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“Beyond Here Lies Nothin”

In American Music, Bob Dylan on April 25, 2009 at 9:06 pm
Dylan’s latest studio album, Together Through Life, recently recorded  features 10 new songs including “Beyond Here Lies Nothin”.  This will be the 46th release from Dylan, following his Platinum album Modern Times which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 2006.

Oh well, I love you pretty baby
You’re the only love I’ve ever known
Just as long as you stay with me
The whole world is my throne
Beyond here lies nothin’
Nothin’ we can call our own

Well, I’m movin’ after midnight
Down boulevards of broken cars
Don’t know what I’d do without it
Without this love that we call ours
Beyond here lies nothin’
Nothin’ but the moon and stars

Down every street there’s a window
And every window’s made of glass
We’ll keep on lovin’ pretty baby
For as long as love will last
Beyond here lies nothin’
But the mountains of the past

Well, my ship is in the harbor
And the sails are spread
Listen to me, pretty baby
Lay your hand upon my head
Beyond here lies nothin’
Nothin’ done and nothin’ said


Pirate Bay lawyer demands retrial. Update on file sharing.

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Pirate Bay lawyer demands retrial, saying judge was biased in file-sharing case

“STOCKHOLM (AP) — A defense lawyer in the Pirate Bay file-sharing case said Thursday he will demand a retrial after the judge admitted he was a member of copyright protection organizations.

A Stockholm court last week convicted four men behind the notorious Web site of helping others commit copyright violations and gave them one-year prison sentences.

They also were ordered to pay damages of 30 million kronor ($3.6 million) to entertainment companies, including Warner Bros., Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and Columbia Pictures.”

Updates on File Sharing and Downloading

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm

“Pirate Bay four jailed for breaking copyright in Swedish file-sharing trial.

The founders of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay have been sentenced to a year in jail in Sweden for breaking copyright laws by helping millions of users download music, movies and computer games for free.”

This certainly has potential to make a lot of people criminals.


“The Pirate Bay founders sentenced to prison”

Pirates everywhere are starting to lose their reputation.


Pirate Bay founders defy year’s jail sentence and order to pay £2.5 million



We will see!

Jeff Beck…….live

In Guitar Heros on April 12, 2009 at 12:14 am

Jeff Beck, an enduring experimentalist, live at Ronnie Scotts. 

This one is really worth buying. 

Much more to come on this great player.


In Guitar Heros on April 11, 2009 at 11:53 pm


“An exclusive first glance at Classic Hendrix, the dazzling and definitive new Jimi Hendrix photo book with text by Guitar World editor Brad Tolinski.”
Hendrix still sells!


In Cool Sites, Guitar Heros on April 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm

This is a fascinating concept. ArtistShare was started in 2003, and has been allowing fans to show appreciation for their favorite artists by funding their recording projects in exchange for access to the creative process, LTD Edition recordings, VIP access to recording sessions and even credit listing on the CD.”

Dealing with the file sharing issue they go on to explain: “The explosion of digital downloading has shaken the roots of the music industry as we’ve known it – the concept of creating music for sale has become a tenuous prospect, as record labels and artists continue to lose profits due to “illegal” file sharing”

There are of course strong opinions on both sides of this issue, but this company has a unique outlook and solution to loss of revenue to musicians. It seems to me ArtistShare is bringing live performance directly to fans. Both the artists and fans have a stake in the music

Here is a youtube live 1995 version of “Throughout” by Jim Hall and Bill Frisell playing live.

You can listen to it here on the AtistShare website as the first track of their CD, Hemisphere.

Very Interesting! Doesn’t quite sound like the same tune does it? But as explained here,  “Throughout” has been recorded by Frisell many times and in many contexts, but it’s never sounded this open, this expressive.”

What is really nice is the fact that ArtistShare does many genres of music, with great taste in all aspects of production. Take a chance, you’ll find some great music.

Check them out @

Looking for American Music

In American Music on April 7, 2009 at 2:29 pm



I’ve been on a quest for a long time.  Europe and other cultures have their historically significant composers.

What does the United States of America actually have?

 America does have significant composers but, ask ten people every day who a famous composer is. Sometimes I may get one in ten to mention some one like Leonard Bernstein. Many times the answer is a pop figure. Most of the time I get a quizzical look.

We are a people steeped in “pop culture” by default.

Artistic development can find it’s way out of the hype of this morass of paparazzi, but obviously it usually get’s swept away.

Is it worthwhile to even pursue this in our “post modern” world and culture?

Do most people not care about Art? Have we finally come to this dreaded point in history where do we not even know what we do not know?



A bit of Nostalgia

In Alternate Theories and Histories on April 7, 2009 at 1:54 pm

This video clip is of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Radio City Music Hall NYC April 4, 2009. Not great quality but interesting if you are a Beatle fan. 


My question is why reproduce a song on stage that was never meant to be put on stage? Sgt. Peppers was meant for the theatre of the mind.

Most people get caught up in the celebrity, and McCartney while being involved in many projects, always keeps the Beatles in view.WHICH IS MARKET SMART.

Nothing wrong with that at all….. this is just a question I have.

Interesting comments by Dylan

In Bob Dylan on April 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Bill Flanagan interviews Bob Dylan here.

Inspiration can be hard to come by, but…..

“BF: Are you a mystical person?

BD: Absolutely.

BF: Any thoughts about why?

BD: I think it’s the land. The streams, the forests, the vast emptiness. The land created me. I’m wild and lonesome. Even as I travel the cities, I‘m more at home in the vacant lots. But I have a love for humankind, a love of truth, and a love of justice. I think I have a dualistic nature. I’m more of an adventurous type than a relationship type.

BF: But the album is all about love – love found, love lost, love remembered, love denied.

BD: Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it.”

Simple, but truly inspirational.

Radiohead to testify against the RIAA

In Alternate Theories and Histories on April 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm

“Radiohead, the band that made millions of dollars by giving away their music for free, has very little to complain about when it comes to piracy. On the contrary, in a landmark file-sharing case, Radiohead has responded positively to a request to testify against the RIAA.”

Their free download idea was great but only worked because they are Radiohead.

“Recently, the effects of ‘illegal’ file-sharing on music sales were discussed during the Pirate Bay trial. Here, Professor and media researcher Roger Wallis told the court that his research has shown that there is no relationship between the decline of album sales and file-sharing.”

That of course can’t possibly be true. While I believe in access, the amount of downloading certainly makes it very difficult to sell ones product.

Especially if you’re not Radiohead. (See my Music History entry)


More later….