Playlist: Songs in Strange Places

By Sonia Calzaretta ’18

For those people who listen to a lot of it, music can sometimes start to seem boring or conventional. None of your favorite songs really interest you any more, or you find yourself falling out of love with a band you used to adore.

What’s to be done about this?

Well, if you’re like me, you might start to look for new, strange music to keep you on your toes. That way, returning to those songs and bands that you loved will feel like a long-awaited homecoming.

Mumford and Sons performed a live concert at Red Rocks, which is an open-air amphitheater formed out of a natural rock formation in Colorado.

Black Violin (classical strings meets hip-hop) performed in July 2015 at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This amphitheater is a massive, repurposed steel manufacturing plant (originally the second largest in the country).

Bach’s “Toccata & Fugue in D minor,” performed by a pair of dancers on a giant piano.

Dalhalla Amphitheater, located in Sweden, is an old limestone quarry that has been turned into a music stage with natural acoustics.

In 2011, Armen Ksajikian played the cello in the Alaska Raptor Center. Around the same time he also played the cello for bears, in the middle of a bear sanctuary in Sitka, Alaska.

Andrew Bird’s “The Canyon Wants to Hear C Sharp” is part of a contemporary classical masterpiece. The entire album is great, although this song is my personal favorite. Each song is a melody comprised entirely of instruments being played at the bottom of a deep, natural canyon.

Our last song is both my favorite and, I think, the most fascinating. After David Bowie’s death, Commander Chris Hadfield wanted to pay tribute to him the best way he knew how. What was that way? Recording a cover of Bowie’s song “Space Oddity” aboard the International Space Station, of course.

The entire playlist can be found here, on YouTube:

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