Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy to Share a Planet with Them

Three of the many reasons to love Cuttlefish:


plus, they're really cute.

Hive Mind:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Some Songs I Love

Never My Love - The Association (Insight Out, 1967)
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty (City to City, 1978)
O-o-h Child - The Five Stairsteps (Stairsteps, 1970)
And I just discovered this great cover version by Hall & Oates, released in 2004.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sheer Sparkling Beauty

The Three Degrees - When Will I See You Again, released 1974.

Also, an orchestral version (Caravelli Rockin' Strings, 1976).
I love the awesome album cover! It reminds me of Blade Runner.

Rick Wakeman

Three of my favorite songs of all time are "Morning Has Broken" by Cat Stevens and "Life on Mars?" and "Changes" by David Bowie. I always particularly loved the piano playing on those songs. It came as no surprise when I finally learned that the same person was responsible for the piano on all three. Rick Wakeman. His playing is just so pretty.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Lazy Thursday

Spent today all alone watching music documentaries about a few of my favorite albums. They're all available on Netflix and are part of the "Classic Albums" series from VH1.

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours, 1977.
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973.
Steely Dan - Aja, 1977.
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon, 1973.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sincerely, L. Cohen

I saw Leonard Cohen on November 1, 2012, at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas. This was by far the best concert I have ever been to. No artifice or posturing whatsoever. Just LC's amazing songs sung with complete sincerity. He was so genuine and truly happy to be there. He showed such appreciation for all of his musicians and back-up singers, too, and he sang for nearly four hours. RESPECT. The only blemish on the whole night were the clods behind me who were chomping on ice cubes, talking and kicking my seat. Unbelievable! Luckily their antics weren't constant, so I managed to forget that they existed for most of the show. They were an annoyance, but really, nothing could detract from Leonard's performance. I've seen a lot of great shows in my life, and this surpassed them all. I'm not sure what it was... probably his honesty. It was pretty much a perfect evening.

I did not take this video footage, and of course it can't do the show justice, but at least it's something.