Monday, September 30, 2019

Future quartet booking can brighten a day...

I Solisti Veneti - The Magic Of The Mandoline
Various Artists - The Divine Music Centre Vol 15
John Barry - The Real... John Barry
Emerson Lake & Palmer - King Biscuit Flower Hour: Classics Live
Brahms - Piano Works
Various Composers - The Romantic Age
Rawsthorne - Cello Concerto, Oboe Concerto, Symphonic Studies
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - Before the Day Breaks
The Troggs - Hit Single Anthology
The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Last Concert
Madredeus - Capricho Sentimental
France Gall - Poupée De Son
Bartók - The Piano Concertos
Various Artists - Love Actually OST
David Arnold - Shaken And Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project
Various Artists - Front Line Presents Roots
Wagner -  Der Fliegende Holländer
Commodores - The Very Best Of The Commodores
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence [Japanese Edition]
Brian Eno - Small Craft On A Milk Sea
Sleepmakeswaves - Love Of Cartography
Suzanne Vega - ales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles
65DaysOfStatic - We Were Exploding Anyway
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Crown and Treaty
John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
Françoise Hardy - La Pluie Sans Parapluie
Craig Armstrong - It's Nearly Tomorrow
Helbig - Pocket Symphonies
Brian Eno - Drums Between The Bells
2raumwohnung - Achtung fertig
Skadedyr - Kongekrabbe
Alice Cooper - Hollywood Vampires
Thomas Köner - La Barca (Complete Edition)
Asia - XXX
Kamasi Washington - The Epic
Françoise Hardy - L'amour fou
Black Sabbath - 13
The Killers - Battle Born
Various Composers - Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2008
Dar Williams - Emerald
Marillion - Sounds That Can't Be Made
Lucy Kaplansky - Reunion
Brian Eno - Lux
Wajnberg  - String Quartets 8-10

Nine months of the year gone already...

Cloudy but good views this morning...

Nice breakfast...

Rearranged music scenario soundtracked the day...

iPod 2 - Recent CD acquisitions (4 years)...

iPod Touch - Blue Note Collection...

iPhone 4 - Last 12 months' podcasts...

iPhone 8 - Favourite music 1940s to 2010s...

Other than that, no "University Challenge" tonight...

But we did book seats to see Quator Danel in Hamburg next month, playing four quartets by recent discovery to me Wajnberg (aka Weinberg)...

So that was good...

Highlight of the Day : Quartet booking...

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Perseverance can be daunting but nothing in the big scheme of things...

Locanda Delle Fate - Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Più
Roll The Dice - In Dust
Parliament - Tear The Roof Off 1974-1980
Klaus Schulze - Timewind
Edward Spark - Poppy
The Temptations - Psychedelic Soul
Various Artists - Maxi Disco
Martin Hall Project - Cutting Through
Herman Van Veen - Herman Van Veen I
Herman Van Veen - Herman Van Veen I
David Bowie - Pin Ups
John Coltrane - Black Pearls
Robert Fripp - Exposure
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
Françoise Hardy - In Vogue
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Various Artists - Strut'n' Get Up: Funky Fat Slices Of Groove Cut From Blue Note
Various Artists - Windows : Windham Hill 25 Years of Piano
David Sylvian - Everything And Nothing
Brian Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets (RM)
Krauze - Piano Works
Adele - 21
Fashiøn - The Height Of Fashiøn
The Bad Plus - It's Hard
Jherek Bischoff - Cistern
Gabi Delgado - 2
The Velvet Underground - The Very Best Of The Velvet Underground
Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty
Szymanowski - Piano Works, Vol. 1
Chopin - Piano Concertos 1& 2
Various Artists - The Mute Song Sampler
Sly & Robbie - Riddim: The Best of Sly & Robbie in Dub 1978-1985
Leisure Tank - Wetsuit
Various Artists - Night Fever
The London Orion Orchestra - Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here Symphonic
Yes - Heaven & Earth
The Bad Plus - Never Stop II
Henry Mancini - The Best Of Henry Mancini
The Ventures - Walk Don't Run
Chopin - Préludes, Sonata #2
Henze - Voices
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 27
Various Artists - Move On Up
Various Artists - Dancing In The Street
Sade - The Best Of Sade
DJ Hell - Misch Masch
Locatelli - Concerti Grossi Op. 1/7-12
Various Artists - Rockabilly : Red Hot & Rare Volume One
David Lloyd-Jones: Northern Sinfonia - English String Miniatures, Vol. 4

After yesterday's debacle with the loading music onto the iPod, Luna warned me today not to waste time trying it again...

In the end, she was right - it got to the very last track of 160GB of music and wiped everything again...

So, what did I do?  I started putting CD acquisitions since 2015 onto the 2nd iPod - that worked...

So who is the real winner?

Yes, it was Luna...

Meanwhile, Anne was painting...

A sample pot was sampled post a visit to the paint shop to buy the paint...

...after which, Anne returned to the paint shop to buy the full pot of the paint...

My moving music around continued...

Along with listening to some LPs...

Later, Luna was waiting for her mum and dad to come and take her home...

But, before that, we popped out to visit my mum - still a little under the weather and now on her second course of antibiotics...

Back home, Anne had her last get together with our wee friend - we are going to miss the lovely wee beastie...

Gillian and Oliver arrived just after 6:30 - a little tired after their flight back from America but happy to see Luna again...

..and all too soon, she was gone...

To cheer us up, Anne made lovely tasty Spaghetti Bolognese...


The rest of the evening was spent in the continued putting music onto the iPod scenario...

So glad it worked this time...

All told, probably over 20 hours of the weekend taken up on this stupid project...

Very late on some changing of music on the phone to reflect the new situation...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Music remaining on the 2nd iPod...

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Upstairs might now also be downstairs...

Gang Of Four - Entertainment!
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
Bobby Womack - My Prescription
Kraftwerk - Radioactivity
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 06
Tony Williams' Lifetime - Emergency! (Verve Remaster)
The Rolling Stones - Rolled Gold
Miles Davis - The Miles Davis Quintet, March 19, 1963 - November 12, 1968
The Temptations - All Directions
Bryan Ferry - Bête Noire
Slade - Play It Loud
Françoise Hardy - L'amour fou
Telemann - 12 Fantasias For Solo Violin, TWV 40: 14-25
Tangerine Dream - The Virgin Years: 1974-1978
Albrecht Mayer/Bamberger Streichquartett - Bamberger Streichquartett - Mozart and Muller
Klein -  6 Cello Sonatas
Amsterdam Guitar Trio - Bach Chopin Debussy Faure
Hagen - Sonatas For Lute & Strings
Various Composers - Deutsche Grammophon : Original Masters : The Singles
Various Composers - Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2008
Colosseum - Valentyne Suite
Gentle Giant - Scraping The Barrel
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 10
Herbie Mann - Memphis Underground
Yello - Touch Yello
Dio - Holy Diver
Spirit - Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus
Tangerine Dream - Tangerine Dream '70-'80
Chabrier - Piano Works, Vol. 2
Shostakovich - The Two Piano Sonatas and other works
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Déjà Vu
Be Bop Deluxe - Modern Music
Dusty Springfield - The Look of Love
Umphrey's McGee - it's not us
Alice Cooper - School Days
The Animals - The Most Of The Animals
Maxwell Davies - A Celebration Of Scotland
Max Richter - Hostiles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Betts - Yasaka
Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Orrin Evans - Meant To Shine
Rush - 2112
John Lennon - Rock 'n' Roll
John Coltrane - Africa/Brass
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
John Coltrane - Coltrane
Return To Forever - Where Have I Known You Before
The Tubes - T.R.A.S.H.
Barber - Solo Piano Music
Roll The Dice - In Dust
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 01

First thing, a wee friend was to hand...

She soon disappeared onto a window ledge for the views...

...which were good... was the first coffee of the day...

My goals for today were to delete all the music from both my 160GB iPods and fill one with all CDs acquired in the last 4 years and the other with all downloads over a similar period...

I also wanted to upload the podcast and bring this diary up to date...

And , I wanted to organise all the musical equipment put up into the attic over the course of the last six days...

But first, choose something to play...

A trip to the grocery store for provisions including a variety of pastries, ostensibly for Anne...

Post breakfast, Luna enjoyed rolling around in some catnip...

...and then looked fro more...

Then, she helped Anne with some paining...

..while I lazed around listening to music as CDs from 2015 to 2019 loaded into a wiped iPod...

Portuguese Custard Tarts were enjoyed...

...while we decided the bathroom was the wrong colour...

The view from the office later this afternoon... I reconstituted the "recording console" up in the attic...

...with a cheeky wee finishing touch...

Nothing is, as yet, plugged into any source of electricity though...

Back downstairs but still upstairs, this John Coltrane album (and a couple of others recorded around the same time, at the start of the 60's) was found to be very good...

As last week, some reasonably healthy Indian fayre was enjoyed...

Meanwhile, the ipod I'd spent around 8 hours filling with loadsa CDs wiped itself empty as I approached the eighth hour of the exercise...

Which was a trifle annoying...

I started again...

After all, it was that or watch "Strictly"...

And that took me to midnight...

Goals achieved : 2/5...

Poor show...

Lights out...

Highlight of the day : Setting up the stuff...