While conducting research for a book I am writing I discovered a subject matter authority in music cognition to share with my readers. The book, On Repeat, How Music Plays the Mind by Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis from Oxford University Press is a principle work that defines the psychology of repetition in music. (a.k.a. earworm)
Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Ph.D. is conducting definitive research in the cognitive science of music. She is Professor and Director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas.
In addition, Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis is a contributor to Psychology Today where she authors the blog, Looking At Listening, Music and the Mind.
Her insights into the ways our senses formulate music interpretation provides greater substantiation of our “sonic” psyche. I look forward to the next level of scientific and psychological revelations from Doctor Margulis’s research studies.
English: Glenn Cornick, bass player of Jethro Tull. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I awoke this morning to have the Mrs. tell me that Glenn Cornick
, the original bass guitarist for Jethro Tull
passed away yesterday. Glenn Cornick is the first member of the original Jethro Tull to join the Great Beyond. Sigh. Death comes to us all.
I reflect on what Glenn Cornick and the early Jethro Tull band means to me. The beautiful aspect of musicians we admire is that we can continue to stay connected with them through their recorded music.
From Glenn Cornick’s Bio on the Official Jethro Tull Website:
“This Was”, “Stand Up” and “Benefit” were to feature the personable and idiosyncratic style of Glenn Cornick during the next three years in which he played his important role in the early years of Tull.
Ever the party animal, Glenn grew apart from the other band members during 1970. This was a reflection, not of Glenn’s social waywardness, but of the reclusive and insular nature of the other guys’ rather private and atypical lifestyles.
Glenn was “invited to leave” by manager Terry Ellis but given due encouragement to form his own Chrysalis Records signed band “Wild Turkey” which enjoyed some success with records
Cover of This Wasand tours supporting Jethro Tull.
I am listening to Jethro Tull’s This Was recollecting fond memories of watching Glenn Cornick play bass live with Jethro Tull in 1969 at The Fillmore East on the Stand Up tour. I saw him once more at The Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY April, 1970 on the Benefit tour.
Glenn Cornick was a very animated bass player. He had long black hair that he attempted to keep in control with a head band. But when he played bass he would dance wildly as his hair flopped all around his face. Loved that image of him and that’s how I want to remember Glenn Cornick best. Happily immersed in his pursuit of bass notes driving Tull along.
Peace be with you Glenn Cornick the music of our heart goes out to your family and loved ones in this time of sorrow.
I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Brian Farmer. To me he will always be the heart and soul of Gov’t. Mule.
He was a vibrant character, dedicated to his craft as the road and equipment manager for The Mule. He was a focused guitar tech and incredible buddy with Warren Haynes.
I have two videos I want to share with you about Brian.
The first is a video of Brian Farmer participating with Gov’t. Mule in the song, “Don’t Step On The Grass Sam” by Steppenwolf. We saw Brian do this with The Mule at the Ives in Danbury a few years back. It really made the evening for us.
The second video is a beautiful moving tribute to Brian Farmer performed at Bob Weir‘s TRI Studios. You can feel Warren’s heart breaking as he plays “I Know You Rider”
I take comfort that the soul ascends and that Brian Farmer has joined Rock and Roll Heaven.
Rest in Peace, Brian Farmer. We miss you dearly. #ThankYouFarmer
“He was a close friend, a devoted worker, and a lover of life,” says Warren Haynes. “We traveled around the world together and shared many experiences-mostly while laughing. He will be missed by a huge circle of friends and family.”
Greil Marcus selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock ’n’ roll as a thing in itself, in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out—a new language, something new under the sun.
The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 10 Songs is available for purchase in stores and online. Disregard the September 2, 2014 availability date. I saw it on the shelf today at Barnes & Noble, Inc.
The Facebook page for this book is being managed by the Publisher, Yale University Press. It’s quite informative in positioning the 10 songs and includes the YouTube links for each song.
Van Morrison has selected his best and most iconic lyrics which span 50 years of writing and representing his entire creative journey for a new lyrics book. Lit Up Inside will be the first literary work published with Morrison’s blessing.
Van Morrison himself sought out City Lights to publish the U.S. edition of his selected lyrics. Morrison chose City Lights to release the book because of the house’s consistent commitment to artistic integrity, from the beat generation forward.
I’ve decided in the music of our heart that purchasing directly from City Lights will further confirm Van Morrison’s belief in City Light’s independent vision. It is due to released on October 21st, 2014.
The introduction by Eamonn Hughes, of Queen’s University, Belfast, gives a career-long overview of the creative influences Morrison has absorbed and channeled through the years. The Foreword by poet David Meltzer provides an appreciation of the writer’s craft demonstrated in Morrison’s evocative, timeless lyrics.
The inimitable Bob Seger is readying his first new studio album in eight years, Ride Out. The album is scheduled to drop on October 14, 2014.
The first song to première from Ride Out is “Detroit Made”. Bob Seger released a cover of John Hiatt‘s “Detroit Made”, which served as the opening song on his Spring 2013 tour to radio stations, specifically timed to last weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise, an annual car event held in the Detroit suburbs.
Couldn’t resist sharing this video of the Charles Lloyd Quartet performing Caroline No, :)