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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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Elton John’s – The One (1992)

I think this is one of the last really good Elton John songs. It’s not quite as memorable, say, as “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” but as the image in the video suggests, that sun is still shining and hasn’t set yet.

Digital recording was still fairly new when this cd came out in ’92. I remember noticing how clear the piano sounded, how great the arrangement was. But above that, it’s a really nice melody. And the lyrics are fabulous. In a way, it’s too bad the creator of this video has streaming lyrics. I think that takes away from this. I much prefer to just read the lyrics in their entirety, alone, rather than have them pasted over a video. But that’s just me.

So if you prefer, just listen to the tune, and then check the cosmic lyrics later..

“The One”

I saw you dancing out the ocean
Running fast along the sand
A spirit born of earth and water
Fire flying from your hands

In the instant that you love someone
In the second that the hammer hits
Reality runs up your spine
And the pieces finally fit

And all I ever needed was the one
Like freedom fields where wild horses run
When stars collide like you and I
No shadows block the sun
You’re all I’ve ever needed
Baby you’re the one

There are caravans we follow
Drunken nights in dark hotels
When chances breathe between the silence
Where sex and love no longer gel

For each man in his time is Cain
Until he walks along the beach
And sees his future in the water
A long lost heart within his reach

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/eltonjohn/theone.html

I was in love with someone back then, when this song came out. It was one of those long distance things, with furtive letter-writing (this was before email). I took a little trip to her country, soon after we became engaged but something happened. Today, we’re still connected in a spiritual way and both know that things worked out right.

Still, the song stands. Falling in love is a wonderful thing. Even if it doesn’t always last forever.


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Love gone sour

I was in a poetry mood tonight so came up with this. Not having written verse for a while, I decided to use my old pen name from literally decades ago.

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have a heart

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I’ve been meaning to photograph this guy for quite a while. I picked him up for free at my local parish. People leave stuff there, sometimes interesting stuff, to take away. Sort of like an informal exchange. Nobody seemed to want this guy. So I grabbed him.


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TogetherForever

Somewhere in the distant future… a bio-bot cries out through space and time…

tf-8-fix

TogetherForever

That’s the blub I used at SoundCloud to describe this tune. Known influences are Daft Punk, Jim Morrison, Bach – Mozart – Beethoven – Sibelius (those classical guys…) and all the other electronica and dance musicians I’ve heard. Lots. Too many to name. Well, maybe Avicii, because that guy’s a genius.

This took about two weeks. I could fuss over it more but there comes a time when you just have to say, “that’s what I can do now,” and start thinking about the next project.

All the plugins are freeware. And the voice (originally me) is supposed to sound Russian/European. I think I was remembering a childhood TV cartoon called Rocky and Bullwinkle. There were two European villians in that cartoon. My subconscious probably dredged up the guy, then I gave him a robotic twang.

Fun!

*.* L A T E R *.*

Actually, I did try to fix up the 2nd last drum fill a bit. But decided to leave it for now. The image at right is the left and right channel.


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Steve Winwood Back in the Highlife Again!

I was in the used bookstore yesterday and heard this groovy sounding Steve Winwood music playing in the background.

As I pondered the book titles I searched my memory and, no matter how hard I tried, couldn’t locate the record I was listening to. It sounded very 70s and I thought I knew just about every Blind Faith, Traffic and Steve Winwood tune there is.

So on exiting the store I asked the man at the counter… “What is this lp?”

“Steve Winwood,” he replied.

“I know that…” I said. “But what album?”

“Nine Lives,” he said. “It just came out Tuesday.”

Well, I haven’t heard all of it yet but from my initial sampling it seems that Mr. Winwood has rediscovered his muse, big time.

This isn’t a flashy sound. And it probably won’t make the bubblegum (or should I say razor blade) charts. But Winwood fans should be happy.

It’s really a statement…