Music for Installations by Brian Eno

I love knowing this level of detail. Eno is a total genius.

The Future of Music, Today.

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The box set (Deluxe and Standard CD editions, Vinyl set) that some of us have been waiting for, for decades. This is a retrospective of one of modern electronic music’s most significant maestros, here is Brian Eno‘s Music for Installations (Opal Records). And happy birthday to him, a septuagenarian just today in fact. The collection was just released this month, and most of the work included on these half dozen discs is previously unreleased, some new while others have been derived from a/v presentations at the Venice Biennale, St. Petersburg’s Marble Palace, Beijing’s Ritan Park and illuminating the sails of the Sydney Opera House. The set is a great cross section of Eno’s in-situ soundworks created since the mid 80’s through today. From the ethereal Kazakhstan to the subliminal Surbahar Sleeping Music the original ambient experimenter par excellence delivers some incredible moody, situational pieces that are as dramatic…

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Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story!

I want to share the news about an exciting music book that will be available next year on April 23, 2019, Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story!  A graphic novel authored by Tiffanie DeBartolo with art by Pascal Dizin and Lisa Reist, First Second Books publisher.

I find the cover mesmerizing that Lisa colored and Pascal drew. The image is magically alluring and will entice readers to its pages. You can see more of their graphic art here.

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Pascal and Lisa are partners who attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City (Class of 2008) and became friends with our son who is a graphics designer. It’s rewarding to see the book they worked on faithfully for nine years reach the publication stage. Pascal and Lisa were successful in securing the trust of Mary Guibert, Jeff Buckley’s mother and guardian of his estate. Mary was very hands-on in the creation of this book, so the authors had access to a terrific source of information about him.

Tiffanie DeBartolo is a novelist, filmmaker, and founder/CEO of independent record label Bright Antenna Records. The home to such artists as The Wombats, Mona, Flagship, Beware of Darkness, Middle Class Rut, Reuben Hollebon, and Cheerleader. Tiffanie authored the text for the Grace graphic novel.

I intend to write more about the book as time progresses and the publicity campaign is unveiled.

Right now I bide my time until there is an autographed hardcover edition sitting on my music library shelf, right Pascal and Lisa 😉

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Best Bet

I began to feel the magnetic pull of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 ceremony today. The event takes place this year in Cleveland at the Rock Hall on Saturday, April 14th.

Exclusive of being there in person (for the fortunate few as its sold out) here is the next best bet Internet option available for rock and roll fans.

SiriusXM and the Hall have created Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio Channel 310. If you are a SiriusXM subscriber you can listen online. I listened to the channel for several hours today while I worked. During the first hour, I logged into our SiriusXM account via a Web browser and took advantage of the Harmon Kardon HP PC speaker system. I listened the remainder of the time through the SiriusXM iOS App on the iPad Pro which has much better built-in speakers and sound. Tomorrow I’ll listen to SiriusXM on the SONOS 1.

The music and information programmed on this exclusive (temporary?) channel were well curated. There wasn’t one song or artist I did not appreciate in four hours. How can you go wrong with music from Rock Hall inductees? I mean seriously.

Channel 310’s piece de resistance is the 2018 Backstage Induction Broadcast on Saturday, April 14th from 7:00 pm until Sunday, April 15th 12:00 am.

It’s the biggest honor in music, induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Get backstage coverage, insight, and music from 2018 inductees Bon Jovi, The Cars, Nina Simone, Dire Straits, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and The Moody Blues! Also thoughts from performers and presenters exclusively on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Radio’s backstage broadcast!

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Companion social media options:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rockhallradio/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SIRIUSXM

The HBO live recording being filmed that evening does not air until May 5th.

 

Harlem Street Singer – Rev. Gary Davis

I watched the documentary film Harlem Street Singer about the life of Reverend Gary Davis.

His songs have interested me for years thanks to Jorma Kaukonen faithful renditions. But I didn’t know anything about the person behind those songs.

I learned that Rev. Gary Davis rose from abject poverty in North Carolina and that he was nearly blind from birth. He taught himself how to play the guitar and to improvise songs. He got married and eventually moved to New York.  He was a hardy soul who survived on the streets of Harlem as a musician. He taught guitar in order to make a living. He provided lessons right up until his death at age 76 in 1972.  Amongst his star pupils were Dave Van Ronk, David Bromberg, Bob Weir, Roy Book Binder, and Stefan Grossman. Woody Mann who was his student for four years serves as co-producer and responsible for the music for Harlem Street Singer.

Blind Gary Davis was a purveyor of the Piedmont Blues which refers to a guitar style known as the Piedmont fingerstyle.  It is characterized by a fingerpicking approach in which a regular, alternating thumb bass string rhythmic pattern supports a syncopated melody using the treble strings generally picked with the fore-finger, occasionally others.[2]

His versatility as a musician allowed him to create the intersection of blues, folk, and gospel. His mastery of each idiom truly stood him apart.

The folk revival of the 1960s jettisoned Davis’s career. He performed at the Newport Folk Festival. Peter, Paul and Mary recorded his version of “Samson and Delilah“, also known as “If I Had My Way”.

Reverend Gary Davis who never had any children of his own, proudly claimed these guitar students as his sons. Thankfully for you and I they honor his tutelage by paying it forward.

 

Something You Get Through

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Willie Nelson’s 73rd studio album, “Last Man Standing” arrives on April 27th. Like much of Nelson’s recent work it deals with themes of mortality, aging and watching good friends die.

Buddy Cannon, who produced “Last Man Standing”, also happens to have co-written all 11 of its songs with Nelson. Cannon and Nelson have a long history of writing together in an unconventional way: They share text messages back and forth with snippets of lyrics that the other then builds upon and adds to. The first song they wrote together in this manner was “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” which was released in 2012.

The song Something You Get Through speaks to the deep tragedy of loss and the strength surviving significant others muster to cope. I trust it brings salvation to everyone with a heavy heart reading this post.

 

 

Revamp – Elton John Tribute Album

Loving this tribute, out today 🙂

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‘Revamp’ Track Listing:

  1. Bennie And The Jets – Elton John, P!nk and Logic
  2. We All Fall In Love Sometimes – Coldplay
  3. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Alessia Cara
  4. Candle In The Wind (2018 Version) – Ed Sheeran
  5. Tiny Dancer – Florence + The Machine
  6. Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Mumford & Sons
  7. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – Mary J. Blige
  8. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Q-Tip featuring Demi Lovato
  9. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters – The Killers
  10. Daniel – Sam Smith
  11. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Miley Cyrus
  12. Your Song – Lady Gaga