Improvised Life » music http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Music for Monday Morning (Jun Miyake) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/04/music-monday-morning-jun-miyake/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/04/music-monday-morning-jun-miyake/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 07:24:55 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44780

(Video link HERE.)  …perfect music for getting going on a Monday morning, as well as people dancing, leaping and gliding around in the most wonderful way (until the dark end). You can jump in anywhere to get a hit of LEAP energy.

Not content to just click one link, we can’t help but follow trails. The trails leading from this wonderful video turned us on to Japanese artist, composer, song writer Jun Miyake.

After buying Lillies of the Valley, we’ve been listening to his music on Spotify.

A groove.

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via the great Hedviggen

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A Song for a Summer Weekend http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/01/song-summer-weekend/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/01/song-summer-weekend/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:34:04 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44769


(Video link here.) We know a number of people taking “stay-cations”, enjoying the city as though they were visiting it anew, filling themselves up with wonderful art, food, happenings,  and not dealing with traveling for one reason for another. We’re going to do the same in a week or so, just so we can WANDER, without a schedule for a while, which is the best way we know of recharging.

We think 500 pound Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to be just the perfect 3-minute escape for those in need of a instant vacation. It’s the perfect music for summer hanging out (in a hammock perhaps).  (more…)

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Kenzo’s FAB “I’m Not Afraid of Losing” + 24 African Dances to Brighten Your Day http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/african-dances-z/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/african-dances-z/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:05:17 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44389

(Video link HERE.) We love Eddy Kenzo’s joyful “Sitya Loss” (“I’m not afraid of losing”), featuring a group of boys and a girl performing on a dirt road in Uganda. After hunting for the lyrics (which are in Swahili), we found this interpretation from youtuber  jerzeykid2006able:

“In life we do not have to fear losses because we are the bosses of our own life, we have to enjoy the little life we have by shaking our bodies (dancing), as strong youth we have to enjoy our lives to the fullest because when we look at our past lives, we get to notice quite a (more...)]]> http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/african-dances-z/feed/ 0 Moondog: “I’m Not Gonna Die in 4/4 Time.” http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/09/moondog-eccentric-role-model/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/09/moondog-eccentric-role-model/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:39:02 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43830

Photograph by Peter Martens

The documentary The Viking of 6th Avenue, recently funded by Kickstarter, chronicles the life and musical career of legendary New York icon Moondog. As a girl, I used to see him in front of Saks Fifth Avenue and other corners around town, a blind man in full Viking regalia proudly, with seeming infinite patience, standing in the midst of the passersby of the time. Many years later I would discover his music and learn his story… (more…)

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Motown Break via rdio http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/16/motown-break-via-rdio/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/16/motown-break-via-rdio/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:00:14 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43168

Working hard? Why not take a break and listen to what the guys hanging out under the trees on 124th street in Harlem listen to on summer nights: Motown. You’ll find the Complete No. 1′s HERE at rdio.

It’s the music that drifts up to our Laboratory and is curiously never intrusive, but stays pretty consistently mellow with Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, and The Temptations.

In the mood for John Coltrane? The great Kottke found The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings.  There are a lot of full albums to be found, listened to, shared.

We just may shake ourselves up with (more...)]]> http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/16/motown-break-via-rdio/feed/ 0 Phillip Glass: Renowned Composer, Taxi Driver, Plumber (with Music) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/11/phillip-glass-world-renowned-composer-taxi-driver-plumber/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/11/phillip-glass-world-renowned-composer-taxi-driver-plumber/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:00:20 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=42366

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Recently, guest contributor Sinnae Choi wrote about the popular, simplistic “Do What You Love” notion that devalues the very real need to make a living. Composer Phillip Glass was one of the examples she originally cited of artists who kept working even when they had gained some notoriety.  His story is so compelling, we extracted it to make into it’s own article:

In 2011, Glass was questioned about his day jobs as taxi driver and plumber. He recalls: (more…)

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Virtual Surfing with Ocean Music http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/04/surf-break-w-music/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/04/surf-break-w-music/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:00:45 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=42458

Cy Kuckenbaker  compressed one hour’s worth of surfing footage into a two minute film. Ahhhhhh, such a nice break, especially viewed full screen. 

We were going to find some music to go with it, and then realized the music is built in: the ocean’s surf. 

 

via Design Boom

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Bollywood-ish Morning Mindshift http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/04/bollywood-ish-mindshift/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/04/bollywood-ish-mindshift/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:25:31 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=42477

(Video link HERE.) Our friend Holton Rower wanted music to listen to while he fried his morning eggs. He couldn’t think of one band. Then he remembered a kind of Indian fusion music he liked from a dj with a name like Baad-something.  So he typed B-a-a-d  into Youtube and struck gold. He and his wife found themselves dancing inthe kitchen. Wake up music!

We watched the video and thought: (more…)

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Salut Salon’s Brilliant Instrumental Acrobatics Ask WHY NOT? http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/29/salut-salons-brilliant-instrumental-acrobatics-ask/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/29/salut-salons-brilliant-instrumental-acrobatics-ask/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:34:16 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=40274

(View video HERE.) Susan Dworski sent this as an antidote to “Blues”. Hamburg-based classical quartet Salut Salon perform “instrumental acrobatics”  that push the limits of what violin, cello and piano are SUPPOSED to do. The inherent question that each new unexpected use of an instrument asks: WHY NOT?

 

 

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Ramp Season: Odes, Festivals and Recipes http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/18/ramp-season-ode-recipe/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/18/ramp-season-ode-recipe/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:31:38 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=40232

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Every April, I start thinking about ramps, the first wild food to peek through the cold ground in early Spring, and the focus of equally wild festivals throughout the Appalachian mountains. For decades, I’d travel down to West Virginia to the Helvetia Ramp Supper to get a transformative blast of ramps, both raw and cooked. Here is one of the best descriptions I’ve heard of that first bite, by David Voodoon Noble, also known as The Ramp Moses: (more…)

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Making Music to Make the World Right http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/08/making-music-make-world-right/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/08/making-music-make-world-right/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:05:02 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=39751

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In the summer here in Harlem, there’s an old guy that’s rigged his bicycle with a little trailer in which he hauls a boom box. Around dusk, he rides around the park playing Motown hits.  It has a very different effect than the usual blaring boombox, illuminating and brightening things as he glides by. He seems quite committed to his serenade, as though it’s a mission he has to do, to make the world right. And it does. (more…)

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Stress-Busting Video Transporter to Yosemite http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/03/03/virtual-vacation-via-transporter-beam-yosemite/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/03/03/virtual-vacation-via-transporter-beam-yosemite/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:00:51 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=38575

(Video link HERE.) We just found this note from Susan Dworski:

when you need a touch of the celestial to offset some practical DIY.
music’s a tad OTT, I’d turn it off, but the visuals are superb. (more…)

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James Brown’s Wakeup Call: Get Up and Do Your Thing http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/03/03/james-browns-wakeup-call-get-thing/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/03/03/james-browns-wakeup-call-get-thing/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:22:23 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=38514

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The magnificient James Brown’s soulful groovin’ mantra,

I WANT TO GET UP AND DO MY THING!

seems like the perfect way to get going on a Monday (or any) morning… (more…)

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Birds Rock Out on Electric Guitars http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/02/05/zebra-finches-rock-electric-guitars/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/02/05/zebra-finches-rock-electric-guitars/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 08:55:42 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=37354

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Céleste Boursier-Mougenot produces music in surprising and unexpected ways through large-scale acoustic environments and  immersive sonic installation.  From Ear to Ear at the Peabody Essex Museum employs a flock of 70 vividly-plumed Zebra finches to play iconic Gibson Les Paul and Thunderbird bass guitars.

Boursier-Mougenot tunes the electric guitars to rock and blues chords so they are musically compatible. He admires the birds’ unintentional creativity and calls them “funny little collaborators.” For him, working with them is a way to push the boundaries that often limit our ideas about what music is and can be. (more…)

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