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The Note Well Salon: EARTH MUSIC

Well, hello.

Today, Sunday the 25th of April, we had another Salon*!
Today’s theme was Earth Music, loosely observed.
It is not mere coincidence that last Thursday was Earth Day.

Here’s our intro music:
Liquid Love by Shy Child
“Surf Solar” by Fuck Buttons

Here’s what we heard and discussed:

  1. “Seashell” by Seabear
  2. “Sun Dance Song-Apache” by Authentic Native American Music / “Native American: Clouds and Rain” by World Music All-Stars
  3. “Tie My Hands” performed by Lil’ Wayne and Robin Thicke
  4. “Cinq études de bruits: Étude Violette” by Pierre Schaeffer
  5. “Valvoline” by Scout Niblett
  6. “Bright Sunny South” by Jack Rose and the Black Twig Pickers

Here’s what we shared:
“Miracles” by Insane Clown Posse [music video screening]
“Mmm Skyscraper I Love You” by Underworld
“I Sing, I Swim” by Seabear
“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
“Psychic City” by YACHT

Here’s what we said:

  • Sometimes, when we’re walking around, listening to our iPod, “Surf Solar” by Fuck Buttons comes on, and then it really picks up, and we get really into it, and then we’ve realized we’ve BROKEN INTO A FULL RUN NON-STOP RUNNING FULL SPEED ALL THE TIME RUNNING. And then it ends. Regular life and walking speed resume. Gosh, we really love that song.
  • You’d think Seabear songs would be happy but they’re mostly sad. That’s Iceland for you.
  • Lil Wayne has the same effect as Les Miserables on Broadway.
  • No Scout, I AM THE DRIVER.
  • If Pierre Schaeffer invented field recording, did we just invent field listening? We’re in a garden–count it.
  • WOW. (re: Jack Rose)

Here’s what we ate:
Handrolled Basil Chocolate Truffles
Wholewheat Chocolate Guinness Cake
Bustrengo alla Fiona (a Bolognese polenta, fig, and orange cake)
The Note Well House Hummus
Primrose Bakery Cupcakes (thanks, Elise!)

Here’s to more of this to come!
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*The Note Well Salon takes the discussions and music of The Note Well.com into the drawing room, with fresh baked goods in tow. We curate a selection of songs to hear and discuss in a fun, friendly, informal way. We invite everyone to share their thoughts and their own music. Oh, and each Salon has a theme! What could be more fun than that?

The Note Well Salon: GOD MUSIC

Well, hello.

Today, Sunday the 4th of April, The Note Well Salon was born. It is a victory for mankind, we think.

Here’s what the fluff we’re talking about:

The Note Well Salon takes the discussions and music of The Note Well.com into the drawing room, with fresh baked goods in tow. We curate a selection of songs to hear and discuss in a fun, friendly, informal way. We invite everyone to share their thoughts and their own music. Oh, and each Salon has a theme!

Today’s theme was God Music, loosely observed. It is not mere coincidence that it is also Easter.

Here’s what we heard and discussed:
“I Fall Asleep Counting My Blessings” by The Nu Sounds & Sun Ra
“Holy Night” by Sufjan Stevens
“Elijah Rock” performed by Mahalia Jackson
“My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison
“Lust for Life” by Girls
“Jesus Spends, I Save” by St. Vincent
“Lovely Allen” by Holy Fuck
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” by Excelsior Brass Band

Here’s what we shared:
“We a Friend We Have in Jesus” by The Pilgrim Travelers
“Muerte Del Angel” by Astor Piazzolla
“Five Tango Sensations: Loving” by Kronos Quartet and Piazzolla
“Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Rode Null” by Hauschka
“Tryst with Mephistopheles” by Owen Pallett
Old time yoga standards

Here’s more God Music:
“Just a Closer Walk With Thee” performed by Patsy Cline
“Mass in B Minor” by Bach, performed by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
“Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts” by Wolf Parade
“The Butcher” by Final Fantasy

Here’s some insight:

  • we were once chicken-hearted rebels who secretly skipped any words having to do with God while singing in choir but only when no one was watching
  • now we can sing it and not believe in it
  • “Silent Night” can be rendered either comforting or menacing, dependent on pre-papal Ratzinger’s involvement in your caroling
  • “indie ingénues” Girls (the band) may not be God’s gift to Earth, just God’s gift to music press
  • Confucianism and Christianity operate on a lot of the same principles
  • God music and Satan music operate on a lot of the same principles
  • we may not all believe in Jesus but we all believe in Astor Piazzolla
  • we want to be in a New Orleans jazz funeral, hopefully at least one where we’re not in the coffin
  • if churches back home had music as good as the stuff in some of Cambridge’s college chapels, maybe we’d still be devout.

Here’s some food:
Whole-wheat apple cinnamon muffin bars with olive oil
Starburst jelly beans (thank you, Economy Candy)

Here’s to having more of this to come!
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