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2011/01/31
Because Music Matters...

What is the typical 2-channel audio enthusiast ultimately looking for?
  • It is the feeling of bliss (a state of extreme happiness) when listening to music one really loves..

One of my favourite quotes from ‘Joseph Campbell’...

If you always follow your bliss,
you will always have your bliss,
money or not.
If you follow money,
you may lose it,
and you will have nothing.

Clara Hughes: Canadian cyclist and speed skater, who has won multiple Olympic medals in both sports. Hughes won two bronze in the Summer Olympics in 1996 and four medals (one gold, one silver, two bronze) over the course of three Winter Olympics.

The audio system is simply a tool to reproduce music in a way that is emotionally engaging and that moves the human soul.

The music should make you want to:

  • uncontrollably tap your foot
  • play air guitar
  • sing a long
  • laugh
  • cry
  • and more.

The music is what is important. Discovering an exciting new artist or work of music becomes part of our quest for continuing bliss.

YouTube

Sites such as YouTube provide artist samples as music videos. Some videos are the slickly produced MTV type, while others are taken from awards shows and from concerts. While the videos are useful in sampling the artist's work, they don't typically give much insight. It would be nice to learn a bit about the artist, what makes them tick, and what their latest CD might sound like as a whole.

KCRW

Our favourite site for finding new artists and music is KCRW, a National Public Radio (NPR) station located in Los Angeles and available across the Internet via their web site www.kcrw.com, The station specializes in adult alternative music.

Of special interest is their three hour daily show called Morning Becomes Eclectic. The station has a live recording studio and the show features two or three live performances each week, during the last hour of the show (recorded for on-demand video and/or audio streaming). Each performance consists of two 15-20 minute sets with an interview with band members in the middle. The music selection is typically taken from the artist's most recent album release.

The intimate studio environment reveals much about the artist talent, musicianship, and vocal talents. There is no recording studio safety net, and lip-synch artists need not apply. Quality of audio streaming is very good (better than YouTube in our opinion). !!Warning!! Some of the live sets outshine the artists studio recorded albums, at least in terms of spontaneity and excitement.

Morning Becomes Eclectic has been in existence for over 20 years and there are thousands of artist performances available for viewing/listening. The shows are organized in chronological order and easily searchable.

Here are a few sample shows of female vocalists we have especially enjoyed over the years:

  • Sultry and seductive singer Luisa Maita embodies the modern spirit of Brazilian music  - November 18, 2010
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings recall the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax records with raw power and rhythmic swagger - June 28, 2010
  • Newcomer Kate Walsh makes her debut with a solo acoustic set of songs with beautiful and fragile melodies - June 19, 2007
  • Divine singer Madeleine Peyroux mixes covers from Tom Waits and Serge Gainsbourg as well as her own songs - October 6, 2006
  • Canadian singer, Feist, performs her songs  - June 21, 2005

Your Favourites

We are always looking for great music. Feel free to drop us a line on your favourite sources for new artists and music.