Sunday, March 21, 2010

Motorcycle Music

In my 1980s cycling days, this was one of my favorite tunes to tool around to.

I had a Suzuki GS850L with a Windjammer-like fairing equipped with a stereo system typical of that era (FM radio and cassette player). Bach's Sinfonia to Cantata No. 29 (as interpreted by Walter, later "Wendy" Carlos in his 1968 groundbreaking experimental album Switched On Bach) was just the coolest song to ride to - especially in the mountains.

I'm sure it looked a little odd, but it is a testimony to Bach's resilience - that even on a motorcycle in the mountains and played on a Moog by a malcontented male musician, the music still rings true and fresh, exhilarating and joyful.

For a more traditional rendering, here is a virtuoso performance by organist Diane Bish - who designed the imposing organ she plays. And for electric guitar enthusiasts, check this out.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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