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!


Day 318: “Suite No. 5 in Cm Sarabande”

These darn hips! Day 318 I was doing some deep stretches in my hip flexors because they get get really tight in the winter time. “Sarabande” in music terms is based on a slow stately traditional Spanish dance and often follows the “Courante” which is defined by short advances and retreats in classical Baroque suites. This was the perfect song to slowly move my hips around. A little goddess pose, a little happy baby, and some hip openers with this song on repeat was just heaven. I find that I repeat songs a lot in my dancing/stretching naked sessions. This one was particularly effective. Below is a YouTube clip of the song. Try it for yourself!

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Day 316: Suite #4 in E Flat Major: “Bourrée & Gigue”

“Bourrée” and “Gigue” were commonly used in music during the Renaissance or Baroque period to title and describe lively dance compositions. These tend to be the shortest songs in suites. In my illustration I wanted to capture this hurried movement with twirling and spinning. Using quick sketching with my pen I wanted there to be a sense of ease and continuousness of a gesture. Also a whirlwind of images, one leading into the next. Just as I felt when I was dancing. When I listen to these pieces they seem to bounce and never slow.  I couldn’t help  but bob my head. And then a quickly as it began it was over. The gigue was up!

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Day 315: J.S. Bach Suite #4 in Eb Major; “Prelude, Allemande, & Courante”

Today I enter Suite #4 just after #1. I’m not exactly sure why they are not ordered from 1 to 6. Perhaps it has to do with how they all flow together. I honestly don’t mind at all. If you like yoga, this suite is perfect. There are many moments to enjoy and savor certain holds. The music gives you a subtle push to go deeper and the rhythm helps you remember to breathe. Below is “Sarabande” to to give you an idea of how great this would sound when you’re in downward dog or reaching up for a sun salutation!

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Day 313: J.S. Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites, No.1, Yo-Yo Ma

There are 6 Suites total on this album. They are also unordered. The next suite will be No. 4. The first is very familiar, the quaint essential classical track list. What scholars would listen to while they debated politics and romance over whiskey in a musty study hall lit by candlelight at the turn of the twentieth century. Or a warmup for the company of the New York Ballet, silk slippers gliding across chalky wooden flooring in the growing morning light.

I’ve begun listening to the album when I wake up and prepare breakfast. It lingers in my mind as I sleep. I feel elevated after dancing naked, purpose. The music moves through me, through Yo-Yo Ma, through everyone in earshot and time itself. I mean, this Bach guy was on to something. I think I’ll keep this going. Here’s to the classics!

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Day 312: Yo-Yo Ma, J.S. Bach, The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites


Day 312 I begin with the J.S. Bach’s 6 Unaccomapnied Cello Suites featuring Yo-Yo Ma! This album is is amazing. It’s just Yo-Yo Ma in a studio playing these historical suites. No big deal. I can hear his breathing at moments, the gentle sliding movement of the bow on the strings, and tiny ambient noise that create the feeling that he’s playing in the room with me. “The J.S. Bach B Sides”. This is an excellent album to relax to, stretch to, or start off your morning with a calm mind before a busy day!

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Day 311: Obrigado Brazil


Well, Day 311 marks the last day of  Yo-Yo Ma’s “Obrigado Brazil”! It was very special for me to revisit this album I’ve had for over a decade. Even more so that it still resonates with me today as an adult. Moving forward I will continue my classical music month with another awesome album by Yo-Yo Ma (I promise I’ll pick a different artist after this!) “J.S. Bach, The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites”. Honestly I just feel so fancy dancing naked to music centuries old!  #classicalmusicnerd

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Day 308: Dansa

Continuing with Yo-Yo Ma’s Obrigado Brazil, I am just a little over halfway done with the album! The order of the songs here isn’t the same as the original album. I have a playlist on my iTunes and just let it play. I’m really digging my new journal! I enjoy the layout because it allows me to write on one side and then draw on the other. There is very little bleed from the previous page as I can see. If you really like this little notebook, you can find it at BisonBookBinding.com. I picked this up at a quaint little shop in the Denver Highlands called Word Shop Paperie where their catch phrase  is “Punctuation is a lost accessory”. Learn more about this journal and more in my Brynn Possible’s 2017 Inspirations  post tomorrow!