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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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Michael Logozar: Passage

Michael Logozar: Passage

Listen to solo piano music by Michael Logozar on his latest (8th) album Passage.

New Album

Passage (2018) – 12 songs, 40 min

 

Playlist

Enjoy my playlist of his songs.

Michael Logozar (Playlist) – 37 songs, 2 hr 31 min

 

Listen to more music by Michael Logozar with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album will be included there as well, along with an updated playlist.

Photo credit: Passage @ Amazon (album cover)

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Jun 20

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Jun 20

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 12-18, 2018. This is a great way to discover new music.

 

Bearded Sunshine 48 – Worth the Wait (6/20/2018) – 1 hr 1 min

Playing tracks by The Decemberists, Futurebirds, William Fitzsimmons, Andrew Bird, Dr. Dog and more.

 

Playlist

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • The Decemberists – Once In My Life
  • Futurebirds – Deadbeat Hits
  • William Fitzsimmons – Learning to Fly
  • Andrew Bird – Heretics
  • Dr. Dog – The Breeze
  • Fleet Foxes – Ragged Wood
  • David Ramirez – Time
  • Beirut – Gibraltar
  • Noah Gundersen – Family
  • Holy Holy – Impossible Like You
  • Lily & Madeleine – Devil We Know
  • The Tallest Man On Earth – The Gardener
  • The Staves – In the Long Run

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Michael Logozar – Relaxing and Inspiring Piano

Michael Logozar – Relaxing and Inspiring Piano

Listen to solo piano music by Michael Logozar with a custom playlist that he created of his music. It highlights 4 recent singles and includes all 7 albums. He plans to release another one titled Passages soon, and you can download 7 tracks early via Toneden with a Spotify pre-save.  I absolutely love his music and hope you do too.

Playlist

Michael Logozar – Relaxing and Inspiring Piano (Playlist) – 92 songs, 6 hrs 6 mins

 

See my Michael Logozar post for his albums, videos, and links.

Photo credit: Two Hearts (Amazon cover)

Chad Lawson: Re:Piano

Chad Lawson: Re:Piano

Listen to solo piano music (with iPad loops, effects, and layers) by Chad Lawson on his new album Re:Piano.

Here is how he describes this album.

At a time where iPads are center stage and tradition falls to the touchscreen, I ask myself “Is the piano dead?” With technology creating everything faster, newer, better and in every color, perhaps the 88s need an update; an adjustment even. Or, maybe it’s not the piano that needs the adjustment; maybe it’s us.

As a Steinway artist I find myself asking how I can connect with an audience whose view of the piano is antiquated but an iPad as second nature? Pairing the traditional (piano) with contemporary (iPad), I crafted an album using the piano as my ‘instrument’ and an iPad to create loops, effects and multiple layers using the software, Ableton Live. Before me sat a vast palette of colors, effects and inspiration like never before. Yet at the core of it all; the piano.

My hope in this recording is to create a new curiosity, a new approach and most importantly a new awareness of what can be made from the keys of black and white. And while the traditionalist in me would prefer to remain ‘un-plugged’, the optimist in me believes inspiring the next generation is only a touchscreen away.

Album

Enjoy his new album.

Re:Piano – 10 songs, 39 min

 

Video

Here is a promotional video for the new album.

Re:Piano – 1 min 36 sec

 

This is a video for a performance with drummer Alfred Sergel at Funkhaus Berlin. (Apr 2018)

Chad Lawson / Alfred Sergel – 1 min 58 sec

 

Listen to more of his music at my Chad Lawson post with playlist, albums, videos, and links.

Photo credit: Re:Piano @ Amazon (album cover).

Birds of Chicago: Love in Wartime

Birds of Chicago: Love in Wartime

Listen to Americana music by Birds of Chicago on their new album Love in Wartime.

New Album

Enjoy their new album.

Love in Wartime (2018) – 11 songs, 45 min

 

Playlist

This is my playlist of their songs.

Birds of Chicago (Playlist) – 21 songs, 1 hr 36 min

 

Videos

Here are videos of a few songs from their new album.

Superlover – for Folk Alley Sessions – 3 min 55 sec

 

Lodestar – Live at Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas (2016) – 4 min 44 sec

 

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

 

Love in Wartime – Concerts in the Kitchen – 6 min 48 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: Love in Wartime @ Amazon (album cover)

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Kim André Arnesen

Kim André Arnesen

Listen to beautiful choral music from Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.

Albums

Enjoy his albums.

Infinity (2018) – 12 songs, 1 hr 6 min

 

Magnificat – Live fra Haderslev Domkirke (2017) – 7 songs, 41 min

 

Videos

Here are some videos.

Cradle Hymn – performed by Nidaros Cathedral Girls´ Choir on Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir (2013) – 5 min 31 sec

 

Flight Song – performed by St. Olaf Choir for their Spring Concert (2015) – 3 min 56 sec

 

Magnificat 4. Et misericordia – recorded at the Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway (2015) – 5 min 36 sec

 

His Light in Us – performed by St. Olaf Choir on St. Olaf Christmas (2016) – 5 min 52 sec

 

Even When He Is Silent – performed by St. Olaf Choir at Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway (2013) – 6 min 23 sec

 

Making or Breaking – 4 min 43 sec

 

Holy Spirit Mass, Mvt 4 – Blessed – performed by National Lutheran Choir at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC (2017) – 8 min 11 sec

 

Dormi Jesu – performed by National Lutheran Choir at Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis MN (2016) – 5 min 9 sec

 

O Sacrum Convivium – performed by Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, Chuch of Holmen, Copenhagen, Denmark (2016) – 7 min 26 sec

 

Sing the Earth (World Premier)– performed by Southwestern University Singers and Festival Mass Choir during Southwestern Music Festival at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas (2018) – 6 min 7 sec

 

Requiem (First Italian Execution) – performed by Brescia Philharmonic Choir for Concert in Memory of the Fallen of Piazza Loggia at Church Santa Maria del Carmine – Brescia (2016) – 48 min 59 sec

 

Links

These are links to his website, social media, general information, and music stores.

Photo credit: InfinityAmazon (album cover).