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it was 70 years ago today…

… that John Winston Lennon found his way into the world.

(Note: this was supposed to auto-publish on Saturday, October 9. Alas, I didn’t queue it properly, so…. here you go!)

And it’s almost 30 years since he was removed from it by a selfish, disturbed, psychotic man.

But I’d rather look back on his life, as I’ve done before. I can’t say much more than that, so let’s allow Paul McCartney to say a few words and play a few of John’s songs:

wednesday random 10: through the sadness

The past ten days have been very sad ones for me. First came the death of my old friend, Sutton (whose memorial service was perfect, save for an organist whose phrasing was suspect, at best). Then came the shocking death of my cyclist friend, Neal, from a high-speed bike crash.

So I’ve been listening to a lot of meditative music of late. In particular, the early solo work of George Harrison (from his All Things Must Pass and Living In The Material World albums, as well as his later Beatles songs) have proven very helpful in coping with these losses.

That said, today’s random 10 is throwing caution to the wind, letting the chips fall as they may: no skipping, no cherry-picking of songs, just what iTunes deems fit to play.

  1. “For You Blue” – Paul McCartney (from The Concert for George)
  2. “This One’s For The Girls” – Martina McBride (from Martina)
  3. “Ventilator Blues” – The Rolling Stones (from Exile on Main Street)
  4. “Yesterday” – Bob Dylan (from Possum Belly Overalls)
  5. “Broken Man” – The Baseball Project (from Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails)
  6. “Baby, Let’s Play House” – Elvis Presley (from The Essential 3.0 Elvis Presley (Eco-Friendly Packaging))
  7. “The Weather” – Richard Shindell (from Reunion Hill)
  8. “She Moves Through The Fair” – Joe Brown (from Hittin the Hi Spots)
  9. “La Foule” – Edith Piaf (from Le Tour De France)
  10. “Brain Damage” – Pink Floyd (from P.U.L.S.E.)

So…. anybody care to share the soundtrack to their Wednesday?

wednesday random 10: acoustic moods

As I finish another post about (what else) cycling, I offer these random ten tunes from the music library. The standard rules apply: Hit shuffle on your favorite music player and record unedited the first ten songs it opts to play.

  1. “Big Boys Bickering” – Paul McCartney (from the Hope For Deliverance single)
  2. “Coffee, Soho” – Peter Cusack (from Your Favourite London Sounds)
  3. “Like A Rolling Stone (Live)” – Bob Dylan (from No Direction Home [Soundtrack])
  4. “Soft Parachutes” – Paul Simon (from One Trick Pony)
  5. “Distance” – The Lovell Sisters (from Time To Grow)
  6. “25 Minutes To Go” – Johnny Cash (from At Folsom Prison [Deluxe Edition])
  7. “A Month Of Mornings” – Cherry Ghost (from Beneath This Burning Shoreline)
  8. “I’m Down” – The Beatles (from Rock & Roll Music)
  9. “Hug You Like A Mountain” – Eliza Carthy (from Dreams of Breathing Underwater)
  10. “From My Own True Love (Lost At Sea)” – The Decemberists (from Picaresque)

My playlist was in a more mellow, acoustic mode this evening – the 11th song was Willie Nelson’s cover of Paul Simon’s “American Tune.” It all fit with a weary evening.

sprite and Sarah also played along, as did Jenn – go see their lists, too!

found friday music: gandalf murphy and the slambovian circus of dreams

Really, this isn’t a music blog. But there are times when you find something that reminds you of something else, and…. well, it all flows from there.

With that, allow me to introduce you to Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, a kind of folk-rock-jam-etc. band. I’ve heard them a few times at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and they never cease to entertain or amaze.

I didn’t get to catch them at the 2009 Fest, as we were only there for one day, and that day didn’t overlap with any of their big appearances. But one smart attendee recorded this spirited medley of The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” It’s trippy and fun – enjoy!

a global (red) chorus

I’m already a fan of PROJECT (RED), and this little video of a worldwide chorus (united around a Beatles song, no less) is a wonderful “calling card” for them. Enjoy!

wednesday random 10: really random

Let’s see what the iTunes shuffles me today:

  1. “I’m Not You” – The Kennedys (from Life Is Large)
  2. “Heigh Ho” – Tom Waits (from Orphans)
  3. “Hello Little Girl” – The Beatles (from March 5, 1963 plus The Decca Tape)
  4. “False Alarm” – KT Tunstall (from Eye To The Telescope)
  5. “Adeste Fideles” – Luciano Pavarotti (from O Holy Night)
  6. “All I’m Thinkin’ About” – Bruce Springsteen (from Devils & Dust)
  7. “Match Box” – The Kooks (from Inside In / Inside Out)
  8. “Heart Of Darkness” – The Kennedys (from Life Is Large)
  9. “Fallen” – Sarah McLachlan (from Fallen – Single)
  10. “Into The Night” – Super Furry Animals (from Hey Venus!)

What random tunes does your music player give you today? Comment away!

29 years ago tonight

Around this time 29 years ago, along Central Park West and 72nd Street in New York City, John Lennon was murdered. The act was senseless, and it forever changed the musical landscape.

I’ve written about him before, and my thoughts still stand. So tonight, I offer you John Lennon – in his own voice, words and opinions. Some is beautiful, some is chaotic and angry, but all of it is him – warts and all.

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – John Lennon

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” – John Lennon

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” – John Lennon

“The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.” – John Lennon

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” – John Lennon

thursday random ten

Yeah, this is usually a Wednesday thing. But I totally lost track of time (and space, as I’m doing a lot of apartment cleaning this week) and it goes up today. C’est la vie, y’know?

The usual rules, for those who may have forgotten: set your digital music player of choice on shuffle and record the ten songs it spits out. No cheating – let the embarrassing stuff show!

  1. “Heatwave” – The Who (from A Quick One)
  2. “Got To Get You Into My Life” – The Beatles (from Revolver (2009 Mono Remaster))
  3. “Who’s On First?” – Abbott & Costello (from Baseball’s Greatest Hits)
  4. “Hey Diddle” – Paul McCartney & Wings (from Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 2)
  5. “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen (from A Night At The Opera)
  6. “It’s Too Late” – Derek & The Dominos (from Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs)
  7. “Maybe I’m Amazed (Live in Newcastle 1973)” – Paul McCartney & Wings (from Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 1)
  8. “Baltimore” – Eddie From Ohio (from Live At Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 2005)
  9. “Handle With Care” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (from The Concert for George)
  10. “Won’t Want for Love (Margaret In the Taiga)” – The Decemberists (from The Hazards Of Love)

Sarah also did her own list yesterday – click here to check it out! And share your own random ten in the comments!

quick tuesday levity: bike safety & muppets

Enjoy these two!

First, a quick film about bicycle safety in the modern era:

(Hat tip to Bike Snob NYC for this gem!)

And next, a classic song in a new video from Muppet Studios:

(Hat tip to @paulandstorm for Muppet goodness.)

woodstock at 40: yup, it happened.

No, I wasn’t there. I’m not that old! 😉

What can I say? It happened and there was a lot of good music, a lot of questionable sanitation, and not a lot of chaos. Let’s just sum it up with my favorite tributes to the show:

Slappy the Squirrel asks…

And here’s the band Slappy and Skippy refer to in the bit (not The Band – they play later on):

Sure, there were plenty of other great acts there: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, CSNY, The Band, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Sly and the Family Stone, The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead and many, many others. It was groundbreaking (in more ways than one, because the damage inflicted on Max Yasgur’s land made it non-arable for years and forced him to sell the property a few years after Woodstock).

It brought forth wonderful music festivals for future generations (e.g. Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, to name but a few) and kept still others alive (e.g. Newport Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival). And it spawned anniversary shows that were of dubious merit, but still rang true for many (at least the one in 1994 – I can’t say that the 1999 or 2004 gigs were nearly as well-received).

So this weekend, why not spin up some good tunes and think of everywhere music has gone since the summer of 1969.

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