My Favorite Music of 2015…in chronological order

no music no life

Cris Williamson: 40th anniversary of the album The Changer and the Changed. This album, produced by Olivia Records, created Women’s Music. The house was packed with 60-somethings who came of age in the 70s with this music. Berkeley’s Freight &  Salvage was ‘filling up and spilling over’ for both Saturday and Sunday nights.

January 11: March 2: Phillip Glass concert at San Francisco Davies Hall. I first discovered his music in 1982 in the film Koyaanisqatsi, and then loved his 2002 score for The Hours. He is one of the creators of ‘minimal music’.  Earlier this year he published his memoir, Words Without Music, which I loved. Listen: 

May 20: Lana Del Ray at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. with Grace and Stella. Listen: 

June 16: Joey Arias does Billie Holiday at The Great American Music Hall, with Linda Z. Watch and listen: 

July 3 Opera in the Ballpark: Marriage of Figaro with Melinda. Take a quick peek: 

August 2: Rhiannon and Alive‘s 40th reunion at the Freight and Salvage with Marta. Watch and listen: 

October 1: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga with Nancy. Watch and listen: 

November 12: Grace Cathedral Clarinet summit with Anat Cohen, Don Byron, David Murray and Todd Marcus at Grace Cathedral, with Linda. Watch and listen to Anat Cohen:

December: Adele performs in NYC, on tv. Watch and listen to a new song (NOT Hello!): 

Digging my Karaoke machine. Singing so many favorites. Patsy Cline, Crazy; Jefferson Airplane, White Rabbit, Elvis, Teddy Bear. Conway Twitty, It’s Only Make Believe.

Singing along with my new guitar: In the Still of the Night; Our Town and Let the Mystery Be by Iris Dement; Blue Moon of Kentucky, Elvis style; Deep Purple, April Stevens/Nino Tempo; Blowin’ in the Wind’ Four Strong Winds; Love Me Tender; House of the Rising Sun; so many more songs from my younger years.




2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jerry polon
    Dec 19, 2015 @ 00:56:38

    Thanks for this sweet year end gift of music. I especially like Joni. Maybe next year you’ll decide to post yourself singing and strumming. That would top it of.



  2. Jill's Journal
    Dec 19, 2015 @ 16:25:07

    Phern, I used to have a Gibson guitar and sing LOADS of songs, usually ones that everyone there could singalong to. But that was before everyone could get great songs sung by greater singers than Jill on the radio just about anywhere and everywhere. And then little by little my vocal chords withered away, and my Gibson developed a fatal flaw crack, and my songbird days were over. But hmmmnnnn…maybe I should try a Karaoke machine?



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