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I'm getting a new Android phone, which I have discovered can take a ... rather large microSDXC card. Large enough that it's feasible to dump all of my music collection on it, and use it for my traveling music player.

Most of my collection is classical or related - about 8000 files total. My feature wish list is play by genre tag, custom playlists, and random play of playlist / selection. Integration with a Windows music player, so that I can generate the playlists there and transfer them over, would be nice. I'm currently using Songbird for my Windows player, I'd consider moving to something else for a sufficiently compelling case.

So, what's your favorite Android player, and why?
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OK, maybe a couple of weeks.

Friday two weeks ago we picked up the grand-son. Saturday morning (4/27) we took him to see one of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies perform selections from Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. We took him home Saturday evening.

Last Saturday (5/4), we went to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Chanhassen Dinner Theaters. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber - hard to go wrong! We enjoyed it immensely. Then it was off to the Minn-StF Meeting at Eric & Rachel's - that was fun too.

Coming up we have The Friend's School Plant Sale tomorrow morning, and step-son gets married Saturday evening. The grand-son will be coming back from the wedding with us, and we'll be dropping him off at his mother's on Sunday afternoon.

New Toys!

Mar. 7th, 2011 01:19 am
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I got some "shiny!" money - a colleague at work agented getting rid of my old Magic cards, for which I got ~$750.

So, I bought a Kindle. And an iPod Classic 160GB - turns out there are no alternatives right now. I'd have to wait, at a guess, a year, to get something else that would meet my requirements. That would be a RAM-based MP3 player that takes an SDXC expansion card - no one has announced any yet, so that year is really on the minimum side as I see it.

I still need to get cases for both - I'll probably be ordering them from on-line somewhere. And they both need to be loaded with my existing data. My current temptation for the Kindle is this one, which seems to be the one that Amazon pushes. Something like this leather case is tempting for the iPod. I'm trying to decide if a belt-clip is needed for the iPod.

What's your favorite Kindle or iPod case, and why?

I've got one other piece of tech slated to buy - an easy to move around flat-panel monitor. After that - books, and maybe some Cd's.
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Hey, [ profile] davidwilford! Check out Bohemian Rhapsody on a ukulele


Feb. 19th, 2011 03:58 am
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Anyone have a copy of the CD "Carillon of the Belfry of Ghent"? Amazon has 5 used copies, running from $78.99 to %149.95. Way too rich for my blood! There's one track that I really want - "18. The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan)" - that's a whole 1:51 long. It is, I admit, a good bet I'd enjoy other tracks.
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I don't want an iPod.

What's your favorite non-iPod 'holds all my music' MP3 player? My library is currently 40GB, I'd like a minimum of 60GB and would really like 100GB+. I'll take Flash or Hard-drive. My budget looks like it could be as high as $500.
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We got a postcard from the Austin Lounge Lizards today. We're going to their show at The Celtic Junction in St. Paul this Friday, 9/17 at 7:30.
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Courtesy of an e-mail list I'm on:

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All day yesterday and today, I've the Bacchanale from Samson & Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns as an earworm.

It's at least an interesting earworm!
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All day yesterday and today, I've the Bacchanale from Samson & Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns as an earworm.

It's at least an interesting earworm!
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I didn't have to go to work today! Yay! (Downside - I work 7am-7pm on Black Friday. I'm not certain this isn't a win.)

My weekend started on Wednesday - [ profile] iraunink & I picked up [ profile] elisem, and we went to Bakers Square for dinner.

Thursday [ profile] iraunink took me to Burger King for lunch, then we went to JoAnne Fabrics where she bought some yarn, and then Don & Margo (WANOLJ) came over our weekly dinner get-together. They brought pork-chops & mashed potatoes & a sweet bread for dessert, we provided salad, veggies, and whipped cream (to enhance the dessert).

Friday was a quiet day at home - we never made it out of the house.

Saturday was a Minn-StF Meeting at [ profile] fmsv & [ profile] cowfan's. Much fun was had with their Player Piano. I was very happy I didn't have to go home to go to work - we didn't leave until 1:30 Sunday morning, at which point the group around the Player Piano was still going strong. IIRC, I played 1-12 rolls myself.

Today was get woken up by the dogs about 11am, two loads of laundry, get caught up on computer stuff, not accomplish as much as I wanted. Dinner was Bellatoria Supreme Pizza and Turning Leaf Riesling wine. I'm shortly headed for bed.
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or maybe it was early this morning - it was while listening to the Player Piano at [ profile] fmsv & [ profile] cowfan's Minn-StF Meeting last night:

Judi Dench & Max Raabe within )
Can anyone pass this along to Hershey & Sahara?
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One of my favorite groups, the Austin Lounge Lizards will be playing at the Summerfolk Festival in Owen Sound, ONT, Canada, this Sunday, August 16th.

They do delightfully twisted stuff - they start from a base of folk, country, rock, or whatever (church hymns!) and then come up with stuff that's (almost?) filk.
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Swiped from [ profile] thnidu, who got it from [ profile] xiphias

Contagious enthusiasm: a potent force for good in the universe

(And it's a really wonderful story, too! Lucky music teacher.)
sraun: portrait (Default) - it's a digital music that is trying to represent independent musicians, especially those that have not signed with a label that would get them on iTunes or Amazon. 60 second previews, 320 kb sample rate, DRM-free MP3's.

For those of us in the Twin Cities area, also supports Electric Fetus.

Looks interesting - I'll have to spend some time browsing their inventory.
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Courtesy of MPR Classical Notes Blog:

How often do you have to hit the right notes? That depends...

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Courtesy of [ profile] rmjwell:

A music video of Weird Al's version of Bohemian Rhapsody, using screen-caps from Lost and photo-shop.
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Courtesy of [ profile] carbonelle courtesy of [ profile] juliet_winters

An international rendition of Jean Valjean's "Do You Hear the People" from Les Miserables.
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on Saturday, May 24th, at 8PM. If you can't attend, it should be webcast here.

This concert will include "Oedipus Tex" & "Songs from Shakespeare" - the latter described as "Bill's best-known texts crash into a Thunderbird full of 1950s pop music styles".


Mar. 28th, 2008 01:35 pm
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I'd never heard of Animusic before - there are two albums, I want the DVD's of each!

This is called Cathedral Dreams, and it's portions of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition!

Resonant Chamber is also really neat.


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