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The Hungarian-Finnish connection

The last Songmasters concert of the season featured a selection of works that sorta kinda had a Finnish or Hungarian connection.  The first part of the prgram featured songs by Sibelius, all but one to Swedish texts, and piano pieces by Selim Palmgren, whose music sounds like a sort of cross between Debussy and Sibelius.   415 more words

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Surfin' the Turf #6: Percolator

Okay, geezers, do you remember this? In 1962 a Maxwell House Coffee commercial got this started. It was turned into a top-10 hit by Bille Joe and the Checkmates.


Surfin' the Turf #5: Theme from "The Magnificent Seven"

You know this one. From one of the greatest film scores ever, this particular theme was used in commercials for Marlboro cigarettes starting in 1963. In my arrangement I tried to imagine how the Ventures or a surf-rock band might present it.


Theme from Bonanza

Not much explanation needed here. If you were around, you remember the show and the famous theme.


Weekly Vinyl – Sibelius again

Sibelius – Symphony #3 and Violin Concerto in D minor
Philharmonia Orchestra (Paul Kletzki/David Oistrakh) and Stockholm Festival Orchestra (Sixten Ehrling)

I found information about this album on the internet. 112 more words

Weekly Vinyl

Wham - a Tribute to Lonnie Mack

This tune was Lonnie Mack’s 2nd top-40 hit in 1963, although it did not climb as high as his first, “Memphis”. My arrangement is done in the manner a surf-rock band might have performed it.


In Memoriam: Lonnie Mack

As a long-time student of guitar who believes in giving full credit to those who shaped our instrument, I had to pay tribute to Lonnie Mack. 22 more words