Atomic Tom – iphone band!

This New York band made some kick ass lemonade on the Subway after having their equipment stolen!

On the road, they stopped to remember one made that helped them with the recipe…



Song la claire fontaine

It was sung by Shang Wen-jie, the winner of last year’s “Super Voice Girl” singing contest in China. She just graduated from the Shanghai-based Fudan University as a French major.

Here are the lyrics of that Quebec folk song:
J’ai trouvé l’eau si belle que je m’y suis baigné.
Il y a lontemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.
Sous les feuilles d’un chêne, je me suis fait sécher.
Il y a lontemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.
Sur la plus haute branche, un rossignol chantait.
Il y a lontemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.
Chante, rossignol, chante, toi qui as le coeur gai;
Tu as le coeur à rire, moi je l’ai à pleurer.
Il y a lontemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.
J’ai perdu mon ami sans l’avoir mérité.
Pour un bouquet de roses que je lui refusai.
Il y a lontemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.
Je voudrais que la rose fût encore au rosier,
Et que mon douce ami fût encore à m’aimer

By the clear running fountain
I strayed one summer day.
The water looked so cooling
I bathed without delay.


Many long years have I loved you,
Ever in my heart you’ll stay.

Beneath an oak tree shady
I dried myself that day
When from the topmost branch
A bird’s song came my way.

Sing, nightingale, keep singing,
Your heart is always gay.
You have no cares to grieve you,
While I could weep today.

You have no cares to grieve you,
While I could weep today,
For I have lost my loved one
In such a senseless way.

She wanted some red roses
But I did rudely say
She could not have the roses
That I had picked that day.

Now I wish those red roses
Were on their bush today,
While I and my beloved
Still went our old sweet way. ہ la claire fontaine, m’en allant promener,

Music & Technology – Match made?

The debate and struggle in the school system over music education may get a little twist.  Students from the Stanford Laptop Orchestra create music with their laptops instead of instruments. Ge Wang, the orchestra’s founder, has worked with students from music to engineering to develop their own software language, Chuck, to create and generate the unique sounds and equipment necessary to build a sound unlike anything you’ve heard.  This musical group has been performing at colleges and city parks as you’ll see on YouTube.  There’s a performance at Macworld and Apple has even dedicated a page on Musical Macs.  Although the sounds they produce may not be a symphony or pop tune you can pick out, it goes to show you that even the most technologically minded people get together to be creative, they might call it music.

The real reason I wanted to write this blog was not to share yet another link to YouTube or Apple.  I wanted to pose the question to encourage thought about musical expression and how you may define it.  It goes without saying everyone has a different idea of what good music is but we usually agree that it’s music.  
So what defines music?  Does it require an instrument? What defines an instrument?  Can a computer or software program replace an instrument like a piano or a flute?  I would challenge the assumption that music requires an instrument at all.  Child prodigy August Rush heard music in a field of grass and created sounds I’d never heard from a guitar he didn’t even know how to play.  Yes, the movie is fiction but the message is very real.
Music is an art. Art is interpretation.  You may interpret what you hear differently one day to the next but the vehicle that produces that sound isn’t restricted to only the ones you know today.  Sound can be a means of expressing a feeling or a tone whether it is in the form of a song or simply the inflection of your voice.  So it must mean that like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, sound is music to the listening ear.  So what have you heard from your toaster today?

Home Stereo with great extra features

One thing I love to do is watch movies.  I’ve been a Netflix member since 2001 and try to review each movie and share my favorites with friends.  While there have been tons of cables, adapters and file converters to get your videos and movies to play on your television, nothing has every really been as easy as this new stereo I found through Netflix.  The LG LHB953 is an integrated home theater system that plays Blu-Ray DVDs, streams Netflix movies from your Instant Queue, includes a charging and docking station to view your videos, pics or music from your iPod or iPhone, links to your Pandora radio profile of favorite stations, access to rental and purchase of CinemaNow movies and television plus access to YouTube including your favorites.  This little gem is perfect for the big screen TV in your house that everyone can gather around and view some of the online videos that normally would have everyone huddled around a monitor in the home office.  Think of the surround sound you already have. Now think of the next party you host that will now be accompanied by your favorite Pandora station over your existing HD audio speakers!  Now that is a party!
Some of you have heard about the XBox or Playstation systems with access to Netflix but this systems does so much more!  While the game systems may be great for the kids room or the game room, the LG systems are for the main room for everyone to enjoy… or maybe just for us movie lovers with a big screen and no one to fight over the remote!
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