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  • Friday Influences Thread 03-08-13

    We're still here? Amazing! Like tenacious filth bugs after the nuclear holocaust, still clinging on and surviving. Thriving? Maybe... stay tuned.

     

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    The Artist's Way. Buy the book and do it. It'll take 12 weeks. I'm on my second week and it is mind bending in its ability to allow one to let the defenses drop and just get on with the matter at hand. Art being its direct target. But I'll tell ya, it reaches farther and deeper.

     

    "We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves."

     

    Hmmm, ok... I'll buy that. In fact, I did long ago. There is something about being reminded of how simple it is. And that thing we are questing for is really already inside, we just need to remember to get the frik out of the way. Let it happen, actively. The book gives you steps toward the "actively" part. It is pragmatic, not fluffy. It is huge.

     

    artistsway[2].jpg

    This morning as I thought of my work so far in this workbook, and who might in some way exemplify the striping away of protective layers to let yourself be yourself in your art, Sia, the singer came to mind. She manages to be completely unique and herself, best I can tell. And because of that... she's ended up on everyone else's records these past couple of years. Need a vocalist for your next techno chart topper, call Sia.

     

    (Oh... and guilty pleasure of the week: Tegan and Sara's new one)

     

     

     

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  • #2

    The implosion of HC is making me a little depressed. As Bee3 observed HC is the vast majority of my "audience" and watching that audience die is pretty demotivating.

     

    Anyway.... heard this yesterday for the first time. Awesome. I need to listen to more Nick Cave.

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    • Lee Knight
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      Well, I'll tell ya, Ram. I was very outspoken early on as to the mishandling of this forum and its issues. (Not this forum, but the HC forums) I was told to be more understanding. But what I saw was a total disregard for community. If they decided to abandon that community, well that is their choice. But, evidently, they hadn't decided to abandon the community. The platform was upgraded, etc. So they hadn't decided to abandon the community? Could've fooled me.

       

      The noncommunication early on wasn't a result of deciding to call it quits for business reasons, it was rather, a huge and unthinking oversight. Arrogance even. I haven't changed my tune since I voiced my concern and then disdain for the handling of this. Nothing has really changed other than lack of interest (predictably so) from the community due to this mishandling. They've (HC) alienated the community through lack of leadership.

       

      I see this growing back just fine but we don't really know, do we?


  • #3

    This chap came into work to do a live session (this isn't at my work)

     

    He was very good.

     

     

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    • stickboymusic
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      Speaking of the decline......

       

      ....it's an odd one.

       

      The posts are getting viewed HUNDREDS of times but very little comment

       

      We need to encourage the lurkers out of the woodwork.


    • Lee Knight
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      stickboymusic wrote:

      This chap came into work to do a live session (this isn't at my work)

       

      He was very good.

       

       


      Oh... I love that. Yeah, I do. I'm off to search out more from him. Yes, good stuff. I love the choice of band type and players too. He's that folk singer at the keys, which brings a cool melodic slant more so than the same old strumming singer/songwriter. And he's not falling prey to that sort of boring The Fray pop that's made me snooze for a couple years now.

      nice


  • #4

    This is a bit of a ringer... it's Johnny Cash, all right, but he's playing a character in a Columbo episode (a debauched country singer made a star by his older gospel star wife [played by the once-gamine Ida Lupino) but tempted by all the gospel groupies...


    The BB system seems to think both of these (valid) YT links are bad, so no embed, but they should click through OK. (Both go to the same vid.)


    http://youtu.be/vtLYJ4STuXY


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtLYJ4STuXY


     


    The reason I include it in the F.I.T. is that I realized recently as I was working on the last of my songs for the RPM challenge that I'd scribbled down that song's title as I was watching the Columbo episode in question some months back. When I was hard up for inspiration during the RPM challenge, I went through my scrap folder and decided to turn the one line into a song... I came up with a couple of terse quatrains and continued to struggle... One evening, taking a breather, I put up Columbo as I (too) often do and the limited number of Columbo reruns conspired to bring up the Johnny Cash Columbo episode again -- bookends. (I'll be posting that song in progress in the next few days, as I never did get past those two verses.)



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    The chorus seems a little weak... I think it needs more lasers.

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    • rsadasiv
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      Lifted a little bit of this last night.

       

      http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12204835


    • rsadasiv
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      blue2blue wrote:

      This is a bit of a ringer... it's Johnny Cash, all right, but he's playing a character in a Columbo episode (a debauched country singer made a star by his older gospel star wife [played by the once-gamine Ida Lupino) but tempted by all the gospel groupies...

      The BB system seems to think both of these (valid) YT links are bad, so no embed, but they should click through OK. (Both go to the same vid.)

      http://youtu.be/vtLYJ4STuXY

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtLYJ4STuXY

       

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      The reason I include it in the F.I.T. is that I realized recently as I was working on the last of my songs for the RPM challenge that I'd scribbled down that song's title as I was watching the Columbo episode in question some months back. When I was hard up for inspiration during the RPM challenge, I went through my scrap folder and decided to turn the one line into a song... I came up with a couple of terse quatrains and continued to struggle... One evening, taking a breather, I put up Columbo as I (too) often do and the limited number of Columbo reruns conspired to bring up the Johnny Cash Columbo episode again -- bookends. (I'll be posting that song in progress in the next few days, as I never did get past those two verses.)


      This is a fine song - although news of your Columbo addiction is somewhat troubling.


    • Monkey Uncle
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      blue2blue wrote:

      This is a bit of a ringer... it's Johnny Cash, all right, but he's playing a character in a Columbo episode (a debauched country singer made a star by his older gospel star wife [played by the once-gamine Ida Lupino) but tempted by all the gospel groupies...

      The BB system seems to think both of these (valid) YT links are bad, so no embed, but they should click through OK. (Both go to the same vid.)

      http://youtu.be/vtLYJ4STuXY

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtLYJ4STuXY

       

      The reason I include it in the F.I.T. is that I realized recently as I was working on the last of my songs for the RPM challenge that I'd scribbled down that song's title as I was watching the Columbo episode in question some months back. When I was hard up for inspiration during the RPM challenge, I went through my scrap folder and decided to turn the one line into a song... I came up with a couple of terse quatrains and continued to struggle... One evening, taking a breather, I put up Columbo as I (too) often do and the limited number of Columbo reruns conspired to bring up the Johnny Cash Columbo episode again -- bookends. (I'll be posting that song in progress in the next few days, as I never did get past those two verses.)


       

      For some reason that reminds me of the convent scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Must be the angelic choir ladies who are actually thinking horribly impure thoughts...


  • #5

    I'm well into the second year of a one year project to digitize my remaining vinyl collection, as Lyle Lovett says, "He wasn't good, but he had good intentions."  Anyway, I was working on the Zombies "Odessey and Oracle" the other night.  I hadn't listened to it in a long time. The best known song from that was 'Time of the Season.'  However, a number of the other tunes made me think of Stickboy's music.

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    • LCK
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      saturn1 wrote:

      I'm well into the second year of a one year project to digitize my remaining vinyl collection, as Lyle Lovett says, "He wasn't good, but he had good intentions."  Anyway, I was working on the Zombies "Odessey and Oracle" the other night.  I hadn't listened to it in a long time. The best known song from that was 'Time of the Season.'  However, a number of the other tunes made me think of Stickboy's music.


      Love it! I really dig the bass on this tune too!

       


    • stickboymusic
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      saturn1 wrote:

      I'm well into the second year of a one year project to digitize my remaining vinyl collection, as Lyle Lovett says, "He wasn't good, but he had good intentions."  Anyway, I was working on the Zombies "Odessey and Oracle" the other night.  I hadn't listened to it in a long time. The best known song from that was 'Time of the Season.'  However, a number of the other tunes made me think of Stickboy's music.


      Not a band I've ever given much time too, but like this lots


  • #6

    Aztec Two Step is a New York City duo.  They got their name from a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem, which has a cache all its own.  I first saw them in the Student Union coffee house at Syracuse University in the early 70's.  They were the opening act for somebody else with a much bigger name.  I have no memory of who the headliner was but I became an immediate fan of these guys.  Neil Shulman's lyrical guitar playing has been a significant influence.  They pretty much sound as good in this 2011 performance as they did then.

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    • rsadasiv
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      My (IRL) buddy's band has a new EP out.

       

      http://buzzmusic.bandcamp.com/


    • Monkey Uncle
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      saturn1 wrote:

      Aztec Two Step is a New York City duo.  They got their name from a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem, which has a cache all its own.  I first saw them in the Student Union coffee house at Syracuse University in the early 70's.  They were the opening act for somebody else with a much bigger name.  I have no memory of who the headliner was but I became an immediate fan of these guys.  Neil Shulman's lyrical guitar playing has been a significant influence.  They pretty much sound as good in this 2011 performance as they did then.


       

      They played the local arts center a couple of years ago, but I couldn't make it for some reason.  Dang.


    • LCK
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      saturn1 wrote:

      Aztec Two Step is a New York City duo.  They got their name from a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem, which has a cache all its own.  I first saw them in the Student Union coffee house at Syracuse University in the early 70's.  They were the opening act for somebody else with a much bigger name.  I have no memory of who the headliner was ...


      The Boss & the Two-Step

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  • #7

    Haven't thought about this guy in a long time, just popped into my mind.  He's got the magic in this one:

    (sorry the vid has an irritating ad, but it was the best quality I could find)

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    • LCK
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      nat whilk II wrote:

      Haven't thought about this guy in a long time, just popped into my mind.  He's got the magic in this one:


      He's very good. I think most people probably know him for "My Old Addiction."


      Speaking of famous heroin addicts...

       


  • #8

    Lee Knight wrote:

     

    The Artist's Way. Buy the book and do it. It'll take 12 weeks. I'm on my second week and it is mind bending in its ability to allow one to let the defenses drop and just get on with the matter at hand. Art being its direct target. But I'll tell ya, it reaches farther and deeper.

     

    "We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves."

     

    Hmmm, ok... I'll buy that. In fact, I did long ago. There is something about being reminded of how simple it is. And that thing we are questing for is really already inside, we just need to remember to get the frik out of the way. Let it happen, actively. The book gives you steps toward the "actively" part. It is pragmatic, not fluffy. It is huge.

     

    artistsway[2].jpg

     

     

     


     

    I'm not really an artistic person, having done nothing whatsoever arts-related until I decided I was going to learn to play music when I was in my late 30s.  I find the whole relaxed concentration thing to be a real struggle.  My conscious mind is just too firmly in control.  I wonder if techniques such as this might help.  But I'm leery of anything that uses the word 'spiritual', as I got over the whole god thing a long time ago.  Any time some guru starts talking about letting a higher power take charge, I get a little nauseous.  Not sure where I was going with this; I'm sure I had a point in mind when I started typing...

    Oh yeah, I find that I have a hard time really learning songs inside and out because of the whole short-term memory thing.  I wonder if that also has something to do with not being able to get outside of the conscious mind's 'command and control' mentality.

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    • Lee Knight
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      Monkey Uncle wrote:

      Lee Knight wrote:

       

      The Artist's Way. Buy the book and do it. It'll take 12 weeks. I'm on my second week and it is mind bending in its ability to allow one to let the defenses drop and just get on with the matter at hand. Art being its direct target. But I'll tell ya, it reaches farther and deeper.

       

      "We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves."

       

      Hmmm, ok... I'll buy that. In fact, I did long ago. There is something about being reminded of how simple it is. And that thing we are questing for is really already inside, we just need to remember to get the frik out of the way. Let it happen, actively. The book gives you steps toward the "actively" part. It is pragmatic, not fluffy. It is huge.

       

      artistsway[2].jpg

       

       

       


       

      I'm not really an artistic person, having done nothing whatsoever arts-related until I decided I was going to learn to play music when I was in my late 30s.  I find the whole relaxed concentration thing to be a real struggle.  My conscious mind is just too firmly in control.  I wonder if techniques such as this might help.  But I'm leery of anything that uses the word 'spiritual', as I got over the whole god thing a long time ago.  Any time some guru starts talking about letting a higher power take charge, I get a little nauseous.  Not sure where I was going with this; I'm sure I had a point in mind when I started typing...

      Oh yeah, I find that I have a hard time really learning songs inside and out because of the whole short-term memory thing.  I wonder if that also has something to do with not being able to get outside of the conscious mind's 'command and control' mentality.


      Well, I'm certainly not going to try and sell you on it. But to let you know, I'm not one for god driven stuff like this either. And it goes there unabashedly, but for some reason I'm having no issue whatsoever with it. Not saying you won't though....

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  • #9
    Bryn Mawr is a few miles from where I grew up. They had re-opened the Main Point back in 2000 or so... called it The Point. I used to play there... but I don't think it was the same exact location.

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    • #10

      This is a little long at ~36 minutes -- but it rocks really hard...




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      The chorus seems a little weak... I think it needs more lasers.

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      • Lee Knight
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        blue2blue wrote:

        This is a little long at ~36 minutes -- but it rocks really hard...


        I have a Charles Dutoit/Montreal Symphony version of that that's just great. Decca from the 80's Great stuff. And that ^^^ sounds wonderful after just 3 or 4 minutes too. I'll give it a better listen when time permits, sounds great.


    • #11
      Get off my lawn.
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      • Monkey Uncle
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        rsadasiv wrote:
        Get off my lawn.

        Ah, yes.  Let go of the inhibitions and let the handgun's creativity speak for itself...

        Er., maybe I'm getting my signals crossed...  


    • #12
      ^^^^

      I listened to that album A LOT when I was in High School.
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      • Lee Knight
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        It hard to talk about this song without mentioning the Charlie Kaufman movie it was written for. Kaufman, the writer of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, wrote and directed this one. Incredibly pretentious and insightful all at once. Like an epiphany and a pain in the neck. The best and worst thing you've seen on screen. It truly loses its head up its own ass. Oh... but what an ass. And its ultimately one of the saddest things I've seen... it's not the story that is sad, but what it reminds us about us and the truth, and the choices we made, and the ones we didn't...

         

        ...then this song by Jon Brion and lyrics by Kaufman himself plays over the closing credits and a little hope shines through the sadness. I think this is a freaking great song... 

         

         

         

        I'm just a little person
        One person in a sea
        Of many little people
        Who are not aware of me

        I do my little job
        And live my little life
        Eat my little meals
        Miss my little kid and wife

        And somewhere, maybe someday
        Maybe somewhere far away
        I'll find a second little person
        Who will look at me and say

        "I know you
        You're the one I've waited for
        Let's have some fun."

        Life is precious every minute
        And more precious with you in it
        So let's have some fun

        We'll take a road trip way out west
        You're the one I like the best
        I'm glad I've found you
        Like hangin' 'round you
        You're the one I like the best

        Somewhere, maybe someday
        Maybe somewhere far away
        Somewhere, maybe someday
        Maybe somewhere far away
        Somewhere, maybe someday
        Maybe somewhere far away
        I'll meet a second little person
        And we'll go out and play
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