Saturday, July 31, 2010

FULL MOON FEVER

Today I'd like to re-visit an great artist and a great album

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Full Moon Fever

Tom is on tour again this summer and I've seen them in Phoenix and they never disappoint!

Usually when he performs here, Stevie Nicks will join him for a special appearance to do Stop Dragging My Heart Around and other songs. She has roots here so of course she will always try to appear with him here. I know she makes appearances in other towns too, but we are partial to her here.

First up: Free Fallin'

This song has old stomping ground memories for me. I used to hang out in all these places he sings about. Cruising Mulholland on my motorcycle, Ventura blvd. Yeah great times and places to be. Feel good song no matter where you are from.



Next: I Won't Back Down

You can stand me up at the gates of hell, well I'll stand my ground and keep this world from dragging me down and I won't back down. Such great lyrics about dealing with the struggles that life can throw at you. Tom does it best, co written by Jeff Lynne, with never mentioning anything specific leaving it up to the listener to form their own opinion. Brilliant!



Love is a Long Road by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell

This song has to grow on you. The more you listen it, the more it takes on different meanings and at different times in your life.



next: A Face In The Crowd written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne

A great love song with simplistic lyrics and a haunting melody drawing you in. The use of the repetitive acoustic guitar and percussion makes it easy to picture that face in the crowd.



Before all of this ever went down

In another place, another town,
You were just a face in the crowd
Out in the street walking around
A face in the crowd

Out of a dream, out of the sky
Into my heart, into my life

And you were just a face in the crowd
Out in the street, thinking out loud
A face in the crowd

Out of a dream, out of the sky
Into my heart, into my life

And you were just a face in the crowd
Out in the street, thinking out loud
A face in the crowd
A face in the crowd
A face in the crowd

Next: Running Down A Dream. This one by Tom Petty Jeff Lynne and Mike Campbell

Also the tittle of a documentary about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers directed by Peter Bogdonovich 2007.



Everyone knows this song! A huge hit single. Great cruising music!

This was one of the first albums to be transferred to CD. Tom makes a joke between this song and You'll Feel A Whole lot Better.

Hello CD listeners, we've come to the point where those of you who have albums or tapes must turn them over. So we will take a moment to recognize them....ok here's side two.... or something pretty close to that.



A song Tom played with the Byrds. Written by Gene Clark and released in 1965 on the "B" side of All I Really Want To Do.

Yer So Bad by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne

Great lyrics and a fun song so typical of southern California mindset!



Next: Depending on you by Tom Petty

baby if you can't change the world
maybe you should just change yourself
you used to be such a sweet young girl
why you wanna be someone else?

The Apartment Song



this version is with Stevie Nicks again. Listening to this I don't miss those days of apartment living!

Alright For Now by Tom Petty.

Just a sweet love song. Quite simple and beautifully done.



A Mind With A Heart Of It's Own by Tom Petty

Well I been to Brooker and I been to Micanopy

I been to St. Louis too I been all around the world

I've been over to your house

And you've been over sometimes to my house

I've slept in your tree house

My middle name is Earl



Last but not least: The Zombie Zoo by Tom Petty

All down the street they're standin' in line
with white lipstick and one thing on their mind
Hey little freak with the lunch pail purse
underneath the paint you're just a little girl

Dancin' at the Zombie Zoo, dancin' at the Zombie Zoo
Painted in a corner and all you wanna do
is dance down at the Zombie Zoo

Cute little dropout, how come you pack a rod
is your mother in a clinic? has your father got no job?
Sometimes you're so impulsive,
you shaved off all your hair
you look like Boris Karloff and you don't even care

You're dancin' at the Zombie Zoo
dancin' at the Zombie Zoo
painted in a corner and all you wanna do is dance down at the
Zombie Zoo

She disappears at sunrise, I wonder where
she goes until
the night comes fallin' down again she shows
up with her friends half-alive

You can make a big impression or
go through life unseen
you might wind up restricted and over seventeen
it's so hard to be careful, so easy to be led
Somewhere beyond the pavement
you'll find the living dead



Some say it is about a hooker or a stripper. You can make up your own mind about that. A girl living on the edge for sure!

Cute little dropout, how come you pack a rod
Is your mother in a clinic? has your father got no job?
Sometimes you're so impulsive,
You shaved off all your hair
You look like Boris Karloff and you don't even care

Out for money and protection seems like to me. She also seems scared in a cruel world she has been thrown into.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

BLINDFAITH


Perhaps one of the greatest rock albums of this century.
An incredible mix of Eric clapton, Steve Winwood, Ric Grech, and Ginger Baker,
The most unique sound from Clapton's lead guitar, Ginger's drumming is absolutely original, and Winwood's vocals and keyboards make this an awesome mix of talents.
Of course it couldn't last. This one incredible album stands alone and unsurpassed.
listen to track 01:


A hauntingly soulful blues tune that grabs you from the first line and clapton's guitar draws you into a mesmerizing trance almost.
builds up to an incredible climax that almost scrambles your brain.

Next is Cant Find My Way Home:



Great melody, lyrics and acoustic guitar work. A trip through the inner mind of religion, the hopelessness of realization of what drugs and being lost can do to your body and soul.

Well Alright:



A live and love tune about freedom, free love, and the new philosophy of the times. Innocence was pure and the belief that they would change the world to bring about a new Utopia.

Presence of the Lord follows:

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Again a song about testimony of faith. Written by Eric Clapton and his first song that he wrote all the lyrics for.

Next was Sea Of Joy:



Perhaps the best song on the album, although I love all of them. Again it is mesmerizing, drawing you into that boat waiting to set sail with them. Steve Winwood song. Lyrics provided below:

Following the shadows of the skies,
Or are they only figments of my eyes?
And I'm feeling close to when the race is run.
Waiting in our boats to set sail.
Sea of joy.

Once the door swings open into space,
And I'm already waiting in disguise.
Is it just a thorn between my eyes?
Waiting in our boats to set sail.
Sea of joy.

Having trouble coming through,
Through this concrete blocks my view
And it's all because of you.

Oh, is it just a thorn between my eyes?
Waiting in our boats to set sail.
Sea of joy.

Sea of joy.
Sea of joy.
Sailing free.
Sea of joy

Last but not least was: Do What You Like





A Ginger Baker song of course, with an incredible drum solo. A lengthy song with not much to say, except to promote freedom of thought and living your life as your own. Thinking back, how many of us ever really get to do that. Maybe for a limited time they got to live their dreams.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

KAFKA'S SISTER: Metaphysics--The Queen of Sciences#links#links

I wanted to share a post with you today from a friend of mine.
She has touched on a philosophical way of looking at love that I really enjoyed reading today. I used to be a philosophy major in college back in the day.
The last one about the metaphysical way of looking at love I totally agree with.

KAFKA'S SISTER: Metaphysics--The Queen of Sciences#links#links

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