Web Exclusive: CDs and DVDs Received 2007-08
Last updated: May 15, 2008
for Books Received 2007-08
Outside The Lines Music — Brad Burg ’65. Burg has released a CD of children’s songs based on his award-winning Penguin collection of “concrete” poetry for children, Outside The Lines: Poetry At Play. The poetry is about play, and just as each visual layout suggests its subject matter — “Swing,” “Slide,” “Jungle Gym” — the songs evoke the actions, moods, and emotions of various play activities. Burg, whose “Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye” topped the Cashbox country chart in 1977, also has written two pop CDs, one with his vocals and one sung by his daughters. To hear selections or buy the CDs, visit www.bradburg.com.
Take My Hand — Ben Tousley ’71 (Whole World Music). In this 15-track disc, guitarist and songwriter Ben Tousely includes original and traditional songs that draw on folk, rock/gospel, and Irish roots. His band features Janet Hood on keyboards, fiddle player Stuart Schulman, lead guitarist Kevin Barry, and drummer Stanley Swann. Tousley is a veteran of the Boston folk community and has recorded five other albums, including Standing There With You, I’ll Take You Home, and Lookin’ for a Rainbow. His Web site www.bentousley.com.
It's A Big World — Jeremy Toback '88 and Renee Stahl (One Melody Records). The duo set out to make kids' music that "adults could enjoy, not just tolerate." According to the Web site Rhapsody.com, Toback and Stahl's "languid songs strike at the heart of parenthood: the quiet beauty of it, the magic and intimacy, the hopes, fears and lessons. The duo wrote the material while Renee was pregnant (and on bed rest) and recorded them in her daughter's bedroom, and the songs feel just that intimate: simply guitar, two voices, and a host of sentiments every parent can relate to, but few hear voiced with such honesty and simplicity." Toback has released two CDs on RCA, 1997's Perfect Flux Thing and 1999's Another True Fiction. Stahl's two previous CDs are Melancholy Pop and Hopeful Romantic. To listen to and buy the CD go to www.reneeandjeremymusic.com.
Doppelganger — Cynthia Lin '99 (Brood Indigo Music). On her second self-released CD, singer/songwriter Lin takes on the roles of main producer and arranger to create an album of eclectic sounds and poignant stories. Lin's genre-melding style is "reminiscent of Edith Piaf and Joni Mitchell, with a big voice and jazzy melodies," according to a Hyphen magazine blog. Doppelganger features backing vocals from Princeton a cappella alumni (Lin was a Tigerlily). Listen to her music and buy it at www.cynthialin.com and iTunes.
IVA — Emily Samson Tepe ’00 (Vurse Music). IVA is Tepe’s debut album, described as a “crystal clear, beautiful symphony” by Sweden’s Hälsa magazine. A classically trained opera singer, Tepe now writes her own material and describes her music as “electric-organic-operatic-pop.” To sample her songs and buy the CD, www.ivasound.com, or download IVA on iTunes, Yahoo, and all major digital music stores.
Deep Minor — Alex Kontorovich ’02 (Chamsa Records). Comprised of original compositions by Kontorovich, his debut album features Aaron Alexander on drums; Brandon Seabrook on guitar, banjo, and tapes; and Reuben Radding on bass. Time Out New York called the disc “an exuberant if not groundbreaking slice of downtown klez-jazz. The plinking banjo of Brandon Seabrook serves as an excellent foil for the leader’s supple, swinging lines.” A clarinetist and saxophonist, Kontorovich is known in the New York and international klezmer, classical, and jazz scenes. He also is a math professor at Brown University.
Nesia — David Hush *85 (LMA Recordings). The first complete CD of Hush’s music, Nesia includes nine compositions, only one previously recorded. The performing artists include Zina Schiff on violin, Mirjam Ingolfsson on cello, Ursula Ingolfsson-Fassbind on piano, and Victoria Voronyansky on viola. The disc is available through the Leopold Mozart Academy Web site http://www.leopoldmozartacademy.com/cart.htm. Hush is composer in residence at the Leopold Mozart Academy in Philadelphia.
Paul Muldoon Reads His Own Poems — Paul Muldoon (Scamafone). In this audio recording of 30 poems, Muldoon, poetry editor of The New Yorker and chairman of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton, reads "Dancers at the Moy," "The Sonogram," "Moy Sand and Gravel," and "Medley for Morin Khur," among other works. Muldoon's three-car garage band, Rackett, released its second CD, Resistance (Scamafone). Among his bandmates is Nigel Smith, a professor of English at Princeton. Muldoon writes lyrics and plays guitar; Smith plays bass, sings, and write songs. To listen to Muldoon's recordings go to www.paulmuldoon.net.
Musique Héroïque — Eric Plutz (Pro Organo). All six works on this disc were recorded on the University Chapel Organ in August 2006 by University Organist Eric Plutz. Each piece contains either “héroïque” or “eroica” in its title. Included on the disc are “March Héroïque” by Sir Alfred Herbert Brewer and “Sonata Eroica” by Joseph Jongen. The CD is available at the University Store, and Web sites including Amazon.com, www.zarex.com and www.ohscatalog.com.
Squeeze — Tracy Effinger ’91. Named after her workout by the same name, this DVD features a 30-minute workout, a 60-minute workout, and a collection of individual exercises that can be put together for a custom session. Effinger, a trainer whose clients have included actresses Sela Ward, Amy Brenneman, and Renee Zellweger, describes Squeeze as a combination of yoga, ballet, and isometric exercises. Effinger is also the author of The Wedding Workout.
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