Monthly Archives: November 2014

ANDY MCKEE – Nakagawa-San / Live February 2014

ANDY MCKEE – Nakagawa-San is a wonderful performance.  Sometimes you just need to relax. Life comes at you like a shovel to the face and goes away taking your emotions with it.  Stress up, gear down.  You think you understand, but you know you really don’t. We need to look at music Artists who cut the fuel to our nervous systems sometimes. Trim our engines back. It works best when we look at the artist and puzzle how they can make us feel the way we do. Watch the instrument be an extention of their personality. How they weave the melody into our souls. This is the essence of smooth acoustics. A spiritual calming quality. No profanity or driving beat. Just carrys us over the rocks for a short window in time. Andy McKee can make you feel like you are watching a sunset in the mountains on a cool fall day. Or watching the tide roll in on that proverbial dock of a bay. But here again use some for of ear phones for maximum effect.

Andy McKee can do this. He can get you out of the world of chaos and keep you safe and sound in his music. I hope you enjoy this. Thank You.


Well, enough of that esoteric stuff for a bit. Time to rock em loose ! (Live Crossroads Festival Guitars ).  Time to shake it !  Check these guys out. Watch em play. These folks deliver a total knockout performance. Show me this today … you can’t. okay, it is all about the Big Booty ! They wag their ass, and that’s the star, their ass, AYFKM ? ( Are You Fu*king Kidding Me? ) THEIR ASSES ! Dude. What if they fart ? I mean, really their asses? That’s talent ?

There are “playas”, and they are real players. Real players, they CAN walk and chew gum…or sing and play a mean guitar.

This is Crossroads.  Eric Clapton doing what not too many others do, helping the little guy who is strapped down under the yoke of drugs and alcohol.  He is helping the fans who weren’t so fortunate.  In today’s world it is every man for himself, wag that ass and make a killing.

I love this song. I Listened to it on cold winter nights in my Air Force dorm room alone with a tumbler of JD on ice and a little 7up. Yeah, I could drink then.  now, if I even think about drinking good whisky I piss blood.   Clapton in the seventies was outstanding.  Even today, when I watch him play, is like a King Cobra watching a snake charmer, mesmerizing.

Sheryl Crow & Eric Clapton Performing ” Tulsa Time ” (Live Crossroads Festival Guitars).

This guy is just absolutely amazing. A One Man Guitar Army.   The music your about to hear,  Michael Hedges Aerial Boundaries, will just  blow you away.  If you have never heard of Michael Hedges, you need to.  His talent with all styles of acoustic guitar are simply astounding.  Unfortunatly he passed away on a few years back, so the video quality may be a lot less than some may expect.  But it is about the music not the the visual. For best experience try to use some form of ear phone or headphones,

Michael Hedges – Aerial Boundaries

According  to Wikipedia


Hedges’ life in music began in his hometown of Enid, Oklahoma, where he flirted with various instruments before focusing on flute and guitar. He eventually enrolled at Phillips University in Enid to study classical guitar, but more importantly, to study under the tutelage of his compositional mentor, E. J. Ulrich. Subsequently Hedges was a composition major at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Marylandwho applied his classically trained musical background in combination with various unusual techniques to the steel-string acoustic guitar. He covered a wide range of musical styles and was considered an extremely dynamic performer in concert. Hedges made ends meet playing and singing in pubs and restaurants in the Baltimore Metro area during his tenure at Peabody. In 1976 to 1977 he played electric guitar and flute for a local jazzy folk rock group called Lotus Band, which he left to start performing solo acoustic. In 1980, he made plans to move to California to study music atStanford University. Hedges was contracted in February 1981 byWilliam Ackerman who heard Hedges performing at The Varsity Theater in Palo Alto and immediately (using a napkin from The New Varsity) signed Hedges to a recording contract on the Windham Hill label.[1] He was married to flautist Mindy Rosenfeld but the couple divorced in the late 1980s.


Hedges’ first two recordings forWindham HillBreakfast in the Fieldand Aerial Boundaries—were milestones for the acoustic guitar.[2]He wrote nearly exclusively inalternate tunings. His early recordings and most of the ‘Breakfast in the Field‘ album were recorded on the Ken DuBourg guitar and his Martin D-28 “Barbara”. Some of the techniques he used include slap harmonics (created by slapping the strings over a harmonic node), use of right hand hammer-ons (particularly on bass notes), use of the left hand for melodic or rhythmichammer-ons and pull offs, percussive slapping on the guitar body, as well as unusual strummings. He also made extensive use of string damping as employed in classical guitar, and was known to insist strongly on the precise duration of sounds and silences in his pieces. He also played guitar-variants like the harp guitar (an instrument with additional bass strings), and the TransTremGuitar. He was a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, percussion, tin whistle, harmonica, and flute, among others on his albums. Bassist Michael Manringcontributed to nearly all of Hedges’ records.

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Diana Krall Joni Mitchell Tribute

Black Crow – Diana Krall. This rendition of Joni Mitchell’s Black Crow is, in my opinion a bit sketchy. I saw this and I kinda liked it. Jury still out for me a bit though. I wanted to keep the focus on Joni Mitchell. Her works are going classic. The Hejira Album was my favorite. This song in particular is a great piece, however the style is a bit diluted,  from the original , also great jazz piece. Please, use the comment box below to let me know what your thoughts are. Diana Krall is quite the accomplished Jazz singer, I do very much enjoy anything she does where I am unfamiliar with the original work.  But with Joni Mitchell, I just have these high expectations. And her original studio version was outstanding.  If you can look it up on  Stay tuned for more Joni Mitchell. that is, if you like Joni’s works, I certainly do.  And please don’t be afraid to comment. Thank You! and I hope you enjoy.Diana Krall Joni Mitchell Tribute.

According to Wikipedia;

Diana Krall

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Diana Krall
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Krall at a CD signing in Toronto, Ontario (Sept 2007)

Background informationBirth nameDiana Jean KrallBornNovember 16, 1964 (age 49)
Nanaimo, British ColumbiaGenresJazz, traditional pop, bossa novaOccupation(s)Singer
PianoYears active1990–presentLabelsJustin Time (1993)
GRP (1995)
Impulse (1995–2001)
Verve (2002–present)Associated actsElvis CostelloWebsiteDianaKrall.comNotable instrumentsSteinway[1] piano

Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC (born November 16, 1964) is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals.[2] She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide. On December 11, 2009, Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade, establishing her as one of the best-selling artists of her time. She is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums.[3] To date, she has won five Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards. She has also earned nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums.


Joni Mitchell. In my opinion, never has there been a more powerful influence on music in the female genre as this woman. She is real life, in art. Beautiful in a sophisticated way. Her later brush with Jazz was so before it’s time. As you Listen to Hejira, take your time. use headphones if you can. Sit in your favorite chair. Play this and listen to the words. Try to imagine what it is she is trying to convey. This will help you shake off the digital chills we are all feeling these days. As in meditation, alone with focused input, we heal our minds. I am going to stay on task for Joni in the next few posts. If you enjoy it please return, I have some strong material for your pleasure on tap. If not, no worries.

According to Wikipedia

Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson; November 7, 1943), is a Canadian musician, singer songwriter, and painter.[1] Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the streets and dives of Toronto. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs (“Urge for Going”, “Chelsea Morning“, “Both Sides, Now“, “The Circle Game”) were covered by notable folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her own debut album in 1968.[2]

Settling in Southern California, Mitchell, with popular songs like “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock“, helped define an era and a generation. Her 1971 recording Blue was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone‘s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time“.[3] Mitchell switched labels and began moving toward jazz rhythms by way of lush pop textures on 1974’s Court and Spark, her best-selling LP, featuring the radio hits “Help Me” and “Free Man in Paris“.[4]

Her wide-ranging vocals and distinctive open-tuned guitar and piano compositions grew more harmonically and rhythmically complex as she explored jazz, melding it with influences of rock and roll, R&B, classical music, and non-western beats. In the late 1970s, she began working closely with noted jazz musicians, among them Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and Charles Mingus; the latter asked her to collaborate on his final recordings.[5] She turned again toward pop, embraced electronic music, and engaged in political protest.

She is the sole record producer credited on most of her albums, including all her work in the 1970s. With roots in visual art, she has designed her own album artwork throughout her career. A blunt critic of the music industry, she quit touring and released her 17th, and reportedly last, album of original songs in 2007. She describes herself as a “painter derailed by circumstance”.[6]

Mitchell has deeply influenced fellow musicians in a diverse range of genres, and her work is highly respected by critics. AllMusic said, “When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century”,[7] and Rolling Stone called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever”.[8] Her lyrics are noted for their developed poetics, addressing social and environmental ideals alongside personal feelings of romantic longing, confusion, disillusion, and joy.

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