19 March 2016

Over the years, many of my friends and colleagues have asked for the playlists I put together for my seminars and retreats. Here’s one that was particularly popular at my recent event in California last month. I have a lot of luck to have a marvelous spectrum of musical consultants from all over the world (including my passionately curious and musically astute children). This has helped enormously in discovering and learning about many different kinds of music from various cultures, genres and styles. Choosing and assembling sequences is complex work in itself, but certainly nothing compared to the virtuosity and creative inventiveness of the composers and musicians themselves. My appreciation and respect to all who generate such light and continue to shine it my way.

“I recently tapped into your last blog posting of the musical play list; fantastically appreciated.  I too have wanted to inquire regarding access to some of the great music you help introduce us all to; thank you so much!  I dabbled a bit in percussion in my younger years, never really excelling to any appreciative degree, so I am enthralled beyond words at the percussion piece you included of Stan Neufeld playing Front Of The World.  MIND BLOWING mastery – the placement of stick strikes along their length, the tones and sounds accomplished by strike placement on the different locations of the drum heads and symbols, the precision….WOW!!!  I’ve found myself plugged into that performance, and an hour later realized I’ve been sitting there just hitting repeat; captivated, invigorated, revived.”

Thank you for your comment and appreciation. On a different musical spectrum, here’s another recent playlist I hope you’ll all enjoy…

Darrell Calkins