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Album: Yule Love It! – Songs of the Winter Château Book III…


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Date: November 20, 2017

Yule Love It!: Songs of the Winter Château Book III [48:35]

01) The Night Before Christmas


02) Hark The Herald Angels Sing


03) We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing


04) Angels from the Realms of Glory


05) Angels We Have Heard on High


06) Joy to the World


07) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


08) Once in Royal David’s City


09) Gather Around The Tree


10) Light The Advent Candle


11) Oh Come Oh Come Immanuel


12) One Bright Star


13) It Came Upon a Midnight Clear


14) Toyland


15) Boars Head Carol


16) Exidus


17) Come Little Children


18) In the Bleak Mid Winter


19) Star of Christmas Morning


20) How Quietly


21) Candlelight Carol


22) Lo How Rose E’er Blooming


23) The First Noel


24) A Child A King


25) Oh Come All Ye Faithful


26) Alleluia Acclamation Christmas


27) Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella


I’m releasing this one a little bit early…but late November isn’t “too early”…

I still have to get the video exhibition put together for this one, at the time of this writing…I’m confident I’ll have it done by early December.

I should point out…this album was actually started just shortly after completion of “Yule in Strings”…But it got shelved for a long, long time…And I had a collection of tracks I wasn’t entirely pleased with…I pruned a few of those away, and probably should have taken at least one other out…but…I’m pleased with what is here.

I was beginning to wonder if I’d have this completed by Yule time…I’m happy to put out another alternative version [a la “Yule in Strings”] of this series…but, I’d been promising the third installment for at least a year now…so, I needed to get this done.

Unfortunately, as happens sometimes when a project gets shelved…sometimes you forget what you was doing, and you wander off the path a bit…and there are two different styles of track on this album…Several are of a more typical acoustic piano…and all the rest are “Baby Grand”…and the difference is obvious…I wanted to keep these albums as uniform as possible…Guess I didn’t.

I trust this will hinder no ones enjoyment of the album.

As to this series of albums…I set out to make a trilogy, and this is the third…

…Of course, there’s lots to do with alternate versions of the music already covered…I expect a second “Yule in Strings” at some point…and an orchestral album…plus a church organ album…If I can come up with something I find release worthy…I may even play around with the choir synthesizer…and I’ve got a few nice tracks with the Celtic harp…a few other synthesizers I’ve never even tried, are just waiting for me…

…I’ve got some stragglers, however…I don’t think I’m going to release most of the tracks I’ve pulled [over not liking how they turned out]…but I’ve still got some material I haven’t even loaded up yet, to see what I can do with it…There’s still a bit of fertile ground to dance upon…

…Which means there might be a small “encore” album, in the future…I make no promises…

…except that I’ll rummage through what I already have on hand, and see how many albums I can make of them…They’ll likely be small…like, ten or so tracks…But I’ll be releasing things, well into the future…

…And I’ll get back to my regular albums, too.

– Steve

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Album: Songs of the Winter Château: Yule in Strings – The Mt. Gillis Bard Does Yule…


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Date: November 20, 2016

Songs of the Winter Château: Yule in Strings – The Mt. Gillis Bard Does Yule [51:22]

01) Sing We Noel [Spanish Guitar]


02) The Huron Carol [acoustic guitar]


03) Sweet Chiming Bells [acoustic guitar]


04) Sussex Carol [guitar]


05) Stay With Us [acoustic guitar]


06) I Saw Three Ships [Spanish Guitar]


07) The Snow Lay On The Ground [spanish guitar]


08) Pat a Pan [guitar]


09) Jingle Bells [acoustic guitar]


10) The Christmas Song [acoustic guitar]


11) I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day [Spanish Guitar]


12) Deck the Halls [acoustic guitar]


13) Here Comes Santa Clause [acoustic guitar]


14) White Christmas [acoustic guitar]


15) Carol of the Birds [guitar]


16) Veni Veni [acoustic guitar]


17) Still Still Still [guitar]


18) Wesford Carol [acoustic guitar]


19) Rockin Around The Christmas Tree [spanish guitar]


20) The Coventry Carol [acoustic guitar]


21) Oh Christmas Tree [acoustig guitar]


22) There’s A Song In The Air [Spanish Guitar]


23) The Friendly Beasts [Spanish Guitar]


24) Let It Snow [acoustic guitar]


25) O Sanctissima [acoustic guitar]


26) See Amid The Winters Snow [acoustic guitar]


27) Christmas Canon [acoustic guitar]


I honestly wanted this to be the fourth album [and potentially divided into two or three albums], but “Songs of the Winter Château: Book III” remains in it’s infancy…and I had all these alternate guitar tracks on hand.

At this late in the game, I’m not going to be able to crank out an entirely new holiday album.

It’s been a hard year…I’ll try to get back to work on Book III, and release it in 2017…Potentially, I may aim for a shorter album…and maybe you’ll get a Book IV and Book V because of this. Book III is, essentially, supposed to be the final piano holiday album.

On the whole, Yule in Strings is a nice album…Maybe I should have pruned a few tracks away…but, there’s nothing here that is especially hard to listen to.

Happy Holidays!

Steve Diamond

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Album: Live for Love…


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Date: September 09, 2016

Live for Love [24:07]

01) Hazy Shade of Winter [spanish guitar]


02) Andys Song [strings]


03) Beth


04) Cheers [acoustic guitar]


05) Concealer


06) Babe [Brass]


07) Athair (acoustic guitar)


Album twelve…and a pretty good collection.

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Christina Hoff Sommers and Camille Paglia on the state of contemporary feminism…


Date: June 24, 2016

01) Christina Hoff Sommers and Camille Paglia on the state of contemporary feminism

“AEI resident scholar and Factual Feminist Christina Hoff Sommers interviews Camille Paglia, professor at the University of the Arts, on the state of contemporary feminism and how it has evolved over the last three decades.”


Part 1 – The state of contemporary feminism:


Part 2 – The fight for student liberties:


Part 3 – Intersectional feminism and safe spaces:


Part 4 – Based Mom and Based Goddess on #Gamergate:


Part 5 – Trigger warnings and the danger of overprotecting students:


Part 6 – The “male gaze”:


Part 7 – Fixing a broken university curriculum:

Album: Just That Way…


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Date: February 24, 2016

Just That Way [24:25]

01) In The Still Of The Night (Piano-Concert-Hall)


02) Heart of Gold (Acoustic Guitar)


03) Dust in the Wind [acoustic guitar]


04) Bard [acoustic piano]


05) Athair (acoustic piano)


06) Forgotten [piano]


07) Andys Song [acoustic piano concert hall]


Just That Way is officially album number eleven, in my normal series. It was supposed to be released in 2015…but it got sidelined, by my finishing up work on Songs of the Winter Chateau: Book II. So, now it is the first release of 2016…and a fine release it is.

The style, quality and flow of this album puts it in the realm with Faces of Time, A Personal Affair and Into the Night…Which makes it a return to my favorite style of album…It’s more personal.

There is a little bit of repeat, in terms of songs…but, not to much. This is mostly new content…and all have never before been released, in the form they appear here…brand new track releases.

I’m going to forgo my usual commentary…because even though some of these tracks are a walk down memory lane…I’m going to be moving away, from making these album posts have a lot of commentary.

I like this album…It is a worthy addition to my catalogue. I hope you enjoy it.

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Daniel Dennett on Tools To Transform Our Thinking…


Date: January 08, 2016

01) Daniel Dennett on Tools To Transform Our Thinking


“Filmed at the Royal Geographical Society on 22nd May 2013.

Daniel Dennett is one of the world’s most original and provocative thinkers. A philosopher and cognitive scientist, he is known as one of the ‘Four Horseman of New Atheism’ along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens.

On May 22nd he came to Intelligence Squared to share the insights he has acquired over his 40-year career into the nature of how we think, decide and act. Dennett revealed his favourite thinking tools, or ‘intuition pumps’, that he and others have developed for addressing life’s most fundamental questions. As well as taking a fresh look at familiar moves — Occam’s Razor, reductio ad absurdum — he discussed new cognitive solutions designed for the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, consciousness and free will.

By acquiring these tools and learning to use them wisely, we can all aspire to better understand the world around us and our place in it.”


Carl Sagan – The Demon Haunted World (FULL)…


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Date: December 29, 2015

01) Carl Sagan – The Demon Haunted World (FULL)


“Carl Sagan muses on the current state of scientific thought, which offers him marvellous opportunities to entertain us with his own childhood experiences, the newspaper morgues, UFO stories and the assorted flotsam and jetsam of pseudo-science. Along the way he debunks alien abduction, faith-healing and channelling, refutes the arguments that science destroys spirituality, and provides a “baloney detection kit” for thinking through political, social, religious and other issues.”

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Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Arthur C. Clarke – God, The Universe and Everything Else (1988)…


Date: December 28, 2015

01) Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Arthur C. Clarke – God, The Universe and Everything Else (1988)


“Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan (via satellite) discuss the Big Bang theory, God, our existence as well as the possibility of extraterrestrial life.”

Old show…but good stuff.