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.

 

 

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INTRODUCING VAULT #36: CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND TROUT MASK REPLICA

I get some cool items in my Gmail from time to time, sharing this package with my readers.

Wishing I had the discretionary income to get this from the Third Man Records Vault.  Hmm, maybe WordPress monetization could solve that itch 😉 Love that marble vinyl.

Imagine being a high school teacher in Pomona, California and that Frank Zappa and the Beef are students in your class. True story about them…

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

Johnny Cash: Forever Words – Available Friday April 6

Johnny Cash’s legend lives on in a unique collaboration project, Johnny Cash: The Music, Forever Words. 

The album co-produced by Johnny and June Carter Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, features music chosen from Johnny Cash’s handwritten letters, poems, and documents discovered after the deaths of his parents.

The album showcases Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s eldest daughter, who interpreted her Dad’s “The Walking Wounded,” marking just the second time that she has collaborated on a record with her half-brother John Carter Cash.

Filmed by David McClister at Johnny Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas (part of the Dyess Colony Heritage Site and Museum).

“Determining the artist for each song was truly a matter of the heart,” John Carter Cash said in a statement. “I picked the artists who are most connected with my father, who had a personal story that was connected with Dad. It became an exciting endeavor to go through these works, to put them together and present them to different people who could finish them in a way that I believed that Dad would have wanted.”

Johnny Cash: Forever Words
1. Forever/I Still Miss Someone – Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson
2. To June This Morning – Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves
3. Gold All Over the Ground – Brad Paisley
4. You Never Knew My Mind – Chris Cornell
5. The Captain’s Daughter – Alison Krauss and Union Station
6. Jellico Coal Man – T. Bone Burnett
7. The Walking Wounded – Rosanne Cash
8. Them Double Blues – John Mellencamp
9. Body on Body – Jewel
10. I’ll Still Love You – Elvis Costello
11. June’s Sundown – Carlene Carter
12. He Bore It All – Daily and Vincent
13. Chinky Pin Hill – I’m With Her
14. Goin’, Goin’, Gone – Robert Glasper featuring Ro James, and Anu Sun
15. What Would I Dreamer Do? – The Jayhawks
16. Spirit Rider – Jamey Johnson

Johnny Cash: Forever Words is the musical companion to the best-selling “Forever Words: The Unknown Poems,” a volume of Cash’s unpublished writing edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and curated by John Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz.

 

50 Years Ago Today We Lost Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Early morning, April four
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky.
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride.

“Pride (In the Name of Love) – U2”

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I recall the day like it was yesterday. I was a junior at Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk, CT, in 1968, 50 years ago. I learned from the evening news that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It paralyzed my heart. I felt lost. I was a great admirer of Dr. King and his non-violent teachings. How could someone do such a thing?

If you ever get to Memphis please visit and honor Dr. King’s memory. The Lorraine Hotel hosts the National Civil Rights Museum. We saw the balcony and the vintage cars from the Memphis tour van a couple of years ago. A moment forever frozen in time. A humbling moment. You’ll feel his spirit there.

 

 

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…

Code Girl

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Mary Halvorson’s latest direction with songwriting translates into the nucleus, Code Girl, a collaborative that enhances the avant-garde jazz landscape with an innovative double CD of 14 songs.

Code Girl is Amirtha Kidambi (voice), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Michael Formanek (bass) & Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

I love to have my psyche challenged through the intensified application of music technology. Code Girl taps the brain with riveting intervals of programmatic sound.  The audio interpreter within us processes the composition to increase our appreciation for each song’s merit.

As we evolve an era of music technological change, Code Girl marshals a convergence of avant-garde jazz with an encoded experience.

Immerse yourself. Discover a transcendent experience that illuminates the soul.