Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Secret Music Playlists, December 6, 2009 and December 13, 2009

Hi -

Here's two more playlists to round out the month of December. The highlight was having Richard Lainhart come up from Rockland county on December 13 to play live and talk about his music. Enjoy.

Secret Music Playlist, 12/6/09

Artist Song Album

Ian Boddy & David Wright Halcyon Shifting Sands

Mister Vapor View From A Distance In The Velvet Ether
Julianna Barwick Anjos Florine
Soporus Chalk River 24,110

Northern Valentine Already Gone The Distance Brings Us Closer
Duet For Theremin And Lap Steel New Turf Toy Duet
Holosphere Lakes Of Methane Parallel Universe

Ron Boots Giants In The Derby Sky Derby! (
Tempustry Space Race Le Voyage Du Temps
Synth.NL Oceanography Oceanography

Paul Avgerinos Oceans Of Bliss Love
Loscil Union Dusk The Strathcona Variations
Richard Lainhart Endless The Beautiful Blue Sky
Richard Lainhart Walking Slowly Backwards Ten THousand Shades Of Blue

Dana Cunningham In The Bleak Midwinter Silent NIght
Al Petteway & Amy White The Holly & The Ivy Winter Tidings
Peter Janson As The Snow Moon Wanes Winter Gifts
Keola Beamer Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening The Coming Of The Snow

Art Labriola A Child Waits Silent Night
Stanton Lanier Awaken The Dawn December Peace
Cody Michaels On The Shortest Day Winter Suite
Christopher Boscole Winter's Here O Christmas Tree
Michele De Wilton Galatea Myths & Legends

Secret Music Playlist, 12/13/09

Artist Song Album

Richard Lainhart The Luminous Air Luminous Accidents
Richard Lainhart White Nights I, Mute Hummings

Richard Lainhart Nocturne 0 Five Nocturnes

Richard Lainhart The Luminous Air Live
Richard Lainhart Emerging Live

Richard Lainhart Cranes Fly West Live
Bernat/Lainhart Evening Rain Live At EM 09

Richard Lainhart Horizon Live

Rudess/Lainhart Part 7 Orion
Richard Lainhart Walking Slowly Backwards Ten Thousand Shades Of Blue
Richard Lainhart Hall Of Mirrors These Last Days

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Secret Music Playlist, December 20, 2009

Secret Music Playlist, 12/20/09

Artist Song Album

Dean Evenson & D'Rachael We Three Kings Joy To The World

Paul Sullivan First Snowfall Christmas In Maine
Tom Barabas Magic In December Magic In December
Robin Spielberg In The Heart Of Winter In The Heart Of Winter
Robin Spielberg O Chanukah, O Chanukah American Chanukah

Paul Winter Tomorrow Is My Dancing Day Solstice Live
R.Carlos Nakai & William Eaton The First Snowfall Winter Dreams
Radhika Miller Carol Of The Bells Blossoms In The Snow
Ed Gerhard In The Bleak Midwinter On A Cold Winter's Night
Therese Scroeder-Sheker Down In Yon Forest In Dulci Jubilo

Art Labriola The First Noel Silent Night
Peter Kater Silent Night The Season
Ken Elkinson The Star Of Christmas Morning Generations Of Yuletide
Liz Story Greensleeves The Gift
George Winston Peace December

David Qualey Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring A Winter's Solstice
Fred Simon Simple Psalm A Winter's Solstice II
John Gorka Christmas Bells A Winter's Solstice III
Will Ackerman Just Before Dawn A Winter's Solstice IV
Barbara Higbie The Simple Birth A Winter's Solstice V

Uncle Bonsai Silent Night The Essential Uncle Bonsai
Jonn Serrie It Came Upon A Midnight Clear Upon A Midnight Clear
Meg Bowles Solstice Chant Solstice Dreams
John Doan In The Manger Wrapped In White
Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumbel O Come All Ye Faithful Peace On Earth
Friedemann The Man From Caesaria Narada Christmas Collection

Tim Story The Earth Lay White On A Winter's Night
Loreena McKennitt Snow Celtic Christmas
Phil Cunningham & Manus Lunny Chanonry Point Celtic Christmas II
Lisa Lynne Home Celtic Christmas III
Nightnoise Whiter Than Snow Celtic Christmas IV
Nightnoise Snow Is Lightly Falling A Winter's Solstice III

Secret Music Playlist, December 27, 2009

Secret Music Playlist, 12/27/09

Artist Song Album

Jim Kirkwood Sanctuary For A Wounded Crow Morningstar Part 1

Jacaszek Rytm To Niesmiertelnosc 1 Treny
Mara's Torment Under Starlit Skies Across For Show
The Circular Ruins Nothing Has Changed Before The COors Deepened
Forrest Fang Distant Fires Phantoms

Ian Boddy Lost And Found Slide
Ron Boots Giants In The Derby Sky Derby!
Under The Dome Launch Live At HJ7

Slow Dancing Society Dream Tonight Euphony 2
Polaris Out Of Alignment Background Stories
Holosphere Distant Memory Parallel Universe

Jon Hassell Aurora Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street
Steve Roach Trancemigration Landmass
David Parsons Earthlight Earthlight

Adam Rafferty Chameleon Chameleon
Gunnar Madsen Ordinary Day Two Hands
Amy Fradon & Leslie Ritter Crystal Song The Best Of Amy & Leslie
Louis Landon Imagine Solo Piano For Peace
Kevin Keller Stillness In Absentia

Robert Rich Bestiary Live At Cowell Theater
Robert Rich Part 2 Lumin

Steven Lance 4 Never And Ever 4 Never And Ever
Richard Lainhart Lines In Sand The Beautiful Blue Sky

Secret Music Top 20 December 2009

Hi -

After going two months or so without email, I'm getting two of these out
in a week's time. Lots of lost time to make up for. And this pretty much
finishes up the year for me. Next Sunday I do my annual holiday music special, then my end of year retrospective show, and then on to 2010. How time flies. Truth is,
I'll be glad for a new year. This one has certainly been difficult. After
working for a company that I knew was in trouble, I was laid off in
October. I spent a month and a half out of work before finally finding
something new. The new year shows promise, but there are no guarantees.
Even the holiday season, which should be a wonderful time of year, is
always bittersweet for me. Personal tragedy has struck more than once at
this time of year.

Makes me wonder why I continue doing this sometimes. It's a lot of work,
and there are more important things to worry about. I suppose it's because it's
inspiring. When there's a new CD in the mail, or new album to download,
there's still something magical about it. Discovering someone new, hearing
something interesting, it's genuinely uplifting. And most of all, it's the
people I meet along the way. I didn't do a lot of interviews this year,
but they were all special. Local musician Steven Lance came by to talk and
play some new things for me, Steve Jolliffe called in and related a really
funny story about the early days of Tangerine Dream, and Richard Lainhart
performed some truly beautiful music just last Sunday. And I got to go to
Electro Music 2009, where I saw a lot of great music and met some
wonderful people. So it definitely wasn't all bad.

I guess the point of all this rambling is that old saw about how music
hath charms to soothe the savage breast. In times like these, music has been
both an inspiration and an escape from the troubles of the world. So that's why I keep doing it. If it has this effect on me, I'm hoping it affects some of my audience
the same way. I won't make a lot of promises for the new year. Right now,
I'll settle for getting through it in one piece. Though there are a few
things I'll strive for, such as staying in better touch with people,
having more live interviews/performances, and some sort of web presence. I
don't know what the future will bring. You'll just have to stay tuned and
find out. Here's my December Top 20 Playlist. Enjoy and see you next year.

WVKR-FM "Secret Music" Top 20 Playlist
December, 2009

1. Holosphere - Parallel Universe - Holosphere
2. Ron Boots - Derby! - Groove Unlimited
3. Richard Lainhart - The Beautiful Blue Sky - O Town Music
4. Tempustry - Le Voyage Du Temps - Time Voyage
5. Northern Valentine - The Distance Brings Us Closer - Silber
6. Soporus - 24,110 - Burnt Toast Vinyl
7. Loscil - The Strathcona Variations - Ghostly International
8. Ian Boddy & David Wright - Shifting Sands - AD Music
9. Art Labriola - Silent Night - Art Labriola
10. - OceanoGraphy - Groove Unlimited
11. Duet For Theremin And Lap Steel - Duet - Duet Online
12. The Tangent Project - Surface - Tangent Project
13. Mister Vapor - In The Velvet Ether - Essentha Mundi
14. Cody Michaels - Winter Suite - Cody Michaels
15. Michele de Wilton - Myths & Legends - Michele de Wilton Records
16. Stanton Lanier - December Peace - Music to Light the World
17. Paul Avgerinos - Love - Round Sky Music
18. Richard Lainhart & Hakobune - Luminous Accidents - O Town Music
19. Julianna Barwick - Florine - Barwick
20. Christopher Boscole - O Christmas Tree - Centaur Records

Secret Music Top 25 of 2009

Here's my top 25 albums of 2009, as selected by me. I welcome your comments.

WVKR-FM "Secret Music" Top 25 Albums of 2009

1. Robert Rich - Live Archive - Soundscape Productions
2. Adam Rafferty - Chameleon - Crescent Ridge Publising
3. Various Artists - Euphony 2 - WWUH Records
4. Jon Hassell - Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes in the Street - ECM Records
5. Kevin Keller - In Absentia - Kevin Keller
6. Holosphere - Parallel Universe - Holosphere
7. Jacaszek - Treny - Miasmah
8. Jim Kirkwood - Morningstar Part 1: Revelatioms - Dark Age Music
9. Forrest Fang - Phantoms - Projekt
10. Under The Dome - Live At HJ7 - Musiczeit
11. Steve Roach - Landmass - Timeroom Editions
12. Louis Landon - Solo Piano for Peace - Landon Creative, Inc
13. Polaris - Background Stories - Ricochet Dream
14. Gunnar Madsen - Two Hands - G-Spot Records
15. David Parsons - Earthlight - Celestial Harmonies
16. Ian Boddy - Slide - DiN
17. Ron Boots - Derby! - Groove Unlimited
18. Mara's Torment - Across For Show - Atmoworks
19. Amy Fradon & Leslie Ritter - The Best Of Amy & Leslie - Collective Works
20. The Circular Ruins - Before The Colors Deepened - Dataobscura
21. The Beyman Bros - Memories Of Summer As A Child - Dharma Moon
22. Steven Lance - 4 Never And Ever - Steven Lance
23. Richard Lainhart - The Beautiful Blue Sky - O Town Music
24. David Darling - Prayer for Compassion - Darling
25. Robert Davies - Geography Of Memory - Dataobscura

An Introduction

Hello there.

My name is Scott Raymond, and this is my blog. I'm a New Age/Ambient/Electronic/etc. DJ with WVKR-FM in Poughkeepsie, New York. WVKR is a 3700 watt non-commercial station broadcasting from Vassar College to the greater Hudson Valley region. My show, Secret Music, has been on for over 22 years, every Sunday from 9AM to 12 Noon EST. For more info or to listen in, check out the WVKR website at

After all these years, I'm finally getting up off my lazy ass and putting together a web presence. I'll put up playlists here, weekly, monthly and anually. I'll provide commentary when I can and perhaps even the occasional review when time permits. I find that as I get older, I have more things to say and less time to say them in. I'll do what I can, though. If you have any comments, good or bad, or any music you think I'd like, please send it to the address below. Thanks for reading!

Scott Raymond
16 Penn St.
Fishkill, NY 12524