For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with this blog from the beginning, I encourage to check out the first Mozart story that I posted awhile back.

I’ll wait here till you’re finished.

Done?

Pretty great, right? Nothing like one of music’s most brilliant geniuses meowing and hopping around in a bout of boredom.

So, to honor the master composer and his quirky ways, here’s another story I heard this past week.

Before the story begins, I’m putting up this keyboard picture (a Casio – yes!) to use as a reference for those of you who don’t spend large amounts of time in front a piano.

On with the Amadeus tale:

Mozart loved to joke around and make seemingly impossible claims.

In this instance, his claim revolves around a pianist’s ability to only play four of the same note at once. For example, if we choose the note C, we have plenty of C’s across the span of the keyboard. However, due to having two hands and the fact that each hand can only reach two C’s (one with the thumb and one with the pinky), most people can only play four C’s.

Mozart boasted he could play five at once.

Flabbergasted, people demanded to see proof.

What did the brilliant master do?

Simple: he played the standard four C’s with his hands. The fifth? He place his face down on the keys and used his nose!

Oh Wolfgang, you clever joker.

-Spurrier

With a complete and highly successful wedding now behind us, we now return to our regularly scheduled programming but with a twist:

From here on out, I aim to have much more frequent posting. However, most of these posts will be more bite-size in nature, while larger, in-depth posts (i.e. Ear Training Revisions) will be interwoven as seen fit.

On with the show:

Today I share my newest iteration of the classic list of Top Bands. Usually one would expect a nice, even top 10 list, but with so many great groups/artists out there, I can’t bring myself to whittle it down to less than 15. Bear with me – the additional five deserve to be on here and then some.

To go along with the bands (and to provide a bit of visual interest), I’ll be posting album covers of my favorite album(s) from each group.

Here we go:

#15 Bob Marley – Albums: Too many to cho0se from, so here’s my favorite, four-disc set that sums his massive catalog of work up nicely: Songs of Freedom

#14 Jimi Hendrix – Album: Axis: Bold as Love

#13 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Albums: Cosmo’s Factory and Willie and the Poor Boys

#12 The Kinks – Album: The Kinks are The Village Green Preservation Society

#11 Bob Dylan – Album: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Not a bad 11-15, no? Now onto to the heavy hitters:

#10 The Clash – Albums: The Clash and London Calling

#9 The White Stripes – Albums: Elephant and Icky Thump

#8 Led Zeppelin – Albums: Led Zeppelin I and Led Zeppelin IV

#7 Pink Floyd – Albums: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Dark Side of the Moon

#6 Radiohead – Albums: Kid A and In Rainbows

#5 The Rolling Stones – Albums: Beggar’s Banquet and Exile On Main Street

#4 The Velvet Underground – Albums: The Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground, and Loaded

#3 The Flaming Lips – Albums: Clouds Taste Metallic, The Soft Bulletin, and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

#2 Eels – Albums: Daisies of the Galaxy and Blinking Lights and Other Revelations

#1 The Beatles – Albums: The White Album and Abbey Road

So there you have it: 15 bands and 28 albums. If you haven’t had the good fortune to partake in any of these, all I can say is drop whatever activity you currently find yourself participating in, flips on your speakers, and prepare your ears for sheer brilliance.

-Spurrier