Mr. Rogers on Music

The music we hear early on tends to stay with us all our lives.

Rogers, Fred. The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember (p. 6). Hachette Books. Kindle Edition.

That’s a good thing, because change is constant, without it, there’d be no butterflies.

#FridayFredism

Here is the full quote from “The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember”

Music is the one art we all have inside . We may not be able to play an instrument , but we can sing along or clap or tap our feet . Have you ever seen a baby bouncing up and down in the crib in time to some music ? When you think of it , some of that baby’s first messages from his or her parents may have been lullabies , or at least the music of their speaking voices . All of us have had the experience of hearing a tune from childhood and having that melody evoke a memory or a feeling . The music we hear early on tends to stay with us all our lives.

It’s a great little book to read on any day.

Philly street performer Anthony Riley was on the Voice

Check out what happened at Philly.com. I’ve seen him perform in Suburban Station, at Rittenhouse Square (fun fact: he was threatened to be arrested for not having a permit), and out front of Reading Terminal Market. I’m very happy to see him get his chance after a few American Idol auditions that didn’t progress (your loss American Idol).

Explore Space and Time, with Music

Brain Pickings always has something that can light a spark, and this post on Vi Hart folding Space and Time, using a music box and a Möbius Strip is a perfect example.

Dancing with Cinderella

Our family dentist, a father, saw me yesterday for a cavity. Earlier this week he had given my daughter a checkup. I told him about a dance night at her school that I was getting ready for. He suggested dancing to a song which I had never heard. I just listened to it and yeah, I’m sitting here crying while writing this.

So here is the song on YouTube, by Steven Curtis Chapman, “Cinderella”:

David Remnick’s profile of Springsteen at sixty-two a meditation on age and passion

New Yorker: David Remnick: We Are Alive: Bruce Springsteen at sixty-two:

“You are isolated, yet you desire to talk to somebody,” Springsteen said. “You are very disempowered, so you seek impact, recognition that you are alive and that you exist. We hope to send people out of the building we play in with a slightly more enhanced sense of what their options might be, emotionally, maybe communally. You empower them a little bit, they empower you. It’s all a battle against the futility and the existential loneliness! It may be that we are all huddled together around the fire and trying to fight off that sense of the inevitable. That’s what we do for one another.”

Rock Nightmare’s Interview with former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick

Dante interviews Grand Funk Railroad’s (and former KISS guitarist) Bruce Kulick. It’s a great chat.

Katherine Goldstein “fell in love with a computer nerd and ended up marrying a rock star”

I loved reading Katherine Goldstein’s story at Salon about her marriage to Travis Morrison, and the surprise different world she became part of:

As a kid, I imagined many things for my life. Marrying a rock star was not one of them. I appreciate and enjoy music, but have no passionate or fanatical interest in it. I don’t know any obscure bands and can’t talk knowledgeably about any artist’s “catalog.” I don’t particularly like going to see live music that much—it’s too loud, and I get too tired….

I started dating Travis Morrison, a computer programmer who worked at my company in early 2010. We got to know each other through chatting at the lunch table. We were the only people in our small office who regularly brought in food from home. I had the vaguest recollection that I had heard from a colleague he had been in some kind of famous band, but I didn’t really know the details..

Make sure to read the rest of the story.

There is little in the world that can compare

There is little in the world that can compare to hearing the voice of my daughter and wife in the next room singing some Taylor Swift while blowing hair dry.

Non-Metal Iron Maiden Covers

YouTube: naddani: Wasted Years (Iron Maiden) – Acoustic cover:

YouTube: Thomas Zwijsen: Classical/Acoustic: Iron Maiden acoustic – Wasted Years:

YouTube: JonathanHarpa: Iron Maiden in harp and guitar – Hallowed be thy name:

YouTube: vkgoeswild: Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills – piano cover:

YouTube: WonkyFonk: Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name (acoustic):

YouTube: ThomasZwijsen2007: Bruce Dickinson – Tears Of The Dragon (Acoustic):

YouTube: Jcronk: Folkified Hallowed Be Thy Name:

YouTube: hampusvh2: Iron Maiden – The Trooper (Piano):

Related:

Metafilter: “Thomas Zwijsen performs Nylon Maiden”

Learn To Play Any Song By Ear

Well, not every song, but the technique described in in this reddit comment match those I use to figure out how to play along to almost any pop or rock song.