Video: The Crossroads Legend – Search for Robert Johnson

We’re approaching the dog days of summer and my posts have been infrequent at best. I have been busy working on different projects and playing music with my friends. At least that is my excuse at the moment.

Summertime always gets me thinking about the blues and when we talk about blues, there’s the one and only Robert Johnson. Here’s a documentary I stumbled across that may be of interest for blues aficionados. The video examines the life and influences of the legendary guitar player.

Video: Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World

Here’s a cool video about that great guitar innovation – the Wah Wah pedal. I first took notice of the Cry Baby Wah Wah when I heard Jimi Hendrix’s amazing “Still Raining, Still Dreaming.” In my opinion, that’s the greatest Wah Wah song ever. Incidentally, I still have my original Thomas Organ Cry Baby Wah Wah, which I purchased brand new in the late 1970′s from Sabol’s Music Store in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World from Joey Tosi on Vimeo.

As a bonus, please listen to Mr. Hendrix blistering rendition of “Still Raining, Still Dreaming.”

Video: Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue

I came across this video while browsing Dangerous Minds, one of my favorite websites. This is an incredible video that examines Miles Davis and his “Electric Period.” I found the program very informative, especially hearing from the musicians who knew and played with Miles. For musicians, there are many important lessons to be learned in this excellent video. To cap it all off, the 2nd half of the program (around the 43 minute mark) features Miles’ historic performance at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival. Enjoy!

Hat Tip Dangerous Minds

Daniel Lanois & Pharrell Williams at Home in the Studio

Here is an excellent video with Pharrell Williams interviewing Daniel Lanois. Lanois talks about his vast musical history and gives us a glimpse into his personal studio. Highlights to look for: Lanois gives us an demonstration of his pedal steel playing and shows us some cool vintage gear. It is definitely worth the taking the time to watch the entire program.

The Importance of Sound Treatment

Musicians, whether they are recording or just playing music, need to understand the importance of “room treatment” and how it plays a key role in the sound you hear. I have had mixed results trying to explain this concept to others. In my own case, I noticed the difference immediately after I hung my first homemade absorber over my listening position at Tangled Wire Studios. Since then I have added several absorbers and bass traps to my recording space. I can say with confidence, I have a decent sounding room.

I recently cam across an excellent and short video that explains how sound travels within a room. (Hat tip to the Tape Op Blog) The explanation is concise and the terminology used is simple enough for non-scientific minds like mine.

Black Sabbath on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert (1975)

Here’s something I came across while browsing Youtube. I remember watching Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert when I was a kid. I have no recollection of this episode, though. Maybe Black Sabbath was too much for my local TV station in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I consider it really amazing, seeing audience’s enthusiastic reception to Black Sabbath’s high energy performance. I especially like the band’s rendition of “Hole in The Sky,” from the underrated record, “Sabotage.

Here’s the setlist:
1. Intro
2. Killing Yourself To Live
3. Hole In The Sky
4. Snowblind
5. War Pigs
6. Paranoid

The Songwriting Process: Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devil”

Naissance de "Sympathy for the devil " (one+one… by cinocheproduction

Here’s an interesting video showing the songwriting process of the Rolling Stones creating their classic song, “Sympathy for the Devil.” What’s not to like about this clip? You get to see the Stones at their prime in 1968 working on their classic record, “Beggar’s Banquet.” The footage was shot by French new wave cinema icon, Jean-Luc Godard.

I find it interesting to see the song develop from it’s original concept to the classic song we all know and love.

H/T to the always excellent site,