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Trail Mix – Holly Bowling

first_imgClassically trained pianist Holly Bowling reimagines Phish on solo piano.To say that pianist Holly Bowling is a big fan of Phish is a bit of an understatement.Bowling, a classically trained pianist who began playing at the age of five, has attended over 300 Phish shows. Her passion for the music of the Vermont based masters of jam has spilled over into her latest musical project, a collection of fifteen classic Phish tunes reinterpreted for piano entitled Distillation of a Dream: The Music of Phish Reimagined for Solo Piano.Phish fans will revel in the solo piano treatment given to tunes like “Harry Hood,” “Waste,” and “Fly Famous Mockingbird.” Even more impressive, though, was the attention Bowling gave to the transcription of three live cuts, “Twist,” “The Wedge,” and a 37 minute “Tweezer” from the Lake Tahoe show in July of 2013.Yes, you read that right. Every note of a 37 minute “Tweezer,” painstakingly transcribed and played on solo piano. Never before has obsession so easily slipped into a maniacal beauty.I recently caught up with Holly Bowling to chat about that epic “Tweezer” and how I might get my wife to dig Phish a bit more.BRO – You’ve been to 300+ Phish shows. Favorite show of all time?HB – My favorite show is always the next one I’m going to! But I think my favorite show I’ve seen has to be 7/31/13, just for the Tahoe “Tweezer” alone. There are shows that are more complete, but the Tahoe “Tweezer” is the highest musical peak I’ve seen Phish attain, and that carries the show for me.BRO – I can’t get my wife to listen to 37 seconds of a Phish tune. You transcribed a 37 minute “Tweezer” for piano. Is there still time to help my wife “get” Phish on that level?HB – There’s definitely hope! I’ve heard from several people that Distillation of A Dream is a good way to get people into Phish who don’t “get it” yet. It’s sort of a hidden agenda with this record. You throw on this solo piano album around your family, your girlfriend, your coworker, whoever . . . and maybe they’re into it without realizing what they’re listening to. They ask you what it is and you tell them, “Ha! You’re listening to music by Phish right now and you like it!” Try it out on your wife and let me know how it goes.BRO – As a classically trained pianist, you are well familiar with the composers most of us know – Bach, Beethoven, Mozart. How do the guys in Phish stack up in comparison?HB – Oh, man. I can’t stack composers up against each other like that. But I will say this – as different as they are, I’ve had moments where Phish’s songwriting has taken me to the same inward place as listening to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” and I’ve felt the same blissful rush of energy and loss of self while playing Beethoven’s “Waldstein Sonata” that I am always chasing at Phish shows. So they’re both able to achieve IT, and that’s what matters, as far as I’m concerned.BRO – Put together your favorite setlist for me.HB – For me, a perfect set is less about song selection and more about where the songs go once they break away from the composed structure, but my favorite songs in a live setting are “Tweezer,” “Ghost,” “Piper,” “Sand,” and”Twist,” especially the way they have been playing it this summer!! That would be a really solid five song second set right there. If I really get to design a completely unrealistic dream setlist, though, it would start with “Soundcheck Jam” and end with a “40 Minute Anything.” Maybe I’ll throw in a triple encore with with two songs I’m still chasing – “All Things Reconsidered” and “Izabella” – and top it off with “Sanity.”BRO – Page turns up sick and the band calls you to fill in. How quickly are you on the plane?HB – That would be the happiest day of my life. I’d be out the door so fast, I might even forget to put pants on.Holly Bowling will be in Colorado and California over the next couple weeks before returning to the East Coast for shows in New York and Vermont at the end of the month. For more on when and where you can catch Holly live, please check out her website.Make sure you check out Holly’s rendition of “The Squirming Coil” featured on this month’s Trail Mix, and if you are interested in ordering a copy of Distillation Of A Dream, point your browser here.last_img read more

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Buying Gold Coast property along the beach vs in the Hinterland

first_img19 Seashell Ave, Mermaid Beach. 25-27 Forest Ridge Drive, Bonogin. STRUGGLING to decide whether you want a seachange or a treechange?Making a decision can be a daunting task given the market is flooded with stunning beachside and Hinterland properties at the moment.But comparing the pros and cons of both will take the panic out of making one of the biggest purchases of your life.To make life even easier, we’ve already done some of the hard work for you. 1. Burleigh Waters and Currumbin Valley 29801/2 Ephraim Island, Paradise Point. A luxury island penthouse or acreage estate with Federation-style house and its own chapel?The Ephraim Island and Maudsland properties have very similar prices at $2.39 million and $2.25 million respectively so that won’t be a deal breaker.They also both have wrap around balconies but while the penthouse overlooks the water, the Queenslander is surrounded by greenery.The 8th-level penthouse has all the luxury features expected of a prestige property, including floor-to-ceiling windows and marble featured throughout.The Maudsland home has been modernised but has retained its character features, including fireplaces and detailed woodwork.It also offers dual living as the chapel has been converted into a two-bedroom loft. 3. Ephraim Island and Maudsland 77 Holyrood Rd, Maudsland. 25-27 Forest Ridge Drive, Bonogin. MORE: Fisherman’s hut going under the hammer 2. Mermaid Beach and Bonogin House hunters will be paying for the location of this Mermaid Beach house, which is metres from the ocean.The two-storey three-bedroom house on a 308sq m block close to Hedges Ave, also known as ‘Millionaire’s Row’, is listed with an asking price of $2.475 million.Yet at Bonogin, prospective buyers could snap up a modern mansion on an elevated 4827sq m block for $200,000 less.The five-bedroom house is much further from the beach but it is surrounded by bushland and has sweeping views of the Gold Coast.center_img 81 Burleigh St, Burleigh Waters. 81 Burleigh St, Burleigh Waters. COMPARE THE PAIR 29801/2 Ephraim Island, Paradise Point. For the same price of a house on a 635sqm block at Burleigh Waters, you could buy an acreage estate at Currumbin Valley.Both are modern properties with five bedrooms, have a listing price just over $1.6 million and are close to a lake or creek, but that is the extent of their similarities.The Burleigh Waters house is streets from the beach as well as popular cafes and restaurants while the Currumbin Valley property is more secluded and private.The Hinterland estate also has much more space, including paddocks for horses.The beachside house has limited yard space but it is across the road form a park. 9A Bourke Lodge Drive, Currumbin Valley. 19 Seashell Ave, Mermaid Beach. Would you rather live in a beachside of Hinterland property? 9A Bourke Lodge Drive, Currumbin Valley.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE: Apartment sales at two-year high 77 Holyrood Rd, Maudsland.last_img read more

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Dembele – The best is yet to come

first_imgMousa Dembele believes the best is yet to come at Tottenham, even suggesting they are capable of challenging for the title in the coming years. The halcyon days of Champions League football under Harry Redknapp have become an increasingly distant memory in recent years, with big-name arrivals unable to secure Spurs’ place back at the top table. Things are looking up once again at White Hart Lane, though, with a trip to Wembley for the Capital One Cup on the horizon, as well as a realistic chance of finishing in the top four. “Of course it is a big compliment and I think everybody in this team wants to be at the top of their game. “Me as well, but I am not thinking about other things. “Every day I focus on being as sharp as possible and with this manager as well, training is different than we’re used to. It’s much harder. “I think it is a good thing for us and I think it is easier to develop then to become a better player. “I know I can do better. I think we played well today but I think even the team can do better because we know we have a lot of talent, a lot of experience. We have everything here.” Dembele certainly appears to be enjoying himself at Spurs right now, impressing in the role of number 10 behind the “unbelievable” Kane. He praised head coach Mauricio Pochettino for bringing a “positive energy” to the camp, while saying the squad depth at his disposal keeps everyone on their toes. Dembele appears to now be embracing the challenge brought by the abundance of quality in the Spurs squad, having not so long ago suggested he was struggling to cope with his lack of game time. “It was not frustrating,” he said. “It is just never fun as everyone wants to play, but you can see the manager rotates a lot because we have a very good squad, a big squad. “At the moment, we are playing well as a team so I think it is something nice for everyone. “It is a different thing if you don’t play and you’re used to playing. “Now, I know how it is like this as well and the manager gave me a chance and I will do everything to continue like this. “It is easy as well with a team like this, playing incredibly well, but, yeah, I think everybody has to fight and everybody gets a chance in this team.” Key to that have been standout performances from the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris, as well as the fact Spurs appear to finally have ridden themselves of their inability to compete against the Barclays Premier League’s best. Tuesday’s trip to Liverpool will be another test of that after a north London derby win Dembele described as the “total package” – a defeat of Arsenal, he suggests, is the tip of the iceberg. Asked if this Spurs team, should they be kept together, are capable of challenging for the title in the coming years, the Belgian said: “Yeah, you see as well how the club works now, the feeling that they want to keep a lot of players here. “They extended the contract as well, so it is a very positive thing because the players that you saw now that have extended their contract are very good players, young players as well, who in the future will make massive progression. “It is a very good thing for everyone. Everybody knows if the team is together for a long time, it gets easier and easier.” Things are certainly looking up for Spurs and, on a personal level, Dembele, who has recently shown flashes of his undoubted potential. His inability to produce that on a more regular basis frustrated former Spurs coach Les Ferdinand, who believes the Belgium midfielder could be good enough to follow Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. “As a player, I don’t think about that,” Dembele said, when those comments were put to him. Press Associationlast_img read more