Here’s an excellent documentary about the legendary Fender Stratocaster and its influence on modern music. From the early days and the brilliance of Leo Fender, to the all-star list of players who testify to the prowess of the instrument, this Grenada TV documentary shows us why people love this style of guitar. On a side note, I am not sure why the YouTube description reads. “Mark Knopfler Curves, Contours and Body Horns.” Mr. Knopfler is featured in the program – but so are many other great players.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Johnny Winter. I had the good fortune of seeing him a few years back and he was in top form.
Here’s a video, where he talks about his guitar technique and he tells stories about some of the legends he’s played with, including the great Freddy King.
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.
10/7/14 Edited: Changed Video Source from YouTube to Archive.org. (YouTube toasted the original video.)
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.
Today we lost another treasure, Pete Seeger. Rest in peace, Pete!
Here’s a classic video, of Pete’s Rainbow Quest show, with the legendary Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
Here’s a fascinating video showing the genius of Brian Wilson during the Pet Sounds sessions. Wouldn’t Be Nice was the first song recorded for this classic album and this video gives us a glimpse into the complexity and brilliance of Wilson’s musical arrangement skills.
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, openculture.com
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!
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.
And a Bonus Track:.