Strange Acoustics: Running to the Edge of the World 

I watch a lot of different horror movies, but the ones I usually like the most feature a reflection of some sort on fears and taboos held in society. In a sense, Marilyn Manson's video for Running to the Edge of the World is a micro example of such a movie. Manson's earlier videos are frantic, lurid... Continue Reading →

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Strange Acoustics: Ghost Opera

I discovered Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera completely by chance on iTunes. Apple’s music deal at the time was $4.99 classical albums, and the title Ghost Opera jumped out immediately. I’m a sucker for anything paranormal or horror related. I still read some reviews after buying it completely on impulse, and I’m glad I did. It... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Nightmare Rag

I first discovered Margaret Leng Tan's unique musical style in a compilation of dark classical music. Mixed in with Danse Macabre and Night on Bald Mountain was her recording of Philip Glass's Mordern Love Waltz, included in the mix because it was performed on two toy pianos. Margaret bought her first toy piano in 1993... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Stay With Me

I'm a huge Sam Smith fan, and was lucky to catch him in concert two years ago. His voice sounds great in my headphones, but seeing his effortless delivery in person gave me a whole new appreciation for his talent.  Considering his uniquely strong voice, I never saw his songs as ones that another singer... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Torn

For a long time, I considered One Direction's to be nothing but a silly boy band that fully earned my disdain. When I was still working in Boston in an office above Quincy Market, there was a One Directions pop up shop in the end of the square. I spent every lunch break dodging bulging... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Valerie

It's been over 10 years since Amy Winehouse's album Black in Black was released, and 6 years since her death. What I miss the most about her was the way she sang so effortlessly.  Her cover of Rod Stewart's Valerie is one of my favorites, and this video of her singing it in a plain... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Royals

One of the few things that I miss about my old commute into Boston is listening to street performers while waiting for the train. They rotated in and out, but two performers that I saw pretty consistently were a harp player and a violin and cello duo that both covered pop songs. Fortunately I have... Continue Reading →

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