Pete Seeger died in January, gone the way of the flowers, and since this is the first Labor Day since his passing I thought it appropriate to remember how important he was to the workers of the world. Here's a story from the USA Today, Seeger had profound impact on labor movement.
The past week has seen Kate Bush the center of musical attention in the UK. The reclusive singer who's little known in the US has come out of hiding.
Bush has been making a comeback of sorts beginning with Aerial, a two disc album of new material in 2005, and 50 Words For Snow, a wintery-themed release back in 2011. Now it's kicked into high gear with a new documentary and tour.
The hour long BBC documentary The Kate Bush Story, Running Up That Hill aired in England last week and for a few days was available on YouTube until it was pulled. Bastards. When do we in the United States get to see it?
She also performed in concert for the first time in 35 years this past Tuesday in London. Bush had only done one tour back in 1979. In late 1978 she was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Here's "The Man With The Child In His Eyes" from that night in New York with Paul Shaffer on piano and she writhing on top of it in a gold lamé jumpsuit.
She's not touring again but performing 22 dates at the same London venue, the Eventim Apollo. Bush is adamant about not having any video or photography during the show but some has managed to surface.
Here's the set list from opening night.
“Lily” “Hounds Of Love” "Joanni” “Top Of The City” “Running Up That Hill” “King Of The Mountain” “And Dream Of Sheep” “Under Ice” “Waking The Witch” “Watching You Without Me” “Jig Of Life” “Hello Earth” “The Morning Fog” “Prelude” “Prologue” “An Architect’s Dream” “The Painter’s Link” “Sunset” “Aerial Tal” “Somewhere In Between” “Nocturn” “Aerial”
A 1981 documentary produced by Viacom Cablevision was posted to Google Plus back in 2011 by Bruce Hennes. Suddenly it's gone a bit viral on Cleveland Facebook walls.
Coventry Village Art Fair (click on the link to watch) really captures the waning hippie culture that powered the Cleveland Heights neighborhood. The half hour video is filled with interviews along with performance footage from some of the acts at the annual festival (it was abandoned for a few years). It's fun to see Peanuts asking why there were no new wave groups on the schedule, a young Alex Bevan and band and all the freaks that were the fabric of the eccentric neighborhood.
And while I'm at it here's some footage shot by Ken Dixon from that very year of Oroboros performing at the fair.
The late folk singer John Bassette introduces Alex Bevan at the fair.
It used to be that when you were out driving around town with the windows down you'd roll up next to someone and hear the music emanating from their car. Maybe you'd like it or maybe you wouldn't. Often times you'd be listening to the same thing, a radio station such as WMMS. You'd turn your car radio up and give an acknowledged nod to the other driver as if the music had made you members of the same club. Or the same social circle.
In the early days social media on the internet there was just message boards. I belonged to a few music centric boards. There would be threads that might be called something like "what are you listening to right now?" where you'd post.
I can't say I was the first to post photos of what I was listening to but I don't recall seeing anyone else doing it back then. I'd hold up a record, covering my face, and take a photo using the camera on my desk top computer. I even took one of myself in front of the Eiffel Tower holding up the new Coldplay record I'd just purchased on the Champs-Elysees.
When Facebook and Twitter came about along with smart phones I began taking photos of the record propped up next to the turntable. I still do it with regularity.
For me, sharing what you're listening to with friends is one of the fun things about social media. It's why Spotify is so much better than Beats Music and other services. That social aspect allows you to see what your friends are listening to, sometimes influencing your decision on what to play. I don't understand why some people find that aspect of Spotify objectionable. Why are they afraid to let people know what they're listening to? So what if I'm enjoying the Mary Poppins soundtrack.
I typically contained it to photos of my vinyl collection but now I'm in the process of moving all of my CDs upstairs and into new storage cabinets. It'll be a time consuming process that I described on my other blog a couple of days ago, Consolidating my CD collection, the process begins.
Since I'll be going through my entire collection I plan on listening to many of my CDs, which have been neglected in recent years. So I'm going to post photos of them just as I do with the vinyl records. When I posted my first "CD Session" photo someone said, "I thought you were a vinyl guy". I'm a music guy and I love to share.
It's been awhile since I wrote about nutrition. Probably because my diet's pretty boring other than when I dine out. I stay the course and eat healthy at breakfast and lunch then light the grill at night, throw on some meat and begin to feel guilty.
I guess it's an evolution for all of us. Eventually our love of meat and poultry are overshadowed by what it is we're actually consuming. I'm really talking about intensive animal farming or factory farming. It really is disgusting.
In a way I feel as if I'm enlightened. I can't turn a blind eye to it anymore.
There's plenty of health benefits to it as well. So I guess the health factors and my humanity will work hand in hand in staying the course.
I'm not about to become a vegetarian nor a vegan. I'll still eat fish and egg whites. And I'm not opposed to having a piece of meat or poultry on a rare occasion. I just need to know that it comes from a free range local farm where every piece of the animal is used, from hoof to snout as they say. So the question I ask is how do I know who's using this type of meat exclusively? What butcher offers it? What restaurants? I hope you have some suggestions.
Most of the time we watch short form videos on YouTube, but checking out an entire concert shouldn't mean having to watch it on your computer. With the YouTube app built into nearly every big screen TV today and streaming devices like Apple TV we can watch from the comfort of our couch. So I'm going to give you five excellent full length concerts for an evening's entertainment.
Today it's Paul McCartney, Hollywood Blvd., September 23, 2013