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Disco Stu

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  1. I highly recommend Paul Creston's Symphony No. 1, composed in 1940. This music wasn't breaking any new ground, but Creston wrote with crispness, clarity, and best of all a real sense of infectious enthusiasm and joy. It's certainly one of the *happiest* symphonies I've listened to in a while, and it's really entertaining to bounce along with its boisterousness.
  2. There's one outside of Richmond that I've been to a couple of times. It's a neat experience.
  3. “Une barque sur l’océan” fit the tone of the film so perfectly. It’s one of my favorite movies of the past several years.
  4. I’ve been reading this John Grisham book from last year called The Guardians. The writing is sloppy and perfunctory, the characterizations are lazy, but man I’d forgotten how much fun reading a dumb airport legal thriller novel can be. I wouldn’t be able to stand reading only books like this, but it’s nice to have good junk food sometimes.
  5. I uploaded my own DVD rip of the great, essential 1958 televised performance of Appalachian Spring by Martha Graham and her company. Hopefully it doesn't get removed or something for copyright. For a decade this performance has only been on Youtube as a 4 part upload with a really disconcerting, choppy framerate. So now at least it's up in good quality and in one single video.
  6. My favorite track is "Revisiting Normandy". The gorgeous mournful nobility giving way to the uncertain dissonance. I think I actually prefer the theme of that cue to Hymn to the Fallen, I was so happy when David Newman performed it at Tanglewood last year.
  7. Saving Private Ryan - chronological playlist using the LLL release This is very much a score for the hottest part of the Summer for me, it gets a lot of play every July. I guess because that's when the film originally came out.
  8. Palm Springs, a new movie on Hulu. I liked it a lot and I think anyone who watches it should try to go in knowing as little about it as possible.
  9. lol it's just crappy anime bullshit
  10. This is certainly.. something
  11. I'm a HUGE fan of Sufjan Stevens, and while I enjoyed his last album (Carrie and Lowell from 2015) I definitely missed the wildly ambitious and expansive albums that preceded it (Illinois and The Age of Adz). So I'm pretty happy that the first song released from his new album, The Ascension, is 12.5 minutes long and titled simply, "America" (although the song is really more like 7 minutes long with a pretty, ambient coda) It's the kind of track I'll need some time to digest, but I think I liked it on first listen.
  12. I also notice clicking around random Youtube videos of people playing the Raiders March on piano, that a lot of people play it as a standard C Major triad. Like this guy!
  13. "Long Haired Country Boy" is a classic redneck party song. I've always found the laidback country-rock aesthetic of Daniels in the 70s to be pretty irresistible.
  14. I always feel like an ignorant moron when I engage with the music theory side of JWFan, but here goes. This is sort of related to this thread. In the final grand chord of the Raiders March "B Theme", I see that the brass section has two C major seventh chords stacked on top of each other, both using the third inversion with "the seventh on the bottom". I would expect my ears to be able to at least subtly detect that dissonance of the minor second intervals between the Bs and Cs. But it always sounds like a normal C major chord to me. I don't really have a question here, I'm just not sure why. The chord is held here from 1:14 - 1:17.
  15. Wow, may he Rest In Peace. He was a truly unique figure in music, I’ve been fitfully exploring his works over the past couple of years.
  16. I enjoyed this series. My main problem is that it could’ve been half as long and been twice as effective.
  17. Yeah hearing from him in the Zoom reunion was very touching.
  18. I’m not a big fan of Atom Egoyan, but Holm’s performance in The Sweet Hereafter is rightfully lauded. He was just astonishingly good in that movie
  19. In case anyone didn't know the reference so I don't look like a complete weirdo. Holm was an amazing comic actor as well as dramatic, and he has probably the most hilarious performance in Brazil.
  20. HAS. ANYBODY SEEN. SAM. LOWRY?????? Farewell to a great actor.
  21. Recognition of this fact is the first step on the road to recovery!
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