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Larry Franz

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Sam Cooke -- "A Change Is Gonna Come"



Brian Wilson -- "Love and Mercy"


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Larry,

To follow up - the angelic version:


And yet more healing from Brian:







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Hey guys!!!

While I've been isolating I discovered this little gem of a double album. Kenny Rogers & The First Edition's "Ballad of Calico", released in '72, and thought I'd share it with the old gang.

I hear some "Brian influence" on here which makes it a really cool listen. Keep an ear out for Dorcey the mail carrying dog.



Good health and vibes to all.
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I’ve been looking through some of these songs I’ve missed. I saw Lisa’s “Spoonful of Clorox” about YouKnowWho and just had to add a second round in the same vein. For those who who might be ‘triggered’, go ahead and skip right on by.


And now for something a bit more tasteful, another Randy. I came across this cool guy doing his thing:

This is the first version recorded by his wife Gretchen with a small cameo appearance from his lovely dog:

He’s also done this song for Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series:

He’s a real sweetie like the other cool guy who also did that show not long ago.

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Surprised myself how quick I remembered where I'd heard the melody of that Randy Rainbow song before (the one Deb just posted, of course). Dunno if it's really common knowledge or I'm just that much of musicals nerd, but it was originally "The Jitterbug", a song deleted from the movie "The Wizard of Oz". For the sake of comparison:



Aww....nice to see Newman's pooch (is that a greyhound or a mix?) around 2:26, comfortably snoozing to his master's voice. Yep, I'd agree RN is another lovable lug...even though that voice gets parodied by some: 


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Here in the US, the talk about a "second wave" was premature, since the "first wave" is still with us and is increasing in many states (fortunately not in the places that were hit the worst, like New York and New Jersey, where rates are declining). It's not simply because of more testing; there are more very sick people being hospitalized; deaths will probably start increasing too.

It appears "Music To Isolate By" isn't obsolete yet. 

Edvard Grieg wrote 66 short "Lyric Pieces" for piano between 1867 and 1901. Emil Gilels plays 20 of them. (It's a classical phase that's lasted a couple weeks so far.)

youtube.com/watch?v=yMqnGva32Vs


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sorry, larry, that clip doesn’t play here
(though those pieces are something i have found comforting).

but, it sets me off on a theme of perambulation.
so let’s ‘promenade’
the intro piece to a suite of music that depicts the viewer / listener
moving around a gallery and explloring pieces of artwork

as we begin to stumble out of lockdown,
some places are able to reopen safely and we’ve been able to visit a national trust property
(gardens only not indoors in any houses).
and, they’ve been able to sort it safely, with a very limited, time slot,
book ahead system, strict one way system around the gardens
and, given the demographic that tends to visit these places during the week,
discreet distance is observed and there’s no intrusion on others’ space.
a real joy.
we’ve booked a different garden for next monday.

however, i’m dismayed at the wilful deception and manipulation of us all
by boris’n’co’s puppeteers who’ve cocked up the whole response
to this bloomin’ pan’f’in’demonicness
and are prepared to blame everyone else when it goes tits up.

the beaches here on the south coast have been rammed in the past couple of hot sunny days. 
masks on public transport disregarded by swathes.
regulations disregarded wholesale and no able to be enforced.
of course, it’s of our own making,
it’s nothing to do with the botched way in which the gov’t has handled it.
oh no…

 ‘…show some guts and determination…’ 
in response to a question earlier this week in parliament by a local brighton’n’hove mp
as to what measures will be in place to make coastal resorts ‘extra safe
boris wilfully undermined the regulations he himself put into place by saying:
‘I will be calling on local representatives such as himself to show some guts and determination and champion their communities as venues for people to return to and support. I think that he can do that with confidence because we are introducing a sensible package of measures that allows businesses gradually to reopen while ensuring social distancing.’
spinning the blame right around!

i’m angry.
i don't want to be angry.
but i'm angry...

anyway, casting that aside,
let’s concentrate on something that enhances our life
- music is to the fore.

my belgian granny introduced me to a suite of music before i was 10
that i still love in various incarnations.
she gave me the mussorgsky arranged ravel (1922) orchestral ‘pictures at an exhibition’

(it was nearer to’contemporary’ music at that time than to this nearly 60 years later!
oh me oh my!). i
i still have that lp version, plus others.

keith emerson was already introducing classical and jazz pieces
by tchaikovsky, grieg, bernstein
into the repertoire of the nice (my genuinely favourite group for a while)
so it was deep joy when elp recorded their live version (1970) of 'pictures...'
and seeing them perform it was a rush of fabness.
from seeds of confusion, illusion…’

japanese electronic master of the synthesiser isao tomita
turned his hand to the piece (1976)
after i’d already discovered the gorgeous ‘snowflakes are dancing’ album.
it all served to reinforce in me that music shouldn’t be compartmentalised.

here’s an orchestral promenade’ intro:

an original piano version:


and here’s elp’'s radical transformation:

plus, tomita's remarkable version:

i'm also completely absorbed by the new dylan album.
what a dotage masterpiece that is
(and references allsorts of musical genres, too, just to place it in context of the above).
i’m listening to it all through once again as i write and it’s making me feel good.

‘i ain’t no false prophet, i only know what i know…’
'do it with decency and common sense…’
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paul -- I'm listening to one of the Promenades now but plan to try the Dylan album this afternoon.  

Speaking of your beaches, it was surprising to see pictures like this of Bournemouth this week:

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That crowd looks almost like Coney Island in Brooklyn in the old days.

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Not that parts of the US are doing well. And then I saw this article in The Guardian today regarding Antelope Valley in California, where I lived between the ages of 8 and 13. It seemed like a nice place back then, although unpopulated. There are many more people now, as Los Angeles has continued to spread. But it's a hotbed of racism, the Confederacy of California? That's sad.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/27/california-racism-policing-robert-fuller-antelope-valley

A few of Grieg's "Lyric Pieces" that might play all over:
youtube.com/watch?v=isKcFy97lIw


PS:  Dylan sure has a lot of references in these lyrics. Including Carl Wilson in "Murder Most Foul". (See, we're back on topic)

"Play it for Carl Wilson too,
Looking far, far away down Gower Avenue"

The Genius lyrics site says Carl sang background on a Warren Zevon song, "Desperados Under the Eaves", which has the lyric "Look away down Gower Avenue, look away". Gower Street, not avenue, is in Hollywood. Some less successful movie studios used to be located on Gower.


PPS:  Rolling Stone has an article about the song, Warren Zevon, David Marks giving him a ride one night, the Beach Boys fantasy world, etc. 

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/warren-zevon-carl-wilson-desperados-under-the-eaves-bob-dylan-975771/





PPPS:  I like Dylan's album, especially the guitar playing and other instruments, but some of the rhyming lyrics are disappointing.


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Paul A.  - the ELP is so precise = all three.  Keith Emerson was such a monster player. 
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To mark America's Independence Day, "4th of July". 



We need to get independent of quite a few things.

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Charles Ives Fourth of July


And this always gets me - from Sir Bruce


Thanks Larry, for the BB's version. 

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Al -- Two excellent selections there!

One more from Bruce, "Promised Land"

youtube.com/watch?v=tJx0HftF6Vk

If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister, I ain't a boy, no, I'm a man
And I believe in a promised land


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The Beach Boys - "(Wouldn't It Be Nice) To Live Again"
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