Just wanted to check into say that I hope everyone is having a great summer.

While this blog is closed down annually, in August,  for summer vacation, rest assured that I have been very busy spending all of  my free time trying to get my act together to move both this blog and the parent blog (Old School Music Lover) to their own domains by Labor Day.

I will be closing comments on this blog on 8/15/08 to begin the transfer process and allow plenty of time for troubleshooting if required.

In the meantime please enjoy the archives of posts here and get prepared to change your bookmarks and feedreader links because  it won’t be long now  😉

I will keep you posted on the progress.

Hugs,

myblacksig

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Confucius On Music

August 3, 2009

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“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without”  ~ Confucius, K’ung Fu-tse ( 551-479 BC)

“I wake up from dreams and go “Wow, put this down on paper.” The whole thing is strange. You hear the words, everything is right there in front of your face . . .” ~ Michael Jackson

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I can’t recall exactly how I first heard about this project but I kept checking  the bookstore for the July issue of Spin Magazine as soon as I heard. Strange that the only bookstore that carried it was Borders. But luckily I ran across a copy while passing the magazine rack at the Giant Foods Store while grocery shopping. Ironically the bag boy had no clue who the face on the magazine was when he bagged it. It told him it was Prince and he said — “oh he is like Michael Jakcson, right?” (This was before MJJ passed)

prince-cover-medI got home, put the groceries away and immediately read  the entire magazine — saving the article about Purple Rain for last.  It was a great read. Members of the Revolution and principals in the making of the film were interviewed and the photos brought back great memories.

I had to be one of the biggest Prince fans. I loved him even BEFORE he put out a single note of music. I had only read about him the the teen magazine “Right On!”  The editor, Cynthia Horner, would have some Prince tidbits and photos in every issue and of course I plastered my bedroom walls with those pics. And I repeat, this was all even before I ever heard a note.

When Mr. Nelson finally appeared on American Bandstand I was thrilled and hooked. I  went to the first “Dirty Mind Tour” and attended every single tour that followed. I also have an extensive boot tape collection (yes cassettes) of every tour as well as ownership of every release made on Vinyl, Casette and CD. So yes I was a true fan and today I have nothing but respect for Mr. Nelson’s musical talents.

This free 25th Anniversary Special set, entitled “Purplish Rain” is a hoot and I highly recommend that you get it and give it a listen on two.  Most of the artists were unknown to me but the tracks are awesome. What I like is that none of them are performed as they were originally. I mean come — on there is a Mariachi version of one of the cuts (ROTFL) and I like it!

Here are the tracks and the artists along with  a sample cut for to you to listen to and wet your appetite for more.

Enjoy.

Track list and arists:

1. Let’s Go Crazy – Riverboat Gamblers

2. Take Me With You – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

3. The Beautiful Ones – Fol Chen

4. Computer Blue – Of Montreal

5. Darling Nikki – Chairlift

6. When Doves Cry – The Twilight Singers

7. I Would Die 4 U – Mariachi E! Bronx

8. Baby I’m A Star – Craig Wedren

9. Purple Rain – Lavender Diamond

Great job “Spin” And providing a pdf of the  credits was awesome. Why can’t all music companies do this?  That is why I would still rather buy a CD rather than download music — because there are never any credits in the download.  Record companies please take note!

Musically Yours,

myblacksig

John Coltrane On Music

July 20, 2009

“The main thing a musician would like to do is to give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things he knows and senses in the universe.” ~ John Coltrane

Al Bell

Posted at “Memphis Flyer” by Chris Herrington  on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at  9:15 AM

The Memphis Music Foundation elected former Stax Records executive Al Bell as its new chairman this week. Bell takes over from longtime board chairman Phil Trenary.

“Economic empowerment and economic development,” Bell responds when asked what his focus will be. “When I say empowerment, I’m talking about individual. When I say development, I’m talking about institutions and businesses. Everything I do will be about that.”

Bell praises the city’s “diverse, authentic music base” and asserts, familiarly, that one challenge is to get locals to appreciate the city’s cultural assets as much as people around the country and around the world.

Bell’s long, historic music career is best know for his period as an executive and eventual co-owner of Stax, leading the label during the era marked by Isaac Hayes’ rise to superstardom and the historic WattStax concert.

Please read the remainder of the article here on the Memphis Flyer Website.

Congratulations and good luck on you new endeavor Mr. Bell.

Lately I have been alternating between  listening to Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Heat & Soul” and “Soultown” during my morning commute.  I heard this tune played a few times on “Heart and Soul” (soul of the 80s 90s and now) and it has really grown on me.

I recall the original Christopher Cross song that oversaturated the airwaves just like “Don’t Worry Be Happy” did. You know how the media takes a good song and plays it so much that you begin to cringe when you hear those first few notes?

Hearing the artist Avant’s cover, from his CD release of 2008, has made the beauty of the song “Sailing” come back to me and I really enjoy it.

I am not familiar with this artist, but I am about to seek out this CD of his work (and possibly more) and I will let you know what I think.

In the meantime give this a listen to and chillax. Then follow-up below with Chris Cross’ original soothing serenade of his 1980 original composition  performed live.

Musically Yours,

myblacksig