Claire L. Evans – Weird Is Welcome

Claire L. Evans is a writer and musician. I discovered her whilst reading the March ’18 issue of Wired. 

She is the lead singer of the dance-pop group, Yacht.

Her forthcoming book, Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet informs us about the accomplishments of women technology pioneers.

If you plan to be in the New York metro area on March 6th, 2018, Claire L. Evans will be appearing at Word Bookstore in Brooklyn.

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50 Years Today, Blood, Sweat and Tears – Child is the Father to the Man

Today, February 21st, 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the release date of the classical Columbia Records recording, Child is the Father to the Man by Blood, Sweat & Tears.

It has always been one of my top listens. I love the flow of the album, beginning with the “Overture”, then continuing with original songs by Al Kooper and Steve Katz. The album always calls me in refreshing, haunting fashion.

I have a framed LP album cover signed by Al Kooper and Steve Katz. I recommend both of their music biographies. Al Kooper’s Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards and Steve Katz’s Blood, Sweat and My Rock ‘N’ Roll Years. Each musician provides a unique perspective on the first B, S, & T recording session and what that time was like for them.

 

Child is Father to the Man is a pastiche that borrows styles from Greenwich Village contemporary folk to San Francisco acid rock and mixes them into a new American musical form. The songs, “Without Her” by Harry Nilsson and “Morning Glory” by Tim Buckley evidence those trends.

My personal favorite track changes from time to time. Right now it’s “Just One Smile” by Randy Newman a very early song in his repertoire.

Do yourself a favor, wake up to your mind and give a listen to one of rock’s real masterpieces, Child is Father to the Man on this 50th anniversary celebration day. The recording is still fresh and vibrant all these decades later.

Blood, Sweat & Tears

  • Randy Brecker – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Bobby Colomby – drums, percussion; backing vocals (tracks 4, 10)
  • Jim Fielder – bass guitar, fretless bass guitar
  • Dick Halligan – trombone
  • Steve Katz – guitars; lead vocals (tracks 3, 8); backing vocals (tracks 3); lute (track 6)
  • Al Kooper – organ, piano; lead vocals (tracks 2, 4-7, 9-12); ondioline (track 8)
  • Fred Lipsius – piano, alto saxophone
  • Jerry Weiss – trumpet, flugelhorn; backing vocals (track 4)

This Tour’s On Fire

The Smashing Pumpkins announced their first U.S. tour since 2000* in exciting fashion with this video.

The Smashing Pumpkins “Shiny And Oh So Bright” Tour- Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jeff Schroeder, and Jimmy Chamberlin celebrating songs from their first 5 albums: Gish, Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore, and Machina. Tickets available Friday, Feb 23rd beginning at 10AM local.

My son and I last saw The Smashing Pumpkins at the Live Earth 2007 concert event at Giants Stadium 11 years ago. It was a huge all day and night live global experience we both cherish.

Live Earth was a one-off event developed to combat climate change. The first series of benefit concerts were held on July 7, 2007. The concerts brought together more than 150 musical acts in eleven locations around the world which were broadcast to a mass global audience through televisions, radio, and streamed via the Internet.

Maybe we’ll see them again at Mohegan Sun in July 😉

 

 

St. Vincent & Seattle Sound Suite

Seattle is an engaging music technology city to visit. (Microsoft, Jimi Hendrix’s birthplace, Pearl Jam, etc.)  I especially love staying in the first class hotels along the water’s edge.

Take a look at this tweet from St. Vincent and W Hotels about an innovative lodging experience.

This is a smart idea for music artists who awaken with a creative idea and wish to capture it after a good night’s rest. Imagine walking out of your room, padding down the hall to record the song that echoes inside of you. Note the scenic view the artist can get lost in right outside their window. How’s that for ambiance and inspiration?

I wonder what the cost of a Sound Suite session might be? Thinking I need to take some voice lessons first 🙂

W Hotels gets added to my list of Seattle comforts.

The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa Hologram Tour

I found it coincidental that news broke on Monday about a Frank Zappa hologram experience. The announcement seemed designed to build on the hype surrounding Justin Timberlake’s tribute to Prince at the Superbowl.  The rumor mill speculated that half-time would involve a Prince hologram concert appearance, which did not materialize.

In 1974, Frank Zappa transformed his Los Angeles rehearsal space into a sound stage and cranked out a passionate, trademark performance seen only by the camera operators in the room who captured every last bizarrely beautiful moment. This footage, locked away in the Zappa vaults for 44 years, will serve as the basis for what will be the world’s most ambitious hologram tour to date, blending live footage of Frank with outrageous visuals that offer a striking view into his complex musical works. Dates for “The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” performances will be announced in the coming months.

According to Ahmet Zappa, EVP of business development for Eyellusion and co-trustee of the Zappa Family Trust, “My father and I actively discussed 3D and holography and it was a concept he actively engaged in. He actually devoted half a chapter of his The Real Frank Zappa Book (1990) to this subject.”

When plans for the hologram show were initially announced last year, Ahmet Zappa “hinted” that his more musical siblings Moon Unit and Dweezil could be involved. However, Dweezil Zappa expressed surprise at his name being mentioned and at the existence of a hologram show at all. He then used the announcement to draw attention to his ongoing legal battle with the Zappa Family Trust over his ‘Zappa Plays Zappa’ show.

Not sharing his brother’s certainty that Frank would have been delighted by the show, Dweezil also began selling t-shirts emblazoned ‘No fake Frank’.

I know that it has been one of my regrets to never see Frank Zappa in concert. I am torn about attending if the concert is available near me. I have been an active supporter of Dweezil’s right to use the Zappa name in his shows. I have seen Zappa Plays Zappa with my son twice in concert including their début in NY City.

I truly hope that a fair legal resolve can be arrived at for all the Zappa surviving children.

Music Technologist – Open Music Initiative

My aim is to prove I have strong credentials as a music technologist.  (i.e. my mission statement)

I have grown my written communication skills over the last 11 years as an amateur music journalist with the Music of Our Heart WordPress blog. My evolution continues to the next phase of exploration and accomplishment.

In essence, the focus is to merge the two passions that serve as daily motivation.

1) Music Avocation: Reading about, listening to, absorbing and sharing music information with readers and friends.

2) Technologist: Leverage 45 years of information technology industry and education knowledge.

Music Technology Research Project

I have begun in earnest a music technology research project. I am not at liberty show the nature and purpose of this research just yet.

I am willing to share with my readers, various discoveries I make along the path of this journey.

Revelation #1: The Open Music Initiative Website

June of 2016, the Berklee College of Music founded the Open Music Initiative (OMI), to advance the way the industry administers music rights and help assure that all creators, performers and right holders of music are properly compensated.  OMI is developing open standards to enable the creation of platforms and applications that will simplify the way rights owners are identified and paid.

The initiative is led by Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, along with MIT’s Media LabIDEO and Context Labs.  It already has over 200 members, including the three major labels, Sony, Universal, and Warner, as well as Spotify, Pandora, Netflix, SiriusXM, YouTube, Alibaba and many others.

I have come to appreciate how open source projects have benefitted civilization and revolutionized the computer technology industry. Several examples come to mind.  Google’s TensorFlow, Node.js React Native,  Audacity, and my favorite of all WordPress.

The Open Music Initiative coupled with David Byrne’s book, How Music Works shapes my iterative thought process.  Stay on board the flight deck as this research project readies for liftoff.  I caution you the Geek who lives inside of me is unleashed. He’s a friendly soul that I can assure you 😉