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?
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:
Here’s a clip by of what I consider rock’s greatest rhythm section, The Who. This song demonstrates the prowess of these fine musicians just prior to their prolific record releases of Who’s Next andQuadriophia.
I stumbled across an excellent collection on Youtube Channel called FolkSeattle, which has several excellent old black and white footage of legendary blues player. Here are the videos of one of my favorite duos – Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. In our days of modern technology and studio gadgets and trickery, it’s refreshing to see the power of 2 men, one acoustic guitar and harmonica. Enjoy!
In a recent post, I linked to some studio audio showing the creative process of George Harrison and the Beatles composing “Something.” As an added treat, here’s an excellent video with the isolated vocals of the final product. It’s really quite telling to hear the lush sounding vocals of Mr. Harrison along with Paul McCartney. Knowing this recording was made in days before autotune and modern studio trickery, makes it all the more impressive.