B-Sides from Folk Alliance 2016, Kansas City – 3 min 17 sec

 

Flying Dreams on Birds of Chicago (2012) – For Audiotree Live (2012) – 4 min 22 sec

 

Sparrow on Real Midnight (2016) – For Audiotree Live (2012) – 3 min 47 sec

 

‘Til It’s Gone – on Live from Space (2013) – For Audiotree Live (2012) – 6 min 6 sec

 

I Have Heard Words on Live from Space (2013) – Live at Audiotree House in Spicewood, Texas at SXSW 2013 – 4 min 12 sec

 

Trampoline on Birds of Chicago (2012) – Live at KUTX Austin – 4 min 48 sec

 

The Moonglow Tapeworm on Birds of Chicago (2012) – Live at The Violet Hour in Chicago (2013) – 3 min 11 sec

 

All the City Girls on Live from Space (2013) – Live at The Violet Hour in Chicago (2012) – 4 min 11 sec

 

Listen to more of their music at my Birds of Chicago post for more albums, videos, and links. This new album and playlist has been included there as well. Also you might like the Po’ Girl music from Allison Russell’s earlier group.

Photo credit: American Flowers @ Amazon (album cover)

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Kelsea Ballerini: Unapologetically

Kelsea Ballerini: Unapologetically

Listen to country music by Kelsea Ballerini on her new (2nd) album Unapologetically that was just released.  On her website, she provides background about this album and its songs. She will be on tour from February through April.

New Album

Enjoy another great album.

Unapologetically (2017) – 12 songs, 41 min

 

Videos

Here are some videos from the new album.

Unapologetically (Acoustic) – 3 min 38 sec

 

Legends – 4 min 28 sec

 

Listen to more of her music at my Kelsea Ballerini post with additional albums, videos, and links.

Photo credit: Unapologetically @ Amazon (album cover).

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Blake Shelton: Texoma Shore

Blake Shelton: Texoma Shore

Listen to country music by Blake Shelton on his new album Texoma Shore that was just released.

The country superstar remains firmly rooted as a proud Oklahoman, describing his album this way.

Lake Texoma has always been a place of great memories, new and old.  I literally recorded this album here at its shore so it’s full circle to have the love of this place and the love of country music come together here.  When you listen to the record it will go from something traditional to something that will make your head spin back to something even more traditional. That’s just what you can expect from one of my albums. At this point in my career it’s always good for me to try something different, with different sounds, and I think you’ll hear hints of that on this record. I’ve explored about every part of country music you can explore and it seems like I always keep coming back to my roots, which is traditional country music. I love great songs and there are so many talented writers in Nashville, but I do have a song on the album that I wrote and I’m very proud of it.

New Album

Enjoy another great album.

Texoma Shore (2017) – 11 songs, 38 min

 

Video

Here is a video from the new album.

I’ll Name the Dogs – 3 min 4 sec

 

Playlist

This is my playlist of his songs.

Blake Shelton (Playlist) – 17 songs, 1 hr 2 min

 
Listen to more of his music at my Blake Shelton post with additional albums, videos, and links. It has been updated with the new album, and new songs incorporated in my extended playlist.

Photo credit: Texoma Shore @ Amazon (album cover).

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SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Nov 1

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Nov 1

Listen to Americana music on the Bearded Sunshine SXSWfm specialty radio show stream that is now available on MixCloud. The award winning and revolutionary SXSWfm Americana music show “Bearded Sunshine“ is hosted by resident musical scholar and SXSW staffer Matt Small. Join Matt weekly as he dives into the aforementioned Americana music, current events, humor and other listener favorite topics. This is the opposite of every show you’ve ever liked.

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SXSWfm is the official internet radio stream of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Last year its 30th anniversary was celebrated in Austin, Texas with over 2,200 official performers from more than 67 countries and happened again recently from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

 

Bearded Sunshine 40 – My Oh My (11/1/2017) – 1 hr 9 min

Playing tracks by Jamestown Revival, Sharon Van Etten, The Lone Bellow, Marcus Foster, S. Care and more.

 

Bearded Sunshine is here to wrap up Halloween and we talk about a 68 year old new dad.

Playlist

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • Joy Kills Sorrow- Such Great Heights
  • Blind Pilot – Packed Powder
  • Black Prairie – Let It Out
  • Roo Panes – The Original
  • Jamestown Revival – Love Is a Burden
  • The Cave Singers – When the World
  • Peter Bradley Adams – Who Else Could I Be
  • Punch Brothers – My Oh My
  • The Lone Bellow – Deeper in the Water
  • Marcus Foster – How Many Times
  • Slow Club – Wanderer Wandering
  • S. Carey – Brassy Sun
  • Night Beds – 22
  • The Milk Carton Kids – New York
  • Sharon Van Etten – Not Myself
  • The New Basement Tapes – When I Get My Hands On You

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