This video is a collaboration between Graham Nash and celebrated filmmaker and animator Jeff Scher. The imagery frames the youth-led liberal activism of 2018 against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement and Peace demonstrations of the 1960’s, providing a powerful visual aid to Graham Nash’s relevant-as-ever appeal to teach not only our children but also our parents well.
“I wrote Teach Your Children because we have much to teach them. Conversely, I believe we as parents have much to learn from them as well. I think that Jeff Scher did a wonderful job of animating my lyrics and positioning the song in a contemporary setting.” – Graham Nash (2018)
As my readers know I love to write about The Doors. It’s been an interesting Doors 50 year anniversary celebration which has sprawled from 2017 into 2018 thus far.
The song “Love Street” was the B-side to The Doors hit single, “Hello I Love You”, released 50 years ago on July 13, 1968. It appears on their 1968 album Waiting for the Sun.
The song was originally a poem written by singer Jim Morrison about the street in the Laurel Canyon section of Los Angeles, California where he lived with his girlfriend Pamela Courson. Their address was 8021 Rothdell Trail. Morrison and Courson referred to Rothdell Trail as “Love Street” because they would sit on the balcony and watch countless hippies walk by.
You can take a visual tour of the Love Street house by looking at the Zillow Real Estate listing here. The present value of this property is 1.7 Million but it is off the market right now.
I have been to Laurel Canyon and seen the Love Street house. It was a pilgrimage I experienced on my birthday in 2012. I had lunch (A veggie sprouts and humus sandwich and an ice cream bar) at the Canyon Country Store. Here are the lyrics in Love Street that refer to that store.
To commemorate the street’s significance to popular culture and to Laurel Canyon’s deep music roots, Council Member David Ryu (CD4) sponsored an ordinance to officially change the name of a portion of Rothdell Trail to “LOVE STREET”!
I love the special connection I always feel with Laurel Canyon in the music of our heart.
I viewed the trailer for the documentaryRyuichi Sakamoto: Coda which looks at the life and work of the pianist and composer.
There is a scene where the words, “Music requires peace.” appear as Mr. Sakamoto bows and prays to honor the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Three simple words which resonate wisdom and purpose.
You can read further about Mr. Sakamoto and this New York Times Critic’s Pick film below.
Elvin Bishop’s music has been making people smile for over 50 years. A founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, he has performed and recorded with music legends such as B.B.King, John Lee Hooker, and the Allman Brothers. From deep down gutbucket Blues played in smoky South Side Chicago taverns, to raucous roadhouse R&B, he’s instilled all of his music with passion, creativity and a healthy helping of wisdom, wit and good humor!
Elvin and his Big Fun Trio-mates (Willy Jordan on cajon and vocals, Bob Welsh on guitar and piano) serve up a fresh new helping of their good ‘n’ greasy blues and R&B, highlighted by the title track, a comic State of the Union address as only the blues and Southern Rock legend can deliver. The album includes four additional new originals, Big Fun Trio takes on Elvin’s Right Now Is The Hour, Jackie Wilson’s (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher, Ann Peebles’ I Can’t Stand The Rain and more. “Deceptively loose but always tight…the raspy chuckle in Bishop’s singing and the sharp sting of his guitar are forceful and fresh, enduring and fun.” –Fresh Air, NPR
The 70s were an incredible period that produced many foundation music recordings. Hamish Champ has captured this explosive decade in a new book, 100 Best Selling Albums of the 70s.
I own 75% of the recordings listed in my collection. It was an exciting era where music sold in tonnage. Artists achieved multi-platinum sales (Platinum = 1 million albums sold). Arena rock became the new concert experience (the reason rock impresario Bill Graham closed his Fillmore East and West venues).