Showing posts from May, 2011

Goodbye to Romance - Guitar and Vocals only

This has brought a huge smile to my face and tears to my eyes when the solo comes in. As a huge Randy Rhoads fan, to be able to hear his guitars alone accompanying Ozzy's voice is great. Wish I had this when I would devour these records back in the early 80's to learn the songs, hehehe. Beautiful beautiful guitars! Enjoy.

Trent Reznor on Social Network score

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross talk about their score for THe Social Network. Great score for a great movie and this is a very good video about it.

Louisiana 1927

You know, there are songs out there that have touched many lives but you've probably never heard. Louisiana 1927 may just be that kind of song. I'm not sure I'd ever heard. Last December when I saw Justin Townes Earle live at Webster Hall he did an acapella rendition of this beautiful, soulful melancholic song which at the time I didn't know had been penned by Randy Newman. JTE blew me away with that song, the sudden rush of silence in the crowd... it was emotional.
When I got back to the apt. after the show, I googled the phrases I remembered and found the song on Spotify. Aaron Neville's version is heavenly but I love the original Randy Newman recording, there's just something there in the way he phrases those lines.
The song itself is fairly simple in lyrical structure, I think
In 1927 the Mississippi River flooded a good chunk of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. A lot of things were done that made it worse for residents of certain poor areas but avoided…

Justin Townes Earle

In December I was in New York City. I'd discovered Justin Townes Earle on Spotify by chance. It was a chain of events in fact. I live in Zaragoza, Spain and purchase British music rags randomly. Mojo, Classic Rock, Q, Uncut.... it depends on what's on the cover. A recent issue of UNCUT had Kings of Leon on the cover and in the article the bands talks about some of their favorite music. A name that kept popping up was Townes Van Zandt who I did not know anything about but recently had seen a cd compilation in stores, Be Here To Love Me, from a documentary on Townes' life by the same name. So I began to listen to TVZ and fell in love with some of his songs, heard cover versions and started to include Be Here to Love Me in my acoustic sets. Recently, I've incorporated Pancho and Lefty ( made famous by Willie Nelson) into my set also. One day as I was listening to Townes on Spotify ( for the uniniated, it's a music streaming service based in Sweden and very popular in …