2015-2016 is turning out like 1970-71, when Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison all died within a few months of each other. I can’t imagine anyone else playing Snape, or the caterpillar in Alice, or Marvin the paranoid android. When he played a role, he owned it.
Yes, there is such a thing as Mongolian Folk Metal, and it is being performed by the band Tengger Cavalry. It’s post-Metallica heavy metal combined with Mongolian folk instrumentation, which gives the band a feel and sound something like Kansas or Yes playing heavy metal or Porcupine Tree with more diverse instrumentation. In the five songs I’ve listened to on their new album, Blood Sacrifice Shaman, there aren’t so much vocals as there are vocal stylizations: vocals are being used like another musical instrument. Seriously rocks, well put-together. Check it out. You can stream their entire album on the website linked above.
If you’d like to explore world folk metals, check out this video:
If anyone would like to write an essay about folk metal and Romanticism, check out the CFP.
I was lucky enough to see B.B. King in Morristown, NJ in the early 2000s, sometime before 2004. Yes, it was a great show, and he was a great performer and guitarist, but what impressed me the most at the time was that whatever he’d been all his life (I just don’t know), he’d become a gentleman in all of the best senses of the word. He seemed to me like someone to emulate. We lost a truly great person today. Sleep well, B.B. King.
Cookie Monster: for a better life.
Some things just need to be shared.
Which would be showing off on the harmonica. Video shot at the Hohner booth at the 2013 NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants).
And here’s fifteen minutes or so of the performance: