Today Sunday Music Muse day find me offering a Bill Frisell twin spin, one as a leader and one as a sideman. First up. Bill Frisell Valentine, which I think is his second release on the Blue Note label. This is a collection of tunes with longtime bandmates, Bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Rudy Royston. This definitely will be find plenty of time on my CD player. Bill is solid favorite of mine.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Such sad news to heard of the passing actor Chadwick Boseman, best known to comic book fans for role as the Black Panther. His passing the anniversary of Jack Kirby's 103rd birthday is stunning.
I get a chill thinking this Alex Ross art is Jack greeting Chadwick to the Cosmic Realm. I've save copy of this to my screensaver last year, but with the passing of Chadwick Boseman, I need to add this tribute and print this out and put on my wall.
What more can be said than. Rest in peace, Chadwick Boseman, and thanks for greats role you left behind.
Monday, August 24, 2020
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Here's another song in my Warped Sky - Stray Cloud series. The song, Take a Walk with Me is a original tune, written by Richard Miceli, my creative partner in the undiscovered Warped Sky Band, in 1978. It was adapted from a poem of his and I came up with simple shuffle for him to improvise on flute against. The original version. with Richard's vocal and flute playing is included at the end of this video. This was actually the first we played it together. Although I screwed up, losing timing playing the drum machine, it is the better version of the tune. Richard vocals and flute really caries the tune. This new version was made with my vocals and guitar playing, and using a backing track created in Band in a Box music software. You write in chords and a lead line and it creates a backing track, and even a solo performance, with varying degrees of success. I'm often surprised how my simple tunes sound fleshed out by a full band, even an artificial one. I admit this new version doesn't have the funky charm of the original. Still, it one more for the archive.
My thanks to my good friend Mark Heller for letting use his photography in the videos. Enjoy.