MusicBox is an app I’ve been waiting for for a long time. It is a “listen later” app for your music - assuming you use Apple Music or Spotify. I’ve cooked up all manner of solutions to this in the past, from using Reminders, my own task management app beorg to a cludge involving Data Jar and Shortcuts. I even contemplated writing something similar to this, but like so many of my project ideas I never got around to it.
I’m very happy to see this. I read Gramophone and BBC Music magazine most months and combined with the “New Albums” section in the classical category on Apple Music I see a lot of albums I want to listen to. MusicBox meets all of my requirements - including adding tags and writing notes. There are a few interactions in the app which could be improved, but for a 1.0 it is a fantastic app. If you like music and find yourself overwhelmed by managing your listening do take a look. I paid £2.49 for an app which works both on iOS and macOS - no subscription, IAPs, a definite bargain!
We listen to a lot of music in our house, and it is lovely to see our children really taking an interest in both playing and enjoying music. My wife has a blog to help parents instill a love of music in their children and has posted a review of a book that our little ones enjoyed exploring over the Easter holidays.
The Jumo orchestra have arrived at the concert hall to play their concert, only to find that their musical instruments have all gone missing. Lucky for the orchestra, the Why Squad are on hand to help them find their instruments. The Why Squad save the day and at the end of the book they stay to listen to the concert.
🎵 The Brandenburg Project ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - fantastic.
I’ve just been listening to Voice 2 by Max Richter 🎵. The first of this pair of albums was a trigger for me to think more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and what a landmark document it is - and also how far away so many countries are from it. This second album is worth a listen but lacks the impact of the first which featured spoken extracts from the UDHR.
I’ve often finished listening to an album on Apple Music and seen interesting albums in the “You Might Also Like” section. I decided to let this feature guide my listening today. I didn’t get as many albums listened to as I’d planned due to some unplanned calls with clients, but still managed to listen to three albums all the way through.
My journey started off with Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps by Teodor Currentzis. This then led me to J. S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos by Andreas Staier, and finally to Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 7 featuring Kristian Bezuidenhout.
It would be interesting to see how far in terms of genre and style of music as you could just by following these suggestions. I’m not working tomorrow so maybe a challenge for Friday!
Listening to Iag Bari by Fanfare Ciocărlia 🎵Something a bit different than my usual listening to start the morning off with.
Listening to J.S. Bach: Spira, Spera by Emmanuel Despax 🎵This is a very welcome companion to some Friday morning bug fixing ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Thank you to the updated Apple Music new albums which brought this to my attention.
Listening to Vivaldi’s Seasons by Bolette Roed 🎵
Listening to Highway Rider by Brad Mehldau 🎵
My go to radio station is Radio 3. BBC Sounds is a fantastic service for exploring it’s archive and recent programmes. This morning I’m listening to In Tune Mixtape - Countdown to Spring with an eclectic classical music mix
Listening to Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911 by Roderick Williams 🎵
Listening to Rebirth by Sonya Yoncheva 🎵
On occasion I come across what I can only describe as a lovely surprise - and this album fits that description.
Listening to Jolas: Ventosum Vocant by Ensemble Accroche Note 🎵
Listening to Con-ri-sonanza: Works by Thomas Simaku by Joseph Houston 🎵
Listening to Vivaldi - Paganini - Tartini by Nils Mönkemeyer 🎵
Waiting for builds… Now the children are back at school my wife finally has some time for learning more about Wordpress. She has done a fantastic job improving the look and feel of her website this morning. If you have little ones and want some music based activities to do with them check out Get Kids Into Music.
Listening to Gershwin & Debussy: Two Worlds by Andrejs Osokins 🎵
Listening to a playlist for International Women’s Day - Caroline Shaw: Visionary Women on Apple Music
Listening to Handel: Concerti grossi by Iona Brown 🎵
Listening to Dear Reader (Original Video Game Soundtrack) by Michael Sweet 🎵. I’m not usually one for listening to game soundtracks (and don’t play many games either). However I’ve enjoyed this Apple Arcade game and the soundtrack is quite soothing to have on whilst doing my morning Angular.
Listening to Beethoven Transformed, Volume 2 by Boxwood & Brass 🎵
Listening to Il labirinto armonico by Ilya Gringolts 🎵
Listening to Bach: Sonatas for Violin & Keyboard Nos 3-6 by David Fray 🎵
Listening to Classically Reminded: Bach by David Rees-Williams Trio 🎵