Welcome to the Tune-Up! How very exciting to see you. You’re in good company: Tune-Up readership extends across five continents and more than 60 countries. Have a music suggestion? Drop me a line in a comment!
So, what is the Tune-Up? This blog serves to answer the infernal question, “What do I listen to now?!” It is organized by days of the week, thusly:
– Modernism Monday: Monday is the day for all music from 1900s era to today – so, Stravinsky to Shiny Toy Guns. All genres, all the time. A good way to start the week.
– Termagant Tuesday: Oh come on. It’s an awesome word. It needs to get out more. Tuesday is the day for all things jazz. (Editor’s note: I use “termagant” as the adjective synonymous with boisterous, noisy, and rebellious; it is not a reference to a mythical, shrewish woman. Though there are plenty of jazz songs about women, shrewish and otherwise. “Minnie the Moocher” will obviously be making an appearance of a Tuesday.)
– Worldly Wednesday: Wednesdays we zoom around the globe to showcase the coolest music from all sorts of places.
– Throwback Thursday: Thursday will showcase what we have all collectively been told to call “classical” music, which has been mischaracterized as boring. This blog and I follow Bernstein’s lead on the definition of classical, which is music that “has classical beauty; it sets up its rules and regulations of balance and form just as strictly as Bach did in his fugues; it was looking for perfection. That’s why it’s classical.” It’s also – in a word – awesome.
– Funk Friday: Sho’ nuff, and ’nuff said. Dance party not included. Your results may vary.
– Salubrious Saturday: Music intended to help you rationalize last night’s bad decisions, or gear you up for another round. Author’s whim dependent.
– Sacred Sunday: Reserved for the sacred works from all religions.
All songs will be offered as a YouTube video whenever possible. Also, nestled within each song will be “mood tags” that allow you to just choose a mood you’re in. Day of the week be damned. Let no man say I scorn the rebel.