John Cage

Radio
8:48 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Winter Music

Winter light has its own personality.
Credit Jim Lange

"There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes." ~Emily Dickinson

Our musical tastes are often governed by the seasons. This natural process takes place without fervor nor fanfare.

So, what then is "winter music"? What music speaks to you more clearly during the frosty season? I'm not talking merely about Christmas music, but what music seems to be in accord with the snow, ice and the deep freeze?

Some suggested hibernal listening:

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Radio
6:03 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Icy Music

Wait, this isn't an instrument, is it?
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Percussionists- let's tip our hats to them.

Drummers, per se, have been the butt of many a joke over the years, but the percussionist, a slightly more subtle animal, has to be given kudos. They have been a major forceĀ in moving music forward since the early part of the 20th century.

SIDEBAR: A drummer, in the most confined definition, is someone who plays a kit, a drum set. A percussionist, by my own definition, is someone who plays a wide variety of percussion instruments. That's the distinction for me. No emails, thanks.

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