The Noteables

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My second barbershop quartet has its first paying gig this Sunday afternoon! I'm with Joe Elmer, Dean Dix and Troy Williams. We do barbershop only, but have some cool songs I don't get to sing with Makeshift, like Ain't Misbehavin', Stepping Out (with my baby), Lullaby in Ragtime, and San Fransisco Bay Blues. Above is a video cap from a stage appearance a couple of years ago. I'll try to get a better group photo of us this weekend.

Rhapsody cuts price

Stand by, I’ve got a couple of things to report on.

Rhapsody spun off from real networks and cuts its price by 33%. Wow, hope the service doesn’t die. I am a big fan and consumer.   See News reports have that it went from 800,000 to 675,000 subscribers in 2009, its getting eaten up by free streaming services and youtube.

Critical listening to old songs: Kind of Blue

Yesterday 8/17 was the 50th anniversary of the release of Miles Davis’ breakout LP “Kind of Blue”.  I never heard this album until just a few years ago (thanks Harold) and I liked it quite a bit.   However, on this anniversary Fred Kaplan wrote on about why this album was so great and (dare I say it) game changing.   He discusses the context of the late 50’s jazz scene, and he also describes the breakthrough that was invented here.   Jazz at the time was improvisation built around sets of chord progressions.   Lots of room for creative improvisation, but it was reaching a dead end.   Davis and his cohorts came up with the modal approach, which opened up an entire new landscape of creative and collaborative improvisation.    I totally get it.   Listen to the most well known 1st cut from the album, and its quite clear.    Here’s a youtube version of it.


awesome chorus performance

At this summer’s Barbershop Harmony Society convention and contest, the Missouri-based Ambassadors of Harmony mounted this incredible interpretation of “76 Trombones” and walked away with the contest!   As friend Seth described:

The performance includes about 5 key changes,  concealed foam rubber
instruments whipped out mid-song, and two on-stage costume changes.  The
tag lasts about 16 bars.  Fun stuff.  Be sure and watch through the
enthusiastic ovation to see the stomp which punctuates the whole thing
nicely.  Makes me want to sing in a chorus.