My life is pretty much like yours. Except that total strangers send me all sorts of things.
Some of the aspects of movies coming out Hollywood that turn me off: car chases, explosions, CGI effects and weak story lines. Don't even ask me about comedies.
My reaction is from the gut and the heart, nothing to do with
genres or styles. I’m listening with an open-mind which has been one of my attractions to your work.
I also get emails from beautiful Ukrainian women but I've been told on multiple occasions over many years and by many different women that my "charms" are nothing if they aren't entirely resistible. There must be something else going on here.
I came of age in Los Angeles in the 70's, and KMET played "Stairway to Heaven" every ten minutes (it seemed) until I couldn't stand to hear it one more time. (More than once Stairway came on KMET and I switched to KLOS to find the song playing there too.)
Then, after not hearing it for quite a long time, I heard it again and remembered that it's pretty damn good, which is where I am now.
I feel ya’ Ted! Total Hania fanboy. Thanks for this
Somewhere Jimi is grinding his teeth and wringing his hands.
I always thought Zep’s epic was actually Kashmir, not Stairway.
Kyiv, not Kiev, keep that in mind, please, and you will conquer the hearts of all Ukrainian women
The strangest influencer factories are situated in underpasses at strategic locations. The streamers are crowded along the sidewalk, each one with her own camera and ring-light and backdrop to look like she's in a room. The underpass is chosen because its location is in a high-class neighborhood, so geolocation algorithms will treat it as high status. Google Asian Tunnel Influencers to see them.
Ahem... Stairway "to" heaven, no?
Although, since you put it that way, it would be great if there were a stairway for heaven. Heaven's surely earned one by now.
Small note, that would be Button Masher not Burton Masher 😊
The Hania Rani video is sublime. I've loved her albums that you included in your "Best Recordings of the Year" lists, and I think this one tops them all. FYI she's going on tour from now through April, and already sold out concerts in Brooklyn and LA. I've already snagged my tix for the Wiesbaden show.
The first time I saw a Jacob Collier video, my mouth was agape in the same way after my first reading of T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland". That sounds a bit dramatic, but it's true! He's an absolute master; and the way he sings with his audiences makes me a bit teary. It's so beautiful and sincere.
Just about managed to get through Who killed Cinema. Though I do think the real culprit is the passivity and apathy of us the audience who want it all served up on a plate with minimum effort at any time of the day.
I loved the Wynton Kelly clip and my recommendation of the Osaka Jazz Channel has a connection in the person of a wonderful lady jazz pianist Yuka Yanagihara.
The “Who is killing cinema? - A murder mystery” was very entertaining. I also wrote something similar and it was so similar I had to refer to it there as well. The only aspect I feel is not covered is whether the quality of movies, stories, and moviemakers are also declining, not just what the channels/mediums are doing in terms of hindering the access to great work. I definitely think even the greats of old have not performed well in their latest works like Woody Allen, Coen Bros.
Welcome to drop by Culture Muncher, the piece is called "Video killed the radio star: what happened next (Opinion. Is 'Content' replacing Stories, Storytelling? Do movies survive in the future?)"
Re: Jacob Collier and this observation "I’d love to see music classes in schools conducted like this. Can you imagine what that could do?" It's super cool and great that he does this in his concerts (the clip is "Audience Play" for those who don't have time or inclination to watch the whole thing). But transferring this to music education is not going to magically change anything. First, keep in mind that general music classes are mainly kids who are not choosing to be there. And the combination of not wanting to be there and, say, attention issues, sensory issues, all the issues that a kid can have — you can put on a great show as a teacher and still have kids who are going to push against that in a way that disrupts the vibe of the class. I've done quite a bit of conducted improv with my students and some kids love it and many don't, and honestly, I think the choice of being there or not makes a huge difference in connecting with a kid or not.
If you are not familiar with the work of Santiago Vázquez and his conducting language Percusion con Señas (also his group La Bomba de Tiempo), it's like what Collier is doing, but at a much higher level:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6f1MPCHR8c (the music starts around 8 minutes in)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwLJDo6UC4o (with professionals)
I think that Mr. Gioia is demonstrating his age in many of the music videos he recommends.
I find modern music and unusual videos more interesting: