I’m sitting here thinking… thinking… thinking… about my BATTLE OF THE BANDS post for tomorrow April 1st. I’ve had my song and participants chosen for over a month now and a general idea of what I want to write, but no motivation to do so. Anyway…don’t expect too much, OK?
Whenever I have a little extra money, and some time on my hands I go back to school. I have no degree but probably enough credits for at least three. My problem is that I don’t have the corresponding credits in any one area of study to qualify for the completion of a degree. What can I say? I like to learn, but as the years go by my interests have changed. Also, I have avoided college level math courses like the plague. Don’t broadcast that around, especially to the people who I have done accounting work for.
One of my most exciting ventures back to college was while I lived in Breckenridge, Colorado. There I attended Colorado Mountain College. It was an accredited college with courses that were later accepted at other major universities, but they were a little bit quirky. Like they had a precision ‘lawn chair’ marching band, no musical instruments, just the clicking and clacking of lawn chairs being folded and unfolded, twirled around and all with precision that would put to shame any collegiate ‘normal’ marching band. I guess you had to be there.
I lifted this picture from a file for the Vail, Colorado 2013 4th of July Parade (so you could get the general idea). I know they stole the idea from Breck, cause I saw it there years ago. Anyway… I’m getting off track here. While studying at CMC during one summer session, I took a ‘Music Appreciation’ course and it was a blast. As part of our class time we were required to attend several of the concerts that were a part of the ‘Breckenridge Musical Festival.’ At the time I was ther, the ‘BMF ‘ was held outdoors in large canvas tents. Since that time they built a permanent tent-like structure that became lovingly referred to as the ‘Madonna dome’. Maybe you can figure out why. At one of those concerts I was excited to see David Ogden Stiers conduct ‘Peter and the Wolf’. Great concert, marvelous conductor, and a whole lot of frivolous fun.
For my final project, I produced a short film of pictures I took on the ranch were we lived at the time. It was set to a piece of classical music that I fell in love with. The piece is Tomaso Albinoni’s ‘Adagio in G minor for strings and organ’. If you’re not familiar with the term ‘adagio’, it’s from the Italian word ‘adagio’ (DUH) meaning slowly. In music, adagios are slow movements that tend to evoke strong emotion. You know one well and probably don’t even realize it. Read to the end of this post and I’ll clue you into this more famous/popular adagio.
For now I want you to listen to “Albinoni’s Adagio in G minor for organ and strings’.
I bet you scratching your head wondering what I’m going to pit against this beautiful piece of music. Well is seems Jim Morrison had an appreciation for classical music, or at least for this piece of classical music. Next up, The Doors with ‘Adagio in G minor'.
Not to influence your vote in any way, but you have to admit that Jim Morrison and ‘The Doors’ where an enigmatic, and unique troupe of musicians. Wikipedia quotes ‘Rolling Stone’ as saying; Morrison was, and continues to be, one of the most popular and influential singer-songwriters in rock history. To this day Morrison is widely regarded as the prototypical rock-star: surly, sexy, scandalous, and mysterious. The leather pants he was fond of wearing both onstage and off have since become stereotyped as rock-star apparel. In 2011, a Rolling Stone readers' pick placed Jim Morrison in fifth place of the magazine's "Best Lead Singers of All Time.
OK, enough of my yakking. You know the drill. Leave me a comment with your vote and the reason you chose as you did. I’ll be back on the 7th with my vote and the results in this BATTLE.
Since this is the beginning of the infamous A to Z Challenge, I’m not exactly sure who with be posting BATTLES, but I know Stephen T. McCarthy won’t let you down. So, head on over to his site by clicking HERE. I’ll trust that he’ll tell you who else is participating and provide links to their blogs.
One last thing. If you have time here’s one more music video with scenes from the movie that made this piece of classical music ‘more’ famous. (Not a part of BOTB - Just for fun!)
Enjoy, and thanks for voting. See you in a few.