Some I’d heard before, others I’m hearing for the first time. Free-wheeling and original. Okay, some of it is a little crazy.
The words and music are co-equal. There’s a lot of pain in those words and notes, but, encouragingly, even more of hopefulness. And a consistent thread of humor. Love the humor. I’ll guarantee you, there’s nothing like this on the Grammys.
One good way to hear Borodin’s incredible work is to listen to the soundtrack, or actually see the stage or movie version, of Kismet, the Broadway musical which incorporated many of his loveliest pieces, and added some of the cleverest lyrics ever written. Either version is star-studded with great operatic voices.
Perhaps at the other end of the musical spectrum are my amazing kids, with their indy pop and rock bands. I always say, just listen to my kids’ music and you’ll hear far better stuff than anything you’ll hear at the Grammys. You can go to my links page, at the right. Or go directly, for example, to http://cavebabies.bandcamp.com/ or http://watercolorpaintings.bandcamp.com/ . I’m proud of their music, their art, their community involvement, and their ideals.