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The Best Bach Violin Concerto Online?

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Another great suggestion from Don Sucher this morning:

Bach’s violin concertos can be pure magic. Equally thoughtful and passionate. A model of man’s ability to meld the spirit of the individual with the cooperation of the group. (If only our politics could be carried out as imaginatively and as well!)

There are many wonderful examples available on LP and CD. On web-available video none IMO is better than this – Trevor Pinnock conducting The English Concert with Simon Standage and Elizabeth Wilcock on the violins. So, so sweet! Truly food for the soul.

Want to see something featured and then added to the collection? Tweet your selections to @DaveSwindle or email DaveSwindlePJM <@> Gmail.Com. Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Flute Concertos

Yo Yo Ma Performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Collecting Bach Recordings By Instrument: Violin

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Richard Strauss

‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’: ‘A Hero’s Life’

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Vivaldi

Which Recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ do you Like the Most?

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10 Songs of the Korean War Era

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Allston

Editor’s Note: See the first two installments in Allston’s wonderful new series: “10 Classic Songs from the World War II Era” and “10 More World War II-Era Classic Songs.” And please leave your suggestions in the comments.

June 25, 1950, and the North Koreans (backed by the Soviets and the Chinese) were suddenly invading the south, pushing their novice Army (and our sole Division stationed there) back, and back, and back again, until they were caught within the Pusan Perimeter, backs to the sea. Things looked desperate.

Until Dougie Mac showed ‘em at Inchon. You may count America as down, but never out. The music of this era shows our optimism and determination, we were not on the ropes, not by any means.

The Ames swept to top billing in January, 1950, with this, their first hit song. Shortly after, they began to appear as regulars on the Arthur Godfrey show, as well as on the original Ed Sullivan (then known as “Toast of the Town”). Later, they began the highly popular Ames Brothers Show in 1956.

1. Ames Brothers – “Rag Mop” (1950)

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Collecting Bach Recordings By Instrument: Violin

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Want to see something featured and then added to the collection? Tweet your selections to @DaveSwindle or email DaveSwindlePJM <@> Gmail.Com. Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Flute Concertos

Yo Yo Ma Performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Richard Strauss

‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’: ‘A Hero’s Life’

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Vivaldi

Which Recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ do you Like the Most?

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What Are The Best Rolling Stones Covers?

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Allston's Afternoon Rockout

Stones done their way, flower pots on craniums and all. They are Devo!

4. Devo – “Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No)” (1978)

Editor’s Note: Over the spring and summer we launched the PJ Lifestyle Music at Midnight feature, highlighting reader suggestions for great songs worth featuring. One contributor’s infectious enthusiasm and good nature won us over. He’s since expanded his music recommendations to a series of list-article-mix tapes. Now in this daily feature we’re going to start drawing from his lists (and growing an archive of them) to discuss the songs and artists included. Who should be included next? What ideas do you have for music or other culture or lifestyle ideas you’d like to see discussed at PJ Lifestyle? Get in touch DaveSwindlePJM AT gmail.com or @DaveSwindle on Twitter. Here’s Allston’s archive so far, but he’s got more list-mix-tapes in the works:  

The New War Music Series

By Artist and Band

By Decade and Era

By Genre

By Instrument

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Yo Yo Ma Performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Want to see something featured and then added to the collection? Tweet your selections to @DaveSwindle or email DaveSwindlePJM <@> Gmail.Com. Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Flute Concertos

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Richard Strauss

‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’: ‘A Hero’s Life’

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Vivaldi

Which Recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ do you Like the Most?

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Is This Your Favorite Kiss Song?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 - by Allston's Afternoon Rockout

Counting their solo work, Kiss has been awarded no less than 28 Gold Albums.

13. Kiss – “Rock And Roll All Nite” (1976)

Editor’s Note: Over the spring and summer we launched the PJ Lifestyle Music at Midnight feature, highlighting reader suggestions for great songs worth featuring. One contributor’s infectious enthusiasm and good nature won us over. He’s since expanded his music recommendations to a series of list-article-mix tapes. Now in this daily feature we’re going to start drawing from his lists (and growing an archive of them) to discuss the songs and artists included. Who should be included next? What ideas do you have for music or other culture or lifestyle ideas you’d like to see discussed at PJ Lifestyle? Get in touch DaveSwindlePJM AT gmail.com or @DaveSwindle on Twitter. Here’s Allston’s archive so far, but he’s got more list-mix-tapes in the works:  

The New War Music Series

By Artist and Band

By Decade and Era

By Genre

By Instrument

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Is Bach Your Favorite Composer?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Want to see something featured and then added to the collection? Tweet your selections to @DaveSwindle or email DaveSwindlePJM <@> Gmail.Com. Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Richard Strauss

‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’: ‘A Hero’s Life’

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Vivaldi

Which Recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ do you Like the Most?

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What Are the Most Essential Clash Tracks?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 - by Allston's Afternoon Rockout

A “by request” by Kathy Shaidle.

2. Topper Headon (with the Clash) – “The Magnificent Seven

Editor’s Note: Over the spring and summer we launched the PJ Lifestyle Music at Midnight feature, highlighting reader suggestions for great songs worth featuring. One contributor’s infectious enthusiasm and good nature won us over. He’s since expanded his music recommendations to a series of list-article-mix tapes. Now in this daily feature we’re going to start drawing from his lists (and growing an archive of them) to discuss the songs and artists included. Who should be included next? What ideas do you have for music or other culture or lifestyle ideas you’d like to see discussed at PJ Lifestyle? Get in touch DaveSwindlePJM AT gmail.com or @DaveSwindle on Twitter. Here’s Allston’s archive so far, but he’s got more list-mix-tapes in the works:  

The New War Music Series

By Artist and Band

By Decade and Era

By Genre

By Instrument

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Which Recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ do you Like the Most?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

From the comments of “What Are Your Favorite Classical Music Tracks Online?“:

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10 More World War II-Era Classic Songs

Monday, November 17th, 2014 - by Allston

Readers seemed to enjoy this enough that I must agree, an expanded series is in order.  Yes, there were many iconic World War II songs I did not highlight in Part 1 – space limitations prevented me from including them all, else it might have been a 50-video article that no one would’ve read.

That being said, here is the continuation of this list, which includes songs suggested in the comments of Part 1. Ideally, this is how these lists should work, interactively, with people making suggestions for future reference.

These are numbered but not ranked. Frankly, I don’t even see how it would be possible, to say any one of these great songs are “better” than another; turning the radio on then must’ve been a pure delight.

Written about a year after British and German aircraft had been dog-fighting over the aforementioned location. It looked forward to the day when peace would again reign over the cliffs, which are the DeFacto “border” with the European mainland.

1. Vera Lynn – “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Dover”

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An Alternative History of Rock’s Most Iconic Photograph

Monday, November 17th, 2014 - by Kathy Shaidle

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See Part 1 in Kathy Shaidle’s series exploring punk rock here: How the Sex Pistols Made History by Lying About It

Let’s get this out of the way:

Randal Doane is an assistant dean at Oberlin.

Politics aside (and he doesn’t shove it up your nose), this means you’ll trip over academic, culture-critic jargon — “codes” and “gestures” abound; “Eros” crashes the party — while otherwise enjoying his new book, Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of The Clash.

And there’s a lot to enjoy.

Stealing distills one fan’s decades of wide reading, deep listening, and just plain thinking into a multi-faceted gem.

In the hands of a less skillful writer, this book would feel like an out-of-your-league sexual pass, an awkward attempt to squeeze too many topics — the evolution of punk music (along with the etymology of the word); the rise and fall of AM and FM radio; the underground scenes in New York and California, to name but three — between only two (virtual) covers.

Somehow, though, Stealing works, distinguishing itself from similar titles by piling on plenty of original insights; for one thing (a bit like the recent How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ‘n’ Roll), this book explores how the medium changes the message — that is, how the technology we employ to consume music alters music itself, along with the culture at large.

(To cite a particularly cliched example: The LP made it easier to have sex to music, as one didn’t have to leap up to change the record, or worry that a radio DJ might ruin the mood with the wrong selection. How many children were conceived as Frank Sinatra’s Songs for Swingin’ Lovers spun away on the other side of the room– besides me, that is — I couldn’t begin to guess.)

Doane also demonstrates, in pointillistic detail, how a tiny band of now-forgotten local DJs championed (today we’d say “curated”) punk, and “broke” The Clash and other English bands in America.

In doing so, he reveals what we lost when that free-form radio format was killed off.

(P.S. — A note about audio that follows throughout: These interviews with Joe Strummer were recently uploaded to YouTube by HazyRock.com. While the date is unknown, they seem to correspond roughly to the “early days” period Doane focuses on in his book.)

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Which Online Classical Music Tracks Are Best to Start The Day?

Monday, November 17th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

From the comments on the debut of this feature from Wednesday, asking “What Are Your Favorite Classical Music Tracks Online?

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Want to see something featured and then added to the collection? Tweet your selections to @DaveSwindle or email DaveSwindlePJM <@> Gmail.Com. Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

András Schiff playing Bach’s French Suites, French Overture, and Italian Concerto on piano

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Richard Strauss

‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’: ‘A Hero’s Life’

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Driving Into The Inglewood Sunset with Lana Del Rey

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Sunshine

Song: “West Coast

Since December of 2013 PJ Lifestyle has been collecting sunrise and sunset photos from contributors, readers, and Instagram. Now we’re going to begin an effort to organize the ongoing collection. Revised goals:

1. Collect a sunrise from every state in the union. Completed July 25, 2014 but you can still send in your great photos to be featured.

2. Collect a sunset from as many countries around the world as possible.

3. After getting all 50 states’ sunrises then switch to collecting their sunsets and begin the global sunrises collection.

Updated April 2014: 4. The extraordinary submissions of Mark Baird have inspired a new collection of photographs devoted specifically to our nation’s capital. We’re going to try and organize fantastic sunrise and sunset photos from all the different monuments and scenic views.

Updated August 2014: 5. We’re going to now try and start combining sunrise and pet photos, leading with images and video taken by PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle featuring Maura the Siberian Husky on her morning runs. Any pet/sunrise/sunset photos will be especially appreciated.

Updated August 30, 2014: 6. With the introduction of Hyperlapse, hat tip to Vodkapundit, we begin a new chapter of sped-up video sunrises from around the world. Please send in links to yours or leave the URLs of your favorites in the comments.

The Completed United States Sunrise Collection

Alabama

Great Colors In the Alabama Sky At Sunrise in Cullman

Alaska

The Sun Rises Over a Town in the Alaskan Mountains

Arizona

A Very Cool Sunrise in Arizona This Morning…

An Encouraging Sunrise While Driving in Arizona

Arkansas

3 Invigorating Sunrise Shots From the Shores of the Arkansas River

‘My 10 year old took this in Arkansas just northeast of Memphis, TN overlooking a field.’

California

Sunrise Today Reflecting on Big Bear Lake

A Bright Sunrise Over San Francisco Bay

Another Superb Sunrise Over Silicon Valley

The Sun Rises Over the Fog In Silicon Valley

A Huge, Colorful Sunrise over San Francisco

A Good Morning Sunrise From the San Fernando Valley

The Sunrise Illuminates The Path By the Beach In Cambria, California

The Last Socal Sunrise of 2013

3 California Sunrises – San Diego – Santa Cruz – San Francisco

These 3 Photos Fail to Do Justice For This Morning’s Southern California Sunrise

Beverly Hills: A California Sunrise in Memory of Shirley Temple

A Subtle Sunrise From The San Fernando Valley This Morning

A Colorful Sunrise From the San Fernando Valley

A Golden Sunrise From the San Fernando Valley

Today’s San Fernando Valley Sunrise

3 Shots of the San Fernando Valley Sunrise This Morning

The Sun Rises Over San Diego’s Working Waterfront

Colorado

Stunning Shots of Sunlight Escape the Clouds In Roxborough Park

A Purple, Pink, and Gold Colorado Sunrise

Which of These 3 Colorado Sunrises Is the Best?

Garden of the Gods at Dawn

Colorado Sunrise Vodkapundit Style

An Orange Sunrise from Boulder, CO

Connecticut

Sunrise Over the Snow in New England

A Connecticut Church’s Stained Glass Sunrise

Delaware

A Delaware Sunrise That Looks Like Heaven

Florida

Great Colors in this Sunrise Over NYC Shot From Jersey City

An Instagram Video of Today’s Sunrise Over Miami

What Could Be Better Than Kayaking At Sunrise?

A Bold, Blood Red Sunrise Reflecting On Lake Maitland in Florida

3 Fantastic Photos of Yesterday Morning’s Florida Sunrise Courtesy of Myra Adams

The Sun Rises Over the Sea In Florida

A Heavenly Sunset in Cedar Key, Florida

Sunrise at a Damaged Honeymoon Cottage in Cedar Key, Florida

3 Florida Beach Sunrises

Florida Sunset With 3 Dogs (All Sunsets Are Better With Dogs)

Don’t Miss This Breathtaking Sunrise Shot From a Kayak On Lake Minnehaha

Georgia

The Sun Rising Over Atlanta From 10,000 Feet

Many Colors Over The Sky In Yesterday’s Sunrise Over Atlanta, Georgia

How the Sun Starts the Day in Covington, GA

Another Beautiful North Georgia Sunrise

Hawaii

Sunrise Dances Across The Clouds in Maui

Clouds at Sunset in Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii

Idaho

Great Colors In the Sky Over Idaho at Sunrise

Beautiful Clouds As the Sun Rises In the Idaho Hills

Sunrise On the Farm in Buhl, Idaho

Illinois

Sunrise From the 57th Floor in Chicago

Chicago: 7 Sunrises to Start Your Sunday

Indiana

An Indiana Cornfield Sunrise In the Rearview Mirror

The Sunrise Today In Downtown Indianapolis

Iowa

A Bright Red and Orange Iowa Sunrise

Kansas

An Artsy Kansas Sunrise

Kentucky

An Inspiring Sunrise Over the Ohio River Shot From the Kentucky Side

Kentucky: A Great-Looking Truck on the Farm at Sunrise

Louisiana

A Peaceful Purple Louisiana Sunrise over the Superdome

Maine

2 New England Sunsets

Maryland

A Superb Sunrise Canoeing on the Monocacy River in Maryland

Massachusetts

4 Sunrise Shots at the Light Houses in Gloucester, MA

Colors Reflected on Rocky Winthrop Beach in Boston at Sunrise

A Powerful Pink Sunrise From Framingham, MA

Michigan

Detroit Ice Fishing Sunrise

An Ice Fishing Sunrise From North of Detroit to Start Your Weekend

Sunrise on Lake St. Clair, Just Outside Detroit

Minnesota

Michigan Vs. Minnesota: Which Sunrise Is Better?

A Calming Sunrise Over Wolf Lake in Minnesota

Mississippi

An Overwhelming Sunrise on the Mississippi River

Missouri

This Missouri Sunrise On the Plains Is a Gorgeous Photograph

Montana

Sunrise from the Rooftop in Billings, Montana

Nebraska

A Truly Triumphant Sunrise From Nebraska

Nevada

A Hopeful Sunrise In the Nevada Desert

New Hampshire

A New Hampshire Sunrise Shot Through The ‘Glass Wall’

New Jersey

A Great Smile of a Sunrise On the Jersey Shore

New Mexico

Which State Has the Superior Sunrises? 2 From New Mexico Vs 2 From Colorado

A Hopeful Sunrise in New Mexico

New York

A Bright, Colorful New York Sunrise

North Carolina

A Sunrise to Start The Day at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

A Peaceful Sunrise Video at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina

North Dakota

These 2 North Dakota Sunrise Photos Are Some of the Most Breathtaking We’ve Ever Received…

A Wide Open North Dakota Sunrise on the Farm

Ohio

It’s 3 Below In Newark, Ohio And The Sun Shoots Up Like a Shining Column of Light

‘Flying at 6500′ Msl Over Zanesville, OH in My Cessna 182 Heading South’

What a 17 Degree Ohio Sunset Looks Like

4 Great Sunrises Today: Ohio Vs New Jersey Vs North Carolina Vs Florida

Oklahoma

An Oklahoma Driving Sunrise

Canada Vs Oklahoma Vs Tunisia: Which Sunrise Is Your Favorite Today?

A Wonderful Blue & Orange Sunrise Creeps Over the Oklahoma Grasses

Oregon

Which of These 2 Oregon Sunrises Is More Beautiful?

A Beautifully Composed Portland Oregon Sunrise Photograph

Oregon Vs. Oklahoma: Which Sunrise Do You Like More?

Pennsylvania

2 Gettysburg Battlefield Sunrises

Rhode Island

A Colorful Rhode Island Sunrise

South Carolina

5 Instagram Sunrises From Around the World

Sunrise: Myrtle Beach or Miami Beach?

South Dakota

Golden Skies Over South Dakota at Sunrise

Tennessee

Cows At a Colorful Sunrise in Tennessee

Texas

Which of These 4 Texas Sunrise Photos From This Morning Is Your Favorite?

An Optimistic Sunrise Over Dallas

Sunrise From Galveston Island, Texas

West Texas Instagram Video: The Birds Flying at Sunrise

Utah

These 2 Bright Utah Sunrises Are Inspirational

A Utah Camping Sunrise

Vermont

Golden Dancing Clouds in this Tranquil Vermont Sunrise

Virginia

Sunrise Over the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia

Charlottesville, VA: When the Morning Sun Gets Under the Clouds and Lights Them Up

Washington and West Virginia

West Virginia Vs Washington: Which Sunrise Do You Like More?

Wisconsin

3 Artsy Sunrise Photos From Milwaukee

Wyoming

Wake Up in Wyoming And Start Today With this Bright, Beautiful Sunrise

The Beginning of the Sunrise in Wyoming

Mars (which we might as well go ahead and start counting as an American state now)

What Does a Sunrise Look Like on Mars?

The International Sunset Collection

1. Australia:

The Sun Sets in Sydney, Australia

2. Brazil:

The Sun Sets at a South American Achipelago

2 Very Different Brazilian Sunsets

3. Canada:

6 Sunrises to Start the Last Week of January

4. Cayman Islands:

An Insta-Sunset From the Cayman Islands

5. Chile:

Fire Dances In the Skies As the Sun Sets in the Chilean Mountains

6. Costa Rica:

3 Bright Sunsets From Costa Rica

7. England, 8. France, and 9. Denmark:

3 European Sunrises

10. Finland

Brazil Vs Finland Vs Chile: Which of These Sunsets is Your Favorite?

11. Italy:

An Italian Sunset in Miramare, Trieste

12. Germany:

A Red Sunset in the Woods of Hagen, Germany

This Bright Orange German Sunset Is Like the Conclusion of an Epic Quest

13. Greece:

A Soothing Sunset On the Greek Island of Oia

14. Malaysia:

Sunsets On 3 Continents

15. Maldives:

Tropical Paradise: A Sunset in Maldives

16. Mexico:

Gray Crashes into Gold in This Striking Mexico City Sunset

17. Mozambique:

5 Golden Sunsets From Africa

Orange and Blue in the Mozambique Skies: The Sun Sets Over Nacala

An Absolutely Amazing, Haunting, Spiritual Sunset From Mozambique

2 More Magical Mozambique Sunsets And a Bonus Sunrise

18. Philippines:

A Panglao Island Sunset

19. Russia:

6 Sunrises from Australia to Paris to Russia to America…

20. Sweden:

6 Sunsets to End the Week

21. Thailand:

2 Thailand Sunsets

22. Trinidad:

A Trinidad Sunset Bursts Through Gray Clouds

23. South Africa:

A Waterfront Sunset in South Africa

24. Scotland:

An Astounding Scottish Sunset on the Isle of Mull

25. Serbia:

Purple and Gold in the Skies Over Serbia

26. Spain:

A ‘Naughty Sun’ Tries to Sneak Down the Chimney In Catalonia

27. Wales:

A Beautiful Burst of Sunset at Broughton Bay Yesterday in South Wales

28. Israel:

A Superb Sunset From Susan In Israel

Starting the International Sunrise Collection:

1. Formentera

A Great Sunrise Video From the Island of Formentera

2. Australia

Blue & Orange Colorado Sunrise Vs. Pink Australia Skies

Sunrise on a Rocky Australian Coastline

3. Canada

Running Through a Canadian Carrot Field at Sunrise

4. Italy

An Italian Sunrise Over the Sea In Calabria

A Sicilian Sunrise at the Beach

5. Argentina

A Superb Sunrise From Patagonia, Argentina

6. Thailand

Mist At Dawn in Thailand

7. Indonesia

Yellow Skies at Sunrise on Bromo Mountain in Indonesia

A Peaceful Glowing Sunrise in the Mountains of Indonesia

A Cool Sunrise Shot in Indonesia

Starting The United States Sunset Collection:

1. Arizona

The Sun Sets Over the Grand Canyon

A Sharpshooter Sends in 2 Great Sunset Shots From Arizona

2. Florida

Florida: A Pink Sunset At Passagrille Beach

3. Montana

A Majestic Purple Montana Sunset

4. Massachusetts

A Bright Sunset over Laurel Lake in Berkshire County, Massachusetts

5. Washington

The First in a Fantastic Series of Seattle Sunrise and Sunset Shots

‘I Felt as Though I Was Inside a Jewel Box.’

‘Sunset, the Olympics and Low-Lying Fog over Elliott Bay’

The Washington D.C. Collection So Far:

27 Sunrises:

5 Sunsets:

The Dogs at Sunrise Collection So Far:

The Hyperlapse Sunrise/Sunset Collection

Sunrises:

International:

United States:

Sunsets

International

United States

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How Would You Rank Eric Clapton’s Best Tracks?

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 - by Allston's Afternoon Rockout

Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, once as a solo artist and then again as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream.  He has been awarded no less than 10 Grammy Awards, and has been rated as the 2nd greatest guitar player of all time.

2. Eric Clapton – “Let it Rain”

Editor’s Note: Over the spring and summer we launched the PJ Lifestyle Music at Midnight feature, highlighting reader suggestions for great songs worth featuring. One contributor’s infectious enthusiasm and good nature won us over. He’s since expanded his music recommendations to a series of list-article-mix tapes. Now in this daily feature we’re going to start drawing from his lists (and growing an archive of them) to discuss the songs and artists included. Who should be included next? What ideas do you have for music or other culture or lifestyle ideas you’d like to see discussed at PJ Lifestyle? Get in touch DaveSwindlePJM AT gmail.com or @DaveSwindle on Twitter. Here’s Allston’s archive so far, but he’s got more list-mix-tapes in the works:  

The New War Music Series

By Artist and Band

By Decade and Era

By Genre

By Instrument

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‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

From the comments on the debut of this feature from Wednesday, asking “What Are Your Favorite Classical Music Tracks Online?

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Want to see something featured and then added to the collection? Tweet your selections to @DaveSwindle or email DaveSwindlePJM <@> Gmail.Com. Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

András Schiff playing Bach’s French Suites, French Overture, and Italian Concerto on piano

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

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The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Another great online find from Don Sucher who emailed:

David,  I know you’ll be getting to Beethoven eventually.

Wanted to make sure you knew about this: the BBC production of “Eroica.” It is a film that contains the entire symphony in a truly extraordinary performance conducted by John Eliot Gardner, but it is much more than that. It tells the story of the significance of this earth moving piece of music. I expect you (and PJL’s readers) will find it mesmerizing. I still do and I have seen it about a half dozen times.

Kind of amazing that the entire BBC film is available on line! :)

Want to see something featured? Tweet your selections to @DaveSwindle or email DaveSwindlePJM <@> Gmail.Com And here are the previous recordings included so far:

Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

András Schiff playing Bach’s French Suites, French Overture, and Italian Concerto on piano

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

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10 Classic Songs from the World War II Era

Friday, November 14th, 2014 - by Allston

Veterans Day is now recently passed. In honor of all military, serving and veteran, here’s a small trip down memory lane of the music we listened to while in conflict around the world.

The starting point of this mini-series is WWII. Many of our parents were of that era (mine were), their music is familiar to us from when we were young, and much of their music is still with us today — classics.

I personally rate this as the song most associated with everything you might imagine from 1940s wartime America.  It catches a certain manic mood, dancing the night away while the orchestra played — because in another week the women would be alone and the men might well be storming a beach somewhere halfway across the world.

1. Benny Goodman – “Sing, Sing, Sing”

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5 Canciones de la Música Latina to Get Your Weekend Going

Friday, November 14th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson
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There’s an amazing fat-burning, curve-sculpting exercise that doesn’t require a gym membership, doesn’t require annoying workout videos and can be done anytime in any weather: simply turning on the radio, iPod or on-demand music channel and shaking what God gave you to the sounds of salsa and merengue. Here are a few favorites I’ve got bookmarked that call you to dance no matter how much you try to resist.

“Bailando” — Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona

I’m of the opinion that Spanish-languge originals translated into English for an international market just aren’t as good as the Español version. I feel that way in general about Enrique Iglesias. “Bailando” — or “Dancing” — is a tribute to just that, sultry and upbeat at the same time. The video, shot in the Dominican Republic, also blends flamenco and sweet soccer skills in a most awesome way.

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Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Friday, November 14th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

In response to yesterday’s query for favorite Bach tracks, Don Sucher emails:

This one for sure! :)

Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

András Schiff playing Bach’s French Suites, French Overture, and Italian Concerto on piano

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

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Who Are the Coolest Women of Rock?

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 - by Allston's Afternoon Rockout

These two, the Wilson sisters, had beauty and stone-cold rock and roll. Heart? More like, they induced heart attack just watching them perform.

15. Heart – “Barracuda” (1977)

Editor’s Note: Over the spring and summer we launched the PJ Lifestyle Music at Midnight feature, highlighting reader suggestions for great songs worth featuring. One contributor’s infectious enthusiasm and good nature won us over. He’s since expanded his music recommendations to a series of list-article-mix tapes. Now in this daily feature we’re going to start drawing from his lists (and growing an archive of them) to discuss the songs and artists included. Who should be included next? What ideas do you have for music or other culture or lifestyle ideas you’d like to see discussed at PJ Lifestyle? Get in touch DaveSwindlePJM AT gmail.com or @DaveSwindle on Twitter. Here’s Allston’s archive so far, but he’s got more list-mix-tapes in the works:  

By Artist and Band

By Decade

By Genre

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What Are You Favorite Bach Recordings?

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Want to see something featured? Tweet your selections to @DaveSwindle. And here are the previous recordings included so far:

Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

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Which Were the Best Disco Songs?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 - by Allston's Afternoon Rockout

By about now, some very different sounds have taken over the airwaves. Prog rock over psychedelic.  Disco began to appear.  The unique ’70s sounds were now established.  Take the following example – just a few years before was “Me and Mrs. Jones,” arguably mainstream Motown, yet here is the following, which simply isn’t. This is funk/disco.

11. K.C. and the Sunshine Band – “Get Down Tonight” (1975)

Editor’s Note: Over the spring and summer we launched the PJ Lifestyle Music at Midnight feature, highlighting reader suggestions for great songs worth featuring. One contributor’s infectious enthusiasm and good nature won us over. He’s since expanded his music recommendations to a series of list-article-mix tapes. Now in this daily feature we’re going to start drawing from his lists (and growing an archive of them) to discuss the songs and artists included. Who should be included next? What ideas do you have for music or other culture or lifestyle ideas you’d like to see discussed at PJ Lifestyle? Get in touch DaveSwindlePJM AT gmail.com or @DaveSwindle on Twitter. Here’s Allston’s archive so far, but he’s got more list-mix-tapes in the works:  

By Artist and Band

By Decade

By Genre

By Instrument

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6 Classic Heavy Metal Guitar Solos for the Ages

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 - by Mark Ellis

A lead guitar solo after the second verse was de rigueur in heavy metal from the inception of the genre, but sometime around the millennial turn this artistic institution underwent reevaluation by hard rock’s best and brightest.

On Disturbed’s 2000 breakthrough album The Sickness, no guitar solo is heard. Due to the creative talent on display, they are not missed. Thereafter, the 12-to16 bar guitar solo was often omitted altogether by new-metal groups like Tool.

But the guitar solo did not entirely vanish. One need only spin “Seed of Filth” by Six Feet Under or Machine Head’s “Unto the Locust” to hear classic solos from new generation metal bands.

Here are six solos from the classic metal era which codify greatness, and achieve what protagonist Alvy Singer from Woody Allen’s Annie Hall called “total heaviosity.”

1. “Lay it Down” Ratt

The rap against Ratt’s repertoire is that it too often coasted on a monotonous groove. Not this track. Kicking off with a rhythm riff that can only be described as gorgeous, guitarist Warren DeMartini doubles down with a breathtakingly evocative and ascendant solo.

With lyrics like “You take what’s good for your pleasin’” “Lay” was never a candidate for a songwriting award, but DeMartini’s breakout from vocalist Stephen Pearcy’s whispered pre-solo seduction soars, and achieves total fulfillment.

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Ohio May Allow Elimination of Music and Phys Ed Teachers, School Nurses, Librarians, and Social Workers

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 - by Paula Bolyard

Calling it a “horrifying spectacle,” education reformer Diane Ravtich wrote about an upcoming vote by Ohio’s State Board of Education:

On November 11, the Ohio State Board of Education will vote on a motion to eliminate crucial positions at elementary schools. The Board will vote on whether to eliminate “specialist” positions, that include elementary schools arts teachers, elementary school music teachers, elementary school physical education teachers, school nurses, school library media specialists, school counselors, and school social workers. Will they call it “reform”?

Education blogger Peter Greene said the Ohio Board was “gunning” for specialists:

The appeal for districts is obvious. Let’s have one music teacher for 10,000 students. Let’s have no music teacher at all. Great…Do we really need to argue that the poorest, most vulnerable students are the ones who most need these sorts of services and enrichment? Is there somebody in Ohio prepared, seriously, to argue that nurses and music and art and phys ed are unnecessary luxuries, and kids should just pack up their grit and do without?

Is this true? Does the State Board of Education in Ohio really want to deprive poor children of music and art education and social services?

Actually, no.

Currently, the Ohio Administrative Code requires that for every thousand elementary students, schools must have in place five of the following eight specialists: art, music, counselor, school nurse, librarian/media specialist, visiting teacher, social worker, or phys ed – called the “5 of 8″ rule. The state board is simply considering allowing boards to have local control over staffing decisions rather than enforcing an arbitrary number of specialists, regardless of the individual district’s needs.

Tom Gunlock, the board’s vice chairman, told the Plain Dealer that the proposed change (the vote won’t likely take place until December) isn’t intended to eliminate those positions, but to let districts make their own choices.

“I’m sure they’ll do what’s right for their kids,” Gunlock said. ”For years, people have been telling me about all these unfunded mandates and that we’re telling them what to do. They keep telling me they know more about what their kids need that we do, and I agree with them.”

This is actually a good thing. Instead of treating children like numbers and treating all school districts the same, it returns control to local districts so they can decide which (and how many) teachers and specialists they need. As we’ve seen with Common Core, one size does not fit all and local control is better than top-down national (or even state) authority. If you don’t like something your local school board does, you can walk down the street and complain to someone who lives in your community. They’re your neighbors and their kids likely attend the public schools in your district. If they make decisions you don’t like, you can vote them out in the next election and get a new school board.

Nevertheless, near panic has set in in Ohio as word has gone out that very soon, art and music will cease to exist in the state — along with the union jobs that must be protected at all costs (whether they’re needed or not):

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