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.
Here’s a great little film featuring one of my favorite songwriters, Jim White. Filmed during a recent U.K. tour, we get a glimpse into Jim’s music and his personality. I have had the good fortune to see him perform several times and was never disappointed. Check out the film and look for his records. You won’t be sorry.
This is something to behold! This clip is entertaining and educational on so many levels. Note how the songs and the harmonies are constructed. This is how singing should be – from the heart without autotune. This video clip is a must watch for anyone who writes and arranges song!
Here’s something a little different. This is a short story I wrote based on some real life events. This story is about Ronald Reagan, the 1980′s and LSD. All names have been changed to protect the not so innocent.
I am still bummed out about the untimely departure of Jason Molina. If you want to see how great he was, check out these High Definition videos from Alabama Public Television’s “We Have Signal.” (I wish my local PBS Station would carry this program.) You can watch Jason and the excellent, Magnolia Electric Company doing a nearly 30-minute set.
I discovered this obscure gem while searching through a record store bargain bin back in the early 1980s. At the time, I was unaware of who Alex Taylor was and I had no idea about his lineage.(More on that later) However, the album’s cover photography and the Capricorn record label were enough to persuade me to drop a few bucks and take a chance on this record. Looking back, Dinnertime was one of my best all-time bargain bin scores.
Who is Alex Taylor? Imagine a more bluesy and funkier version of his younger brother, James Taylor. From Wikipedia:
Alexander “Alex” Taylor (February 28, 1947 – March 12, 1993) was an American singer. Alexander Taylor was the eldest child of Dr. Isaac M. Taylor and Gertrude Taylor. He was a member of a family which produced a number of musicians, the most famous of whom is James Taylor, but also includes Livingston, Hugh and Kate Taylor.
Dnnertime is an excellent vehicle that demonstrates Alex’s soulful blues chops and heartfelt crooning. For this record, all the right elements came together: The talent of Alex Taylor, coupled with a fine cast of supporting musicians, working in the legendary Muscle Shoals studio. Add it all up and you get a classic recording.
From the first track, ” Change Your Sexy Ways” to the final song, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “From a Buick Six,” there is not a weak track on this record. Some standout tracks to look for are covers of Randy Newman’s “Let’s Burn Down the Cornfield, Jessie Winchester’s “Payday” and Charlie Rich’s “Who Will The Next Fool Be.”
Here’s an example
I can’t for the life of me understand why Dinnertime is “obscure.” In my opinion, it’s criminal that more people aren’t aware of this classic record. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find examples of songs from Dinnertime on the web to share with you.
Allmusic.com has some short clips from each song and if you’re a member of Spotify you can find Dinnertime streaming. Dinnertime was also re-released as a CD and Mp3s a few years back. You can find it at places like Amazon.
“Change Your Sexy Ways” (Alex Taylor, Chuck Leavell, Jim Nalls) – 7:07
“Let’s Burn Down the Cornfield” (Randy Newman) – 4:25
“Comin’ Back to You” (Scott Boyer) – 4:15
“Four Days Gone” (Stephen Stills) – 3:56
“Payday” (Jesse Winchester) – 4:53
“Who’s Been Talking?” (Howlin’ Wolf) – 4:45
“Who Will the Next Fool Be?” (Charlie Rich) – 4:50
“From a Buick Six” (Bob Dylan) – 4:54
Alex Taylor – vocals
Scott Boyer – guitar, background vocals
Chuck Leavell – piano, keyboards, vibaphone
Paul Hornsby – organ, keyboards
Johnny Sandlin – bass, moog synthesizer
Wayne Perkins – bass, guitar, slide guitar
John Hughey – steel guitar
Jim Nalls – guitar
Charlie Hayward – bass
Jaimoe – percussion, conga, timbales
Bill Stewart – drums
Roger Hawkins – percussion, conga, tambourine
Lou Mullenix – percussion, timbales
Earl Sims – percussion
Charles Chalmers – background vocals
Sandra Chalmers – background vocals
Ginger Holladay – background vocals
Mary Holladay – background vocals
Donna Rhodes – background vocals
Sandra Rhodes – background vocals
Temple Riser – background vocals
Steve Smith – background vocals
Producer: Johnny Sandlin
Recording Engineer: Steve Smith/Johnny Sandlin
Remixing: Johnny Sandlin/Jeff Willens/Richard Rosebrough/Danny Tuberville
Photography: Barry Feinstein/Tom Wilkes
Executive Supervisor: Phil Wald
This is a new feature I’m adding to the blog because I think it’s important to listen to a lot of different music. It’s my hope that I will help turn you on to an artist or recording you might not be familiar with.
First up is songwriter extraordinaire, Jill Sobule and her excellent recording, “California Years.” Songwriter’s take note and listen Jill’s songs. She is a master at her craft.
Here’s a video of Jill performing a song from the record, “Where is Bobbie Gentry.”