WEEK 6 album recommended by Tristan Scroggins @mandolin2842 🏼 Q: Name of album, year, why you chose it
A: The Telluride Sessions, 1989
This is a landmark album for New Acoustic Music which took bluegrass sensibilities and added more jazz and classical influences.
Q: Favourite song
A: Oh tough. I'd suppose I'd pick Slopes
Q: Any interesting thing about it that sticks out? A: I've always found how accessible it is..it's extremely technical and difficult music (especially by bluegrass standards) but it's relatively easy listening. It's very structured in that if someone is not playing the melody, an equally strong and recognizable rhythmic motif is present and there's frequently a third part that is never changed and often used to bring the listener back from some sort of improvisational divergence. Yet you can still hear the personalities of each artist despite the lack of variation.
Q: Fun fact about the artist
A: These guys were just the house band for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival every year for a long time. They were all there usually with different bands and this was just a super group (Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'connor, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas). They almost never toured but there's a great live recording of then playing at the Birchmere. .
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Not a #tbt but Facebook decided to remind me of this awesome awk/casual moment with @joshuabellmusic at the Hollywood Bowl. We saw him rehearse with Edgar Meyer and the LA Phil and it was awesome! Classical music is cool sometimes 🏼
#30daysofmusic - Day 3
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"Here and Heaven" - The Goat Rodeo Sessions - Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, & Aoife O'Donovan
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This one is a different pace, with some bluegrass/Americana feels. Four of the best strings players around coming together for a series of recordings that highlight not just their prowess, but their musicality and songwriting as well. This tune has a profoundly human message: we are made for relationship. We desire to love and to be loved. It's an easy reality to try to run from, because we fear loneliness. But running doesn't necessarily mean avoiding relationships... sometimes it means substituting what we long for with cheap substitutes, people and things that temporarily squelch the fear of being alone. But those don't tend to satisfy. It's hard to bare your soul to someone in that kind of empty, superficial relationship. But it sure is easy to settle, out of fear of being alone. But the question that beckons... life is short, is there really time to settle?
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With an arrow and bow and some seeds left to sow
we are staking our claim
On ground so fertile we forget who we've hurt
along the way and reach out for a
strange hand to hold someone strong but not bold
enough to tear down the wall
'Cause we ain't lost enough to find
the stars ain't crossed - why align them
why fall hard not soft into
Fall not winter spring not summer cool not cold
Where it's warm not hot have we all forgotten
that we're getting old
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Never settle. And if you're afraid you've already settled, start building the kind of relationship you want by being the partner you want. It's not too late. #yoyoma#stuartduncan#edgarmeyer#christhile#aoifeodonovan#thegoatrodeosessions#music