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back in the groove

Earthpages has taken a back seat the past few days as I really wanted to get this out asap.

My little blurb at SoundCloud says it all:

You guessed it. I was thinking of Paul McCartney and other 70s feelgood love songs a bit when mixing this. But the tune was written in the late 80s / early 90s. Originally called “Karma Destiny,” it has a melody but I didn’t like my vocals so went with sax improv instead.

Today I question the whole idea of karma. So that title isn’t really me any more. But the music still is!

© 2017 Michael W. Clark

 Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Recorded Music Together For First Time In Seven Years(stereogum.com)

 Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Reunite for New Music(aceshowbiz.com)

 Classic Rock Almanac February 9, 2017(wncx.cbslocal.com)

 Paul McCartney sues Sony/ATV to reclaim rights to Beatles music(japantimes.co.jp)

 This Week In History: The Beatles, Compact Discs, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson(wcbsfm.cbslocal.com)

 DC, Hollywood Stars Celebrate Valentine’s Day On Social Media(losangeles.cbslocal.com)


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Rediscovering John Prine

Back in the library today. Happened to see this oldie goldie that I haven’t heard for ages. Wasn’t really knowing what to expect. Last time I heard this album it was on vinyl and I was just a young boy (I had older brothers and sisters so got a good musical education as a child).

So putting the CD in, I was entranced at how much I liked it. I mean, I REALLY liked it. Lyrics like “there’s a hole in Daddy’s arm… where all the money goes… Jesus Christ died for nothing, I suppose” and another about people making love “10 miles apart” didn’t make much sense to me as a young boy. But today I realized that Prine is a classic.

In the song posted below – “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Any More” – you can hear a definite Hank Williams Sr. influence in the word “heaven.” Hardly surprising. Maybe Prine was channeling Hank at that moment. I wouldn’t be surprised. I think Hank Williams would have really liked Prine. And since Hank Williams is my very most favorite artist out of all of them, that’s a big compliment coming from me.

Another thing I like about this album is that it’s not overly produced. The musicians are slick but not showoffs, throwing every country lick they know in your face. Nope. This is just good old-fashioned  folk-country with a dash of rock.

The entire lp is on YouTube.


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Yes

Probably pretty rare… Vinyl

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an old prog rock lp that I still like to listen to from time to time…


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the kid

the kid (via Tumblr)

This was my fav family car. A 1972 Ford Torino wagon. I didn’t get my license until our next car in 1978. So I was just posin’ here. Not sure the exact date. 13 yrs old? That would make it ’75.


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White Lining on Broadstreet (or RoboRock)

My first try at side-chaining, a technique in electronic music that, if done right, maintains the thump of the kick drum when lots of other stuff is going on that could drown it out (i.e. destructive interference..).


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Melancholy Man

A re-imagined “Melancholy Man.” For those not born in the rotary dial telephone age, this was a song penned by keyboardist Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues. Pinder was (as is) a whiz on the mellotron, an early kind of synth which isn’t easy to play. I’ve always liked this song (the original is on YouTube). It’s sad, but also cosmic. (This version is identical to the one posted about two weeks ago, except that I added a sound effect at the top, beefed up the rhythm fills and smoothed out the fade).

A beam of light will fill your head
And you’ll remember what’s been said
By all the good men this world’s ever known…
(and) we’re going to keep growing… wait and see


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Sock it to me 70s!