“My daughter Ana was born on a Tuesday morning in early April 2006. Her life was ended in her first grade classroom on a Friday morning in mid-December — six years, eight months and ten days later. Despite the efforts of many to identify and debate the issues surrounding the Sandy Hook shooting, an awful reality remains — there has been a proliferation of heinous, senseless acts of violence in America — acts that have ravaged my families and the families of so many others across our country. Much attention has been paid to the way my precious Ana died, but this album attempts to paint the picture of how she lived — lovingly, faithfully and joyfully. In a way, this recording also represents a reaction. Not a reaction to the discourse sparked by the events of December 14, 2012, but rather the reaction of a father after having witnessed a miracle — the miracle of his daughter’s beautiful life.
With this recording there is an assertion that, despite the unseemingly bearable weight of our loss, there is still lots of beauty all around and much to be thankful for in this life. I’m grateful that my Dad reminded me of this fact in the days after Ana was killed because from that moment, my focus gradually shifted from inward to outward, eventually resulting in this recording. And, I’m thankful for the opportunity to share this music, and a bit of Ana’s beautiful life with you.”
This is the most important jazz record of the year because it does what every record — jazz, rock or otherwise — should do: it speaks to the breadth of human emotion, from deepest sadness to greatest joy, in the context of what we all aim to achieve — a connection to the spirit that gives us the courage to forge on in this fragile, temporal life.
(From the Review of Beautiful Life jazz.about.com
By Michael Verity, Jazz Expert)
I have discovered a new specialty coffee franchise I want to share Classic Rock Coffee Company. Their motto is “Our Coffee Rocks”. I decided to build the time into my morning commute to check them out.
Classic Rock Coffee Co.in East Haven, Connecticut is situated on the town line at 23 Main Street. The coffee franchise is housed inside the historic building once known as The Old Mill. It was once the location of the first Iron Works in Connecticut and third in the Nation.
My curiosity and love of classic rock drew me to their door on a wet Wednesday morning. I was enchanted with what I saw, sensed, and tasted. I ordered a single origin Ethiopia coffee V60 Pourover 12 oz specialty drink. I was informed by my barista it would take 3-5 minutes to roast and prepare. I was fine with that option. I also purchased the War Pig Breakfast Sandwich.
While my coffee and sandwich were prepared I perused the establishment, highly interested in the framed vinyl albums and guitars that adorned various walls.
I spoke with Dennis Engelhard one of the two brothers (Howard) that own this franchise location. He shared the fact that Classic Rock Coffee Company only streams classic rock music, which is my stated preference. They do take requests and they can stream a custom playlist should they desire to do so. My request would be Pink Floyd Division Bell and The Endless River 😉
I definitely plan to return for a sit and sip 16 oz coffee served in a ceramic mug 😉
Check out Classic Rock Coffee Company next time you are in the Branford/East Haven shoreline community. They Rock!
I find myself more in synch with The Doors these past two weeks. Recently I purchased the Doors tour documentary, Feast of Friends as a Blu-Ray movie option. It is a 40 minute film that centers around The Doors 1968 tour. I watched on my MacBook Pro. I was captivated by the footage of the band members. I especially love “The End” performed live at The Hollywood Bowl.
Funded by the band and directed by Paul Ferrara, one of Morrison’s film-school friends, ‘Feast of Friends’ doesn’t stick to typical rock documentary territory, expanding to focus on interactions with fans, friends and bystanders. The climate of American politics and fashion, circa 1968, is also captured along the way, as ‘Feast of Friends’ veers off the beaten path to tell its story.
This Classic Rock issue is available via Apple iTunes and can also be found on newsstands such as Barnes & Noble. Since this publication comes from the UK it will carry an import duty when you purchase it at the store. The publisher will reward the in store purchaser with a CD rubber glued to the front cover. (See picture below)
That is how I used to buy Classic Rock Magazine at Barnes & Noble. Due to the fact the publication ships from the UK you may not see the hard copy magazine at Barnes & Noble until the 20th of the month or later. My preference is shifting to the digital edition via the Web or on my iPad.
Digital publishing and the nature of online subscription is an ever moving target. TeamRock (the UK parent publishing firm for multiple rock magazines) has come up with a new way to meet the demands of its international readership.
You can trial the Web HTML5 digital editions of Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog Rock for 30 days for free at TeamRock+. After 30 days it will cost you $3.99 British Pounds, $6.25 US a month for all three digital mags ($2.08 each digital publication a month is a good deal to stay up to speed on these rock genres.) They differ from the iPad edition in layout, appearance, etc.
This is quite the nod to Web browser readers by TeamRock. I trust it will be a successful business model for this UK specialty publisher.
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By Viv Albertine, 421 pages. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press
Viviane Katrina Louise “Viv” Albertine is a British singer and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for the all-female English punk group, The Slits. She dated Mick Jones while he was putting together his new band, The Clash. He later wrote “Train in Vain,” considered to be the band’s biggest hit, about her. Its refrain was a poison dart: “Did you stand by me? No not at all.”
After laying eyes on the cover photo of Patti Smith’s 1975 album “Horses,” taken by Robert Mapplethorpe, Viv writes: “I have never seen a girl who looks like this. She is my soul made visible, all the things I hide deep inside myself that can’t come out.” (Courtesy of the NY Times Book Review section, see related article below).
What an incredible conversation that recently took place between Patti Smith and David Lynch. They are two artists I admire and love hearing converse about each other’s art in this BBC Arts Video.
The Twin Peaks blog post which features this recent “revelation of two incredible minds” is insightful in its scope and purpose . I am indebted to this Twin Peaks blog site for the content it has as a Twin Peaks fan. My thanks for pointing out that Patti and David’s interlude takes place inside Guillermo Kuitca‘s Les Habitants, a living room inspired by David Lynch’s recreation of one of his own paintings over at Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, where both artists have exhibited.
The BBC does not want the video clip distributed so please look at the Twin Peaks Web link below (for the next 29 days) to view how Patti Smith and David Lynch coalesce in the conviction of their artistic vision which they create on behalf of the people.
I heard for the first time today my Neil Young Limited Edition Pono Music Player. It is the warmest, richest sound I have ever heard. When I listened through my headphones to Neil’s Storytone Deluxe Edition Pono tracks I swear to God it sounded like Neil Young was playing his acoustic guitar right next to where I was seated. High resolution audio is an amazing experience, it truly is. The Gentle Revolution is underway and I consider myself fortunate to be participating in the next phase of music listening. I want to thank the Pono Music team and Neil Young for bringing us “early adopters” a great soul-ution
Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings has released Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 4. Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes – many found only recently – this historic six-disc set is the definitive chronicle of the artist’s legendary 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band.
Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is a music event 47 years in the making. It’s an historic album project from five of music’s finest artists — Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) — in unique collaboration with a 26-year-old Bob Dylan. Produced by project creator T Bone Burnett, the album was recorded in March, 2014 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where the artists and Burnett convened for two weeks to write and create music for a treasure trove of long-lost lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes. The collective completed and recorded dozens of songs, the first 20 of which appear on this deluxe edition.
Look for this profound Dylan music collaborative on your favorite television talk show this week.
I have acquired a decent collection of Uncut Magazine‘s Ultimate Music Guides. Uncut Magazine has published 23 special issues to date, I have six of their special issues (25%).
Uncut Magazine publishes a strong specialty publication because they offer an in-depth review of every album in the artist’s discography. Each album review provides TrackMarks in an insert which delineates track sequence, 1-5 star ratings, label, production information, personnel, chart position etc. It is in the lower corner of a typical two page album spread.
They also take the painstaking effort to publish live album, compilation, UK singles and rarities information. As an avid music collector I learn much more about the artist’s recorded output via the music guides. It is helpful when I want to listen to the artist’s catalogue on Spotify or my collection. I have many more facts and details to enhance the deeper interest my music historian self demands.
The latest Elvis Costello Ultimate Music Guide is informative and assuring. Elvis Costello(EC) is the #2 music artist in my collection after Santana (I own every commercial recording in the Santana catalogue…). I own 24 of EC’s recordings. I stopped purchasing his music in 2004 (Il Signo). I want to resume my EC collection beginning with The River In Paradise with Allen Toussaint right up to today (primarily the last five commercial albums). I can’t put my finger why I “cut-out” on EC’s music 10 years back. I may have reached maximum exposure but I have no real “root-cause” for why that sentiment built up inside me about his songs and acerbic wit.
The EC Ultimate Users Guide helps to rekindle my interest in his musical creativity and prolific songwriting.
I best get busy savoring the pages of this guide and pulling out all those CDs to play in the Honda ;). I’ll be writing more about Elvis Costello’s past 10 years in later music posts. Once I’ve listened intently first of course.
Before I forget to ask, What is Your Favorite Elvis Costello song? Mine is “All This Useless Beauty”.
Feel free to leave a comment about what your favorite Elvis Costello recording is below.