Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
The start of 2016 has delivered a blistering level of heartbreak and loss to the world of music. My ears have been filled with tributes and specials trying to bring some sort of closure, not to mention a flurry of special programming that needed curating. A few weeks ago I received the news that my Mother's time on the planet is rapidly approaching the end. Hopefully that explains the silence lately on this blog, although perhaps I saved you from weeks of "sad-bastard" music posts by keeping my keyboard quiet. Here are some new sounds I'm enjoying at the moment.
Sorry for the silence here lately but I've been up to my ass in alligators, as the saying goes, rebuilding the home music server due to a very untimely "blue screen of death" which resulted in 6 TB (yes that's 6 terabytes) of music files rendered unreadable. Talk about a panic attack... I've been working on digitizing my music collection for nearly a decade and the initial shock was akin to walking into my music rooms and finding all the shelves empty. Thankfully, nothing was lost and everything is completely back to what constitutes as normal in my little world. Whew!
In the not too distant future I expect building a digital music database that you can access from anywhere will be a lot more common, but if you were to start now all the tools you need are readily available. Here's a handy checklist for anyone interested:
That aside, let's get to the tunes. We'll start with 3 discs of Cheap Trick goodies.
And here's a couple of new Christmas Tunes!
I have been deeply immersed in a new 12 CD box of genius from one of my favorite bands, King Crimson. For full information and complete track list click here. It also comes with a DVD, DVD-A and 2 Blue Ray discs. An absolute must own for any King Crimson fanatic. Here's a few samples.
We are running out of true musical giants here on planet Earth. It seems we toss out platitudes like "legend" with ease and discuss ad nauseam who belongs in whatever "hall of fame" or "all-time greatest" list that grabs our increasingly short attention span. However, the depth and breadth of longevity, innovation and spirit that left us this week is a hole that may never be filled. Allen Toussaint may not be a household name, but in the world of music he belongs in the same conversation as Louis Armstrong, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Parker, The Beatles, James Brown, Miles Davis and Cole Porter, to name a few. Rarefied air... and a very funky beat.
This isn't the place for a history lesson as his story, stats and accomplishments can be found quite easily on the web, and I would urge you to do just that. I can't think of many artists that touched as many different styles of music, wore as many creative hats or crossed as many boundaries. And certainly none that did it with the impeccable grace, humility and passion of Allen Toussaint.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Toussaint. We will never see your like again.
What follows is a mere drop in the bucket when you look over his discography but are among my favorites.
Here's a few things that you should investigate..
Here's some stuff from the archives that have been pulled out for a spin recently.
They are one of a handful of bands that always manage to transport me to another place. A 7 year wait for their latest sonic opus was worth it after a single listen to this remarkable album. And that's what it is... an album. I recommend listening straight through for the proper effect. Here's a quartet of my instant faves.
For PLAYLISTS from my shows on The Loft at SiriusXM
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