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You have never heard anything like this

I was thinking a few minutes ago about the blues guitarist Elvin Bishop, which led me to think about the time I saw Bishop open for (get this) Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in Buffalo's old War Memorial Auditorium.

Six of us drove from Fredonia to Buffalo in such a bad snowstorm that police were advising no unnecessary travel. (Why the show wasn't canceled remains a mystery). The car we were traveling in had no snow tires. Snow coated and stuck to the windshield wipers. For some reason that I can't remember, the car kept filling up with smoke.

But my most distinct memory of the night involves none of that. It involves a song we heard on the radio on the way to Buffalo: "Also Sprach Zarathustra," by the Portsmouth Sinfonia. The Wikipedia entry on the Sinfonia will have you laughing by the end of the third paragraph. As for the song, hearing it made all of us wonder if our ears had gone bad, if the radio had gone bad, or if we had driven into a puckish alternative universe.

Anyway: thinking of Bishop made me click on Spotify, just to see if any music by the Sinfonia still existed. I had tried on and off over the years to find their music, but to no avail. But YES! Spotify has "Also Sprach Zarathustra" available, as well as the orchestra's "William Tell Overture."

Check them out. I've also found some of their, ah, music on YouTube. The "Also Sprach" version there is glorious, and some of the listeners' comments are classics.

This music will blow your mind. Guaranteed.



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 5th, 2013 01:19 am (UTC)
Oh...my. That's all I've got.
Sep. 5th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
I am sitting here listening to them play Beethoven's Fifth. It is glorious.
Sep. 5th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
Mmmhmm. I'm sure it is.
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