Thursday, January 13, 2011
There it was on eBay, and I was the only bidder. This is how I came to own my sheet music copy of Ferde (Grand Canyon Suite) Grofe's first published work--Elks' Grand Reunion, from 1909. I gave blog friend Kevin R. Tam the honor of committing the piece to MIDI, and... here it is. If this isn't a cyber-premiere, I don't know what is:
Elks' Grand Reunion--March and Two-Step (Ferdinand von Grofe, 1909)--MIDI-ized by Kevin R. Tam
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The old blogger-in-the-mirror shot.
I'm here, but I've been putting the Media Room back (?) into order, which is a tall order. I've been unearthing things--records I forgot I owned. I've also got stuff on the cusp of being ready to go up.
Weather news: snow. Falling from the sky. Accumulating on the ground, and on objects resting on the ground. Birds are crowding the feeders, and the cats are restricted to the house. For obvious reasons.
Temps are remaining at freezing or just below, and our nights are staying above the single digits, so we can't complain. We might, regardless.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Some LP covers shout, "Budget!" This is one of them. Columbia apparently took pains to ensure that its Harmony label covers wouldn't be mistaken for something non-budget. Sound-wise, however, Harmony reissues were Grade A. That's something I love about the line--the contrast between the two-cent covers and the terrific selections and sound. Much better than the reverse.
So, what do we learn about Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper from the liner notes? Nothing. There aren't any. But, again, the music is terrific. And there's always the Google search box.
This LP hails from 1960. The year for each track is included in the mp3's Album info--these years have nothing to do with the LP itself, whose cover shouts "budget!" but whose grooves deliver pure gospel gold. (Did I out-cliche myself or what?)
Click here to hear: Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper--Sacred Songs
ARE YOU WALKING AND A-TALKING FOR THE LORD (1953)
HE WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL (1949)
WILL THE LORD LET YOU IN (1952)
WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH THIS WORLD (1949)
THE LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD TREE (1950)
MY LORD'S GONNA SHAKE MY HAND (1952)
MOTHER'S PRAYER (1950)
THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER (1949)
I'M TAKING MY AUDITION (1951)
WALKING MY LORD UP CALVARY HILL (1951)