Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Traveling Music

I had the chance to go to Iowa on Sunday to do a couple of small jobs on Monday. WDCB lasts for about 2 hours as you head west. Then, jazz is nowhere to be found until you get to the Mississippi River and can pick up KCCK out of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This time, I remembered my music. Once I get started with CD's, I generally stick with them to my destination.

Here is Sunday's selection. I started at the front of the CD case and played them one after the other without looking to see what was next.

Classical Cats is a selection of classical music which represents the various manners and moods of the feline. It starts with "Morning" from Pier Gynt by Edvard Grieg which represents waking up and stretching in the morning. I don't remember where I got it.

Concord Jazz: Various Artists Collectors Series is just what the name implies. It's a collection of a variety of artists who recorded on the Concord Jazz label. I'd have to find the box to know who is on the CD.

Good Night and Good Luck is the soundtrack from the movie of the same name. Dianne Reeves is the vocalist. She is featured several times in the movie and, at one point, I thought they had interspersed footage of Ella Fitzgerald singing some of the same songs. The jazz standards on this CD are superb. You don't have to care one whit about the movie to like the soundtrack, but the movie is excellent, too.

New Tricks is the first studio release by my favorite Scottish folk band, Old Blind Dogs. I'm not sure which cut is my favorite on this CD, Bennachie or Bedlam Boys.

Coming home on Monday, KCCK lasts far longer than does WDCB, so there is one fewer CD.

Fit? is the 7th CD released by Old Blind Dogs. The CD opens with my favorite Dogs' tune to date, Is There for Honest Poverty?, one of Robert Burns' songs. This is the second CD of this I have owned. I scratched the first one from playing it so often.

Night Lights is a collection of Nat King Cole songs. The opening track, Night Lights, is one of my favorite Cole songs. Some of the songs on this collection are quite dated. To the Ends of the Earth is downright creepy, if you really listen to the lyrics. But I think this is one of my favorite Nat King Cole CD's and I own quite a few.

The Best of The Proclaimers is a compilation of songs by another Scottish group. I'm not sure where they would fall in the pantheon of classifications. You know them because I'm on My Way was used in the movie "Shrek". There are a few songs on this collection I don't like but I wasn't familiar with them before I got this CD so it's a good way to find out about them.

I have a lot of music. I tend to listen to the same CDs when I'm out driving because they have been in the CD case the longest. I decided I will change these 7 now and put something else in their stead. This way, eventually, my music will get cycled through those long lazy drives there and back again.

Beverage:  African Rooibos tea


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