Musing About Music

My new car is my first with Sirius Radio, and as a lover of music I am impressed. The satellite bandwidth means a lot of depth, and there are just so many stations.

That is important to me because I live in the hills North of the City of San Diego, and the radio reception ranges from variable to awful. The only nearby classical station in in Tijuana!

Now they offer Internet Sirius for just a few dollars more, so…

I have my iPhone connected to my Bose Wave Radio in the bedroom, my iPad connected to my Apple TV and Bose system in the Living Room, and my main PC playing Sirius through a Bose Wave System in the office.

It may be too hokey for you but on Channel Four (Four for 40) the music from the 40s is on…Ink Spots, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw…I had forgotten how short those pieces were, but 45 RPM records didn’t hold a lot of music.

Now not all songs from the 40s were great — in 1944, a song called,””Mairzy Doats” hit the tops of the pop charts, but remember, we were in a world-wide war, WWII, and levity was hard to find, so it had to be manufactured.
The lyrics, courtesy of Wikipedia, go like this:

“Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wooden shoe”

If you are of ancient age, you remember that.

Come to think of it, some of the modern lyrics should a lot like that!

Speaking of music, Happy Birthday, Astrud Gilberto — just the sweetest voice I ever heard. She was born on this day in 1940, and broke through with The Girl From Ipanema, recorded with Stan Getz and John Carlos Jobim.

A stunning voice — hers was the first record I ever bought within an hour of hearing it. I heard her sing The Girl From Ipanema on a car radio driving down the street in Vallejo, California and went directly to the first record store I could find(1964).

She was dating a drummer in a band when the lead singer became ill, and the band called on her to fill in — the Getz, Gilberto and Jobim album was her first. The lead singer was the Wally Pipp of singers.

(Just in case you don’t get that reference, Wally Pipp was the First Baseman for the NY Yankees, and one day he didn’t feel well, so the Yankees replaced him, as it turned out forever, with a player named Lou Gehrig.)

She has her own playlist on my iTunes, iPhone, and iPad.

Happy birthday!

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