Full agreement. I fell for all of Nancy's music when I first heard it, so long ago. Everyone needs to give that one a listen! Here's one I like: Shirley Bassey "this is my life". In black and white, a VERY powerful performance of a young Shirley up and comer! Excellent post idea, Larry!
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When Liz was so excited and effusive about hearing all the 'new music' I was introducing her to, I too became reenergized, realizing almost from a 3rd party kind of thing, what she was experiencing...and wondered, 'What if' some of my friends on Audiogon had a library of artists or songs that I've not seen, remembering how great, discovering Renee Olstead this year has been, and late last year finding Melody Gardot. Those girls have provided hours and hours of listening enjoyment.
Finding new, great music is such a treat, we should all share those incalculably great moments with one another.
Thanks Iso, as usual you bring one of the best 'bottles' to the party.
Care to share any artists? Or particular cuts that we might find on youtube from an artist?
I'm not smart enough to do this stuff, you can thank my resident computer geek.
Fantastic idea for sharing new stuff.
Here's some of what I've been fixating on recently:
Black Dub: Trixie Whitley (Chris Whitley's daughter) and Brian Blade (should need no introduction among fans of jazz or drums), produced by Daniel Lanoise. They've done a whole series of youtube videos that are fantastic, but this is my favorite. Also have an album out, which is unfortuntately way overproduced and a big dissapointment.... alas.
Paul Curreri: This is a guy I ran into in Charlottesville, oh 14 years ago, as part of the most talented bunch of singer-songwriters I've ever heard anywhere. Several of them are still recording (Danny Schmidt is also brilliant), but Paul may be my favorite. This is a link to a whole youtube playlist. If you like smart, bare and haunting, there's simply none better for my two cents.
I like to use YouTube to find music I've totally forgot about, or never heard. One big problem I've run across a lot times is Sony, WMG blocked a lot of them do to copyrights. Yes they've bought some of these for almost nothing, from what I was told, and now own them. The way I think about is, it's good for people like me to find music I like, and then try to buy a good sounding copy, paid download, or whatever it takes for something of usable quality to listen to. You could make a copy of what is there, but the sound is to bad to describe. Anyone to cheap buy a good copy most likely won't, if they can handle listening to a free copy. Also those people will probably find a way to get it for free, no matter how low the quality is. I am tired of buying records, CD's without hearing them first. A lot of money wasted making them richer, with the way they do business. I also thought this law applied to them, since people post all kinds of comments there. Link for fair use laws.[http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107
I wasn't sure if I did that right. Anyway, those are Laura Marling w/Mumford's. She is one of my favorite artists period which astounds me given how long I have been into music and the fact that she is so young....simply an amazing writer, singer....
Here is another which is prolly my fave Ms Marling....
Thanks, me like.
What an incredible 'invention'--is that his design, or did that already exist? I remember when Andreas Vollenweider(spelling?)did his first album with the Electro Acoustic Harp...it was so different I immediately loved it.
Does anyone know if Andy MacKee did invent this?
I'm pretty sure that the harp-guitar in the McKee video was made by Kathy Wingert, who is generally considered one of the top luthiers working today. If you want more evidence of her status, check out the prices she gets for a straight up flat top acoustic. Oh well, shy of a lottery hit, I don't think I'll ever get the chance to play one myself. IIRC, you're an MBL guy, so you know that drill....
I know this won't be everyone's cup of tea so my apologies in advance but I've been really enjoying this video clip on YouTube.
GRAVE DIGGER - Rebellion feat. Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Van Canto
My favorite part is when the bag pipes come in after the main guitar solo. The bass along with the bag pipes is excellent to me. That and Hansi Kürsch just rocks here.
I do enjoy youtube because it really does let you listen to different kinds of music. Now if only they could get the sound levels right.
The other evening I Netflix'd a movie...'Get It On', a lightweight Kirsten Dunst effort from 2001...yeah, slow night.
Anyway, its a play within a movie...High School kids doing a musical version of Shakespear's Mid Summer Night's Dream.
The song at the end of the movie is just beautiful, IMHO.
Kirsten does an excellent job and the lyrics and melody are so surprisingly good, I'd like to share it.
Actually, I posted that, "If Shakespear wrote music, this is the melody and lyrics he'd have written." OR, words to that effect. Very, very beautiful.
Here's the link:
Leave it to you to actually take heed.
When I owned my audio store throughout the '80's and to the mid '90's, I introduced great music to thousands of customers, who'd make lists of my play lists...then purchase...sharing music...what a pleasure.
Just came from youtube, watched Janis' "At Seventeen".
She spoke of (recent recording) how audiences from Ireland, some 30K strong, sang every word along with her, and in Tokyo, the majority of people who were not English speaking, sang it word for word...the song, the message, the voice--a moment of magic.
Music and I suppose YouTube are the ulitimate time machine, allowing us to go back to whatever time or era we chose to live in at that moment, for however briefly.
Least we forget the beautiful ballads...this is the inimitable Jerry Vale singing the main theme from "Roman Holiday" from the early '60's, Troy Donahue and Suzanne Pleshette.
Beautiful...voice, words, melody, what more can we ask?
But then, there's a great story about why this song means as much as it does to me personally.
My ex wife an I used to vaction in St. Augustine, FL.
It's a little town, (claimed to be the oldest in North America)--has an historic fort, little shops, a walking area down town, locally owned restaurants...just beautiful.
A restaurant there named Raintree offers remarkable food, and back in those days, the mid late '80's a young, talented guy named Gary, played 4/5 different guitars, classical, jazz, and sang ballads--and, was teaching at Jacksonville College--And he was married, yet one night...
We'd have a wonderful dinner then go to the bar area and listen to him do his work.
One night we were in the bar when a group of 5 came in, men and women paired, except for one girl, the 'odd man out'.
Seeing them come in, Gary left his place up front and came back and sat with the group, but right next to the odd man out young girl.
He began singing Al Di La...looking at her, she at him...and it was captivating. They were obviously so in love...and he couldn't take his eyes off her. After a few measures of singing to her, the bar became completely silent, errily so--you could hear his breathing between words...her eyes started to swell with tears, his also, as well as virtually everyone in the bar area...what was happening was the kind of magic that one might see once in a lifetime.
He sang in perfect (what do I know) Italian...switching to English as the song is bi lingual.
I'll never forget that night--or the song, or the look on their faces. Al Di La, beautiful.
Here is my latest favorite.
(The Rolling Stones) Paint It Black - Sungha Jung
This kid is truly amazing. I think he is only 15 but has been playing guitar at a very high level since he was very young.