Elephant Micah – Where In Our Woods

Video produced by Josephine McRobbie with Joseph O’Connell.
Footage from “Bird Circus” (Arthur Barr Productions, 1951), found via the Prelinger Archives.
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Jethro Tull Windows Exclusive App

As some of you know when I am not writing about music my career has been focused for 34 years in information technology. I have taught software application classes in a distributed network setting for 20 years.

Mobile computing has skyrocketed the past few years. Apps proliferate on Apple’s iPhone (iOS), Android Phone (Lollipop) and Windows Phone (Soon Windows 10 Phone).

Perhaps you have the wish like myself to build a rich content music app for people to enjoy.

The Fustino Brothers with the Microsoft Windows App Studio product has achieved that goal by delivering the first “Endorsed” Jethro Tull Windows App. The Jethro Tull Windows Exclusive App is available for free for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1/10 Technical Preview.

Watch as Russ Fustino demonstrates proudly to Ian Anderson the Jethro Tull App on the Microsoft Surface Pro.

This is a screenshot of the Jethro Tull Windows App that I am using on Windows 10 Technical Preview. I own a MacBook Pro that runs OS/X Yosemite. I use VMWare Fusion as my virtualization environment to isolate and manage the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

The beauty of this solution is how the Windows App delivery platform allows users to create a Universal App for Windows Phone, Tablet or PC.

I plan to teach my students this term how they can create Windows App Studio apps for Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Now all I need to learn next is Xamarin so when I build my music fan Windows App I can port it to Apple and Google Play 😉

I congratulate Fustino Brothers in accomplishing the goal of delivering a quality educational and informative Jethro Tull App. After all, “Nothing Is Easy” until we try and then succeed.

Mark Knopfler – 2015 Tracker Tour

The period between the end of the World Series and the start of Spring training is referred to by old-time baseball people as The Hot Stove League.

I am writing this music blog post with Winter Storm Juno perched to drop two feet or more snow on us. Music Hot Stove League thoughts turn to Spring 2015 recordings coupled with live music performances.

The artist who is helping defeat cabin fever is Mark Knopfler. I have learned that tomorrow pre-sales tickets will go on sale for his 2015 Tracker Tour.

As I listen to Mark Knopfler’s cannon of music I gain a sharp appreciation for the depth and precision of his guitar playing. Both the Dire Straits recordings as well as the Mark Knopfler solo recordings command instant respect.

Tracker is Mark Knopfler’s eighth solo recording. It will be released on March 17th, 2015 in North America by Verve Records. The album features 11 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including Beryl Bainbridge and Basil Bunting. The songs contain Mark’s usual wryly but accurately observed vignettes of real life wrapped up in a musical accompaniment of distinctive subtlety.

Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn

Nonesuch Records is a progressive record label. It has the heart to take risks with artists for the sake of music creativity. T Bone Burnett has the midas touch when it comes to music production and defining artists.

T Bone Burnett states that Ms. Giddens has “a pretty profound gift.” “I’ve been doing this for 50 years, and I haven’t seen anything like it, ” he comments.

Rhiannon Giddens, singer, songwriter, and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, makes her solo recording debut with Tomorrow Is My Turn, due out February 10, 2015, on Nonesuch Records. The album was produced by T Bone Burnett.

Rhiannon Giddens is a star in ascension. I recall vividly watching her perform with the Carolina Chocolate Drops when they headlined the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in 2010.

Giddens participated in “Another Day, Another Time”, a concert inspired by the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.[3] Many critics have stated that Giddens had the best performance at what was called “the concert of the year”.[4][5]

Four of the songs from her solo album are available for listening Rhiannon Giddens YouTube Channel, “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind”, “Black Is The Color”,  and “She’s Got You”.

I love what I am hearing and can’t wait to get her album soon 🙂

Toto XIV (Toto V)

Toto (album)
Toto (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Toto announced earlier this month that their first studio album in 10 years, Toto XIV will be released on March 24th, 2015. The album will be available in multiple formats, including a deluxe CD/DVD package and a two-LP vinyl set. It is available for preorder now.

According to keyboardist Steve Porcaro: “This is opposite of going through the motions. We are treating this like it is Toto V.

The album also features the return of founding bassist David Hungate.

Drums were performed by Keith Carlock whose commitments to Steely Dan prohibit him from participating in the Toto 2015 World Tour. Toto plans a North American trek in the summer of 2015. I would like to see them perform live. I trust they have a Connecticut tour stop planned.


Bob Dylan AARP The Magazine Interview

Bob Dylan has granted AARP The Magazine an exclusive interview to help promote his forthcoming album, “Shadows In the Night” which will be available on February 3rd.

I must admit that Bob Dylan’s PR team  did their homework when it comes to demographics because AARP The Magazine has the world’s largest circulation of readers (estimated to be 47 million). AARP The Magazine’s over 50 crowd is Bob Dylan’s target audience.

The interview was conducted by Robert Love, the Editor-In-Chief  who crafted a well structured series of questions for Bob Dylan to answer. Robert Love was with Rolling Stone Magazine for 20 years which  grooves the interview like a tight playlist.

MR Photo/Corbis Outline

The album features songs from the 1920s to the 1960s, including such standards like “Autumn Leaves,” ”That Lucky Old Sun” and “Stay With Me.”

The songs also were recorded by Frank Sinatra. Dylan says he thinks Sinatra would “be amazed I did these songs with a five-piece band.”

My favorite quote from the interview is, “if I had to do it all over again, I’d be a schoolteacher.” He adds that he “probably” would have taught Roman history or theology.

Being a teacher myself who loves music I take pride in learning Dylan’s aspirations. Imagine yourself as a student in Bob’s class, wouldn’t that be motivation to attend school every day. 😉

Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble
Ancient footprints are everywhere, When I Paint My Masterpiece – Copyright © 1971 by Big Sky Music; renewed 1999 by Big Sky Music

Read more: http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/when-i-paint-my-masterpiece#ixzz3Peqzt3xQ

Well, a lot of those readers are going to like this record. If it was up to me, I’d give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine.

Bob Dylan is following through on that notion by giving 50,000 readers of AARP The Magazine a free copy of his album.

Live From Manticore Hall – Keith Emerson & Greg Lake

I am developing content that centers upon Progressive Rock music. While conducting research about essential prog musicians I am uncovering recordings I never knew existed.

A treasure I discovered today is Live From Manticore Hall by Keith Emerson & Greg Lake. My wife and I saw Keith Emerson and Greg Lake perform this set list at The Ridgefield Playhouse  on May 8, 2010.  It was an intimate concert and we were glad we attended.

This recording brings that 2010 concert evening back with resonating purpose.  I am thankful that Keith Emerson and Greg Lake decided to release the live recordings. My gratitude also goes out to Manticore Records and the engineering team for post-production delivery.

Anil Prasad – Innerviews

Last year I wrote an A-Z Music Journalist series of posts. I kept wondering if there was a music journalist I was overlooking.

I finally discovered who that music journalist was so I am pleased to share his interview writings with you.

His name is Anil Prasad and he was the first music journalist to have an online music magazine, Innerviews in 1994.

Anil is profound in the scope and depth of music analysis. The musicians he interviews appreciate the research he conducts and the insightfulness of his questions

His interview writings are captured in an eBook, Innerviews: Music Without BordersThe eBook is available as a free download and may be shared and retransmitted under a Creative Commons Attribution, No Derivatives license.

“Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution”

I’m thinking strongly about attending the Bill Graham museum exhibition later this year at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. It starts May 7th and runs through October 11th, 2015.

Bill Graham, ca. 1972; © Baron Wolman, courtesy of Photofest


I place a significance on the live concert experience. I thank Bill Graham for formulating live music as an art form. Many music promoters follow in his footsteps with the venues they manage, the fans they cater to and the artists they present to use live in person. But none will ever equal his achievements to the art of presenting live music and supporting humanitarian causes on a macro scale.

Through rock memorabilia, photographs, ephemera, and psychedelic art in the form of the iconic Fillmore concert posters,Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution explores the momentous cultural transformations of the 1960s–1980s through the lens of rock & roll. The year 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Live Aid and the fiftieth anniversary of Graham’s first-ever concert, as well as the Grateful Dead’s live début. Commemorate these events by celebrating a true pioneer who helped revolutionize rock into the global industry it is today.