Ann Wilson’s Immortal and More News

One of the finest voices in classic rock music belongs to Ann Wilson of Heart.  I have received periodic mailings about a new album she is working on officially titled Immortal, which appears near completion.

The theme of Immortal focuses on various tracks originally recorded by “artists who have departed in the last several years,” Wilson notes that the album’s name emphasizes an awareness that “the artists have left us, but their expressions live in our hearts for all time.”

The artists honored on Immortal  include, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Tom Petty, Chris Cornell, Glenn Frey, Amy Winehouse, and Lesley Gore…

Surprise guests on the record features Jeff Beck on killer guitar!  It just so happens that Ann Wilson will be touring with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers this summer. Synchronicity.

Lots of new music from Ann Wilson and friends in the coming months ahead…

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Gregg Allman – “My Only True Friend”

The music of our heart is still heavy reflecting on Gregg Allman’s passing. I am forever thankful for the blues music he has introduced me to with The Allman Brothers Band and on his poignant solo albums.

I was recently acknowledged by Gregg’s official store with a thank you for pre-purchasing his final album Southern Blood.  

Thank you for placing an early order for Gregg Allman’s SOUTHERN BLOOD vinyl (out 9/8). We know many of you have been waiting awhile for the finished album, and you placed an order without a lot of information. As our way of showing our appreciation, we’re letting you know: 

You will receive the limited edition SOUTHERN BLOOD LP at no extra charge. None of these items will be part of the future regular edition.

Details:
    (a) Heavyweight, hardwood colored vinyl
    (b) Portrait lithograph (12” x 12”)
    (c) Two bonus live tracks (included with a download card).
    (d) Full album download card

That left me reassured as I have come to appreciate how accommodating the Allman community and Music Today have been over the years.

In anticipation of next month’s order, I am sharing this recent video of “My Only True Friend” which reveals the warm spirit found inside Gregg’s recording session.

 

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

Father John Misty is the music guest on Saturday Night Live tonight to promote his third studio album, Pure Comedy on Sub Pop Records releasing April 7th.  According to wikipedia, most of Pure Comedy was written in 2015.[2] It touches on themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection and his own role in it all.

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Father John Misty a fascinating study worthy of attention. Several of the tracks for Pure Comedy are available for listening on Apple Music, Spotify etc.

You might find this video of interest also.

 

 

 

 

David Bowie – No Plan EP

David Bowie’s final recording, No Plan EP was released January 8, 2017 on what would have been his 70th birthday.

It contains the single “Lazarus”, the EP also features tracks recorded for the acclaimed musical of the same name, melancholic “No Plan”, “Killing A Little Time” which is akin to material from Outside and the ambient acid rock track “When I Met You”.

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The No Plan video was directed by Tom Hingston, it features a motif of rows of TV screens from The Man Who Fell To Earth, with a nod to main character Thomas Newton with the shop name Newton Electrical. It culminates with visions of space travel and a final salute image from Bowie.

 

 

Now The Time Has Come – Ringo Starr

The United Nations – United Nations, Ringo Starr and Digital Stars Debut “Now The Time Has Come” for International Day of Peace

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 21, 2016 – Today legendary musician, Ringo Starr, in partnership with the United Nations debuted “Now The Time Has Come”, a moving anthem to commemorate the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, recognized annually on September 21. Co-written with producer Bruce Sugar, “Now The Time Has Come”, with verses sung by Richard Page, Colin Hay and Billy Valentine, the record also features backing vocals from social media superstars Christian Collins, Maddi Jane, Casey McPherson, James Maslow and Wesley Stromberg.

“I worked on this record with Peace & Love,” said Ringo. “It was a joy to be part of this project.”

The song is part of the massive social media campaign #HugForPeace, a combination call-to-action and hashtag that promotes 24-hours of non-violence on the International Day of Peace through a simple act: a hug. The campaign was launched at the annual Ringing of the Peace Bell ceremony hosted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 16 by UN Assistant Secretary-General Ray Chambers.

To ensure that young people play a leading role in the campaign, Chambers has enlisted the support of top social media stars including Christian Collins, Crawford Collins, Melvin Gregg, Maddi Jane, Chloe Lukasiak, James Maslow and Wesley Stromberg – all lending their voices in support of #HugForPeace. Partners include Facebook, Influential Network, Sprinklr, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Princess House and Religions for Peace, among others.

“Each and every one of us has an important role to play in championing peace within our communities,” said Ray Chambers, UN Assistant Secretary-General. “I am so grateful to Ringo Starr for lending his talent to unite people through the gift of song. I hope people across the world from Colombia to Syria will heed this call for peace—now.”

In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly designated September 21st as the International Day of Peace, devoted to strengthening the ideals for peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The day was also established as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. The Secretary-General has asked partners to lend their voices to this call for a laying down of arms, in order to bring about a 24-hour ceasefire on September 21st.

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