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From the Kennedy Center Honors Sting. Recorded on December 7, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Joe Walsh

THE SECRET TO LIFE JOE WALSH

MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB

Today I went to a celebration of life. I have a tough time this time of year. But when I got home, I saw God had left me a voice mail on Youtube to check out this video and it applies on so many levels. We all have mountains to climb, difficulties to overcome be it alcohol, drugs, loss of a loved one, sickness, weight loss, job loss, divorce, depression, low wages anxiety, bankruptcy and difficult bosses. Sometimes we need help. We need something we can hold onto. Here is what one of America’s legends has to say to us to lend us some hope. We welcome Joe Walsh’s advice.

PROGRESS COMES IN LITTLE BITES

Joe Walsh understands solutions don’t just work in one day, week or month. You can’t look for the end to the problem. It always is one step, one day at a time, and the effort must continue, in many cases, forever. And you waste time blaming others. Your situation is within you. You have the power to provide the solution. So the secret to life is to Keep Moving Forward, One Step At A Time,  One Day At A Time.

 

Thank you Joe Walsh. You give us hope!

ONE DAY AT A TIME, Legendary, Mr.Joe Walsh

CHUCK LEAVELL CONTINUEM

CHUCK LEAVELL CONTINUEM

I can’t just walk away from this guy. After the last post I built failed to attract interest. This man puts his heart and soul into his music, always has. He deserves so much more recognition of his accomplishments  and his talents. So I’m back at it going deep for content.  Chuck Leavell can take you to places that make you comfortable. And let’s face it, in this life and times, it is almost impossible to get comfortable anymore. But because Chuck has played with some real powerhouse artists such as The Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers,  and countless others, it’s understandable he might get a bit lost in the jet wash.  But I keep seeing the things he does beyond his music and touring with bands, and I say why is the music community not bringing him to the forefront. Time is going by people. And a talent such as Chuck Leavell possesses will dwindle, and I hate the idea that I will go to my grave knowing how wonderful pianist and personality Chuck is, but my kids will never know…unless, unless I document it somewhere in the hopes my children see and become aware of who is Chuck Leavell.

BOOT AND SHOES, FT: KEITH RICHARDS 2012

PAYING IT FORWARD

Not many people know that Chuck is an avid environmentalist and nature lover, as I too once was. He has supported groups who promote tree planting and preservation.  He is every bit the John Muir of the South.   Chuck Leavell has also posted on-line videos to help young upcoming artists see his style and he breaks it down so those students can be made aware of his style and the styles evolution through previous artists that Chuck Learned from, and his past collaborations with people like Dicky Betts and Mick Jagger. You know, Billy Joel is the gold standard when it comes to piano. But like me, Billy is a tough New Yorker. Chuck Leavell, on the other hand exudes jovilness,  a happy outlook unique to Southerners that makes him a platinum player in the world of piano. And just like James Taylor, who has a wonderful website to teach guitar skills, Chuck has great videos to help young and old piano students learn the fun behind the piano. I myself am a tremendous fan of great guitarists. Eric Clapton, a snake charmer who can hypnotize a viewer with his fretwork and strumming style, and James Taylor has no equal when you watch him pick a tune on his acoustic axe. And there is Joe Walsh…perfection. All these guys, they do it for themselves, but you damn well know they do it to put a smile on our faces and a song in our hearts. And just like Ray Charles paid  it forward to a young Chuck Leavell, so do all the artists I mentioned. It is as I say,  just drive the truck, and the fame and  money will follow. In other words if you do what is your passion and you never falter,  fame and fortune will one day be yours. I wish I had. But I got lost in the so-called, ” reality of life”.  If you are a lover of rhythm and Blues,  fusion jazz, and boogie wooie piano,as am  I,  please program your Pandora to Mr Chuck Leavell, or checkup his YouTube videos. I promise you won’t  be sorry you

CHUCK LEAVELL AND JON MAYER, WISH ME WELL

 

 

The Blues Did Not Die And Never Will! BB KING R.I.P.

TRIBUTE TO THE KING

Thanks to a musician from the Mississippi Delta, we can all get up in the morning,  put one foot in front of the other and go off to work.  As BB King once described it, ” The blues is like a tonic, it is good for whatever ails you”.  Crafted in the cotton fields, and on the plantations of the American South, it’s a sound that sticks – that makes you feel better. R&B is the channel that so many people can count on to say, “hey, it’s cool, I can deal with this problem at home, at work, in sports or all through my life; this too shall pass and we will feel better.” We always have the Blues to turn to. The Blues influenced soul music, weaved its way through Motown, gridded Rap and Hip Hop, and bloomed into a foundation that has supported mankind all over our planet. You feel bad? Do some Blues. Feel better.

 

BB KING ELEVATED THE BLUES

Most of us never met this guy, or his guitar Lucille,  some of us can say we saw him in concert.  Some say, “I lost a good friend”. But did we lose more than he gave? No way. None of us today remember the dark days of the deep South. This guy did, and yet he brought forth a cure for depression without a prescription.  When you’re down,  turn to the Blues. That will help you get back up, help you laugh a little.  Crack a smile no matter what they’re  puttin’ on you. Well, though the volume was turned down today, BB King made sure there was an exit strategy. He made sure there were competent Blues stringers in all walks of life to carry the torch for The Blues. BB King did everything in his power to bring forward The Blues, from boosting Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, and Albert King, to linking rock and Blues through rock and roll greats like U2, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Taj Mahal, Paul Butterfield, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Keith Richards & The Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt, then inspiring modern day blues men like Ray Clark Jr., John Mayer, Eric Bibb, Keb Mo and Johnny Lang.  B.B.King, Etta James, Aretha and Johnny Winter kept The Blues right up there in your face. They never, never, ever let you down.   Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King’s performances locked in  legend. See below the video, a list of blues artists found in Wikipedia.

We highlighted this video post earlier in this website and in an older blog because aesthetically it is very appealing plus it covers the rehearsal and precise pre-planning necessary. The performance was so well-edited between the rehearsal and the actual performance we felt it carried the full weight of all the artists performing the song, which remains, to us,  one of the best performances BB King ever did. And the song represents what we all are waiting for, “When Love Comes To Town”.  Well, it’s here, Love.  Unfortunately for us, in the here and now,  BB King took that train out to the next station where lots of people, his colleagues and friends such as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Healey, Albert King, Janis Joplin, Duane Allman, Roy Buchanan and many, many more await his arrival.  The Blues did not die and never will! BB KING R.I.P. 1925 -2015.  Lenny Kravits said it best on Twitter today: ” BB, lots of people can play thousands of notes and never say what you did with just one”   But Lucille, his guitar, said it even better for a long time.

When Love Comes To Town

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List of Recent Blues Artists Wikipedia

John Mayer – Queen of California  (Live at the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013)

This performance is bar none, possibly the best I have seen in a very, very long time.

I have been so focused on John Mayer’s undeniable blues guitar talents, this particular performance
even being somewhat old, 2013, totally caught me off guard! First off, John Mayer Queen of California is one of my all time favorites, this rendition absolutely pulverizes my previous view of John as a strictly Blues guitarist. The guitar solo, after his acoustic into, has a deep, thick flavor of the Greatfull Dead, Jerry Garcia, it just blew me away!

What I love so much about John Mayer is, he is so you and me. After getting his first guitar he did what so many of us wish we had done. He immersed himself in the study of the guitar greats, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King, Buddy Guy, B.B. King and Eric Clapton. Just a kid from Fairfield Connecticut, waking his dad up early on Saturday morning so he could go to the local record store and buy a copy of an album of Albert King’s. I recently saw the movie Whiplash with J. K Simmonds about a young boy relentlessly practicing his drum solos till his hands bled. J.K Simmons played his conductor and grueling drill master, driving the young man to out perform himself. As I watched this video, and while I watched this performance by John Mayer it occurred to me that this was John Mayer, practicing over and over and over each of these guitar legends solos until their style to him was as natural as drinking a beer is to us.

John Mayer is a fantastic and accomplished guitarist and performer. He has played with many of those who inspired him. He has made his home state of Connecticut endear him as a true natural resource and guitar hero. He is only getting better with time. I truly hope you enjoy this live performance as much as did I!

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THE BAND – DON’T DO IT

So my son looks at me and says”There was a band called The Band, …seriously?
I have a problem with that. Just not acceptable.  These guys wrote classic tunes. They were back up band to Bob Dylan and Ronnie Hawkins. You see that guy playing lead guitar, Robbie Rodertson. He`s one of the top guitarists I`ve ever seen. You dont get this kind of chemistry but once in a blue moon. Yeah, U2, the Rollng Stones, the Beatles, but the band oozed American backwoods backbeat. They made you feel like Americans got chops. Sure they were Canadian too, but that was really cool! Even better. Made you know the Canadian border may be there, but, we got brothers in Canada. Loads of great musicians came from Canada. Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Brian Adams, the list goes on and on.

Even regarding history, there is no better Civil War song than The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. No better Ragtime song than Rag Mamma Rag,  And a true classic The Weight? There just in no, and never will be,  better song to sip Jack Danials to than music fron The Band`s Up On Cripple Creek she sends me.
If you don`t understand these guys and their music, your missing a link to help you lock into many forms and styles of American Music.
I will add a few posts to help you go there. I hope you enjoy these
 guys as much as I do, If you have a comment or some thing to add please do.

John Butler Trio & Keith Urban – Funky Tonight Live – Arias

This caught me totally off guard. Keith Urban ?  Really ? JOHN BUTLER Volcanic!  Country? Rock ? Like, What is this …Australian fire power! Outstanding My standing Os…Twice!! When these guys go Wheels UP, they’re gone!

The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed – Live OFFICIAL

My favorite band of all time. These guys took bad ass to a higher level. Each song they cranked out was and will always be a classic. They are totally cross generational. And they meld Rock & Roll and the blues seamlessly into golden silk. If you buy a new car, this is the first band you want streaming of some great speakers at full bore. You need to visit their official website at some point.

U2, B.B.King – When Love Comes To Town /live/ ( Rattle And Hum) /1988/

This band is my all time favorite. The shear passion they put into every song lyric is the reason people will follow them worldwide to hear them live in concert. They mingle blues and rock and roll seamlessly. Only U2 and The Rolling Stones have this as a style stamp, easily detectable on most all of their works.

Welcome To The New Front Row Center Website! All The World’s A Stage!

Welcome to Front Row Center. Now under construction, but soon to deliver great video footage of various music, live performance footage, and varied genres! This website won’t only be limited to music either, as was it’s blog / vlog predecessor.  We all need a smile some times, or an interesting and thought provoking video or article can help us enjoy our spare time, on a train, in an airport, a doctors office, in the infamous DMV waiting room, even sitting on a beach on vacation. Sometimes we want to Rock it, and other times just chillax. If you have the time and the desire for good entertainment, we’ll be right here, just a few clicks away.  We might even drop some tech tricks and tips to help you burnish your mobile device skills.   And you too can play.  We will be very interested in your feedback and interaction. You can help us evolve this site based on your critiquing input and positive feedback.  Just “keep it real” is all we ask. We are all here to have fun and enjoy.  We also plan to give aspiring artists exposure when and where appropriate,whenever possible.  No better feeling than helping new-bees get a leg upon their careers, especially the talented new-bees.

We will do our best to have new content as often as possible. My hope is for people to find peace and happiness in a straight up stressful world.  I personally love watching consumate musicians movement, body language, fingerings on the frets of their axes when playing their instruments. Drummers running the rhythm streams making us tap our fingers and toes . To me, it is so deeply memorizing. No need for meditation when watched without distraction. Accoutic or electric guitars,  concert pianist, and especially orchestral performances all roll my dice.  A great comedian from time to time can absolutely warm your soul after the most difficult of days at work. 

So I hope you find what your looking for here and set up camp, bring your friends , leave a comment or two and help us all to just have a little variety in your short time spent on line.

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