Say the words "Classical Music" to most people and their eyes start to glaze over or they furtively glance
at their watches and scramble for excuses to beat a hasty retreat, fearing they are about to be corralled
into a four-hour concert on their only night off. Why? I'm not sure...perhaps in general classical music
is the most demanding to listen to and most of it is not within the "3 minute limit" that seems to be the
maximum the public can take of any "Pop Music" piece.
Well, fear not folks, 'cuz this collection of classical pieces is served up in fine easy to digest fashion
and I'll bet most of it you have already heard (and liked!) in other forms.
Memorable melody is the key to longevity for a song and the classics are full of great melodies, that's
why you hear them pop up in contemporary music again and again. (That and the fact that their copyrights
have long expired, making them fair game for the picking!) My friend and and musical collaborator Bob Piorun
has put together a fine montage of some classical pieces that have over the years crept into popular
"Canon in D" by Johann Pachelbel, who died nearly 300 years ago, was used as the theme for the movie
"Ordinary People", and if you listened closely you can hear the similarity in Green Day's "Basket Case"
and Blues Traveler's "Hook". Chopin's "Opus 28 #20" became Donna Summer's disco hit "Could It Be Magic",
"written" by Barry Manilow. Every Baby Boomer knows "Funeral March of a Marionette" as the "Alfred Hitchcock
Theme". Bach's "Air" was the inspiration for Procul Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale". "Minuet", also by Bach,
we radio heads know as "Lover's Concerto" by The Toys. I guess it's true: "A good song is a good song".
Bob has used an interesting approach using only guitar and bass to showcase this material and guess what?
it works just fine, because good material only needs good performance and this disc is full of good playing.
Bob has probably taught more guitar students in Central New York than anyone else over the last 30 years and
he has used this, his first solo project, to give us a lesson, and that is: "Don't run when you hear classical
music, just open your senses and dig it!"
/ Joe Whiting