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):
Above and Beyond Group Therapy (example set)
Emma Soundtrack by Rachel Portman
Roy Ayers (I saw this treasure play in Paris at New Morning, in 2018)
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.