Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Thank You Friends

Thank you, friends
Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you
I’m so grateful for all the things you helped me do

All the ladies and gentlemen
Who made this all so probable

Thank you, friends
I rejoice to the skies
Dear ones like you do the best I do
As far as can see my eyes

Without my friends I got chaos
I’m off in a bead of light
Without my friends I’d be swept up high by the wind

All the ladies and gentlemen (I said all)
Who made this all so probable

Thank you friends (thank you, again)
Dear, dear friends (thank you, again)
And again, and again
Never too late to start
To buy the music of Big Star click HERE

Honestly “thank you friends” for dropping in, despite February being a short month this humble blog had over 90,000 hits in the last four weeks so keep coming back, though I started this blog to cleanse my soul and will continue to do so, I am pleased others find some music which is new to them and gives them enjoyment.

Be lucky!!

Helpless Dancer

Advertisements

March 1, 2011 Posted by | Interesting Fact, Old Music | | Leave a comment

2010 Top 30 New and Old #24

C.W. Stoneking’s album, ‘Jungle Blues’ was inspired in part by Stoneking’s amazing experience as a survivor of a shipwreck off Africa’s West Coast.

For the uninitiated, the first shock on listening to this is discovering that it was recorded in 2008, and not some eighty years earlier. The second is that the artist is, in fact, a young Australian and not a grizzled Delta bluesman holed up in some southern swamp.

Perfectly capturing various musical styles and moods of the twenties and thirties without the slightest hint of pastiche – field holler, calypso, blues, voodoo and folk are all brilliantly represented as illustrayed by this my favourite track from the album.

“Jungle Lullaby” – C.W. Stoneking

To buy the music of C.W. Stoneking click HERE

To view a previous post on C.W. Stoneking click HERE

2010 saw us lose many great musical artists amongst which was the highly influential Alex Chilton who passed away on the 17th March.

Alex and his group Big Star were never rewarded with the level of commercial success they deserved but are often named as a key influence by so many mainstream bands and artists.

Released in 1974, Radio City was recorded during 1973 at Memphis’ Ardent Studios. Though not a commercial success at the time, it is now recognized as a milestone album in the history of power pop music.

Critically acclaimed upon its release, the record sold poorly, partly due to a lack of promotion and the distribution problems of the band’s struggling record label, Ardent Records.

The album included “September Gurls” and “Back of a Car”, which remain among the most famous Big Star songs; both the Searchers and the Bangles have covered “September Gurls”.

“September Gurls” – Big Star

To buy the music of Big Star click HERE

December 7, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, New Music, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Music – Cassandra Wilson

On November 22nd Cassandra Wilson will release her 9th album for Blue Note Records.

“Silver Pony” follows her successful format of mixing traditional blues and jazz covers with covers of other contemporary writers with some original material thrown in as well.

One of the tracks on the album is an all time favourite song of mine which you can enjoy below.

“St James Infirmary” – Cassandra Wilson.

Wilson, whose in possession of a remarkable, husky-tinged vibrato, will be touring worldwide in support of the release which features special guests saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (“Silver Moon”) and R&B singer-songwriter John Legend (“Watch The Sunrise”).

What makes the album special is that it is a unique hybrid live/studio album. Silver Pony moves seamlessly between live recordings from a European tour and studio recordings laid down at New Orleans’ Piety Street Studios.

Silver Pony draws its title from an experience which Cassandra had as a child and which left an indelible mark in her memory bank, and thus on her career itself. “A man came around my neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, with a pony and camera,” she recalls. “You could pay to get your picture taken.” Her brothers declined, but Cassandra was eager. Her mother hesitated — “There were certain things young ladies just didn’t do,” Wilson adds. But Cassandra seized the moment, got the picture. “I’m so happy she let me ride the pony,” she says now. “I was fearless, and I guess she wanted to encourage that in me.” That priceless photo is now featured on the cover of Silver Pony and such fearlessness now fuels Wilson’s work. “I prepare for each recording but you can never truly prepare,” Wilson says. “Because you don’t really know what’s coming. You just place yourself in the circumstances that will allow the project to reveal itself.”

Silver Pony was produced by Cassandra Wilson and John Fischbach (owner of Piety Street Recording Studios) and features Cassandra on vocals and synthesizer, Marvin Sewell on electric guitar, Jonathan Batiste on piano, Reginald Veal on electric bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Lekan Babalola on percussion. Ravi Coltrane adds saxophone on “Silver Moon” and “Watch The Sunrise” features both vocals and piano by John Legend.

A complete track listing is as follows:

1. Lover Come Back To Me 6:51 (Hammerstein/Romberg)
2. St. James Infirmary 7:12 (Traditional)
3. A Night in Seville 3:00 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
4. Silver Moon 6:41 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
5. Pony Blues 9:32 (Patton)
6. If It’s Magic 4:34 (Wonder)
7. Forty Days and Forty Nights 4:58 (Roth)
8. Silver Pony 0:36 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
9. A Day in the Life of a Fool 7:35 (Bonfa/Sigman)
10. Blackbird 6:43 (Lennon/McCartney)
11. Sunrise 3:32 (Laird/Jones/Stephens)

Review from www.artistsdirect.com

To buy the music of Cassandra Wilson click HERE

Here are a few of her past covers.

November 9, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Jazz Vocal, New Music, New Releases, Video | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Big Thank You To You All

It has been running close over the last few months but June 2010 saw more than 50,000 hits in a month for this blog, 54,445 to be precise.

Now this is very small in comparison to most sites on the web but for me it gives me some satisfaction that my wide musical taste is being tapped into by others and if only one person discovers a liking for a song, album or band that has passed them by for whatever reason then it is all worth while as I myself have benefited from such surprise discoveries.

The blog was never set up to seek popularity it’s key objective was and remains to provide some “therapy” for me away from the stresses and strains of normal life, if along the way people find some pleasure or interest in the music that I promote, the news I spread or the occasional bit of humour I deliver then that is a big bonus.

With the recent passing of Alex Chilton this seems so more appropriate.

“Thank You Friends” – Big Star

Thank you, friends
Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you
I’m so grateful for all the things you helped me do.

All the ladies and gentlemen
Who made this all so probable

Thank you, friends
I rejoice to the skies
Dear ones like you do the best I do
As far as can see my eyes

All the ladies and gentlemen
Who made this all so probable

Without my friends I got chaos
I’m often a bead of light.
Without my friends I’d be swept up high by the wind

do, do…….

All the ladies and gentlemen (I said all)
All the ladies and gentlemen (I said all)
All the ladies and gentlemen
Who made this all so probable

Thank you friends (thank you again)
Thank you friends (thank you again)
Dear, dear friends (thank you again)
Thank you friends (thank you again)
And again, and again….
Never too late to start

To buy the music of Big Star click HERE

July 1, 2010 Posted by | Family, Friends, New News, Old Music | , , , | 2 Comments

Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton (December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010) was an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops

and Big Star. Chilton’s early commercial sales success in the 1960s as a teen vocalist for the Box Tops was not repeated in later years with Big Star and in his indie music solo career on small labels, but he did draw a loyal following in the indie and alternative music fields.

His death yesterday strangly co-incided with me playing a Jeff Buckley cover of the Big Star song Kanga-Roo.

Click HERE for a super BBC obituary.

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Cover Stories, New News, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

   

%d bloggers like this: