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Music History

In Alternate Theories and Histories on March 27, 2009 at 9:55 pm

It’s interesting to note when Elvis did start recording, it was with Sam Phillips an independent recording engineer. Sam Phillips was a little man, along with other recording entrepreneurs with the same spirit, taking on the big commercial labels. He pushed a lot of music that wasn’t considered mainstream and took a lot of chances to get it out in the public. It was new and exciting for many radio and record listeners. However, even then, at the time of the beginnings of rock and roll, few people could make a real living playing music in the “popular” world.

This independent spirit again caught on in the 1990’s with the digital revolution. 
It has its pros and cons. Since recording or making recordings is much more convenient with computers and laptops, this revolution has caused a glut of music all over the Internet. There doesn’t seem to be a filter on this type of production. Many say the people will be the filter of good music and art. That’s fine, but is it working?
There is also a potential audience of billions. Well the whole world is a potential audience I suppose, but is that really true?

It has always been down to the means of the message and how much time one takes to get it out. It is my feeling with so much easy access to music; most people can’t be bothered to listen. Also, listening to music through the tiny speaker on a laptop or the inefficient computer speakers does nothing for the music. In many cases this whole digital revolution has severely lowered the standard of the listener, and music in general.
Along with this negative, there is an attitude more than ever, that musicians should play for free.

The innovative and experimental rock group Radiohead recently released a “free” (or you decide what you want to pay for it) digital download titled “Rainbows” from their own website. It was suppose to be a radical experiment, and to some proved the demise of record companies, because Radiohead did make money with a so-called ” free” release. Many people chose the option for the free download of this recording. A significant amount of people did in fact pay some money. Radiohead’s experiment in a “free” release didn’t prove much of anything however. They would not have made millions if they weren’t Radiohead.

The commercial companies producing recordings are behind the “people” at this point, but they will find a way to recapture the market. We have to be honest here about one fact, unfortunately most people wait to be told what to listen to.

Sure you will have a success story once in awhile.
But, this idea that people on myspace or other places are going to really be noticed, or be able to quit their day job, is as random as it was in the days of Elvis. He walked into Sam Phillips studio to make a recording for his mother when he was 18 years of age. He paid Phillips a few bucks for the studio time to do a recording entitled “My Happiness”. The rest is history.

Bob Dylan and Your Home Garden

In Bob Dylan on March 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

WILL CONGRESS WIPE OUT HOME GARDENS, GROWERS MARKETS?

“The Internet’s buzzing about a bill in Congress its sponsor and supporters say is vital for protecting consumers from food-borne illnesses, but critics claim would place all U.S. food production “from farm to fork” under control of federal bureaucrats, effectively destroying family farms and farmers markets in the process and hijacking the burgeoning organic food movement.”

And from Dylan’s Union Sun Down from Infidels released in 1983:

Well, it’s sundown on the union
And what’s made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
‘Til greed got in the way.

Wait for these lyrics to come around!

Well, the job that you used to have

They gave it to somebody down in El Salvador
The unions are big business, friend
And they’re going out like a dinosaur
They used to grow food in Kansas 
Now they want to grow it on the moon and eat it raw
I can see the day coming when even your home garden
Is gonna be against the law.”

Bob Dylan:Together Through Life

In Bob Dylan on March 23, 2009 at 11:52 am
A lot of this album feels like a Chess record from the fifties. Did you have that sound in your head going in or did it come up as you played?

“Well some of the things do have that feel. It’s mostly in the way the instruments were played.

You like that sound?

Oh yeah, very much so. . . the old Chess records, the Sun records. . . I think that’s my favorite sound for a record.

What do you like about that sound?

I like the mood of those records – the intensity. The sound is uncluttered. There’s power and suspense. The whole vibration feels like it could be coming from inside your mind. It’s alive. It’s right there. Kind of sticks in your head like a toothache.

Release date….. April 28/2009

Blind Jefferson Boggs Blog

In Uncategorized on March 18, 2009 at 11:43 pm

The Short History

 I was adopted somewhere in Texas. I don’t know how old I was. I remember moving many times, but then I ran away at 12.

But before running away I lived in Okinawa. It was very exotic. Strange sounds always came from a radio in the kitchen. 

I made my way to the Gulf of Mexico on my bike and got a job on a large sailboat. The captain gave me music lessons at night on the guitar, fiddle and accordion.

I fell in love with a girl at 17 while docked at San Francisco Bay. She taught me how to play the piano.

Soon after, I went to Boston and studied composition, while writing pop tunes for bands and singers. I usually travel by train and after traveling through cities and states, I find my self here.

I will be contributing on occasion @ www.strongerthandeath.net.

To Be Continued….