The Pink Floyd Album For The 21st Century

I can always count on Uncut Magazine to deliver the definitive progressive rock cover story. Yesterday, Pink Floyd announced to the world that they will be releasing their 15th studio recording, The Endless River, on November 10th, 2014.

Uncut Magazine followed suit today by making available the digital magazine edition of the November 2014 issue for my iPad. I’m Lovin It!

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Free Song with purchase of Carlos Santana’s Autobiography

Carlos Santana’s autobiography, The Universal Tone is available for preorder. An incentive to ordering the book ahead of the release on November 4th, 2014 is that when you place a preorder you will be able to download a special song,”Spread Your Wings” written by Tony Lindsay and Carlos Santana.

To download please visit <https://myredmusic.com/santana/>, it just requires a proof of purchase from any pre-order of Carlos Santana’s autobiography.

Here is the YouTube edition of “Spread Your Wings” posted by Gebre Menfes Kidus.

I look forward to adding this track to my Santana library.

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Raising Voices As One In Virtual Space and Time

You may have or maybe not yet discovered classic composer and conductor Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir. It is a magnificent use of the power of Web music collaboration by editing videos and aligning voices as one choir.

The Virtual Choir is gaining aggregate global strength with each successive video project fielded and produced. The numbers of participants and countries involved have grown from 185 singers in 12 countries in 2010 (Lux Aurumque) to 5,905 singers in 101 countries in 2013 (Fly to Paradise).

I plan to join Virtual Choir 5, I hope you will too. :)

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Love This Book Trailer

The time is getting closer to when a highly anticipated photography book I want to own becomes available, October 14th to be precise ;)

The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution book trailer appeared this morning in my Facebook stream. I was immediately hooked. What I found more compelling than the photographs from Jim Marshall’s Leica was the music underneath, “Who Do You Love (Part 1)” by Quicksilver Messenger Service fits so perfectly. I have been in a Quicksilver/San Francisco magical mood ever since. :)

Happy Trails (album)

Happy Trails (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hope that there is a book signing event with the publisher in New York City next month, fingers crossed. Happy Trails to you until we meet again!

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WordPress 4.0 “Benny”

Congratulations WordPress Team. Best software on the planet!

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A Subject Matter Authority In Music Cognition – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Ph.D.

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.

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Glenn Cornick – Jethro Tull Original Bassist, Joins The Great Beyond

English: Glenn Cornick, bass player of Jethro ...

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 Was"

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.

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In Memory of Brian Farmer

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.”

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The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 10 Songs – Greil Marcus

 

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.

 

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Van Morrison – Lit Up Inside

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.

 

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