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Wow! Deep Purple release a new album this year with combined ages of 351 years!

 

Lineup: Ian Gillan (78), Roger Glover (78), Ian Paice (75), Don Airey (75), and the youngster Simon McBride (45)!

 

Nice to see that three members are from the original band and still going strong. Airey and McBride are brilliant replacements for Lord (R.I.P.) and Blackmore.

 

 

 

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This next song is from the 70's in French Quebec by Robert Charlebois and Louise Forestier. Big hit for them. This was back when Quebec had it's own airline, "Quebecair". The song is called Lindberg and it tells of a guy jetsetting around looking for his girlfriend Sophie 😁 Enjoy ;

 

 

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This next song from the Still Waters album by the BeeGees, Closer than Close,  has a terrific rythm but the opening lyrics by Maurice Gibb are quite frankly pornographic. Not sure what influence he held over the others to let that pass but during their One Night Only concert you can see the others are marginalizing him and telling the audience that Maurice will make a complete fool of himself with this song. You be the judge, Closer Than Close ;

 

 

At the time of Maurice'sdeath I was with Jeremy Sapienza's 'antistate dot com forum and one member shared her suspicions about Maurice's death in a Florida hospital. Maybe everyone hated him, who knows?

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Our memories of a song we have come to associate with pleasant thoughts may be disturbed at times because the author of the melody needed money and sold the rights to the song to interests that stored them in a pool to be used in some movie productions or videos. Essentially butchering the images we had previously associated with the tune. But then you get that tune that comes along, created for a movie but avoided as heck anywhere else, Tubular Bells was the theme of The Exorcist movie, a brilliant score by Jean Michel Jarre and part of his Oxygen album ;

 

 

I saw this movie when it was released in theatres and found it terrifying. The melody is great but the mental association removes all hopes of multitasking it into other works 😁 The evil it implies is too deep.

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In the movie American Beauty starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening

 

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there is a scene where Spacey and Bening are eating in the dining room and Spacey criticizes Bening's love for the theme music of South Pacific that she plays at mealtime because he considers the music corny. You be the judge ;

 

 

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At one time it seemed like many successful musicians were experimenting with LSD and finding spiritual fulfillment and guidance in Indian philosophy and music.

 

During this period Ravi Shankar appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine articles and was filmed in the company of rock musicians.

 

Ravi contributed depth to the western music being produced during that epoch.

 

Lots of water under the bridge since then and Ravi's daughter Anoushka is all grown up and producing tunes of her own.

 

She has played duets with her dad but aside from hearing one such performance on CBC radio while driving I could not find a video of that online.

 

So, here is Anoushka (without dad) playing Lasya on a Sitar, enjoy ;

 

 

 

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Living in a remote location we find many traditions are still very much alive. We say hello to each other even those we don't know and very often grab a quick chat.

 

A big rural hospital is near one such town where I sometimes go food shopping in a westerly direction that is more scenic than the eastbound city route.

 

Many elderly people live in the area for the medical care and peaceful casual daily pace of town life.

 

To this effect, and finally getting to the point, just when I thought after 30+ years shopping there that I might see a full bluegrass band playing "inside" the supermarket in a condiments corner arranged for them.

 

Frankly I was floored. It was the most amazing sign of spirit and life.

 

A first in my long life of plying supermarket aisles in different Canadian cities I have resided in my life.

 

I don't have a video but I try and ask around if anyone filmed it. Some had their phones and were filming but as I left I noted Ontario plates on many cars meaning the band probably had friends from out of town to come enjoy the small but rich sounding concert.

 

Nobody danced as there were shopping carts rolling around negotiating pathways through the spectators. 🤣

 

 

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Having seen actors become musicians we must also expect things working out in the other direction, musicians becoming actors. David Bowie was one such transformation of medium. He starred in The Man Who Fell to Earth, 

 

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Below playing Andy Warhol in a movie called "Basquait" named after a New York celebrity artist ;

 

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Popular musicians that did not read music ;

 

Jimmy Hendrix
Eric Clapton
Paul McCartney
Elvis Presley
Michael Jackson
Stevie Wonder
Bob Dylan
Eddie Van Halen
John Lennon
Prince
Kayne West
David Bowie
B. B. King
Janis Joplin
Freddie Mercury
Kurt Cobain
Billy Joel
Joni Mitchell
Dave Grohl
Robert Johnson

 

Looking at the list we find a blind man, Stevie Wonder. His handicap was no impediment to his learning musical Braille had he felt the need.

 

It is tougher to learn than visual music notation because you must first learn literary Braille then math Braille then music Braille.

 

Given this arduous journey it is still described as the most beautiful of the Braille languages.

 

Below a deeper look into the musical Braille system ;
 

 

This said, does anyone believe the music of these celebrities would have been of a higher quality if they had known how to read music?

 

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Now I have the deepest admiration for both Joe Cocker and Luciano Pavarotte but performing together kinda of leaves me with a taste of fish and peanut butter in the back of my mouth.

 

Here they are together trying to interface their way through Cocker's "You are so beautiful"

 

 

Pretty darn awkward stuff. Pavarotte looks like what he is holding back is making him stiff and uncomfortable 😁 Cocker looks refreshingly sober. When I saw him in concert he was so drunk he could barely stand, girls in the front row were showering him with flowers at his feet. It was super to see and hear him but a bit disappointing too. His singing was just good enough.

 

 

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Sometimes we come across a tune that gives a visual presentation an element of excitement and a pace that blends well with the action. One such instance of this type of image and sound blending that yielded great results was this clip from the movie "Snatch" during a rabbit hunt with dogs ;

 

 

 

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So Mandela is free. Personally I don't buy that incarceration story. The way he bounced back he was returning from sanctuary and ideological indoctrination to give Africans hope that things are heading in the right direction.

 

Next Simple Minds sing a Mandela is free song. Love the song although I can't say I'm that enthusiastic about the lyrics ;

 

 

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Throughout my 20s (first son at 27) we had a group of friends that shared a love of great music and big high fidelity equipment to play our record albums. Bringing your collection to a gathering meant hauling heavy milk crates full of albums. Cars would arrive at times with the rear suspension sagging.

 

Anyways, for us, our little clutch of friends, music was sacred. When CDs came along the more affluent of our buddies duplicated their large LP collection by buying the CD album too. Grumbling incessantly about some plot to make us spend too much. Heard much the same grumbling when Blueray came out.

 

So, anyways I hope that I have established that we took music seriously and we had narratives on every performer. A musical code of honor that I upset when I called Bruce Springsteen 'The Boss'. The indignation was clear. I explained that people just called him the boss like Elvis is The King. They did not like it. He's not my boss said one and another saying what is he the boss of anyways.

 

One guy said that Springsteen's teacher had said that Springsteen has the voice of a buffalo.

 

I took retreat and kept my love for his music secret lest I be disfellowshipped 😁

 

Here he is with "I'm On Fire" (live in London 2013)

 

 

 

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These are classed as the worst song titles ;

 

"You're The Reason Our Kids Are so Ugly"

- Loretta Lyn

 

"I've Been Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart"

- Johnny Cash

 

"Get Your Tongue Out Of My Mouth Cause I'm Kissing You Goodbye"

- Ray Stevens

 

"If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet"

- Mayday Parade

 

"Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict"

- Pink Floyd (Ummagumma album)

 

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