Category Archives: Music

Portraits of the Artist

by Kimberly P.  “Somebody famous had a birthday today. . .” –Prince, “June” After two years, it still feels as if I’ve only just learned of his passing. Prince: an enigma, a mystery, but most of all, a musical artist with few equals. One of the comforting things to emerge after his death are the […]

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The Greatest Tenor

by Brian H. Okay, I caught your eye with that blog post title.  Your mind quickly flipped through all those tenor voices you have recordings of and you thought…he must be talking about Caruso…no…Pavarotti…no Carreras…no one of those 3 Irish tenor fellas…no that tenor Bocelli who is on PBS all the time…

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Music History (In a Roundabout Way)

by Brian H. Whether we realized it or not we’ve all been offered a course in music history through the documentaries created by Ken Burns. The films he creates tell stories from history through images and film footage with narration. They also feature a good deal of music that significantly helps with telling these stories.

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AllMusic’s Albums of the Year

by Brian H. You may be tempted to go for the list of the top albums of the year from Rolling Stone magazine, or Pitchfork, or NPR, or Billboard while searching for music of note from 2017. However, may I suggest you give a look and listen to this list of the 70 best albums from […]

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By Grant P. I saw recently that Disney was buying 20th Century Fox. Aside from the prospect of the greatest film of all time, this is not great news for movie fans. It means we will probably continue to see more giant blockbusters and remakes that don’t need to exist and fewer medium budget films. I miss […]

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Library Music and a Little Light Music

by David M. The term “library music” possibly conjures up images of a string quartet very quietly performing in the back of the library meeting room during some special event, but library music (or production music as it sometimes called) refers to a specific type and use of music. And you’ve very likely heard a […]

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Sno-Isle Staff Favorites of 2017

by Kimberly P. Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot. . . As the year winds down, it’s the customary time of “year-end” lists. Best movies of 2017, Best Books of 2017, Best Dressed of 2017. . . If you can think it, there’s probably a year-end list for it. At Sno-Isle, we’ve put together a list […]

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Keeping Score

by Brian H. San Francisco Symphony and MTT The inner orchestra nerd is coming out in me for this BiblioFiles post. I have a favorite American symphony orchestra that I want share with you, The San Francisco Symphony. This orchestra is currently led by a favorite conductor of mine too, Michael Tilson Thomas (aka MTT). […]

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What, You’ve Never Heard of John Martyn?

by David M. I’m always surprised that more people don’t know about John Martyn’s music. Like Nick Drake, he’s one of those artists who never got the attention he deserved while he was alive. He toured a lot, but concerts were sometimes sketchy, and in biographies, phrases like “drunken craziness” and “boozed-up fistfights” come up […]

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

by Brian H. National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15- Oct. 15) is a perfect reason to highlight music of Spanish language origins.  Not that one needs a reason to highlight this music and these artists.  No doubt, this is music to listen to every month of the year. iLe First, an incredible singer and composer […]

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