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    October 19, 2012

    i have never been a huge Beatles fan. scratch that, i can’t stand their music and have never understood how or why basic three-finger chords and quirky lyrics have moved the world in the way that they have. but, much like the lord of the rings trilogy, i think i’m probably wrong on that one. that said, there is one exception to this understandably wretched lack of class and its name is Blackbird. now, talk about chord progression, it is complex, informed and in acknowledgment of the musical movements that came before it. even so, the Beatles version has always left me cold, with little for my mostly soulful ears to grab onto… and that’s why i decided to dedicated a few minutes hours to research and compile the best covers of that sublime song i could find. here are my findings:

    billy preston, with its organ groove, vocal fills and… glockenspiel? i especially love the bridge starting with “into the light of the dark black night.” such energy and feeling leading into the coda that finally uses the handful of chords to form what would no doubt today be called neo-soul…

    raul midon, on solo guitar, uses his incredible voice as well and minor harmony changeups to get me closer to orgasm. and mostly succeeds…

    cassandra wilson goes a bit of the smooth jazz route here but i won’t hold that against her since the chord changes on this arrangement are so wonderfully imaginative. languishing along a melody paul might not even recognize, ms. wilson’s voice weaves and bobs before it makes room for the les paul…


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    October 16, 2012

    and now, for something quick and personal… you may have been visiting this here theaptBROADCAST for years and never quite understood why, right above us, there’s been an unmoving banner linking to the work of one mr. franck pourcel, musician, conductor and one of the originators of the lounge music movement. well, that’s because he was my grandfather and he was the first dude with a seventy seven-piece orchestra who could do that with the theme to close encounters. or jesus christ superstar…

    or i will survive…

    or a treat, cosmopolitan wave, from 1979! take that guetta

    it’s all on soundcloud, sublimely and lovingly maintained by my mom, and i couldn’t be more proud of both of them. even though one of them is dead. a brand new 4-cd release of the best pieces he ever recorded from the movies he loved just came out and it is absolutely wonderful so i encourage you to discover it for yourself and, ironically or not, play it at your next sarcasm-off. or email the link to your grandparents’ compuserve accounts. either way, it’s amazing music. that’s it.

    September 26, 2012

    i am very curious about what is inspiring the smith kids. with few prisms to presumably experience life through, i would, seemingly wrongfully, assume that a path might have been be set along which footsteps would have been pre-planned, pre-visualized, pre-packaged. but i must admit that, “karate kid” remake notwithstanding, their choices are so far uncannily qualitative and apparently quite personal. does an 11 year-old have a world view? does a 14 year-old have a flow? whatever their parents are doing, scientology-laden or not, they seem to have shown them some right places, taught them some right lessons, told them some right things… from brother to sister, i am very much not ashamed to say that i really, really like these two efforts and looking forward to more. #noshamezone