GERM Project · 19. February 2020
The GOLDEN ERA RECORDED MUSIC project continues tonight (Wednesday, Feb 12) from 7 to 8 pm at the LISTENING PLACE, 21 THOMSON AVENUE, GF. We will be hearing the VANISHED SONGS OF THE COWBOYS. These ballads of homesickness and lost love emerged on the Western prairies of Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska in the late 19th century and, with the invention of radio broadcasting in 1919, filled the after-dinner living rooms of America from coast to coast. The years of the Depression created a fertile...
GERM Project · 12. February 2020
Our GERM project continues this evening (Wed, February 12) with our second "Opera in an Hour" show. Tonight it is THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST by Giacomo Puccini. Premiered at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1910, this fascinating score has some of Puccini's most glittering, harmonically daring and richly scored music. And it might even be termed the first "Spaghetti Western!" Set in an 1850 California mining town, Act 1 is centered around Gold Rush miners who gather at the saloon to share...
GERM Project · 05. February 2020
The span of years from 1948 and the birth of the LP record to 1988 and its "official" death was the GOLDEN ERA. We are still discovering new and amazing inventions of musical culture from this epoch . . . and the end is not in sight. Our Golden Era Recorded Music project is exploring this entire world of musical beauty, week by week, and tonight we are presenting the first of two hour-long programs on the GRATEFUL DEAD. Guest presenter and avid follower of the band RON CURTIS will play music...
GERM Project · 29. January 2020
The Golden Era Recorded Music project meets tonight, Wed, Jan 29, from 7 to 8 pm at THE LISTENING PLACE, 21 Thomson Ave, GF. For those new to the program, the GOLDEN ERA started in 1948 with the introduction of the long-playing (LP) record and lasted until its nominal funeral in 1988. This 40 year span spawned a huge ocean of music on vinyl from every culture of our Blue Boat Home. . . . and we cast our net into this ocean every Wednesday to haul in musical beauty from EVERYWHERE. This week's...
GERM Project · 22. January 2020
Today's GERM show will present a LATE ANALOG (1986) LP by jazz great Wynton Marsalis, "THE MAJESTY OF THE BLUES." Wynton and his sextet will take us on a ride through his jazz extensions of a musical style that sprang from the Mississippi Delta . . . . the BLUES. These amazing sounds start in the tradition of the New Orleans Funeral Procession and end in pure unbuttoned joy. Along the way on this joyful ride, we will hear Wynton's forbearers: Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, the King Oliver Creole...
GERM Project · 15. January 2020
Our GERM project continues today, Wednesday Jan 15, 7-8 pm at the LISTENING PLACE, 21 Thomson Ave, Glens Falls. Each week we explore another facet of that stunning gem, the LP record during its 40 year history on Planet Earth. When stereophonic sound entered the home in the mid/late 1950s, people literally had to make room for it. If you already owned a "hi-fi" system and wanted to modernize to stereo, you had to move furniture to make room for a second speaker system, a second amplifier and a...
GERM Project · 08. January 2020
Happy NEW YEAR and welcome to the first GERM session of 2020! We meet TONIGHT (Wednesday, January 8) from 7 to 8 pm at the LISTENING PLACE, 21 Thomson Avenue, Glens Falls. The GERM project is a weekly gathering of music lovers for one hour of LP record listening; we hear, week by week, music of every type from the GOLDEN ERA, 1948 to 1988. This forty year span encompassed an astonishing flowering of musical culture from every part of the planet. Jazz, Classical, Popular, Folk, Ethnic, Rock,...
GERM Project · 18. December 2019
Tonight (Wednesday) is the last Golden Era Recorded Music project show for 2019; the next two Wednesdays are CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR'S DAY, and no project shows are scheduled. With the live broadcast next week of "THE FESTIVAL of NINE LESSONS & CAROLS" from King's College (London), our GERM project guest host STEVE SULLIVAN will focus on the medieval English University City where it originates. It's a CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS tonight! We will hear seasonal music from much older chapels as we walk...
GERM Project · 11. December 2019
Tonight the GERM project at THE LISTENING PLACE will be GREAT SONGS OF THE SEASON YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD. Steve Sullivan and I will play CHRISTMAS GEMS from around the world on rare and out-of-print vinyl that have been forgotten, overlooked or simply lost to the yearly cycle of time and changing fashion. It's all on vinyl, of course, AND if you identify ANY 3 selections, you win a slice of gourmet chocolate cheesecake! This all happens from 7 to 8 pm, tonight (Wednesday, December 11) at 21...
GERM Project · 04. December 2019
Tonight's Golden Era Recorded Music program will focus on a rare and long out-of-print LP recording by RAVI SHANKAR. . . . his astonishing SITAR CONCERTO with the LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by ANDRE PREVIN. Ravi Shankar came out of the great flowering of international musical geniuses on LP during the 1960s and he brought love and understanding (at least in a rudimentary sense) of Indian music to the Western world with his many concerts and record releases in Europe and the USA. His...

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