Day 331: Masquerade, “Waltz & Nocturne”

Again I had to revisit Aram Khachaturian’s famous “Masquerade Suite”, especially since I only had just a few more days of classical music for the month to dance naked to.  Hands down this is one of my favorite classical music pieces. If you wanna join the classical nerd wagon you can hear the entire suite below via YouTube. It’s only about 18 minutes. There something so magical, grand, and romantic about this suite that makes me swoon. I feel like Anastasia in that old animated movie when she is imagining she’s dancing at the ball. If you want to elevate your naked dancing I highly recommend this classical suite!

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Day 330: Heathens

I LOVE “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots! After having seen Suicide Squad recently I just had to dance naked to this song for one of my sessions. Nearing the end of my month of dancing naked to all classical music I found an amazing cover my Simply Three trio who are made up of a violin, cello, and bass. The music video is absolutely worth looking at (see below), has an appropriate creepy vibe, and does cool effects with mirrors. You’ll also see my illustrations reflect some of the graphics from the original film. I hope you enjoy!

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Day 329: Aram Khachaturian, Piano Concerto in Db 

Certainly one of my favorite classical albums features Aram Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto. The first movement is over 15 minutes long. The whole concerto seems like something from Fantasia. There’s clearly a story. You are literally transported. This great 20th century composer, though born in Tiblisi, Georgia, was known as a Soviet Armenian treasure. Khachaturian  was part of the Communist party but I’m willing to look over it. I’m sure he didn’t have many options as an artist living in the Soviet Union in the early 20th century, so the music must play on!

Day 328: “Creep” by Radiohead, perf. by Brooklyn Duo feat. Escher Quartet

Radiohead is probably one of my favorite bands of all time. Probably second to Muse on my list. And I know all you hard core music fans are scoffing that I would even dare put Muse over Radiohead. Honestly Muse leans more toward my own personality and sentimentality where Radiohead just transcends all of that and above. So, of course, my music hat goes to Radiohead but at this moment in my life I would scream like a little girl if I were at a Muse concert.

I saw Radiohead live in concert when I was in high school at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. It was the first time I’d ever smelt weed. Definitely a different crowd than Evanescence or Dashboard Confessional which were the only concerts I had ever been to. Radiohead was touring with the album “Hail to the Thief”. Of course they also played some of their older pieces and gave quite the show. What we weren’t expecting was them playing “Creep”. Radiohead was no where near the band they were when their first album “Pablo Honey” came out in 1993. They had already broken barriers in alternative rock with their album “Ok Computer” when I arrived on the lawn with my evil mouse Radiohead shirt that was way too big for me but made up for it in coolness.

Radiohead rarely plays “Creep” at their concerts. So it being my first made it all that more special. Hearing the Brooklyn Duo featuring the Escher Quartet’s cover of this song made my heart soar. It’s an excellent piece to dance naked to with the same emotion of the original track, especially if you’re having an emotional moment in your life. I tend to have a lot of those. From euphoria to the depths of rage, this rendition will not disappoint.

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Day 327: Interlude & “Stranger Things”

After finishing the 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites by J.S. Bach I needed something to cleanse my palette but not stray from my classical focus. An “interlude” if you will. I’ve found a Netflix series called Stranger Things, a Dungeons & Dragons meets Goonies, meets X-Files, drama. I watched the first season in 3 days. The music in the opening sequence really stuck with me, like something you’d hear from a Tron film. This retro-rama, electric heartbeat of an intro was of note. Fortunately there’s a very talented young cellist named Nicholas Yee who gave me just what I needed for my Classical Dancing Naked Month in the final week. Check out his dope medley below!

A side note: Don’t be confused by my times in my illustrations. I often listen to the songs multiple times or mixed with tracks from previous days because they are still inspiring me. Just in case someone is “clocking” me know I have some creative leeway and for some reason love listening to songs over and over and over…and over again. #nerdingout

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Day 319-326: Fin de 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites, J.S. Bach, Yo-Yo Ma

This has been a very classical couple of weeks. I finally finished The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites by J.S. Bach, performed by the already legendary Yo-Yo Ma. Outside of feeling super sophisticated listening to classical music it’s been very inspiring. I’ve been listening to the “Beethoven 9 @ 9” series on NPR at breakfast and have even watched the Oscar winning film Amadeus directed by Milos Forman from the 80’s to maintain my nerdiness. Stay tuned for my final week of classical naked dancing plus some artists I think you’ll love!