The Craft of Sound

Where would we be without “The Luthier” who crafts the guitar from wood for the music of our heart and beyond. Thank you Alex Bishop Guitars and the Contra Agency for a poetry in motion documentary experience.

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Long Train Runnin’ Doobie Brothers, Just Keep On Pushing Straight Ahead

I caught The Doobie Brothers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the other night. They were reunited once more with Michael McDonald and performed an extended “Long Train Runnin” which included “Takin It to the Streets”.

They were also joined on keyboards by Bill Payne, co-founder of Little Feat (upper right hand corner). Bill Payne has recorded on several Doobie Brothers albums. Its unfortunate he wasn’t mentioned on the broadcast. I have seen Bill Payne perform four times with Little Feat live and twice with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. He’s a versatile keyboardist and articulate lyricist.

All in all, it’s great to reconnect with The Doobie Brothers. I bought the Pono edition of The Captain and Me which sounds fantastic for a 42 year old album! I have also been savoring the Southbound  “duets” guest star recording done in Nashville.

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Hope For The Future By Sir Paul McCartney Out Now On Vinyl

Sir Paul McCartney is a creative music genius when it comes to technology expression. His willingness to take collaborative risks with unique artists and entertainment alternatives keeps him ever-present. Sir Paul McCartney is blessed with multiple expressive artistic outlets, songwriting, painting and a sharp command of technical expression.

Sir Paul McCartney has performed with such luminary artists as Nirvana, Kanye West and now has released “Hope For The Future” on 12″ vinyl. The song was written by Paul for the record-breaking video game ‘Destiny’ from Bungie, Inc.(Activision).

The vinyl tracklisting is as follows:

SIDE A:
A1) Hope For The Future (Main)
A2) Hope For The Future (Thrash)
A3) Hope For The Future (Mirwais Mix)

SIDE B:
B1) Hope For The Future (Beatsession Mix)
B2) Hope For The Future (Jaded Mix)

The vinyl also comes with a download card featuring all five tracks.

Ballad of the Skeletons – Allen Ginsberg, Sir Paul McCartney, Lenny Kaye and Phillip Glass

Ballad  of the Skeletons

Talk about your collaborations, this one was special.

The single The Ballad of the Skeletons, was Allen Ginsberg’s last recorded release, it is his musical masterpiece and deserves to be considered one of the most passionate, powerful, and articulate performances in the history of rock.

Allen Ginsberg Raps on this recording. Refer to the Allen Ginsberg and Paul McCartney performance video below to get a fuller sense of the mutual respect and dignity each man shared for the other.

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‘A Ballad of American Skeletons’ was performed by Allen Ginsberg and Sir Paul McCartney for an evening of poetry and performance at The Royal Albert Hall promoted by Goldmark entitled ‘The Return of the Reforgotten’ in 1995.

“Ballad of the Skeletons” with music by Philip Glass and Paul McCartney playing guitar.  The recording was a follow up to Allen Ginsberg’s “Ballad of the Skeletons”

 

 

 

 

Bang & Olufsen’s Living Room Tour – Wyclef Jean and Carlos Santana

Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Wyclef Jean will be hosting a musical journey with Carlos Santana and his beloved guitar, one of the most recognizable sounds in popular culture. The first installment is set for release on December 9th, with more videos to come throughout December and January.

More information including exclusive pictures from Carlos Santana’s home with Wyclef Jean in Las Vegas can be found on the Bang and Olufsen Blog.

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