Making Music – Gnarls Barkley

I saw this on the Sundance Channel – recorded at the famous Abbey Road studio.

I was impressed. Talented muscians making strange, mysterious music. Cee-Lo has a great soul voice!

Along with DJ Danger Mouse, Cee-Lo is currently part of a collaboration called Gnarls Barkley. Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo's first collaborative album, St. Elsewhere, was released on April 24, 2006 in the United Kingdom and May 2, 2006 in the United States. St. Elsewhere entered the charts at #1 in the UK, as did the first single "Crazy". "Crazy" is the first single to go straight to #1 in the UK based on digital download sales alone. The album is Cee-Lo's greatest selling venture yet, currently having shipped over 1 million copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.

A new album by Gnarls Barkley, titled The Odd Couple, was released in March 2008. Its first single released in January called "Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)".

Cee-Lo was born in Atlanta, Georgia . Both of Cee-Lo's parents were ordained ministers. His father died when he was 2 years old. His mother was involved in a car crash leaving her quadriplegic and died 2 years later when Cee-Lo was 18 years old and his career with Goodie Mob had just begun taking off. His mother's death led him into depression, as is reflected in various songs throughout his career, including "Free" by Goodie Mob, songs on St. Elsewhere, and on The Odd Couple ("She Knows", "A Little Better"). Cee-Lo attended Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta.

Let Us Stop Talking Falsely Now, The Hour is Getting Late

The title above is from the lyrics of the song All Along the Watchtower, written by Bob Dylan, re-arranged and played by Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix died on September 18, 1970, 38 years ago today.

Close your eyes after you click on the video below, it’s all audio.

You’ll hear some of the best guitar music ever recorded.

Dave Mason played acoustic rhythm guitar.

It was recorded in 1968 on the album Electric Ladyland (album cover shown below).

Hendrix produced Electric Ladyland with headphones. Check it out with your earbuds.

Electric Ladyland album cover

Magdalen Hsu-Li: Impressive Talent

Magdalen Hsu-Li was born in my home town of Martinsville, VA, (long after I was gone). I’ve only listened to a few of her songs, but I like. She appears to be talented on many dimensions: songwriting, singing, performing, painting, business. Below are some excerpts from an interview.

If you visit her website at

http://www.magdalenhsuli.com

you can hear her music. Please leave a comment and let me if you like it.

Link: Collected Sounds – Interview with Magdalen Hsu-Li.

I love breaking the myth of the starving artist. That is such a lie that people tell artist from the day they are born and it’s so sad that so many artists psych themselves out with this myth. There is always a way to make a great living from music or any art form if you are willing to use your creativity to the business aspect. People think that creativity should only be in art and the business should be in business. But the most successful business people use their intuition and creativity to problem solve and figure out how to make things work. It’s important to work from both ends using your creativity. I also would like to break through the glass ceiling for Asian Americans in the American music industry. People don’t think it can be done right now but I know it can and it should happen soon!

Classic Rock: Blind Faith plays Presence of the Lord

After he left Cream in 1969 and before he formed Derek and the Dominos in 1970, Eric Clapton was in Blind Faith with Steve Winwood. Here’s a song from the CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO.

Three years ago, Eric Clapton assembled a who’s who of guitar masters for the first Crossroads Guitar Festival, raising funds for the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, a chemical dependency treatment and education facility Clapton founded.

In the summer of 2007, Clapton invited old friends and new for the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Rhino Entertainment captured the event in a two-DVD set chronicling that scorching summer day in Chicago with CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO. The two-disc DVD costs $30 and is available from this link CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007.

The vocals in this performance are terrific.

Anyday and Derek – More Classic Rock

The song Anyday was written by Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock in 1970 and released in 1971 on the great Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs album by Derek and the Dominos. (Derek was the Eric’s pseudonym.) Duane Allman played slide guitar with Eric on this song (and several others, notably the amazing Layla). Duane Allman was the bandleader of the Allman Brothers Band (he was killed in 1971 in a tragic motorcycle accident). The drummer for the Allman Brothers Band was Butch Trucks.

In 1979 Butch Trucks nephew was born and named Derek. Derek Trucks started playing slide guitar at an early age and formed the Derek Trucks Band in 1994. He toured with and eventually joined the Allman Brothers. He toured with Eric Clapton in 2006.

Trucks is married to singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, who sings in the Derek Trucks Band performance of Anyday below, which is from Clapton’s CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007.

Anyday by Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock
You were talking and I thought I heard you say
"Please leave me alone.
Nothing in this world can make me stay.
I’d rather go back, I’d rather go back home."

But if you believed in me like I believe in you,
We could have a love so true, we would go on endlessly.

[Chorus:]
And I know anyday, anyday, I will see you smile.
Any way, any way, only for a little while.

Well someday baby, I know you’re gonna need me
When this old world has got you down.
I’ll be right here, so woman call me
And I’ll never ever let you down.

[Bridge]

[Chorus 2x]

To break the glass and twist the knife into yourself;
You’ve got to be a fool to understand.
To bring your woman back home after she’s left you for another,
You’ve got to be a, you’ve got to be a man.

[Bridge]

[Chorus 2x]

Anyday, anyday, I will see you smile.
Any way, any way, just for a little, just for a little while.

Classic Rock: Blind Faith reborn

I love this music.

After he left Cream in 1969 and before he formed Derek and the Dominos in 1970, Eric Clapton was in Blind Faith with Steve Winwood. Here’s a segment from the CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO where they recapture the old magic. It’s great that these guys are still around.

Three years ago, Eric Clapton assembled a who’s who of guitar masters for the first Crossroads Guitar Festival, raising funds for the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, a chemical dependency treatment and education facility Clapton founded.

In the summer of 2007, Clapton invited old friends and new for the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Rhino Entertainment captured the event in a two-DVD set chronicling that scorching summer day in Chicago with CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO. The two-disc DVD costs $30 and is available from this link CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007.

Here’s a segment highlighting the Eric Claption and Steve Winwood playing the Blind Faith song Had to Cry Today. (The guitar interplay at the end reminds me of Eric and Duane Allman on Layla.)

These guys are music legends because they compose and play great music, not because they dance well and look like movie stars.

If you love Classic Rock music…

Here’s a rock classic performed by an guy who can sing, play, and write great music, from the CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO. It’s wonderful that he’s still got the spark.

Three years ago, Eric Clapton assembled a who’s who of guitar masters for the first Crossroads Guitar Festival, raising funds for the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, a chemical dependency treatment and education facility Clapton founded.

In the summer of 2007, Clapton invited old friends and new for the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Rhino Entertainment captured the event in a two-DVD set chronicling that scorching summer day in Chicago with CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO. The two-disc DVD costs $30 and is available from this link CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007.

Here’s a segment highlighting the amazing Steve Winwood playing Dear Mr. Fantasy. Please note that he usually plays keyboards, but he can play guitar.

Steve Winwood was just shy of 19 when he formed the group Traffic in the spring of 1967.

By the time Traffic’s debut album (titled Mr. Fantasy) was released in December 1967, the group had scored three hit singles in the UK with Winwood and Capaldi’s “Paper Sun,” Mason’s “Hole In My Shoe” and the group-penned “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush” (from the film of the same name), none of which appeared on the original British mono pressing of the LP. The first American version of the album (which was in stereo) was called Heaven Is In Your Mind, after another song on the album, but it was quickly changed to Mr. Fantasy, and it included the three UK singles. The song “Dear Mr. Fantasy” was never a hit single, but it quickly became an underground radio favorite in the U.S., and has long been considered one of the group’s true classics, along with such tunes as “Glad,” “Freedom Rider,” “John Barleycorn (Must Die)” and “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.”
Source: Mix

"Dear Mr. Fantasy" is a rock song by Traffic off their 1967 album, Mr. Fantasy. It was written by Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, and Chris Wood, although Winwood took on most of the musical construction of the song and sang it on the album.

The song was covered by Canadian rock band Big Sugar in 1995, and by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

In addition the song was famously performed on multiple occasions throughout the 80’s by the Grateful Dead with keyboardist Brent Mydland on vocals. Gov’t Mule and Widespread Panic are known to occassionaly cover the song. It also appeared on The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper in 1969, where its chord progression morphed into "Hey Jude". The riff was lifted off by Led Zeppelin.

The song was used in the promotion of the NFL Network and the movie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

The song was also covered in the 1973 made for T.V. movie Go Ask Alice starring Jamie Smith Jackson and Jennifer Edwards.

The song was recently covered by the American rock band Tesla on the album Real to Reel (2007).
Source: Wikipedia