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Neil Young: Songwriting & Life at the Ranch 1971

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!

Video: My Top 5 Christmas Songs

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

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Video: Joe Meek and his Bold Techniques

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.

R.I.P. Joe Cocker

We lost another great. I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Cocker back in the late 1980’s. For this particular show, I was lucky enough to have a front row and center seat. All I can say is Mr. Cocker did not disappoint. In fact, I always put this show in my top five all-time concert going experiences. Rest in Peace, Joe!

More on George Harrison and the Beatles: Something

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.

Hat Tip to the always excellent Bobby Owsinski’s Big Picture blog. If you are interested in recording and music production, you need to check his blog out!

“Curves, Contours and Body Horns” – A Fender Stratocaster Documentary

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.

H/T Drew Dundon