Acoustic Alchemy

I recently realized that I have apparently never featured Acoustic Alchemy in a Musical Interlude. I’m not sure how this oversight occurred, since they are one of my favorite acoustic musical groups. (I usually specify them as an “example group” when setting up a station on a service like Spotify or Google Play.)

Acoustic Alchemy started in the 1980s, had some success in the mainstream in the 1990s, but then reorganized in 1999 and changed musicians. And while I do listen to some of their early work, I can’t tell you much about the current lineup.

This is “Mr Chow” from their 1987 debut album Red Dust and Spanish Lace.


The Theme from Mission Impossible

I love the song in general. I love Lindsey Sterling’s work, and that of the Piano Guys. Put it all together…

“The Theme from Mission Impossible” featuring Lindsey Sterling, from the 2013 album Piano Guys 2 (which was actually their 3rd album). (The bloopers at the end of the video are worth your time.)

Koyaanisqatsi (Cover of the Main Theme)

I love the movie Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, but then I saw it shortly after it came out. It was groundbreaking in its day. Well, and I love the music of Philip Glass. Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi Indian word that means “Life out of balance.” It was the first of 3 “Qatsi” movies.

This is the main theme from the movie, as covered by Italian guitarist Maurizio Brunod, from his 1999 album Visionaire.

The final scene in the movie includes a reprise of the opening theme. Can be found at this link.

Frozen (NOT the Disney Movie)

Delain is a Symphonic Metal Band from The Netherlands. (Don’t worry – English Lyrics!). Delain was formed when the keyboard player for Within Temptation, Martijn Westerholt, contracted Pfeiffer’s disease and was forced to leave that group in 2002. In 2005 He joined with Charlotte Wessels to reform the group – originally envisioned as studio only – not live. (That was in 2002.) They have had a lot of guests over the years

This is “Frozen” from the Delain album Lucidity, which was released in 2006

The name of the band comes from the Kingdom of Delain in Stephen King’s novel, The Eyes of the Dragon.

Million Reasons

Lady Gaga was one of those artists that it was easy to write off. The hype. The insanity. And then she sang a duet with Tony Bennett, and I realized that aside from the hype and the insanity, she could actually sing. Pretty well.

This is “Million Reasons” from the 2016 album Joanne by Lady Gaga, who was born as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, from New York City. (I’ve tried to skip the first 40 seconds or so, but I’m not sure that WP is cooperating on the front. Not consistently anyway.)

YouTube is acting strangely. So if the video below doesn’t work, you can watch it on YouTube.