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Comment of the Fortnight
31 December 1997
The Obligatory End-Of-Year Review

Another year shot to hell. <grin>


Now that that's out of the way, let's proceed to:

Music Review

I knew I was going to be home all day Christmas, and I didn't want to spend the entire day listening to Christmas music. I did, however, listen to radio station KFOG's "Crazy-ass Christmas" which did a lot of Chanukah and Christmas parody songs. They played a song called "New Year's Resolution" by Spike Jones and his City Slickers. It was quite wonderful indeed.

I bought a few CDs, and recommend them to you:

Jumpin' Night in The Garden of Eden
The Klezmer Conservatory Band
Rounder Records CD 3105
Klezmer music is the dance music for the Yiddish-speaking populations of the US. It originates from the folk and dance music of Eastern Europe, and it is wonderfully moving.

I especially liked tracks 6 and 7 ("Pearl from Warsaw" and "Freylekhe Kneydlekh"). I also recommend the band's first album, Yiddishe Renaissance, Vanguard VCD 79450.

Scott Joplin - Greatest Hits
Dick Hyman and James Levine, Piano
RCA 60842-2-RG
Excellent collection of ragtime pieces played on piano. I've been a fan of Dick Hyman's work ever since his synthesizer work ("The Electric Electics of Moog" if I recall the title correctly) and he did a terrific job with the score of Woody Allen's movie, "Zelig."

The Complete Ballets of Erike Satie
Maurice Abravanel, Utah Symphony Orchestra
Vanguard Classics OVC 4030
I was re-reading Edward Bryant and Harlan Ellison's novel Phoenix Without Ashes © 1975, Fawcett. At one point, the protagonist is overwhelmed by hearing Erik Satie's Mercure, Poses plastiques en trois tableaux and I decided to hear it for myself. I found Abravanel's disc, which includes Mercure and the other ballet music of Satie. Bryant and Ellison were right. It is magnificent.

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