I am thoroughly enjoying the audio CD edition of Pete Townshend‘s biography, Who I Am, A Memoir. Narrated by Pete himself, it places you front and center with The Who through Pete’s reflective candor. The book is re-surging my interest in The Who. I am at the halfway point of the 15 CD audio book (19 hours). I plan to write a review of Who I Am, A Memoir after I digest all Pete has to share.
I have played The Who first live recording, The Who Live At Leeds at high volume this week 😉
Apple updated iTunes today with their interpretation of responsive Web design. Download the latest Apple iTunes UX (user experience design) and learn why Apple continues to set direction in interface innovation.
I am especially impressed with how seamless iCloud has become in accessing content on all your devices (Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch). Try that XBox Music with Skydrive, oh wait the cloud locker feature across the same list of devices is a Microsoft “future” deliverable…
View what has the Music Of Our Heart energized about Apple iTunes 11 vs. stifling yawns with Microsoft’s XBox Music…
Fortunately for us Jimi Hendrix spent a tremendous amount of time working in the recording studio. Thankfully with Eddie Kramer at the dials he has restored a stellar set of unreleased studio recordings by Jimi Hendrix from 1968 to 1969. Eddie Kramer is our connection to Jimi Hendrix as his original studio engineer from Are You Experienced to The Cry of Love and later recordings after that.
Eddie Kramer states, “In ’68 and ’69, Jimi was in the studio constantly,” recalls Kramer. “His whole life was in the studio.”
The latest undertaking from the Hendrix vault is People, Hell and Angels. The legendary guitarist was considering these new sounds for First Rays of the New Rising Sun, the planned double-album follow-up to Electric Ladyland.The album is slated to be released on Tuesday March 5, 2013.
Today is Jimi Hendrix’s 70th Birthday. I was listening to the audio book written and narrated by Peter Townshend, Who I Am earlier today. I was very taken with how Peter Townshend reflected upon his personal memories of Jimi Hendrix as many of us are doing today.
Jimi Hendrix cradles his Rickenbacker on a first meeting with The Who in 1967.
“He was a mesmerizing performer,” writes Townshend. “He was a shaman, and it looked as if glittering colored light emanated from the ends of his long, elegant fingers as he played.”
But his “artistic genius lay in how he created a sound all his own: Psychedelic Soul, or what I’ll call ‘Blues Impressionism.’ ”
“Who I Am: A Memoir”, By Peter Townshend, Copyright 2012, HarperCollins, New York, N.Y.
I am pleased to share with my readership a special edition eBook by friend and renowned music journalist Walter Kolosky. Walter is the subject matter authority when it comes to John McLaughlin and jazz-rock fusion.
I am a longtime fan of The Mahavishnu Orchestra and John McLaughlin. I was fortunate to see The Mahavishnu Orchestra live in 1973. It just so happens that 1973 is the starting point for Walter’s book as well 🙂
I am enthused that Walter has significantly revised his book to include recent interviews with Chick Corea, Steve Howe and Carlos Santana that are woven throughout the eBook tapestry. I am honored to have played a minor role in connecting Carlos Santana and Walter Kolosky for this valuable eBook.
Walter Kolosky: I thank Ed Jennings for his help in obtaining the interview with Carlos Santana.
I urge you to visit Walter Kolosky’s Website where you can order the eBook edition that best suits the device you read with these days. I also suggest that you view the special slide show that Walter has created to go with the eBook. I chose the Apple iBooks edition so that I can read it on my iPhone.
It’s Sunday and the music of our heart turns to the spiritual faith of what it has been taught by those who channel God into our being. What better way to acknowledge the almighty than to receive His spirit through “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane.
I have bought records since 1962 when I was 10. My first record purchase was a 45 r.pm. single, “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers. I bought that single at the record department at the 5&10 downtown Norwalk, Ct. The H.L. Green 5&10 record department was a mixture of 45 r.p.m. and vinyl records.
I have built a large music collection since then…
Roll ahead now 50 years to Record Store Day, Black Friday 2012. My son and I headed out together as we love to support the record stores and Record Store Day. Today’s shopping excursion consisted of two participating stores.
Yes This Friday is Record Store Day 2012, Black Friday Edition. Thankfully the beat goes on for vinyl record collectors like myself and other enthusiasts. But for me its different beat this year. It’s no longer one stop shopping at Cutler’s Record Store for Record Store Day in downtown New Haven, Connecticut for me. Phil Cutler closed Cutler’s this year after 64 years of faithful service to the music buying public.
But I will wear my Cutler’s shirt when I am out shopping in honor of Phil and his knowledgeable staff. I know of two record stores within the radius of where I live. I will write more about those stores and what I purchased on Friday. Wish me luck as I wish you happy hunting on Friday 11/23….