Sign up Calendar
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment   Page 10 of 12     «   Prev   7   8   9   10   11   12   Next
michele

Dudettes/Dudes
Registered:
Posts: 1,977
Reply with quote  #46 
You are a true and loyal fan, Martine. 

Allan said when he first saw me, he thought of Brown Eyed Girl (Awe)

Que music, please . . .

Oh, and I still LOVE U2. Since I was 20 I've loved them.

We saw them twice this summer! Allan was such a great sport. I offered both of the girls to go with me, but no. Neither of them wanted to. So my wonderful husband came (again). We always have a great time at a U2 concert.
HulaGirlComingBack

Avatar / Picture

Moondance Tintin Chili Beans Martini
Registered:
Posts: 1,333
Reply with quote  #47 
Your daughters do not want to go to a U2 concert?????? I have never seen them live.
__________________
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.” Milan Kundera.

http://borntolisten.com
HulaGirlComingBack

Avatar / Picture

Moondance Tintin Chili Beans Martini
Registered:
Posts: 1,333
Reply with quote  #48 
David Bruce, composer:

"This week I look at Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, an album that I've loved for 20 or more years. Despite being one of Van Morrison's most loved albums, he very rarely played the album live until the 40 anniversary in 2008. Part of the reason may have been that the album wasn't fully his vision - producer Lewis Merenstein must take a lot of the credit for inviting the wild collection of instrumentalists, mostly from the jazz world, to come and record Morrison's Mystical Songs. And in particular, bass player Richard Davis's quirky style of bass playing added hugely to the joy of the album. So perhaps Van Morrison never felt it was fully his record? We may never fully know, but it remains a haunting and beautiful album."


The way the video guy explains the bass line is good. Of course, he mentions Lewis Merenstein, who produced both Astral Weeks and Moondance. Two masterpieces, amazing. Mr Merenstein died in 2016.

"Warner Bros. Records had contacted Bob Schwaid [Morrison's manager], and he contacted me. And they had sent some producers, and they didn't know what he was talking about; people went up expecting to hear "Brown Eyed Girl," because the year before he had had "Brown Eyed Girl" on Bang Records and that's what he was last known for. So Joe Smith and Mo Ostin asked me to go up [to Boston] and listen to him. And I went up and it was at Ace Recording Studio at 1 Boylston Place, and there was Van Morrison, very timidly sitting on a stool and I came in very timidly sitting on a stool and he played! And the first tune he played was "Astral Weeks." Thirty seconds into it, my whole being was vibrating, because having spent all that time with jazz players, when he was playing, I could hear—the lyric I got right away; I knew he was being reborn. I heard 30 seconds, a minute and it went right through me, and I got the poetry of it. It was just stunning, and I knew I wanted to work with him at that moment. He went on and played more things, various tunes. And I guess everything was agreed on..."



It has taken me a long time to appreciate Astral Weeks. I do not listen to it frequently. It stands alone and belongs to another time, and another place.

Oh, I apologize for bothering you with all this. I am sure I keep saying the same things over and over again. But that is the way it is when your haert and head wander high up in the clouds between the viaducts of Van's dreams. To be born again [tongue][wink][cool].

__________________
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.” Milan Kundera.

http://borntolisten.com
michele

Dudettes/Dudes
Registered:
Posts: 1,977
Reply with quote  #49 
Quote:
Originally Posted by HulaHoopJustPassingby
Your daughters do not want to go to a U2 concert?????? I have never seen them live.


Oh, I just saw this.

Naw, they're not into it at all. I always go with Allan, though I should take them one time, just so they know what a good concert is really all about. I know that sounds terribly condescending, but they like the electronic crap . . . Jacqueline more than Lisa. Lisa prefers a good book, she's not so into music. Neither of them are like I am.

I have all of Van Morrison's stuff, Martine. He's had some really tough knocks in his life, I remember reading. 

There's a song - Baby, You've Got What it Takes - I LOVE that song. He has a lot of songs I love, but that one is one of my favourites. I have to dance when it comes on. I love a lot of his stuff. 


The problem today with groups is that they aren't given the time needed to develop. If you take Van Morrison or any group --- U2 or The Beatles or any group or performer who has been around a long time --- and you compare their early stuff to their later stuff, it's totally different. Now days groups are expected to have a hit right away, and then they're done. Or their manufactured on shows like American Idol, etc. It's a shame.

HulaGirlComingBack

Avatar / Picture

Moondance Tintin Chili Beans Martini
Registered:
Posts: 1,333
Reply with quote  #50 
Quote:
Originally Posted by michele


Naw, they're not into it at all. I always go with Allan, though I should take them one time, just so they know what a good concert is really all about. I know that sounds terribly condescending, but they like the electronic crap . . . Jacqueline more than Lisa. Lisa prefers a good book, she's not so into music. Neither of them are like I am.

The problem today with groups is that they aren't given the time needed to develop. If you take Van Morrison or any group --- U2 or The Beatles or any group or performer who has been around a long time --- and you compare their early stuff to their later stuff, it's totally different. Now days groups are expected to have a hit right away, and then they're done. Or their manufactured on shows like American Idol, etc. It's a shame.



I admit I do not know much about electronic music. Electronic instruments must  have been around since The Stone Age? Just listen to Good Vibrations.
Jim Morrison predicted electronic music would become very popular.
I would love to go to Tomorrowland though.



https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2013/02/07/171385175/no-it-wasn-t-a-theremin-on-good-vibrations-remembering-paul-tanner

I agree that young musicians do not have the same opportunities as The Beatles, The Stones,... As a matter of fact that is what I was thinking when I was watching that video about Astral Weeks. Somebody heard that music and was willing to  work with it. Even though it did not sell well, Van managed to survive. He always fought to sail his own journey - right from the start, which must have been difficult.
Anyway, record companies do not take risks anymore. They cannot allow commercial failure. Musicians today are just as talented as the ones 40 or 50 years ago, we just never get to know them.
We have shows like American Idol too. A couple of years ago one of the winners here was a Russian guy, Andrei Lugovski, who had moved to Ostend. He succeeded in securing himself a place in the Flemish spotlights. Well, the newspapers reported in February that he was poisoned and fighting for his life in hospital! Is not that horrible, I felt so sorry for him.

__________________
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.” Milan Kundera.

http://borntolisten.com
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.

Back To Main Menu