Friday, May 18, 2012

on the radio

music is indeed the universal language...

Donna Summer dies...well that's a bummer because I really liked her...she was a little soul and disco and R&B..."on the radio" is a favorite....good time music with some attitude..a great voice and sexy as hell...

but on a brighter note, I was reading the Coastal View and saw an interesting concert upcoming at the Plaza Playhouse Theater in Carp.....Danny O'Keefe and Bob Lind...Saturday May 26...7:00 PM... (ticket says says 8pm)
these guys go way back....Bob Lind for the brilliant "Elusive Butterfly" and Danny O'Keefe for all his music, beginning with "Good Time Charlie's got the Blues"....O'Keefe caught the singer songwriter wave in the 1970s and he is one of the best

I always loved Lind's "Elusive Butterfly"...the string arrrangement was extra nice and done by Jack Nitzsche before Neil Young got a hold of him...Lind's influence was all over Neil's first album and the Buffalo Springfield as well...

Two substantial men in the musical industry, Lenny Waronker and Jack Nitzsche, took the 23 year-old Lind under their wing. Waronker, who was operating Metric Music Publishing (he would later work for Warner Brothers Records in an executive capacity) offered the contract to Lind. Nitzsche, who died in 2002, wore comfortably the two hats of arranger and producer. In his former duty, Nitzsche created the “wall” for Phil Spector’s famous “wall of sound” recordings, his creative usage of strings raising the standard. For years, the Lind-Nitzsche pairing had been forgotten with the exception of the “Elusive Butterfly” single. A reappraisal of their recordings (two LPs, unreleased material, and a few non-album tracks) occurred in 2007 when England’s Big Beat label released a CD called Bob Lind Elusive Butterfly: The Complete Jack Nitzsche Sessions. It presents a different side to Nitzsche’s musical genius. Instead of the melodrama of “You Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” or the Wagnerian splendor of “And Then He Kissed Me,” Nitzsche’s arrangements were subtle, floating over Lind’s strong vocals like cumulus clouds. It sounded more like the Nitzsche arrangements that were to come (Buffalo Springfield’s “Expecting to Fly”) than his work with Spector...

SDT: How did you and Danny O’Keefe organize this current tour? Will the program be a songwriter’s swap or will there be separate sets?

BL: No, Danny does his thing and I do mine. We may do a couple duets at the end of the night if we’re in the mood, but it’s basically O’Keefe sings O’Keefe and Lind sings Lind. As to how it came together? My manager, Jill Guerra, is about 99 percent responsible for that. It started out with me sending Danny, whom I’ve never met, an email. I’ve always loved his songs, notably “Magdalene” and “Just Like a Girl Again.” One night I was playing around on YouTube, revisiting some of his songs. Just on a whim I found his website and wrote him what amounts to a fan letter. I told him I appreciated the care he takes with his writing, never settling for a line that “will work okay,” when with a little more patience, he can find the right word. (à la “She talks in splice and splinters, she laughs like breaking glass…stealing all my images till there’s nothing left to say.”) I’ve known enchanting [women] like that and fallen under their power. So I wrote and told him I appreciated his care and honesty. I was delighted to get back an email from him saying he respected my work as well.

LA in the 60s was a music mecca where all these young guys and gals with extraordinary talent and guts produced some really great music and played clubs like the Troubedour, Whiskey and the Palamino....and we kids listened to all that stuff on the's in our blood now

Neil's ode to Los Angeles showed up on the Time Fades Away was raunchy and brilliant..."city in the smog, don't you wish that you could be here too?"

well, if the Plaza keeps doing things like this, the future looks good for this little for art's sake..this is a nonprofit I can support 101%!

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