Thursday, February 4, 2016

YFT - Pretenders

Another "YouTube From Tom"

I was driving around today listening to music when up popped The Pretenders performing "Middle of the Road."  It's a great song and they are a terrific band.  I have always admired their musicianship and Chrissie Hynde's singing and song-writing.  Their discography is pretty epic so it's hard to pick a favorite, but for me "Show Me" is near the top if not the top.  Remembering this I hopped on to YouTube for some "Show Me" investigation.  In presenting my final results I thought it best to give you a studio recording and a live performance.  The audio mix on the live performance is a bit muffled.  Anyway, for me the high point of "Show Me" is the insanely great little bridge, which really grooves with unexpected power.  In the studio recording it's at 2:05 and again at 3:30.  In the live performance it's at 2:10 and again at 3:04 in a little variation of the original riff. Oh, and Robbie McIntosh plays a very nifty guitar solo near the end of the live performance.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Star Wars ...

Finally got around to seeing Star Wars weekend before last.  It was very watchable and I had a good time.  However, I have a couple of observations:

1.  Am I the only one who is getting tired of John Williams?  About half way through the movie the score began to irritate me.  It was ever-present, bombastic,  and self-derivative.  I realize that the film- makers had to incorporate the beloved theme music to some extent, but come on!

2.  There was far less dialog and character development than I expected there would be, especially with J.J. Abrams in the director's chair.  Compare his reboot of the Star Trek franchise with the new Star Wars and if you are honest with yourself you will realize that J.J.'s Star Trek is a better film.  This is the case because of the wonderful dialog and character development in the Star Trek reboot.  I've seen the Star Trek film three times and loved it all three.  The score by Michael Giacchino is a refreshing departure from the heavy hand of John Williams.  Check it out and you will see what I mean.

p.s. By the way, I agree with the general consensus, including J.J.  himself, that his following up, "Star Trek -- Into Darkness" was a disappointment.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sad news re: climate-change

Attention all climate-change deniers, and assorted trolls.  I realize that this article will probably never cause your frozen minds to change, but you really should read and accept it.  As for the rest of you, read it and weep.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bowie R.I.P.

I thought about writing a long post about David Bowie and his influence on me over fifty some years, but then I realized it was best to keep it real simple.  Probably my favorite Bowie track is his powerful yet divine rendition of the classic "Wild Is The Wind."  Funny how few people have heard it, or how many have forgotten about it.  The whole thing still blows me away, in particular the genius release just after 4:10 into the tune.  Luckily for you, you can check it out right here.

Ground control to major David.  Rest in peace brother.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

YFT - Rob Thomas

Further exploring Daryl's House I found the session with Rob Thomas.  (More on that later.)  Rob was a founding member of "Matchbox Twenty," but I would venture to guess that most of us who are familiar with Rob Thomas came to know him though his vocal on "Smooth," which turned out to be a huge smash hit for Carlos Santana.  Here is an excerpt from "All Music" giving a bit of history about "Smooth."
Matchbox Twenty reserved 1999 as the year to record their eagerly anticipated second album, but they didn't disappear from the spotlight, due to the unexpected success of "Smooth," a Santana song co-written and sung by Rob Thomas. "Smooth" was one of many songs sung by celebrities on Santana's cameo-studded comeback album Supernatural, but it was the one chosen as the lead single. A wise choice, as it turned out, since it became a true pop phenomenon, topping many radio charts and driving Supernatural to multi-platinum sales and many industry awards. Throughout the second half of 1999, "Smooth" was inescapable, as it and Supernatural sat on the top of the pop charts. Its success brought more attention to Matchbox Twenty, and Yourself or Someone Like You rocketed to over ten million copies sold -- which now qualified it for the RIAA's Diamond Award, which is only granted to records that have moved over ten million units. On top of that, Thomas was named BMI's 1999 Pop Songwriter of the Year, for "Smooth" and his work with Matchbox Twenty. Early in 2000, Thomas won three Grammys for "Smooth" -- Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Having read that, I'll bet you are itching to hear "Smooth" right here and now.  I never get tired of hearing that tune.

Anyhow, this leads me to Rob's appearance at Daryl's House.  All of the songs are great and it's hard for me to pick a favorite, but I'm gonna settle on "Someday," a song written by Rob.  He and Daryl sound so nice on this track, and the lyrics are inspiring.  Enjoy it right here.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The President wipes away tears

The President teared up when speaking about the Sandy Hook massacre.  Of course the right wing nuts and Fox news mocked him and claimed the tears were not authentic, etc.  I for one believe the tears showed great compassion and moral strength, Seeing the tears deeply moved me and made me more proud of our president than ever.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

YFT - Bacon Bros. at Daryl's House

Probably all of us think Kevin Bacon is a very good actor.  But it turns out he is one heck of a musician and singer.  He and his brother Michael perform together as the Bacon Brothers.  In February of 2009 they were guests of Daryl Hall at Daryl's house.  The number I like the best is "Go My Way" with Kevin just doing vocals, although he plays guitar on other numbers.  It's a great tune and you can listen to it right here.  Again, there is a tinge of sadness in this number because of the presence of the great T. Bone Wolk, who died exactly a year later.  His guitar work on "Go My Way", especially the solo, is something I never get tired listening to.  Alas, T. Bone died while all the assholes continue to live on.