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WIP scarf and cardigan, plus – music I’ve loved during lockdown

Even during “normal” times, I really enjoy podcasts and music while crafting. More isolation has me reaching a little farther into my musical favorites. Here’s a short list of what I’ve listened to recently, and a bit of background.

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve had some monsoon weather with heavy rain, thunder and lightning. During a particularly stormy afternoon, I played the 1919 version of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, a breathtaking piece that always leaves me in awe. I recommend also the incredible, unearthly version done on Moog synthesizer, by Isao Tomita (1976). Fun fact – my parents had this version on vinyl, and I heard it before I heard the original orchestrated version. As a child I used to dance around to it.

Other classics that have graced my ears this month are Gershwin’s Preludes and Rhapsody in Blue; pieces by Chopin and Shubert played by Krystian Zimerman; and Beethoven’s Sonata #21 – “Waldstein” op. 53.

I also love jazz, classic rock, classic and neo soul, and electronic music of various types. A random few things I’ve played this month, sharing with you some YouTube samples (I have most of these artists in MP3 format):

The Robert Glasper Experiment

Stevie Wonder

Above and Beyond Group Therapy (example set)

Black Coffee

Emma Soundtrack by Rachel Portman

Pat Metheny Group

Ott

Roy Ayers (I saw this treasure play in Paris at New Morning, in 2018)

The Everly Brothers

The English Beat

To name a few. As this short list demonstrates – I have eclectic musical tastes! I play whatever the mood demands.

I’m making slow progress on my projects – here’s a look at how two of them stand today:

That’s it for today! I am sharing fewer posts these days, since I’m a bit underwater with work. Sending healing energy out to all and I’ll check back again soon.

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