I love a beautifully sung duet, a musical composition for two performers. The sweet harmony of voices joined in unison, trading off song verses which enchants the music of our heart.
Willie Nelson recently released To All the Girls… a series of duets recorded by Nelson with prominent female country singers. The performers featured on the eighteen tracks of the album are Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Carrie Underwood,The Secret Sisters, Roseanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Wynonna Judd, Alison Krauss, Melonie Cannon, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones, Shelby Lynne, Emmylou Harris, Lily Meola, Brandi Carlile, Tina Rose; and his daughter, Paula Nelson.
Congratulations Willie Nelson. According to Billboard Magazine he has extended his record for the most top 10s in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, as the duets “To All the Girls…” entered at No. 2, He also claims his best Nielsen SoundScan week and highest rank on the tally in 24 years, as the set starts with 43,000 sold. Willie Nelson has secured 46 Top 10 Country albums an amazing achievement for the 80-year-old Red Headed Stranger :)
Willie Nelson ‘To All the Girls…’ Track Listing:
1. ‘From Here to the Moon and Back’ feat. Dolly Parton
2. ‘She Was No Good for Me’ feat. Miranda Lambert
3. ‘It Won’t Be Very Long’ feat. The Secret Sisters
4. ‘Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends’ feat. Rosanne Cash
5. ‘Far Away Places’ feat. Sheryl Crow
6. ‘Bloody Mary Morning’ feat. Wynonna Judd
7. ‘Always on My Mind’ feat. Carrie Underwood
8. ‘Somewhere Between’ feat. Loretta Lynn
9. ‘No Mas Amor’ feat. Alison Krauss
10. ‘Back to Earth’ feat. Melonie Cannon
11. ‘Grandma’s Hands’ feat. Mavis Staples
12. ‘Walkin” feat. Norah Jones
13. ‘Till the End of the World’ feat. Shelby Lynne
14. ‘Will You Remember Mine’ feat. Lily Meola
15. ‘Dry Lightning’ feat. Emmylou Harris
16. ‘Making Believe’ feat. Brandi Carlile
17. ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain’ feat. Paula Nelson
18. ‘After the Fire Is Gone’ feat. Tina Rose
We absolutely love David Bowie. We especially enjoy David Bowie the actor.
We had the rare opportunity to see David Bowie in the title role in the Broadway theater production The Elephant Man in 1980. It was an amazing performance to witness as David Bowie wore no special makeup. He contorted his body to resemble the Elephant Man. Bowie was so adept at this technique that you believed right from the first scene that’s who he resembled.
“London Hospital of 1886–a doctor ponders Merrick’s appalling case. As the slide show proceeds, a small scrim is swept aside, and there, wearing nothing but a rough cloth diaper, all wax-white skin and elegant bone, arms and legs extended as though tacked to a zodiac, stands David Bowie. Wordless and unmoving, he is nevertheless an electric presence. As the doctor details the particulars of Merrick’s affliction–an incurable infestation of bone, skin and nerve tumors known as multiple neurofibromatosis—Bowie’s sleek frame starts to sag and wither. His arm stiffens, his leg droops and curls, his spine crooks outward, and his head begins to bobble benignly. Provided with a cane and a tattered cloak, the character is complete, and as Bowie hobbles off downstage, every eye in the house stays on him.
Now, in 2013, David Bowie has released his second music video from The Next Day, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”. I have to say its engaging to watch and hear as David Bowie possesses a captivating screen presence.
Witness for yourself, if you haven’t seen it yet that is ;)
I was informed today about the forthcoming Brian Eno solo album, Lux, which drops in North America on November 12, 2012. Information is scant now but this is what his record label shared in the latest Brian Eno mailing. I love his genius ability and the stimulation he generates as a visionary artist. I hope to write more about Lux as information comes to light.
LUX is Brian Eno’s first solo album on Warp Records and his first solo album since 2005’s Another Day On Earth. Eno sees it as a continuation of his ‘Music for Thinking’ project that includes Discreet Music (1975) and Neroli (1993).
LUX is one of Eno’s most ambitious works to date; it is a 75-minute composition in twelve sections that evolved from a work now housed in the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy. The album is Eno’s third for Warp, following two collaborative albums Small Craft on a Milk Sea (with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams) and Drums Between The Bells (with Rick Holland).
I am a fan of Hunter S. Thompson‘s gonzo journalism. The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved by Hunter S. Thompson’s first appeared in Scanlan’s Monthly in June, 1970. It is considered by many to be Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism début (but one could argue that The Rum Diary (1961), which thankfully Johnny Depp resurrected for us on the screen was the origin of Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism).
The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved brought us the first collaboration of Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman, solidifying the foundation between the gonzo journalist and the crazed illustrations that forever captured our visual imaginations.
I came across a recent audio work project, The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved produced by Hal Willner, featuring the talents of Bill Frisell, Tim Robbins, Dr. John, singer Annie Ross and Ralph Steadman. This was due to a splendid article by Geoffrey Himes about Bill Frisell, Fear and Composing in the August issue of JazzTimes.
Bill Frisell is a brilliant creative/artistic musician who is always working on multiple project initiatives. He composed a well-articulated soundtrack for the backdrop of this inventive work. He draws us in with his sonic leanings keeping us ever focused on the unfolding narrative.
Tim Robbins performs a very skilful reading as Hunter S. Thompson. He has Hunter’s voice, intonation and controlled zaniness down pat.
Set aside some quality time and give The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved a listen on Spotify.
Various Artists – The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent And Depraved
- Johnny Depp and The Rum Diary (continuumliterarystudies.typepad.com)
I saw this television advertisement this morning for Frank Sinatra’s, Best of the Best on Capitol Records.
How cool is this, 23 songs for $9.99! The best of his Capitol and Reprise catalogues. All on one CD!
It’s the best of the best no-brainer ever.
There is also a 2 CD deluxe edition, featuring the 23 classic songs and a 1957 live Seattle concert. I want both products ;)