Have you ever wanted to listen to music and don’t know what to pick? Well, let me tell you about Lindsey Stirling’s latest CD, Shatter Me, It is filled with upbeat music that gears your appreciation of the ability that Stirling has with the violin. I invite you take a journey with Stirling as she takes you through beats and melodies that intertwine to create her one of a kind dubstep songs. Join the rollercoaster of sound that takes you from smooth classical sounding pieces to more dramatic high pitched “JAM TO THIS” numbers that just make you want to jump up and rock it! I leave you in good hands with Lindsey Stirling in hopes that you too become a fanatic of her rhythms and style.
P.S. – By far my favorite is track 6, “Roundtable Rival”
Ready to explore the music scene in other countries? Take an audio visit to Bogotá, Colombia with the new album by Monsieur Periné: Hecho a Mano. Inspired by the “gypsy jazz” of the 1930s, these young intrepid musicians have crafted a new sound, mixing latin classics and a jazzy swing to create suin a la colombiana, or “swing, Colombian style.” A huge part of their charm is in the way they’ve switched up classic jazz instruments for those from a more Latin tradition. Listen for the clarinet and accordion, but also the Charango, a string instrument from the Andes, among many others. This upbeat, 12-track album is a great addition to a party mix, or just for listening in the car. Be warned: you may find it difficult to keep from dancing…
¿Tienes curiosidad por saber lo que es popular en otros países? Toma un viaje musical a Bogotá, Colombia con el primer disco de Monsieur Periné: Hecho a Mano. Ellos han creado un estilo nuevo y único, inspirado originalmente por el jazz gitano de los años treinta y como muchos otros géneros. Aunque sea difícil definir exactamente, han llamado su estilo “suin a la colombiana”. Gran parte de su sonido encantador viene de haber cambiado los instrumentos clásicos de jazz por instrumentos y ritmos reconocidos de música latina. Nótese el clarinete y el acordeón, pero también el Charango, un instrumento de cuerda de los Andes y varios otros más. ¡Disfrútalo!
Get out your plaid, skinny jeans and thick-rimmed glasses because we’re ready to talk about some Mumford and Sons’ Sigh No More. In all seriousness I’m definitely not a pioneer of the “hipster” movement. I like what I like, and I definitely like this CD. The general feel of it makes me want to lay on a grassy hill and just look up into the sky and find shapes in clouds. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are times when I was “gettin’ down” (as in, grooving in my chair and dancing while doing the dishes). Of course there are the tried and true singles that have music videos and air time on the radio, such as “The Cave” and “Little Lion Man”. But, that’s not all, (sounding like an infomercial here) there are special gems sprinkled throughout the album. Marcus Mumford, the lead singer, has a gravel-filled, soulful, passionate voice. There were times when I couldn’t help getting chills. I would tell you which ones, but I want you to figure them out for yourself. (It would be like giving away a twist in a book, or the climax in a movie.)
So what’s this album sound like? Well, it has a folksy feel with a: bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and a resonator guitar. If you’re not quite sure if you like the folk-style, this is definitely a good introduction. It has a sense of rock, soul, and folk. With time changes and key changes, Mumford and Sons make their music stand out from other genres.
Revisit Disney’s 1940 animated film Fantasiafeaturing music performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Enjoy Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and other classic animated shorts set to pieces of classical music including those of Bach and Stravinsky. Included in this 2 disc set is Fantasia 2000, which includes music of Gershwin and Beethoven.
Do your kids enjoy coming to storytime for the books and the music? With Jim Gill’s Do Re Mi, you can take some of your child favorite songs home. Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on his Toe Leg Kneeis a fun and high energy audio CD were your child can spend hours and hours listening to.