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Muffat’s Passacaglia on Vinyl

Writing: Taking a bird’s eye view of my new plot yesterday was a good idea. I see the major holes now and know where to focus.

Nature: Bones found some extremely interesting scent trail in the leaf-strewn yard today. It was more than mere squirrels, though I know not what.

Personal: Taking our son to see WWE tonight. We’re real excited.

muffatYesterday I received a pristine vinyl copy of Georg Muffat’s Sonata No. 5, performed by the London Baroque. The “Passacaglia” movement is one of my favorite classical recordings ever. I played my MP3 version hundreds of times as a mental-centering piece in the years I was writing BELL WEATHER. I consider it the official theme of the novel’s main character, Molly Bell.

Scoring a vinyl copy is a real treat. Most classical labels abandoned vinyl once CDs gained traction in the marketplace, and although vinyl has been making a comeback in rock, pop, electronica, and hip hop, the format is prohibitively expensive for most classical labels, who simply don’t shift enough copies of anything. Because of this, it’s hard finding the classical vinyl I want, especially since I’m finicky. Performances vary hugely, so I might find a copy of another favorite composition, such as Corelli’s Opus 6 Concertos, and reject it because it’s dull, or slow, or played as a Romantic-era piece instead of with the crisper, bouncier spirit of real Baroque.

My point being: I tracked down a vinyl copy of my favorite recording of Muffat’s Sonata No. 5 and I’m super happy. The record sounds superb. (P.S. You can buy the MP3 version of the entire London Baroque album for $5.99 on iTunes.)

I can’t find my preferred version on YouTube, but here’s a pretty good alternative:

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Singing Album Covers

Famous album covers begin to sing in this amazing video, which has a sad ending for people who like vinyl.

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666

The first of my IRON MAIDEN black vinyl reissues arrived today. Amazon screwed the pooch on my order, sadly, with one part unexplainably shipping late and another part, the “Killers” LP, arriving melted. It looks like someone left it on a hot plate. I suppose it might have been hell fire. A prompt replacement has been requested.

“The Number of the Beast” LP made it safely, thank God.

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Dr. Feelgood, Tex-Mex Style

The Mavericks’ Tex-Mex cover of Motley Crue’s “Dr. Feelgood” is fantastic. It’s like the ultimate Walter White theme song that Breaking Bad never got to use.

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Compulsion

Aside from my increasing interest in vinyl, the following quote speaks to my now abandoned hobby of growing giant pumpkins, as well as my never to be abandoned writing of novels:

For the truly compulsive hobbyist, there comes a time when a collection gathers weight — metaphysical, existential weight. It becomes as much a source of anxiety as of joy.

Source: The Brazilian Bus Magnate Who’s Buying Up All the World’s Vinyl Records

 

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Lemmy on Sabbath

[Black] Sabbath were fucking great. They seemed dangerous, and basically, you want [your rock stars to seem like] dangerous people. If you read history, you don’t read about the fucking medieval agrarian reforms. You read about Attila the bloody Hun and the Norman conquest of Britain–something with swords in it. The subject of evil is obvious for rock and roll. Look at the news every night. That’s evil. We’re all just singing about it. We’re not scared of it.

– Lemmy Kilmister, Motorhead

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FELLOW MORTALS Radio Show

IMG_0537Hi, all. Remember that radio show I recently prerecorded? Well here it comes.

I’m hosting an hour of songs related to FELLOW MORTALS tonight (2/4) at 11pm EST, with a replay this Saturday (2/9) at 8am EST. I’ll talk between songs and sound professionally stilted. The show will be streamed live here:

WEXT 97.7 STREAM

FSG’s Book Keeping has posted a descriptive playlist I wrote to accompany the show. You can read that here:

FELLOW MORTALS Playlist, with Notes

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