Jethro Tull Benefit – 45 Years Ago Today!

My favorite album by Jethro Tull was released on this day 45 years ago (US Version). 

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Jethro Tull – Benefit – April 20, 1970

Ian Anderson (Vocals, Guitar, Flute, Keyboards)

Glenn Cornick (Bass, Organ)

Clive Bunker (Drums)

Martin Barre (Guitar)

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Additional Personnel:

David Palmer (Orchestral Arrangements)

John Evan (Piano, Organ)

Robin Black – Engineer

Terry Ellis – Cover Design, Executive Producer

Ruan O’Lochlainn – Cover Design, Photography

Ticket To Write – The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism

I recall the time when I was first seduced by rock music journalism. I soon became a voracious reader of publications like Rolling Stone, Creem and the East Village Other. Rock music writing influenced my record buying habits, concert attendance and what I listened to on the progressive FM radio dial.

Rock journalists such as Lester Bangs, Ed Ward, Cameron Crowe, and Greil Marcus expanded my consciousness. They added to the depth of my cultural understanding of rock and roll.

The documentary, Ticket To Write covers the fifteen year period from 1966 starting with Crawdaddy up until the MTV video age in 1981. Many of my favorite music journalists are interviewed, discussed and portrayed in this film.

I have been writing about music since 1973 and these authors are my true heroes. Rolling Stone Magazine is still with us, many of the 60-70’s music magazines are not. Today we live in an age where digital music companies like TIDAL HiFi and Apple Music curate music with notable authors. Greil Marcus and Robert Christgau continue to extend music journalism in electronic and book published form.

I’m thankful that Edward Turner (Producer) and Raul Sandelin (Director) followed their passion to create such a necessary documentary. Plan to read more about the film and the people bringing it to the screen, Road Ahead Productions in future blog posts.

Rickie Lee Jones – The Other Side of Desire

I have enjoyed Rickie Lee Jones updates as a Pledge Music crowd fund supporter. She is doing an superb job of keeping us informed about her forthcoming album, The Other Side of Desire.

I was acknowledged today of the first trailer for her new album which releases on June 23rd, 2015. The album was recorded in Rickie Lee Jones hometown of New Orleans.

I can only imagine the emotional rollercoaster it has been for Rickie Lee Jones as she fights to perpetuate her art in this digital music age. This is particularly clear when the video juxtaposes her first hit single, “Chuck E.’s In Love” with her present life. I respect her anger with a music industry that attempts to limit her role as a vital American musician.

Thank God we can elevate her by funding this valuable recording project. I hope you will share in my enthusiasm for Rickie Lee Jones compositions. Her contributions as a singer/songwriter merit our respect and admiration.

I noticed that Rickie Lee Jones will be touring in support of The Other Side of Desire. She is slated to perform at Infinity Hall in Hartford, Connecticut on August 27th, 2015. We have not been to the new Infinity Hartford yet. This looks like the event that will get us there.

M Train – Patti Smith

I just know this will be my favorite book this year. Patti Smith’s M Train is due to be released on October 6th by Knopf.

The photo on the book’s jacket is a sacred memento for Patti Smith: It shows her at Cafe ‘Ino in Greenwich Village, where M Train begins, and where Smith went every morning for a breakfast of black coffee and brown bread. On the last day before Cafe ‘Ino closed, a passing photographer took the picture. Smith calls it “the first and last picture at my corner table in Ino… My portal to where.”

Soon I can have that cup of coffee with Patti in the Village I have dreamed about…

((Photograph: Claire Alexandra Hatfield/ Jacket design: Carol Devine Carson))

 

My Son’s T-Shirt Art

I have rarely written about my son’s art on this blog. He majored in graphics design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His first job after high school was working as a silkscreen artist for a T-Shirt company.

I love his design sensibilities. I want to help him promote a T-Shirt design he is featuring for sale on Cotton Bureau, Psychadelic Sunset.  He writes, “The shapes we see in the clouds are a side effect of happiness. What do you see?”

You can see more of the T-Shirt colors here. He is selling them for a nominal price and has 4 more days to sell 4 shirts. He needs to sell 12 to get his print run printed. He’s 2/3rds of the way there.

I appreciate you taking the time to look at my son’s T-Shirt art.

Proud Father

 

On The Radio! #IRespectMusic

Always happy to lend a helping hand! #IRespectMusic

Dear Friends,

I’m reaching out to you today because you’ve done something historic.

If you’re receiving this, it’s because at some point over the last year you decided to take action and speak up by signing the #IRespectMusic petition to Congress. Today, that action––your action––has helped make American history.

Moments ago, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) courageously introduced the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015: a bi-partisan piece of legislation that would––for the first time––guarantee that American artists and musicians must be paid when their work is played on the radio.

As you know, the United States is the only democratic country in the world where artists don’t get paid for AM/FM radio airplay. The short list of countries that currently share this policy includes: Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Rwanda.

Now, after nearly a century, our nation’s position on this issue is about to change. Because of you.

Because we music makers and music lovers have taken action, together. Because we’ve spoken up, together. Because we’ve stood together, our leaders have listened. Congress is stepping forward and doing what’s right for our nation. They’re doing what’s right for music. They’re doing what we’ve asked for.

In decades past, powerful forces have stood in the way of progress for music makers. Today, we’ve proved that we have something those forces will never have. We have something worth fighting for.

Music is one of the things America still makes that the world still wants. The people who make that music should be paid for their work.

If you feel victorious today, it’s because you are.

If you feel as if you made history today, it’s because you did.

Yours in music,

Blake Morgan
Artist

The Evolution of Antonio Sanchez

Antonio Sanchez drummer and composer has evolved superbly from sideman to leader. I am proud of his achievement and recognition. I have been a fan of Antonio Sanchez percussive style ever since I saw him drum live with The Pat Metheny Group on the Speaking of Now tour in 2002. He left a lasting impression on me the two times I have seen him perform with Pat Metheny.

Image Copyright Bob Wyllie Photography, 2015

I witnessed the movie Birdman last night. I was swept along again by Antonio Sanchez’s drum compositions. His sharp accent helped to transfix my attention to Michael Keaton’s dilemma.

Perhaps that was Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s intent. In any case it totally worked. I hope you get to experience the film and its incredible soundtrack. Be prepared for an exhilarating flight.

Antonio Sanchez and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Photo courtesy of Antonio Sanchez

ArtistShare Is Widening Its Brand with Fan Funded

I am a very active patron of the arts. I supported ArtistShare before I participated on Kickstarter, Pledge Music and Indiegogo. My fan funding experience started with Maria Schneider’s Sky Blue project in 2007. I continue to support Maria Schneider’s compositions to this day.

Eight years since I discovered ArtistShare fan funding, crowd funding has firmly established itself as the preferred model for financing projects.

 

It’s great to see artistShare increasing its brand. ArtistShare® – First in Fan Funding ®, Powered by Fan Funded ®. I registered with Fan Funded to learn more about the revised strategy.

I will follow up with more details my attentive readers when Fan Funded updates everyone.

Nels Cline & Julian Lage – room

I have been looking further into the music of Nels Cline. I discovered on TIDAL HiFi today the debut duo Nels Cline & Julian Lage album, “room”.  It is delightful.

I also learned albeit too late that Nels Cline and Julian Lage are playing close by at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT. The 8 and 10 pm shows are sold out. I added my name to the wait list in the hopes a couple of seats become available. Firehouse 12 is a lovely venue, intimate with great acoustics. We have seen the Bill Frisell Trio and Anthony Braxton Septet perform there in past years.