Archive for July 2012

CALGARY FOLK ARTS FESTIVAL and listening to music

Over the past four days, I listened to music at one of the biggest outdoor music festivals in Canada.  The festival is held in Calgary each July.  It’s interesting to me how people listen to music – some intently, some passively through conversation, some through sips of coffee or between bites. Music sifts through one’s…

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TRIDENT STUDIOS IN SOHO

My wife and I toured around Soho in London and came across Trident Studios. When other studios in London were still producing two and four track recordings, Trident Studios was among the first in the UK to use an 8 track reel to reel recording deck and Dolby noise reduction.  The console itself was reputed…

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100 YEARS OF CALGARY STAMPEDE!

The Calgary Stampede celebrated it’s 100th year with a big splash of events over the 10 day festival. My wife and I entertained some out of town guests at the Stampede this year and we were all so impressed with the quality of this year’s Stampede. Some of the big name acts performing in the…

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ROCK OVER THE YEARS

When I visited Memphis last summer, I witnessed some of the strains of rock n’ roll.  It’s described as a combination of African American blues, country, jazz and gospel music.  I heard it in the clubs, in the churches, on the streets and in the restaurants in Memphis. In London, there is a museum at…

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The LONDON EXPERIENCE

It was a full house – the audience was intoxicated by the performance! We stood five rows from the front of the stage which is preferred for concerts of this sort at Royal Albert Hall in London. Regina Spektor, was spectacular! She warmed the crowd with her banter and her musicality was inspiring. A British…

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