You don’t need to be under the influence of anything to get the most out of music or life...but I do enjoy the title spin on the Huxley book. And it does tie into this week’s show for the Memorial Day weekend.
The Electric Croude
Could you name the band that played on more #1 hits than the Beatles, Stones, Elvis and Beach Boys combined? A great trivia question--more importantly--a great slice of music history.
They were called The Funk Brothers--not only did they play on ALL those great Motown hits but they are they are still influential today--think everyone from Talking Heads to Jeff Beck.
Its fun to have musicians like Mike Stern, Thomas Youngblood, Mike Pope et alia during Guitar Month--but--we’ve got a host of great musicians in our own backyard. And that’s what the show is about this week--concentrating on Virginia pickers.
If you play it they will come... OK, couldn't resist that. But its true. A non-descript, no name electric guitar has been fretted around the world by thousands of fingers. Its story this week on The Electric Croude as we continue our celebration of International Guitar Month. Simple rules for those in the mix... original tune/keep it for a week/pass it on. Check this out for more details.
Guitar Player magazine got it right calling Jake Hertzog the ambassador to the non-jazz world. Readers of GP know that Jake is a talented Berklee educated musician--and as eloquent as he is smart. I was thrilled to chat by phone with him recently at his place in NYC as he readied for a gig at the prestigious Iridium club.
In a “what if” scenario, the U.S. Constitution is suspended and America reverts to ancient Rome’s bread and circuses – modern technology replaces the sword and executions are televised. Everything not approved by the governing powers is forced underground – from music to Faith.
The old cliche of “they don’t write’em like they used to” has more truth in today than ever before. One litmus test is American Idol--notice how many covers the contestants perform. And how many younger members of our generation think this is “real music.” One of the major diiferences between the 1960s and today was the massive outpouring of musical creativity then as opposed to now.
Musical trends may come and go as whimsically as the big snow storm that never appeared this winter. Its nostalgia. Coming from the Northeast where real seasons existed, I prefer each of the climactic quadrants to behave in a certain way. Of course, they won’t. And that’s as good a reason as any to highlight some unsual blues-y moods.
Judging by industry sales, it safe to assume--at least in the past anyway--that Christmas music has been an important part of the Season.
I grew up with it and special special memories. Back in the day--vinyl. Samplers were the bomb. Everybody put out great long playing samplers. Even those you would not expect like Firestone Tires. And often with world class peformers. My own introduction to "medievalism" came from an Ames Brothers recording of Good Kind Wencelas--actually an after Christmas carol. Funny how 2 and half minutes can change your worldview.