GERM Project

GERM Project · 01. July 2020
The Golden Era Recorded Music Project is a weekly show for MUSICAL EXPLORERS who want to go where their ears have never been before. It's the FOURTH OF JULY and we will hear how CHARLES IVES captured the AMERICAN NOISE New England style. FATS WALLER and BESSIE SMITH tunes from the 1930's in jazz arrangements by VIC DICKENSON will lead into another chapter of our search for the GREAT AMERICAN SYMPHONY. We will hear parts of the 12 section VINCENT PERSICHETTI WINTER CANTATA for women's chorus,...
GERM Project · 24. June 2020
The Golden Era Recorded Music project is an ongoing exploration of ALL recorded music on planet EARTH from 1948 to 1988. Tonight we will hear ERIC CLAPTON'S acoustic version of the great song LYLA, from his UNPLUGGED album. NANA MOUSKOURI, the Greek songstress who was the toast of France ca 1965-1975, will be heard on FRENCH VINYL. Did you ever think of a classical composer as “not good enough?” That is the way Anton Bruckner felt after the disastrous premier of his 1873 THIRD SYMPHONY. He...
GERM Project · 17. June 2020
The Golden Era Recorded Music project is an ongoing exploration of ALL recorded music on planet EARTH from 1948 to 1988. We are starting a multi-segment expedition to explore POPULAR MUSIC from the GOLDEN ERA and we will be going alphabetically, from A to Z! ABBA to ZZ TOP! TONIGHT it's A, B & C, and each selection will be a surprise! (D, E, & F will happen in a week or two.) The first ½ hour will be the POP SEGMENT then we will COMPLETELY shift gears and hear ½ hour of TWO BIG HEAVY...
GERM Project · 10. June 2020
The Golden Era Recorded Music project is an ongoing exploration of ALL recorded music on planet EARTH from 1948 to 1988, a time when music, culture and technology came together for an incredible REIGN of BEAUTY. . . a true GOLDEN ERA! The sound of hard objects striking taut strings is estimated to have begun about 5,000 years ago, fascinating human ears every time it happens. We will hear our modern piano and early versions made a few years after its invention in 1700, around the time of...
GERM Project · 03. June 2020
The Golden Era Recorded Music project is an ongoing exploration of the WORLD'S MUSICAL CULTURE from 1948 to 1988 as recorded on analog vinyl LP records. EVERY PLACE on Planet Earth where people live has music, and we are playing it all with you, fellow musical explorers! Tonight we are continuing with Part 2 of our story about how HAYDN saved the symphonic form from extinction with his SYMPHONY in g minor. We will hear how his young friend MOZART took up the challenge and opened the way for...
GERM Project · 27. May 2020
Tonight's Golden Era Record Music Program will return briefly to a great alto saxophone artist who was not shown last week to the outer limit of his talent: JOHNNY HODGES, playing BILLY STRAYHORN'S last composition, BLOOD COUNT. Listen and marvel! We have some great GIRL SINGERS from the early part of the GOLDEN ERA, and the rarely heard ORIGINAL VERSION of the 1962 hit TELSTAR. Guess who is playing! ALBERT KING and his guitar band will play his original blues. AND we will hear how FRANZ JOSEPH...
GERM Project · 20. May 2020
The 7th presentation of our Golden Era Recorded Music project via ZOOM happens tonight from 7 to 8 pm. We will be hearing the ENTIRE SAXOPHONE family of instruments by various artists. JOHNY HODGES on the ALTO SAXOPHONE, an unidentified performer playing a TENOR SAXOPHONE in a MOUSORGSKY-RAVEL piece, and GERRY MULLIGAN on the BARITONE SAX from a very early 10” MONO LP. Steve tells us there were also huge BASS SAXOPHONES, used for the bass lines in very early jazz bands, but they disappeared...
GERM Project · 13. May 2020
Tonight's Golden Era Recorded Music program will start with the music we missed last week because of time constraints! Ancient (over 2000 hears ago!) GREEK music, and a bit of modern folk music from the GREEK COUNTRYSIDE. A rare piece by Brazilian compose HECTOR VILLA-LOBOS, a bit of British Comedy from around 1960, BLUES by ALBERT KING and (I hope) a BEATLES-MAHLER comparison that reveals the GEORGE MARTIN influence. We send out a link for the Zoom meeting every Wednesday by email! Please...
GERM Project · 06. May 2020
Our fifth presentation of the GERM project via ZOOM happens TONIGHT at 7 pm. We are continuing to make improvements to the sound quality over Zoom. Thank you for your patience with us on this journey! The program will start on a wild & woolly ride with VIDO MUSSO. The very first BEATLES album will be compared to one of their last, the WHITE ALBUM with the addition of the FIFTH BEATLE (guess who). A bit of BRITISH COMEDY will be followed by the opening of a TIME CAPSULE: a still...
GERM Project · 15. April 2020
This week's Golden Era Recorded Music program will feature the marvelous guitar inventions of a young Leo Kottke, the Delta Blues of Mississippi John Hurt, Aaron Copland from Symphony Hall in Boston in music from his “Tender Land,” and a movement from the amazing Symphony 4 by Alan Hohvaness. Thank you for your patience as we work on improving the sound quality of our program over Zoom! Join us on Zoom from 7-8 PM tonight! A link will be sent out via email. If you would like to be added to...

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