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Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 19, 2015
I have a confession to make; near the end of nearly every RMAF, some piece of music played on some system in some room chokes me up to the point of having to hold back tears. I would suggest my reaction has to do with everything including the music and its sound. Three year's ago, it was the "Violin Sonata in G Minor" composed by Claude Debussy as performed by David Abel, violin, and Julie Steinberg, piano, from a DSD transfer in the Wilson/VTL room (see details).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 27, 2017
Yes, I freely admit to loving Christmas music. Come Thanksgiving it's pretty much all I play until after New Year's Day. To sustain myself that long, I've had to collect a wide variety beyond the usual fare that gets played on the radio. For this list I've omitted the chestnuts everyone knows; no Vince Guaraldi "A Charlie Brown Christmas", no Nat King Cole or Bing Crosby, although I love all that stuff too. I have about 2500 Christmas tracks, mostly ripped from CDs, and I could easily include many of them here. But these are the some of the ones I turn to first when the season comes.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 06, 2017
Hey, did you like what I did there? What a clever word play if I do say so myself!!! ;-)

In this second selection, I feel I can only start with a confession… And here goes… Whew!! It's tougher than I thought. OK. This time… I love watching Pitch Perfect.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 27, 2017
It was quite a mix of good LP recordings from both boys. They told me they put some good thought into their music selection. In no particular order here is my latest batch of Lovely Recordings to plug into and download for yourselves.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 12, 2018
Picking which albums to recommend was too difficult, so I made it easier for myself by thinking in terms of categories. I love electric guitar, so I started there, and then considered recommendable albums that also might be less well known.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 30, 2017
The first user-submitted Lovely Recordings post arrived on October 26, 2015. Since then, there have been 101 Lovely Recordings, or more simply put, music shared among kindred spirits. Isn't that. . . lovely?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 22, 2016
Beginning in the late 1960s and 1970s a wave of new traditional music spread over the world. Spurred in part by The Band, musicians that were originally more rock oriented embraced trad and trad musicians played with a different kind of drive. This was not fusion -- the point was not to fuse different elements but rather to use the drive of rock (or another radical reorientation – see Kirk and Dilla below) to get back to the essence of traditional forms and to make them forceful for audiences who thought of the music as old fashioned. Here are a few of my favorites, as well as a few others that I think fit into this mold even if the musicians would never admit it! I’ve definitely expanded the category a bit, but they are all lovely recordings.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 27, 2016
I listen to a lot of different genres of music. Jazz, jazz fusion, blues, rock, American, folk, and bluegrass fill up my music collection. Some of my favorite music, however, is music that doesn’t fit any category. Three of my favorite albums are older albums by genre busting musicians that play with other genre busting musicians.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 13, 2017
I enjoy all style of music and here are some of my favorite ones from various styles; rap, pop, death metal, and jazzy new stuff. Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 11, 2016
I've learned a lot reading this column, and share these records in the hope they might worm their way into some readers' minds and playlists, as they've wormed their way into mine.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 10, 2017
Let me start by saying that I absolutely love Bandcamp. The convenience and sheer variety of music available is mind boggling. All of the Lovely Music choices featured here are from Bandcamp. 99% of the time the music posted on Bandcamp lets you stream complete albums, so you get to hear exactly what you're buying. You are able to select the format that you are downloading in. I download in FLAC and in general the sound is excellent and often is in 24 bit. Having a 3 Terabyte USB hard drive has allowed for a lot of downloading and experimenting with music that is free to download or "Name Your Price" from Bandcamp. Another bonus is that you can click on fans or supporters of the artist and see their music libraries to get ideas of similar music and genres.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 12, 2016
One of the things that I enjoy about Audiostream is that the focus is on music that is more challenging than the usual fare for audiophile magazines/websites. In that spirit I have compiled a list of recent downloads with a focus on synthesizer, electronics and space.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 24, 2017
This time around I have assembled a list of audiophile quality jazz from around the world.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 12, 2016
I’ve appreciated reading Mr. Lavorgna’s writings on all topics since stumbling onto his website “Twittering Machines” years ago while searching for more information about PJ Harvey (listen) or maybe it was Don Cherry’s album Art Deco (listen). I’ve really appreciated Audiostream and the Lovely Recording submissions and, wanting to help out, have struggled with the below off and on since Mr. Lavorgna first made a request for submissions.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 27, 2017
The process of exploring music is, for me, inextricably related to the passage of time. Like many, I cant help but relate what was occurring in various stages of my life to the music I was listening to at the time. So, I decided to do my bit here from that viewpoint. Some records here are very high profile, chestnuts even, some not so much. Most importantly, all trigger indelible memories.

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