Match of the Day

Seconds out!

One of the best moments in all of the Peanuts holiday specials is the epic battle between Snoopy and the lawn chair in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Plus, the backdrop is one of Vince Guaraldi’s best tunes as well: “Little Birdie”.

[ Song of the Week ] Peter Gabriel – “With This Love (Choir)”

from the album Passion (1989)

Peter Gabriel has made an impressive amount of quality music since leaving Genesis in the mid 1970s. My favorite album of his is one which may be his least accessible: 1989’s Passion. It is an album which also serves as the soundtrack to a film which I still have never seen. It is a fusion of Western music and traditional Middle Eastern music, with the sound weighted heavily towards the latter. Passion is a very exotic and exciting album, and one which has aged incredibly well due to the traditional nature of the music.

One of the many highlights for me is this choral piece. Mysterious and beautiful, it transports you to another time and place. Hard to imagine that it came from the same mind which wrote “Sledgehammer” only a few years earlier.

[ Song of the Week ] Steven Wilson – “Remainder the Black Dog”

from the album Grace for Drowning (2011)

The “companion” to my Song of the Week last week. Steve Hackett provides guitar on this amazing track from Steven Wilson’s second solo album. Lasse Hoile gives the song a visual element in his traditional dark and surreal style.

Who am I kidding? The video is nightmare fuel. You have been warned. 🙂

[ Song of the Week ] Steve Hackett – “Can-Utility and the Coastliners”

from the album Genesis Revisited II (2012)

One of my favorite Genesis songs, revisited by Steve Hackett forty years after its original release on the Genesis album Foxtrot, featuring vocals by Steven Wilson. In the early 2010s, the two Steves were in the same social circle for a while, and they appeared on each other’s albums. (Hackett provides guitar for Wilson’s “Remainder the Black Dog” on Grace for Drowning.)