I’ve talked about Rudy Van Gelder previously on this blog. I came across this short video about the legendary label, Blue Note Records and prolific recorder, Rudy Van Gelder. I find it interesting how they discuss the “3-Day Rehearsal” as a preparation for recording. I think this is an excellent way to prepare for a recording session – especially if you are recording a band live.
Here’s a cool video that shows a young Eric Clapton demonstrating how he gets different sounds on his electric guitar and sheds some light on his fingerboard technique. This video was shot during the Cream days, when Clapton favored Gibson guitars. Enjoy!
Hat tip to the excellent website, Open Culture
I apologize for being so lackadaisical about updating this blog. I could make excuses about the summer and my being busy working on new music, but I won’t.
Meanwhile, here in Seattle, we’re experiencing smokey skies because of the large forest fires in the nearby Cascade Mountains. This brings me the video below. It’s a perfect song for people in the west.
In the meantime, this title becomes more and more meaningful:
I came across this fascinating video showing Neil Young, circa 1971, hanging out on his California ranch. This time period is right before he released his masterpiece, Harvest. We also get to meet, the “Old Man,” the subject of Neil’s classic “Old Man “.
As a songwriter, it’s not surprising that Neil’s ranch environment played such a vital inspirational role in his music of the day. Hat Tip to the excellent music blog, Aquarium Drunkard!
While cruising the internet, I came across this fascinating video from 1997, David Bowie’s “Inspirations.” (Hat tip to the always excellent website, openculture.com) Watching the video, we get a glimpse into Mr. Bowie’s creative process. What really impressed me was how he constantly pushed himself out of his comfort zone in order to grow as an artist. Whether you’re a Bowie fan or not, this 15 minute video about art and creativity is well worth watching. Enjoy!
NOTE: This post was originally published last year. Moving it it to the top because of the time of year.
The holiday season is the time of year when I would normally be talking about that “chill in the air.” However, with the reality of climate change,, that is not the case for many people. One thing that is consistent with this time of year are classic Christmas songs.
There are an abundance of wonderful Christmas songs. From the obscure to the over-played staples of popular culture, we all have our favorites. As I stared working on this post, I realized that narrowing my choice down to five songs would be a difficult task.
Here is my list (with one Bonus Track.) What are your favorites?
John Prine: Christmas in Prison
Jim White: Christmas Day
Bill Haley and the Comets: Jingle Bell Rock
Barking Dogs: Jingle Bells
Elvis Presley: Blue Christmas
Bonus Track below the fold
Here’s a cool video of Steve Albini discussing his philosophy about recording music that differs from his own tastes. This is an issue that we all have to deal with when recording other people.
Hat tip to Pro Studio Live
Here’s a clip showing the brilliance of Marvin Gaye a his band in the studio working on “I Want You.” I love this video because it shows Marvin being so chill as he hashes out the song. Much credit goes to his kick ass band.
Here’s a video about the enigmatic and legendary producer/engineer Joe Meek. As you see in the video, Meek was an innovator of so many recording techniques that we take for granted. The video is a promotion for a book with the same title, JOE MEEK’S BOLD TECHNIQUES, 2nd EDITION
By Barry Cleveland. The book sounds fascinating and definitely worth a read.
I hope everyone’s summer is going well. Summer is the season of light blog posting. With that in mind, I thought I would post something a little different. Here is a video I found via the website, Dangerous Minds. It’s a “Death Metal” Version of the classic song from the movie, “Grease.”
I am not sure why this amuses me so much – but here you go: