Enrique Granados–“12 Spanish Dances”



I have spent some time this morning learning about the Catalan composer Enrique Granados and some of his compositions, and his life, and his family. He is from the same region of Spain as Pablo Casals, and was just as famous in his lifetime. One morning, I heard a portion of the “12 Spanish Dances” and was really enjoying them. Afterward, the name of the composer stuck with me.

Here are the “12 Spanish Dances” for piano.  Guitar renditions follow for some, as well as a couple of his other pieces. Enjoy!


spanish dancer: Flamenco. Dancing girl and guitarist. Vector illustration Illustration


A Time to Dance

Again, I heard two of these songs this morning on the radio. It’s a late Renaissance/early Baroque dance. I just thought it was pretty.

This next one is “La Giaconda: Dance of the Hours.” It’s great to hear the real one instead of the parody song about the kid away at camp. Enjoy!

I also like Rachmaninoff in general. A favorite is the Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, especially when the orchestra reaches the movements that sound like songs. It’s a composition of many moods. I have heard it several times now, and I recognize it right away.

I like this video in particular because it feels like I’m at an actual performance.

Also, on today’s playlist, they included The Luxembourg Waltz, which I had only heard a part of before turning my radio off. It, too, is lovely, and I also enjoy the scenes from Luxembourg.

Music and Dance on June 2, 2015 “America’s Got Talent”

I was watching Tuesday night’s America’s Got Talent when I saw Benjamin Yonattan’s dance performance. I don’t know very much about this art form, but this young man is going to go far. He certainly seems to know what he is doing. At the same time, my ear caught the song he danced to, which I didn’t know. It’s OneRepublic’s “I Lived.” Here’s Benjamin’s performance, and the group’s video.

I’ve finally come to realize that “I did it all” means different things to different people. What really matters is that you’ve done what you can with the best possible effort.


Ella Fitzgerald — Moonlight Serenade

I’ve always liked Ella Fitzgerald. I have two CDs of her “American Songbook” collection, but I haven’t played them in a while. A friend posted the following YouTube video recently–her version of “Moonlight Serenade.” I have only heard instrumental versions of the song before now. Enjoy!

Waltz with Me!

I like waltz music, especially those from the Strauss family, I still have my one CD and record album.

Here are four waltzes I especially enjoy from different composers.

The first is “The Skater’s Waltz, Op. 183” by Émile Waldteufel in 1882. I don’t recall this one from my childhood. I heard it on the radio this morning and thought it very pretty:

Next is “Waltz of the Flowers” by Tchaikovsky. I like the flowers and nature photos and paintings throughout this video. I first heard it on a kids’ program years ago. When I was in high school, I got my own complete recording of the ballet. I saw it onstage at Lisner Auditorium with friends, Earlier that night, we had gone to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and concert.

“The Carousel Waltz” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. I have a collection of carousel horse music boxes, and one of them plays this tune. That’s where I first heard it.

And “Tales from the Vienna Woods” by Johann Strauss II.

“The Blue Danube” is a close second.

Here’s a montage of waltz music:





When You Can’t Help But Sing Along….

Okay, this isn’t a classic, but it’s fun. A Dover police officer sings along in his car to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Priceless! And we can all relate. Who hasn’t gotten carried away and sung or danced to a favorite song on the radio when the thought no one was looking? Good for him! And Taylor got a kick out of it as well.

A few years ago, when we went to see South Pacific at Arena Stage, the announcer intoned before the overture: “Now, remember, no matter how much you love the song, please don’t sing along.”  The audience roared with laughter. It was a great production.

Here are my top three songs to sing along with and dance to. I got quite a bit of ribbing for each.

“Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen:


“Beat It” by Michael Jackson:


Amy Grant’s cover of “Big Yellow Taxi.” This one is also good for pretending I’m one of Amy’s backup singers:


Some years ago, when Mary Cliff’s “Traditions” folk music show was on one Saturday, she played “Michael.” I was really belting it out, and must have sounded awful. Later, my aunt said, “I could hear you all the way upstairs.” That wasn’t a criticism; she was just glad that I sang.

Here is the version as sung by The Highwaymen: