Wednesday, October 22, 2008

#11 - Internet Vitriol, The Winter Children and Taking Breaks

In this edition of the Casey Stratton Podcast I talk about how I feel when I read negative comments about myself online, then begin discussing the process of writing The Winter Children including my move to Chicago and decision to take a break from the music industry. I then perform a never before recorded or (therefore) released song called Sleep, My Little One from The Winter Children time period. Music rec this time is Loreena McKennitt's new holiday release A Midwinter Night's Dream.

On her first full-length holiday album, Loreena celebrates the season with a CD that blends the five songs from A Winter Garden (1995) with eight new recordings inspired by seasonal favorites. 13 tracks including 'The Holly & The Ivy', 'Good King Wenceslas', 'Seeds Of Love', 'Coventry Carol' and more.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

#10 - Voting, the Value of Music and More Signs of Life

In this edition of the Casey Stratton Podcast I talk about the importance of registering to vote this week. I also answer a question about what film I would re-score if I could as well as discussing my feelings on the devaluation of music and what that means for me as a composer, both financially and in terms of informing my future decisions as a musician. I talk a little more about Signs of Life before performing Not the Garden. Music recommendation this time is Tori Amos' Live in Montreux CD and DVD.

These two concerts from Montreux in 1991 and 1992 catch Tori Amos right at the start of her solo career. The first, from July 1991, was filmed a few months before the release of her "Little Earthquakes" album and the second from July 1992 followed a few months after. There is a fascinating progression from one year to the next as she grows in confidence and skill as a live performer, buoyed by the critical and commercial success of the album. Naturally most of the songs are taken from "Little Earthquakes" but there are also rare songs from her various EPs released across the two years which didn't make it onto the album including her distinctive takes on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" and "Thank You" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".

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