Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Surreal house music

We use the digital music channels on our cable teevee for house music at the Artsgarden. Recently we've been listening to the "Sounds of the Season" channel; apparently, August and early September sound like ambient techno, light electronica, and acoustic piano and guitar. Today, though, the first thing I heard was an orchestral scoring of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", followed by -- no kidding -- Johnny Mathis singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", followed by Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" and a brass-band version of "Yankee Doodle Dandy". I had a few moments of wha? before I remembered that today's September 11. So it's all patriotic music, all day.

I don't want to sound like an America-hating Nazi commie terrorist, but have you ever noticed how bad a lot of patriotic music is? I'm about to give up watching football games because I never again want to hear John Mellencamp sing the "This Is My Country" song during the truck commercials. Oh, well -- at least we're done with Lee Greenwood for a while.

On a happy musical note, our performer in the Artsgarden today is Craig Brenner. He's an excellent pianist who plays truly American music: boogie-woogie! He's good at what he does, and he's fun to work with. So if you're downtown at lunchtime today, drop by and catch Craig. 12:15 - 1:15, live in the Artsgarden: blues, boogie-woogie, boxcars, and ragtime.

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