Category: Musical Notes

Fraternity

Fraternity

I love brass band music. Not quite as much as Metal, but there are certain pieces that really create an emotional response that Metal cannot normally get anywhere near. One of these pieces is the..

Metal Hammer’s 100 Best Albums of 2017 – 100 to 96

Metal Hammer’s 100 Best Albums of 2017 – 100 to 96

So, my mammoth listen-through of Metal Hammer’s top 100 albums of 2017 begins. My ears have been subjected to 2,275 different artists, according to Last.fm, but I have not heard of any of the first..

A Christmas Finalé

A Christmas Finalé

Christmas always starts early for me. I don’t want it to, but I play in a brass band, and so I’m required to practice Yuletide tunes as early as late October some years. I am..

King Goat – Conduit

King Goat – Conduit

Like a large slice of Doom Metal with a side-order of Prog? Then you’ll love King Goat. I can’t stop listening to this track. The rest of the album is very good too. Go and..

Mama

Mama

I know it’s not fashionable to prefer the Phil Collin’s era of Genesis over Peter Gabriel, but there’s just something about the poppier approach. I like it. I like it a lot. My favourite Genesis..

Comfortably Numb

Comfortably Numb

I don’t have much, if anything, useful to say about the death of David Bowie. I don’t own any of his music. Not sure why; I guess I was just into other bands and artists..

Essay for Brass Band

Essay for Brass Band

It’s back to band tonight! I love my Christmas break, but I do miss my brass band too. We will be rehearsing the Regionals piece I should think: Essay by Edward Gregson. It’s a lovely..

Georgia On My Mind

I have recently moved from playing cornet to Flugel, and I’m loving it! It’s a lovely instrument to play with a gorgeous tone (when played properly) and it’s great to be playing from a soloist’s..

Maynard Ferguson Legacy Big Band

Maynard Ferguson Legacy Big Band, a photo by rutty on Flickr. This weekend saw me spend 48 hours or so in the most bracing part of England – Skegness for my favourite brass band event..

The Final Frontier

There’s a new Iron Maiden album out next week! I’m ticking the “excited” box.

Coast

No, not the BBC/OU programme about the UK coastline but an excellent track from the wonderful Devin Townsend. I seem to have missed a few albums recently. I need to catch up – the guy..

Let’s go to Mars

I love science and I love music. This video has mixed them up in a rather wonderful way. Visit Symphony of Science for more