Hear more, here, on Bandcamp.
What a great band. I saw them, when I was still at school, at the Inverness Ice Rink. They were/are one of the few bands that continued to record very strong cover versions (Beggar’s Day, Love Hurts, Cocaine, Java Blues etc) alongside their own originals: Hair of the Dog (which Guns ‘n’ Roses later recorded), Expect No Mercy, Holiday etc.Continue reading “Nazareth – a reminder from Cultural Offering”
Bach’s music needs to be unlocked; its emotional content, when discovered, is somehow in and of itself, and uniquely musical. Much of it is deeply confessional. By contrast, Romantic music now seemed to create a broader emotional landscape: that of falling in love, spending a night on a bare mountain, suffering in turmoil or throwing oneself off a parapet. Instead of experiencing those things for ourselves, we are given music that stirs and excites the corresponding emotions within us. Thus the refrains of the Romantics are often more accessible, yielding their power more or less immediately. Those of us who prefer the earlier mode might even say this emotional mode became a mere substitute for experience, and that the unique, private experience of music was diminished.
Derren Brown, Happy (p152)
On a separate note, I love the above portrait, borrowed from DerrenBrown.co.uk. It’s so rich. And, I’m not at all jealous of the laddered library, nor of the impressive amp in the background. No, I’m not.
The reason I’m here, the reason I was born, the reason I’m on this earth, is to write songs.
Joan Armatrading, Joan Armatrading: Me Myself I [57:45]
Admire the clarity of purpose. Joan Armatrading speaking right at the end of this fascinating documentary on BBC4.Continue reading “Clarity: the reason I’m here…”
Here’s a fascinating read. It’s an interview with Danny Goldberg, onetime manager of Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt, Belinda Carlisle, Steve Earle and others.
He talks about reputation and the differences in small business and big business experience. Also, of course, he talks about the complexity of the artist-manager relationship.Continue reading “Greatest [music] managers: Danny Goldberg”
Just so’s you know, I’m loving the new album from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Traveler.
Some samples from YouTube…
Just sooo good.
Life isn’t about finding yourself, or finding anything. Life is about creating yourself … and creating things.Bob Dylan, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story [00:06:11]
I’ve just watched Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue and this quote, from current-day Dylan stuck in my head. I’m sure I’ve read the same sentiment somewhere else recently, but I can’t place it.
The film, available on Netflix, is worth watching both for 1970s Dylan’s performances and current-day Dylan’s commentary.
Eclecticity Light points us towards this gem…
I’ve only listened to this first episode so far, but it’s thoughtful and engaging.
There are six episodes in the series, each centred on a song (the first is Calling to You from 1993’s Fate of Nations) but ranging far and wide around its topic.
You can find them on YouTube, as above, or on RobertPlant.com.
I’m looking forward to finding time for the rest.
At first pass, the hedonistic, glam world of rock music seems an unlikely place for a practising Stoic.
But, then you reflect on the impossible highs and lows of life on the road; the shapeless, twilight, drudgery of tour-bus life and it begins to make sense.Continue reading “Rock ‘n’ roll ‘n’ stoicism – @HurricaneNita”