LISTEN: Street Music

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

One of the best things about living in New York is the quality of its street musicians. Today’s “Listen” Segment is dedicated to street/subway concerts. We will be uploading some videos over the course of the day.

This first one is a lovely little duo named Bird Courage singing “Willow Tree”. Isn’t it strange that some of the best acoustics are found in the subway halls?

This second one is Joshua Bell (who happens to be the best violinist in the world) playing on his Strad at a subway station pretending to be a street musician…

Notice the only ones who stop to listen – a little boy and a lone music geek!

This next one is Beirut – slightly staged – but still!

This one is in L.A., but the singer in the video (Lykke Li) could have been found in Washington Square park playing for pennies just a couple of years ago.

Who is your favorite street musician??

Listen: Cool Japanese Music

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

I’ve always been fascinated with Japanese culture. When I was a kid I even went through a phase where I insisted that I be addresed as Tomoko, ate only with chopsticks, wore wooden clogs and was always trying to get my hands on a proper kimono.  Anyways, when John suggested this video for the Listen post I fell madly in love and haven’t stopped listening (except for when Rihanna is playing, but that’s another story. Or possibly another post). Enjoy this enchanting song as you get ready for Thanksgiving. It’s perfect cooking music, hanging out music, traveling music. Any way you listen, it’s sure to make you happy.

Have a beautiful holiday with friends and family and let us know about your favorite songs for this time of year.

Listen: Genius

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

For today’s “Listen” segment in Loving’s Five Senses, we want to share our Rainy Day playlist with you.

The theme here is Genius. We pay a moment’s tribute to the musical magicians that make us sway and swoon.

Leonard Cohen‘s “So Long Marianne”

Kanye West‘s “Runaway”

Jacqueline du Pre playing Max Bruch’s Kol nidrei

What’s on your rainy day playlist? Stay Dry and Enjoy!

Listen: Shake it out!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Today’s “Listen” segment of Loving’s Five Senses covers songs by Florence + the Machine from the album “Ceremonials.”

Reminiscent of  an intoxicating concoction of Wagner’s opera “Tristan and Isolde” and U2’s “The Joshua Tree”, this masterpiece is not for the fainthearted. BIG themes are covered here: sex, death, love, and violence all shake the ground that Ms. Welch walks on with her graceful gait.

In the video “Shake it Out” Flo conjures up utter decadence with painted fingernails, gaudy jewelry, black velvet, and blood-red chiffon. From the menacing and violent third refrain, we follow her in epileptic twirls as she ultimately makes peace with heartbreak by climbing a tree, all while dressed in a billowing white dress fit for Stevie Nicks.

“What the Water Gave Me” is inspired by the suicide of Virginia Woolf and death by drowning, an Ophelia-theme that re-emerges throughout the album.

These and many other motifs are timeless and deeply human. And because of this, there is no doubt that this music will be part of the human story in 200 years’ time. Join the historical movement! Shake it out!

Pre-Raphaelite Beauty with some Studio 54 sequence.

Will you be my Silver Spring?



Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Hot Chip – I Feel Better