Category Archives: Music

Secret Messages

A moving stream of information
That is floating on the wind
The secrets never end
And now they call,
They sing, they play, they dance
For you, from out of the blue,
What can you do?

The secret messages are calling to me endlessly
They call to me across the air
The messages across the atmosphere
They whisper in your ear, they’re calling everywhere

Where words cascade like rainbows tumbling from the sky
Then I’ll be there, I’ll be there
When messages will call to you their secrets all around
Without a sound, they’re all around

Those secret messages that spill into the air from far away
So far away
A flowing river of illusion running with confusion
Never gone – it goes on and on

“Big Wheels”

Today, for me, these lyrics.

“Big Wheels”–Electric Light Orchestra

I’ve been thinking it over
So many times they say
You got it made
They never understand
The answer lies within your soul
‘Cos no one know which side
The coin will fall.

Big wheels turning
Baby I know
Big wheels turning
Baby I know
Big wheels turning, turning…

Save it for a rainy day
For when the cold wind blows
Just to see how they run
I thought they’d know
I tried my best, all I could do
But somehow it was not enough for you.

Big wheels turning
Baby I know
Big wheels turning
Baby I know
Big wheels turning, turning,
Turning, turning…

[CHORUS:]
I remember the dead of night
A lonely light that shines upon the window
I see it all so clear
The tenderness, the silent tears
Out here in the pouring rain
Through cold dark waiting days
I see you standing there
I see the big wheels turning
Never ending, on and on they go.

I think I’m going home
I think I’m gonna have to start again
It’s rather sad
Because I’ve looked around, can’t seem to find
Whatever’s always rolling through my mind

Big wheels turning
Baby I know
Big wheels turning
Baby I know
Big wheels turning, turning
Turning, turning…

My top 25 Most Played in Itunes (Sept 2012)

1. O Valencia, Decemberists
2. Calamity Song, Decemberists
3. Fernando, ABBA
4. Wasted on the Way, CSNY
5. Speed of Sound, Coldplay
6. Caroline, Brandi Carlile
7. Free Fallin’, Tom Petty
8. Hero, David Crosby
9. You’re an Ocean, Fastball
10. The Problem with Saaints, Neil Gaiman
11. Aint no Rest for the Wicked, Cage the Elephant
12. The Future, Leonard Cohen
13. Get in Line, Barenaked Ladies
14. Jungle, Electric Light Orchestra
15. Mr. Blue Sky, Electric Light Orchesta
16. Julie Don’t Live here, Electric Light Orchestra
17. The Future Soon, Jonathan Coulton
18. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
19. The Way Life’s Meant to be, Electric Light Orchestra
20. Mad World, Michael Andrews
21. Come Dancing, The Kinks
22. Flash, Queen
23. I’m Gonna be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers
24. I Can’t Decide, Scissor Sisters
25. Mamma Mia, ABBA

Ring out Solstice Bells

Now is the Solstice of the Year
Winter is the Glad song that you hear
Seven maids move in seven time
Have the lads ready up in a line
Ring out these bells
Ring out, Ring Solstice Bells
Ring Solstice Bells
Join together beneath the mistletoe
By the holy oak where on it grows
Seven druids dance in seven time
Sing the song the bells call loudly chiming
Ring out these bells
Ring out, Ring Solstice Bells
Ring Solstice Bells
Praise be to the distant sister sun
Joyful as the silver planets run
Seven maids move in seven time
Sing the song the bells call loudly chiming
Ring out these bells
Ring out, Ring Solstice Bells
Ring Solstice Bells
Ring on, Ring Out
Ring on, Ring Out
Jethro Tull, _Ring Solstice Bells_

Last to know about Jonathan Coulton

Sometimes I am cutting edge and discover stuff for all of you to share and enjoy.
And, sometimes, I am the *last* to know.
From what I have gathered, I must be the last person in my social song to discover the geek-filled songs of Jonathan Coulton.
But, then, I don’t have very many ranks in Knowledge: Music.
“The Future Soon” is particularly good. I am going to have to spend some time listening to more of his music and buying some.

The Beatles and Mathematics–Two Great Tastes

A Mathematical Mystery Tour
On NPR this morning, Kevin Devlin talks about the connection between the Beatles “Hard Day’s Night” and Fourier Analysis. That jangling chord that starts the song? The analysis can tell you just how the Beatles did it in the days before synthesizers.
This sort of analysis might lead to being able to determine the authorship of songs that are in dispute, like “In My Life”. The theory goes that musicians have certain patterns and cadences that Fourier Analysis can tease out.