Music

Little Drummer Boy

Here is some video of our little drummer boy:

And here is a photo:

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Naturally 7

Last night Lisa and the boys went with some friends to see Naturally 7 and loved it.

Band of Horses at The Fillmore, Detroit, October 22, 2010

Lisa and I went to see Band of Horses at The Fillmore in Detroit.  It was a fun show to attend together because we've both grown to love their music over the last year or so.  The first opening band was The Besnard Lakes.  They were OK, but I grew tired of the falsetto vocals.  Next came Jenny and Johnny.  It wasn't long before I was missing The Besnard Lakes because at least they were kind of interesting...while Jenny and Johnny seemed boring.  We were paying more attention to updates about the Dow vs. Midland High football game that were coming in via text message and Twitter.  Finally, BOH took the stage.  We were sitting up in the mezzanine, so we were a bit far away.  Lisa wished we had been standing down on the floor, but I was glad to be sitting (because I'm getting old and grouchy). The last couple songs of the Band of Horses set featured The Detroit Party Marching Band.  Here are a few videos from the show courtesy of YouTube:

"Is There A Ghost" (incomplete)

"The Funeral"

"No One's Gonna Love You"

"The First Song"

"The General Specific"

Lala will be discontinued May 31

Many people are annoyed with Apple right now.  In my opinion, there is no better reason to be annoyed with them than this:

This is an automated message. Please do not reply.

Dear jonmower,

The Lala service will be shut down on May 31st.

In appreciation of your support over the last five years, you will receive a credit in the amount of your Lala web song purchases for use on Apple's iTunes Store. If you purchased and downloaded mp3 songs from Lala, those songs will continue to play as part of your local music library.

Remaining wallet balances and unredeemed gift cards will be converted to iTunes Store credit (or can be refunded upon request). Gift cards can be redeemed on Lala until May 31st.

Click here or visit Lala.com/support for more information, or to view Lala's Terms of Service.

Thank you.

Lala

Apple buys a fantastic service and then kills it.  Presumably Apple is preparing to launch their own version of a cloud-based music service (your music files stored on Apple's servers and stream-able to a variety of devices on the net) and basically had to kill Lala after purchasing it because it's licensing deals weren't transferable to Apple.  If and when Apple launches a comparable service, I'm sure my annoyance will subside.  For now, I'm annoyed at Apple. If not for the fact that the firewall at work has been blocking it for the last few months, I'd really be peeved.

Piano Recital 2010

Last night Elliot played the theme from Star Wars at his piano recital.  Here is a video and are some photos:

Link to Vimeo (also on YouTube)

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Rhapsody Rendezvous 2009

Here are a couple videos from the 2009 edition of Midland High's Rhapsody Rendezvous featuring a friend of ours in these two numbers:

Link to Vimeo (also on YouTube)

Link to Vimeo (also on YouTube)

Keyboard Fest 2010

Here is video of Elliot participating in Keyboard Fest back in January:

Link to Vimeo (also on YouTube)

Paint It Black

The Carpenter Street School talent show was Friday night, and Elliot and his pals performed The Stones’ “Paint It Black.” 

Here are a couple photos from a practice session:

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Here is video of the performance:

also on YouTube

Here are a few pictures from the talent show:

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What I’m Playing January 2010

Here's an embedded playlist of what I've been listening to lately (you can use it stream the songs once for free):

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