avocado rabbit

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It's A Sad and Beautiful World

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Bill Quist  3 Gymnopedies   buy on itunes
Steve Erquiaga  Three Hearts Dancing  buy on itunes
Oystein Sevag  Dance of Angels  buy on itunes
Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumbel  Jewels in the Crown  buy on itunes
Paco de Lucia with Chick Corea  Zyryab  buy on itunes
Gaia  Wherever You Go  buy on itunes
Henry Kaiser & David Lindley with Annbjorg Lien  North of the Mountains  buy on itunes
Lena Willemark & Ale Moller  Kom Helge Ande (Come Holy Ghost)  buy on itunes
Scott Cossu with Van Manakas  Priest Point Journey  buy on itunes
Mark Isham  And Miles To Go Before He Sleeps  buy on itunes
Kitaro  A Drop of Silence  buy on itunes
R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton, Will Clipman  Feather, Stone & Light  buy on itunes
Tony Vacca & Tim Moran with Foday Musa Suso  Nightwalk  buy on itunes
William Ackerman  If You Look  buy on itunes
Phillip Aaberg  Sentimental Walk (from "Diva")  buy on itunes


First of all, this is more new age than jazz, but alas no such category. I suppose it's all jazz, is it not?
Love can be such a sad thing in a world increasingly complicated. Not all those who are meant to be find each other. Even when they do, sometimes the timing is off, leaving them afraid to follow their heart. Love can be the most beautiful, as well as the cruelest of fates.

There is a friend who I could be close to in another way were situations different. Sometimes I long to call her up and say, come here and stay with me, in this beautiful place. But we are friends, and that is all. There are rules and hearts that cannot be broken. I've listened to her tell me she becomes sad at least once a day, because there are so many beautiful things in the world and life is so short. Sitting here, I realize this and understand why it makes her sad.
I'm reminded of a passage from a biography of the French composer Eric Satie. "Satie met Suzanne Valadon, an artists' model and artist in her own right, and began an affair early in 1893. After their first night together, he proposed marriage. The two did not marry, but Valadon moved to a room next to Satie's at the Rue Cortot. Satie became obsessed with her, calling her his Biqui, and writing impassioned notes about "her whole being, lovely eyes, gentle hands, and tiny feet". During their relationship, Satie composed the Danses Gothiques as a kind of prayer to restore peace of mind, and Valadon painted a portrait of Satie, which she gave to him. After six months she moved away, leaving Satie broken-hearted. Afterwards, he said that he was left with "nothing but an icy loneliness that fills the head with emptiness and the heart with sadness". It is believed this was the only intimate relationship Satie ever had.
As one of the world's most beautiful women, Isabella Rossellini, has said: "If you're sad and you like beer . I'm your lady."

Two quizzes and hopefully two winners of this mix, tracked and with artwork. #1- Which musician founded the influential New Age record label Windham Hill ? and #2- Which musician spent some of his early years with the San Francisco-based rock band Sons of Champlin?"
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Date: 6/20/2008
New age quizzes always leave me floundering. As for Satie, someone should have told him to get out more. No, I understand where he's coming from, most of us have endured unrequited love. Sometimes that love is overwhelming and haunts us for many years. As for your mix I have to plead ignorance although one or two names look familiar.
Date: 6/20/2008
Love this kind of stuff. There's a fine line between some jazz and new age, just as there is between jazz and blues, or jazz and art rock, and so on. What matters is if the music is good. Notice that most of these artists are from industrialized nations. Hmmm.

Answer to #1 is the multi-talented Will Ackerman, co-founder of WH Records. The label had artists like George Winston, Scott Cossu, and Phillip Aaberg, and was originally sort of a folk crossover deal. Then it got more new age-y and more commercially successful.
avocado rabbit
Date: 6/20/2008
njr has the first quiz, and he's right about Windham Hill. The label put out some very exciting music back in the day - Alex DeGrassi and Michael Hedges (along with Ackerman) are terrific guitarists. One more quiz to go.
Date: 6/20/2008
i like mark isham as a composer. that's my answer for the 2nd part of the quiz.

i will dl this immediately. i'm not familiar with most of these artists or this genre, in general, but i give this mix four stars, based on your your pedigree.

your liner notes hit the mark, also.

avocado rabbit
Date: 6/20/2008
freemethodist is the winner of the quiz #2. That's all folks.
anthony lombardi
Date: 6/20/2008
the title reminds of the line in down by law by jim jarmusch
Date: 6/24/2008
I thought I commented on this, but I think I just got lost in DivShare hell.I would still love to hear it, I know very little here.

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