Monday, September 15, 2014

RIP Laura Nyro

I see I have not posted since November, 2013. I stopped posting because it was taking too long to load the site (too many YouTube videos embedded) and I knew that I was probably crashing a lot of computers.

But with the passing of Laura Nyro, I have to post at least one of her songs.

By Laura:

Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Diana Ross

"Ain't No Mountain High" was one of a handful of songs that were part of my coming-of-age years.

Wedding Bell Blues, Laura Nyro

Friday, November 1, 2013

If You Close The Door, The Night Could Last Forever ....

After Hours, Mo Tucker, Velvet Underground

Velvet Underground

Until listening to a long NPR interview / story on "Velvet Underground" following the death of Lou Reed, I did not know much about that phenomenon.

When I got home, I immediately went to YouTube and looked up "Velvet Underground." And the first video I see is "Velvet Underground - Self-Titled (1969) Full Album."

Velvet Underground, Self-Titled (1969)

Regular readers know that I feel strongly that the best music of the modern era was from 1969, from the six months preceding, to the six months following that year.

From wikipedia:
Although experiencing little commercial success while together, the band is often cited by many critics as one of the most important and influential groups of the 1960s. In a 1982 interview Brian Eno made the often repeated statement that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stray Cats

Bring It Back Again, Stray Cats

Instruction, Slim Jim Phantom, Drummer for the Stray Cats

Summertime Blues, Stray Cats

Monday, December 17, 2012

The End of Understanding -- Willie Nelson

I find it interesting just how many great songs Willie Nelson had; he really was incredible.

The End of Understanding, Willie Nelson

I have never been "hurt" by the loves of my life. They have all been wonderful. If anything, I have hurt them.

Monday, September 17, 2012

France Gall

France Gall

France Gall

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell

Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell

Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell

Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell

Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Another Example: 1969 Best Year Ever For Music

I've opined that 1969 was the best year ever for music. I keep finding clips to justify my opinion.

Then this one.

One night in January, 1969, the following folks were at Johnny Cash's home while Bob Dylan was there working on an album (National Skyline): Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Kris, Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein)

That night, Johnny Cash says, the following songs were sung for the first time:
  • Lay Lady Lay
  • Both Sides Now
  • Me and Bobby McGee
  • A Boy Named Sue
  • Marrakesh Express
For those interested:

Johnny Cash, David Letterman Show

The song:

Here Comes That Rainbow Again, Johnny Cash

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Highway 61 Revisited

How I got from Marie Leforet's "Viens, Viens" to Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" covered by Karen O and the Million Dollar Bashers is anybody's guess. But here it is:

Highway 61 Revisited, Million Dollar Basher
Critics have written that Dylan's ability to combine driving, complex, blues-based rock music with the power of poetry made Highway 61 Revisited one of the most influential albums ever recorded. -- Wiki

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Viens, Viens, Marie Leforte

I can't recall the language requirements any more, but suffice it to say I took one or two years (I forget) of Latin in middle school and two years of German in high school. In college I took two years of German. I signed up for and started first year French after the second year of German. Both Latin and German "made sense." Latin was a "dead language" so we didn't have to learn to speak it; that knocked off about half the challenge, for me. German was easy in that one pronounced words pretty much like they appeared. But, wow, French. It seemed like half the letters weren't pronounced. I never got it. On top of that my instructor was a mousy little Frenchman with a speech impediment. French was his native language but teaching was not his forte. I dropped out before three weeks was up to prevent from getting an incomplete (or worse) if I dropped out later.

And that is what led me to post this little note and embed this video. Had Marie Laforet been my French instructor I might be fluent in French today. Or not. Her enthusiasm would have been contagious. And no speech impediment.

Viens, Viens, Marie Laforet