One of the unexpected pleasures of blogging is not just posting my own stuff but conversing with other bloggers on my site or theirs. And sometimes inspiring them and vice-versa.
Case in point: I recently posted an Aerosmith series. Fellow UK blogger tonushill (Mumbling About Music) then mentioned he was inspired by that series to go back and listen to some Aerosmith stuff and post his Spotify list.
On listening to it, I realized that I’d heard one of the songs – “Seasons of Wither” – in a jazzy, piano version. I posted it there, he dug it and then I got to thinking – hey, another idea for an occasional series – Jazzers Who Rock!
So without further ado, here is that first song, “Seasons of Wither” as performed by Berklee-educated Boston-based pianist Yoko Miwa. For reasons of space and clutter, I’ll post the interpretations here and link to the originals:
Next up is the Turtle Island Quarter about whom I blogged a while back. In the intervening time, I had a chance to see them live at a small venue in New Hampshire. As good as they were, disappointingly, it looks like their current leader is less a rock fan and more into traditional string quartet stuff. Pity.
And for you Radiohead fans – which most assuredly includes yours truly – what better song to radically reinterpret than “Paranoid Android” from the classic OK Computer? Yes indeed!
In 2016, Thomas Yu was unanimous winner of the prestigious 7th Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, taking home the gold medal as well as Press and Audience Awards. But the funny thing is this is Yu’s avocation. He is actually a dentist! With a private practice in Canada. Go figure! Original (actually live version from Glastonbury) here: