Sunday, April 8, 2012



March 31, 2012
Romantic Masters - Seattle Choral Company, Freddie Coleman
Saint Mark's Cathedral - Seattle

Aus der deutschen Liturgie - Mendelssohn
Drei Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23 - Mendelssohn
Chorale Prelude: O Welt, ich muss dich lassen, Op. 122, No. 3 - Brahms - Mel Butler, organ
Three Selected Motets - Bruckner
Zwei Motetten, Op. 74 - Brahms
Abendlied, Op. 69, No. 3 - Rheinberger

Sacred choral music shares with organ repertoire a long and fecund dialogue with sacred-space architecture, in a similar way to which rock and roll has a dialogue with guitar and amplifier design. A cathedral is really the only space within which this music can exist on its own terms. This program of a particularly spectacular corner of the repertoire, performed in fine style in a more than fitting space, was a pleasure of pleasures. Even without all that it would have been worth the price of admission to hear the tenor soloist, Christopher J. McCafferty, sing "Ave Maria" just once. Wow.

April 6, 2012
High Dive presents a benefit for UNICEF's TAP Project
The High Dive - Seattle

Your Mother Should Know
The Tailenders
Youth Rescue Mission
Curtains for You

By way of full disclosure: my beloved spouse Karen is the drummer of Your Mother Should Know, and her brother and my long-time collaborator Neal Meyer is guitarist and lead vocal. Consequently I have a hard time listening to them without being terrified of a disaster. Essentially I'm far too close to them as people to really hear what's going on. Even so, I was proud of them. There were some technical problems - a loud hum from Neal's amp - that precluded the use of one of his pedals, but all in all it went spectacularly well. That Seattle garage sound in all its earnest glory.

The Tailenders (fallen glam?) and Youth Rescue Mission (Pan-Northwestern Blues-Pop?) both checked in with fine performances, the former notable for some imaginative keyboard work, and the latter for clever lyrics and for trading instruments around the horn every few songs. Both bands have albums available for download. And after payday . . .

It is always a pleasure to hear Curtains for You. They are an energetic, feel-fabulous, ultra-smart, bouncy bunch of bros. Deep with eye-candy for the ladies, they are always just having the best time ever, and sharing it. I've blogged about them before and no doubt will again.


April 1, 2012
Gradus at Gallery 1412 (May 2005) - part 2 - Neal Meyer

April 3, 2012
Your Mother Should Know at Full Tilt Ice Cream - Your Mother Should Know
Your Mother Should Know at Full Tilt

This was the recording I made of YMSK's first gig last June. Although Karen wasn't part of the band yet, her drums made a fine appearance under the sticks of Matt Ferbrache.

April 5, 2012
Symphony No. 1 in C Major - Beethoven - Academy of Ancient Music, Hogwood

Makes up in clarity what it might lack in gravitas.

No Home Blues - Louise Ross [from Allen Lowe's Really The Blues]

Choo Choo - Paul Whiteman [from Allen Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

Early loony tunes vibe.

Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

The drummer knows his rudiments.

I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]


If I Were Your Woman - Gladys Knight and The Pips [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]
Over You - Roxy Music [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

In Session at The Tintinabulary

April 2, 2012
Gradus 209 - Neal Meyer


Saturday June 23, 2012 concert begins at 8:00 PM
Keith Eisenbrey - piano recital at The Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
music by Emily Doolittle, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt, and J. K. Randall

Saturday October 13, 2012 concert begins at 8:00 PM
Keith Eisenbrey - piano recital at The Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
Preludes in Seattle Part 4: Preludes by Ken Benshoof, Keith Eisenbrey, Lockrem Johnson, and Greg Short

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