I just returned from Santa Fe. The High Desert air always does me good.
Each visit brings new and lasting memories and this trip was no exception. The weather was gorgeous and I got to spend lots of time outside. I had the good fortune to spend the weekend with my brother who had all kinds of fun music recommendations, but far and away my favorite tidbit he shared was the documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom, which was so great that two days later I am still thinking about it. I adore the voices; the music, and it is at once life affirming and heartbreaking. It is the story of the backup singers to all of the musical giants since the 60s. There are many layers to that movie. Hopefully it will win an Oscar. Many scenes stick with me from the film, but I was riveted by Merry Clayton’s description of how she came to sing “Gimme Shelter” with the Rolling Stones. That is my favorite Rolling Stones song (or at least high top five), and she absolutely makes the song what it is.
This song is from Dallas band, Air Review, and is really great. It’s just a beautiful song.
The video and the song both make me think of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild.
It’s Friday and I’m officially down the rabbit-hole of Beatles cover songs this week. I love this Ben Folds cover of “Golden Slumbers”. Such a gorgeous song with beautiful inflections and background strings. Anything with a Cello just kinda kills me. It is different to hear this without the immediate addition of Carry that Weight right after, as they are together on Abbey Road, but it makes it just sort of sweet and mellow. Enjoy!
Have a wonderful weekend!
It is February after all, so snow shouldn’t surprise me, but I had no idea it was going to snow today. It is a beautiful and unexpected sight. I’ve got Beatles’ covers on my brain now, so thought I would share this really lilting and lovely cover of “Here Comes The Sun.” Timely because I am looking forward to Spring; craving the sun and warmth. This song is just so sweet and so optimistic. It is one of those tunes to keep in your reserves to turn a day around. It is, again, a collaboration from some super talented artists: David Crosby, Graham Nash and (one of my all time favorites) Paul Simon.
This weekend I will see Paul Simon for the first time and I am so excited to hear him live. Sting will perform as well and I am crossing fingers that they will collaborate on something special. Regardless, it will be a real treat to hear two artists do what they do best.
I really REALLY wanted to love the new Broken Bells album. So far it is just ok. Which is kind of disappointing because I think the Broken Bells is such an interesting side gig for these two musicians. I love musical collaborations. So, it was with unexpected glee that yesterday I heard a fabulous cover of the Beatles’s “And I Love Her” by Broken Bells. It was featured on David Letterman who is honoring the Beatles this week due to the anniversary of their legendary Ed Sullivan Show performance that forever changed the musical influence and direction of this country. First, I will say that it takes serious chutzpah to cover the Beatles. Ever.
But I really, really like what the Broken Bells did with this song. I think that they pull it off handily. It is very pretty. I only wish they had chosen such an interesting direction for their own album. No one can replace Paul singing that song, BUT, James Mercer’s Shin-zy warble around the 2 minute mark is perfection. Enjoy!