Real Splashy Radio presents:

 

This episode is very near and dear to my sweet little heart. As Solomon Wexley and I have been close friends and collaborators for years now. Today we’re talking about their new album “Offerings” which they produced/mixed/mastered all themselves. That is typical par for the course as far as their music goes. We talked about the process of creating this project as well as influences, the new SZA album, and so much more. Hope you enjoy!

    Real Splashy Radio    January 9th, 2023

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Cause and Effect presents:

Today’s show is part 2 to my last Cause and Effect that I hosted in 2022. Dedicated to the musical contributions of Missy Elliott. She’s released BOPS since I’ve been born it feels and she’s right here from VA. We love you MISSY !

    Cause and Effect    January 7th, 2023

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Cause and Effect presents:

[1918 Portrait of Strauss by Max Liebermann]

Richard Strauss spent nearly eighty years composing music, and with great fame and success. He also toured the world as a conductor. His reputation as a composer relies almost entirely on his twelve tone poems and about as many operas, as well as his late masterpiece for soprano and orchestra, Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs). His orchestration was virtuosic, and he absolutely loved writing music for the female voice. Strauss is often praised for his ability to create operatic heroines, and his operas Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, and Die Frau Ohne Schatten (The Woman Without A Shadow) are a testament to his love for women’s voices.

[German postage stamp, 1999]

On discovering the symphonic poems of Franz Liszt:

“New ideas have to find new forms – this basic principle of Liszt’s symphonic works, in which the poetic idea was actually also the formative element, became from then on the guide for my own symphonic work … ”

[Kirsten Flagstad, who sang the posthumous premiere of Strauss’s Four Last Songs in 1950]

The following poem is the the sung text of the fourth of the Four Last Songs: 

“Im Abendrot” (“At sunset”) (Text: Joseph von Eichendorff)

Wir sind durch Not und Freude
gegangen Hand in Hand;
vom Wandern ruhen wir beide
nun überm stillen Land.

Rings sich die Täler neigen,
es dunkelt schon die Luft.
Zwei Lerchen nur noch steigen
nachträumend in den Duft.

Tritt her und lass sie schwirren,
bald ist es Schlafenszeit.
Dass wir uns nicht verirren
in dieser Einsamkeit.

O weiter, stiller Friede!
So tief im Abendrot.
Wie sind wir wandermüde –
Ist dies etwa der Tod?

(Through sorrow and joy
we have gone hand in hand;
we are both at rest from our wanderings
now above the quiet land.

Around us, the valleys bow,
the air already darkens.
Only two larks soar
musingly into the haze.

Come close, and let them flutter,
soon it will be time to sleep
so that we don’t get lost
in this solitude.

O vast, tranquil peace,
so deep in the afterglow!
How weary we are of wandering –
Is this perhaps death?)

[Cover art from Deodato’s 1973 album Prelude, which features a jazz rendition of Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, also featured in the 1980 film Being There.]

 

In March 1933, when Strauss was 68, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power. Strauss never joined the Nazi Party, and studiously avoided Nazi forms of greeting. For reasons of expediency, however, he was initially drawn into cooperating with the early Nazi regime in the hope that Hitler—an ardent Wagnerian and music lover who had admired Strauss’s work since viewing Salome in 1907—would promote German art and culture. Strauss’s need to protect his Jewish daughter-in-law and Jewish grandchildren also motivated his behavior, in addition to his determination to preserve and conduct the music of banned composers such as Gustav Mahler and Claude Debussy. Toward the end of the war, a few days after finishing his study for solo strings Metamorphosen in March 1945, Strauss wrote in his diary:

“The most terrible period of human history is at an end, the twelve year reign of bestiality, ignorance and anti-culture under the greatest criminals, during which Germany’s 2,000 years of cultural evolution met its doom.”

 

    Cause and Effect    November 12th, 2022

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Cause and Effect presents:

Today’s Cause and Effect is on the amazing Missy Elliot! She represents VA oh so well! Recently she was awarded with a blvd in the 757 being named after her! She definitely deserves it, so today we celebrate HER HER HER HER, SHE SHE SHE SHE, Missy.

    Cause and Effect    October 22nd, 2022

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Secret Bonus Level presents:

[Edgard Varèse]

Music from Alban Berg, György Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, Carl Stalling, and others…

[Moondog]

 

    Secret Bonus Level    October 6th, 2022

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Cause and Effect presents:

Today’s Cause and Effect is on the genre of music that keeps DC moving, Gogo.

“When Chuck Brown gifted Washington with a style of dance music that didn’t allow his band to break for interruptions, applause or air, he named it go-go because the beat just “goes and goes.”

Nearly four decades later, the music comes and goes. Go-go once drew thousands of loyal fans to area nightspots seven nights a week, building a proud local culture around a durable communal rhythm. But after a decade of intense gentrification, the future of Washington’s native party music feels uncertain.

With fewer bands playing fewer shows for smaller audiences at a dwindling number of venues, go-go has migrated to unexpected places: strip clubs and churches, casinos and sweet-16 parties. And while the genre’s biggest names have recently made splashy returns to the District’s most prominent music venues, these intermittent gigs make it difficult to tell whether the music is enjoying a resurgence or hanging by a thread.” (The Washington Post)

    Cause and Effect    September 24th, 2022

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    Wednesday Breakfast Blend    August 24th, 2022

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Cause and Effect presents:

    Cause and Effect    July 9th, 2022

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Real Splashy Radio presents:

Big Splash is back in a new time slot with brand new songs for everyone out there in radioland. So happy to continue to provide sweet bops to the people of Richmond City and the surrounding areas. This is episode 16 of REAL SPLASHY RADIO now airing every Monday afternoon from 3-5PM.

    Real Splashy Radio    May 23rd, 2022

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Cause and Effect presents:

G-Unit and Murder Inc., remember those names? Well if you grew up during one of the best eras like myself, the two created an iconic scenario in hip-hop during those times. Between the both of them an era of iconic songs have been released and I have always wondered who has the better bops(awesome songs) out of the two. Well today we’re figuring it out! Thanks for tuning in.

    Cause and Effect    May 7th, 2022

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