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Musings from Pops … how about some Gimme Shelter

I’ve heard of the Eels but don’t have anything by them.  Will listen to your link as soon as I get my computer speakers running again.

On the way home from lunch I was listening to Gimme Shelter by the Stones.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned it but in case I haven’t, the verse sung by Merry Clayton (right out of the guitar solo) is to die for.  The way her voice cracks in two places……………………….orgasmic.  Speaking of Merry, if you haven’t seen a very, very good documentary called “Twenty Feet From Stardom” you need to .  Merry is in it along with many other unsung backup singers from the 60s (most notably Darlene Love who I understand just issued a solo album recently).  Very, very good movie about that aspect of the business.

Love you my man.  Oh, one more thing I love about music.  Yesterday I heard a song on the radio and immediately thought “that’s Humble Pie, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard it”.  Well no, onion breath, that’s the Faces (who I mostly missed back in the 60s until Rod Stewart joined them along with Ron Wood).  But I immediately knew why I made the mistake.  The late, great Steve Marriott was the leader and prime vocalist of both the original Faces and later, Humble Pie (with Peter Frampton), so, as usual, the vocals are the deciding sound.

Tell Lady Beth, Rumor and the little one (he/she, gay or straight) hello.   Love you.


Fire – I love this song

Speaking of Carl Palmer:  Check out “Fire” by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown;  pretty big hit in 1969 although Arthur was more of a weird novelty act.  Anyway that’s Carl on the drums right before he joined Emerson and Lake.  I believe Carl was also with a band called Atomic Rooster although after all these years I can’t say I’ve ever listened to a thing by them.  Greg Lake had a pretty good run with King Crimson (Robert Fripp’s band)  Fripp is a great guitarist and Lake’s vocal style is instantly recognizable.

Speaking of music, had a great time in Holdrege last night with Al Stewart and Dave Nachmanoff.  Two very good guitarists and of course, Stewart is a master lyricist.  Nice intimate setting with a lot of banter and explanation of song meanings.  Very, very nice.

Love you my main man and tell Lady Beth, Rumor and the little one hello.


The PERFECT song

I reserve the right to change my mind, but as of now, the PERFECT song of my lifetime is:

Carry On/Questions by CSNY, the opening track of their Deja Vu album.

Summer 1970, just back from Africa, not quite headed to Lincoln to go to college.

The center bridge harmonies:  “Carry on, love is coming, love is coming to us all” is the SOUND of Woodstock, free concerts in Golden Gate Park and all things hippie.

THEN, comes the bass line, the ethereal organ and lead guitar as we bridge between “Carry On” and “Questions”…….probably the most perfect instrumental interlude in rock history.

AAAHHHHHHH, I’m there Dude.

Love you and tell Lady Beth hell.


The power of music on our memory

I need to send these when I think of them so I make sure I remember them.

1. Good Times, Rolling Stones, on the Out of Our Heads album.  The song was originally done by the great Sam Cooke but, of course this Stones’ version was the first I ever heard in 1965 when this album came out.  I was 12 and you don’t get a more funky, mellow song than this.  Clearly the Stones started as lovers of American R& B and if I didn’t know that in 1965, I sure felt it.

2.. The power of music on our memory.   Paul McCartney issues the album RAM in May of 1971 which is his second solo album (most of us while listening are still hoping the Beatles aren’t serious about breaking up).  That same summer my mom is driving a dark green 1971 Olds 88 which, while not a Cadillac, is still a very luxurious car with great blue and green soft dash lights at night.  I can remember squiring your mother around the DC area that summer and borrowing Mom’s car was a real treat.  Anyhow, whenever I hear Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (as I did earlier this week), I am right back in that car in the summer of 1971.  It never ceases to amaze me how music does that.

3. A GREAT album that I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned:  Pictures At An Exhibition by Emerson, Lake & Palmer.  NOT the various live versions they’ve done but the actual album (which may actually have been live even though it sounds studio).  In any event, it’s something (like Tommy by the Who) that has to be listened to from start to finish (so set aside 40 minutes before you start listening).  Great, great musicianship, voice of Greg Lake, wonderful lyrics on the songs that HAVE lyrics and many, many mood and style changes as you go through it.

LOVE YOU and Lady Beth (and Rumor).   Stay safe and tell me what you think… LOVE YOU GUYS.