In the early 1990s, every year in Vienna they had a concert called Christmas in Vienna, backed by the Vienna Philarmonic, which was always hosted by Placido Domingo, who would invite 2-3 other great singers, not necessarily classicists. One year he had Charles Asnavour and Sissel, one year he had Tony Bennett and Vanessa Williams. There were about 6-7 of these that were made into concerts and they were wonderful. I have about 4 of the old CDs and now are on my iPhone.
I refuse to ansewr any such questions until December!
Well, there's always Dr. Demento Presents The Greatest Novelty Christmas CD Of All Time (!)
Seriously, though, I'm a big fan of The Lost Christmas Eve by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (the dudes who wrote the piece that illustrates the house in Ohio).
But No. 1 on gh's Xmas Island is Christmas by The Players. This description from Amazon says it all:
<<This charming instrumental acoustic album, which even the most vehement of scrooges will find hard to resist, is a collection of 33 carols performed on an assortment of instruments including the Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, mandolin, button accordion, oboe, fiddle, cello and jaw harp. From the first note, The Players find the Christmas cheer within them and vividly evoke the spirit of a rural Victorian Christmas. All the favourites are on this album, but played in an authentic way which reminds the listener of how important carols were and are in the celebration of Christmas. ...>>
What's an Ipod?.. I tend to lag electronic development by about three generations..I still have one car with a perfectly functioning 8-track and a couple with cassette players but I understand the cassette has largely been replace by a round disc thing..
Never had a Walkman or IPod (or whatever came in between). Have a smart-phone, but I'm too dumb to use it for music (I turn it on to make a call, then turn it off again; no one even tries to call me on it - I do, however, sometimes also use it to check e-mail and surf the web, so there is hope for me yet).
On the other hand I play Pandora all day long - current shuffle is Beatles, Stones, Led Zepp, Billy Idol, Van Halen, Kings of Leon, and Cat Stevens (!). I mix that up every coupla weeks. The nice thing is that it picks other artists like these, so I get a variety, even heard Gotye the other day!
I have a five year old iPad nano that I use in the gym as you can stick it in your pocket and barely notice it's there. Sometimes use my iPhone for the same as it contains some different music (although the phone/text/email functions can be distracting). Have my main library on an iPad which I use to play recordings and streaming radio on my decent speakers wirelessly through an Apple TV device. Also use it on it's own for music when I'm traveling. Will probably have an iPhone 5 by the end of the month and my old phone will become strictly an iPod that I'll use to store infrequently listened-to music.
I was late to the iPhone scene, have had one about a year, and have just started using the music function a lot, so the iPod is staying home in the drawer. I'm actually starting to learn French with my daughter (Living Language CDs and workbooks) so loading the audio on the iPhone has made that really convenient. Now just need to add in some self-discipline.
Was spectating a soccer game recently..son-in-law laid his fancy phone down on the bleacher seat by me and his six year old son while he videoed the game..phone rang.. the six year old was the only one around who knew how to answer it.
I've never owned an Apple gizmo of any kind-phone, pad, pod, computer, or whatever else they make. Probably never will. Mrs. tandfman, on the other hand, has all four of those. I've never seen her do anything with them that makes me say "I gotta get me one uh them things."
Meanwhile more trouble for Apple on the labor front.
As Apple prepares to unveil its latest iPhone this week, the company’s manufacturing partner in China, Foxconn Technology, is coming under renewed criticism over labor practices. Foxconn has been accused of compelling vocational students to work at plants making iPhones and their components, report David Barboza and Charles Duhigg in Tuesday’s New York Times.
Additionally, last week Chinese state-run news media reported that several vocational schools in the city of Huai’an, in eastern China, required hundreds of students to work on assembly lines at a Foxconn plant to help ease worker shortages. According to one of the articles, Huai’an students were ordered to manufacture cables for Apple’s new iPhone 5, which is expected to be introduced on Wednesday.
gh wrote:let me reopen our longest thread ever by asking the most elemental of questions: how many people actually own iPods anymore?
Still have a fourth-generation, 60-GB Classic (Photo). Just barely enough capacity for my entire digital music library. Hadn't used it for a while, but started again recently.
When I'm home, I often use my computer to drive my stereo, and usually let iTunes make the selections. I carry the iPod in my backpack, along with a variety of interface cables, so I can do the same when I'm away from home.
Bought a new computer in August 2011. It was burgled in February 2012, so I reverted back to using my old computer. During the Olympics, my old computer died, so I whipped out my old iPod, and kept on truckin'.
MJD wrote:This is the channel(Soul Train) I have been listening to the most since getting a Sirius subscription. Don't tell me for one second that rap and all the other detritus on the air these days is "just as good" and it is a generational thing. Crap is crap.
Top 40 Artists Last Week on Channel 53 Rank Artist Spins 1 James Brown 71 2 Aretha Franklin 59 3 Stevie Wonder 56 4 Temptations 55 4 Gladys Knight & The Pi 55 6 Marvin Gaye 53 6 Earth, Wind & Fire 53 8 Spinners 50 9 O'Jays 48 9 Al Green 48 11 Isley Brothers 42 12 Jackson 5 41 13 Sly & The Family Stone 39 13 Commodores 39 13 Four Tops 39 16 Supremes 36 17 Barry White 33 18 Smokey Robinson & The M 31 19 Harold Melvin & The Bl 30 19 Stylistics 30 21 War 28 21 Wilson Pickett 28 21 Rufus and Chaka Khan 28 24 Teddy Pendergrass 26 25 Curtis Mayfield 24 26 Impressions 22 27 Rose Royce 20 28 Isaac Hayes 19 28 Natalie Cole 19 30 Bobby Womack 18 30 Staple Singers 18 30 The Dells 18 33 Dramatics 17 33 Chi-Lites 17 33 Brick 17 36 Eddie Kendricks 16 36 Jackie Wilson 16 36 Blackbyrds 16 39 Brothers Johnson 15 39 Martha Reeves & the Vandellas 15
I've got maybe 300 R&B songs on my iPod, and all but about 6 of the top 30 artists above are represented, and I know not everyone can be in the top ten, but every time a Dells song plays I think, man, that's some awesome music, and well put together/recorded/engineered. Every bit as good as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, EWF, and The Spinners. Maybe not as popular or well-known since they came along a bit earlier.
Holy music library, Batman! I have no idea why nobody has raved about "Spotify" on this thread or any other (OK, it was mentioned once in another thread.) A friend showed me recently and I just downloaded it. Free music, with some commercials, just about anything you could ever want to listen to. Old Pink Floyd I never bought, like The Piper at the Gates? It's all there. Steve Howe albums (YES's guitarist) I never got, like Beginnings? That, too. All of it. All of his work. And a lot of albums look to have extras....takes, acoustic versions, or even entire songs that never saw vinyl. My 12 yo downloaded it right after I did and she's amazed. I am, too. Or am I missing something?