Monthly Archives: November 2012

I Can’t Explain

Pete Townshend Autographed book Who I Am The Who

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 😉

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Apple iTunes Responsive Design

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…

I mean really “Who Wants Yesterday’s Papers?”

People, Hell and Angels – A Jimi Hendrix Posthumous Studio Recording

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 AngelsThe 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.


Happy 70th Birthday, Jimi Hendrix

The Jimi Hendrix Experience performs for Dutch...
The Jimi Hendrix Experience performs for Dutch television show Fenklup in 1967 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Jimi Hendrix surrounded by band members of The Who; Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix, John Entwistle and Keith Moon - Pete Townsend Retrospective

“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.

Special Edition eBook 2013: Power, Passion and Beauty – The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra

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.

His book, Power, Passion and Beauty explores the evolution of the classic jazz-rock fusion group, The Mahavishnu Orchestra. It is authored with an intense desire that bathes us in the light of its inner mounting flame.

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.

What a totally cool and worthwhile music eBook! 🙂

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

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.






Record Store Day Black Friday – Shopping Etc.

I have bought records since 1962 when I was 10. My first record purchase was a 45 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.

1) Exile on Main Street, 267 E. Main Street, Branford, Ct.

The pickings were slim there. I picked up the 7″ split single, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley on the Legacy label.

I also bought The Lumineers, Winter EP, a 10″ vinyl recording. We love The Lumineers since we saw them in concert this past April 🙂

Lumineers BF Front

2) Redscroll Records, 24 North Colony Street, Wallingford, Ct.

The Blues Is A Healer

Cover of "Healer"
Cover of Healer

John Lee Hooker once sang about the blues,  “It’s in him, and it got to come out”.

I don’t think it’s ever come out better than when John Lee Hooker collaborated with Carlos Santana on the song, “The Healer“.

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Photo by Jay Blakeberg

We give thanks to Mr. John Lee Hooker and Carlos Santana on this Thanksgiving 🙂

The Beat Goes On…..Record Store Day 2012, Black Friday Edition

Drums keep pounding rhythm to the brain

La de da de de, la de da de da

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….