Happy New Year Everyone


English: The Magic Fountain (Font Magica), a s...
English: The Magic Fountain (Font Magica), a sound-and-light show; Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

Couldn’t find anything truly representative of the season, so I chose this.  The Magic Fountain in Barcelona.  Very cool.  A must see thing in Barcelona, Spain…and festive all the time.  To set this up, we got off the train from a day trip to Montserrat and came up to the Plaza de España.  We knew we were close to the fountain, and sure enough, bigger than life was the fountain.  Spectacular.  The fountain runs in 30 minute computerized sequences.  On this occasion, we were fortunate enough to be here during a Jazz Festival, so the program was all jazz.

 

 

My Favourite Songs of 2012


These songs are the ones that I will remember most from this year.  It certainly appears that the world of music is beginning it’s move away from the pop artists that have been so prevalent and returning to the creation and production of some exceptional songs.  About time I’d say.  I attribute this to the web and the ability of many new artists to reach the public through such areas as Bandcamp, soundcloud, YouTube, Twitter etc.  The advent of these devices has greatly expanded my musical horizons and will continue to do so.

I have chosen not to do a finite top ten list as I appreciated all of these songs and at certain times would have been my number 1.  In addition, I have chosen songs new to me this year, meaning they could be from anytime, although the majority are 2012.  I hope you enjoy.

Emm Gryner – Ciao Monday

I see great things from this Canadian singer-songwriter.  Love this version, recorded live at CBC.

Graffiti6 – Free

This song reached and grabbed me by the ears and shook me to a musical high.  Phenomenally written song, reaching one crescendo after another.

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

Another tune that grabbed me.  The more I listened, the more I liked.  This song will be around for years, in movies, on TV, in commercials.  Instant classic.

Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks

Iceland’s contribution to music this year, and a great video as well.

Alabama Shakes – Hold On

What a voice.

Caro Emerald – Back It Up

My favourite find of the year.  I am really digging this act.  Great voice, and different in a great way.

That’s a start, still have some more to pass on and will do so tomorrow.  Don’t want to destroy your attention span.

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My Favourite Songs of 2012


These songs are the ones that I will remember most from this year.  It certainly appears that the world of music is beginning it’s move away from the pop artists that have been so prevalent and returning to the creation and production of some exceptional songs.  About time I’d say.  I attribute this to the web and the ability of many new artists to reach the public through such areas as Bandcamp, soundcloud, YouTube, Twitter etc.  The advent of these devices has greatly expanded my musical horizons and will continue to do so.

I have chosen not to do a finite top ten list as I appreciated all of these songs and at certain times would have been my number 1.  In addition, I have chosen songs new to me this year, meaning they could be from anytime, although the majority are 2012.  I hope you enjoy.

Emm Gryner – Ciao Monday

I see great things from this Canadian singer-songwriter.  Love this version, recorded live at CBC.

Graffiti6 – Free

This song reached and grabbed me by the ears and shook me to a musical high.  Phenomenally written song, reaching one crescendo after another.

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

Another tune that grabbed me.  The more I listened, the more I liked.  This song will be around for years, in movies, on TV, in commercials.  Instant classic.

Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks

Iceland’s contribution to music this year, and a great video as well.

Alabama Shakes – Hold On

What a voice.

Caro Emerald – Back It Up

My favourite find of the year.  I am really digging this act.  Great voice, and different in a great way.

That’s a start, still have some more to pass on and will do so tomorrow.  Don’t want to destroy your attention span.

 

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.  A great year by my standards.  Anything above 1 is pretty good.  Lots of travel to come this year as I am making a commitment to catch up on the many places we have been and have yet to post.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

 

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.  I hope each of you has a great new year and hopefully I can add to your soundtrack.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Week on The Real Canadian Music Blog – December 24, 2012


Over on the The Real Canadian Music Blog since December 1:

We listened to new Canadian music from:

Plex

Walk Off The Earth

Ian McAnsh

We listened to some great Canadian music:

Deep Dark Woods
Emm Gryner

We listened to great music from:

Norah Jones

I.V. Webb

Jake Bugg

Music On My Social Media – Ian McAnsh


Canadian artist, Ian McAnsh is a follower of mine on Twitter.  Ian is a recording artist and a professional golfer and hails from Trenton and Belleville Ontario. His music is a pop blend.  He recently released his first album “Back To Da Brix”.  Give him a listen.

This song is off the album.

Don’t Stop

This song is a live version of “Go With The Flow”.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise


This was taken on Roatan Island in the Honduras.  Monkeys make nice hats, very warm and they can be trained to wipe your glasses and hold your ball hat.

Monkey Hat

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