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  • Friday Influences Thread - 10-12-12

    This is the part where we share our deepest, darkest, dangerously subversive, buried memories of music; the inspiration for your mad genius. Or maybe just that new Jessie J track you heard on the train this morning.



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    I was watching a rerun of the R & R Hall of Fame Concert. Sara Bareilles was singing a Laura Nyro tune, Stoney End, to welcome Nyro (posthumously) into this not so hallowed institution. Bareilles is really the perfect modern counterpart to Nyro.



    Then Bette Midler does her teary speech about Nyro. Pretty moving actually. But all I could hear really was the Nyro music they played in the background. It's like suppressed memory from my childhood. That sound. Everything about it. The odd yet cool arrangements, her over the top voice, the songs... those changes, the gospel lifts, the hippie innocence, the modern sadness. All of it seems to trigger some buried, melancholic and almost frightening emotion.



    I was 7 or 8 when I first heard these songs. I can't explain it... but they somehow burn deep inside me in a sad way. I would love to capture some of this in a song I write someday...






    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQcBLgo34cw






    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRhAtCjPGcM
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  • #2
    I tend to get on kicks with songs and ride them into the ground. This causes me to occasionally need to dig through the archives for tunes I haven't heard in a while. It was on one of these scavenger missions that I re-stumbled upon these guys, who have held up surprisingly well over the years.






    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-gizY8_18M








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





    The simple change of yelling the "go" on the repeated chorus line adds so much on the first one. I love the interaction between the guitars and synth in the open of "AYZ".
    Don't listen to Justin.
    LCK - 2/21/2012

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    • #3






      Quote Originally Posted by Lee Knight
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      Sara Bareilles was singing a Laura Nyro tune, Stoney End, to welcome Nyro (posthumously) into this not so hallowed institution.




      Not a songwriter, per se, but a great interpreter of other people's tunes.



      John Sebastian.






      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZRYdnf11sA





      Bob Dylan.






      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aYAUE6is7I





      Gus Kahn.






      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4T3tMkjRig
      “I started being a songwriter pretending I could do it, and it turned out I could.” —James Taylor.

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      • #4
        This goes into the Guilty Pleasure folder. First off, I love Sia's voice. Second of all, I love great techno production. Moroder, William Orbit, Plastikman, Future Sound of London, Juno Reactor. I love that stuff. So , I really love a lot of the much maligned and hated pop music coming out. It's just techno with a pop song integrated. For me... what could be more fun. It's like candy overload or cocaine. Fun while you in the middle of it but it's gonna hurt later. Stick to the candy and you'll be ok... that's what I do.






        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-2iDdR9ihg
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        • #5






          Quote Originally Posted by Oswlek
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          I tend to get on kicks with songs and ride them into the ground. This causes me to occasionally need to dig through the archives for tunes I haven't heard in a while. It was on one of these scavenger missions that I re-stumbled upon these guys, who have held up surprisingly well over the years.






          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-gizY8_18M








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





          The simple change of yelling the "go" on the repeated chorus line adds so much on the first one. I love the interaction between the guitars and synth in the open of "AYZ".




          It's funny... those guys were huge during the era I was making a go at it. For whatever reason, we really didn't like them much. But I listen now and... that's really good. Musta been professional envy. Nice picks.
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          • #6
            I wrote a novella to this song a few years back:




            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-XUYY1SkM0








            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37r9aqTxhBQ
            <div class="signaturecontainer"><a href="http://shadowsofbirdsmusic.blogspot.com" target="_blank">Aaron McDonald | Comic Book Music</a> (and not comic book music)</div>

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            • #7
              This one won't stop coming into mind...



              The nightime falls from right to left

              The phone just rings and rings

              The moth flies through the dark and says

              "C'mon let's burn our wings."







              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJgigIldGVs
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              • #8
                Miss Peggy Lee... http://youtube.com/watch?v=4p1OZVUXNzI ... With the Benny Goodman orchestra.


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

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                • #9






                  Quote Originally Posted by blue2blue
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                  It's interesting how complimentary her voice and his clarinet are. Very similar timbres.
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                  • #10






                    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Knight
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                    It's interesting how complimentary her voice and his clarinet are. Very similar timbres.




                    Funny, I made the same comment about Rosemary Clooney and the saxophonist on the recording of "But Beautiful" Mark Blackburn posted the other day. To me there seemed to be a seamless segue b/w her vocal and the saxophone solo.






                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAK2nCk6z6Y





                    By the way, Blue: that isn't the Benny Goodman Orchestra with Peggy Lee, it's his sextet: Lionel Hampton (vibes) , Teddy Wilson (piano), Charlie Christian (guitar), et al.



                    Either way, though, hearing Goodman and Lee together is "but beautiful."
                    “I started being a songwriter pretending I could do it, and it turned out I could.” —James Taylor.

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                    • #11






                      Quote Originally Posted by LCK
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                      Funny, I made the same comment about Rosemary Clooney and the saxophonist on the recording of "But Beautiful" Mark Blackburn posted the other day. To me there seemed to be a seamless segue b/w her vocal and the saxophone solo.






                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAK2nCk6z6Y





                      By the way, Blue: that isn't the Benny Goodman Orchestra with Peggy Lee, it's his sextet: Lionel Hampton (vibes) , Teddy Wilson (piano), Charlie Christian (guitar), et al.



                      Either way, though, hearing Goodman and Lee together is "but beautiful."




                      And... I just love her voice. You know, a voice is hard to separate from the person. As she got heftier and larger, I still was in love with her. What a spirit. What a soul. I love her. RIP, dear. You were lovely.
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                      • #12
                        Where's this from, Mr. Knight?



                        I could brag on the things I've done

                        Or the places I have been

                        But I've never found a cure for...

                        On the outside looking in.




                        I googled those words and it took me straight . . . . back here!



                        So, while awaiting your reply, I've already composed a catchy (generic, country) tune; in my mind's ear I'm hearing Willie or Waylon singing it as the refrain to a hit song.



                        Some great picks already for this F.I. -- to coin a song title, I'm lovin' ev'ry one!

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                        • #13
                          Great song, and what an instrument...






                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7diMj4os0Go
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                          • #14
                            Art song, meet pop. Pop, meet art song.






                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAIzPbjpYUk
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                            • #15
                              Ben Folds is a little hit or miss for me, but his new track (with Nick Hornby) is great.






                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjhjpLCw2b4
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