Oct 08 2010

Luciano Pavarotti
(1935 – 2007) 

Remember when we were watching the video of Jill Burkee, the sculptress of marble? When Luciano Pavarotti was singing the Panic Angelicus? Well, when I went to YouTube to find Ms. Burkee’s video, I found this wonderful piece about Pavarotti where he takes us to his boyhood home and visits with his parents, singing with his father who was also a tenor. I just had to share it. If you have an interest, click play:

Pavarotti grew up in Modena, Italy where his father was a
baker and also a tenor, so that Pavarotti and his father
often sang together at church services.

Pavarotti was very famous because he could hit high “C” notes clearly, with force, and hold them for a long time. It is said that he was especially good at his High C’s when he was younger. Here is a video including his High Cs so you can listen to what everyone talks about, if you are not a fan already. To listen, click play:

Luciano Pavarotti sings
 La Figlia del Reggimento : “Amici Miei”

Pavarotti introduces Opera and
Jane Rosenberg’s Book to children

To preview this lovely book for children, hover your mouse over this link:

Sing Me a Story: The Metropolitan Opera’s Book of Opera Stories for Children

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Aug 20 2010

I have to begin the first post of my new blog and web site with a tribute to Jethro Tull, musicians of note from the 1970s when I was in college. With today’s “Auto Tune” music culture using synthesizers and electronic voice manipulation, Jethro Tull stands out as a legendary band of true musicians, actually singing with their own voices and making real music with real musical instruments.

When Songs from the Wood was released in 1977, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  The music was so inspirational to me; the wonders of natural settings was given a soulful tribute. As one reviewer says in the comments beneath the video below,

I was inroduced to Tull by me dad.

Everytime each song you are slapped in the face by the musicianship and dare I say it? the Englishness of it, when he is singing I can almost smell the wet grass of a summers day after a shower.


How I love that image! He says he “can almost smell the wet grass of a summers day after a shower.” Yes! I can daydream on demand whenever I hear Songs from the Wood. If you are not a fan or familiar with the title cut, just click play on the video below, after you learn about Kitty’s choice in music.


Kitty prefers Jethro Tull and has every disk in her collection.

Lead Singer Ian Anderson with Jethro Tull performing Songs from the Wood in 1977.

If you like it as much as I do, then go the the group’s web site by clicking here and enjoy the rest of the albums.

To appreciate what the group Jethro Tull has accomplished by creating real music for five, yes FIVE, decades, this Nova special on Auto Tune voice enhancement will explain how most singers today, including Madonna, Celine Dion and Reba McIntyre are enhanced by Auto Tune.

Andy Hildebrand, an electrical engineer and the Inventor
of Auto Tune, gives a great demonstration on NOVA.

If you want to preview Songs of the Wood disk, just
hover your mouse over the link below:

Songs From the Wood

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